Drug Addiction

When It Takes More Than Once

When It Takes More Than Once

S. was 14 when her doctor prescribed her painkillers for chronic migraines. At the time, she didn’t think much of it. As far as she as concerned, it was simply another prescription. The kids at school knew better. “They saw what I had, and said ‘you could get f***** up on those,’” she told Foundations Recovery Network in this interview about her journey. “They suggested I start taking two at a time. So I did.” S. loved the carefree feeling she got whenever she did. But it wasn’t until the birth of her first child that it began to represent […]

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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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Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

It’s been an extremely important year for addiction and recovery. We learned quite a bit about the disease, including how alcohol and drug abuse are significantly causes of the shorter life expectancy of Americans. As well, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that will help to minimize the misuse and diversion of pharmaceutical drugs. In early 2016, President Barack Obama brought much awareness to the state of opioid addiction in the United States by pushing for additional funding for medication-assisted addiction treatment programs. Later in the year, Obama encouraged remembrance of those lost to addiction and […]

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Is There a Place for Spirituality in Addiction Recovery?

Is There a Place for Spirituality in Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is an extremely polarizing topic. While the medical and scientific communities agree that it’s a brain disease, there are still many people in the general public who see addiction as an issue of morality. In short, the common misconception is that those who struggle with substance abuse issues are simply bad people. Since addicts so often find themselves demonized in society,1 many are resistant to treatment since it requires them to openly identify as an addict. Clearly, there’s a discrepancy between what’s known about addiction as a disease and the negative perceptions that often keep people from seeking the […]

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New Study Suggests Everyone’s Brain Is Wired for Addiction

New Study Suggests Everyone’s Brain Is Wired for Addiction

As anyone who has struggled with addiction knows, recovery can often feel like a battle against stigma as much as it is a battle against substance. Our culture often portrays addicts as being broken at best and weak-willed at worst. But what if society’s line between the brains of addicts and non-addicts isn’t actually that distinct after all? Addiction researcher Brian Anderson is the author of the new study “What is Abnormal about Addiction-related Attentional Biases?” The answer, he says, is not much. The idea of “addiction-related attentional biases” is a simple one that should sound familiar to those who […]

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