Category: Addiction and recovery

Addiction Treatment in California

July 10, 2019

Addiction Treatment in California If it seems like there's a myriad of options for addiction treatment in California, you're assumptions are correct. California in recent years has been a haven for addiction treatment centers. Why? In the 1980's, President Reagan's administration turned responsibility for mental health and addiction treatment to the States, rather than have the Federal government manage it. Why? The thought was that the States...

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Addiction Recovery Stories

July 5, 2019

Addiction recovery stories are always encouraging to hear. They all share one common trait - no two are alike. Everyone has a different path to recovery. Addiction is a disease - that's a fact that's no longer disputed, but taking that first dose, that first hit, was a choice - and that's all people seem to focus on sometimes. As mindsets have started to change, people are starting to understand the grasp of addiction. In the video below, Brandon...

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The Drug That Could Combat the Heroin Epidemic

June 21, 2019

The Drug That Could Combat the Heroin Epidemic On the other end of the spectrum of opioid agonist drugs like methadone and buprenorphine are the opioid antagonists, including the drug naloxone. In addition to being able to inhibit the activation of opioid receptors, naloxone acts as a competitive antagonist and is able to actively reverse the narcotic effects of many full opioid agonist drugs. It is this ability that makes naloxone such an important...

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Is Hitting Rock Bottom Necessary to Seek Addiction Treatment?

June 12, 2019

Hitting rock bottom before seeking treatment can be dangerous. Not only is rock bottom hard to qualify, but it’s also not absolute. Furthermore, waiting for yourself or a loved one to hit rock bottom could lead to someone actually dying - not a good thing. What Defines Rock Bottom? Rock bottom refers to the idea of a person hitting the lowest point in their addiction. The term "lowest point" is highly subjective. "Lowest" how?  As in, the worst...

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What Does The Latest Research Tell Us About Addiction?

June 5, 2019

The latest developments in addiction treatment It's no surprise that an enormous amount of time and money continues to flow into research on addiction treatment. With the growing opioid epidemic, the rise in use of fentanyl, everyone understands what's at stake. While clinical and behavioral studies are important, recovery centers are laser-focused on learning about the latest developments in addiction treatment. Working off We Already Know...

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The Growing Fentanyl Addiction Problem

May 22, 2019

Fentanyl Addiction is Sweeping the Nation Fentanyl addiction is officially an epidemic according to many sources so today, we look at what's being done to stem the tide of this deadly drug's rise to infamy. Fentanyl is among the most notorious and dangerous opioids aroudn. As it rises in popularity, the continuing opioid epidemic problem becomes even more profoud and its use results in more and more deaths in the United States. Each year,...

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Working While in Recovery

May 16, 2019

Working While in Recovery: Can it be done? The short answer is - it depends. Since there are different stages of recovery, let's focus on which stage of recovery is most conducive to working while in recovery. First, let's quickly cover the stages of recovery: Rehab/Detox - The first step on the recovery journey is purging the toxins from one's body. This means in-patient rehab (aka "detox") During this stage, you're eseentially in a facility,...

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10 Signs It's Time To Go To Rehab

May 9, 2019

When is it time to go to rehab? In life, some things are crystal clear, others are a bit blurred. In the case of substance abuse, the signs are easy to spot if you're paying attention. For those who continue to live in denial or proclaim that they 'have it under control,' here are 10 crystal-clear signs it's time to go rehab. If you're exhibiting any one of these, experts agree that you are in need of help. 1) You've operated a motor vehicle...

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7 Shocking Statistics About Opioid Addiction

May 2, 2019

New Statistics on Opioid Addiction Have Been Released Every year, millions of Americans use opioids to manage pain. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain—and reliance on opioids has led to the worst drug crisis in American history. New data shows the impact of America's opioid addiction problems. Since it takes awhile for all of the data to be reported, some of this data isn't from last year but it...

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What Is MAT?

April 24, 2019

MAT, or Medication Assisted Treatment and its Role in Recovery. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders, and can help some people to sustain recovery. Medication-assisted treatment is the use of anti-craving medicine...

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