How Do You Know if Someones Drinking is a Problem

Mar 28 1:49pm BreakingTheCycles.com
How do you know if someone’s drinking is a problem? Short answer: “If you are talking or concerned about it.” What do I mean? The only reason a person would be worried about another person’s drinking is because that other person’s behaviors change when they drink. Their behavioral changes are called drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors occur […] Author information Lisa Frederiksen Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!, Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't, and Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions. She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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Early use of marijuana can increase its negative health impacts

Mar 28 10:59am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
The need for age guidelines for marijuana use is the focus of a new study. The findings show that young users report the most impact to their physical and mental health.
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How To Confidently Answer Questions About Your Dysfunctional Family

Mar 28 9:01am Growing Up Chaotic
What do you tell people when they ask about your dysfunctional family? Do you lie to them? Maybe make up an embellished story? Do you overshare? Maybe giving the person who asked all the nitty gritty details of your dad’s love of alcohol or how your sister will be spending another Christmas in jail? Or […] The post How To Confidently Answer Questions About Your Dysfunctional Family appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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The Winds of Change Life lessons from a difficult journey

Mar 27 10:20am Parent Pathway
I was once asked by a friend, ‘What has changed with you since going through this experience with your daughters struggle with addiction?’ It is an interesting question because I can reel off quite of few quick thoughts, but as I think deeper about the question – it quiets me to reflect on the monumental […]...
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Researchers warn of hazards of smoking and need for wider use of varenicline to quit

Mar 27 10:06am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
More than 35 million Americans are trying to quit smoking. Researchers reassure clinicians and their patients that varenicline, whose brand name is Chantix, is a safe and effective way to achieve smoking cessation and that failure to use this drug has caused preventable heart attacks and deaths from cardiovascular disease. Just a few months ago, the FDA removed the black box warning from varenicline.
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Opioid Epidemic Overdoses Have Increased Organ Donations

Mar 26 5:59pm ADDICTION TREATMENT NEWS BLOG
Opioid Epidemic Overdoses Have Increased Organ Donations Opioid Epidemic Overdoses Have Increased Organ Donations in the USA. Hospitals around the The post Opioid Epidemic Overdoses Have Increased Organ Donations appeared first on .
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How to be invisible.

Mar 26 11:33am Blog – Veronica Valli
A few years ago, the bar owners around the campus of the University of Illinois realized they were missing out on some major revenue because St Patrick’s day fell during Spring Break. Which meant there were no students around and no therefore no partying. Not wishing to miss out on such a lucrative opportunity they […] The post How to be invisible. appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Children prenatally exposed to alcohol more likely to have academic difficulties

Mar 24 7:23pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Despite greater awareness of the dangers of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders remain alarmingly high. This study evaluated academic achievement among children known to be prenatally exposed to maternal heavy alcohol consumption as compared to their peers without such exposure, and explored the brain regions that may underlie academic performance.
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Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some -- but not all -- heart conditions

Mar 24 1:58pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases, finds a large study of UK adults. The finding that moderate drinking is not universally associated with a lower risk of all cardiovascular conditions suggests a more nuanced approach to the role of alcohol in prevention of cardiovascular disease is necessary.
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Denial is the antithesis of knowledge and acceptance

Mar 24 10:42am Parent Pathway
SCENARIO: You have received bad news again, either from your son or daughter directly, their employer, landlord, friend, relative, fill-in-the-blanks. This time the emotional roller-coaster is curving through the anger turn. You think, “This is the 6th, 7th, 12th, 100th or another LAST time!” In yet another opportunity to drill into them the PROBLEMS they […]...
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The History of Addiction in America

Mar 23 1:59pm William L. White | Blog
If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.  ― Michael Crichton History is the ultimate elder, whether her truths are drawn from dusty tomes or passed on by our most revered storytellers. The early history of addiction in America has been(……)...
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Transgender college freshmen drink more, experience more blackouts, study shows

