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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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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DO I DEAL WITH MY EMOTIONS IF I’M SOBER?

February 3, 2016

What to do when the thought of living drug-free is terrifying. How do you learn to deal with emotions, with living life again sober when you can’t even cope with living? I’m only 24 years old and I’ve been addicted to one drug or another for the past 10 years and I’m so tired. I…

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PRESCRIPTION THUGS: NEW DOCUMENTARY SHOWS BIG PHARMA’S ROLE IN ADDICTION AND TRAGEDY

January 28, 2016

When they stopped creating Oxycontin that could be crushed, snorted or injected, Oxycontin lost 80% of its revenue. “Welcome to the United States of Addiction,” Chris Bell says in the opening of his new thought-provoking and terrifying exposé-documentary. “America is only 5% of the world’s population but we consume 75% of the world’s pharmaceutical drugs.”…

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WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT A RUNNER’S HIGH?

January 27, 2016

Runners have known it for years: Exercise helps curb the craving for addictive drugs. It’s no different for animals: Rats in cages with running wheels show less interest in amphetamine infusions than rats without exercise options. A recentVanderbilt Universitystudy published in the journal PLoS ONEshowed that heavy marijuana smokers (6 joints per day) with no interest…

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WHAT DO I DO WHEN MY SON RETURNS FROM REHAB?

January 13, 2016

As with any and all issues, my general responses here do not replace individual support and should not be considered medical management for any individual or family. Any answers here are for informational purposes only. Personal treatment, interventions and case management are between you and your medical care providers. That said, as a general rule,…

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The Dark Side of the Beach—HBO Spotlights Cape Cod’s Heroin Epidemic

January 7, 2016

The Fix Q&A with Oscar winner Steven Okazaki about his documentary Heroin: Cape Cod, USA which debuts tonight on HBO. Amid Cape Cod’s coastal lighthouses, quaint hamlets and seafood shacks, lives a lost generation. Be it lack of opportunity or simple boredom, white and mostly middle-class twentysomethings—locals of so-called Cape Nod—are blotting out their conscious life with constant shots…

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