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Recognizing Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms Before It’s Too Late

Many experts believe it is fair to say that the opioid crisis in America is quickly becoming a fentanyl crisis, with reports indicating that the majority of overdose deaths in the nation last year involved the infamous synthetic opioid. That is why it is so important to learn the signs for recognizing fentanyl overdose symptoms . . . . Continue Reading


Opioids and Opiates: Understanding the Key Differences

  We hear the term all the time- “opioid epidemic”- but people often get the keyword “opioid” confused with “opiate”, and honestly it is a completely understandable mistake. The two seem pretty much interchangeable in a lot of situations. However, there are a few differences that it helps to be aware of. So what are . . . . Continue Reading


Understanding Addiction and Recovery: By Thomas G. Beley

By Thomas G. Beley, Ph.D., LCSW Neurobiology, Behavior, and Addiction The addictive disorders have probably been one of the most confusing and elusive disorders to treat over the years. There is no other disorder that has created more confusion or controversy, or for that matter, debate as to what needs to be done for someone . . . . Continue Reading


Addicted Moms: Helping Women with Children Who Want Treatment

It is safe to say that nearly everyone in America is affected by addiction in some way. You may not know your friend or co-worker is struggling, or maybe someone in their life is struggling, but addiction is more prevalent than ever. So it is no surprise that some of those people just might happen . . . . Continue Reading


5 Powerful Books and Memoirs about Women with Addictions

If you look, you can find plenty of books by amazing writers about their struggles with substance abuse and addiction. Many individuals have written intense and intimate autobiographies about their experiences with the suffering of addiction. Some have even gone on to share their inspiring stories of recovery and rediscovering themselves. While there is no . . . . 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


Benzo Brain Damage: How Drugs Like Xanax Break Down the Mind

  Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs where the core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. Commonly referred to as benzos, these compounds have become relatively notorious over recent years. However, even as they are seeing a trend in popularity in 2018, people have worried about the impact of these drugs on the . . . . 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


Meth Detox: What You Need to Know

Not many people truly realize how prevalent meth abuse in America is, and how damaging it can be to the human body. Just the drug itself is attached to a great deal of taboo, not to mention attaching it to addiction. However, this powerful stimulant drug is used by roughly 4% of the US population. . . . . Continue Reading