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School Teachers Seeing More Kids Affected by Addiction at Home

Addiction in the Home It is safe to say that a lot of young people have their first experience with drugs when they are still young enough to be in school. It might be due to exposure to other people using drugs, or being offered drugs by their peers. Needless to say, if someone in . . . . Continue Reading


Is Kratom Poisoning on the Rise in America?

Controversy is nothing new to the kratom scene. In recent years, the compounds usefulness and safety as a therapeutic agent has been considered questionable. Many attribute this to the limited amount of quality research available. For years, supporters have been shouting that the substance is safe and natural medicine that is being wrongfully stigmatized. However, . . . . Continue Reading


Should We Label Addiction as Physical or Psychological?

When people talk about the true nature of addiction, there is often a debate between whether addiction it purely a psychological ailment, or a physical abnormality. Stigma informs the idea that addiction is a moral failing, or a weakness of character. However, decades of research in various fields of study inform the designation that addiction . . . . Continue Reading


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