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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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TAKING SUGGESTION

January 5, 2016

When I began my life in sobriety, I was ashamed and worried about what the people around me would think.  Eventually, I became comfortable with my sobriety, and in turn I became more open about the fact that I was in recovery.  I found that most, if not all, the people that I knew were…

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LONG WAY HOME: REST IN PEACE SCOTT WEILAND

December 30, 2015

Scott Weiland’s music provided the soundtrack to my teenage angst and my post-teen hopefulness. He will always have a place in my heart. Coming up as an angst-filled teen in the late ‘90s, grunge and alternative rock were a regular staple in my musical diet. I remember being around 11 years old when I discovered…

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THE IRONY OF SELFISHNESS

December 30, 2015

Addiction is a selfish disease. Addiction is indiscriminate in its victims. Like a tidal wave it appears, often without warning or provocation, and destroys everything in its path, leaving its victims bewildered and never quite the same. This indiscriminate disease is also a selfish one. Important for us to remember as it is, the fact…

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WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE MORE VULNERABLE TO ADDICTION THAN OTHERS?

December 29, 2015

We still don’t get it right when it comes to understanding addiction. The most recent example of our failure to appreciate what makes addictive behavior so compelling is the burgeoning widespread addiction to the synthetic opiate oxycodone—with all of its tragic consequences. We keep reacting as if the problem is the potency of the drug…

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THE ROLE OF MODERN SCIENCE IN ADDICTION TREATMENT

December 22, 2015

At A Better Life Recovery, we believe that the gifts and skills of modern science can contribute significantly to the 12-step process of spiritual transformation. Introduction Recently there have been some Tweets and other opinions from folks out there on the Internet who believe that traditional addiction treatment is ineffective. They often point to high…

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HOW I LEARNED TO RESIST FAMILY TRIGGERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

December 15, 2015

By Erica Troiani 12/08/15 Through trial and error, I’ve learned how to apply ACOA to the two most primary triggers. It’s a common refrain every year during the holidays: Dealing with your family, particularly parents, can be a real nightmare. There’s the usual concerns. Will they talk to you like you’re still 12? How long until your…

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VIVITROL NOW RECOMMENDED FOR ALL CLIENTS

December 7, 2015

  WHAT IS VIVITROL? “…VIVITROL IS A VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE RECOVERY TOOLBOX, ALONG WITH METHADONE AND BUPRENORPHINE…MEDICAL RESEARCH UNEQUIVOCALLY SHOWS THAT MOST INDIVIDUALS ADDICTED TO OPIATES REQUIRE SOME FORM OF MEDICATION TO RECOVER FROM THEIR ADDICTION, A CHRONIC BRAIN DISEASE…VIVITROL, LIKE ANY OTHER MEDICATION FOR OPIOID DEPENDENCE, MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A FIRM COMMITMENT…

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