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8 Ways to See the Good in the World on a Dark Day

It feels like we’re always surrounded by bad news and political hysteria. Even if you try to avoid bad news it always manages to seep in. As a great man once said, “When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble; give a whistle, and this’ll help things turn out for the best.” Cute animals. HumansRead More

The Lie of Manageable Addiction

Among the many lies addicts tell themselves is that their addiction is manageable. Sure, they may have an addiction, but it’s under control and they can continue to function more or less normally for as long as they keep it controlled. There is a kernel of truth in it. After all, addicts are often veryRead More

This Can Be Your Last Time in Detox

Detox is not fun. You will likely experience anxiety, nausea, sweating, shaking, and cravings. Or it could be worse. You might have bad withdrawal, which could include fever, confusion, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, or hallucinations. You may lie in bed totally miserable and think that if you could just use again, all this would stop. It’sRead More

Signs of Heroin Experimentation

Experimentation with heroin, more than any other drug, can quickly spiral into a serious addiction. Heroin is so potent that a few uses can cause physical dependence. If someone you know is experimenting with heroin, there will be some obvious signs. Physical signs: There are many possible physical signs of heroin use. Perhaps the mostRead More

How Long After Detox Should I Wait to go to Treatment?

After detox, it’s best to go to treatment immediately. If you can detox and begin treatment in the same facility, that’s even better. There are several reasons for this. First, going straight from detox to treatment reduces risk of immediate relapse. Detox may include some elements of treatment, but it is not treatment. Detox lastsRead More

How Do I Tell My Job I Need to Go to Detox?

If you have decided to seek treatment, you’ve cleared the first hurdle. You have accomplished something difficult in taking an honest look at yourself and admitting you need help. Now you have some practical choices to make. One of the biggest decisions is what to do about work. Most of us can’t just take aRead More

Who is Addicted?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, there are about 23 million Americans who need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. That’s about seven percent of the population. Put another way, if you know at least 13 people, you probably know someone who needs help with addiction. That person might be you.Read More

Can You Drink on Antabuse?

Antabuse, or disulfiram, is a medication that is meant to prevent alcoholics in recovery from relapsing by making them violently ill after drinking. It works by blocking an enzyme that your body needs to metabolize alcohol. Instead of metabolizing alcohol normally, the process is interrupted part way, causing the toxic byproduct acetaldehyde to build upRead More

Does Vivitrol Prevent Opioid Relapse?

Vivitrol, or naltrexone, is an opioid antagonist–a medication that blocks opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioids from working. That means, if you use opioids while receiving Vivitrol injections, the opioid will not relieve pain or get you high. In order to start treatment with Vivitrol, you must detox completely from opioids. If youRead More