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Northern California Hit Hard By Opioid Addictions

We've previously profiled California and its rankings among the national opioid addiction average. But have you ever wondered which regions of our state have been hit hardest by this epidemic? Well The Sacramento Bee recently published some very telling stats, which highlight the skyrocketing prescription rates of...

Certain Insurance Companies Blamed For Opioid Crisis

For all of the benefits that medicines and pharmaceuticals provide, it is important to remember that they are all ultimately driven by business. And just like the rest of America's companies, they need profits to survive. But could certain business models in this industry actually...

Noted Professor Joins The Addiction Fight

Most of us have had to deal with at least one loved one who has grappled with addiction. And in the case noted Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) professor Dr. Omar Abubaker, the situation took an extremely tragic turn. At just 21-years-old, his son Adam fatally overdosed...

Self-Driving Cars May Lead To Spike In Alcoholism

Here's an interesting correlation. Try and imagine how something techy like the self-driving car could be possibly be tied to an increase in American alcohol consumption. It's actually not that far-fetched says the financial firm Morgan Stanley. Their analysts are now predicting a spike in booze sales because...

How Natural Disasters Fuel Addictions

This week, ABC News shared an interesting article detailing addiction issues triggered by the nation's recent natural disasters. Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irene are the two prime examples they use, illustrating the stress and dependencies that emerge during catastrophic situations.   One particularly scary factoid that the ABC piece highlighted concerned the rise...

New York Opens $26M Recovery Center

Though it may be on an entirely different coast, the work that New York is doing to propel the recovery movement deserves some recognition. This past week, state officials participated in the grand opening of a major treatment facility based in the city's Ward's Islands...

Magnetic Pulses Used To Treat Cocaine Addiction

Imagine being able to use electromagnetic pulses as a tool to conquer a devastating cocaine addiction. As far fetched as that may seem, scientists in Maryland are working to make it a reality and are seeing encouraging results (so says Science Magazine).   The popular tech journal recently...

Energy Drinks May Lead To Addiction

We all known that energy drinks have become quite popular as "chasers" and mixers for alcohol. But could they actually contribute to addiction? Researchers at the University of Maryland believe so and they've put forth some compelling evidence to prove it.   Their findings claim that young...

The Origins Of Opioid Abuse

We are all aware of the effects of opioid addiction and how it is crippling cities across America. But it's interesting to point out that not many stories cover its sources, as in what leads people to start using in the first place. TheFix.com recently published a...

Zebrafish Being Used In Addiction Research

National Geographic is not the first place you'd expect to find an addiction article. But this week, the science mag put the topic front and center on their website with some fascinating new data involving opioid research and, of all things, zebrafish!   According to NatGeo, zebrafish showcase several similar...

Opioid Addiction Tied To Rise In Hep C Cases

With the rise of opioid and heroin dependencies across the U.S., it seems almost inevitable that we would see an increase in secondary complications. For decades heroin abuse has contributed to the spread of the HIV virus, specifically because of the use of dirty needles....

Salvation Army Offers Recovery Assistance

It is incredibly inspiring to see mainstream organizations embrace the concept of recovery. And despite being over 150 years old, the charitable Salvation Army organization is restructuring to do just that. Known for their work with the homeless and unemployed, the Army is now extending its services...

Neuroscience And Addiction

It's always interesting when a Ph.D-accredited neuroscientist shares their thoughts on addiction. And this week, Forbes Magazine spoke with Dr. Nicole Gravagna (who holds a doctorate in genetics and neuroscience) about drug and alcohol dependencies and the impact they can have on the human brain.   Dr. Gravagna chose...

U.S. Facing Cocaine Alert

As you've probably seen in the past, our blog has often served as a news outlet aimed to educate those in the recovery community. And this week, a notable headline caught our attention concerning cocaine addiction in the U.S. and some real potential dangers on...

Teen Overdose Rates Are At Record Highs

Teenage years are often a time of experimentation when it comes to drug and alcohol use. And sadly, those "experimental years" are commonly the stepping stones towards full-fledged addiction. Even more alarming is the fact that teens are often unaware of the deadly nature of...