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Substance Abuse In The Transgender Community

Posted on October 5, 2020 in Addiction

  Transgender members of the community experience daily social prejudice.   The Williams Institute estimates that over 1.3 million adults in the US identify as transgender, with more and more young people individuals identifying as transgender.   Fully 40% of transgender people in the US work in the underground economy to survive. This includes the


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Most Commonly Abused Drugs In Oklahoma

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  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) conducts the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) each year.   The most recent statistics specific to the use of drugs in Oklahoma come from the NSDUH conducted in 2012. In that year, Oklahoman respondents of the survey reported their primary drug of


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How to Get Into Rehab Immediately

Posted on October 3, 2020 in Rehab

  Beginning your journey to wellness is a tough decision, one made even more difficult because a quick entrance to rehab is never guaranteed.   Rehab Admissions Process: Getting Started It all starts with a phone call, where patient-hopefuls fill out their pre-admissions screening documents. This involves discussing your personal details, history of substance abuse,


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How Is Indiana Tackling Addiction?

Posted on October 2, 2020 in Addiction

The COVID-19 crisis has done nothing to help citizens suffering from substance addictions. If anything, the pandemic has compounded these issues and made them worse. But even as Indiana struggles under the dual weight of an opioid crisis and a global health pandemic, Indiana’s government is making strides to alleviate some of the pressure.  


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Gender Differences In Addiction

Posted on September 30, 2020 in Podcast

In this episode Zach is joined first by Kelley Kitley, an LCSW, award-winning author and international women’s mental health expert. Zach and Kelley will be discussing the differences between men and women when it comes to addiction and recovery. Curious to learn how different co-occuring disorders affect men vs women? Tune and to learn more!


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How Economic Conditions Affect Addiction

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Economic conditions and status are one of the many interrelated factors that can contribute to substance abuse risk, not just in Indiana, but everywhere.   Understanding Socio-Economic Risk Factors It’s generally acknowledged that higher socio-economic status correlates to better overall health. Individuals of a higher socioeconomic class often have access to better education, healthcare, employment,


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The Rise Of Synthetic Drugs In Oklahoma

Posted on September 29, 2020 in Drug

  Oklahoma has seen a regrettable surge in synthetic drugs recently. In 2018, 308 people died as a result of a drug overdose in Oklahoma. 41% of those deaths were caused by opioids. While the number of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers fell from 251 to 172 between 2017 and 2018, deaths from heroin and


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How Dax Shepard Shows Sobriety Doesn’t Look the Same for Everyone

Posted on September 28, 2020 in Addiction

This past week, Dax Shepard, actor and husband of Kristen Bell shared openly and honestly on his podcast, the Armchair Expert about his recent relapse in drug use. At the time of his relapse Dax had over 16 years of sobriety. Dax shared on the podcast his concerns around publicly discussing his relapse for fear


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Returning To The Workplace After Addiction Or Recovery

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  Transitioning back to work after treatment for a substance use disorder can be daunting and stressful. People in recovery already struggle with embarrassment, guilt, and shame. The prospect of going back to work can magnify these emotions if your employer and co-workers know why you’ve been away. One key difference between addiction and other


What To Expect In The First Week Of Rehab

Posted on September 26, 2020 in Rehab

  Rehab can be a scary process for anyone, but the results are often life-changing. If you’re entering drug or alcohol rehabilitation for the first time, you may be unsure of what to expect during those critical first weeks of rehab, and this is what we will talk about today.   The First Step is