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Smartphone app may decrease drinking during recovery, study suggests

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Alcohol rehab is often the first step that those struggling with heavy drinking take toward better lives. A variety of low- and high-intensity programs with professional counselors and therapists may help even the most habitual drinkers break out of their destructive tendencies. Group discussions may even highlight the emotional causes behind a life of substance abuse,…

Prescription drug can reduce episodes of heavy drinking

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Completing alcohol rehab can dramatically improve the life of someone who had previously been addicted to drinking. In addition to treatment, constant communication with support groups and some help with prescription drugs, those who have struggled with substance abuse in the past can continue successfully on their path of recovery. A new study by researchers as Penn…

Wisconsin mother loses daughter to heroin, turns advocate

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When a person dies from a drug overdose, the cost is terrible - a life lost, potential squandered. For those family members, friends and loved ones who remain, the toll a death from drugs takes can be just as horrendous but almost impossible to quantify. Mothers and fathers might have many questions that can no longer be answered,…

Stories of celebrity addiction encourages others to speak out

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Since the death of Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, many individuals – both celebrities and others – have been speaking out about their own struggles with addiction and experiences with rehab centers. It is believed that Hoffman’s death may have been the result of heroin use, which highlights the fact that addiction can happen to anyone….

New test distinguishes heroin use from poppy seeds

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Detox centers are not the only places that offer drug testing services to help people stay clean. In fact, many workplaces require that people are tested for drugs before hiring them, to determine whether they are hiring someone who may be in need of addiction treatment. Over the years, it has been difficult for workplaces to tell…

Research suggests age 21 drinking laws save lives

Research suggests age-21 drinking laws save lives

Every year, thousands of young Americans seek alcohol rehab to regain their control not only over their drinking, but their lives as well. Binge drinking among college and high school students in America remains a serious issue, yet no one is able to identify the source of the problem. In recent years, critics, activists and even a coalition of…

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s relapse and death are difficult to explain

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The recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from an overdose of heroin poses particular problems to those who have achieved the impressive feat of a sustained recovery. Addiction treatment centers and other forms of support are pivotal in breaking the hold substance abuse can wield over a person’s life, and often times, only the care and listening…

Colorado Marijuana Legislation May Mean More Addicted Teens

Colorado Marijuana Legislation May Mean More Addicted Teens

While many people in Colorado were very excited to legally purchase recreational marijuana early in 2014, individuals who run rehab centers were preparing to see an influx of addicts coming through their doors. ABC News reported that drug rehab staff in the state were most concerned about teenagers become dependent on the drug now that…

6 Common Alcohol Myths

6 Common Alcohol Myths

Some individuals who enter alcohol rehab may have ended up developing an addiction to alcohol because, among other things, they believed some of the common and dangerous myths associated with this substance. For example, because alcohol is legal, people may assume that it is safe to consume in large quantities. However, alcohol can not only…

Employees Prefer Prescriptions Over Pot

Employees Prefer Prescriptions Over Pot

Good and bad news for the American workforce: Fortunately, today’s employees are using less cocaine and marijuana—but prescription drug abuse among this population is growing strong. According to the Wall Street Journal, medical-testing company Quest Diagnostics Inc. reviewed more than 125 million urine drug tests, mostly from pre-employment screenings, administered from 1988 to 2012. In 2012,…

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