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How Does Medicaid Help with Addiction Treatment Programs?

A lot of people may not realize that Medicaid covers approximately one in every four American citizens. So, with drug abuse and addiction being such a hot topic, how much of this helps with addiction treatment? What is Medicaid? In an effort to keep it simple and still be informative, let us look at the . . . . Continue Reading


How Cops Helping Addicts are Changing the Conversation on Addiction  

On June 29th, 2018, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) organization celebrated its third year anniversary. That week, representatives from some of the more than 400 PAARI law enforcement partners joined public health officials and government leaders to honor the work the PAARI programs have done all over the nation to change the . . . . Continue Reading


Blue Light Special: Colored Bulbs to Prevent Public Restroom Drug Use

  It has been said before that in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis in America, public restrooms have become ground zero all across the country. You don’t have to look very hard to find stories about users being found in the grips of an overdose on bathroom floors; be it at a bar or . . . . Continue Reading


Could Prescription Amphetamines Be the Next Big Epidemic in America?

In the looming shadow of our current opioid epidemic in America, people are quick to forget that we had another pill-propelled epidemic back in the mid-1960s. Over five decades ago America stumbled into a nationwide amphetamine epidemic, and some suggest we are already on the verge of another and we don’t even notice. Can we . . . . Continue Reading


Big Pharma Opioid Makers Now Facing Lawsuit from Miami

Since early 2014, I have been writing about attempts by city and state officials all over the country to hold Big Pharma opioid makers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic in America. In 2014 we talked about Chicago adding its name to the list of plaintiffs. By 2015 two counties in California were . . . . Continue Reading


Overdose Deaths in Ohio and the Rural Midwest Rising Steadily

Ohio has been one of the top 5 states for the last several years suffering alarming rates of opioid overdose and opioid-related death. Overdose death rates are already accelerating all over the country, and the Buckeye State is one of many that are part of the trend. In 2016, Ohio ranked number 2 in overdose . . . . Continue Reading


Empowering Women through Trauma Resolution at The Orchid

The Orchid Ideology Trauma can be a result of numerous things. In some cases, trauma is a reaction to a catastrophic critical life-changing event. Many survivors of intense experiences such as a natural disaster or other life-threatening situations struggle with some degree of trauma. Other people who experience trauma are survivors of physical, emotional, verbal . . . . Continue Reading


The Truth About Psychological Trauma and Drug Addiction

The connection between trauma, victimization, and addiction are often overlooked when it comes to treating addiction. However, going to meetings and getting a sponsor is not enough to ensure a full recovery for everyone. For some, it is necessary to address the underlying traumatic reasons for developing and sustaining addiction. Challenges Brought on by Trauma . . . . Continue Reading


Huge Decline in Underage Binge Drinking Across America

A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Abuse  (SAMHSA) reveals that underage drinking rates among young people are declining. Considering we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic, any good news is a breath of fresh air. When the 2010-2012 estimates were compared to the 2012-2014 estimates, 18 . . . . Continue Reading


Mindfulness May Help Patients Taper Off Opioid Use, Study Reveals

Mindfulness, mindfulness, mindfulness: Can we stop talking about mindfulness? No, actually… we can’t. I know it seems like the word mindfulness has suddenly saturated the internet, but the reality is mindfulness has a major impact on our psychological health. In fact, a new study examined the impact practicing had on opioid use, and the results . . . . Continue Reading