• The Real Cost of Heroin Will Blow Your Mind

    Whether you abuse heroin or not, you're financially impacted by the epidemic.

    Whether you abuse heroin or not, you're financially impacted by the epidemic.

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    21.9 billion dollars. That’s how much heroin costs our nation each year. And the cost is absorbed in three main areas: About a fourth of those dollars are health care expenses. Roughly another fourth are law and criminal justice costs. The remaining half (53 percent) comes in the form of lost productivity. This breaks down […]

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  • Labeled: When Can I Stop Calling Myself an Alcoholic?

    With a label permanently attached, can you ever really move on?

    With a label permanently attached, can you ever really move on?

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    “Hi, I’m Kate and I’m an alcoholic.” Kate’s been repeating this mantra for 20 years. For the past 14 or so, alcohol hasn’t been an issue. It’s no longer appealing. She’s often around people who drink and she isn’t tempted to join them. So, is her phrasing wrong? Should she really be saying “I am […]

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  • I Feel Powerful: The Real Impact of Self-Managed Care

    Being an active participant in your own treatment plan can make a huge impact.

    Being an active participant in your own treatment plan can make a huge impact.

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    During her treatment, Bethany got some education. This wasn’t the typical job-finding, financial management or relationship-building training she’d received in her previous rehab experience. This time, she learned how to talk to her doctor and shown a website that provided access to all of her healthcare. She reviewed her doctor visits, medications and lab results. […]

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  • Addiction Isn’t Your Fault, It’s Your Responsibility

    We might not have chosen addiction, but we can make the choice to change.

    We might not have chosen addiction, but we can make the choice to change.

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    Once we’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, we tend to blame everyone but ourselves…for everything. We’re knee-deep in self-pity; we use our “condition” as a crutch or a justification to keep using. Even though we didn’t choose to become addicted, we often forget the ultimate choice lies entirely within: Are we willing to do the […]

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  • Fried Egg Campaign: This is Your Brain on Drugs 2.0

    An iconic anti-drug commercial is getting a new makeover after 30 years.

    An iconic anti-drug commercial is getting a new makeover after 30 years.

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    We all remember that 80’s commercial – no, not the “Where’s the beef?” ad – the one with the unforgettable image of an egg sizzling in a frying pan, representing a delicate brain. That cerebral scrambled egg was followed by a booming voice that said “This is your brain on drugs…any questions?” Truth be told, […]

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Labeled: When Can I Stop Calling Myself an Alcoholic?

With a label permanently attached, can you ever really move on?

“Hi, I’m Kate and I’m an alcoholic.” Kate’s been repeating this mantra for 20 years. For the past 14 or so, alcohol hasn’t been an issue. It’s no longer appealing. She’s often around people who drink and she isn’t tempted to join them. So, is her phrasing wrong? Should she really be saying “I am […]

I Feel Powerful: The Real Impact of Self-Managed Care

Being an active participant in your own treatment plan can make a huge impact.

During her treatment, Bethany got some education. This wasn’t the typical job-finding, financial management or relationship-building training she’d received in her previous rehab experience. This time, she learned how to talk to her doctor and shown a website that provided access to all of her healthcare. She reviewed her doctor visits, medications and lab results. […]

Addiction Isn’t Your Fault, It’s Your Responsibility

We might not have chosen addiction, but we can make the choice to change.

Once we’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, we tend to blame everyone but ourselves…for everything. We’re knee-deep in self-pity; we use our “condition” as a crutch or a justification to keep using. Even though we didn’t choose to become addicted, we often forget the ultimate choice lies entirely within: Are we willing to do the […]

Fried Egg Campaign: This is Your Brain on Drugs 2.0

An iconic anti-drug commercial is getting a new makeover after 30 years.

We all remember that 80’s commercial – no, not the “Where’s the beef?” ad – the one with the unforgettable image of an egg sizzling in a frying pan, representing a delicate brain. That cerebral scrambled egg was followed by a booming voice that said “This is your brain on drugs…any questions?” Truth be told, […]

3 Thoughts That Lead Straight to Substance Abuse

Negative thoughts can wreak havoc on the way you look at drug use.

Gina had been sober for 30 days when she got an invitation to a birthday party. She worried alcohol might play a big part at this celebration, but she really wanted to go. After arriving, Gina quickly realized her concerns were warranted. Seeing everyone else drinking, she thought: “I’ll just have one.” With this in […]

Politics and Addiction: Cast Your (Informed) 2016 Vote

What kind of plans do both political parties have in place to tackle addiction?

Election season is upon us, and no matter which side you fall on, you can’t deny that criminal justice reform is finally getting some much needed attention. Addiction and Treatment To make a more informed decision, take a look at where both parties fall on the spectrum, according to The Marshall Project. Democrat: Using the […]

I’m Addicted…And I Just Don’t Care Anymore

Empathy is just another casualty of drug use and addiction.

Have you ever felt like you understood and shared another person’s experiences and emotions? The ability to share someone else’s feelings is called empathy. And if you’ve never known substance abuse, you may take this ability for granted. Those struggling with addiction often lack the capacity to tune into the emotions and behaviors of others. […]

Prep Time: Are You Ready to Confront Your Loved One?

Don't go into a conversation about drug abuse with your guns blazing.

Before actors perform, they typically prepare backstage. They warm up their bodies and voices. They practice their lines or accents. Once they’re primed, they go on stage. As they turn to the audience, they look out over the orchestra pit and they “face the music.” Are you preparing to face the music? Perhaps you’re coming […]

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