The Opiod epidemic is the new AIDS crisis

Apr 25 12:46pm Blog – Veronica Valli
I was driving the other day when a Prince song came on the radio. I felt so sad listening to him, his death was so unnecessary. Then it struck me, that despite a star of his magnitude dying of an opiate overdose, still, nothing has changed. His death wasn’t the turning point. 50,000 people die […] The post The Opiod epidemic is the new AIDS crisis appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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How To Know If You Should Stay or Go. Advice For Anyone Who Loves An Addict or Alcoholic

Apr 25 9:26am Growing Up Chaotic
Have you ever played Mad Libs? You know what I’m talking about right? It’s the game where you have a short story with a bunch of blank spaces in it and you fill in random words. If you’ve played the game before then you know how ridiculous and fun it can be. But if not […] The post How To Know If You Should Stay or Go. Advice For Anyone Who Loves An Addict or Alcoholic appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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'Alarmingly high' risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care

Apr 24 5:07pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new study.
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Chili peppers and marijuana calm the gut

Apr 24 3:25pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
You wouldn't think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a new paper. The research could lead to new therapies for diabetes and colitis, and opens up intriguing questions about the relationship between the immune system, the gut and the brain.
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Child of an Alcoholic a Legacy of Untreated Secondhand Drinking-Related ACEs

Apr 24 2:59pm BreakingTheCycles.com
Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.” In honor of this year’s theme, I’d […] 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 14 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 Child of an Alcoholic – a Legacy of Untreated Secondhand Drinking-Related ACEs appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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Genetic factors may contribute to adverse effects produced by synthetic cannabinoids

Apr 24 2:13pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Synthetic cannabinoid abuse is a growing problem in the US. New discoveries tied to genetic factors that increase a person's risk for experiencing the most dangerous effects of these drugs could lead to more effective treatments and antidotes.
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Becoming Addicted to Vicodin Might be a Gift in Disguise

Apr 24 12:28pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Why on earth, you may ask, would becoming addicted to Vicodin be a gift in disguise? Isn’t addiction nothing but chaos, misery, and a slow (sometimes fast) descent into a life of repetition and grasping for happiness that is always slightly out of reach? While that all is undoubtedly true, if you go to enough […] The post Becoming Addicted to Vicodin Might be a Gift in Disguise appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Reflecting on the Progress of Personal Growth

Apr 24 11:44am Parent Pathway
Many times it seems that I look at the situation at hand and want more progress or have high expectations. Today I was discussing this journey that I have been on with some friends. I was relaying the trials and tribulations that occurred over the past 4 years. Later I began to think about how […]...
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Methadone may reduce need for opioids after surgery

Apr 24 11:08am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study.
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The truth about life as a lapsed alcoholic/Catastrophe

Apr 24 2:00am A hangover free life
This was in The Telegraph in April about a new book by Professor John Sutherland and his truth as a lapsed alcoholic. Rob Norris is a ‘problem’ drinker. So was Rob Delaney, his co-creator in Catastrophe, the whip-smart Channel 4 sitcom that recently reached the devastating climax of its third series. The bar room has … Continue reading The truth about life as a lapsed alcoholic/Catastrophe → The post The truth about life as a lapsed alcoholic/Catastrophe appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Why You Struggle to Convince a Family Member to go to Rehab

Apr 23 12:48pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
The reason that you struggle to convince a family member to go to inpatient rehab is because they are being ruled by fear. Pretty much every addict and alcoholic will deny this. I would not recommend that you throw it in their face, that they are avoiding treatment out of fear. They will deny it […] The post Why You Struggle to Convince a Family Member to go to Rehab appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How to Figure out Alcoholism Recovery

Apr 23 12:46pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Is it possible to “figure out” alcoholism recovery, or drug addiction recovery, such that you are able to stay clean and sober and know that you can continue to do so with confidence? Traditional recovery seems to say “show up and listen, you have a lot to learn, don’t try to figure all of this […] The post How to Figure out Alcoholism Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Finding the Right Path for Addiction Recovery

Apr 23 12:45pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How do you find the right path in addiction recovery? Is there even a “right” path for you to find, or could any recovery method potentially give you good results? How do you know how to prioritize in addiction recovery? Quite frankly, if you go to treatment and follow up with a few AA meetings, […] The post Finding the Right Path for Addiction Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Is Gambling Addiction a Real Addiction?

