What Happens in a CRAFT Intervention?

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When most people think of an intervention, they probably envision a confrontational, one-time event in which friends and family members try to convince someone with a substance use disorder to enter treatment. While these types of interventions can be effective in some cases, they often backfire and cause the person struggling with addiction to feel like everyone is against them. … Read More

Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Exploring the Vicious Cycle

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There has been much discussion in the treatment community about whether depression and anxiety disorders contribute to addiction or addiction can be a cause of depression and anxiety. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It turns out that often, depression, anxiety and addiction create a vicious cycle in which all of them become entwined and difficult to separate. … Read More

Can A Colorado Employer Enforce Drug Testing Policies?

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Most American workers are familiar with the concept of workplace drug testing. It is not uncommon to consent to a pre-employment drug screening and random drug testing during the tenure of employment with most companies. However, you may not be familiar with what the specific rules of drug testing in the workplace actually entail. What rights do you have as … Read More

3 Common Excuses Not to Go To Rehab

Making the life-changing choice to enter a professional drug rehab program is far from easy for most people. Like any major life change, there may be many perceived barriers to rehab that can create numerous excuses to stay deeply entrenched in the disease. Only ten percent of individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder in the United States … Read More

Should I Tell My Employer about My Substance Use Disorder?

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According to U.S. News and World Report, 76 percent of those who have a substance use disorder are employed. Naturally, many of them are reluctant to tell their employers about their substance use because they are afraid it will jeopardize their job or career. What are the benefits and drawbacks of telling an employer about your substance use disorder? Employers … Read More

Who Is Most Likely to Have Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder?

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Studies have shown that it is common for substance use disorder to co-occur with bipolar disorder, with more than 40 percent of those with bipolar disorder also misusing alcohol, 20 percent misusing cannabis, and smaller percentages misusing various other drugs. While men and women develop bipolar disorder at roughly equal rates, more men than women have co-occurring substance use disorder … Read More

Study by the CDPHE Shows Marijuana Use May Increase Chances of Prostate and Testicular Cancer

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You might be familiar with conversation regarding marijuana as a “safer” alternative to smoking tobacco or other “unnatural” substances, such as prescription pills. The common thought is that since marijuana is a natural plant, many of the risks associated with substance misuse are lowered, if not completely eradicated. However, this uninformed line of thinking can be dangerous to some chronic … Read More

Is Prescription Drug Misuse Declining in Colorado?

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As more awareness about the opioid crisis has led to a push to prescribe these drugs less often and more carefully, a recent study of Blue Cross Blue Shield members has shown a decrease in prescription drug misuse nationwide that has led to a leveling off, if not dropping, of overdose deaths related to prescription opioids.  BCBS said that it … Read More

Americans See Drug Addiction as a Major Problem in Their Community

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A new Pew Research Center poll shows that large numbers of Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their community and that nearly all Americans from all walks of life see it as at least a minor problem where they live. Opioid Epidemic Brings Attention to Problems of Addiction As an opioid overdose epidemic has taken thousands of … Read More

The Case For and Against Open Injection Sites

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Open injection sites–also called safe injection sites–are one of the most controversial issues in addiction and recovery today. While several cities like San Francisco, Ithaca, New York, and Denver have put legislation to establish open injection sites on the agenda, they are technically illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The proposed Denver site was blocked by the state Senate, … Read More