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Walmart Offers New Way To Dispose of Addictive Opioids

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In an effort to join the fight against the nationwide opioid epidemic, Walmart is rolling out a program which will provide a safe way to dispose of opioids.   The chain says its newest product “Dispose-RX” provides a safe and effective way to get rid of unused opioid medication. When mixed with warm water, DisposeRx… Read On »

Alcohol-Related ER Visits On The Rise Nationwide

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A steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol showed a startling jump between 2006 and 2014 according to a recent study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.   The increase in alcohol-related trips to the ER added up to 61 percent more… Read On »

Committed to a Lasting Solution

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Drew Rothermel – President and Chief Executive Officer The New Year is a time of renewal, one which offers each of us the chance to accept new challenges and revive commitments to both personal and professional values. During this contemplative period, we are quietly empowered to reflect on the experiences of the past year, while… Read On »

Why Do People with Addiction Struggle with Resolutions?

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For some, New Year’s resolutions come in the form of commitments to lose a few pounds. Others vow to begin a new group activity. In comparison, those trapped in the bondage of addiction for more dire commitments. Many see the coming new year as the hopeful beginning of their sobriety. Pledges to change begin as… Read On »

Understanding “Failure to Launch” Clients

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By Kerry Coyle, Executive Director of Hanley Center at Origins Adolescence is an important stage in human development that is essentially the bridge between childhood and adulthood. During this stage of development, individuals typically develop skills for independent living while maintaining dependence on their primary family systems. In some cases, however, individuals may enter adolescence… Read On »

8 Ways to Focus on Your Recovery This Holiday Season

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Every year, dozens of blogs focus on the numerous ways that addicts struggle during the holidays. While the stretch between the holidays and the New Year can seem difficult to navigate, it doesn’t have to be. The solution to addiction doesn’t change just because the season does. As you celebrate the holiday, protect your recovery by taking action that can… Read On »

Re-wiring your Brain for the Holidays | Combating Holiday Stress and Anxiety

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Perhaps you have not noticed, but your anxiety and emotionality may be rising with each passing day as we steadily approach the end of the year. The marking of a new year usually consumes us into tales of the unknown which are concealed in bright shiny lights, festive gifts, and peppermint candy. On the other… Read On »

The Unique Barriers Women Face in the Recovery Process

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Studies continue to reveal that women have been reporting a startling increase in alcoholism and alcohol use disorders over the past decade. As research and healthcare professionals grapple with this data, it is important to consider the complex barriers to treatment which women face during the recovery process. Women Struggle Differently Than Men The consequences… Read On »

Suicide in Young Adults: Depression, Addiction Are Primary Contributors

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by Kerry Coyle, MSW, Vice President of Clinical Operations Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among young people. Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 44,000 people. According to data from the National Institute of… Read On »

Together, We Can Fight the Powerful Stigma of Addiction

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Unfortunately, many people in America still believe that addiction is a moral problem or behavioral issue. Across the nation, people with substance use disorders are still viewed as choosing to drink or use. Despite overwhelming evidence that addiction is a brain disease and chronic illness, those in recovery from addiction are demonized not only in… Read On »