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New PBS Nova Documentary Explores Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Dec 6, 2018 3:00:00 PM
 

In September of 2018, NOVA, the highly popular PBS series on science and technology published a documentary on the addiction crisis in America. Created by the Boston-based producers over the past couple years, this documentary showcases the stories of several addicts and families as well as the work being done by scientists around the nation to understand and treat the epidemic of addiction. By shedding light on a feared and stigmatized subject, the documentary will hopefully help inform individuals about effective treatment options and the reality that many Americans are faced with when it comes to options for getting better.

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Making Amends After Addiction Recovery

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

As humans, we are all bound to make mistakes in our lives. None of us are perfect. However, it’s these moments and mistakes in our lives that are what wind up molding us. Character is built out of both the good and bad experiences and there should be no shame in admitting our wrongs while working to move past them. Making amends is a part of life and for those who have struggled with addiction in the past, a necessary part of the recovery process.

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A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper Channels His Own 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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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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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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8 Tips To Stop Enabling An Addict Today

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Family is supposed to support one another no matter what right? Well what happens when that love and support becomes twisted and taken advantage of? When the person you trusted to be there for you becomes a person who uses you to their own benefit? Addicted family members, friends, and significant others sometimes cause their loved ones to develop what are known as enabling behaviors.

 

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” - Deborah Reber

 

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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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