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What Local Communities are Doing to Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic

by Leslie, March 24, 2017

Addiction is rarely overcome without some degree of outside help. If addiction was something an individual could easily beat on their own, rehab centers just wouldn’t exist. However, rehabs aren’t the only thing that can combat addiction. To help show support for those struggling with addiction, many communities are stepping … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Solution to Alcoholism

by Leslie, March 23, 2017

Addictions like alcoholism are extremely complex by nature. Given enough time, alcoholism can rewire the brain to prioritize alcohol over almost everything else. Once a dependence takes root, consuming alcohol is more about trying to feel balanced and normal than it is about relaxing or enjoying yourself. While there are … Continue reading

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The Risk of Addiction for Veterans

by Leslie, March 22, 2017

On this blog, we’ve talked many times about how addiction has no one face. We often imagine those struggling with addiction as people down on their luck, homeless, or unemployed. In reality, addiction can affect anyone and everyone, no matter their occupation, personality, or financial status. Addiction takes no prisoners, … Continue reading

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Just a 10 Day Supply of Opioids Can be Dangerous

by Leslie, March 21, 2017

It’s no secret that the longer an individual uses drugs, the more likely it is that they’ll become addicted. However, some individuals don’t have a choice. Those suffering from chronic pain might have no other option than to use opioids. While opioid prescriptions are still being heavily monitored, an individual … Continue reading

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How Patient Satisfaction Might Be Worsening the Opioid Epidemic

by Leslie, March 20, 2017

Healthcare is an ever-evolving system. The industry acts and reacts to new information, science, and substances to design the most effective and up to date treatments imaginable. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a perfect system by any means. Most doctors and hospitals are rated based upon metrics like patient satisfaction, … Continue reading

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Maintaining a Balanced Diet Makes Recovery Easier

by Leslie, March 17, 2017

It’s not secret that after addiction your body will likely be in rough shape. Drugs and alcohol can deprive our bodies of essential nutrients, leaving us in a relatively unhealthy place. Counteracting this is one of the most important things for you to do after you’ve decided to get treatment … Continue reading

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How You Spend Your Free Time in Recovery Matters

by Leslie, March 16, 2017

While recovery is a constant, continuous learning experience, it’s not necessarily a non-stop thrill ride. You’ll have plenty of down time, which isn’t always easy to handle when trying to stay sober. If not managed correctly, sometimes your free time can be consumed with temptations and cravings. However, figuring out … Continue reading

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The Stages of Addiction

by Leslie, March 15, 2017

Addiction, at it’s most basic level, is still a nebulous concept. It’s difficult to pin down exactly where an addiction begins, and it’s not always easy to tell when someone’s actually addicted. However, despite the elusive nature of addiction, it still follows a pattern with observable steps. While it may … Continue reading

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Celebrating Without Drugs or Alcohol

by Leslie, March 14, 2017

How we approach a normal situation completely changes after addiction. Everything from going to work to trying to sleep at night changes once you’re free from the clutches of addiction. Some of these changes are great; you can approach situations without worrying about being able to get high, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Ban the Box, and the Hidden Side Effects of Addiction

by Leslie, March 13, 2017

When we think of the side effects of drugs, we often think of the physical tole substance abuse can take on the body. We think of paranoia, weight loss, seizures, or even death. However, the side effects produced by drugs aren’t always something we can feel or see. Drugs are … Continue reading

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