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What is an Accidental Drug Overdose?

What is an Accidental Drug Overdose?

The war on drugs is nowhere near over, and we continue to lose our loved ones to illicit and prescription overdoses. According to the CDC, in 2015, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses – 1.5 times greater than the number of people killed in car crashes. Typically...

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Heroin Addiction Statistics

Heroin Addiction Statistics

America has an addiction problem. Although alcohol abuse has slightly decreased, prescription opioid abuse continues to rise. Opioids are classified as highly addictive, prescription strength pain-relieving drugs. These include oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, codeine,...

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What Is Heavy Drinking?

What Is Heavy Drinking?

It is difficult to define heavy drinking. People have different abilities to process alcohol and can tolerate various amounts of alcohol in their system. Therefore, the amount of consumption that begins to create problems for the drinker (problems identified...

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What is Humor-Based Therapy?

What is Humor-Based Therapy?

You’ve heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, humor-based therapy relies on that concept to help heal internal mental and emotional wounds. “Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good...

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Family Roles in Addiction

Family Roles in Addiction

For many years, family therapists have used the concept of family roles in working with dysfunctional families. Those roles include the role of Scapegoat, Hero, Lost Child, Mascot, and Enabler. Families are asked to identify one role they played. By learning more...

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

If you or someone you love have sought treatment for addiction, it’s possible that you have heard the term “dual diagnosis” used. What is dual diagnosis? First used in the 1980s, the term was created to describe people suffering from both severe mental illness and...

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The Spiritual Principle of Acceptance

The Spiritual Principle of Acceptance

A Personal Story When I think of the spiritual principle of acceptance, I immediately think of the Serenity Prayer. It is a common prayer in the circles of recovery. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I...

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Hydrocodone Withdrawal

Hydrocodone Withdrawal

Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic used in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin and Percocet. These drugs are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. Like many other opioid substances, hydrocodone has a high...

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