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Stories Of Recovery: Steve-O

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

In many ways, one of the stars and fan-favorites of the MTV show and movie series, Jackass, Steve-O, is lucky to be alive. From lighting himself on fire to piercing his body using a BB gun to swallowing and puking up a live goldfish, Steve-O has done just about everything to his body. Not only famous for his ridiculous stunts that he went through for his TV series, Steve-O was also well-known for his highly-publicized substance abuse issues that landed him in a psych ward and multiple rehab facilities to help him get past his drug addiction.

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Topics: Recovery

A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper Channels His Own Struggles With Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Bradley Cooper’s recent directorial debut, A Star is Born, is a film that delivers on all fronts. The performances are intense and realistic. The cinematography captures the intimacy of character interactions and the excitement of live performances. Plus, the soundtrack is full of original songs written by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that have landed on the Billboard charts.

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Topics: Addiction

Drug Rehab vs. Incarceration

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

In 2007, it was estimated that the societal cost of drug abuse was $193 billion, $113 billion of which came from drug-related crime and criminal justice costs. Meanwhile, the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that treating drug abuse costed less than $15 billion, 13.2 percent of the drug-related crime costs. Not only is treatment cost efficient, it is also much more effective in getting someone sober than simply throwing them behind prison bars. Drug abuse treatment can be a cost-effective and impactful solution for how to attack the drug issue that is currently killing more than 70,000 people annually and putting hundreds of thousands more in prison cells.

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Topics: Rehab

Teen Substance Use In Oklahoma

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

According to one national study of more than 1,000 American students from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, nine out of ten addicts had their first drink, cigarette, or drug before their 18th birthday. What’s more, nearly half of all high school students in the U.S. have used one of these substances at least once. This epidemic of underage substance use could be especially harmful to the future of the country.

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Topics: Drug and Alcohol

All About Xanax Abuse

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Xanax is the general name of the benzodiazepine prescription medication alprazolam. Xanax is generally prescribed to individuals suffering from anxiety and panic disorders. While there are medical benefits to Xanax, like most prescription drugs, there is the possibility that it can be abuse and in recent years there are signs it is being used more recreationally than in the past.

 

From 2005 to 2010, emergency room visits due to recreational use of Xanax more than doubled from over 54,000 to almost 125,000. Similarly, overdose deaths due to benzodiazepines has seen a steep increase since 1999, from 1135 to 8791 deaths in 2015. The increase in recreational abuse may be a side effect of the spike in prescriptions and drugs available. Prescription rates for the anxiety drug have been climbing at a 9 percent rate since 2008. Also, data from the National Institute of Drug Abuse found that the use of benzodiazepines is high while the disorders that deem the drug necessary are low. In fact, only 20 percent of people who have used this type of drug received them from their doctor, others used other methods to obtain the drug.

 

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Topics: Drug

Avoiding Relapse After Alcohol Rehab Inpatient Treatment

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

For the clinicians and medical staff who treat individuals with substance use disorders, the term relapse can hold a different connotation than the one commonly held by the average layperson and even for those within the 12 Step community. In medical terms, a relapse is defined a return to behavior in a way that an individual could be re-diagnosed with an active substance use disorder.

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Topics: Alcohol

Everything You Wanted To Know About Alcohol Rehab

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Alcoholism is a national concern that gets overshadowed by other substance abuse problems, most likely because drinking alcohol is not a crime in and of itself. However, the issues that can arise from drinking alcohol such as liver disease, cancer and death are serious and affect millions of people across the country. According to the National Institutes of Health’s Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism branch, 15.1 million people, about 6.2 percent, over the age of 18 suffer from alcohol abuse disorder in 2015 and about 88,000 people die from drinking annually in the United States. Similarly, a 2017 study published in JAMA Psychiatry said that increases in drinking and alcohol use disorder among subgroups like women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged constitute a public health crisis.

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Topics: Alcohol

Stories of Recovery: John Goodman

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Alcohol is alcohol. I’m an alcoholic. I would drink no matter what. That’s just part of being an alcoholic – you find any excuse. For some reason, I just denied what I was doing to myself. It’s a miracle anyone would hire me at all, looking at me. I looked like a walking heart attack.”

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Dealing With A Grown Child That Is An Addict

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Addiction is a problem that affects not just the individual going through the issue but friends and family as well, and if not careful, the friends and family could be enabling the actions of their loved one. Enabling the problem will cause the problem to persist with little progress being made along the way. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration understands that because addiction is such a poorly understood disease, the actions of friends and family toward their loved ones, despite intentions may actually be inhibiting progress.

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Topics: Addiction

Addiction In The Construction Industry

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

One’s career can be a large determining factor when it comes to the development of a substance use disorder (or SUD). High stress, long working hours, and a demanding field can all drive someone to drink or consume drugs as a means of coping. Unfortunately, two of the most heavily afflicted career fields when it comes to substance addiction are the construction and mining industries. The workforce for these industries typically comes from a low education and household income background, and both fields involve strenuous physical labor, long hours, and unsafe working conditions.

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Topics: Addiction