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Trouble for Big Pharma as Nearly 50% of People Report Quitting Pills for CBD

According to a recent survey conducted by cannabis market research firm the Brightfield Group and HelloMD, an online medical cannabis community, nearly half of CBD (cannabidiol) users give up prescription drugs and over the counter medications in favor of the non-psychoactive substance. The survey of over 2,400 respondents found forty-two percent of CBD users — whether they used marijuana-derived CBD or […]

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Grandparents raising grandchildren as opioid epidemic takes toll

  The nation’s opioid epidemic has sent an alarming number of children into the foster care system, but the numbers would be even worse if it weren’t for grandparents. They’re stepping in to stepping in to raise grandkids while their own children battle substance abuse — and it’s not easy. Sharon and Terri Beckett know that all […]

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Ohio State University doctor publishes important international harm reduction study

Death rates cut in half for people who inject drugs and have HIV Results published in Lancet OSU professor William Miller, M.D., PhD Ohio State University epidemiologist Bill Miller has published the results of a groundbreaking international study of people who inject drugs and are living with HIV. The study was published Sept. 1 in Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious […]

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Can We Stop Calling the Chemical Poison Spice ‘Synthetic Marijuana’?

If you’re not fully familiar with the excessive gnarliness of “synthetic weed” spice or K2, just search YouTube for “spice od” or “synthetic weed.” You’ll see videos of people having seizures, losing motor control and writhing in the street, babbling in tongues like they’re in a religious trance, speaking slowly like they have a serious […]

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Recovery Without AA: Using the 12 Steps in My Own Way

People ask me how I plan to continue in recovery without AA and without practicing the 12-step program. I never have an easy answer. I have been to AA, know the steps, and understand the benefit of community, but I had to find my own path in recovery without AA. I took time to think […]

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‘I had a baby with an abusive drug addict’

More than 85 million people in the United States alone have been touched by addiction. Each has a unique story, and for far too long, many have felt isolated, hopeless and stigmatized by this illness. Drug addiction is a “family disease.” During any kind of active addiction, it is extremely rare only the addict is […]

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How dangerous is fentanyl to first responders? Confusion abounds as use soars

Experts say you can’t overdose by just being near it   In December 2016, police responded to a call about a suspicious person at a Green Island Dunkin’ Donuts. When they arrived, they found a man surrounded by drugs and needles on the floor of the public restroom. “We immediately had a reaction,” one of […]

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Truth or Dare: Are you an Addict in Denial?

Let’s begin with the Big Question: Are you an Addict in Denial?   Denial and Addiction: Becoming Aware of the Inner Voice that Leads to Self-Destruction Indeed, when it comes to addictive behaviors of any sort, denial is definitely a whole lot more than a slogan. It is often the underlying dynamic that keeps an addiction active, […]

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5 Reasons to Stay Open-Minded Early On

Open-mindedness means being receptive to new ideas and different ways of seeing the world. It is rooted in humility and wisdom, and in awareness that you don’t have all the answers and so must be receptive to learning from others. In recovery, being open minded is an absolutely essential mental state that can make a […]

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Cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce the risk of relapse among alcohol and cocaine addicts

  (Natural News) Cannabis is the last thing you might think of when looking to curb alcohol or cocaine cravings. However, a study published in Nature, suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may indeed be useful in this rather difficult endeavor. People who were previously addicted to drugs and alcohol often struggle to stay abstinent, with some days being more difficult than others. This […]

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7 Strategies for Managing Difficult Life Challenges

It might seem as if nothing good can come out of adversity and uninvited changes, but challenges can also provide valuable learning experiences and act as a catalyst for discovering new directions, expanded perspectives, positive developments, a reset of priorities, and unexpected openings. by Christiana Star   Use the toolkit below to recover, rebuild, and […]

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Rehabilitation Plus Rehab? Jails Dispense Drugs To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

San Mateo County health officials say they believe naltrexone, the medication they are providing at the jails, will improve patients’ chances of recovery and reduce the likelihood they will return to jail after release.(Heidi de Marco/KHN) Medication, when paired with counseling and social support, is considered the standard treatment for opioid addiction.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)   […]

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