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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 [email protected] Getting your life back on track while trying to tame your addiction can be a difficult task. Most people have to work, […]

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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