Illicit Drug Use in Illinois: Drug Courts as an Alternative to Conviction

Illicit Drug Use in Illinois: Drug Courts as an Alternative to Conviction  Nationwide, the Illinois Department of Corrections has one of the highest inmate populations in the United States. The Illinois’ prison population, designed for a maximum capacity of 32,000 inmates, is now at an all-time high of close to 50,000.1 Is there a possibility that some counties are stricter than others when it comes to drug-related arrests and conviction? In areas where an arrest results in conviction and time in jail, this only adds to the already overcrowded prison situation. One viable alternative, to help keep the prison population [...]

By | October 30th, 2017|

Stress Tolerance: Building Resilience in Early Recovery

Stressful situations come and go throughout our lives and it affects each of us differently. Some of us are resilient to higher levels of stress while for others it is more of a challenge. Our innate “fight or flight” response to stress helps protect us from perceived danger whether it be facing our problems head on or avoiding them completely. At times stress can mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually subdue even the most optimistic person. For those transitioning from addiction treatment to a life in early recovery, adapting to life’s stressors can prove to be very challenging. Whether it’s finding [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|

Staying Busy: Work as a Replacement for Addiction

A job is a positive distraction and provides a structured environment, plus more benefits.

By | September 24th, 2016|

Expansion covers nearly 500,000 for mental health, addiction

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By | July 22nd, 2016|

Device behind the ear helping patients battle addiction

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - It could be a huge breakthrough in fighting the war against heroin addiction.A small device that fits behind the ear is helping addicts get clean and sober. A Versailles-based Innovative Health Solutions created the small device. Sev

By | July 19th, 2016|

As Marylanders fight addiction, a new drug offers hope

“Julia” marked her 9th consecutive month abstaining from heroin. She attributes her success to the medication Vivitrol

By | July 13th, 2016|

New Program to Help New Mother’s Battling Addiction

Binghamton has a new program, a first for New York State, for new mothers fighting addiction which is funded by the Binghamton Office of Children and Family Services. In the local YMCA, an open house was held recently to introduce this program called the Bridge Program. This program will offer new mothers in recovery a supportive environment where they can take care of their newborns who are addicted to opiates. According to Carole Coppens the YMCA Executive Director, this is an exciting development because it will impact many lives. YMCA is already housing the homeless and will be adding 8 [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|

Mom’s Love saves Son from Dangerous Heroin Addiction

This is not a typical Mother's Day story. Instead it is about pain, addiction, and a mother's unconditional love for her son.

By | May 12th, 2016|

Living with Addiction: The Withdrawal Period

As local law enforcement agencies crack down on prescription drug abuse, addicts have fewer options to get their goods, but it doesn't mean the fight is over.

By | May 5th, 2016|

We Found Joy: An Addict Struggles To Get Treatment

A year ago, NPR's Kelly McEvers went to rural Indiana and talked with drug addicts at the center of an opioid and HIV epidemic. She returned and found Joy, a nurse who lost everything.

By | April 26th, 2016|
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