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How to Move from Thinking About Treatment to Action

How to Move from Thinking About Treatment to Action

Several barriers prevent or delay people from getting the treatment they need to find recovery. Some people are in denial or are still enabled by family and friends, so they cannot find any reason why they need treatment. On the other hand, some individuals acknowledge their issue and are thinking about treatment, but they fail to act. For these individuals, several issues may stand in the way of them looking into treatment. First, fear can be a barrier that prevents someone from seeking...

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How Naloxone Saves Lives

How Naloxone Saves Lives

It is estimated that globally, over 69,000 people die from opioid overdose each year. Naloxone is a drug that can save the lives of these individuals, as it works to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone: About the Drug Naloxone is an overdose reversing narcotic substance. Common types of drugs derived from opium, or opioids, include: heroin, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphine, buprenorphine, codeine and oxycodone. The drug’s brand name is Narcan and is...

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The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease with many contributing factors. Identifying just one cause of addiction is impossible, as it is genetic, environmental, social and psychological in origin. Because of this, preventing addiction is equally complex. This does not mean addiction is inevitable; it proves that there are many opportunities for addiction prevention. Addiction appears in families with all levels of involvement, strength and supervision, but the risk of addiction development decreases if...

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How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns and relationships to improve life. It comes in many forms—many people think of art when they think of creativity, but it has been harnessed by all great inventors and other thinkers who have affected almost every aspect of culture. Creativity cannot be learned, but it can be nurtured with instruction, tutoring and exploration. Most people possess some creativity, but the lack of benefits from using this skill often...

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Succeeding at Your Sober Resolutions

The holiday season can be a difficult and tempting time for those who are in recovery, as there are many holiday events that involve drugs and alcohol. There is also the hectic stress of the season with an overwhelming number of social and professional activities to attend. Finally, there is increased financial pressure for purchasing holiday gifts. It is very important for people in recovery to acknowledge these stressors and create plans to maintain their focus to avoid relapse. For many...

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Why Breaking Addiction Takes More than Willpower

Why Breaking Addiction Takes More than Willpower

People who have not personally experienced addiction are often quick to judge addicts. Some of these lucky individuals who do not suffer from addiction express thoughts like, “if you wanted to quit, you would,” and “if you cared about anyone more than yourself, you would quit.” Statements that suggest an addict can simply break his addiction with willpower alone must stop; these statements derive from misinformation and they are insulting to the addict. The old saying, if there’s a...

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What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

The prescription medication Zohydro ER, generically known as hydrocodone bitartrate, is an extended release narcotic designed to treat chronic and lasting pain that does not respond to non-opioid treatment. A chemical cousin of heroin, morphine, oxycodone and codeine, Zohydro is extremely addictive. Users can become dependent even if they never take more than is prescribed for them by their doctor. Although some users believe that this opiate is somehow safe because of its extended release...

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What Makes Prescription Drugs So Addicting?

What Makes Prescription Drugs So Addicting?

Prescription drugs are not harmless. The Trust for America’s Health shares, “Prescription drug abuse has quickly become a top public health concern, as the number of drug overdose deaths….doubled in 29 states since 1999…Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths” (“Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic,” 2013). Despite these and other statistics...

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The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

2013 witnessed new drug abuse trends, but drugs of abuse mostly stayed the same as in recent years. Alcohol and marijuana continue to top the list when it comes to commonly abused drugs, and prescription drugs are close behind. Drugs People Abused in 2013 Drug types in the past few years have not changed much, as alcohol and marijuana use are still common, on the other hand methamphetamine abuse is still common, but slowly declining. 2013 saw another explosive year in terms of heroin abuse, and...

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The Changing Views about Drug Addiction over the Past Century

The Changing Views about Drug Addiction over the Past Century

As society progresses with new knowledge and the ability to conduct thorough research, opinions regarding addiction, addicts, and treatment change.  Due to limited knowledge of the physiological affects that accompany addiction, many people used to believe that addiction could be overcome with willpower, or that only weak or corrupt people became addicts. However, views have changed and our society is starting to understand the scientific nature of addiction and the struggle addicts...

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Why Are Some Drugs Illegal?

Why Are Some Drugs Illegal?

The legal status of drugs has been a hot topic for quite some time, as many government acts and finances center on it. Although new laws have recently passed to legalize certain drugs, a long list of drugs are still illegal. The government chooses whether or not to legalize a substance based on many factors, most of which are to protect citizens from danger. Why Drugs Become Illegal The choice to legalize a drug has been a constant battle for decades. Some people cite the following reasons for...

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What’s the Difference Between a MSW and a LMSW?

What’s the Difference Between a MSW and a LMSW?

When going into the field of social work, people have many options regarding how far they can take their education, as well as what requirements they must meet to qualify for various positions. While all social work jobs are important, the various titles reflect the amount of education a person has, such as the differences between a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). Both are qualified professionals, but the LMSW employee will be trained to perform more...

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