New Year’s Resolution: Overcoming the Addiction

31.9 million people aged 12 or older in the United States are current users of illicit drugs, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine are easily available on the street, and alcohol is the most widely consumed substance in the United States. It seems that no matter where one turns, drugs and alcohol are always going to be …

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Celebrity Series Part 5: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as the heroine Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, recently reprised in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s also a hero to the bipolar community, rebelling against mental illness stigma and fighting for more funding to treat mental illness. Fisher was born to celebrity parents …

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From Prescription to Heroin

No one purposely sets foot on the path to addiction. Did you know it takes just 28 days to become physically dependent upon prescription pain medicine? Some addicts begin using pills legitimately for pain treatment. Using medication differently than the prescribed plan greatly increases risk for developing addiction. Other addicts start by trying prescription pills …

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Empathizing with Opioid Dependency

The misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers in the U.S. has dramatically increased over the past decade. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that the number of Americans misusing prescription opioid pain relievers has more than doubled in the past decade. This alarming …

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What is Addiction?

As of 2014, 1.9 million Americans, 12 years of age or older, have had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers. We know that people are becoming addicted to opioids, however, what do we really know of the symptoms and signs of the medical illness, addiction? Watch this video in which Jim Reyser, the …

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No More Paper Prescriptions, No More Addiction?

Handwritten prescriptions will be outlawed as of March 27th. Yes, come that date, all doctors in New York will be required to issue digital prescriptions under a new state law which aims to curb opioid abuse. This law will make New York the first state to mandate digital prescriptions and moreover, penalize any doctor who …

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Holidays & Addiction Relapses

  The holidays can be a difficult time for people recovering from an addiction. Several temptations are around you, such as festive alcoholic drinks and more. The holiday season is a time of year connected with food, cocktails, and parties, which can often cause “holiday stress”. Often people with drug addictions or substance abuse problems …

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Opiate Withdrawal: Taking One Step at a Time

  Withdrawal can be a particularly hard phase when overcoming opiate addiction, but recovery is possible. According to researchers, 9% of Americans experience opiate dependency at some point in their lives. Addicts are often unable to control themselves or stop using opiates. Additionally, experts say that the number of people abusing opiates may be greater …

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