Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment: A Look at the Benefits

A man and woman stand back to back, struggling with addiction treatment in different ways..

You may remember the book that spawned the popular saying that “men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” That book was about learning how to communicate effectively with the opposite sex, and it underscored the point that men and women think and communicate differently. Why is that point important in the realm of addiction and addiction treatment? Simply … Read More

New D.A.R.E. Program to Focus on Prevention Education

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A new program from the substance use prevention organization D.A.R.E aims to educate K–12 students about opioid and prescription drug misuse as another way to combat the opioid crisis. Like previous D.A.R.E. programs, this one is meant to be taught by school resource officers in classrooms. The curriculum is free and also incorporates components intended to educate parents and other … Read More

Study IDs Key Risk Factors for Prescription Opioid Misuse

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Using data extracted from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a 2018 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry identified some key risk factors for prescription opioid misuse and opioid addiction. Knowing these risk factors could help doctors, counselors and addiction professionals better identify and treat those who misuse prescription opioids. The study included data from 51,200 adults. … Read More

CDC Stats Reveal Increase in Overdose Deaths in Colorado

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Prescription opioids are typically used to alleviate severe pain, and when used properly, they can be an effective part of an overall treatment program. However, there is a risk to taking opioids, namely, addiction. Opioids are highly addictive, and when taken in excess or for long periods of time, they can cause patients to develop substance use disorders. Opioid Misuse … Read More

How Does Motivational Interviewing Work in Addiction Treatment?

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Traditional therapy and counseling are designed to help patients dealing with addiction to drugs or alcohol overcome their dependence and live a life of sobriety. With these methods, patients are highly encouraged to focus on stopping their use of drugs and healing any negative emotions that may be at the root of their addiction. Motivational interviewing works somewhat differently to … Read More

WHO Releases Alcohol Report with Shocking Statistics

A man struggling with an alcohol use disorder sits sadly with a bottle of alcohol.

Alcohol is a part of cultures globally. However, it is also an addictive substance, and a new World Health Organization (WHO) report outlines how alcohol use disorder is prevalent worldwide. The statistics that the Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018 reveals may surprise you. What Is the Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health? This global status report … Read More

DNA Study Uncovers Possible Connection between a Retrovirus and Addiction

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A new study published in September shows that there may be a connection between an ancient retrovirus present in some human DNA and a predisposition for addiction. The study, which was conducted by scientists at Oxford University and the National-Kapodistrian University of Athens, looked at the HK2 retrovirus and found that those who injected illegal drugs were two to three … Read More

National Drug Survey Spotlights Top Trends in Misuse

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The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health was recently released by the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It highlights the numbers of people in the U.S. who used various kinds of legal and illegal substances and shows some current trends in substance use, addiction and treatment. Smoking and Drinking According to the study, … Read More

Researchers Use Skin Grafts to Create Cocaine “Immunization”

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Is it possible that the answer to drug addiction lies in the cells of your skin? Recent research suggests that may indeed be a possibility. Addiction is a huge problem in the US, and overdose deaths are on the rise. As it stands now, there are not any medications or vaccines that people can take to either avoid or end … Read More

Repairing Your Relationships after Rehab

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By the time you enter addiction treatment, you may discover that many, if not most, of your relationships may have been damaged by the events surrounding your misuse of drugs or alcohol. While your initial focus needs to be on establishing your recovery, eventually you will be leaving rehab and facing those damaged relationships again. In all likelihood, you will … Read More