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Can you really overdose from fentanyl in the air? Here’s what medical experts say.

Updated July 15, 2018 08:35 AM On July 6, six people, including two police officers, were taken to the hospital after coming into contact with a substance at a Brooklyn night club. Illinois State Police said they believe exposure to fentanyl, a powerful opioid, caused the people to develop overdose-like symptoms. Medical professionals, however, say there […]

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Why Spirituality is Key to Success in Recovery

For those who are beginning their journey of recovery, that path is filled with uncertainty, doubt and even hesitance. Of all the obstacles that can be faced in recovery, the concept of spirituality is the one that can trip people up the most. Whether it is in drug treatment or around the tables of 12-step meetings, the […]

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When your only child has died

Helping parents to face the future when an only child has died. Anyone whose child has died is acutely aware of the enormous gap that their child leaves, no matter what their age or the circumstances of their death. However, when you have lost your only child, or all of your children, the emptiness within your […]

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The Secret Shame of Mental Illness – One Woman’s Honest Story

It’s tough for me to share this story with you, but if it helps just one person who is suffering from the shame of mental illness like me, I want you to know you are not alone. When I was six years sober, I had been struggling for months to get out of bed most […]

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The Internal Make-Up of Me

  I find an atlas. I decide to break myself into four parts. All equal though a bit undefinable. Each part is one part of the whole.   *** The Northern Hemisphere of Me Here is where I find an innate need for ‘knowing more,’ though I find its boundaries lacking. There is no assigned […]

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7 Things To Say To Your Addicted Loved One

If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know that it can be extremely difficult to talk to that person about their addiction. Addiction involves a number of defense mechanisms that serve to protect the addict and their addictive behavior. Typically when you confront the person about their addiction […]

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Addiction is Real. Here’s How to Beat It

Have you known an addict or been an addict? Are you an addict now? Unfortunately, addictions come with the human condition. We’ve got alcoholics, drug addicts, sex addicts, workaholics, self-mutilators, and more. You name it, our culture has found it and become addicted to it. Addiction is defined as anything we do repeatedly that causes […]

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STAT forecast: Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade

Opioids could kill nearly half a million people across America over the next decade as the crisis of addiction and overdose accelerates. Deaths from opioids have been rising sharply for years, and drug overdoses already kill more Americans under age 50 than anything else. STAT asked leading public health experts at 10 universities to forecast the […]

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6 Tricks To Becoming A More Positive Thinker

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare When something goes horribly wrong, our emotions hardly feel like a choice. It’s logical to feel upset, angry or guilty about a negative situation, so it only makes sense to react accordingly, right? Not entirely. Research suggests that our happiness is […]

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DARE: The Anti-Drug Program That Never Actually Worked

DARE, the popular drug education program, had no measurable effect on drug use. (me and the sysop) If you went to grade school in the 1980s or 90s, chances are good you were publicly offered drugs at school by a uniformed police officer. “Hey,” he might have said, “Want to meet up behind the gym after school […]

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Signs Of Methamphetamine Psychosis

When methamphetamine-associated psychosis (MAP) occurs in a loved one, it can be a frightening thing to behold. It will change their behavior in negative ways and can make them unpredictable. Understanding the signs of methamphetamine psychosis can help you to know what to look for in your loved one and to get them immediate treatment. […]

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Burnout Prevention and Treatment

Techniques for Dealing with Overwhelming Stress If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned, and completely exhausted, you may be on the road to burnout. When you’re burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care—let alone do something to help yourself. The unhappiness and detachment […]

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