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How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction

None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits—reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings—cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome. When it […]

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Families Choose Empathy Over ‘Tough Love’ To Rescue Loved Ones From Opioids

  Bea and Doug Duncan outside their home in Natick, Mass. The coaching they got from the Community Reinforcement and Family Training program, they say, gave them tools to help their son Jeff stick to his recovery from drug use. He’s 28 now and has been sober for nine years.  Robin Lubbbock/WBUR It was Bea Duncan […]

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Addiction Recovery through Healing my God-Sized Hole

I beamed with excitement as my debit card chopped up the orange pill. My pupils enlarged and the world around me slowed down as the fragments went up my nose and made their way into my system. The effect of ecstasy was sudden. My body tingled and my cheeks widened with joy. I peered around […]

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Women, Drug Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

  Women report a lower rate of addiction than men, but they still experience more severe addictions at a faster rate, all due to their biology. Women are more likely to use different drugs, use them for different reasons and experience different consequences than male counterparts. Plus, more women are drinking alcohol than in previous […]

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How Can Treating PTSD Help Your Addiction?

If you are struggling with a substance abuse issue, there can be a deeper rooted issue that is keeping you stuck in your addiction. More often than not, people who abusing drugs and alcohol are also struggling with a co-occurring mental disorder. If you happen to have a co-occurring disorder–which is also commonly known as a dual […]

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Opioid Prescribing for Teens Exceeded CDC 2016 Guidelines for Adults

Between 2005 and 2016, opioid prescriptions for adolescents generally were written for longer than three days, and the number of prescriptions filled for four and five day supplies increased, according to a report in Psychiatric Services in Advance. These trends occurred prior to the issuance of guidelines for opioid prescribing by the Centers for Disease Control […]

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U.S. joins lawsuits against Indivior, Reckitt over drug Suboxone

FILE PHOTO: A pharmacist fills a Suboxone prescription at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Boston, Massachusetts January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has joined several whistleblower lawsuits against Indivior Plc (INDV.L) and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (RB.L), alleging that the drugmakers improperly marketed the opioid addiction treatment […]

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7 Surprising Things that Happen When You Stop Drinking

What happens when you stop drinking? I’d always imagined my life would remain pretty much the same as it always had been.   I figured I’d still be the same person, doing the same things, living the same life… just minus the booze. How wrong I was. Removing a mind-altering, time-sucking, hangover-inducing, anxiety-creating, mood-destroying drug from […]

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How CBD Aids in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Ever since we as a society began to understand the disease of addiction, we have been looking for ways to cure, treat, heal, or at least help the addict. In this article we discuss about main benefits of CBD, can CBD help in addiction recovery and what to do if you are suffering from addiction. […]

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Researchers Reveal The Root Cause of Addiction (And How to Overcome It)

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri Intro: The Science Behind the Addiction Science has discovered that addictive substances essentially “highjack” the brain’s reward system. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “drugs are chemicals that affect the brain by tapping into its communication system and […]

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The Difference Between Confidence and Ego: Why the Latter Is Dangerous In Sobriety

No one likes a man who walks into a room and boasts of his accomplishments, yet everyone loves a man who walks into a room with confidence and owns the things he’s done. The line between confidence and ego is often thin and knowing the difference between the two can sometimes be difficult. But yet knowing this […]

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