NIH Offers New Tool For Alcoholics Seeking Treatment

The National Institutes of Health is releasing a new online tool that aims to help those who want to find good care: directories of alcohol treatment providers accompanied by key questions patients should ask in order to get high-quality care. Click here to Read Entire Article

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Video Episode: Fighting The Failures of Addiction and Not Giving Up

As someone who struggled with severe addiction for over ten years, I had my share of failures, relapses and moments where I thought it was worthless to keep on fighting. You might feel the same way right now, and I am here to tell you that there is a way out, not matter what. I hope this video helps you see just that.

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Dealing With The Failures of Addiction

Countless, the number of times I was strongly determined to stay sober, and countless were the number of times I failed. There were instances where I couldn’t go a week without relapsing; sometimes I couldn’t even go an entire day. But the times that hurt the most were the ones when I had managed to stay clean for several months, and in a moment of careless weakness I had managed to screw it all up. Addiction is an incredibly powerful force with a very strong grip, and once it has a hold of you it will refuse to let go. There will be times when all your failures and relapses are going to make you consider giving up, letting the choppy waters of addiction take you out to open sea, and, in due time, drown you. But in the midst of all the turmoil, I assure you, there is hope. Here are a few pointers that helped me stay afloat. ...

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News: Opioid Addiction Is Reducing US Life Expectancy

From Courthouse News: WASHINGTON (CN) — Deaths from opioid overdoses tripled in the 15 years from 2000 to 2015, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control. Opioids are natural painkillers, such as morphine and heroin, and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and Fentanyl, which function as synthetic opiates. Read Entire Article Here

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Gene Therapy, A Novel Approach at Treating Alcoholism

Could gene therapy be a viable approach at treating alcoholism? A study suggests that it could be, and they have the data to back it up. Learn more here.

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FDA Approves Reset App to Help Treat Addiction

Pear Therapeutics has developed an app call Reset, designed to be used along with outpatient therapy in treating substance abuse disorders. Read Article Here.

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Resources for Educating Loved Ones on Supporting People With Addiction: Organizations

If you have a loved one or colleague who has addictive behaviors or is abusing alcohol or other drugs, you are probably struggling with how to address their addiction. Like many others who have walked this road, you don’t know how to help the person seek treatment, or how to communicate your concerns without angering or alienating them. Click Here for Entire Article 

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Living Through The Nightmare of Benzodiazepine Addiction

One of the worse things about my anxiety was that it kept me convinced that there was something medically wrong with me, that I was going to die unexpectedly at any point from a horrible illness, without warning. I remember that as a kid there would be nights where I would be terrified of going to sleep at night, thinking that if I closed my eyes, when I opened them in the morning I would be blind, never able again to see the light. ...

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