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Alcohol and Sun May Be a Deadly Combination

Photo by Social Butterfly from Pixabay. Exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. Alcohol consumption also can increase the risk of cancer. What happens when you combine the two? A greater risk of skin cancer than doing one or [...]

Alcohol and Sun May Be a Deadly Combination2019-07-16T17:22:56+00:00

Drug Relapse Overdose Kills Columbine Survivor

Photo courtesy of Pixabay Twenty years after the Columbine school shootings, the tragedy has taken another life. Austin Eubanks, 37, died of an opioid overdose last week. Eubanks was in recovery from injuries suffered in the shootings, the trauma of seeing his best [...]

Drug Relapse Overdose Kills Columbine Survivor2019-05-23T12:57:17+00:00

Anti-Addiction Vaccines

(Image by skeeze from Pixabay) Addiction is a disease, it is often said. Since that’s the case, vaccines may be one way of preventing it. That’s not just hyperbole. The idea isn’t that far-fetched. Researchers have been working on anti-addiction vaccines for decades. It [...]

Anti-Addiction Vaccines2019-06-26T12:33:05+00:00

There’s a Difference between Addiction and Dependence

Suboxone Sometimes when we try to be polite or politically correct, we distort the facts. Other times by trying to be precise we seem to be nit-picking. Take substance abuse. According to a Columbia Journalism Review article, the proper term in the latest [...]

There’s a Difference between Addiction and Dependence2019-07-01T15:40:57+00:00

Opioid Epidemic Causes Unintended Suffering for Pain Patients

(Pixabay) Progress and social change rarely advance at a steady rate, be it voting rights or drug treatment. They operate more like a pendulum, swinging forward, then swinging back, and then forward again. Incremental changes result. Slavery in the United States ended after [...]

Opioid Epidemic Causes Unintended Suffering for Pain Patients2019-07-01T15:40:57+00:00

Smoking in Rehab Means Half the Battle is Lost Already

from Pixabay Should clients in substance abuse rehabs for heroin or other opiate/opioid addiction be allowed to use methamphetamine or cocaine? Of course not, they are illegal, highly addictive, and detrimental to their health. How about marijuana? That’s absurd. Not only is it [...]

Smoking in Rehab Means Half the Battle is Lost Already2019-01-09T17:27:51+00:00

Resolve to End Substance Abuse in the New Year

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay) It is a new year, and that traditionally is a time for resolutions, for a fresh start, but most—80{b340406b661c1e5732b86e4172a84f651d0df9d8967334cfa4a3aae0d4c8bfbd}--of New Year’s resolutions made in January fail by the end of the second week of February. According to Don Stenhoff [...]

Resolve to End Substance Abuse in the New Year2019-07-01T15:42:32+00:00

Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply

Heroin is sometimes laced with much stronger fentanyl, leading to increased and accidental overdose deaths. (Pixabay) The US House of Representatives and the Senate have each now passed bipartisan bills to fight the opioid epidemic and overdose (OD) death crisis. The two bills [...]

Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply2018-09-24T20:38:52+00:00

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis

Photo of Mac Miller (2017) by Nicolas Völcker (Wikimedia commons) Rapper Mac Miller — who was open about his substance abuse in his music and interviews — died Sept. 7. As of this writing (Sept. 10), the toxicology reports had not been released yet, but no “apparent” [...]

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis2019-07-01T15:42:28+00:00

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab

Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. (Wellcome Images via Wikimedia commons) The importance of family and friends to an addict’s decision to seek recovery should not be under-stressed. While it is true that the addict must want to recover and be willing to do [...]

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab2019-07-17T16:04:06+00:00
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