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Relapse Prevention Techniques

Each person desires to stay sober after undergoing drug detox and rehabilitation. However, withdrawal symptoms may cause an intense craving for the previously used drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 60% of people who struggled with addiction relapse within one year of treatment. Applying a combination of various relapse prevention…

a man holding a needle experiences the dangers of mixing substances

Dangers of Mixing Substances

Substance users may take several drugs at the same time to reduce the negative effect of the drugs used. For example, people with cocaine addiction may use benzodiazepines to avoid paranoia and anxiety. Combining several drugs can also increase the effects of substances, making one feel more stimulated. However, the results derived and the dangers…

Opioid 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 with limited healthcare access.” The…

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 actually have utility in treating…

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace, and Companies That Hire People in Recovery

Alcohol Addiction You may have seen news segments about companies that allow—even encourage— employees to drink at work. According to a 2012 article on ABCnews.go.com, ad agencies do, or at least they did at that time. One firm’s employee said that it “incentivizes and enthuses” employees, and another said it helps the creative process. Tech…