Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:48:49 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Alcohol: The Killer

A new study published by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) considered how alcohol contributed to the rate of the death as compared to other known threats. The shocking finding: “Alcohol now accounts for a higher proportion of deaths worldwide than HIV, AIDS, violence and tuberculosis combined.” While the Untied State ]]> Featured Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism Addiction Thu, 14 May 2015 17:05:03 +0000 Addiction hurts the American Workplace

According to recent news reports on a new United States government study, the epidemic of substance abuse has reached critical levels among our nation’s work force. Almost 1 in 10 full-time workers report having a serious drug or alcohol condition in the past year. This poses a serious risk for not only the individuals suffering from substance abuse, but the entire American economy.

Among the serious issues addressed in this study ]]> Featured Addiction Articles Addiction Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:29:55 +0000 Surviving the Holidays

The holiday season can be haunting and debilitating for those with substance abuse issues. Every year, the holidays present those who suffer from addiction with an immense challenge. Several of our American traditions involve alcohol. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, excess is celebrated where those of us who struggle with addiction seek to find peace.

Being around family and friends is no doubt important. Here are a few helpful tips to get you through the holiday season.

Volunteer to be the Designated Driver

Inevitably, holiday festivities and parties that involve alcohol ]]> Featured General Addiction Resources Main Content Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Stages of Change

The “Stages of Change” model is a five-step plan to help addicts, specifically alcoholics, understand their addictions and motivate them to change. The model is based on observations of modifying problem behavior such as smoking, overeating and alcoholism. The five stages…

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Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy

Those with alcohol or drug addiction are generally malnourished and have suffered a number of blows to their body, such as liver damage. Nutritional therapy attempts to reverse this damage by fulfilling nutrition and eliminating toxins. Zinc and Vitamin C are both great nutrients that can aid in detoxification. Antioxidants are also beneficial as they can neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, Vitamin C and E, zinc and selenium.

Alcohol addicts generally suffer from low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. To reduce the symptoms of hypoglycemia, it can be helpful to increase the intake of unrefined complex carbohydrates, avoid all sugars and reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates.

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Crystal Methamphetamine and our Youth

Meth and Kids

Crystal methamphetamine use among today’s youth is a critical and haunting public health issue that can affect all of us. Research from around the world can paint a picture of possible warning signs and treatment solutions. We’ve all seen the “before” and “after” pictures of methamphetamine users, on the news and in the papers. If you, or someone you know, is addicted to crystal meth, this article hopes to provide you with some context of what this addiction can do to your body, and some possible warning signs to prevent methamphetamine use. The consequences of crystal meth use are nothing short of dire. Getting the information you need to move forward is an important step in fighting these addictions, specifically among our youth.

Crystal meth is an efficiently designed drug that can cause immediate and permanent damage. Whether in the form of ice, speed, meth, crystal, or tina, amphetamines’ focus on the central nervous system can lead to...

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Krokodil: The New Killer


“Krokodil” is a new and terrifying addition to the chronic drug epidemic in the United States. Its effects are sudden, horrific, and deadly. Information from the United States is currently limited because of the drug’s recent appearance in the American drug culture. We intend to bring some clarity to the confusion regarding Krokodil. Misinformation is rampant, with devastating effects among so many who are unaware of the immediate consequences of using this drug. While the international community has some experience with Krokodil, the United States and its drug prevention communities must make itself aware of how to recognize and treat these addictions.

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What is Oxycontin

An Overview of Oxycontin

Oxycontin is a brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, an analgesic drug prescribed to patients for moderate to severe pain. Oxycontin refers specifically to the time-release version of the drug as manufactured by Perdue Pharma. The drug is available by prescription only for those requiring long-term pain relief throughout the day.[1]

Oxycontin is not designed to be used “as needed for pain”—instead, users are generally recommended to take one pill every 12 hours.[2] The drug’s controlled-release formula is designed for patients who are unable to take a dose of painkiller once every four hours. Oxycontin tablets come in a variety of sizes, from 10mg up to 160,[3] but the drug is also available in liquid and concentrate form.[4] Tablets over 80mg are available only for patients with a demonstrated history of opioid tolerance.[5]

Chemically, Oxycodone is very similar to codeine as well as hydrocodone (Vicodin). As such, those with allergic reactions to codeine should not take Oxycodone. Patients who are suitable candidates for the drug often find Oxycontin useful in managing pain on the recommendation of a doctor.


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The Faces of Treatment

The Faces of Addiction

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