New Understanding of Addiction: The Role of DNA in Withdrawal

Everything You Need to Know About AA, NA, and Al-Anon

Friday, July 8, 2016

As you’re reading this, somewhere in the world there’s an AA, NA or Al-Anon meeting taking place. In church basements, hospital meeting rooms, prisons, internet cafes and anywhere a few people can gather, recovery meetings based on the 12-step principles outlined almost 100 years ago are helping people deal with the effects of drugs, alcohol … Continued

A Census of Our Lost Lifetimes [Infographic]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It is a sad reality that substance abuse can cut lives short. Besides examining statistics about the number of overdoses or suicides due to drugs and alcohol, how can we measure this fact? One way is using a statistical measurement called Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL). We’ve compared the YPLL of substance abuse to … Continued

5 Things Addicts Convince Themselves are True

helping someone through addiction

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Whether you or someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you have probably noticed certain behaviors. You might be unable to quit using, even though you have tried before. Maybe you’ve started having problems at work, at home or with money — even though those problems don’t seem related to using. You … Continued

The Negative Effects of Alcohol

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What is alcohol? Alcohol is a sedative hypnotic drug that depresses the central nervous system, making you feel more relaxed. Most adults drink alcohol moderately and on a social basis and derive a lot of pleasure from doing so. However, about one in five men and one in seven women regularly drink more than the … Continued

The Painkiller Problem

Friday, November 23, 2012

Prescriptions for Opioids, or Painkillers Over the past 20 years, prescriptions for opioids, or painkillers, has increased more than tenfold. And, not surprisingly, painkiller addiction has also tripled in just the last decade alone. While you may think these drugs are not as dangerous as “illegal” drugs, the truth is, according to Centers for Disease … Continued

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