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Painkiller Prescription Monitoring: More Harm Than Good?



You might remember last week when we talked about the severity of the opioid epidemic. More than 33,000 overdose deaths a year is enough evidence that the opioid addiction epidemic is not over, far from it. In nearly every state, similar-looking laws have started to appear that allow health professionals to see if a patient […]

Opioids, Restrictions on Prescriptions, and a Medical Field in Uproar



If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that the opioid epidemic is a major problem in the US, and that many people who abuse opioids often end up in the arms of heroin. However, the story doesn’t end there. The effects that heroin and opioid addiction is having on the nation is starting to show […]

Drugs are Ruining My Family: Recovery Heals The Wounds of Addiction



The focus of drug abuse is generally on the addicted individual and those that enable their addiction, but there are many people that suffer a great deal an individual’s disease: the families of the addicted loved one. One person that is struggling with addiction can disrupt an entire family. It leaves it broken and vulnerable, […]

Six Techniques For Preventing Relapse



Overcoming an addiction is a huge accomplishment. However, for many, successfully completing treatment is just the beginning. Remaining drug free and avoiding relapse can be challenging as well. While there seems to be no sure-fire way to prevent relapse, here are some helpful hints that might keep you from falling back into old habits. 1. […]

Going to Drug Rehab: Elizabeth’s Story



Going to Drug Rehab It should’ve been a standard Saturday morning, but this time I woke up feeling different. It took me a while to realize why. I couldn’t remember what I’d done the night before; didn’t remember going to bed. That was normal. But trying to open my eyes was next to impossible. That […]

FMLA for Rehab – How Does It Work



Overcoming addiction is a difficult thing. Not only are there psychological and medical struggles, but there are financial obstacles as well. Well, fortunately, lawmakers in D.C. created the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) over 20 years ago to address this very problem. Read on to find out how the FMLA can protect you or a loved […]

Benzodiazepine Use to Benzo Abuse



Benzodiazepines are prescribed for many medical reasons. Some of the most common uses are generalized anxiety, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Benzos can also prevent or reduce seizures for persons who have epilepsy. They are sometimes used for detoxing from other drugs, especially alcohol. Benzos – One Drug, Many Uses Doctors may even prescribe them for […]

8 Myths About Addiction



Addiction has been the subject of a long and drawn-out misinformation campaign. Myths regarding drug addiction are often shared and spread in an attempt to scare children away from using drugs. Unfortunately, this has a secondary effect of creating a stigma around drug use and addiction. Understanding the truth behind these myths is the first […]

Fighting Addiction: How Aid in Recovery is Making a Difference



Dealing With Everyday Life – Fighting Addiction Every day there are people walking around the streets, working jobs and dealing with everyday life, that are struggling with addiction. For some, outward signs of addiction are less noticeable than others, but that doesn’t mean it is any less of a problem. Most people fighting addiction want […]

Addiction Hotline – The Help You Need, When You Need It



There are thousands of addiction treatment centers across the United States. Finding the program that suits your specific needs can be difficult and time consuming. At a time when quick action may mean the difference between beginning the journey to recovery and staying stuck on an unhealthy path, calling a 24 hour addiction hotline may […]

Anxiety and Painkillers Are a Dangerous Combination



Anxiety is a disorder that affects millions of people in America and around the world. Although every one of us experiences some level of anxiety in our daily lives, someone with an anxiety disorder is debilitated by clinical anxiety. This type of anxiety causes a serious disruption to the overall health and well-being of the […]

Alcoholism and Hair Loss: The Truth



Will drinking alcohol make my hair fall out? And how much does it take? What if I just drink too much? What if I’m a binge drinker? What if I’m an alcoholic?

It’s a common question, but don’t worry, it’s a myth. Well, maybe not a myth, just more of an overstatement. It’s not correct to say, “Alcoholism causes hair loss.” But that’s not the end of the story. There is always a but.

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2015 Drug Overdose Statistics Are Staggering



According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137% since 2000. More than 50,000 Americans fatally overdosed in 2015. That’s up 5,000 from the previous year. Which states have the highest drug overdose death rates?

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Addiction to Parenthood: The Cocaine Cowgirl



In the beginning, cocaine made me beautiful. I was sexy, unstoppable, desirable to everyone. When I was high on cocaine and alcohol, I could float through a crowd of people like a goddess riding a chemical wave. No one could resist me. I sparkled. But then, of course, heaven turned to hell. I prostituted myself to feed my addictions. Until my mind and body couldn’t take it anymore. I found a way out.

