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

Drug Testing in Sober Living Facilities

Sober living homes present an opportunity for a person to make a fresh start in a living arrangement with other people who are also trying to achieve and maintain sobriety. The most critical of all stipulations in this living arrangement is sobriety. For this reason, some sober living homes may require drug testing as part Read More


Despite crackdowns on overprescribing, painkiller prescription and abuse rates remain highest in the southeastern United States. According to an article in Scientific American magazine, painkiller prescriptions in the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina are some of the highest in the county—between 96 and 143 prescriptions per 100 people.1 When Read More