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Club Drugs and Our Youth

All across the country, drugs remain a problem for our youth. It seems that every time we turn around, young people have found a new way to chase their next big high.Club drugs continue to be a problem in many different settings. However, raves continue to be among the most popular.
Raves
Raves are all-night dance parties that rarely only involve […]

By |November 30th, 2012|Addiction Recovery, Drug Info, General, Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Vermont Sees Heroin Abuse Rise as OxyContin Use Falls

The Boston Globe recently reported “OxyContin use down in Vt. but heroin use increases” and discussed what surely must be a frustrating situation for officials in that state.
The manufacturer of OxyContin changed the formula of the drug to make it less appealing to illicit drug users. Instead of being able to chew or grind up the time-release pain medication […]

By |November 28th, 2012|Drug Info, Drug Rehab Treatment, In the News|Comments Off|

An ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Aids in Relapse Prevention

In a poignant column for Michigan’s Mlive.com, Mark Thomson, a professional who works with recovering addicts writes about how, “In recovery from addiction, ‘attitude of gratitude’ not just a Thanksgiving Day phenomenon”.  Adopting a habit of expressing gratitude is key for those in drug and alcohol rehab. Recovering from an addiction requires more that stopping unhealthy habits: it also requires […]

By |November 26th, 2012|Addiction Recovery, General Addiction|Comments Off|

You’ll Find Caring, Competent Staff at Transitions Recovery

When someone seeks treatment for addiction they are in a vulnerable space because it takes a lot of courage to seek this kind of help. Such a person needs the right kind of medical care to cope with withdrawal symptoms but they also need caring help as they transition into a new mindset.
The staff at Transitions Recovery is caring […]

By |November 23rd, 2012|Addiction Recovery|Comments Off|

Would a New Name for PTSD Encourage More Military Personnel to Seek Treatment?

Military personnel (and others) who experience PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) may start to notice symptoms a few months after a traumatic turn of events or they may not notice they are suffering from PTSD until years have passed.  The unsettling symptoms combined with the flashbacks of the event may cause some to turn to drugs or alcohol in […]

By |November 21st, 2012|Dual Diagnosis, In the News|Comments Off|

Bon Jovi’s Daughter’s Heroin Troubles Highlight Good Samaritan 911 Law

The recent news that singer Bon Jovi’s daughter overdosed on heroin not only put the spotlight on that drug, it also highlighted a July 2011 New York State law that “was designed to reduce overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession.”
Under the ‘Good Samaritan 911′ law, someone who overdoses or […]

By |November 19th, 2012|Drug Info, In the News|Comments Off|

Prescription Drug Abuse Rising Among Teens in Maryland

Officials in Montgomery County, Maryland are working to find ways to stem the rising tide of drug abuse among teens in their area. According to local news station WJLA, “The drug of choice are prescription drugs like Oxycontin and opiates like heroin.”
One county official spoke not only of area teens but he made it more personal: he has a […]

By |November 16th, 2012|In the News|Comments Off|

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis occurs when an individual is dealing with a mental disorder and substance abuse at the same time. Sometimes people with a mental disorder will use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate when their disorder is undiagnosed or not treated properly.
Is it easy to determine dual diagnosis?
Often it can be difficult to determine dual diagnosis and individuals suffering from […]

By |November 14th, 2012|Addiction Recovery, Dual Diagnosis|Comments Off|

Two States Opt to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana

The election night news that may or may not have surprised you, depending on how much attention you’ve been paying to the issue, relates to marijuana. If you didn’t know, the citizens of Colorado and Washington State opted to legalize marijuana for recreational use and in Massachusetts doctors can now prescribe marijuana as medication.
In an opinion piece for the […]

By |November 12th, 2012|Drug Info, In the News|Comments Off|

Heroin Addict Had Touching Words for His Mother

The Oregonian had followed the story of Alec Bates, a young man who struggles to end an addiction to heroin for years and sadly, the publication also had to ultimately record the story of his demise. Bates’ mother Connie Miller spoke of the devastation she felt she when she saw him panhandling and he was so strung out he […]

By |November 9th, 2012|General Addiction, In the News|Comments Off|