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Addiction Recovery Tip Sheet: Holidays 2016



I’ve only spent one holiday season sober so far. This year will be my second. But I have a plan to stay sober – a good plan – and I want to share it with you. It’s been vetted by people with a lot of years, so it’s not just my advice.

This is a season in the past when I would toast with champagne at dinner to feign classiness and then crack open Budweisers cooled in frozen Koozies to relax after the dishes were done.

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Opiate Painkillers: America’s New Gateway Drug



Opiate painkillers may be more of a gateway drug than marijuana. They are easy to get and they are basically legal, right? Even if you are taking them when you don’t have a prescription. That thinking is leading more and more people down a dark path. “Contrary to everything I was ever taught about drug addiction twenty-five years ago, the opioid analgesics, led by OxyContin, are now the gateway drugs to all other addictive drugs, particularly heroin.”

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Strange Addiction Triggers



People with drug and alcohol addictions have triggers – things that tempt them to relapse and use again.There are normal triggers, and then there are strange triggers. Here we look at the strange triggers that can trip you up. #StrangeTriggers

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Addiction Songs – Relapse: Starting Over Sober



Starting Over: This is a song Jon wrote about his first relapse. It was a terrible feeling, a terrible waste, but out of the ashes can be born beautiful things. #addictionsong #addictionlyrics

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Addiction Recovery 5K Run: Highlights



This video shows the highlights of Aid in Recovery’s 5K Run for Recovery. Aid in Recovery’s 5K event took place on September 17th, 2016, to honor National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month started in September 1989, since then it has inspired millions of people to raise awareness about recovery from addiction.

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Self-Love After Addiction



At times, an incredible guilt fills you up and you wonder if you will ever be that carefree person you used to be. You feel guilty because you hurt people while you were using. You feel guilt over the financial burden you have put on the people you love. Chances are you started using because there was something about yourself you didn’t like very much and maybe some of that still lingers. Here we give you concrete ideas for overcoming these fears and replacing them with better habits. This is your opportunity to start over and make better ‘you.’

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How Sally Found the Right Rehab



How do people struggling with addiction find rehab centers that fit their individual needs? Many times they don’t find that fit, and so their treatment is not as effective. And that’s really sad. At Aid in Recovery, we specialize in finding that fit for you when you need help. This little video shows you how we do it.

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Recovery from Alcoholism is Worth the Fight: Maria P’s Story



Maria P is a recovering alcoholic. She is a member of the Aid in Recovery Book Club and came to speak to our community a few weeks ago. She tells us about her struggles with addiction. This is her story. Like millions of other recovering substance abusers, Maria has found sobriety and happiness. But the solution is not simple and not fast.

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Opioid Painkillers Make Pain Worse: The Drug That Lies



Prescription painkillers make your pain worse, especially if you take them for an extended period. The medical community has recognized that opioids can cause abnormal pain sensitivity: opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Read my detective story about how I saved myself and reduced my pain level by throwing away my opioids. It might save you too.

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Heroin Addicts and Prescription Abusers Crave the Same High



I didn’t believe it until I researched it. All of these prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Opana, Ultram, Demerol, are remarkably similar to Heroin. They all come from the same damn plant! Scientists have just synthesized different components, tweaking them here and there, usually making them stronger. It’s amazing that so many drugs come from one little flower…

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14 Signs You Are Enabling Addiction



We have all had to watch someone that we love suffer. It is heartbreaking. We want to help. But the longer you help your loved one solve their problems, the longer they will use. This is textbook enabling. Are you an enabler? Learn how to find out and how to stop. Don’t feed the addiction. But when they are ready for real help, for treatment, act fast.

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Is Medicare Part D the New Doctor Shopping?



Doctor shopping is a tactic used by pain pill abusers to hide their opioid addiction. Now it appears, based on a new Inspector General report from HHS, that Medicare Part D and compound prescriptions are being used in a scam to obtain addiction opioids without raising the red flags in the pharmacy databases.

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Addiction, Painkillers, and Retirement: My Mom the Opioid Abuser



When I think about addiction, I should reflect on my personal experiences. You see, I’m in recovery. Often I do think about my journey, but when the topic of conversation flutters around Opioid addiction, or I read another news article about the rise of Opioid abuse, I think of my mother. She is an addict that was in denial for years — more than a decade — about her addiction. She would hoard Vicodin and Hydrocodone, continually ask her doctor for a new script…

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Born Into Drug Addiction – I Followed in My Parents Footsteps – Until Now



This letter tells the story of a woman who grew up in a house torn apart by addiction. The far-reaching consequences may surprise you. We were inspired and moved by her story.

