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Opioid Use in the Suburbs and Rural Areas 

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Years ago, heroin use was primarily an inner-city problem. In the 21st century, however, opioid use has increasingly moved to suburban and rural areas. The effects are just as devastating when heroin hits the suburbs as they are in large cities. Opioid drugs, such as heroin, oxycodone, OxyContin, and other painkillers and narcotics can destroy lives, families and communities. Has Opioid Abuse Moved Out of Cities? It is important not to dismiss opioid abuse in large cities—the inner city drug problem is still prevalent and booming. However, rural areas such as West Virginia, Ohio, Alaska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and more are […]

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Myths and Realities About Addiction

Myths and Realities About Addiction

The reason so many people battling addiction don’t end up getting help is because they are often misunderstood, sometimes even by their primary care physicians. Certain myths about addiction have been propagated for well over a century despite loads of scientific evidence that dispelled these false ideas years ago. Here are six such myths and their corresponding realities. Myth: Addiction is a moral failing. Reality: Addiction is a disease based upon many things, including genetics, mental health and physical dependency. President Obama1 and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy2 even have called on Americans in recent months to get this […]

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How to Feel Comfortable on Your First Sober Vacation

How to Feel Comfortable on Your First Sober Vacation

For those in early recovery, the thought of going on vacation may induce more anxiety than excitement, but there is no reason that being sober should spoil your trip. Here are some hints to avoid relapsing or feeling like the odd one out. Don’t Pick a Party Zone There are some destinations that are famous for attracting people who want to take drugs, drink large amounts of alcohol or gamble. If you’re newly sober you’ll want to avoid these particular spots, not only to limit temptation, but because you may feel uncomfortable around inebriated people. Some cities to cross off […]

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Recognizing Relapse Warning Signs

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Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a long process that will likely be with you for the rest of your life. Addiction is not something that goes away, because even after you’ve beaten the physical withdrawal and mental addiction, you will still be at risk for relapse. Data shows that anywhere from 40 to 50% of all recovering drug and alcohol addicts will eventually relapse. This doesn’t consider the fact that most people will use small amounts of their substance when they first leave rehab. Instead, it accounts for people who succumb to cravings, stress, and negative emotions, […]

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How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

Addiction is a very poorly understood, highly stigmatized disease. Many people see addiction as a behavioral problem wherein addicts consciously and repeatedly choose alcohol or drugs over their health, relationships, careers and independence. However, most addicts don’t want to be in active addiction. As the repercussions of having a substance abuse problem accumulate over time, it quickly becomes an unhealthy, dangerous way of life. For those of us who haven’t experienced addiction first hand, it can be difficult to understand why addicts have such difficulty ceasing a behavior that wreaks such havoc in their lives. Understanding addiction and the recovery […]

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