Music Festivals and Substance Abuse

29 Aug Could ‘Amnesty Boxes’ Help Curb Music Festival Drug Overdoses?

Much ado was made about nothing this summer when a video surfaced online of Malia Obama *maybe* smoking a joint at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. While there are legal and health consequences for marijuana smokers, it’s hard to imagine the media being interested in the video if the young woman didn’t have the last name Obama. While Twitter was ablaze with comments about Malia, there were more serious issues at play.
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Recovery and Relationships

15 Aug Romance in Recovery: Start With a Plant

Active addicts and alcoholics typically don’t enjoy being told what they can or can’t do. The reason for this is simple: they’re usually being asked to do the No. 1 thing they don’t want to do: stop drinking or using. It leaves the addict with an automatic bristling when it comes to authority figures. So when an addict finally gets in recovery and is told “don’t get into a relationship in early sobriety,” it’s natural to want to fight back. After all, as long as a recovering addict isn’t using, shouldn’t they be able to do whatever they want to do?
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How Anxiety Can Affect Addiction Recovery

08 Aug A Stage-by-Stage Look at How Anxiety Derails Addiction Recovery

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the U.S. Almost 30% of Americans struggle with it at some point in their lives. And if you’ve got an anxiety disorder, research shows you’re two to three times more likely to struggle with substance abuse than the general population. It’s a combo that can greatly complicate treatment. Here’s a look at a few of the ways anxiety can creep in at each stage of addiction recovery.
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social drinking

25 Jul Staying Sober During Summer Vacation

Warm summer days are often associated with special, relaxing times. Many people get vacation time and a chance to take a break from work or school. There are usually a lot of outdoor activities and fun things to do such as outdoor barbecues and playing in the pool. You might enjoy trips to the beach or a lake. There may be trips away from home, or loved ones may travel to visit you.
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New Jersey and Heroin Addiction

18 Jul Horrors of Heroin Plague Garden State

New Jersey is referred to as the Garden State, home of rock icons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City casinos and sadly, heroin addiction. According to the Community Foundation of New Jersey, “since 2010, heroin has become the most commonly cited drug for emergency department and drug treatment admissions in New Jersey.” Although the prevailing thought is that addiction is an urban problem, it resides right along with people who live on tree-lined streets in upper class suburbs. Newark airport and shipping ports allow for easy access to drug traffickers.
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Drug and Alcohol Test

05 Jul The Case for Student Drug Testing

Some people see drug testing of high school students as an invasion of privacy, while others see it as a smart prevention technique. When considering the question of should high school athletes be drug tested, the law is on the side of proponents. For those who believe that any strategy that helps prevent the devastation or drug abuse and addiction in young people should be used, drug testing in schools is a no-brainer.
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