How and Why to Tell Your Kids about Past Addictions

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Children look to their parents for life lessons, guidance, mentorship and advice. Most parents are comfortable with speaking about their life experiences as teaching tools for children to learn how to be productive members of society. One facet of life with which most parents are not particularly comfortable talking about is past addictions. A drug … Read More

What Is the Matrix Model for Stimulants Misuse?

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The Matrix Model of addiction treatment is evidenced-based care for people struggling with substance use tied to stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine (meth). This article discusses the Matrix Model of addiction treatment for those who are addicted to stimulants. How does it work? What is its history? How is it used in Washington State … Read More

Pain Management Without Opioids: Three Possibilities

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For many, the words “opioid” and “pain management” go hand in hand. While prescription opioids do reduce pain, they can also be highly addictive and lead someone unknowingly to experience a substance use disorder. With over one and a half billion people suffering from pain, this can lead to an epidemic of substance misuse with … Read More

Teen Vaping and Hookah Use Likely to Lead to Marijuana Use Later

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For parents concerned about the prevalence of vaping, or the consumption of e-cigarettes by children, their concerns were just validated by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California. The recently released study indicates that teens who vape or use hookah are more likely to use marijuana later in life. How prevalent is … Read More

Drug Addiction Perceived as a Major Community Problem by Americans

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Americans are concerned about drug addiction and see it as a major problem in their communities, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. It is clear from the study that this concern is tied to the rapid increase in drug addiction and overdose in the United States. There has been major news coverage … Read More

Snohomish Schools Dealing with a Different Side of the Opioid Crisis

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You have likely heard a lot about the effects of opioid addiction in Washington State over the past few years. Less heard and discussed are the problems kids are having in schools as they struggle to learn while also dealing with substance use at home. While many school districts across the country have addiction prevention … Read More

Ketamine in the ER: A Safer Pain Reliever than Opioids?

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Medical News Today suggests that, while opioids are an effective way to deal with pain, their potentially addictive nature is wreaking havoc around Washington State and the rest of the nation. This makes exploring other non-opioid pain relief an acute necessity for researchers and other clinical teams. It turns out that ketamine, which is commonly … Read More

Support for New Moms with Substance Use Disorder is Needed, Study Finds

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Addiction treatment professionals have been working diligently over the past few years to try to decrease the high volume of opioid overdose deaths in the United States. Unfortunately, when it comes to new moms, it appears a lot more work is needed. A recent study of pregnant women and new mothers reveals a sharp increase … Read More