Mar 22 3:56pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, including memory blackouts, academic problems and conflicts such as arguments or physical fights.
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The Motivation Behind How To Quit Drinking the eBook

Mar 22 1:54pm Blog – Sober Señorita
Since I began my blog in 2014 and my very first post about sobriety went viral, I am always asked this one question: how did you do it? At first,... The post The Motivation Behind How To Quit Drinking – the eBook appeared first on Sober Señorita.
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Busting the myth that All young people experiment with drugs

Mar 22 11:30am Parent Pathway
Jon Daly of Recovery Happens Counseling Center disputes the myth that All  adolescents & young adults ”experiment” with  drugs. Here is the reality, according to Jon:  Statistics show that the rate of drug use remains at a very high  level for young people (1).  Part of the  myth of “experimentation” is that drug use is a […]...
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Consumption of 'cannibal drug' in adolescence has prejudicial effects on adulthood

Mar 22 9:49am Cocaine News -- ScienceDaily
Consumption of the synthetic drug MDPV – a powerful psychostimulant known as ‘cannibal drug’- in adolescence, can increase vulnerability of cocaine addiction during adulthood, according to a study carried out with laboratory animals. ...
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Tanning dependence linked to other addictive behaviors, new study finds

Mar 21 12:42pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Despite the known dangers of exposure to ultraviolet light, many people continue to sunbathe and use indoor tanning beds with some users exhibiting a dependence to tanning. A new study finds that such dependence is also associated with other addictive behaviors.
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How To Balance Out A Parents Abusive Past Without Invalidating Your Own

Mar 21 9:43am Growing Up Chaotic
At some point in your recovery you’ve probably heard the phrase: Hurt people hurt people. Behind it is the assumption that hurt people, if they weren’t hurting in some way, wouldn’t hurt other people. I know I’ve bumped into this idea numerous times over the years through self-help books and 12 step meetings. But I’ve […] The post How To Balance Out A Parent’s Abusive Past Without Invalidating Your Own appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Research reveals how family history can affect your memory of hangovers

Mar 20 2:31pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
People with a family history of alcoholism are already known to be at a greater risk of developing a drinking problem, but new research has found they are also more likely to hold onto the painful memory of hangovers.
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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Mar 20 11:04am Parent Pathway
There’s a saying that has been very helpful along my journey through my daughters struggle with addiction – ‘Say what you mean, mean what you say but don’t say it mean’. Many times the first part ‘say what you mean’ is the easiest. I can often express what I mean to say, even in the […]...
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Painkiller Addiction and Pregnant Women: Why an Intervention Is Needed Early

Mar 20 9:00am Family First Intervention
A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the number of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has tripled nationwide since 1995. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a condition in which a newborn undergoes withdrawal from an addictive drug the mother used during pregnancy. The most common drugs associated with […]...
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Its beginning to feel like big tobacco all over again

Mar 19 5:55pm Addiction & Recovery News
There’s, this: City officials in Everett – that’s in western Washington state – are taking a bold step in their effort to control the opioid crisis. The city filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of OxyContin, a leading opioid pain … Continue reading →...
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Almost Half Of Patients Prescribed Opioids For A Month Get Hooked For A Year

Mar 19 12:01pm Addiction & Recovery News
From a review of 1,294,247 patient records from a database of commercial health plan information from a large number of managed care plans and is representative of the U.S. commercially insured population. The rate of long-term use was relatively low (6.0\% … Continue reading →...
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Bill Whites message to congress

Mar 18 10:38am Addiction & Recovery News
Bill White shares an open letter to congress: Two of the most important responses to the opioid epidemic have been the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid in 31 states and the District of Columbia and the ACA requirement that states include … Continue reading →...
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An Open Letter to Members of Congress

Mar 18 10:12am William L. White | Blog
On April 21, 2015, I posted an Open Letter to the 2016 Presidential Candidates that outlined 12 suggested strategies for responding to the devastating consequences of surging opioid use and opioid addiction in the United States.  Unfortunately, that most unusual of presidential campaigns provided few forums for substantive discussions of drug policy among our potential(……)...
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the opioid epidemic is the new AIDS

