A Cancer Diagnosis – Part III

My Family This is Part III of the series on Cancer Diagnosis Themes. For me, right after my diagnosis, a very early thought that embedded itself in my mind, sticking there like a rusty nail, eating in to my thoughts every day, was “What will my family do? How can I take care of my…

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Opiate Impact

  A hot topic among our lawmakers is opiate abuse. As recovery professionals, it is in our best interest to know and understand how opiates are abused, what abusing them can lead to, and what we can do to help. Fortunately, you can get this information from our online opiate impact course. Through our one-hour…

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Tackling the Opiate Epidemic: Now Is the Time

Congress has recently passed the 21st Century CURE Act, which among other medical research and treatment provisions, offers 1 Billion in grants over the next few years to help states deal with the opioid abuse epidemic. See Washington Post Article There is no better time for helping professionals to understand the problem of opioid dependency…

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The Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction

On NPR’s Morning Edition Nov 17th some highlights from Steve Inskeep’s interview with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy are shared on the prevalence of substance abuse in the United States and what we can do to curb the addiction epidemic. In 1964, the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the health impacts of smoking, and…

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Marijuana Legalization: Wasted Youth?

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has released a report on findings related to four years of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington states. From what this report shows, legalization has not delivered on its promises of windfall tax revenues or a decrease in crime. However, there is plenty of evidence that it has had significant…

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Fatal Addiction: Overdose on the Rise

In this CNN report by Jen Christiansen and Sergio Hernandez, the immense increase in drug overdose deaths in the United States is highlighted along with possible causes. The rate of drug overdose deaths has steadily risen since 1999 and in 2009 surpassed both auto accidents and death by gun violence. The drug overdose rate continues…

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Disease of the Mind Gut?

Researchers have linked myalgic encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) to gut bacteria and inflammatory microbial agents in blood. CFS has for long been (elusively) related to stress and anxiety disorders but it might be that the problem is more corporeal than it first seemed. In fact, this could potentially prove that it’s not a…

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Learning, Understanding and Encouraging: How to Help a Loved One Get into Treatment

You can’t really help someone recover from substance abuse till you understand what addiction entails. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from addiction or substance abuse, your first step should be to educate yourself about addiction. When dealing with a loved one’s addiction, it is important to stay open to all their needs and requirements, honest…

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This is What Alcohol Does to Your Body

Alcoholism, like addiction to any other substance, is deteriorating to the mind as well as the body. We have shared information on how to stay sober, how to avoid getting drunk at social occasions and how to recover from alcoholism. For a change, here is an article on the effects of alcohol on different parts of…

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Is the Occasional Drink Really That Harmless?

For victims of alcohol abuse, the answer is simply: No. You never know what could trigger that downward spiral into becoming an alcoholic once again. It can, however, be very hard to refuse a drink or two on social occasions. We understand that. But if you want to avoid getting trapped in this endless cycle of…

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