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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 Is medical marijuana good for pets?

February 16, 2018 in Treatment

People treat pets like any other members of their family. They get anxious when their pets suffer from any pain and have been turning to certain oils and powders containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of marijuana to relieve suffering in their pets. However, it’s not clear whether such cannabis products actually work due to lack of sufficient research. There’s little data available on whether they work, or they have adverse side effects.

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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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 Common excuses given by drug abusers not ready to attend rehab

May 01, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Treatment

Drug addiction is a severe problem that can only be treated by a sustained program that takes into account both the somatic and the psychological causes of addiction. For those struggling with substance abuse, going through the taxing process of detox can be a grueling journey, devoid of any fun or enjoyment. But, rehabilitation is the most reliable and effective way to get clean.

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 Devil’s Breath: The memory wiping drug

February 23, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Therapy, Treatment

Although the invention of different drugs to treat various diseases can be termed as miracle, the same can also be outlined as a destructive force, affecting people of any age, gender or race.  Scopolamine, also known as the “Devil’s Breath,” is one of them.

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 Opioid epidemic continues to grow in Wisconsin despite measures

January 30, 2017 in Addiction, Drug Abuse, Opioids, Substance Abuse, Treatment

From “wonder drug” to life-threatening substance, opioids have crossed all boundaries to reach epidemic levels in the United States. With the problem rising alarmingly, the federal agencies are now trying to deal with it in several possible ways. In January 2017, Governor Scott Walker called a special legislative session to pass a dozen additional bills to combat opioid addiction in Wisconsin. However, social justice groups and civil rights advocates objected to the move, saying that it was not enough to address the state’s growing opioid epidemic.

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 Students lift the veil off Delaware County’s meth menace

January 24, 2017 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, Treatment

Reclining on a wooden bench in a park in Carlton-Ludingwood, and taking a puff of a Marlboro lights cigarette, he rolls up his sleeves exposing his reddish meth sores, which leave him with a feeling of bugs crawling on his skin. “Meth is my demon, it has left me with nothing. It has destroyed me,” laments a debilitated and disillusioned Dennis Flaherty (name changed). Apart from an extra pair of socks, a shirt, two pairs of boxer shorts, and his diary, this Muncie native in his early forties owns nothing else. He sold his car, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, for five payments of $40 each.

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 Michigan legalizes medical marijuana

January 19, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse, Treatment

New medical marijuana laws went into effect across Michigan in mid-December 2016. These laws centered around developing a new structure and set of business regulations pertaining to medical marijuana. While these laws will be effective somewhere in March 2017, the state will start accepting applications for state operating licenses from Dec. 15, 2017.

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 MDMA: The drug of choice for many students in 2016

December 28, 2016 in Substance Abuse, Therapy, Treatment

Drug abuse has become a major problem in the United States, leading to significant health issues, road accidents, incarceration rates, and increased the financial and work-related burden. The current drug addiction epidemic in America has been touted as the worst by some of the health care experts in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that nearly 10.2 percent of people aged 12 years and above abused any illicit drug in the past 30 days in 2014.

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 Effects of undergoing nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy

December 26, 2016 in Addiction, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy is one of the most preventable causes of infant and maternal mortality as well as morbidity. Smoking can seriously interfere with the pregnancy outcomes leading to placental previa, placental abruption, perinatal mortality, ectopic pregnancy, premature rupture of membranes, spontaneous abortions, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and preterm delivery. Every year, approximately 10 percent of the expectant mothers in the U.S. are estimated to indulge in smoking, exposing as many as 400,000 fetuses to nicotine and other obnoxious chemicals, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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