Mar 17 8:41pm Addiction & Recovery News
For the last couple of years, when trying to explain the experience of the opioid crisis, I’ve said, “I imagine it’s kinda like the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s.” However, I always qualify the statement by … Continue reading →...
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Happy St. Patricks Day Sober

Mar 17 12:00pm SOBER COURAGE
How did St. Patrick’s Day become all about getting wasted!? Does anyone actually know what the holiday is about? I sure did not know, till I got sober. (If you’re still not quite sure, you can read about it HERE. I loved all drinking type holidays because it always meant that my drunk behavior, however outrageous, could... Read More...
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Forewarned is forearmed: little-known causes of relapse

Mar 17 11:00am Parent Pathway
This is a guest post from John Perry, a co-founder of Clean & Sober Recovery Services located near Sacramento, California. It’s an indescribable relief when a loved one enters treatment where they can gain the skills and tools of recovery. And while we know that treatment offers the choice of life free from drugs or […]...
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Tips for Parents on Spotting Drug Use and Paraphernalia

Mar 17 9:00am Family First Intervention
Identifying a young family member struggling with drug use, misuse, and addiction is a key part of seeking early treatment. Family intervention and support can be important in the first steps toward recovery, especially in vulnerable teenagers and young adults. Discovering that your child has a drug problem can feel overwhelming, but with the right […]...
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How to Come Back From a Relapse

Mar 16 2:00pm SOBER COURAGE
By Rose Lockinger Coming back into recovery after a relapse has got to be one of the most difficult things that a person can experience. Beyond that fact that relapsing is never easy on a person, emotionally and physically, there is also the added difficulty of having to re-experience the Steps, and jump-start your spiritual program,... Read More...
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Ben Affleck: addiction superhero

Mar 16 1:24pm Blog – Veronica Valli
I have to confess I am not a Ben Affleck fan. I tend to avoid movies that have him in it. However, right now I am giving him a standing ovation. You may have seen his brief, but poignant Facebook statement about his recent stay in rehab. In case you missed it, here it is: […] The post Ben Affleck: addiction superhero appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Link between drug use and poor dental health confirmed

Mar 16 9:30am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
A new review has found that dental patients with substance use disorders have more tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care. With drug use increasing by approximately three million new users each year, this is a problem that won't disappear anytime soon.
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Treating cocaine addiction by reducing our appetite for drugs?

Mar 16 9:28am Cocaine News -- ScienceDaily
The hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) system of the brain is best known for promoting wakefulness and appetite. A new article suggests that blocking hypocretin signaling via the HCRT-1 receptor (HCRT-R1) might also reduce the appetite for cocaine.
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Intervention Is Needed for Heroin Addicts in These Dangerous Times

Mar 16 9:00am Family First Intervention
Over the past two decades, drug abuse has grown increasingly prevalent across the United States. While many drugs play a role in the rising numbers of drug-related crimes and overdose deaths, opioids are responsible for the majority of these incidents. Although the dangers of heroin have been widely well-known for years, more people are turning […]...
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New resources available for criminal justice and drug treatment counselors

Mar 16 3:00am NIDA News
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created several new resources for those who work within the criminal justice system and other environments where people in recovery are ready to return to their lives outside of a structured setting. The new materials include: Drugs & the Brain...
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Ongoing Family Counseling Is Important for the Families of Addicts to Recover

Mar 15 1:33pm Family First Intervention
Addiction is incredibly powerful, and it takes a psychological toll as well as a physical one. It’s vital for people struggling with substance abuse to address the root of their addiction, which is often found in behavioral health problems or environmental influences. With the right treatment and reliable support, overcoming addiction is possible. A crucial […]...
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Stop talking and start mending things with your addicted child

Mar 15 11:51am Parent Pathway
One way I have learned to improve my relationships with my adult children whose issues with substance abuse bothered me is to remember to keep my big mouth shut…tight!  My friend says “I have the right to remain silent; I just don’t have the ability to!” Finally, I’m given a reason for my behavior – […]...
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Tough Love Harmful or Helpful?

