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New CDC Report Shows 2017 Had Record High Fatal Overdoses

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 29, 2018 3:40:50 PM

 

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 Americans in 2017, a record high. These startling statistics highlight the severity of the crisis in the United States, namely that deaths of despair, including overdoses and suicide, are continuing to rise at an alarming rate.

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How To Make The Most Of Your IOP Group

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Once you’ve completed rehab, undergone detox, or are in need of a non-residential treatment option, it is worth considering the benefits of participating with an IOP Group. IOP Groups, or Intensive Outpatient Program groups, are an excellent option for getting ongoing treatment when you are in need. There are many different approaches to treating substance abuse problems, but intensive outpatient is one treatment model that has unique benefits and a different structure to traditional treatment options.

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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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Understanding Depression Awareness Month

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

It’s okay to feel sadness. The loss of a loved one, getting fired, the dissolution of a relationship, these are all valid reasons for experiencing sadness, loneliness, and heartache. However, there are some individuals for whom these feelings are continual. Known as depression, this psychiatric condition manifests itself in different ways for different people. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 16.2 million adults in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode in any given year.

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Best Ways To Stay Sober During Football Season

Posted by Conor Denton on Oct 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

With fall now arriving, football season, and subsequently day drinking season, is in full swing. For those with past or current substance abuse issues, this can be one of the most difficult times of the year to stay sober. Put simply, there’s more temptation present. Don’t lose hope this football season however, as there are many ways in which you can maintain total sobriety. From self-reflection to game day preparation, there’s a plethora of things you can do to both enjoy football and remain sober. Without further ado let’s jump in.

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Kentucky

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

While Kentucky has been one of the hardest hit states in the nation by the opioid crisis, it has also proven itself to be one of the most resilient and dedicated to fighting back. The state has been a leader in pushing for legislation to address the opioid crisis, thanks in part to efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who hails from Kentucky himself. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control and Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy outlined the states plans for combating the opioid epidemic in the 2017 Kentucky Annual Report.

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Finding Affordable Treatment For Substance Abuse

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

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 23 million Americans struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, with only about 10% receiving any clinical treatment. There are many reasons why someone may avoid seeking the help they need for substance dependency, but one of the most common is that they believe they cannot afford adequate treatment. Finding an affordable rehab option can be challenging, and addicts are often forced to overcome addiction on their own.

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Finding Substance Abuse Treatment For A Loved One

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Addiction is an insidious disease that permeates all levels of society and cultures. It is especially scary to come face to face with the addiction of a loved one. It can seem like they are slowly being swallowed by their substance of choice, being twisted into an entirely different person when they are using or coming down from the high. It can feel like they no longer care about you or themselves and despite all the negative consequences, continue their substance abuse. You probably wish to help or convince your loved one to seek treatment, but there are a few things you need to know about helping an addict.

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Rapper Mac Miller Passes Away From Drug Overdose at 26

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 7, 2018 5:32:28 PM

 

 

According to reports out of TMZ, rapper Mac Miller passed away from a drug overdose this afternoon. The Pittsburgh native, born Malcolm James McCormick, had just released his fifth studio album, titled Swimming, and was slated for multiple shows throughout the year.

The news of Mac’s death has sent shock-waves through the hip-hop world, with multiple artists reaching out to offer their condolences to the young rapper’s family and to honor his contribution to hip-hop. Mac Miller’s battles with drug addiction were well known to fans and personal friends of the rapper.

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Signs Of Codependency

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 7, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

One of the most toxic aspects of having a relationship with an addict is the development of what’s called “codependency.” This is a psychological term for a set of behavioral characteristics usually found among people who have close relationships with addicts, though it is not limited solely to this demographic. Codependent persons form close relationships with people, often addicts, that are one-sided and sometimes emotionally abusive, often passing on these behaviors to children. Why would someone want to be in this kind of relationship? Well, the answer is complicated and stems from the set of behaviors that people learn while growing up.

 

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