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Alert For New Fentanyl Strain

Sadly, America's opioid crisis appears to be getting more dangerous at every turn. As the epidemic progresses, more and more lethal painkiller strains are hitting the streets and putting people at a real risk of fatally overdosing. The latest warning comes out of Seattle and...

Opioid Breathalyzers May Be Coming Soon

There is no denying that opioids can cloud a person's judgement. They can also create a serious impairment if you choose to get behind the wheel. But for law enforcement, it is much harder to detect the usage of these drugs if you happen to...

‘Variety’ Tackles Recovery In Entertainment

It's no secret that addiction is commonplace within the entertainment industry. For decades, actors and actresses have dealt with drug issues, alcoholism and many other difficult dependencies. But in Hollywood today, recovery has become a major movement. So much so, that the industry mag Variety...

MADD Turns On New Holiday Awareness Campaign

We all know that the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. But with those celebrations can come alcoholic indulgences and even substance abuse. That, in itself, is a serious concern. But it can be amplified even more if those who use choose to...

Music Treatment With ‘Recovery Unplugged’

Music therapy has proven to be quite successful when it comes to conquering an addiction. In fact, it's a practice that we implement at Valley Recovery Center. But over in Nashville, it's getting taken to an entirely new level with a special program entitled Recovery...

New Meth Addiction Awareness Campaign Goes Viral

Over the years, there have been a wide variety of Public Service Announcements (or PSAs) focused on the dangers of addiction. Many use unconventional tactics to get their message across, which have led to both positive and negative reactions from the public. The same can...

How Drinking Impacts Children In The Household

We've all heard of the vicious cycle, as in the negative behaviors of a parent that can be repeated as a child grows up. Well that has always been associated with alcoholism and, interestingly enough, could carry over for mothers and fathers who classify themselves...

Video Games May Be A Gateway To Gambling Addiction

We've often heard the term "gateway drug," in reference to addiction and the path to hard narcotics. And, interestingly enough, the same can be said with other types of dependencies. Problem gamblers, for instance, may be lured into their habits via video games; according to...

Corporate Leaders Speak Out On Addiction

Every now and then, we'll run across an addition story in an unlikely place. This month, it happened to be in the pages of Fortune. The famed money mag addressed issues like the opioid crisis on a very different level. Namely, their impact on Corporate...

Marijuana Addiction Is On The Rise

As marijuana and cannabis use becomes more accepted by the mainstream, it is important to note that there are still risks associated with the drug. Smoking it, for example, can still cause damage to the lungs and, as recent research is showing, there are certain...

Lung Transplant Surgeries Tied To Vaping

Any doubts about the dangers of vaping should most certainly be squashed after hearing about this national story coming out of Detroit. Tragically, a 17-year-old Michigan boy had to receive a double lung transplant; all due to his addictive habit.The boy, whose name was not...

Brain Implants Looked At For Recovery Treatment

There are always technological advancement happening within our industry, some more noteworthy than others. This month, however, a pretty a large step forward was announced. The concept was so revolutionary, in fact, that it received global coverage from major sites like The BBC. The idea...

Cocaine Use On The Rise Among NHL Players

It is no secret that addictions often rear their ugly heads within the world of professional sports. Injuries can easily lead to painkiller prescriptions and ultimately, a damaging habit. And truth be told, no team or division is immune to this. In fact, it was...

Addiction Risks For Manual Laborers

You've heard us say before that addictions can strike anyone. But are there people in certain industries who are more at risk? Truth be told, the answer is yes; particularly when it comes to America's crippling painkiller crisis. New research from New York University confirms...

‘Drug Take Back Day’ Proves To Be A Major Success

This past October, the Drug Enforcement Association (or DEA) implemented its annual anti-addiction initiative titled National Drug Take Back Day. Its purpose is to encourage anyone with excess prescription meds to safely, anonymously and properly dispose of pills that are no longer needed. And, according...

‘Haunted House’ Tells Addiction Story

Halloween was obviously a trendy topic over the past few weeks and, interestingly enough, there was a viral story that emerged about it which touched upon addiction. Over in Centreville Maryland, community members set up a very unique haunted house theme, which simulated the terrors...

New Sobriety Startup Gains Major Funding

It's always interesting to imagine how the recovery industry will adapt to the digital age. This month, a new Silicon Valley startup is hoping to make a giant leap forward in that arena; securing over $10 million for their virtual "Sobriety School."The TechCrunch website was...

New Recovery Podcast Goes Viral

We always like to see encouraging recovery stories pop up in unconventional locations. The Financial Times, for example, is not a place where you'd expect to hear about people beating their addictions. But the famed economy site did just that this past week, highlighting young...

Marijuana Breathalyzer Coming In 2020

We've discussed the dangers of driving under the influence many times before in our blogs. And one other consideration that we've also touched upon, is operating a vehicle while stoned. There are still plenty of risks associated with using marijuana (despite its recent decriminalization) and...

Comparing Opioid Issues Overseas

Obviously, America is in the midst of a major opioid crisis. But when you think about it, pain issues are common across the globe. So why are people becoming addicted at such an alarming rate exclusively here in the states? It's a good question...