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Can Abstinence Include Marijuana?

  Here, we will discuss and unpack the myth of “marijuana maintenance” by answering the question: Can Abstinence Include Marijuana? First, it’s important to understand the framework behind this common and controversial inquiry. Abstinence can be defined as the process of avoiding or not engaging in addictive substances and/or behaviors. Abstaining from the use of illicit substances is a critical part of the recovery process and often the first of many steps towards a healthier, more mentally and physically beneficial

Opioids Are A Leading Cause Of Death

You are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car accident, as a human being living in America in 2019. Look at that sentence again. You are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car crash. For the first time in history, a different accidental cause of death has surpassed car crashes. According to the National Safety Council, “In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes,” which was

The 4 Most Dangerous Prescription Drugs

There’s an old saying that the difference between medicine and poison is the dose. That’s more true now than ever. Many people make the mistake of believing that if a drug is prescribed by a doctor, it must be safe. While drugs prescribed by a doctor are typically safe when taken as directed, they are still substances that can have a powerful effect on your physiology, and many have the potential for misuse and addiction. Here are four of the

How Do You Know When Your Xanax Use Has…

Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world. It’s a fast-acting benzodiazepine that’s typically prescribed for anxiety or insomnia. While it works well when used occasionally for stopping an anxiety attack or getting some sleep during a stressful time, regular use can quickly lead to dependence and addiction. As little as two weeks of daily use can lead to dependence on Xanax and other benzodiazepines. Xanax is especially addictive though because it starts working quickly. Signs

Signs of a Cocaine Addiction

The opioid crisis in the US has mostly overshadowed another growing problem: cocaine is back. Nearly a million Americans struggle with cocaine use issues every year and cocaine is responsible for about 40 percent of drug-related emergency room visits. Fatal overdoses from cocaine have been increasing exponentially in recent years. In 2016, more than 10,000 Americans died from cocaine-involved overdoses, more than double the number of just two years before. Cocaine is short-acting and creates a huge dopamine spike in

Fentanyl – The Upsurge in the Opioid Crisis

  With opioids making daily headlines for the past four years it might be possible to become immune to the severity of the problem. But the problem persists and in fact, has become more deadly. And now, a synthetic opioid—fentanyl—has come to the forefront as the leading killer in the class of opioids. The National Vital Statistics Reports announced on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, that fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, responsible for more than 18,000 deaths in 2016,

The Addicted Professional Leader

Addiction is no respecter of status, and it is estimated that approximately 10% of those in corporate leadership currently has a serious dependency issue. Unfortunately, this problem is often overlooked or poorly managed. Business institutions who ignore the crisis of addiction may lose millions of dollars due to lost productivity, poor decision making, and reduced organizational effectiveness. Recognizing and dealing with the dependency of a professional leader is extremely difficult. These individuals may have little or no direct supervision. They

Boomer Recovery

The first treatment program designed specifically to care for the Baby Boomer generation, Hanley Center at Origins opened the Center for Boomer Recovery in 2009. This innovative model is a residential treatment program that understands and utilizes the unique mindset and barriers to recovery that are characteristic of this generation. The Center for Boomer Recovery offers co-ed experiences and gender-specific groups that enable patients the opportunity to share histories and influences as they become engaged in their own treatment with

Learn the Facts About Drug Use and Addiction in…

Looking for facts about drug use and addiction in the United States? Check out the information below to learn more.   What are illicit drugs?   Illicit drug use includes the use of a wide variety of mind-altering substances. This includes the misuse of prescription drugs or the use of marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or methamphetamine.   How prevalent is drug use?   47.7 million people used mind-altering substances last year. Of those, 36 million used cocaine/crack,

The Facts About Benzodiazepines, Addiction and Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines are one of the most widely prescribed classes of drugs in the United States.   Since their introduction in the 1960s, benzodiazepines have been widely prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia, along with other conditions. 100 million prescriptions are written for these powerful medications every year. Although they are highly effective for their intended uses, these medications must be prescribed with caution as they are highly addictive. When used in conjunction with other drugs, such as alcohol, they can

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