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15 Aug Vivitrol vs Suboxone and Methadone

Addiction operates by not only affecting the psychology of an addict so that they need the drug, but some substances create a physical dependency within the user that requires them to get the drug, in order for several functions of their body to continue. Physical withdrawals from a powerful drug can be incredibly dangerous, and even lethal to some addicts. For this reason, an important part of addiction recovery is using medication to transition the user from dependency, particularly opioid dependency, to physical recovery. For this, there are two schools of thought, currently. On one hand, some people claim that vivitrol is the drug of the future, while others want substances that were traditionally used, such as suboxone and methadone. Here’s some information about these two different types of drugs...
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01 Aug Mental Disorders that Increase Impulsiveness

Addiction is a behavioral disease that thrives on impulsive behavior. Impulsiveness is often the key that drives people towards an initial behavior of substance abuse, and then addiction takes hold and makes it difficult to stop. For this reason, there is a connection between mental disorders that cause impulsiveness and addiction. This particular phenomenon is called dual diagnosis. Because of this, it’s important for people who suffer from these particular mental disorders to be aware of the risks that impulsive behavior comes with, and to address these risks before they end up in a worse situation. Here are some mental disorders that increase impulsive behavior...
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15 Jul How Our Words Affect Addiction

Language, and the words that we choose to address the world around us, have incredible power. Indeed, the entirety of society is built on the back of language and the ability to share ideas in coherent ways. As such, when we tackle problems that face our society today, we need to recognize that the language that we use has a profound impact on how those problems are viewed and addressed. Today, there is nothing that this phenomenon relates to more than our current addiction epidemic. Here are some of the ways that it is important to recognize how our language affects the wider conversation on addiction, substance abuse, and recovery...
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01 Jul Addiction Follows Teens to Adulthood

As a parent, there are few things that are more stressful than the idea that our kids are on a troubling path, and are making destructive decisions that we cannot stop them from. When these fears manifest in today’s society, it is usually in the form of substance abuse. While it’s understandable that you don’t want to be an overbearing helicopter parent (that would probably have an adverse effect, anyways), you should also make sure to know what your child is up to and what they are doing. Addiction has a terrifying knack of following young people into adulthood in a variety of ways, and it’s important to challenge substance abuse early. Here’s some information about the conundrum of young people and addiction...
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15 May Workers Comp and Addiction

Workers compensation programs and the benefits that they provide go a great way towards helping families and workers who have been injured on the job, financially, so that they can afford medical care and to live while they can’t work. However, one aspect of these programs that many states are now realizing that they need to deal with is the fact that our current medical system places too much responsibility on powerful prescription medications that have a history of being addictive. This puts these programs in a precarious position where they might actually be doing more harm to some workers than good, if they should develop a dependency. Here is some information about workers comp and addiction...
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01 May Finding Adventure Beyond Addiction

Life after treatment can be a terrifying leap for those who have worked hard to shed the hold of addiction on their lives. However, reaching true and lasting recovery can open up a life to more beauty and excitement than can be realized when in the midst of addiction. Beyond addiction, life is full of adventures to reach forward and grasp. Here are some tips on how to rediscover the adventure that life can offer after addiction...
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15 Apr Items to Pack for Inpatient Rehab

When getting ready for an extended stay at an inpatient rehabilitation program, there are some things that might seem very obvious to pack. For example, nobody is going to forget to bring clothes, or to pack their toothbrush (usually). In general, most people are going to pack what they would bring on any other sort of extended trip. However, there are a handful of other items that are usually wise to bring, but not always remembered. Here are some items to pack for inpatient rehab...
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01 Apr Americans Have Frequently Overcome Substance Abuse

When we think of the situation of substance abuse in the United States, it is frequently one of complete despair. We often hear about the spread of the opioid epidemic, and the rising numbers of addiction that we see in our society. However, the good news for those with addiction is that they aren’t alone in their struggle, and that there are plenty who have moved on from substance abuse. One particular new poll by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in New York found that a shocking 10% of American adults had beaten a problem with alcohol or illicit drugs (on top of that, 1 in 3 American adults had quit smoking, successfully).
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