Addictive Substances

Top 10 Reasons to Quit Opiates

Opiates are drugs that work with opioid receptors in the brain to produce calming effects on the central nervous system. There are numerous types of opiates, ranging from prescription painkillers like fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone to illiciate opiates like heroin. Opiates are abused by […]

Holiday Relapse Prevention Planning – Staying Sober for the Holidays!

Overcoming Addiction During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of merriment, family, and above all else – booze-fueled social events. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, alcohol is almost always present (unless you’re attending a sober event, of course). […]

Understanding Trauma and PTSD

It’s very common for people to have flashbacks, nightmares or upsetting memories after undergoing a traumatic event. However, some of them are unable to make a full recovery from their experience, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

PTSD is a serious and […]

Ways to Have Fun and Stay Sober in College

Starting college can be both thrilling and terrifying. For many students, it’s your first time living independently. You’ll have to learn new life skills, like balancing your schedule to make sure you don’t fall behind in any of your classes. The pressure can feel intense, […]

3 Ways to Support a Loved One in Addiction Recovery

When your family member or close friend decides to enter an addiction recovery program, it can be a challenging and emotional time. Many friends and family members of people who are facing addiction issues fall into negative self-talk, feeling guilty and dwelling on what they […]

Is There a Study Drug Crisis Among U.S. Students?

For a high school or college student struggling to maintain a good GPA, a pill that helps them focus or stay awake for an all-night study session may seem like a magical solution. That’s why the misuse of so-called “study drugs” such as Adderall is […]

5 DO’S AND DON’T OF TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you suspect your loved one has a substance use problem and is in denial about it, bringing up the topic can feel awkward or even frightening. Defensiveness is the default response to such conversations for many people who have a substance use disorder or […]

EXPERTS CRITICAL OF CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Congress is at work on next phase of its response to the opioid epidemic, but according to experts, their response is failing to deliver compared to the scope of the crisis, especially when it comes to funding for treatment.

Experts say that states need more money […]

5 SUBSTANCE-FREE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS & ANXIETY

Stress is inevitable. It might be something you deal with infrequently or seemingly all the time, but it’s how you respond to stress that can have a huge impact on your health and happiness. For example, self-medicating stress with drugs or alcohol is unhealthy and […]

THE DANGEROUS RISE OF STUDY DRUGS

Society as a whole views perfectionism as an admirable trait, and students who set high standards for themselves, work hard and succeed are rewarded for it. It wasn’t too long ago that stressed out college students called on caffeine, nicotine and sugar to pull all-nighters […]

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