Substance Abuse

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

How to Prevent Underage Drinking


As a parent of three young children, I face the prospect of their teenage years with some trepidation. I remember all too well the underage drinking of my own youth, which lead to a minor consumption arrest when I was fifteen. I wonder how to prevent my sons from making some of the same mistakes

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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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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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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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Treatment

Treating Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Together


*Melanie has struggled with her weight all of her life. She was teased as a teenager for being chubby and she tried Weight Watchers many times in college. Her weight a roller coaster of numbers. Until her twenties when she tried methamphetamine one night at a concert with friends. The high was beyond anything she ever

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Treatment

The Healing Effects of Acupuncture


Being in the present moment can be terrifying for many. Especially when the brain is used to artificial stimulation from substances. Yet, mindfulness practices, such as acupuncture, can be the balm to the weary soul of an addict. Research on mindfulness-based relapse prevention, offers hope even for addictions with the lowest recovery rates, such as opiate

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