Apr 23 12:43pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Is gambling addiction real, or is it just a behavioral problem? And why is this distinction even important? The Japan Times says that “Compulsive gambling can be attributed to a brain disorder that renders addicts incapable of determining appropriate risk.” Another interesting thing to note is that many people who are addicted to gambling are […] The post Is Gambling Addiction a Real Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Could Virtual Reality Become a Regular Treatment for Alcoholism?

Apr 23 12:40pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Is it possible that virtual reality may one day be used to treat addiction or alcoholism? Actually, it is already beginning to happen. Fitness Insider says that “Researchers have discovered a particular form of VR therapy could help alcoholics reduce their craving for alcohol.” What happens is that the patient is hooked up to a […] The post Could Virtual Reality Become a Regular Treatment for Alcoholism? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How to Turn Your Life Around from Addiction to Recovery

Apr 23 12:39pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
If you want to turn your life around from alcoholism or drug addiction then you need to dive into sobriety head first and take massive action. I realize that it sounds a bit trite and cliche to use the term “massive action.” But honestly, this is the best term to describe the kind of approach […] The post How to Turn Your Life Around from Addiction to Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Overcoming Alcoholic Tendencies

Apr 23 12:37pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How can a person overcome alcoholic tendencies if they are struggling to live a normal life, and their love of alcohol or other drugs keeps getting them into trouble? What is the solution for someone who tends to keep overdoing booze? Such a person is bound to struggle for a long time when it comes […] The post Overcoming Alcoholic Tendencies appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Confronting Your Character Defects in Sobriety

Apr 23 12:36pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What does it mean to confront your character defects in alcoholism recovery? Let me tell you my own experience in doing so. When I first got clean and sober, I continued to live in recovery for a little while before I addressed my biggest character defect. I had to increase my awareness before I even […] The post Confronting Your Character Defects in Sobriety appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Strategies to Restart Your Sobriety

Apr 23 12:34pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What are some strategies that you can use to restart your sobriety? We have all been through periods during our addiction recovery when we realized that we have slacked off, when we were no longer pushing ourselves to learn and grow in our recovery. And we have all been through periods of intense personal growth, […] The post Strategies to Restart Your Sobriety appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Taming the Beast that is Alcoholism

Apr 23 12:32pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How do you tame the beast that alcoholism and drug addiction? What is required in order to break free from your old patterns of abuse and start a new life in recovery? The truth is that you really cannot “tame” alcoholism or drug addiction. This implies that you can learn to control your intake successfully. […] The post Taming the Beast that is Alcoholism appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How Parents Can Quit Enabling Their Childs Addiction

Apr 23 9:00am Family First Intervention
Upon learning that one’s child has an addiction, emotions can soar and parents may immediately start looking for someone or something to point their finger at. Unfortunately, many parents fail to recognize that they themselves share some of the blame. In fact, many compassionate parents have fallen into the trap of enabling their child’s bad […]...
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How to Arrest the Disease of Alcoholism and Recover

Apr 22 6:49pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How does a struggling alcoholic actually go about arresting the disease so that they can get a chance at rebuilding their life? How is it even possible to dig yourself out of an addiction that has such a strong hold over you? What steps can you take to make it happen? If it were easy […] The post How to Arrest the Disease of Alcoholism and Recover appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Battling a Drug Addiction with Limited Resources

Apr 22 6:48pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Not everyone who decides to conquer their addiction has tons of resources at their disposal. In fact, many people who most desperately need to overcome their alcoholism or drug addiction are also very limited in terms of their health insurance, their funding sources, and even their communication skills. Drug addiction can be very isolating for […] The post Battling a Drug Addiction with Limited Resources appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Discover Your Best Life in Addiction Recovery

Apr 22 6:21pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How do you live your best life in addiction recovery? And what does that even mean, to “live your best life?” First of all, when you are coming from a state of active addiction, you are coming from a state of absolute misery and chaos. Every addict and alcoholic who reaches the point of extreme […] The post Discover Your Best Life in Addiction Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Is Drug Addiction Just a Symptom of a Greater Disease?

