21st Century Cures Act Addresses Opioid Epidemic

On December 5, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act, which addresses the opioid epidemic passed 392 to 26 in the House, and passed 94 to 5 in the Senate last week. President Obama praised the bill as it will provide significant funding for the National Institute of Health, cancer research, brain disease research including Alzheimer's, the Food and Drug and Administration, and the current opioid crisis. While the bipartisan bill has received overwhelming praise, some senators are not on board. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both disapproved of the bill because it gave too many preferences to pharmaceutical companies due [...]

Music on the Brain and Addiction Recovery

How does music on the brain help those in addiction recovery? Think about it. What was the first sound you ever heard? It wasn’t your mom’s voice. It wasn’t your dad’s voice. Nor was it your own voice. While our conscious memories may be different, the first sound we ever hear is our mother’s heartbeat when we’re still in the womb. From there, the sounds we experience in and out of the womb as we grow into adulthood have a tremendous impact on our health. Whether we’re hearing pleasant sounds like a familiar voice or unpleasant sounds such as an [...]

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First Surgeon General Report on Addiction Released

On November 17, 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released the first ever report on addiction - the current public health crisis facing America. The report, Facing Addiction in America, reveals important findings on the neurobiology of substance abuse; prevention programs and policies; early intervention, treatment and management; different paths to recovery; and health systems for substance abuse disorders. Not only does the report state that addiction is not a moral failing but a brain disease, it also sheds light on the segregation of addiction treatment in healthcare, which has been largely ignored due to the stigmas about addiction. Murthy [...]

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5 Ways to Stay Clean, Sober and Sane on Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again. For many, it’s a joyous time to gather with family and friends, reunite, reflect, and eat themselves silly. Yet, if you are in recovery, the thanksgiving holiday can be challenging, and a real drag, especially if you’re in early recovery. Every stressor, from traveling, unresolved family feuds, uncomfortable conversations about addiction, being offered a drug or drink at a party, to being alone for the holidays can fuel those annoying little triggers. If you’re in recovery, maybe Thanksgiving reminds you of a time when you were using or a lonelier time when you were [...]

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IOP: The Role of Community in Addiction Recovery

As humans, we all have a natural need to connect and bond with others. When that bond breaks or is under-developed, there’s a greater tendency to develop unhealthy and destructive behaviors. In our hyper-individualistic and hyper-competitive society, many people feel isolated and don’t know how to best cope with life’s stressors. When difficult situations occur, stressors make it that much easier to escape problems by isolating. While many people may think isolation is relief, it doesn’t stop the ruminating negative thoughts, erratic emotions, and unhealthy behaviors that often lead to addiction. For recovering addicts, isolation often spells disaster, but community [...]

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Life After Rehab: Transitioning Back into Life After Treatment

Completing an addiction treatment program is an accomplishment worth celebrating. It takes a great deal of courage, strength, and commitment to complete a rehab program for your drug and alcohol addiction. However, maintaining sobriety is a lifelong journey. Believing that a 28- or 90-day treatment program can solve all of your problems underestimates the severity of the disease of addiction. To stay sober after treatment, an individual must practice recovery principles every day. This may sound overwhelming at first, but that’s when the phrase “one day at a time” comes into play. If you focus on the day ahead of [...]

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