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3 Tips to Help You Experience Joy This Holiday Season

How you can truly enjoy the holiday season despite substance use disorder in the family Are you sitting on pins and needles wondering which of your struggling loved ones will have a meltdown at Christmas dinner? Do you spend so much time afraid of whether your son will make it through the holiday sober that...

Saving Your Loved Ones from Addiction By Treating the Disease in the Brain and Restoring HOPE

Across America today, families are faced with unparalleled challenges from social media, peer pressure, financial insecurity, health issues, pervasive anxiety and inordinate stress which opens the door to darkness and temptation and these temptations are endless. Most have no solution and turn to drugs and alcohol to provide relief. This temporary solution is both impulsive and destructive. Chemicals will change your loved ones...

Naltrexone Therapy for Addiction Recovery

This opioid blocking agent can save lives. What is Naltrexone Therapy? Naltrexone is non-addictive/non-narcotic FDA approved medication that blocks the brain’s receptors for opioids/alcohol, thus blocking the high from opioids/alcohol and reducing the patient’s cravings. Naltrexone when compared to naloxone, commonly known under the brand name Narcan, is a long acting...

Living Beyond – Let 2020 Be The Year Of Compassion

The field of mental health encourages compassion, but do you really know and fully understand what it is to be compassionate. There is often confusion around the word compassion and whether or not everyone is compassionate. In our high tech and social media world, it often feels as though we live in a narcissistic, self-absorbed and selfish world,...

The Deaths of Prince and Tom Petty: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic painkiller known to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It can easily paralyze the chest wall and stop a person from breathing. Only 125 micrograms of fentanyl, the equivalent of five or six grains of salt, can kill an adult user. As of 2017, fentanyl was the most widely used synthetic...

Trauma, Addiction, and the Community

For many individuals in recovery self-help groups have evolved to give encouragement, support, and understanding to individuals who face lifelong trauma. Support groups outline a way of living that is not just related to issues of chemical use and abuse but provide a path to a more positive life worth living. A survivor's sense of emotional and...

Increase the Chance of Reaching Your New Year’s Goals

This New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans resolved to lose weight, give up smoking, save money, do volunteer work, or find a new job. Chances are, they made the same resolution last year and the year before. Research shows that nearly 90% of New Year’s resolutions fail. But they don’t have to. There are common...

GUIDE TO SOBRIETY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

If you think you are at risk for substance misuse, be realistic about how the holidays can increase your anxiety and stress and lead to dangerous behavior It’s important for people to have a realistic attitude about the potential for anxiety or conflict during the holiday season—especially individuals who have issues with alcohol or drug addiction. Most...

THE ELDERLY SUFFER IN SILENCE FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE

At a recent conference on substance abuse among the elderly, Brenda Iliff, Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Older Adult Program, reported a precipitous increase in substance abuse among older folks, indicating: “Nationally, there are 17% of older adults at high risk.” Think about that! One in five people in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, are at...

SUGAR HIGHS: IS MARIJUANA THE REAL GATE-WAY DRUG?

Our children are dying en masse of opioid overdoses and the federal government is going back in a time machine arguing that marijuana is a gate-way drug. As they would say on Saturday Night Live: What’s up with that? As the mother of a son who has been battling with heroin addiction for many years, I find...