• An Introvert’s Guide to Rehab: It’s Time for Group!

    Let's talk about how the introvert deals with group therapy in a rehab setting.

    Let's talk about how the introvert deals with group therapy in a rehab setting.

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    Group therapy is a cornerstone of traditional Minnesota model rehab; it is also the model that the vast majority of rehabs use. Sharing with a group can be very difficult for introverts. Talk with your counselor in private if you feel uncomfortable sharing certain things. Remember, you have the right to set boundaries. Rehab is […]

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  • An Introvert’s Guide to Rehab: Meeting the Others

    Here are five tips for introverts when tackling your first day of rehab.

    Here are five tips for introverts when tackling your first day of rehab.

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    If you enter a rehab after you’ve gone through the detox process, you’ll probably be taken straight to the residential floor – a place you’ll call home for the next several weeks. There will be a lot of intake interviews, and the others on your floor will want to find out who you are. Here […]

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  • An Introvert’s Guide to Rehab: Taming the Fear

    Don't let anything stand in the way of your success in treatment.

    Don't let anything stand in the way of your success in treatment.

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    The prospect of going to rehab is scary. What will the people be like? Will they make me do weird things? Will everyone hate me? For the introvert, it can be even harder. Media representations of rehab show it as a place where intimate secrets are shared with strangers. For those of us who don’t […]

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  • Learning From Loss: Carrie Fisher & George Michael

    What can we learn from the recent loss of these two mega-stars?

    What can we learn from the recent loss of these two mega-stars?

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    We all know the ravaging effects drug use has on the body, but with the recent untimely deaths of Carrie Fisher and George Michael, the connection between heart health and drug addiction has, again, been brought to light. The Heart Impact of Cocaine Carrie Fisher was a star. She was also very open about her […]

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  • The Shocking Plan to Increase OxyContin Usage

    If drug companies get their wish, OxyContin sales will quickly go global.

    If drug companies get their wish, OxyContin sales will quickly go global.

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    With an opioid epidemic in full swing, it’s no surprise that U.S. medical establishments are looking for painkiller alternatives. This is bad news for manufacturers – especially Purdue Pharma, maker of the wildly popular (and wildly abused) opiate known as OxyContin. Prescriptions for OxyContin have fallen nearly 40 percent since 2010. And while most of […]

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Learning From Loss: Carrie Fisher & George Michael

What can we learn from the recent loss of these two mega-stars?

We all know the ravaging effects drug use has on the body, but with the recent untimely deaths of Carrie Fisher and George Michael, the connection between heart health and drug addiction has, again, been brought to light. The Heart Impact of Cocaine Carrie Fisher was a star. She was also very open about her […]

The Shocking Plan to Increase OxyContin Usage

If drug companies get their wish, OxyContin sales will quickly go global.

With an opioid epidemic in full swing, it’s no surprise that U.S. medical establishments are looking for painkiller alternatives. This is bad news for manufacturers – especially Purdue Pharma, maker of the wildly popular (and wildly abused) opiate known as OxyContin. Prescriptions for OxyContin have fallen nearly 40 percent since 2010. And while most of […]

A Lethal Debate: Should Euthanasia Be an Option?

Assisted suicide is highly controversial - even more so today.

Mark Langedijk, a 41-year-old alcoholic living in the Netherlands, didn’t want to live anymore. His addiction had taken everything from him for eight agonizingly long years – his career, his family, his health. And yet he had done everything in his power to get better, including 21 hospital stays and rehab admissions. But nothing worked, […]

The Addiction Gene Pool Just Got a Lot Murkier

Can genetics really determine whether or not you become addicted?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know if you or your loved one were at risk for addiction, before the doctor wrote your prescription? Proove Biosciences claims their genetic testing can do just that. They have designed a test that combines a patient questionnaire with DNA examination to determine if the patient will become addicted to […]

Drug Addiction Fuels the Fire of Human Trafficking

Addiction is often the way women are lured into the world of human trafficking.

In the four years I was behind bars, I met some interesting women. Although the majority had traumatic pasts, one in particular still stands out. Her name was Patty and she was, for a couple months, one of my cellmates. She was on the tail-end of a three-year sentence for various drug charges when I […]

All This Holiday Noise is Driving Me to Drink!

Is the sensory overload of the holiday season urging you to look for an escape?

The store was hot and stuffy. They were blasting “Feliz Navidad” at full-speaker capacity. The entire mall was packed with shoppers, Santa’s helpers and screaming children. Jamie was in the middle of her third day of frantic holiday preparations. Presents, pies, poinsettias – the list was never-ending. So was the noise. Jamie had reached her […]

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