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How Facebook Groups Are Helping Addiction Survivors

If you happen to follow Valley Recovery Center, then you're probably well aware of the Facebook Alumni Group we set up and how it has been helping people who have been through our program. On pages like these, followers are welcome to post their thoughts, find support...

Athletes And Painkiller Abuse

Whether you're a professional, in college or actively involved in community teams; being an athlete can take a tremendous physical toll on the body. And understandably, when injuries occur, players of all sports tend to seek out painkillers to help deal with the stress. But...

Painkiller Distributor Called Out By FDA

In the scary climate of the U.S. opioid crisis, it makes sense that the Food & Drug Administration would crack down on distributors who aren't following the rules. And apparently the medical supply company McKesson has now been singled out for allegedly shipping "illegitimate" painkiller products. So far, the...

Celebrating Recovery Advocate Jodie Sweetin

For the past several years, we have proudly attended The Experience, Strength and Hope Awards; which honors addiction survivors. And 2019 marks a very special occasion for this event, as ESH (as we like to put it) celebrates its 10th anniversary. To commemorate that milestone, the February 28...

New Warning Issued For Over-The-Counter Med

We always try to keep an eye on stories that touch upon new forms of addictions.  And one of the latest concerns an unusual over-the-counter med that is meant prevent diarrhea issues. As strange as it may sound, Loperamide has now led to a heavy amount of...

Embracing Sober Sports Experiences

Earlier this month, one of the biggest sports events of the year occurred. Super Bowl Sunday undoubtedly gathered millions of people in front of the TV. And with that came millions of beer cans, wine glasses, shots and what have you. The truth of the matter is,...

Donald Trump Donates $100,000 To Alcoholism Research

Throughout his candidacy and now presidency, Donald Trump has continuously called out alcoholism as a personal topic for him and his family. The Commander-in-Chief openly admitted that his brother, Fred Trump, lost his life because of excessive drinking and now he hopes to educate others with an annual donation...

Authorities Make Largest Fentanyl Bust In U.S. History

America's painkiller epidemic is definitely stretching into criminal territory. This past week, U.S. officials recorded the largest seizure of illegal fentanyl in our country's history, at a total of 295 pounds. Fentanyl, of course, is the synthetic drug that many dealers are beginning to peddle...

America And The Opioid Epidemic

In 2019, it's hard to peruse through a news site without encountering at least one story about America's opioid crisis. And, as a recent Yahoo News article explained, it truly is an "American" problem. Nowhere else in the world have painkillers such as these wreaked so much havoc.   To...

The Rise Of Zero-Proof Cocktails

As Dry January comes to a close, some interesting stories have been coming forth about a trend to remove all alcohol from people's lives. For many, the choice to first drink may revolve around socialization or trying to "fit in" at a Happy Hour. But what if...

CNN Lists America’s Most Addictive Substances

A dependency can rear its head in many different ways. Sadly, there are a myriad of substances that can take over someone's life and send them spiraling into addiction. But which ones can create the most havoc? That answer is subjective, of course. But per...

How The Government Shutdown Is Affecting Recovery

If you've been following the political headlines, then you're well aware of the partial government shutdown ordered by President Donald Trump. It is, in fact, the longest shutdown in U.S. history.  But as a partial enactment, many people in our field are wondering how it affects daily life...

Chico, CA May Be Facing An Overdose Crisis

Being based in California, we always keep an eye on local stories that relate to addiction. And one of the more shocking ones (which received national headlines) occurred up north, in the city of Chico. In what has been labeled a "mass overdose," 12 people were...

America Is In The Midst Of A ‘Synthetic Drug Crisis’

  Where could the future of addiction be headed? Well if you happen to look at the latest headlines, the answer may be: A very dangerous place. In today's world, more and more people are finding themselves dependent on manufactured drugs (which contain strains of multiple...

New PSA Highlights The Trappings Of Addiction

We always appreciate an effective, hard-hitting public service announcement. And over in Arizona, some creative advertising execs have put together a moving piece about America's opioid crisis. Truth be told, this is not a family-friendly PSA and we agree that the topic should be addressed that...

How Has Marijuana Legalization Changed Colorado?

As perceptions change about marijuana and the dangers associated with it, more and more states are taking a lighter stance on the drug. Colorado may be the primary example of that, having legalized cannabis five years ago in 2013. So now a half a decade later, what...

New App May Be Able To Detect Overdoses

With America's opioid epidemic claiming tens of thousands of lives each year, it's not surprising to hear that numerous companies are jumping in to lend support. And on the tech side of things, an app firm called Second Chance hopes to save lives with a smartphone tool...

The Financial Burdens Of Addiction

Substance abuse can tear apart a person's life in many ways. Beyond the health and emotional tolls an addiction can cause, there are other factors to consider. One, in particular, relates directly to finances. Not only does using drain your bank account, it can cost...