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What Is Art Therapy?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

One of the lesser known approaches to addiction recovery is art therapy. The field of study on art therapy has only been extensively researched in the past 50 years, and its place in addiction recovery is even more infantile. However, researchers and therapists have linked art therapy with successful adherence to 12 step programs and more positive self-reported outcomes for women and adolescents in recovery.

 

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Topics: Recovery

How To Stay Sober Throughout The Holiday’s

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jul 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

As the Fourth of July rapidly approaches, so do the family barbecues, firework shows, and parades that are often accompanied by a fair share of alcoholic beverages. In fact, the Fourth of July ranks as the country’s top beer-drinking holiday, with more money spent on beer than the combined amount spent on hot-dogs and hamburgers. The Fourth of July also ranks as number one for the most dangerous day to be on the road, for all the fatalities caused by drunk driving. If you are a recovering alcoholic, these numbers likely bring stress and fear into the equation. You may worry how you will maintain sobriety with all these temptations staring you in the face. Don’t let this fear keep you from going to the party and enjoying the holiday with your family and friends! There are plenty of ways you can stay sober throughout the holiday’s while still having a great time, keep reading for some tips and tricks on handling this situation!

 

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Topics: Alcohol

Everything You Wanted to Know About Opioids

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

At this point, many of us are familiar with the epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States. In 2016, roughly 64,000 people died from an overdose on drugs, with opioids accounting for two-thirds of body count. Since 1999, deaths related to opioid abuse have nearly quadrupled, while the number of deaths tied explicitly to fentanyl and new synthetic opioids has more than doubled in the last two years alone. These deaths now surpass the all-time highs for annual deaths caused by motor vehicle collisions, HIV, and guns. It’s safe to say that the opioid crisis from continued drug abuse constitutes a severe public health crisis.

 

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Topics: Drug

Deaths of Despair: America’s Drugs, Alcohol, & Suicide Crisis

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

This past month has seen the passing of two prominent figures in the social sphere of popular culture whom, to the casual observer, seemed to have everything. Kate Spade, international business mogul and fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain, celebrated television chef and world traveler, were both successful, wealthy, beloved celebrities who seemed to have been dealing with darker, more troubling emotions than anyone outside of themselves knew about.

 

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Topics: Drug and Alcohol

Statistics on Teen Drug Use in the U.S.

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

One of the most comprehensive studies on the state of drug use among youth in the United States is the Monitoring the Future National Survey. Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Health, this survey has been distributed on an annual basis since 1975 and provides insight into the prevailing culture of drug use among youth as well as its comparative trends over time. The MTF conducts school surveys for 12th grade, 10th grade, and 8th-grade students, and also sends follow up surveys to graduates. These findings can not only tell us how the nation’s youth consume substances, but also what policies and regulations are the most beneficial moving forward.

 

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Topics: Drug

Coping With A Family Member Going To Rehab

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jun 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Watching a loved one struggle with alcohol or drug addiction is an undeniably tough challenge to face-One of the best things you can do is take steps to help your family member going to rehab. After weeks, months, or possibly years of enduring this addiction they have personally decided to do the best thing for them-enter rehab! While seeking treatment is an exciting and optimistic path to be taking it is also a time of change and acceptance for not only the addict but their family and friends as well. While it may seem overwhelming, there are many ways to make the transition process smoother for everyone coping with addiction. Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks on handling this difficult time while supporting your loved one!

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Topics: Rehab

A Brief History of Drug Use in War

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

One of the less widely illustrated facts about the history of war is its inextricable ties to drug use. Since the beginning of civilization, intoxicants have been used during wartime to inspire courage, dull pain, and temper boredom. From B.C. Greek warriors drinking wine to U.S. soldiers taking heroin in Vietnam, substance use has been tied to armed conflict for centuries. This article will take a look at the history of drug use during warfare, from ancient civilizations to the modern landscape.

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Topics: Drug

Everything You Wanted to Know About Stimulant Drugs

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, rates of emergency room visits for stimulant drugs have been steadily increasing over the last twenty years. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.2 million non-medical users of prescription stimulants in the United States, and nearly 360,000 people receive treatment for some form of stimulant addiction. In 2012, there were approximately 440,000 current meth users, which translates to roughly 0.2% of the population.

 

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Topics: Drug

Benefits Of Exercise During Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Addiction to drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on the balance we normally maintain when it comes to healthy diet and exercise; there are actually many benefits of exercise that can be capitalized on during rehab. Maintaining a regular aerobic exercise routine can actually lower risk of developing an addiction or relapsing from a prior addiction. Research has shown that individuals who regularly engage in exercise are less like likely to use and abuse illicit drugs, and that exercise offers special protective behavioral and neurological effects against developing a substance use disorder.

 

 

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Topics: Drug and Alcohol

Is Vivitrol the Best Option for Opioid Withdrawal?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Once you’ve decided to live a life free from drugs and alcohol, you may want to consider asking a clinical professional about medication assisted therapy as a part of your treatment. Some of the most common medications you may read about are Suboxone, Vivitrol, Antabuse, Methadone, and Campral. However, these medications can’t get you clean on their own. What these drugs do is help to curb cravings and lessen the negative side effects of withdrawal symptoms that make recovery so difficult.

 

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Topics: Vivitrol