Recovery

Legislator Introduces Clean Start Act for Recovering Addicts

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has introduced the Clean Start Act. As the name implies, it will give a second chance to recovering addicts who have a criminal record for nonviolent federal offenses. This legislation will give them a chance to build themselves up in their new lifestyle without being…

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High Rate of Alcohol Use Disorder Among College Students

Drinking on college campuses is more than just a rite of passage or something that young people do to “blow off steam” in the wake of a challenging academic schedule. According to statistics compiled by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 20 percent of college students…

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More Women Abusing Alcohol than Before

Men have generally had the highest percentages of drug abusers as well as heavy drinkers. However, new research shows that more women than ever are drinking, and they’re drinking almost as much as men. Past studies show that men were more than three times as likely to suffer from alcoholism…

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Bond with Children Can be Effective for Mothers in Treatment

The connection between mothers and their children is possibly the strongest bond in the human race. Until recently, this bond has been often overlooked in the treatment process for mothers who become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Now there is a new study showing that mothers do considerably better when…

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Cigna Lessens Barriers to Opiate Addiction Treatment

In the ongoing battle against the devastation caused by opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers, many groups and policy makers continue to find ways to save lives. Since our country has reached an all-time high in the number of drug overdose fatalities, addressing this immediate concern is literally a…

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Drug ad Alcohol Use Intensifies During Natural Disasters

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, researchers are releasing data showing that there is an increase in drug and alcohol abuse after a natural disaster. Since drugs and alcohol are often turned to in times of crisis and extreme stress, it is understandable why there can be an uptick during…

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New York Investigating Harm Reduction Approach to Heroin Addiction

There are several aspects to addressing the heroin addiction problem in America. States throughout the country have to balance education, prevention, treatment and crime related to heroin in order to decrease the number of people who are addicted or who will become addicted. The problem has become so pervasive, that…

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Soccer Star Comes Clean

In April of this year, soccer start Abby Wambach was arrested for driving under the influence. Wambach, who had recently retired from professional soccer, had secretly struggled with drugs for years. But it wasn’t until her arrest that she was able to begin on the road to recovery. In the…

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National Recovery Month 2016 Under Way

Every year in September, people in recovery, advocates, family members, treatment and intervention professionals and other providers celebrate National Recovery Month. The goal is to not only raise awareness about the fact that recovery from substance abuse and mental health problems can happen, but also to show support for those…

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Living With Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and other startling symptoms. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about 1.5% of people (4.8 million) will experience schizophrenia in their lifetime. Living with schizophrenia is extremely difficult. Those with the illness face rejection by loved ones, rejection…

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Debtors Anonymous

What Is Debtors Anonymous? Debting is a process addiction as opposed to a substance addiction. The debtor is not addicted to a substance like alcohol. Rather, the debtor is addicted to accumulating debt. Debtors Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship of men and women who are recovering from debting. The only…

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