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The Future Of Marijuana


In July of this year, the future of marijuana may very well lie on the balance in an upcoming federal review for the proposed rescheduling of the drug. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 type drug. This means that the federal government sees no medical use in marijuana, but considers it an addictive substance […]

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How to Handle Break-Ups in Recovery


Some people might think that addicts can’t handle break-ups in recovery. Surviving a broken heart is one of the most difficult things to deal with in life; it doesn’t matter if you are in recovery. Losing someone you care about and dealing with the realization that the relationship has reached its end is a huge […]

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Teen Drug Abuse: Spotting the Signs


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teenagers are being introduced to substance use as early as age 13. With this exposure, there is a likelihood your child will feel pressured to partake in substance abuse and may at some point try alcohol and other substances (e.g. marijuana, opioids, hallucinogens, etc.) because their friends […]

Benzodiazepine Overdoses

Xanax, Valium Overdoses Hit Record Levels in US


Benzodiazepines, also known as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin or by the more common street name of “benzos,” has burst onto the American scene as the number of overdose deaths related to them have reached disturbingly high levels. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 30 percent of prescription drug overdoses were […]

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Cigna Quits Fla. Exchange, Cites Addiction Treatment Facility Abuses


The Affordable Healthcare Act has been a tremendous blessing for  people who are under insured or uninsured since its 2010 inception. The ACA has especially been of great help to those who are struggling with substance abuse issues since many insurance providers provide partial or full coverage for drug treatment and related services needed for addicts to […]

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Teaching Twelve Steps to Other Addicts in Recovery


Those who’ve made it to the final step of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous know that the twelfth step is all about paying it forward: teaching Twelve Steps to other addicts so they can reach their spiritual awakening, too. It’s an important aspect of life in recovery that helps you incorporate the Twelve Steps […]

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Step Eleven: Establishing a Closer Connection with God


Though it tends to take individuals by surprise, the development of an addiction to alcohol or drugs doesn’t occur overnight. Influenced by a number of seemingly disparate factors, becoming addicted is a cumulative process that results from such likes as possible biological predisposition, exposure to substances and their abuse, personal choice and development, and so […]

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Gambling Addiction: When All Bets Are Off


When you think of addiction, your first thought may be a dependence on drugs or alcohol. It’s a widely known fact that substance abuse is a huge problem worldwide. You may be able to see how someone can be addicted to a substance, especially a substance like heroin or alcohol, which produces a physical dependence. But […]

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5 Recovery Myths That May Surprise You


Addiction and recovery are full of myths and misinformation. This is partly because we are far from knowing all there is to know about addiction, the brain, how to best treat addiction and the process of recovery. The more we know, the more questions we have. A lot of the information that continues to circulate […]

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Insomnia in Early Sobriety: Catch Some Z’s!


It is exceedingly common for those in the early stages of addiction recovery to struggle greatly with simply sleeping through the night. Insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns can lead to fatigue and exhaustion during the day, both symptoms that can be detrimental to those working towards maintaining sobriety. Most individuals find that after they have […]