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Easter Is a Time for Rebirth, Renewal, and Recovery from Substance Abuse

by Stephen, March 28, 2018

Easter is a time of rebirth, renewal. Not only because it’s the Christian’s commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also because (in the northern hemisphere) it’s the early days of Spring following the vernal equinox, and the setting for many festivals celebrating the return of the sun, with … Continue reading

Loved Ones and Addiction: How to Stage an Intervention

by Dillion, March 27, 2018

It can be quite challenging and disheartening when a loved one is struggling with addiction or alcoholism. To watch them suffer week after week abusing their drug of choice and possibly enduring negative consequences, can truly be heart wrenching. For some families, the question of whether to stage an intervention arises, … Continue reading

Timeframe for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms – Symptoms, Timelines & Treatment

by Dillion, March 22, 2018

For the alcoholic who wants to quit drinking, the thought of going through alcohol withdrawal can be horrific. Maybe they’ve tried to detox before and it was very hard for them to get through those first couple of days, so they started drinking again. Or maybe they just aren’t sure they … Continue reading

What to Expect During Ibogaine Treatment

by Dillion, March 22, 2018

If you’re considering Ibogaine treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., you’re probably pretty curious as to what exactly Ibogaine is and what the treatment experience will be like. You want to know ahead of time just what to expect. That’s understandable. Good news is that you’re in for an experience … Continue reading

President Donald Trump’s New Opioid Epidemic Plan: First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Dealers

by Stephen, March 21, 2018

According to historical legend, the Gordian knot was a knot so difficult that it was impossible to unravel. Alexander the Great solved the problem by cutting it with a sword. You could consider that as either cheating, taking the easy way out, or practical, creative. President Donald Trump has pledged … Continue reading

Staying Safe on St. Patrick’s Day

by Pam, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips While in the U.S. St. Patrick’s Day is mostly a day to celebrate Irishness and drink green beer, and a great deal of drinking does take place, it doesn’t make the top five the worst driving periods of the year (they are Memorial Day Weekend, … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Won’t Stop Opioid Epidemic

by Stephen, March 14, 2018

To end substance abuse, whether drugs or alcohol, you must stop the supply and/or the demand. Stopping demand means reducing the number of people who want the drugs, even if they are available, even if they are legal. This is accomplished through drug abuse rehab treatment, prevention programs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and … Continue reading

ACA Increased Opioid Treatment, Not Opioid Abuse

by Stephen, March 7, 2018

There was an odd theory floated last year by conservatives and others opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare if you prefer): the expansion of Medicaid made the Opioid Epidemic worse, maybe even caused it. Citing cherry-picked statistics, the theorists say that the states with … Continue reading

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Use of MAT Drugs Is Not the Same as Addiction

by Stephen, February 28, 2018

In at least one respect, President Donald Trump’s replacement for Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services is an improvement: Alex Azar believes in expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for drug rehab. Let’s hope it’s because he accepts the science, not just because he was once a pharmaceutical company executive. … Continue reading

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Problems in Determining Drug Overdose Deaths

by Stephen, February 21, 2018

Overdose deaths due to legal and illicit drug use and abuse are on the rise. All the experts agree. Defining what is a drug overdose death  or — when more than one drug is found in the bloodstream — which drug was responsible is less clear. (“No snowflake in an … Continue reading

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