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New Painkiller Zohydro Has Drug Experts Worried

New Painkiller Zohydro Has Drug Experts Worried

It is becoming increasingly common to hear stories of people entering addiction treatment centers to help them overcome a dependence on prescription painkillers. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoes deaths have tripled since the 1990s, and many of these can be attributed to the use of prescription painkillers. As…

Matthew Perry Is November’s Celebrity In Recovery

Matthew Perry Is November’s Celebrity In Recovery

Friends is one of the most successful sitcoms in television history, due in part to Matthew Perry and his hilarious character Chandler Bing. But at the height of the show’s success in the late 90s, viewers began to notice Chandler’s sudden drop in weight, and word spread of Perry’s battle with alcohol and opiate addiction….

Take the Love Quiz: Are You Codependent?

Take the Love Quiz: Are You Codependent?

Love can be a slippery slope—and sometimes being in love with someone gets tangled up with feeling the need to control that person, or stay in the relationship even when it’s toxic. When a partner or loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it often adds an even greater level of this dysfunction,…

Going to Pot

Going to Pot

While Obamacare, Chris Christie and NYC’s new mayor Bill de Blasio took most of the spotlight at last week’s midterm elections, marijuana policy was still a pretty hot topic—especially for Colorado and Maine. Federal law bans the sale and possession of pot, but the Whitehouse has made it clear it’s not too concerned with state…

The Culture of Celebrity Drug Endorsements

The Culture of Celebrity Drug Endorsements

Let’s face it—Hollywood has a particular influence over our society. And it seems that when a popular celebrity latches onto or endorses drugs or alcohol, using a particular substance goes from simply sounding cool to a widespread overnight trend. Are celebrities solely to blame for the high rates of substance abuse among teens? Of course…

Helping Your Mind Through Your Gut

Helping Your Mind Through Your Gut

When thinking about tackling our emotional and psychological issues one of the last things that may come to mind is our diet.  Unless we have a huge connection to food, what would the point be in taking a look at the food we put in ourselves?  The truth of the matter is that what is…

Myths & Facts About the Designer Drug Known as “Molly”

Myths & Facts About the Designer Drug Known as “Molly”

The drug “molly” has recently come into the spotlight due to some recent deaths at a New York electronic music festival, Electric Zoo. This past week, the drug has been all over the media and blogosphere. Here are some common misconceptions being reported, as well as some important facts for families. Myth #1: “This is…

Stressed Out? Top 5 Tips to Manage Stress!

Stressed Out? Top 5 Tips to Manage Stress!

Stress, as we all know, is a part of our lives. We simply cannot avoid it. Understanding the concept of avoidance and self-awareness can relegate the stressors we encounter on a daily basis. Stress comes from two main sources: internal factors and external factors. While external factors are just that – external – we do…

Communication Styles and Recovery – Social Wellness Month

Communication Styles and Recovery – Social Wellness Month

July is Social Wellness month, so we’d like to talk about communication – what  it is and why it’s important to your recovery. The first year in recovery is a time of confusion, joy, fear, anger, sadness, happiness; a whole spectrum of emotions. Your loved ones may not know what to expect the first year,…

Relapse Prevention: Relapse Signs and Symptoms

Relapse Prevention: Relapse Signs and Symptoms

When you make the decision to stay clean and sober, relapse prevention is critical. Addiction, like any other disease, has specific warning signs that can indicate an imminent reoccurrence of the illness. The disease of addiction can be deadly and thus requires planning and management in order to maintain good health. Relapse prevention involves educating…

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