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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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The Dangers Of Mixing Alcohol And Ambien

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Both alcohol and Ambien become more dangerous and potentially lethal when combined with one another. For that reason, you should never consume Ambien after a night of drinking or vice versa. Ambien, generic name Zolpidem, is a sedative-hypnotic sleep aid that is used for the treatment of insomnia and other various sleep disorders and generally works 20 minutes after being consumed.


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Substance Abuse and College Students

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Aug 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

College students in the United States are among some of the highest risk demographics for engaging in substance abuse. The university environment is often the first time that some of these students have been free from parental supervision, placed in a high-stress academic environment that is coupled with peer pressure and a high degree of personal responsibility for balancing work, school, and academics. Some students may feel separation anxiety from leaving their home and family for the first time. The university environment can also be full of students who may be having their parents or relatives foot the bill, leading to a distorted sense of fiduciary responsibility. Overall, it is estimated that those enrolled in a full-time college program are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t attend college.

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Top 10 Addictions People Go To Rehab For

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

No addiction is the same. Addicts all have different circumstances and reasons for why they become addicted in the first place and why they continue to have a substance dependency. If you have ever been curious about what addictions most people go to rehab for, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality have maintained a survey that is distributed among treatment centers in the U.S. TEDS, known as the Treatment Episode Data Set, collects data on programs in every state that receive some type of federal or state funding.


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Lethal Doses Of The World's Most Abused Drugs

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

In 2003, a Berkeley study was conducted to compare the lethal toxicity of 20 of the most common psychoactive substances in the world. This study took a comprehensive look at over 3000 medical records containing information on lethal dosage amounts for both human and non-human subjects.

 

The range of toxicity varied according to the body mass of the subject as well as age, but researchers were able to approximate a lethal dosage amount for each substance studied. We put together this list of substances to create an easy to understand visual representation of the data.

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Celebrities Who Have Overdosed

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jul 25, 2018 3:59:56 PM
 

Amidst recent news, Demi Lovato was hospitalized after suffering from an apparent opioid overdose on Tuesday, July 24th. After being treated with Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, her condition has been described as stable, with her now both awake and responsive. Demi is not necessarily new to this type of scene, as she has struggled throughout her youth with her mental health, addiction, and eating disorders. While still remaining massively successful, Demi has been fighting demons within her, as shown throughout her newest song “Sober”, she admitted that she has began drinking again after getting sober post treatment. Demi Lovato’s story shows us that drug addiction and overdose does not discriminate and can happen to anyone no matter their level of success, fame, or how many people they have behind them. There are numerous celebrities all throughout the entertainment industry who have survived overdose, many you may have never imagined.

 

 

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