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Opiod Epidemic News: Breathe Test Debuts & Sesame Street Confronts Addiction

Medical News Today reports that a pilot study appearing in Journal of Breath Research has revealed there’s a promising breath test on the horizon that could offer close to real time opioid detection almost anywhere: a person’s home, a drug treatment facility, the roadside, “emergency response situations, and other areas...

Can Psychedelics Like Mushrooms Be Used To Treat Mental Health, Addiction Disorders?

So-called "Magic Mushrooms" are now legal in a couple major cities and this development has many in the mental health and addiction recovery fields wondering about what this means. Is the decriminalization of a previously "scheduled" drug a sign of impending harm on those who partake, or do these substances...

Strategies to Help Inmates Deal with Addiction

The number of people suffering from substance use disorder who think they won’t end up in jail is probably large—especially if they have good jobs and therefore consider themselves to be 'functional alcoholics/drug users'. 'Functional addicts' who are able to hold down a job and otherwise keep pace with life's...

What is EMDR Therapy and How Does it Relate to Addiction?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a way to help people work through traumatic life events. WebMD explains it’s a nontraditional therapy that’s growing in popularity, especially for treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, which people can experience after military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.)...

How to Set Appropriate Boundaries with Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction

If you’re at all knowledgeable about addiction (such as if you know it’s officially called substance use disorder), you likely know about sober family members being called codependent, and the need to set boundaries with a person drinking to excess or taking drugs. Otherwise, you’re “enabling,” not helping, which is...