Apr 22 6:19pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
There are really two ways that you can look at the problem of drug addiction: Either the drugs are the entire problem, or the drugs are just a symptom of a greater problem, and that your thinking is really the disease. Which is correct? In terms of getting through your denial and getting the help […] The post Is Drug Addiction Just a Symptom of a Greater Disease? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Why You Cannot Always Talk Yourself Out of a Relapse

Apr 22 6:17pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
It is not always possible to talk yourself out of a relapse when it comes to alcoholism and drug addiction. The reason for this is described very clearly in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is the mental block that happens when contemplating the first drink or the first drug. Somehow, the alcoholic or […] The post Why You Cannot Always Talk Yourself Out of a Relapse appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Could Marijuana be Used Successfully to Treat Addiction?

Apr 22 6:15pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Is it possible that one day we might use marijuana as a means of overcoming other drug or alcohol addictions? People are starting to explore the idea more thoroughly. For example, when discussing people with chronic pain issues, Rolling Stone said that “If they are in pain, cannabis is helping relieve their pain, often to […] The post Could Marijuana be Used Successfully to Treat Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Begin With a Single Step

Apr 22 2:46pm SOBER COURAGE
I received this email last week. It describes the very early days of sobriety so honestly. I don’t think anyone of us cannot relate to this stage and I could almost feel it as I was reading it. With the owners permission, I am sharing it here, because it might really help someone else going thru this to know that... Read More...
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Friday Sober Inspiration: Heads Together + Mad World podcast

Apr 21 2:00pm A hangover free life
So this caught my eye over the Easter week-end and struck a cord in so many ways.  The London Marathon is this week-end – Sunday 23rd April and this is the Virgin Money London Marathon chosen charity which is also supported by Prince William & Catherine and Prince Harry. Here’s what their website says: ABOUT … Continue reading Friday Sober Inspiration: Heads Together + Mad World podcast → The post Friday Sober Inspiration: Heads Together + Mad World podcast appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Who Am I Becoming?

Apr 21 1:10pm SOBER COURAGE
To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. That is a true question that I struggle with every day. Because every day I make... Read More...
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Instant Gratification Learning to have patience

Apr 21 11:41am Parent Pathway
One of the characteristic of addictive behavior is a lack in patience to wait for want you want. This is also characteristic of many people, but it is particularly prevalent when someone has the disease of addiction. It makes sense that when someone is struggling with drug addiction and they are coming down from the […]...
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The Revolving Door of Addiction Treatment

Apr 21 8:18am William L. White | Blog
Marvin Ventrell, Executive Director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), recently released the first quarter data from the NAATP Outcomes Pilot Program (OPP). It will be some time before the full results and implications of this study are complete, but there is one striking piece of data worthy of current reflection.  Of(……)...
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Maybe prohibition is the way to go?

Apr 21 6:44am Addiction & Recovery News
For years I’ve been writing comments like this about drug policy: Any drug policy will have problems, probably serious problems. The important questions are: Which problems are we most unwilling to live with? Which problems are we most willing to tolerate? … Continue reading →...
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College students at increased risk for smoking marijuana

Apr 21 3:00am NIDA News
©Shutterstock/Stephen Orsillo An analysis of national survey data indicates that students attending college are at a significantly higher risk of beginning to use marijuana than those not enrolled in college, underscoring the need for improved prevention efforts. The research, conducted by...
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Effects of alcoholism on the brain's reward system may be different in women than in men

Apr 20 4:21pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Medical researchers have found evidence implying that alcoholism may have different effects on the reward system in the brains of women than it does in men.
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Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists

Apr 20 1:23pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have shown that the risk of developing psychosis, such as hallucinations, from cannabis use is small compared to the number of total users.
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How to Respond When a Family Member is Struggling with Addiction

