Addiction

Basics

Can Addiction Be Cured?


For some diseases, there is simply no known cure. In such cases, a regimen of medical treatment is needed in order to sustain quality of life, or to sustain life itself. Addiction is a brain disease, diagnosed as severe substance use disorder. Can addiction be cured? Not at present, though researchers are working on it. However,

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Basics

What is Substance Use Disorder?


Substance use disorder (SUD), sometimes called drug use disorder, is a psychiatric diagnosis of problematic drug use, including drug addiction. SUDs are assessed on a scale from mild to moderate to severe. Within this framework, full-blown, compulsive addiction to drugs or alcohol is classified as severe substance use disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and

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Basics

Types of Opioids: What You Need To Know


Humanity has a complicated relationship with all types of opioids. It’s a longterm relationship, one which stretches back thousands of years. Opium, an analgesic (painkilling) drug, has permeated societies around the globe since ancient times. In war-torn Afghanistan, the opium trade helps fund the Taliban. Even our popular culture has taken note; on the cable

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Treatment

Finding Hope For Opioid Addiction


In the news, there are stories of terrible suffering from the epidemic of opioid addiction afflicting the nation. But there are hopeful stories, too. For example, the fire department in one hard-hit community opened up their stations to those experiencing substance use disorder. They applied their responsibility as first responders to the crisis and gave

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Recovery Review

Waiting on a Friend


Recovery Review examines books and other media on topics related to substance use disorder, treatment, and recovery. This time of year I can’t help but recall one of my favorite obscure album tracks by the Rolling Stones, “Winter,” a wistful number bemoaning present circumstances and hoping for better times ahead. Mick Jagger sings: It sure

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Treatment

Want To Make A Change?


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebuhr Change is the first part of the serenity prayer and the first expected outcome when a patient enters treatment for addiction. Patients can talk about change, consider

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Addiction

Recovery And The Man In The Hallway


Beauterre is thrilled to partner with treatment providers across Minnesota for a presentation by Judge Shuan Floerke on Thursday September 22nd, 2016. As a preview to this event, Mr. Floerke was kind enough to write a post for us. Enjoy. Recovery and the Man in the Hallway by Judge Shaun Floerke A few weeks ago I was

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Relapse

Is It Relapse Or Your Next Step In Recovery?


You have used again. You have longed for the escape from your life, your problems and the over stimulation of the world. You take that one drink or that one hit and then you feel the hot sweat of shame making it’s way into your stomach, your chest, and your knees. You want to hide.

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Addiction, Treatment

The #1 Reason You Need To Get Sober


Are you the funny guy at the party? A few drinks or a couple of hits and you capture the attention and the gaze of all the guests, captivating them with your hilarious stories and unabashed boldness. Or maybe you are the strong one for your family, taking care of all the details, making sure everyone else

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