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How to Talk to Your Kids About Media That Glamorizes Substance Abuse

It’s never too early to start talking to your children about substance abuse. The general consensus is that you should start these conversations as soon as children start asking question about drugs, drug related phrases or when they happen to catch glances of this activity in social media or in mainstream media.This holds true even if…

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What is Harm Reduction and How Does it Relate to Substance Abuse?

What is harm reduction? Harm reduction includes policies, programs and practices that aim to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour, especially psychoactive substance use. Harm reduction recognizes that the high risk behavior may continue despite the risks. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to…

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The Connection Between Stress and Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse and Stress: What’s the Connection? According to Sinha & Jastreboff, 2013, Stress is a key risk factor in addiction, recovery maintenance and relapse. This conclusion has been reaffirmed many times in research and shows a clear connection between substance abuse and stress. A stressful live combined with a lack of coping skills can contribute…

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Five Ways You May Be Hurting Your Friend or Loved One In Recovery

With 23 million Americans in recovery, the chances are good that almost every person has loved ones or friends in recovery, either currently or at some time in their past. While it doesn’t matter if they’ve been sober for a few weeks or a few decades, you need to remember that they still are living with…


Myths and Facts About the Causes of Addiction

Myths About Addiction As we’ve learned through research, there are many myths about addiction. We know that the concerns about gateway drugs are well founded, but gateway drugs are not the sole cause of addiction. There is a difference between correlation and causation. The use of these substances leading to addiction has more to do with…

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What Are the Population Groups Most Vulnerable to Addiction and Substance Abuse in the U.S.?

In the United States, researchers have gone to great lengths to find traits in those who are caught up in addiction or substance abuse. The theory is that if they could identify the risk factors for addiction, great progress could be made in prevention and treatment. They looked at age, ethnicity, environmental factors, gender and…

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How To Support Your Friend or Loved One in a Sober Living Home

The Role of a Sober Friend During Recovery With 23 million Americans in recovery, chances are pretty good that almost everyone knows someone that has been in recovery or is in recovery. In fact, we may know recovering addicts without ever knowing that they were addicts to begin with. As a sober friend, you’re going…

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The History of Outpatient Programs in the U.S.

Outpatient addiction treatment is not a new concept. In fact, the history of outpatient addiction treatment goes back more than 150 years. This makes sense given that psychoactive drugs have been used in some form starting as early as human civilizations began to emerge. Despite thousands of years of experimentation with the substances, it wasn’t…