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August 14, 2017

8 Ways To Practice Mindfulness in Sobriety

Mindfulness can be a confusing idea for someone who is new to the practice. Most people spend most of their mental capacity thinking about the future or dwelling on the past. Focusing on the present moment can be the most difficult but is also the most rewarding. Present moment awareness is a valuable skill to … Continued

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August 7, 2017

5 Types of People to Avoid in Rehab

If it’s your first time going to addiction treatment, it’s important to learn that not everybody in rehab wants to be there, wants to get sober, or wants you to do well. Some people are forced into rehab by a court, while others were given an ultimatum to attend treatment or else they could lose … Continued

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July 31, 2017

Top Democrat Slams Trump And His Opioid Crisis Commission

In March, President Trump signed an executive order creating The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction And The Opioid Crisis, which received praise from both sides of the aisle. Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was named chairman of the commission and it quickly resembled a legitimate bipartisan effort to curb the current addiction epidemic in this country, … Continued

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July 24, 2017

Does A Dual Diagnosis Mean I’m Doomed?

Suffering from mental illness can make staying sober seem impossible. Many people with mood disorders use drug or alcohol to self-medicate, so when the substance is gone, it may be hard to cope with even everyday life, let alone stress or major life events. Fortunately, dual diagnosis is not the end of the world nor … Continued

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July 17, 2017

Unmanaged Anger and Drug Relapse

I can attest that in early recovery, anger can get a little out of control. Being newly sober, little things can cause extreme agitation or even outbursts. Learning to have patience without drugs or alcohol can sometimes seem impossible. In fact, anger is one of the most common causes of drug relapse. This is why … Continued

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July 11, 2017

The Senate Healthcare Bill Will Devastate Addicts and Treatment

Right now, the most urgent and controversial topic on Capitol Hill is the Senate’s proposed healthcare bill intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare. This new bill, initially penned by the House of Representatives, received scrutiny from both sides of the aisle when it was revealed and passed … Continued

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July 5, 2017

Heroin: Soon to be Leading Cause of Death

Recently, the New York Times gained much attention when they published a shocking study measuring the death toll from drug overdoses. In the study, it is estimated that upwards of 60,000 people died in 2016 due to illicit drug use, which would be a record and the largest recorded jump in history. In 2015, around … Continued

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June 30, 2017

New Program Launched To Fight The Addiction Epidemic in Colorado

The country is finally starting to take notice of the severity of the current opioid painkiller epidemic, which is responsible for record breaking numbers of drug overdose and overdose deaths. This year, several states have declared opioid addiction a public health emergency. Additionally, several states have filed lawsuits against the biggest names in Big Pharma, … Continued

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June 23, 2017

A PET Scan Can Predict Alcoholic Relapse

Alcoholism is a devastating and complicated disease that affects millions of people. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that 15 million Americans have an alcohol abuse disorder. Alcohol is also the 4th leading cause of preventable death. Researchers and doctors are exploring all avenues to better understand alcoholism and how to prevent … Continued

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June 15, 2017

Tiger Woods Headed to Rehab

Celebrities are often seen in a superhero-esque limelight, often expected to be perfect role models. They have so much fame and fortune that, to the average person, they may seem invincible or immune to normal human compulsions or diseases. This is why the media often portrays extreme shock when they act out, fall ill, or … Continued