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Phenibut: Facing the Facts

By | 2018-04-07T20:34:12+00:00 April 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 | 2018-02-18T00:31:06+00:00 February 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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 [...]

Why We All Really Need to Reject the New Health Care Bill

By | 2017-10-09T20:59:42+00:00 October 11th, 2017|

It’s not hard to see why so many people are up in arms about the new heath care bill. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) — an amended version of the American Health Care Act — will see taxpayers paying a lot more money for a whole lot less benefits. But one of the biggest concerns about the BCRA isn’t the tax breaks for the wealthy or added surcharges from insurers. It’s the cuts to Medicaid funding that are going to drastically worsen America’s opioid crisis— and that’s something that affects all of us. [...]

Signs of Chronic Stress and 5 Tips on How to Deal With It

By | 2017-10-09T18:39:29+00:00 October 7th, 2017|

The APAA defines chronic stress as uncomfortable emotional experiences. There are predictable outcomes from stress which includes: Biochemical changes Physiological changes Behavioral changes The best definition of stress would be that our minds telling our body it’s in danger. The body gets worked up to help you fight or escape but this energy is never released. This could be something that is perceived as danger when it, in fact, isn’t. Major causes of stress today include getting fired from your job, being late, or losing someone you love. These are not reasons to stress [...]

All About Heroin(e): The Powerful Netflix Documentary

By | 2017-10-09T17:56:49+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

If you’ve grown increasingly numb to seemingly-endless reports of the ongoing opioid epidemic, then “Heroin(e)”, the haunting—and hopeful—new documentary just released on Netflix, will serve as a sobering reminder that every effort matters. Heroin(e) Was a Personal Passion Project for the Director “I’ve lost friends. I have friends and classmates that are in prison, in recovery, in rehab, still addicted. It’s just an issue I couldn’t ignore any longer.” ~ Director and West Virginia native Elaine McMillon Sheldon Even though it’s a Netflix documentary film that starkly depicts the real-word [...]

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