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Baby Boomers and the Culture of Drugs

Posted in Addiction, cravings, drug abuse, Dual Diagnosis, healthcare, News, sober career center, Treatment, treatment alternatives, triggers on March 24, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

According to several newspaper articles over the past few years, the number of people in the baby boomer generation suffering from drug and alcohol addiction is increasing steadily. The statistics from a 10 year survey that ended in 2011 indicated that admissions [of this age group] to publicly funded treatment programs…shot up 67 percent…according to Read more

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Alcohol Poisoning

Posted in Addiction, cravings, drug abuse, Dual Diagnosis, healthcare, Treatment, Uncategorized on March 18, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

You know you drink too much. You know you drink too often. But do you know that you can get alcohol poisoning? There is no simple equation to use. Many factors enter into how a person’s body responds to alcohol consumption. • Age • Drinking experience • Gender • Amount of food consumed • Ethnicity Read more

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Entirely Ready

Posted in Addiction, cravings, drug abuse, Dual Diagnosis, healthcare, New Jersey Residents Treatment, sober career center, the big book, Treatment, treatment alternatives, triggers on March 10, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

Being entirely ready to admit powerlessness over alcohol or drugs seems difficult, scary, overwhelming. But in reality, the admission should be an obvious one. The facts are not so different whether it is alcohol or drugs. The life you have been living has changed dramatically from the one you lived prior to substance abuse. If Read more

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Opioids Lead but Benzodiazepines are Not Far Behind

Posted in Addiction, cravings, drug abuse, Dual Diagnosis, healthcare, Treatment, treatment alternatives, triggers, Uncategorized on February 26, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

The explosion of opiate abuse has caused state legislatures to implement new rules and regulations. Opioid use topped the charts for emergency room visits and deaths involving pharmaceutical overdoses. Benzodiazepines ran a close second. The Center for Disease Control reported that between 1999 and 2006, opioid poisoning deaths have tripled. In half of the deaths Read more

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Choosing Acceptance of Co-occurring Disorder in Recovery

Posted in Addiction, healthcare, treatment alternatives, triggers on February 12, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

Are you suffering from co-occurring disorders such as drug abuse and bipolar disorder? Have you been through substance abuse treatment yet relapsed? Have you been treated for bipolar disorder but can’t stay on your medication? The good news is that there is a way out of addiction and a way to manage your bipolar disorder. Read more

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Heroin Epidemic

Posted in Addiction, cravings, News, treatment alternatives, triggers on February 3, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

Only a couple of years ago, South Florida lead pill dispensaries in the nation. The number of people succumbing to opiate addiction skyrocketed along with the number of teens and babies that fell addicted to opiates. People from across the nation were flocking to South Florida’s “pain clinics” to get narcotics, then cross state lines Read more

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Suggestions for Setting and Pursuing Goals at Any Stage of Recovery

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

Many people have trouble setting goals. But those in recovery, especially early recovery, often have no direction. Chaotic, haphazard and self-destructive behavior and thinking defines life controlled by addiction. Why? People new to addiction recovery tend to be without structure or direction. In the beginning, many cannot manage anything beyond living moment to moment without Read more

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Alcohol Still Tops the Addiction Charts

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

According to the TEDS report (from across the nation), in 2011, 400,012 patients received treatment for alcohol addiction while another 324,370 received treatment for alcohol as the primary drug of choice combined with a second drug. In total, 18 million Americans admit to having alcoholism and/or alcohol dependence. An estimated 38 million Americans suffer from Read more

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Relax, Restore, Recover

Posted in Addiction, cravings, healthcare, triggers, Uncategorized on January 14, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

  According to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, “Recreational therapy is defined as a ‘treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities to promote health and wellness…” For a variety of reasons, stress is an instigator in addictive behavior. Learning how Read more

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Marijuana and Social Anxiety

Posted in Addiction, healthcare, treatment alternatives, triggers on January 13, 2014 | by Linda Firestone

Marijuana and Social Anxiety Disorder The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently posted the results of a large scale epidemiological study on the relationship between cannabis use disorder (marijuana) (CUD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD). The findings reinforced what researchers have believed, “a significant portion of individuals with CUD also have SAD.” The study also Read more

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