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How Dry January Can Jump-Start Your Recovery

By |2019-01-25T16:49:35+00:00December 31st, 2018|

Whenever the start of the year comes around, about 40% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions. They take this time as an opportunity to reflect upon themselves and their lives. They find out what they’re lacking, and resolve to make changes that will benefit their lives. About 45% of those who make New Year’s resolutions want to either lose weight or get in shape. 16% want to quit smoking, and 53% want to save money. You can lose weight, become healthier and save money if you participate in Dry January. In fact, Dry [...]

Blake Painter: From the “Deadliest Catch” to the Deadliest Disease

By |2018-12-28T16:32:09+00:00June 1st, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: An official cause of death has not yet been released for Blake Painter. The purpose of this article is to examine known and reported facts about drug addiction, which include how stress and chronic pain can lead to prescription drug misuse, illicit drug abuse, and an increased risk of overdose. It has not been confirmed that Painter died of an overdose at this time. On May 25th, Blake Painter, one of the Captains featured on the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the Discovery Channel’s popular reality TV show Deadliest Catch, was found dead [...]

What Claimed the Life of Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan??

By |2018-12-29T02:03:51+00:00May 25th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: The cause of death of Dolores O’Riordan has not been released. This article’s purpose is to educate about mental health and substance abuse risks. It has not been confirmed that O’Riordan used any illicit drugs or died by suicide at this time. On January 15, Cranberries singer, Dolores O’Riordan, was found dead in a London hotel room. She was only 46. With O’Riordan out front, the Cranberries achieved worldwide fame and sold millions of albums. Despite the public success, however, O’Riordan privately struggled with trauma, physical pain, substance abuse, personal setbacks, and mental health [...]

Phenibut: Facing the Facts

By |2018-12-29T02:07:52+00:00April 15th, 2018|

“There is no drug that is the same as phenibut in the country. So we are really working with an unknown substance here in Australia.” ~ Dr. Jim Finn, Queensland Vice President, Australian Medical Association In February 2018, seven Australian schoolboys from a prestigious private school were rushed to the hospital and treated for drug overdoses. But the real story is the offending substance – a drug so rare that doctors were clueless about the best way to treat them. Up to that point, most doctors had never even heard of using phenibut powder [...]

Agoraphobia Explained: What It Is and How to Treat It

By |2018-12-29T02:13:38+00:00February 25th, 2018|

Going outside can be scary for all of us. Weather, traffic and other factors can make staying inside seem like a great option on most days.  Many people, however, suffer from a condition called agoraphobia, which makes leaving the house nearly impossible. Agoraphobia is caused by the fear of people, crowds, open spaces and other things that exist outside the house. Ultimately, the condition results in a fear of leaving home entirely. Millions of Americans suffer from agoraphobia. It has a profound effect on the well-being of many people. A lot of us feel [...]

Lawsuits Against Drug Manufacturers Exploding Across the US

By |2017-12-04T16:49:18+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

Every day, it seems as another location joins the growing list of cities, counties, and states who are pursuing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors. Local governments are trying to combat the worsening opioid epidemic in America, while at the same time, hold these corporate entities responsible. In 2016, there were more fatal drug overdoses in America than any other year on record – an estimated 64,000 deaths. That number is correct, it represents a 22% one-year increase over 2015. And the driving force behind this ongoing tragedy is prescription opioids. Right now, there [...]

Reel Recovery: A New Film Festival Focused on Helping Others Get Clean

By |2017-11-19T00:19:20+00:00November 16th, 2017|

Stories are powerful tools for creating change. A story is never just a story - it can inspire others, share a vision, and make hard to grasp realities easier to understand by making them more personal. This is true nearly everywhere. More recently, storytelling through film has been introduced as a means of sharing the stories of individuals caught up in the opioid crisis and other forms of addiction in the United States. “Recovery isn’t a cult or a dogma, it is a process unique to each individual, which is why it is an [...]

New Fingertip Drug Test: How Does it Work?

By |2017-11-19T00:05:33+00:00November 13th, 2017|

Many people have participated in a drug test in one way or another. Maybe you submitted to a urine test during drug rehab, or maybe you just had to comply with the company’s mandatory annual drug test. Either way, drug testing is an important part of continuing to battle against the drug epidemic in this country. Drug testing has been around for a long time. But along with new technology has come a new, non-invasive method of drug screening: the new fingertip drug test. The concept is simple enough: the fingerprint drug test screens [...]

New Addiction Medicine Certification: What It Is & What It Means for The Future of Addiction Treatment

By |2017-10-10T16:15:15+00:00October 21st, 2017|

We are currently facing the deadliest drug crisis in the history of the United States. Today, drug overdoses in America now kill more people than car crashes and gun homicides combined. And the rate of addiction is rising even higher. In fact, addiction has been labeled by some professionals as America’s most neglected disease. But with the development and sponsoring of the new Addiction Medicine Certification by the American Board of Preventative Medicine (ABPM), we’re one step closer to finally taking substance use disorders seriously and working towards a less addicted world. [...]

Sticks and Stones: Do Words Matter in the New Sephora Product Line?

By |2017-10-09T21:32:00+00:00October 20th, 2017|

For many years, those struggling with addiction have faced a battle on two fronts. They have had to fight against their addiction on one side and, very often, against the stigma and ostracism associated with addiction in the United States. “I cringe every time I hear stereotypical words that label people with substance use disorders. Words like pothead, junkie, stoner, lush, or even addict hurt my heart.” ~ Jim Hood, CEO of Facing Addiction Thankfully, in recent years the stigma of addiction has been slowly decreasing. But a recent product line at Sephora shows [...]