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September 15th 2014

Should Powdered Alcohol Be Banned?

Should powdered alcohol be banned? US Senator Charles Schumer of New York thinks so. He’s introducing a bill that would ban the substance, keeping it off supermarket shelves and out of the hands of consumers. To launch his campaign he has asked retailers to boycott the product, reports USA Today. Sen. Schumer says that he […]

September 15th 2014

WHO Global Status Report 2014: Who’s Drinking What?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its 2014 Global Status World Report on Alcohol, collecting and collating data to better understand who’s drinking what and where in the world – and how it’s harming peoples lives. The WHO report calls alcohol a “psychoactive substance with dependence-producing properties” and says that its use causes a […]

September 10th 2014

Ambien-Related ER Visits Almost Double in Four Years

Ambien, or zolpidem, is commonly prescribed as a sleep aid for those who have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep on their own. Unfortunately, despite an increased awareness of the issues related to use of the drug, its use has only grown over the past few years –  and so too has abuse […]

September 10th 2014

The Toll of Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

It’s not just the active ingredient in prescription painkillers that is harming Americans. According to Consumer Reports, about 17,000 people in the US die due to opiate overdose each year (about 46 each day). Another 80,000 more end up in the hospital due to acetaminophen toxicity, the over-the-counter painkiller that is often included in the […]

September 5th 2014

Cracking Down on OTC Drug Abuse

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are rarely the first thought when illicit drug abuse is mentioned. However, OTC medications that contain potent ingredients are very often the drugs of choice for those who would like to create certain black market drugs or use them in large amounts to get high. Arizona is the fifth state in the […]

September 4th 2014

The Role of Exercise – 4 benefits to your (early) recovery

The benefits of exercise on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health have been lauded for what seems like decades now. Whether reading peer-reviewed journals or scrolling through pictures on Facebook depicting the new CrossFit obsession, one thing becomes apparent, exercise has its benefits. Sure, American life expectancy has increased with each passing decade and an […]

September 4th 2014

New Tamper-Resistant Potent Pain Pill Approved

It’s called Targiniq, and it’s a painkiller that contains naloxone – a substance that blocks the high that its active ingredient, oxycodone, provides if the pill is crushed or broken. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved for use the extended-release formula pill for the treatment of chronic, severe pain in patients who […]

September 1st 2014

Punctuating Addiction Treatment With Acupuncture

One of the best ways to attack an addiction problem therapeutically is to throw a range of different treatment options into the overall plan. Though most therapies will be chosen based on the person’s experience in active addiction and the challenges they face as they move toward their future goals, there are some holistic treatment […]

August 27th 2014

Legalized Marijuana Sparks HOA Arguments

It’s no longer how tall the lawn is allowed to grow or how best to update the neighborhood pool that has homeowners’ association members up in arms, according to the Associated Press. In the states where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use, a number of HOAs are bickering about their neighbors’ use of […]

August 23rd 2014

Can Animals Help People in Recovery?

Building relationships in recovery is difficult at best. People you know from the past either represent a threat to your sobriety because they are still using drugs and alcohol, or they are distant after the problems that occurred during your active addiction. Meeting new people isn’t always easy either. It can be hard to introduce […]

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