Mar 14 7:39pm BreakingTheCycles.com
Tough love – does it hurt or help a person with an addiction, aka substance use disorder (SUD), get the help they need? I regularly get some form of this question – generally because there’s so much confusion about what it means. Unfortunately, there is no single definition of tough love applicable to addiction. Some […] Author information Lisa Frederiksen Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!, Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't, and Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions. She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post Tough Love – Harmful or Helpful? appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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Opioid epidemic linked to childhood emotional abuse, study shows

Mar 14 11:11am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
A link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse has been discovered by researchers, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid abusers.
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Epigenetic alteration a promising new drug target for heroin use disorder

Mar 14 9:31am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
The past few years have seen an explosion of heroin abuse and deaths from opiate overdose. But little is known about the molecular underpinnings of heroin addiction. A new study has found that heroin use is associated with excessive histone acetylation, an epigenetic process that regulates gene expression. More years of drug use correlated with higher levels of hyperacetylation. The study provides the first direct evidence of opiate-related epigenetic alterations in the human brain.
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How To Find Peace Without An Apology

Mar 14 9:06am Growing Up Chaotic
For years, I foolishly held tight to hope that my stepmom would apologize for her affair. Really, the apology wasn’t even about the the affair but about all of the pain that the affair caused. And for a woman who touted herself as being one of the most honest and trustworthy people on the planet, […] The post How To Find Peace Without An Apology appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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E-cigarettes a gateway to smoking? Not likely

Mar 13 1:50pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Major national studies provide little evidence that e-cigarette users move to smoking cigarettes as a result, researchers write.
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5 Types of People You Need In Your Recovery

Mar 13 1:44pm ADDICTION TREATMENT NEWS BLOG
5 Types of People You Need in Your Recovery The 5 Types of People You Need in Your Recovery are The post 5 Types of People You Need In Your Recovery appeared first on .
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The Professionals Perspective: Why do people become addicted?

Mar 13 11:00am Parent Pathway
This is a guest post from Ricki Townsend , a Registered Interventionist, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Ncac1, CADC-CAS, Bri-1, Chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist It’s important to understand that those who become chemically-dependent upon alcohol or other drugs had more vulnerable brains than the “Average Joe” before they even began drinking or using. In my practice, I […]...
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Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens

Mar 13 8:53am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs -- the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana -- researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.
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Sentences to ponder

Mar 12 10:08pm Addiction & Recovery News
From the Brookings Institute: Forty percent of the men who aren’t working and aren’t even looking for work report taking pain medication every day, compared to 20 percent for those in the workforce.Filed under: Uncategorized...
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Doing or Not Doing Detaching to move forward

Mar 10 11:00am Parent Pathway
I’m  writing about detachment, my favorite topic.  In the family disease, I was completely sure the problem resided with THEM and did not realize how attached I was to THAT.   As we say, “turn the binoculars around!”  A simple concept does not come easy, it takes work.  DOING!   It begins with thinking about detachment in […]...
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Anxiety is a stronger harbinger of alcohol problems than stress

Mar 10 9:23am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Stress and anxiety are widely believed to contribute to drinking. Alcohol is thought to reduce tension caused by stress (the “flight or fight” response) as well as alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of anxiety (anticipation of the unpredictable, impending threats). Prior research, however, has yielded inconsistent findings as to the unique relations between stress and anxiety, on the one hand, and alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders, on the other hand. This study was designed to examine how differences in self-reported levels of anxiety, anxiety sensitivity, and perceived stress impact the frequency and intensity of drinking, alcohol craving during early withdrawal, and alcohol craving and stress reactivity.
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Marijuana use associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure

