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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

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...

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...

6 PARENTING TIPS FOR WHEN ADDICTION RUNS IN THE FAMILY

You may have heard it said that “addiction is a family disease.” That’s true in more ways than one, but in its most fundamental sense, it means that addiction...

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS: A GRIEVING MOMS POINT OF VIEW.

The holidays. Those two words used to bring such joy to my heart and plans to my head. I would head to the store with my list and always...

RELAPSE PREVENTION PLANNING – PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES

Understanding the framework and basic principles that underlie the relapse prevention planning process is essential for successful outcomes and lifelong recovery. Accompanying each principle is a brief procedure or...

LIVING BEYOND – THE BRAIN, ADDICTION AND DISCRIMINATION

When we think of addicts, we seldom associate the word discrimination. Yet, there is clearly an undeniable association between discrimination and addiction. Although scientific research has proven that addiction...

MONEY AND POLITICS: THE OPIATE EPIDEMIC

Opiate addiction, distinctly a healthcare problem, has grown into a national epidemic, the bounds of which have not yet been completely realized. HHS has stated that 3-4 % of...

AMERICA’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND TEENS – SAVE A LIFE

Almost every day we hear about deaths caused by overdoses of opiates or opioids. (The word opioids include opiates.) The statistics for the general population are increasingly alarming as...

THE CONTINUING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Getting treatment for an opioid use disorder will hopefully in turn reduce the number of overdoses and deaths related to opioid use. Despite increased public awareness...

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