Addiction Culture

Making Pain Management Safe: It’s a Complicated Task

Since pain is subjective, is it fair to develop a one-size-fits-all treatment plan?

More than two million Americans suffer from substance abuse issues related to prescription painkillers and this epidemic takes the lives of more than 90 Americans every single day. These alarming statistics led researchers to ask: How do we make pain management safe? Specifically, how can we balance opioid prescription length and the risk of dependence? […]

Staying Sober in a City That Embraces Legalized Pot

I never thought moving to Portland would impact my recovery. I was wrong.

When I planned my move to Portland, I was excited by the prospect of adventure and was optimistic about my future – moving to the land of opportunity. Portland is a liberal city that’s full of creatives – my kind of people. As a person who loves the outdoors, I was drawn to the vibrant […]

Inhalant Abuse: On the Rise, Hard to Treat, and Often Fatal

Abusing inhalants wreaks havoc on the body and treatment is often very difficult.

While the nation’s opioid addiction takes up the spotlight, there’s another deadly threat lurking in the shadows: inhalant abuse. Here’s the problem with inhalant abuse – most of these potentially lethal products are perfectly legal to possess and readily available in every household. Inhalants can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. There are thousands […]

Has Fentanyl Found a Deadly New Friend?

Ruthless drug dealers are now cutting their cocaine with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a potent opioid. It’s deadly even in tiny doses. But that certainly hasn’t stopped drug dealers from mixing this lethal substance in with their heroin. In spite of the apparent danger, some users are willing to try this combination in search of a “higher” high. Authorities have frequently discovered this deadly mix in […]

How and Why Did the Stigma of Addiction Begin?

Here's a brief history on addiction stigma and tips on how we can end it.

Chemical dependency can be defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease – one that’s characterized by a compulsive need to seek and use a substance. While treatment professionals and small part of the general population see substance abuse this way, much of society views addiction quite differently: as a moral and character failing. A History […]

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