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Treating Drug Addiction, Not Punishing It

by Pam, December 18, 2017

“Lock them away and throw away the key.” That seems to be the attitude many people have held about people who use and sell drugs, especially in the past. But is this perspective helping society? Why should people suffer for nonviolent drug-related crimes years after they committed them? What about … Continue reading

When Substance Abuse Leads to Impaired Driving, Alcohol is ‘Biggest Highway Safety Problem’

by Stephen, December 15, 2017

Critical thinking requires receiving information from more than one source, and more than one viewpoint. It also helps if the source of the information is trustworthy, such as maybe calling itself something that resembles its true purpose. This is especially important when passions and politics intrude. Last week US Attorney … Continue reading

Senior Citizens Also Struggle with Alcohol and Drug Abuse

by Pam, December 11, 2017

A lot of people might think that the typical person who abuses alcohol is a college student who parties heavily at weekend parties or a business executive who entertains clients at booze-filled lunches or has several drinks while flying to distant meetings. While some college students and business executives do … Continue reading

Filled under : Alcoholic , Chapters Blog , Drug Abuse

Synthetic Marijuana: The Danger of the Unknown

by Pam, December 8, 2017

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is a phrase we often hear. But just because it’s a common phrase doesn’t make it a correct one. In the case of drugs and alcohol, what we don’t know can actually hurt us quite a bit. While there are several examples of … Continue reading

Filled under : Chapters Blog , Drug Abuse

Cyber Monday, Cyber Addiction

by Pam, December 4, 2017

Recently, we experienced a day known as Cyber Monday. This is the Monday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day when many people take to their computers and buy things from online retailers. It follows Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday is traditionally … Continue reading

Dual Diagnosis is Double Trouble

by Stephen, December 1, 2017

There are many things the general public doesn’t understand about substance abuse. One of the most important things is that substance abuse doesn’t always stand alone. Frequently substance abuse is complicated by a second disorder, most commonly a mental illness of some sort. It also is the case that many … Continue reading

Surgeon General Must Embrace Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment, Harm Reduction

by Stephen, November 30, 2017

One predictor for future behavior is past behavior. Recently the Huffington Post re-ran a 2015 post on how present-day US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, then Indiana State Health Commissioner, responded to a spike in HIV cases brought about by sharing of needles among intravenous opioid abusers. He embraced harm reduction … Continue reading

Compulsive Shopping and Addiction

by Pam, November 24, 2017

You can never have too much of a good thing, right? That’s what some people might be saying in a few days. That’s because today is Black Friday, a day when many people shop ‘til they drop, or at least a day when they want to shop a lot. Many … Continue reading

Filled under : Addiction , Chapters Blog

Being Thankful for Recovery from Alcohol Abuse and Drug Addiction

by Pam, November 20, 2017

This Thursday, November 23rd, marks Thanksgiving Day in the United States. This is a day many Americans use to celebrate the good things in their lives. One of those good things could be recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. After all, substance abuse is difficult. Recovery is difficult. We should … Continue reading

Using Benzodiazepine Drugs Safely

by Pam, November 17, 2017

Recently, we published a blog about finding happiness without the use of benzodiazepine drugs (benzos) or other drugs or substances. We aren’t saying, though, that benzos are bad. Quite the contrary. In fact, by helping lessen people’s depression and anxiety, it appears that medications such as benzodiazepines have helped improve the … Continue reading

Filled under : Chapters Blog , Drug Abuse
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