National Prescription Take Back Day 2019

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs twice a year and is designed to allow people to drop off and dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed. The next National Take Back Day will be held on April 27, 2019 between 10:00am and 02:00pm. This will be the 17th National Take Back … Read More

8 Tips for Beating Insomnia Without Sleep Aids

Can’t sleep? Here are 8 tips favoring natural approaches to getting sleep. Americans are chronically sleep deprived, with about 35 percent of the population getting less than the generally accepted seven hours of sleep a night. Many people struggling to sleep at night suffer from chronic insomnia, which is the inability to fall asleep. This … Read More

A Parent’s Guide to School Drug Testing

Parents with teenagers should know that random drug tests may be conducted at schools. While not a regular occurrence at all schools, testing for the presence of drugs among students is a growing trend in the United States. Only a small number of schools currently conduct mandatory drug testing, but a growing number of schools … Read More

How to Understand Psychological Dependence

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Psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol involves a compulsive belief that a person needs an addictive substance to function. A person may feel an overwhelming compulsion or emotional desire to consume the substance, often to the detriment of most other areas of their life. As compulsive substance use affects a person’s health, relationships and work, … Read More

What to Expect in Percocet Detox

Percocet is a powerful painkiller that can become highly addictive if taken for a prolonged period. With the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation, attention has been brought to the dangers of addiction to painkillers. Not only can people who are addicted to prescription medication obtain it from their physicians, but many people get opioids from … Read More

Seattle Students Profit From Revised Drug Policies

Seattle drug policies keep kids in school longer. Seattle school superintendents recently announced some changes in drug policies designed to keep more kids in school while providing better education on the effects of substance misuse. The recent policy changes appear to be working; Seattle Weekly reports a 20 percent decrease in the number of suspensions … Read More

Technology in Addiction Treatment

Technology has improved the lives of millions of people. It has also disrupted nearly every industry, including addiction treatment and behavioral health. Virtual communication is available to most people in the form of small handheld digital devices, and there are apps for just about anything you could want. While many of these applications are used … Read More

Oregon Suicides Increase Almost 30 Percent, CDC Finds

The rate of suicide increased across nearly all states from 1999 to 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that from 1999 to 2016 the suicide rate in Oregon increased by 28.2 percent. Is substance misuse factoring into the statistic? What other factors are at play? Where can a person go for … Read More

How to Handle the Stigma of Addiction

The stigma of addiction must be eliminated so that more people seek help. Opinions and misconceptions about addiction abound in society. For people who struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction, the judgment and stigma attached to the concept of addiction can actually harm the recovery process. A case can be made that stigma is … Read More

How to Handle Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

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We need one another to survive. A human connection can help people get through the toughest situations, and this holds true for addiction recovery. If you experience a substance use disorder, you may have discarded healthy relationships as drugs or alcohol gained control over your life. That, in turn, leads to loneliness, which may exacerbate … Read More