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How To Ask For Help For An Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”

 

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College Students: Mental Health & Addiction

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

College students are one of the highest risk demographics for developing a substance use disorder. The stress of maintaining a social life, performing well in class, coping with separation anxiety, and possibly having to work part-time can make college more difficult than many people realize. In this context, many college students may find themselves faced with the onset of mental health and substance abuse problems for the first time in their life. Given that this period of time is one of the most critical junctures in a person’s life, there is a pressing need to make sure that resources are available to help college students. Here are some startling statistics about mental health and substance use among college students:

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State of Addiction: Oklahoma

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Substance abuse is one of the most pressing issues facing the state of Oklahoma. Within the past couple of decades, prescription painkillers, methamphetamine, and heroin abuse, as well as deaths from overdose have all steadily increased year over year. In 2017, overdose deaths throughout the United States jumped 10%, reaching roughly 72,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to data from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department of Oklahoma, the state has some of the highest rates for mental illness and substance use disorders.

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Resolving Trauma and Addiction Recovery

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

For many, trauma is one of the most challenging aspects of addiction recovery to understand and overcome. The long-term effects of trauma can be far-reaching and influence the development of addiction in multiple ways, and if the addict does not find ways to address the underlying trauma, their chances for achieving long-term sobriety and happiness are diminished.

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The Science Behind Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Drug and alcohol addiction are two iterations of addiction, which is clinically defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease in which the user compulsively seeks to use their outlet of choice despite the harmful consequences that ensue. With substances like drugs and alcohol, the brain’s structure becomes physically changed which can lead to harmful, self-destructive behavior in the pursuit of the addiction.

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The Correlation Between Addiction & Genetics

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

As an addict, friend of an addict, or family member of an addict, have you ever wondered why some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol while others with similar habits do not? Addiction is an incredibly complex disease that has many different attributes that contribute to its development. Of the many factors that go into addiction, genetics play a substantial role in the risk of developing an addiction.

 

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Top TV Shows About Drugs & Addiction

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jul 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

 TV shows depicting substance abuse and addiction offer incredibly meaningful, suspenseful, and eye-opening story lines that will be sure to have you hooked. No matter which genre of television you are interested in, from comedy to reality TV, there is likely a booming show you will enjoy centered around the effects of drugs and alcohol. The statistics on alcohol and drug usage in the media are very high, with numbers showing that on television there is one drinking scene shown every 22 minutes, one smoking scene every 57 minutes, and an illegal drug scene every 112 minutes. Some shows offer a very straight up, realistic look into the matter while others shine a light in a much more relaxed sense. Here we have chosen to focus on the shows that offer the most realistic representation of addiction in people's lives. Regardless, these shows provide a voice that brings clarity and even comfort to viewers, relieving feelings of shame or guilt that may surround struggles to try to beat addiction. If you are looking to tune into exciting story lines covering the lows of addiction, the highs of recovery, and everything in between, keep reading.

 

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Dual Diagnosis: The Connection Between Addiction & Mental Illness

Posted by Sarah Edwards on Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Not long ago, there was a hard line drawn between two conditions: mental health and addiction. They were looked at as two separate issues that were unrelated. Today, the 21st Century recognizes that these two are more connected than once realized. In order to properly treat mental illness and addiction, we need to understand how they affect an individual.

 

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Top 5 Films About Addiction

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

We have explored the relevance of addiction in music through our recent posts on recovery songs, and today we will dive into the portrayal of drug use through cinema. Addiction is a compelling and enticing theme that directors target to shine a light on, and create interest around an issue not often talked about. An accurate film about addiction shows the painful reality of recovery, relapse, and everything in between. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for movies to offer an unrealistic portrayal of the struggle, glamorizing drug usage through humor, money, and fame. When analyzing films about addiction, it is essential to focus on ones that show the real, dangerous, life-threatening consequences of substance abuse. Luckily, there are many fantastic, eye-opening films that offer insight into the challenges and struggles of those facing addiction. These films will leave you straying away from illegal substances and alcohol abuse at all costs, as devastation and heartbreak is guaranteed.

 

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The Correlation Between Addiction and Loneliness

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

Addiction is a lonely disease. As anyone who has experienced can attest to, addiction causes people to become withdrawn, remote, and distant from others. Even if they appear social, an addict is constantly struggling with fear, denial, and guilt. In other words, they are locked in a prison looking out, a prison created by drugs and alcohol. As addiction progresses, it’s not uncommon for addicts to lose the support of friends and family members, damage relationships, and leave themselves isolated and in need of help.

 

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