Apr 20 11:30am Family First Intervention
Substance abuse affects thousands of families across the country. News of family struggling with addiction typically comes as a shock, and emotions can run high as the user’s loved ones struggle to accept reality. It’s vital that families helping an addict enter treatment control their emotions and provide consistent encouragement. We have helpful advice for you […]...
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Volunteering might prevent substance abuse for female student-athletes

Apr 20 9:02am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
As substance abuse continues to be a health concern in colleges and universities across the US, a social scientist has found that female student-athletes who volunteer in their communities and engage in helping behaviors are less likely to partake in dangerous alcohol and marijuana use.
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How Addiction Counseling can Lead to Greater Success in Recovery

Apr 19 7:31pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How can therapy or addiction counseling help you in alcoholism or drug addiction recovery? Can seeing a therapist on a regular basis actually help a person to remain clean and sober? How does this actually help a person? The truth is that if you are not in a state of total and complete surrender then […] The post How Addiction Counseling can Lead to Greater Success in Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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The Best Relapse Prevention Strategy for Alcoholism Recovery

Apr 19 7:29pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
The best relapse prevention strategy for alcoholism and drug addiction recovery involves one thing more than anything else: Personal growth. Simply put, you are either moving forward and making positive changes in your life, or you are not. Success in addiction recovery often boils down to this one simple idea. You are either engaged in […] The post The Best Relapse Prevention Strategy for Alcoholism Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Getting the Most Out of Inpatient Addiction Treatment Services

Apr 19 7:27pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
In order to get the most out of inpatient alcoholism or addiction treatment services you must be in a state of total and complete surrender. This can be difficult to define so let’s pause for a moment and really dig deep. What does it mean to be “in a state of total and complete surrender?” […] The post Getting the Most Out of Inpatient Addiction Treatment Services appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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What is the Best Way to Treat Opiate Addiction?

Apr 19 7:26pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What is the best way to treat opiate addiction, especially given that it is now reaching epidemic status in terms of how it is affecting teens in the U.S.? Healthline says that “the very nature of our healthcare system is part of the culprit.” Why is our healthcare system part of the problem? CBS News […] The post What is the Best Way to Treat Opiate Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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5 Reasons You Need To Attend She Recovers NYC (And A Chance To Win A Digital Ticket)

Apr 19 3:16pm Blog – Sober Señorita
It’s already mid-April, seriously where does the time go? And that means we’re officially three weeks out from She Recovers NYC! If you haven’t heard of this amazing 3-day event... The post 5 Reasons You Need To Attend She Recovers NYC (And A Chance To Win A Digital Ticket) appeared first on Sober Señorita.
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The difficult choices: Managing chronic pain while avoiding opioid abuse

Apr 19 1:05pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Rather than being considered a miracle pill that magically takes away pain, prescription opioids are increasingly being seen as a precursor to heroin addiction and the cause of potentially deadly overdoses themselves.
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Batten down the hatches: 420 is just around the corner

Apr 19 3:48am Parent Pathway
I say “April 20.”  Kids say “420.”  And Jon Daily, Founder of Recovery Happens, says that say April 20 is a problem. “April 20 means a time to get high,” Daily said. “For chemically dependent kids, 420 happens every day. Parents and teachers have been in the dark. Kids aren’t going to go to school […]...
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Signs point to reduced drinking by pregnant women

Apr 18 1:52pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
The signage varies but the message is working. Drinking by pregnant women is down 11 percent in states requiring point-of-sale warning signs, says a health economist.
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For young adults, cigarettes more pleasurable with alcohol than with pot

Apr 18 9:44am Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American study.
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Have You Ever Been Told You Were A Mistake? Read This.

