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Does Our Culture Glamorize Addiction?

April 6, 2016

There's no doubt that drug addiction is stigmatized today, despite ongoing attempts by numerous agencies—including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—to demystify and de-stigmatize it. At the same time, other cultural forces are pushing addiction farther into the realm of taboo. Reality TV shows turn drug and alcohol interventions and celebrity addiction treatment into sideshows, packed with drama and excitement, all of which are far from the reality of an actual, properly executed intervention or a high-quality, research-based addiction treatment program. These shows make it hard to…

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5 Things Celebs Have Taught Us About Substance Abuse Treatment

September 24, 2014

Substance abuse treatment is often a hot topic in celebrity news. This actually comes along with some great benefits for the recovery community, as we have been able to learn so much from their experiences. Here are five things famous figures have taught us about substance abuse treatment. 1. Substance Abuse Treatment Takes Time. Substance abuse treatment requires time, hard work and commitment for success. Clients who leave their treatment programs early or only commit to very short periods of time for treatment are usually featured in the headlines soon after for relapse. There is no quick fix or magic…

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Do the Olympics Need Addiction Treatment?

August 6, 2012

Addiction treatment may be going places it has never gone before:  to the Olympics!  We all know that addictions can be life changing.  They change the way we think, causing us to lose focus on what is important and to make decisions we normally wouldn’t even dream of.  Addictions take over our lives in so many ways, perhaps no more so than in our behavior. Why Addiction Treatment May Have Helped Emily to Win Her Gold Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm discovered the danger of addiction and the need for addiction treatment in the 2012 London Olympics when she won a…

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The Truth About Bath Salts

June 1, 2012

Bath salts is a common name for a cocktail of stimulants that produces the opposite effect of a warm soothing bath.  In fact, instead of producing a relaxed state, the drug can cause erratic, strange and psychotic behavior.   In a case making headlines out of Miami, Florida, a biker spotted a man attacking a homeless man’s face.  Completely naked and unresponsive to repeated requests by the police to stop cannibalizing his victim’s face, the man died  at the scene after being shot by police.  Police suspect that the man was under the influence of bath salts; however toxicology reports have…

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