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Using Opiate/Opioid Databases to Fight Addiction

by Pam, January 22, 2018

While it appears that we’re still in the midst of an epidemic of opiate/opioid addiction, it looks as if more and more people are becoming aware of this epidemic. More and more parties are joining the battle to fight it. Government is providing some of this help. For example, in … Continue reading

Maine Governor Blocks Valuable Tool for Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths

by Stephen, January 19, 2018

There’s an old proverb that begins, “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost.” It describes a chain of causation that culminates in disaster, from the loss of a man’s life to the fall of a kingdom. Paul LePage, the … Continue reading

It Takes Greatness to Seek Help for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

by Pam, January 15, 2018

This post originally appeared on January 15, 2018, a day when the United States celebrated the birthday of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a prominent civil rights leader. Given his impressive accomplishments, most people would agree that King was a great man. Most of us aren’t King, of … Continue reading

NIH Offers Online Navigator for Suspected Alcohol Use Disorder

by Stephen, January 12, 2018

  When alcohol is counted as an abused drug, it leads the pack, but not everyone who drinks alcohol is abusing it or addicted to it. That’s one of the things making it difficult for people to decide if they have a problem. It is true that men are told … Continue reading

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Coping with Blue Monday without Alcohol and Drugs

by Pam, January 8, 2018

This blog post was originally published in January, 2018. That year, January 15, 2018, the third Monday of the month, was known as Blue Monday. Some people call the day Blue Monday because they consider it the most depressing day of the year. When you think about it, this designation … Continue reading

Many Opioid Addicts Only Took Opioids as Prescribed

by Stephen, January 5, 2018

Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are up, but what is the core problem? Is it just an opioid epidemic? Or something else? For some people, the answer still seems to be it’s a question of morals or willpower. For others, it is like a disease, like diabetes, maybe exacerbated by … Continue reading

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New Year’s Celebrations, Drinking, and Relapse

by Pam, January 1, 2018

This blog post was published on January 1, 2018. This is the first day of the year, New Year’s Day, on many calendars in many countries. People celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one in many ways. These ways include attending parties and … Continue reading

The Gateway Drug Theory of Substance Abuse

by Stephen, December 29, 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Marijuana is a gateway drug, that is, if you use it, you will go on to use other drugs. I first remember hearing that theory on an episode of Dragnet in the 1960s, where Joe Friday claimed that whenever they arrested a … Continue reading

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Dealing with Dual Diagnosis and the Holidays

by Pam, December 25, 2017

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” according to the lyrics of a song we often hear this time of year. For some people, those sentiments are true. For others, it isn’t. In fact, for these people, it might the worst time of the year. Such songs and television … Continue reading

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Digital Pill Not a Solution For Drug Abuse Treatment

by Stephen, December 22, 2017

Is there really a need for a pill with a sensor that will tell your doctor — and perhaps your partner or family members — that you have or have not taken your medication? Maybe. The FDA has approved such a “digital” pill version of the antipsychotic medication Abilify. According … Continue reading

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