Hello, my name is Alexandria. I was born November 3rd, 1993 to two addicts and alcoholics. I’m the oldest of three girls. Growing up, my parents were always fighting. I always felt like it was my fault.

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Is Your Job Triggering Your Addiction?



What’s your story? Did throwing yourself into a job you loved make recovery easier? Or did a hard job or a bad work environment push you to the edge? Tell us at stories@aidinrecovey.com. Getting your life back on track while trying to tame your addiction can be a difficult task. Most people have to work, […]

Run for Recovery 5K! Sign up Now.



September is National Recovery Month, something very near and dear to our hearts at Aid in Recovery.

In honor of this, we are pleased to invite you to celebrate sobriety with family and friends at our inaugural Run for Recovery 5K.

This chip-timed 5K run will be held along the beautiful trails of Indian Riverside Park. Come for the challenge or just for a scenic walk. There will be water stations along the route, as well as cheering fans throughout the course.

If you are up for a challenge, just want to support a great cause, or simply wish to enjoy the day with good friends and family, this event is appropriate for you.

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My Semicolon Tattoo & Recovery: How Depression Led to Addiction and Worse



The following is a true story of pain and hope. Find the treatment you need to continue your story; whether that treatment is drug rehab, alcohol rehab, mental health counseling/meds or something else. It’s never too late to change the ending of your story.

Maybe you have seen it. The semicolon tattoo on someone’s wrist, behind their ear, or on their ankle. What does it mean anyway? How can one little ; mean so much to someone that they need to have it tattooed on their body?

If you struggle with substance abuse, you probably have at least one semicolon moment in your life. The time when it all could have ended in a period, but it didn’t. By choice or circumstance, your life continued.

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Collateral Damage: Families of Drug Abusers



Wouldn’t life be simpler if other people were never affected by our poor actions and decisions? I know in my life, if this were the case, I would have quite a few bridges still standing that have unfortunately burnt down long ago.

When in active addiction, usually the last thing we are thinking about is how we’re affecting others. I remember I used to think, well, I never hang out with anyone. I just isolate in my room; I spend my earned money on my drugs and alcohol. And my most famous (and now almost comical) line was, who could I possibly be hurting when nobody even knows I’m using?

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Nurse Recovering From Addiction Pens Inspiring Letter to Young Daughter. Don’t Cry.



I’m a 31-year-old single mom who’s also an addiction recovering, depression-dodging, obsessive-compulsive nurse. To my daughter- If you ever find yourself in the arms of your teacher, crying, feeling what I can only imagine being the worst feeling you’ve felt up to this point in your life – that mommy is abandoning you – please know I’d never leave you…

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Alcohol Awareness Month 2016 – This Year’s Theme – Underage Drinking



April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this year’s theme is all about talking. As a parent, bringing up the topic of underage drinking is often uncomfortable, but it must be done. If you think about how awkward it is for you, imagine how uncomfortable your child must feel bringing up the subject.

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After a Relapse a Young Man Finds His Road to Recovery



My name is Joel M., I have been sober for 20 months after my relapse. Before that I was sober for 18 months. My story starts at the age of 13. I tried my first bowl of weed and my first cigarette. I was really into sports so I didn’t smoke either very often. It went that way until I was 15, and then I started smoking pot almost every day. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. That year I dropped out of high school. Then when I was 16, I started to try other drugs (i.e. acid, shrooms, and cocaine), but the coke really grabbed me. That led to smoking crack. […]

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30 Day Recovery Challenge



The 30 Day Recovery Challenge is an opportunity to improve and strengthen your Recovery! Win a $300 Amazon Gift Card.

This is done with everyday simple tasks. The Challenge is comprised of 10 daily tasks that remain constant for 30 days. The objective is to complete as many tasks a day as possible during the 30 day challenge time frame. The reasoning behind this is that this challenge format builds healthy habits, consistency, and self-esteem, which are three key components in recovery.

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A Journey Toward Recovery



This is an interview with Jennifer Simonis, a young lady who has an amazing story to tell. She was looking for help and called a hotline for drug and alcohol treatment centers, and now she works at that same company, Aid in Recovery, helping others find their path to sobriety. What is amazing is that you can call into Aid in Recovery and speak to her.

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Her Recovery Story



It’s been over 24 hours since my last fix. A whole day has passed the last time I sucked up that beautiful, blue powdery substance through my nose. I was starting to feel those dreadful withdrawals, the tremors were setting in, and it’s starting to feel like there are vice grips on both sides of my head squeezing tighter and tighter. My head is ringing and everything has a deafening muffled sound to it. (Click the title to read more.)