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How Common Is Addiction?

January 31, 2020

We hear heartbreaking stories of addiction, overdose and relapse virtually every day. In most cases, these stories relate to celebrities or otherwise well-known people that have succumbed to the disease. Alternately, we hear of truly shocking behaviors that happened under the influence. Sadly, the day-to-day stories about addiction are too many to cover and have, for most people, become normal and expected. Overdose deaths often become the norm, in many people’s eyes, with the overwhelming statistics we see on drug use and addiction. This is not totally surprising. Indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that almost everyone has been affected by addiction or knows someone who has battled substance abuse or addiction – either alcohol or drugs.

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When Does Substance Abuse Become Addiction?

December 17, 2019

When evaluating the statistics on substance use, whether it be alcohol, drugs or any other illicit or legal substance that has addictive properties, it can be shocking to see how many people use on a regular basis. And while substance use is certainly a precursor to substance abuse, not everybody who uses, ends up abusing.

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Addiction Comes in Threes

April 13, 2017

Three wise men. Three stooges. Three ring circus. Many things come in threes and in the world of addiction, we see this time and time again. For example, it is not uncommon for a heroin addict to also have a food, gambling or sex addiction. Someone who is addicted to painkillers is likely to have sexual impulsivity or an addiction to money. Why does it come in threes? It has to do with symmetry, a spiritual component and the good vs. evil different parts of us. Depending on one’s drug of choice, it taps into a certain part of the…

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3 Myths about Your First Time in Substance Abuse Treatment

April 7, 2017

1. It’s the scariest thing you will ever go through. It’s actually not. If you can muster up the strength to finally get your life on track, the rest is easy. Once you come to drug and alcohol treatment you are already bettering yourself and have the courage to face it. It’s not going to be easy because some days are good and some days are bad. But it’s worth it at the end if you stick to the program and apply what you learn in treatment to the outside world. It can be scary at first when you have…

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The Role of Trauma in Substance Abuse

September 1, 2016

Substance abuse and trauma are often closely linked, which is why high-quality addiction treatment programs offer integrated treatment to address both. Alcohol, as well as prescribed and illicit drugs, are commonly used to cope with negative emotions and symptoms associated with exposure to trauma. Commonly seen symptoms include (1): Anxiety Fear Sleeplessness Irritability Agitation Guilt Shame Self-blame Concentration problems Trauma Effects on the Brain During a traumatic experience, endorphin levels rise and remain elevated, helping to numb the person to the emotional or physical pain of the trauma. Once the event is over, endorphin levels gradually decrease, leading to endorphin…

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Back with a Vengeance: Heroin in Florida

May 10, 2016

Addiction is all too common across the country, and north Florida specifically is seeing an increase in heroin abuse. Though government and law enforcement agencies are attempting to crack down on substance abuse, many young people become drawn into the dangerous cycle of heroin use. What Is Heroin? Heroin is an opioid, derived from the seed pod of the opium plant. Morphine is harvested from the seed pod and then processed into heroin. Heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected. Each method produces a different high. Injection can result in an immediate high followed by falling into a prolonged drowsy…

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Substance Abuse: A Hidden Problem Among the Elderly

May 8, 2016

In the United States, people 65 years and older make up 13 percent of the population, yet they account for more than one-third of total outpatient spending on prescription medications. This totals over $500 million per year. Given the challenges and increased health complications that often accompany the aging process, this may seem unremarkable at first glance. But approximately 17 percent of the elderly population—nearly six million people—is suffering from substance abuse, including alcohol and prescription drugs. This number is expected to double by the year 2020. Based on statistics such as these, it is not an exaggeration to say…

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