How to tell if your loved one is addicted to heroin

In recent years, there has been a six-fold increase in heroin-related deaths in the United States.1 In some parts of the nation, the heroin epidemic is particularly fierce. According to reports, Georgia is witnessing “unprecedented amounts of heroin” moving into the state, and it’s also penetrating in the Carolinas.2 It appears that no regions are Read More

Rehab over Incarceration: What Really Works

While it may seem obvious that people struggling with drug addiction would benefit from rehab, rather than simply being imprisoned, the fact is most states incarcerate people without offering effective addiction treatment. Approximately 50 percent of state prisoners have been diagnosed with drug abuse or dependence, but only 10 percent receive medically based drug treatment.1 Read More

peer support is beneficial for recovery

Research on addiction treatment and recovery finds that individuals feel more comfortable dealing with complex issues when they are in groups made up primarily of their peers. More treatment facilities are offering specialized treatment programs for women, men and other specific demographic groups in order to serve their unique needs. This peer support strategy can Read More

Thanksgiving in Recovery A Special Meaning

As Thanksgiving arrives, along with all the other winter celebrations, individuals in recovery may experience additional stress. Family gatherings, the availability of alcohol at parties and re-connecting with people who may be associated with substance use can present challenges for someone celebrating Thanksgiving in recovery. However, holidays also bring the opportunity to appreciate how much Read More

Government Opioid Epidemic

An estimated 2.1 million Americans are addicted to opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.1 Opioids can be legal prescription medications or illegal street drugs that act on the opioid (pain-relieving) receptors in the brain. Examples of opioids include oxycodone, morphine, and heroin. Americans are the biggest worldwide consumers of opioid pain medications. Read More