Apr 18 9:17am Growing Up Chaotic
I grew up believing that I was a mistake. I carried around the painful idea that the world would be better off without me. These weren’t ideas that I created on my own. They came directly from what I was told and shown by my parents. My mom, never one to hold back when she […] The post Have You Ever Been Told You Were A Mistake? Read This. appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1

Apr 17 9:09pm ADDICTION TREATMENT NEWS BLOG
Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1 Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1  This is the first of a series of roundup post The post Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1 appeared first on .
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Your Ultimate Recovery Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 17 8:31pm Blog – Veronica Valli
Have you heard of the amazing She Recovers conference that is happening in NYC on May 5-9th?! This one of kind experience will feature keynote speeches from the top women in the industry, like Gabrielle Bernstein and Marianne Williamson! Plus, a special guest yoga class with Elena Brower! Tickets are SOLD OUT but my blog […] The post Your Ultimate Recovery Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!! appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Changes coming to Michigans public funding system for addiction and mental health services?

Apr 17 12:23pm Addiction & Recovery News
There an article in Bridge magazine that does a great job bringing us up to speed on proposed changes to the funding system. (This is just a portion. Please go read the entire article here.) For over a year, intense … Continue reading →...
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How do I recover from my childs addiction or alcoholism?

Apr 17 3:41am Parent Pathway
This is an “encore” post from Eliza As our beloved addicts decline, so do we, hell bent on parallel paths of destruction.  My son was physically depleted/I was physically exhausted.  He had legal problems/I had legal problems (his—which I made mine.).  He was addicted/I was addicted to his addiction. It was overwhelming to survey the […]...
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Guest Blog Post: 5 ways to help a loved one face addiction

Apr 17 2:00am A hangover free life
So I was approached by Carl on email in January and this is what he said:   “My name is Carl Towns and I am 28 years old.  Just to tell you a little bit about me, I have been sober for 4 and a half years now, I was an alcoholic and I was addicted … Continue reading Guest Blog Post: 5 ways to help a loved one face addiction → The post Guest Blog Post: 5 ways to help a loved one face addiction appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Vancouver OD deaths keep rising

Apr 16 8:54am Addiction & Recovery News
From the Vancouver Sun: More than 20 temporary supervised injection sites opened in Vancouver, Victoria and across the province and a mobile medical unit was deployed — although medical staff have since been withdrawn — in the Downtown Eastside, all of them kitted out … Continue reading →...
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A tweet to ponder

Apr 16 8:45am Addiction & Recovery News
Well now, this puts things in perspective https://t.co/3bKGI7pr73 via @UpshotNYT pic.twitter.com/lZba2GQyLI — David Juurlink (@DavidJuurlink) April 15, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsFiled under: Uncategorized...
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Drinkers struggle to reduce intake due to their partners encouragement

Apr 14 2:00pm A hangover free life
So this was some research featured in The Independent back in January.  It was about how our partners’ can handicap our attempts to cut down or stop by encouraging us to drink.  This was something that MrHOF and I struggled with which is why as partners in crime we stopped together. Over to the research: … Continue reading Drinkers struggle to reduce intake due to their partners’ encouragement → The post Drinkers struggle to reduce intake due to their partners’ encouragement appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Ten reasons that your addicted or alcoholic child will give to get out of rehab

Apr 14 10:30am Parent Pathway
Forewarned is forearmed.  Get ready for your beloved addict or alcoholic to tell you why they can’t stay in rehab:   “The rehab just wants your money.” “I’ve got my drinking/drug use under control now.” “Everyone here is worse off than me.” “We don’t do anything worthwhile here.” “I’m all better now” or “I can […]...
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Recoveries Up in Smoke Update

Apr 14 9:02am William L. White | Blog
Many people in self-proclaimed addiction recovery experience compromised health and premature death due to a unique form of conceptual blindness—the failure to perceive nicotine dependence on par with the other drug dependencies they have shed from their lives. On August 23, 2013, I posted a blog noting the following 12 conclusions drawn from available scientific(……)...
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3 Tips for Ending a Pornography Addiction

Apr 14 1:32am Recovery Information – Pathways Real Life Recovery
As with any addiction, the first step towards recovery is an admission that you have a problem. It’s always difficult, and may often be embarrassing or even shaming to acknowledge, but if you find that a compulsive need to access internet pornography and is interfering with your life, then it may be time to seek … The post 3 Tips for Ending a Pornography Addiction appeared first on Pathways Real Life Recovery.
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