Mar 9 2:23pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Using marijuana raises the risk of stroke and heart failure even after accounting for demographic factors, other health conditions and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and alcohol use, according to new research.
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Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Mar 9 10:19am BreakingTheCycles.com
Brain science is a powerful tool one can use to change their thoughts, feelings or behaviors – seriously! For followers of my blog, you know my enthusiasm for one of the most profound discoveries I’ve learned which is how the brain wires, develops and maps. And it is this understanding that has helped me and […] Author information Lisa Frederiksen Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!, Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't, and Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions. She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use...
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Pro-pot arguments fly higher with likely voters

Mar 8 2:47pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. Which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? It's the arguments that support legalization, according to a new study.
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You dont get a Get Out of Jail Free card just because addiction is a disease

Mar 8 3:45am Parent Pathway
I understand that addiction/alcoholism is a brain disease, but that doesn’t let my beloved addict off the hook or give him excuses like, “I can’t help it!  I’ve got a disease.”  And it doesn’t give me an out either.  If I think, “He can’t help it!  He’s got a disease,” then I am giving him […]...
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Do you want to go to She Recovers in NYC?

Mar 7 1:18pm Blog – Veronica Valli
Well now you can! Tickets are sold out and there is a huge waiting list for cancellations, HOWEVER the event is going to be live streamed. So you can attend She Recovers from anywhere in the world! You will be able to see and hear keynote speakers Marianne Williamson, Glennon Doyle Melton, Gabrielle Bernstein and […] The post Do you want to go to She Recovers in NYC? appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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ACOA Issue: How To Work Through Procrastination

Mar 7 9:15am Growing Up Chaotic
Gotta question for you. Do you ever procrastinate? It can look something like this in real life. You finally have some time in your schedule to work on that art, work, home or personal project that you’ve been dreaming about. But what are you doing? NOTHING. And with every day that passes by you get […] The post ACOA Issue: How To Work Through Procrastination appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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ASK DocumentaryAddiction, Codependency and Love

Mar 6 6:17pm Sandy Swenson Blog
Addiction is only a maze if you don’t ASK for help. “I’m the mom of an addict, and I’m not ashamed to say that anymore. There’s a time when I was…..” My interview with the ASK team about love, learning, and letting go. Sandy from Kurt Neale on Vimeo. Please watch and share this beautiful […] The post ‘ASK’ Documentary–Addiction, Codependency and Love appeared first on Sandy Swenson.
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The Professionals Perspective: Who relapses, and why?

Mar 6 11:00am Parent Pathway
The Professional’s Perspective is a guest post from Ricki Townsend, a Registered Interventionist, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Ncac1, CADC-CAS, Bri-1, Chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist Relapse is often described as a part of alcoholism and addiction, but relapse isn’t inevitable. Still, people often worry about the possibility that their loved ones will slip back into drug or […]...
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His name is Luke

Mar 6 5:43am Blog – Veronica Valli
I was sent this very moving essay by a mother in Illinois. It moved me greatly. It is about her son Luke who is struggling with addiction. “I am here to see my son Luke. What is his number? His name is Luke. Mam, what is his number? His name is Luke. Luke…Luke. Lady, if […] The post His name is Luke…… appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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I Fell Apart in a Million Tinny Pieces

Mar 6 12:25am SOBER COURAGE
I have been through many struggles in my eight and a half years of sobriety. I broke many times before, and many times I had put myself back together. Some of them I wasn’t sure if I could get through sober at all, but I did. Except for this time. And even though I had... Read More...
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Van Jones, Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy opioid advocacy paid by drug maker

Mar 4 12:21pm Addiction & Recovery News
You may recall that Van Jones, Patrick Kennedy and Newt Gingrich have started engaging in advocacy around the opioid epidemic. Here’s what I said at the time: You may have heard that the unlikely crew of Newt Gingrich, Patrick Kennedy … Continue reading →...
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New study sheds light on perceptions of e-cigs

Mar 3 6:04pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Daily users of e-cigarettes see them as about as satisfying or even more satisfying, and less harmful, than cigarettes, according to the results of a small study.
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