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AN INTRODUCTION TO LONG-TERM ADDICTION CARE

November 25, 2017

Addiction is a terrible disease, one that can derail an individual’s romantic life, career, relationships with family and friends, and even their long-term health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not only is addiction involuntary, but it’s an affliction to which many people are highly vulnerable. Their studies on how addiction not…

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7 THINGS I LEARNED IN MY FIRST YEAR OF RECOVERY

April 7, 2016

I didn’t get sober on purpose. I wasn’t crawling into an AA meeting saying I can’t stop drinking, my life is horrible, I can’t stop shaking and so on.However, I couldn’t stop drinking on my own and my life was horrible and I only got the shakes a few times during my drinking career. So there. It…

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DRUG ABUSE

April 7, 2016

Southern California seems to have everything you could wish. Beautiful beaches, snowy mountains, plenty of industry, some of the country’s best universities and schools, gentle climate. So for most of the twentieth century, people flocked to Southern California from across the U.S., Asia, Mexico and other parts of the world. The result is an urban…

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THE PERFECT HIGH – A POEM BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN

March 30, 2016

There once was a boy named Gimme-Some-Roy…He was nothin’ like me or you, ’cause laying back and getting high was all he cared to do. As a kid, he sat in the cellar….sniffing airplane glue.  And then he smoked banana peels, when that was the thing to do.  He tried aspirin in Coca-Cola, he breathed…

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AS A NATION, ADDICTION IS DESTROYING OUR SOULS

March 16, 2016

THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE SUBSTANCE-ABUSE TREATMENT INDUSTRY WITH THE PASSAGE OF HB 823, CO-SPONSORED BY REP. BILL HAGER, R-BOCA RATON. IF PASSED IT WOULD TARGET UNETHICAL BUSINESS AND MARKETING PRACTICES. THE SENATE VERSION, SB 1138 IS SPONSORED BY SEN. JEFF CLEMENS, D-LAKE WORTH. A few…

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MY NAME IS JULIANA AND I AM AN ALCOHOLIC.

March 9, 2016

My name is Juliana and I am an Alcoholic. My story is not unlike many other Alcoholics, a few of the facts may vary but for the most part I am not as unique as I would like to think I am. I grew up in a loving home, where we were always financially stable…

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DRUG REHAB IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

March 2, 2016

California, with its number one U.S. ranked population of more than 38 million, reports more than 40,000 drug-related emergency room visits annually and is the number one cause of premature death in CA. California and Orange County in particular has become to be widely known as a national “Recovery Destination.” The year round great weather…

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OBAMA’S ENLIGHTENED RESPONSE TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

February 26, 2016

The President’s 2017 Budget calls for our country’s largest investment in treating and preventing substance use disorders in history. In the first 150 words of the 2016 State of the Union, President Obama highlighted the national toll being taken by the opioid epidemic. Reflecting on the actions that need to be implemented by the federal…

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10 QUESTIONS NON-ALCOHOLIC PEOPLE DO NOT ASK THEMSELVES

February 16, 2016

For years I fought my disease. I played games with myself. I would calculate exactly how many drinks I could have before I needed to cut myself off, before I let myself get to the point of no return. On nights I did end up blacking out, I would think back to what I drank:…

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOUR KID IS ON HEROIN

February 15, 2016

With recovery and addiction there are no quick fixes, and usually the family suffers just as much as the addict. Having a child addicted to drugs has to be the worst feeling in the world. The powerlessness and hopelessness, the lack of control and constant fear that something is going to happen. Staying up late…

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EMOTIONAL SENSITIVITY AND SOBRIETY

February 5, 2016

The last week or so has been the hardest time I have had thus far in my 151 days of sobriety. I feel quite anxious, overly sensitive, and self-conscious. Stress does strange things to me. I am not used to caring about anything, so when I go through something stressful, or emotionally trying, it throws…

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DO DRUG-INDUCED HOMICIDE LAWS PUNISH DEALERS OR KILL ADDICTS?

February 3, 2016

While prosecutors talk about “dealing death,” low level sellers are afraid to call 911 when a friend overdoses. Heroin needs no marketing. It’s a perfect product that virtually sells itself. Wherever there is heroin it will be bought, no sales pitch necessary. Yet a deadly batch of heroin flowing through Western Massachusetts is being sardonically…

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