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Obesity: A Major Health Crisis

As the most affluent country in the world, America should know better. We are suffering a decades-long health crisis that is, bite by bite and pound by pound, killing us. We are gorging ourselves to death like zombies lined up at the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. Obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Two out of...

RECOVERY IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

“The entire family is in recovery. Every person in this room is in recovery. The sooner you accept this truth and begin to focus on your own growth and recovery process, your own personal change, the better chance your loved one will have for a successful recovery. This is the best way for you to support your loved one...

Are we doing our best in the addiction treatment industry?

The question of whether we are doing our best in addiction treatment, is an issue of decency and human kindness. It cannot be addressed in facts and figures, spreadsheets and pie charts. It cannot be found in the bottom line of business profits or losses, and is not dictated by the trappings of beach front properties with million-dollar views....

Seven Reasons Addiction and Trauma Are Related – A Strong Relationship

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The field of addiction is becoming more and more aware of the connection between addiction and trauma. This relationship is a vital one. Research has proven this. Studies have shown that there is a strong relationship between addiction and post effects of a traumatic life event. In fact, research has shown that there is a true cause and effect...

DEPRESSION AND ADDICTION

Many individuals with addiction to alcohol or other drugs also suffer from co-occurring depressive disorders. When someone has both disorders independently of the other, each is considered a “primary disorder.” Alternatively, addiction can result in depressive symptoms that will improve with abstinence and recovery, and in this case, depression is considered a “secondary disorder.” Addiction is always a primary...

THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE- COVID-19

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. COVID-19 is a member of the coronavirus family, which has never been detected in humans before. There are seven known strains of coronavirus (CoV). Coronaviruses are derived from a variety of animals. The virus has many similarities to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome...

Addiction Alongside Other Mental Health Disorders

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Addiction to drugs or alcohol often coexists with one or more other mental health conditions. A 2018 study found that nearly 48% of American adults with a substance use disorder had at least one other psychiatric disorder. Among adults aged 18 or older in 2018: 57.8 million adults had a substance use disorder or other type of mental illness 19.3...

Codependent? Reclaiming Our Losses Step by Step

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You may have seen the cartoon of a person reflecting, “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” As a codependent, I know that of all the things I’ve lost during my lifetime, I miss my childhood the most. It’s true. Those of us who come from homes where alcohol or drug use was considered normal...

Chronic Pain: Implementing A Physical Therapy Plan

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Chronic pain is one of the leading reasons many people become addicted to opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 21 to 29 percent of people who were prescribed opioids for chronic pain abused those drugs. The prevalence of patients with chronic pain who were abusing opioids, means that, a key way to address this crisis is...

Substance Use and Risk-taking Behaviors – What Parents Need to Know

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“It could be the ugliest person in the world; someone we wouldn’t think twice about if we were sober, but we’d go to bed with if we were high or intoxicated.” These are the words of Veronica, a young woman with HIV, from our video In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS. When young people hear this line, they laugh....