Exploring the Lack of Addiction Medicine Education in American Medical Schools

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Although more than 10 percent of the U.S. population deals with an addiction, and addiction is a leading cause of death for U.S. adults, most medical schools do not teach students how to address addiction. In addition to those diagnosed with an addiction, another 20 percent of the population has risky drug or alcohol use that impacts their health. Still, … Read More

Tapping into the Healing Power of Meditation in Addiction Recovery

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Meditation is often included as part of a substance use disorder treatment program. Many treatment professionals have discovered that meditation works to help those in treatment and that it is an effective tool to put into their arsenal as they treat addiction. Meditation and Mood Whether or not addiction is involved, meditation works by changing the mood of the person … Read More

5 Ways Volunteerism Supports Addiction Recovery

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Addiction recovery can be an all-consuming process. It requires a great deal of time and attention to transform your habits, attitudes and mental state so that you no longer feel compelled to misuse drugs or alcohol. Although it may not seem to make sense, volunteering can help with that transformation in some dramatic ways. 1. Volunteering Keeps You Busy. Every … Read More

3 Great Reasons to Choose Sobriety Today

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Addiction can be difficult, but choosing sobriety can help you out of the vicious cycle of a substance use disorder. There are an infinite amount of great reasons to choose sobriety today. Why wait until tomorrow to start reaping the benefits of a substance-free life? Thanks to a plethora of amazing Colorado addiction treatment resources available to you, you can feel … Read More

Identifying and Eliminating Codependence in Your Relationships

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Codependence and addiction: the two can go hand in hand. While it sounds like a positive, being codependent can be a problem in relationships. Is codependency a problem in your relationship? Knowing what codependency looks like can help you have healthier and happier relationships. What Is Codependence? Codependence is a controversial term. According to Dual Diagnosis, “to some, it’s a … Read More

Could A Vaccine for Addiction Be on the Horizon?

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There are vaccines for chicken pox, meningitis, and even hepatitis. The pharmaceutical world continues to come out with new vaccines for diseases and conditions that impact the modern world, including the Ebola virus and HPV. Is it unrealistic to hope that there could be a potential for a vaccine to be developed to counter heroin addiction? The abuse of opioids … Read More

5 Ways to Celebrate National Recovery Month

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September is National Recovery Month, with the theme of “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” The 2018 theme explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. Here are some ways you can celebrate National … Read More

What Is the Role of Telemedicine in Addiction Recovery?

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As the modern world continues to evolve, so does the manner by which you receive your medical care. Telemedicine is on the rise and its applications to a variety of health services, including addiction recovery, are substantial. There are a number of ways by which telemedicine could prove to be extremely beneficial to addiction recovery and addiction treatment for those … Read More

Gabapentin Addiction on the Rise: What You Should Know

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Gabapentin is the generic name of a drug used to treat nerve pain and seizures. The brand name of this drug is Neurontin, and it also has off-label uses for conditions ranging from alcohol withdrawal to diabetic neuropathy. In short, gabapentin is a versatile non-narcotic drug that helps many people treat a variety of health conditions. Physicians have been fairly … Read More

How Drug Misuse Is Weakening the American Workforce

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The economy is growing rapidly compared to years past, with unemployment at a low 3.9 percent and as of May, more job openings than people looking to get hired. Employers are starting to have real difficulty finding workers, particularly for manufacturing positions and other jobs that do not require a college degree. A major factor in these difficulties is the … Read More