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Explained: Narconon and Its Connection to Scientology

By | 2018-01-04T02:11:16+00:00 January 10th, 2018|

Referring to Narconon, Tony Ortega wrote, “Scientology advertises that they’re going to give you individualized drug counseling. And they’re very careful never to tell you that you won’t be talking about drugs at all. You’re just getting Scientology training.” That assertion by Ortega, a journalist who has been writing about Scientology since 1995, does not present a unique or biased position. Rather, since its inception, Narconon has been a magnet for both controversy and criticism. First Things First – What Is Narconon? Narconon presents itself as a substance abuse treatment [...]

Starting the New Year Sober

By | 2018-01-03T05:20:13+00:00 January 4th, 2018|

I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute – if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities? And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk. ~ Craig Ferguson Many alcoholics and addicts choose to make the New Year the starting point for when they finally seek treatment for their Substance Use Disorder (SUD).  There’s just something that seems fitting about leaving old problems – addiction and dysfunction – in the Old Year and starting over with a clean slate. [...]

Buprenorphine Resources: Finding Suboxone Doctors and Discounts

By | 2018-01-04T19:27:29+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

For the past 70 years, people addicted to opioids such as illicit heroin or prescription painkillers have been treated via Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT), historically using methadone, and, increasingly, Suboxone. But even though this newer medication is starting to supplant methadone as the “go-to” ORT medication of choice, some people are still largely unaware of what Suboxone is, why Suboxone is a viable alternative to methadone, or where to find Suboxone doctors. First Things First—What is Opioid Replacement Therapy? “It gives the user a better chance in the long-term to [...]

Narcotics Anonymous Explained: What it is and Why It Works

By | 2018-01-04T19:46:07+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Narcotics Anonymous – Helping Addicts Get Clean Since 1953 Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) is a 12-step program designed to help addicts stop using drugs and help them find a new way to live. The program happens at regularly scheduled meetings. The program was created in 1953 by a recovering addict named Jimmy K. and founded in California with the help of other recovering addicts. N.A. was modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous program and was born out of a need for a solution that focused not on alcohol addiction, but drug addiction. Today, there are more [...]

Which Prescription and OTC Drugs Are Just Fine to Use in Recovery?

By | 2017-11-20T05:47:14+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Can the prescription and OTC drugs you take REALLY play a role in successful recovery from addiction? Early in recovery, we are taught that if we want to stay sober, we may have to make wholesale lifestyle changes – avoiding the people, places, and things that may trigger a relapse into active drinking and using. Among the things we are taught to avoid are certain prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies, such as: Opioid painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin, Tramadol, etc.) Benzodiazepine tranquilizers (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.) Sleeping pills, even those that are not benzodiazepines (Ambien, [...]

Sublime: How Addiction Devastated The Band’s Rising Stars

By | 2017-11-19T00:27:09+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

It’s no great secret that drugs and rock and roll often go hand in hand. There are exceptions, of course, but many rock and roll stars end up succumbing to the disastrous effects of hard drugs at some point. Nothing paints the picture of addiction in rock stars like the story of how addiction devastated the rising stars of Sublime, one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-1990s. "It was sex, drugs and rock and roll," friend Mike Tracy says in the clip, detailing the band's downfall. "Then it was drugs and [...]

Suboxone Vs Vivitrol for Conquering Opioid Addiction: You May be Surprised by the Winner

By | 2017-11-21T19:38:30+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Is Vivitrol, called the Anti-Addiction Shot, the “Next Big Thing” in opioid/heroin addiction treatment? A brand-new study just published in The Lancet has concluded that Vivitrol is slightly more effective at preventing relapse than Suboxone, one of the established go-to pharmaceutical options used for the treatment of a dependence on prescription opioids or heroin. During the six-month study 4% fewer patients relapsed when given Vivitrol, compared to those given Suboxone, 52% versus 56%. This is the first American research to compare the two anti-craving medications head-to-head, although a smaller Norwegian study was published in October [...]

9 Tools to Combat Bad Habits After You’ve Kicked Addiction

By | 2017-10-10T17:18:58+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Often throughout addiction, you will also pick up some bad habits along the way. Making it past recovery was probably one of the biggest challenges you’ve ever faced. Now it’s time to tend to the bad habits that tagged along. On one hand, you may want to hold onto your bad habits as it’s something familiar. On the other hand, you know you can kick bad habits because you made it through addiction recovery. Smoking is one of the major habits that you still hold onto even though you’re past substance addiction. It is [...]

Sober Bars – The Newest Trend That We Are Crazy About

By | 2017-10-10T17:05:57+00:00 October 29th, 2017|

If you think that the phrase "sober bars" sounds like a place that exists only in a fictional TV show (This Is Us, perhaps?), it's time to discover the hot new trend for those seeking things to do other than drink on weekends. Sober Things To Do At Night Sitting at home with a can of diet soda and your cat is one way to celebrate a sober lifestyle. But if you're looking for something more than a purring pet and diet drink when it comes to your nightlife, consider [...]

How I Dropped My Two Best Friends: Shame & Guilt

By | 2017-10-10T16:50:58+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. ― Brené Brown, Shame Researcher Shame and guilt are natural. These emotions can help us reflect on and evaluate our past choices, and give us the drive to change our future ones. But rather than giving us the motivation to change, shame and guilt can also hold us back from growing as well. Sometimes the intensity of these feelings can seem so overwhelming, so insurmountable, that the emotions which are supposed to push us forward actually render us [...]

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