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The reality of Co-occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis Care

Dual Diagnosis

Co-occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis Care For more reasons than one, recovery treatment matters. As more and more people struggle with the reality of a relapse, they also come face to face with the dual nature of addiction. Although the physical issues of any substance use disorder (SUD) tends to overshadow the psychological component, that […]

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Supervised vs Cold Turkey Detox


Detox: What is Most Effective? Whether you are detoxing from overindulgence of alcohol, legal or illicit drugs, medical supervision always trump the “cold turkey” approach. Because of the unpredictable nature of withdrawal symptoms, the risks of experiencing a medical crisis increase with do it yourself  (DIY) detox efforts. While it’s easy to underestimate the biomedical and […]

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Who’s Responsible for the Opioid Crisis?

Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Crisis Beneath the complexities of the opioid crisis is a troubling question of responsibility. For too long, the insidious nature of addiction has kept the finger mostly pointed on the end-user. But while the decision to ingest drugs ultimately rests with the consumer, the manufacturers and doctors who prescribe and promote the legitimate […]

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The All Too Powerful Alcohol Advertising Industry

Alcohol advertising vs addiction

According to a recent article published by Business Insider, all of the major alcohol companies have been steadily increasing their marketing budgets, spending $421 million in a single quarter in 2016 (most recent data available), which represents a 26% increase over the same quarter from the previous year.  This incredible increase over an already substantial […]

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Teenage Risk Factors for Drug and Alcohol Use

Teenage Risk Factors

Despite well-publicized risks, many teenagers cannot resist the perceived thrill of experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, recreational usage too often turns into habituated consumption of these substances. Once that occurs in the teenage years, it is more likely that the teen will engage in adverse behavior related to substance abuse and risk experiencing one […]

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The Dark Side of Alcohol Abuse

Uncontrolled consumption of alcohol

Alcohol Abuse “Drink in moderation” is a popular caveat frequently dispensed to teens and adults with a preference for alcohol. However, the dynamics surrounding the consumption of this substance can make it difficult, even for those with the best of intentions, to follow that advice.  The fact that drinking is legal for adults, accessible in […]

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Benefits of Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT)

Man lying down on the floor after a drug overdose

Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) Many Americans today are enjoying the benefits of a sober lifestyle after struggling with a substance abuse disorder. According to a report from the Partnership at and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services more than 23 million adults in the U.S. are currently in recovery. […]

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Avoiding the Fentanyl Trap

Fentanyl - Opioid pain medication

Fentanyl Every few years a drug takes center stage as the most “lethal” substance of abuse. Pharmaceutical and illicitly-produced fentanyl and fentanyl analogs are poised to earn that title. Although fentanyl has been around since the late 1950s, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports that in recent years, illicit use has created an unprecedented and […]

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How to Tell if Your Loved One is Battling Drug Addiction

Addicted businessman talking with psychiatrist on psychotherapy session

Access to drugs that can trap you into an addiction lifestyle has become easier than ever. For many people today, the path to addiction began with the simple act of handing over a legal prescription to their neighborhood pharmacist. But no matter where or how it begins, recognizing the dependence is the first step to recovery. Unfortunately, […]

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Prison Drug Treatment Programs vs. Treatment Centers

prison drug

PRISON DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS VS. TREATMENT CENTERS Prison Drug Treatment Programs   Many people who go through our prison systems are mentally ill or drug addicted. Many committed a nonviolent crime involving drugs. Can a prison drug treatment program really give a person hope to fight their addiction or are they as ineffective as the […]

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