Opioid epidemic

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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Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation for Addiction Treatment


How do addictions form, and how we can we use mindfulness to escape the “habit loop” that entraps us? These important questions are addressed by University of Massachusetts psychiatry professor and author Judson Brewer in his 2017 book, The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked & How We Can Break

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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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Addiction, Case Studies, Drugs, Relapse, Treatment

Happy Renewal Year!


A vintage illustration of the holiday season’s end depicts a wizened old man alongside a diapered baby. These are classic representations of the year almost gone and the new year aborning: Out with the old, in with the new. Painful memories can make the holidays a time of despair, but we shouldn’t allow the past to

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Drugs

What You Need to Know About Accidental Overdose


On April 21st 2016 Minnesota and the rest of the world listened in as the shocking news of Prince’s sudden death spread across news outlets. The sky began to erupt in dark clouds, and thick heavy raindrops fell through the city of Minneapolis as we mourned with the rest of the world, a life gone

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