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Using Heroin During Pregnancy: How Opioids Impact Mothers and Babies

Use of Heroin During Pregnancy Using heroin during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for you and your baby. The same can be said for most other powerful opioids. There is no denying that the consumption of such potent substances put both you and your unborn child at risk. However, the stigma surrounding heroin use . . . . Continue Reading


New Study Connecting Drug Use in Women to Hormone Cycles

Do Hormones Impact Drug Use in Women? Recently, the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research at Vanderbilt University conducted a study to observe the relationship between the female hormonal cycle and cocaine addiction. The data from the study suggests that these cycles may not only make women more susceptible to developing drug addiction, but also more . . . . Continue Reading


Bridging the Gender Gap of Addiction Treatment Options

Substance abuse and addiction are devastating for anyone, but the journey of recovery can be a particularly difficult one for women. Women are much more likely than men to face a multitude of barriers when trying to get access to treatment. In fact, women are far less likely than men to even seek treatment when . . . . Continue Reading


Addicted Women Face Deadliest Year after Giving Birth

Women already face plenty of adversity when it comes to overcoming addiction. Many of the challenges women face in recovery are unique, and some of the obstacles they have to push through can seem insurmountable. The same can be said for women who have just given birth to a child. New mothers can experience extreme . . . . 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


7 Famous Female Alcoholic Authors: Women, Wine and Words

If you’re familiar with the culture of literature or have ever been inside a high school English class, you’ve heard the infamous stories of male alcoholic authors, like the great Ernest Hemingway who’s alcoholic lifestyle lead to long battles with depression before his eventual suicide. Or perhaps you’ve heard of James Joyce, the Irish author . . . . 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


Ohio Teen Using Baby Blankets to Fight Infant Heroin Addiction

Sidney Depp is a 16-year-old sophomore cheerleader at Springboro High School in Springboro, Ohio. For the past two years she has been running a non-profit called The Love Project. The mission of her campaign is to help fight infant heroin addiction, which has increased drastically in the past few years due to the opioid epidemic. . . . . Continue Reading


2 Addictions Women Experience Differently Than Men

The beauty each woman brings to the world every day is unique, as are the challenges they face in life and in health. Historically, and even today, women face unique obstacles and injustices. Whether professionally, socially, or personally, women must often overcome distinctive adversities. One thing women experience differently than men is addiction. Women Do . . . . Continue Reading


Celebrity Recovery Story: Jada Pinkett Smith Over 20 Years Sober

 Jada Pinkett Smith is, by all means, a celebrity powerhouse, with a long list of incredible accomplishments she has managed to pull off over a long career. One particular victory for the amazing icon is especially impressive, even though it is probably not the most publicized: Jada Pinkett Smith is over 20 years sober! Getting . . . . Continue Reading