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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 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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 How US became world’s biggest consumer of opioid painkillers

November 08, 2017 in opioids, Substance Abuse

The United States, with a population of over 326 million, is home to more than 4.3 percent of the world population. And just like its gross domestic product (GDP) which is the highest in the world, the nation is also the top consumer of opioids. As per an estimate, the U.S. accounts for approximately 25 percent of the drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths driven mostly by opioids.

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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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 Smartphone apps for facilitating sobriety

September 22, 2017 in Substance Abuse

In this age of smartphones and high-speed internet connections, one can handle multiple tasks if one knows how to use the applications properly. From ordering groceries, hiring a cab, booking cinema tickets to ordering food, one can perform innumerable tasks and save a lot of time. Recently, some smartphone applications have garnered attention because of their role in helping maintain sobriety, after an addiction has been conquered.

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 Troubling relationship between affluence and substance abuse

September 13, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse

Since human beings are known to hold certain popular beliefs, they often indulge in stereotyping the class of people who fall victim to alcohol or drug addiction. Until recently, people generally held prejudiced notions that drug and alcohol addiction affected those belonging to the poor socioeconomic strata. However, some recent studies have highlighted that addiction does not discriminate between rich and poor, young and old, etc.

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 Nutritional requirements during addiction recovery

August 08, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Coming clean about an addiction and resolving to seek treatment can be a life-altering decision. As long as one is associated with a rehab center for treatment, immense support is available through skilled professionals and other facilities. However, at the end of the treatment when an individual is on his own, the timeline of his or her sobriety depends on how strong is his will power to remain sober, conquer cravings and practice extreme self-care. One of the key factors facilitating sobriety is diet.

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 Mix music with feelings, not with substance abuse

July 06, 2017 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

There is a close association between music and drugs. In fact, taste for a particular genre of music shapes a person’s social and personal behavior, such as sense of dressing, visiting certain pubs, inclination toward certain drugs, etc. Therefore, the kind of music a person prefers to listen in daily life immensely affects his or her personality.

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 Meth attraction in the gay community

June 29, 2017 in drug abuse, Substance Abuse

The incidence of drug and alcohol addiction is much higher in gay men than in heterosexual men. The gay community has the highest usage patterns of “party” drugs. Crystal meth, known by several street names including Ice, Glass, Shards and Tina, is the most popular party drug used by gay men, and its use is associated with severely negative repercussions. Despite the drug’s harmful side-effects and studies showing that meth can worsen the condition of HIV-positive people, it is highly sought-after in the gay community.

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 Pennsylvania gears up for medical marijuana sale from 2018

June 13, 2017 in Addiction, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

With the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in April 2016, the state is in the process of providing permits for the cannabis sale in 2018. From January 2017, the permit applications were available online following a state announcement regarding it in December 2016. The state has been accepting applications from medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries.

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