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Veterans And Substance Abuse Recovery

Posted on June 16, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  It’s one thing to struggle with substance abuse, but things can be even more challenging for military veterans.   Why is this?   Well, substance use disorder is often rooted in emotional trauma. Many veterans, once they leave the services, are confronted with entirely different battles to combat. Often, they turn to substances as


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What To Do If You Think Someone Has Overdosed 

Posted on June 5, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  We all have a part to play in fighting the opioid crisis.   If you know what to do when someone has an overdose, you could literally save someone’s life and give them a chance of getting treatment to kick start their recovery.   How can you afford not to know what to do?


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Why The DARE Program Failed

Posted on May 18, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  In 1983, the federal government introduced a nationwide education program called DARE which aimed to reduce drug-taking, gangs, and violence among young people.   What Was DARE? DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. LA police chief Daryl Gates and LA Unified District School set up the program as a strategy within the infamous


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What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

Posted on May 14, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  When substance abuse disorder is accompanied by a mental health illness, it’s known as a dual diagnosis.   Understanding addiction is almost as complex a matter as a mental health disorder in itself so some brief background first…   63% of people with a substance use disorder have experienced at least one ACE (adverse


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The Safest Way to Go Through Medical Detoxification

Posted on March 26, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  If you or your loved one has chosen to detox from alcohol or drugs, it’s imperative to educate yourself about the safest way to go through medical detoxification.   When you’re making the first vital step to recovery, you don’t want to move ahead alone.   If you’re a heavy drinker about to stop


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Naloxone vs Naltrexone: Key Differences

Posted on March 24, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  Today we’ll be pitting Naloxone vs Naltrexone head-to-head so you can tell the differences between these opioid antagonists but why should you care?   Well, opioids are prescription medicines often used to treat pain. While undeniably effective, opioids are also remarkably addictive. Deaths from opioid overdose in the US have increased by 400% since


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The Link Between Gabapentin And Alcohol

Posted on February 20, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  Gabapentin is federally approved to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain, but research has discovered a surprising link between it and alcohol. Gabapentin has become something of a wonder drug. It reduces seizures in people with epilepsy and treats nerve damage pain caused by shingles, phantom limb pain, carpal tunnel, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy. It


Angels Employee Says Team Knew Of Tyler Skaggs’ Drug Use

Posted on October 15, 2019 in Drug and Alcohol

Late last week, a report said that Los Angeles Angels public relations employee told federal investigators that some team officials were told about Tyler Skaggs’ drug use “long before his death.” Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, Tyler Skaggs (14613198219), CC BY-SA 2.0 This employee said that he would provide Skaggs with oxycodone and abuse


6 Techniques To Staying Sober

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Drug and Alcohol

Addiction is a serious problem. Whether it is drinking, drugs, or nicotine, being addicted to these unhealthy habits can ultimately destroy your life. Sadly, most people do not know how powerful these addictions are. So, if you’ve already sobered up and started your recovery, then you should be grateful now that you have the authority


Tyler Skaggs Died From Opioids & Alcohol Intoxication

Posted on September 3, 2019 in Drug and Alcohol

A toxicology report released last week found that Angels pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, had the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone as well as alcohol in his system when he was found dead in July. The cause of death was listed as “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents”, this means that Skaggs choked