The Portland Oregon Drug Problem – Addiction Statistics You Need to Know

The Portland Oregon drug problem is scary, and identifying the true scale of the substance abuse problem here is key if effective remedies are to be found. Here is a sobering look at addiction in Oregon. “What many don’t realize is that someone with a serious addictions disorder is going to have their body fall apart in a relatively short period. They are going to become disabled, if they don’t die first. They’re going to end up costing the taxpayer an enormous amount of money treating their serious health conditions, and then they are [...]

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?

Is drug addiction a choice or a disease? This is the question that keeps coming up in the addiction treatment community. Patients will often take one side or the other. Experts will debate the validity of addiction as a disease. Maybe you’ve even wondered the answer to this one yourself. It’s best, to begin with learning what addiction is. At that point, the answer to the question, is addiction a disease or choice? becomes much more clear. “Get your loved one the help they need. Our substance use disorder program accepts many health insurance plans, [...]

Staying Sober in College: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction is Affecting Students Across the Nation

The college years. Many eager, young people look forward to this time in anticipation of the beginning of their adult lives. And many adults look back on this time fondly (forgetting the late nights studying for exams) and remember the good times had with the friends they made there. But, there is something looming over college students that many people are unaware of. It darkens these usually joyous times, and can even claim lives. Drug and alcohol addiction. Addiction is not usually the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think about [...]

Quiz: Are You an Enabler?

“Enabling feels good, though! It makes us feel like we are helping and doing something good and positive in our family member’s life! It gives us a false sense of control…Our “helping” has only back-fired and prevented our family members from realizing they have a problem.” ~Carol Ann Gillespie and Karen Little, Friends and Family of Addiction: A Survival Manual When you care about someone with a substance abuse problem – alcoholism or drug addiction – it is only natural that you want to help them and keep them safe. After all, isn’t that what [...]

I Got a DUI in Idaho – Now What?

“…we want to remind anyone who might think about getting behind the wheel after drinking that real lives are at stake, and that it is just not worth the risk of killing someone else or yourself.” ~Idaho State Police Sgt. Rich Adamson If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in the State of Idaho, the bad news is you are not alone. According to a report published in the USA Today, Idaho is the third-most dangerous state in America for drunken driving. Idaho also ranked #5 in the nation for the [...]

Overcoming Addiction in Idaho (Opioids, Alcohol & Meth)

If you’re looking to overcome addiction in Idaho, there is help. You’ll need the support from others to help you with the difficult challenges that come from getting sober. It might sound cut and dry to go into an Idaho detox center and move on with your life. It’s rare that people only need help with physical symptoms. The psychological symptoms of addiction recovery take longer and are often more intense. The emotional reasons for substance abuse and addiction may surprise you as you begin to dig deeper. There are a few different means [...]

9 Truthful Songs About Addiction and Recovery

Music. When it comes to artistic expression that communicates the depth of the human experience, there is nothing like it. Sure, we are moved by beautiful artwork, literature, theater, and dance. Oh, but, music! It has a way of reaching in and grabbing us by the soul. One author wrote in Psychology Today that “music is a universal language.” We hear lyrics that speak to us and immediately feel a profound human connection. This connection transcends race, gender, economic status, and social barriers. This is especially true when it comes to songs about addiction [...]

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist vs. Therapist: What are the real differences?

Most people have heard of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists – but it is less common to understand the real differences between these three types of individuals. Consider this your quick and dirty guide to each of these focus areas, how they work, and how they can help you through recovery. One of the key elements of the recovery process, and something that the vast majority of treatment programs focus on, is the opportunity to participate in one-on-one counseling sessions. But are these sessions with a therapist? A psychiatrist? Neither? The difference may not be [...]

9 Truths about Sobriety that Everyone Should Know

"I personally believe this: we have only today; yesterday's gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That's why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… For those who are willing to receive it." ~ Ace Frehley, member of  KISS, and author of No Regrets: a Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir Many people who enter an addiction recovery center do so because they are at their own personal “rock bottom” – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They have finally reached the point where the consequences of their substance-abuse have made their life unmanageable. Not everyone has to [...]

Drug Testing Explained: Cost, Devices, Privacy and Accuracy

Angelina Jolie is famous for her leading roles and humanitarian efforts - but that’s not all there is to the story. When she was younger, she took a deep dive into hard drugs as she rose to fame. Thankfully for everyone from her father Jon Voight to her adopted children, she came up from this darker place. The actress outlined her journey in a profile with 60 Minutes in 2011: “I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn't die young. So I am very lucky. There are other artists and [...]

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