Category Archives: Addiction and Recovery News

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New Research Suggests Cocaine Is Even More Addictive Than We Thought

Substance abuse treatment professionals and researchers have known for years that cocaine is incredibly addictive, but new research indicates that the addictive qualities of cocaine use are more potent than previously thought. McGill University drug researchers recently revealed their findings from a study on recreational cocaine use. Over time and consistent exposure to outside substances, […]

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Discourse Surrounding Substance Abuse Continues to Evolve

Discourse Surrounding Substance Abuse Continues to Evolve

With millions of Americans struggling with addiction to prescription painkillers and hundreds of thousands more abusing heroin, it is clear that the opioid epidemic is currently the nation’s biggest drug problem. However, the opioid crisis has also been a catalyst for changing the way that our nation talks about addiction. In an interview with The […]

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Studies Show High Risk of Death For Opioid Addicts Under General Medical Care

Studies Show High Risk of Death For Opioid Addicts Under General Medical Care

Opioid addiction is a complex disorder that affects individuals on both physical and psychological levels. Effectively detoxing from opioids is dangerous and requires close supervision.  Additionally, successful long-term recovery requires a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Unfortunately, a new study suggests that our current general health care system may be ill-equipped to treat these patients. The report, […]

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Methadone During Surgery Reduces Need for Post-Op Opioids, Study Suggests

Methadone During Surgery Reduces Need for Post-Op Opioids, Study Suggests

Surgery often precipitates the short- to medium-term use of prescription opioids, which greatly increases a person’s risk of abuse. Amidst the nationwide opioid epidemic, one recent study — performed at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine — suggests that the type of pain medication used during surgery may significantly reduce the amount of […]

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Despite Dangers, Is Alcohol Use Becoming More Socially Acceptable?

Despite Dangers, Alcohol Use Becoming More Socially Acceptable

Binge drinking and other dangerous alcohol-related behavior can lead to reckless decision making and an increased risk of injury and death. Over time, heavy alcohol consumption is linked to liver disease and certain types of cancer. Despite these obvious health risks, research shows that alcohol abuse in the country is increasing. This disturbing trend begs […]

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Addiction, Sobriety and Spirituality

Addiction, Sobriety and Spirituality

Sobriety and spirituality often go hand and hand. According to multiple studies, this connection is no coincidence. This topic is especially important considering how many treatment centers across the national incorporate spiritual components into their recovery plans. Ph.D. Anthony G. Foster discusses the connection between sobriety and spirituality in greater depth: Addiction, Sobriety and Spirituality […]

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Community-Based Relapse Prevention

Community-Based Relapse Prevention

Research has shown that shame is a major barrier preventing individuals from entering treatment for their addiction. Finding a solution to this widespread stigma could be a major step forward in combating the nation’s drug abuse epidemic. In this essay, Certified Addiction Professional KJ Foster discusses the need for an addiction recovery movement to change […]

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Tough Love…. A Blessing in Disguise

Tough Love…. A Blessing in Disguise

Most parents are overjoyed to learn that their children are following in their footsteps. This joy turns to grief when the behavior being mimicked is a substance abuse problem.  Just because a parent has struggled with addiction, however, does not mean that they are unable to help their kids. This brave and touching anecdote, written by addiction treatment […]

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Shame, Stigma & Anonymity

Shame, Stigma & Anonymity

Negative stigmas about individuals with substance abuse problems are prevalent. We can help those struggling with addiction to stay encouraged and thrive in treatment by changing the ways we think and talk about addiction. The following article, penned by addiction treatment professional Karrol-Jo Foster, explores how the idea of anonymity can have both positive and […]

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