New Year’s resolutions for those in recovery

January 02, 2019 in Addiction, therapy, Treatment

New Year’s is a time to reflect and make new goals for the coming days. However, a majority of people do not succeed in reaching their goals because they do not make definitive resolutions. For someone in recovery, this is an extremely important time. Either one can make realistic resolutions and walk the path of lasting sobriety or one can make unrealistic resolutions and set the stage for disaster.

People in recovery must remember that they were brave to have reached where they are. They can further build on their achievements by making a few resolutions associated with lifelong sobriety and sticking by them. Some of these resolutions can be:

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 How a hospital in Portland is treating addiction in a way it has never been

December 18, 2018 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Healthcare centers in the United States have been fiercely trying to reinvent their ways to help patients overcome addiction. Over the past few years, one such hospital that has made meaningful strides in this regard is the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) located in Portland, Oregon. According to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the medical staff of the infirmary has completely changed the way they view and address addiction.

Honora Englander, an assistant professor of medicine at OHSU observed that patients seeking medical intervention for a complication arising out of substance abuse would come back months after their discharge to seek treatment for another complication. This cycle would continue and finally, end with the death of the patient.

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 Ohio finds it tough to fill vacant job positions due to rampant opioid addiction

June 08, 2018 in Addiction

The opioid epidemic in the United States is not only affecting the mental health of the people, but also taking a heavy toll on the country’s economy. According to business leaders, many positions in various department are vacant or suffering, as workers are caught in addiction. Ohio is one of the states where the situation is grim. In spite of measures taken by the Trump administration, the manufacturing industry in the state has recorded a stunted growth primarily because of opioid use disorder (OUD). Ohio businesses are turning away job applicants due to their addiction.

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 Drug traffickers using innovative ways to evade border security

January 10, 2018 in Addiction, Blog, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Even though the United States spend billions of dollars to stop illegal drugs coming in from the Mexican border, traffickers have been exploiting the weak spots in the customs and immigration system. Drug cartels are now using innovative methods to carry on their business after the federal government started using drones, sensors, cameras and other technologies to curb the illegal activity on the border.

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 Famed cyclist Chris Froome fails drug test; claims to have stayed in limits

January 04, 2018 in Addiction

In recent times, a number of celebrities like Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga have grabbed limelight not for their talent but for their addiction to substances like drugs and alcohol. In fact, substance abuse is quite prevalent across all domains of life, ranging from cinema to sports. While the common masses are yet to accept the harsh truths shared by these celebrities, another esteemed name was added to this long list recently.

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 Manufacturing of more potent drugs on rise

December 22, 2017 in Addiction

According to a study led by Mahmoud A. ElSohly, a professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Mississippi, marijuana is stronger now than it was 20 years ago. The researchers tested around 38,681 samples of illegal marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States over a 20-year period.

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 Staying sober during Thanksgiving

October 24, 2017 in Addiction

With Thanksgiving around the corner, people across the United States are looking forward to get-togethers, sumptuous meals and much more. This is the occasion when we look forward to spending quality time with families and friends, and unwind. However, for someone in sobriety, this could be a trying time looking at the way people indulge in drinking and recreational drugs to relax and enjoy.

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 long-term effects of cocaine on key organs

October 17, 2017 in Addiction

Despite some legal medicinal use as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, cocaine – a highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) psychostimulant – remains a Schedule II controlled substance due to a high potential for abuse and subsequent addiction.

For most people, cocaine is a popular recreational drug widely abused for its euphoric effects. Moreover, it has been portrayed as a party drug consumed by the rich and the famous. In reality, the adverse impacts of cocaine extend to all sections of the society, especially after the comparatively cheaper crack cocaine entered the market. One can understand the growing menace of cocaine by the fact that ‘crack’ cocaine is enlisted among the most addictive substances in the world.

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 Taking on the parenting role during recovery from addiction

October 05, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse, therapy, Treatment

Life in recovery from an addiction is full of challenges of various intensities. One such challenge is to maintain and rebuild relationships, including that with children. Parenting during early recovery needs a lot of balancing act as the person might have to devote a lot of time in aftercare. In addition, a parent might grapple with guilt feelings and face the wrath and indifference from children.

During recovery from drug addiction, a person can navigate through parenting by restoring children’s trust and nurturing a strong bond with them. Listed below are some important strategies that can help a parent during recovery:

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 Parents should help teens break the shackles of addiction

September 27, 2017 in Addiction

Discovering about a teen’s active addiction could be a deathblow to a parent. A parent might feel cheated, aggrieved and disoriented on finding about this reality. However, it is important to get over the emotional tumult and start planning the road to recovery for the child. Parents surely want to protect his or her child from addiction. Yet, it is extremely important to remember a couple of facts, all along, so that when the child finally wins over an addiction, parents are able to help him or her rebuild one’s life.

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