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New Recovery Approach Explores Memory Altering

What triggers the need to use, or a relapse for that matter? Could it be the sight of a certain substance? Or perhaps the sensation you recall about the particular high it omits? Well, scientists in South Carolina are working to explore that concept and...

Harsher Sentences Coming For Fentanyl Dealers

Over the past year, you may have noticed an increase in blog stories about fentanyl. A very dangerous component of the country's opioid epidemic, it satisfies many of the same needs for painkiller addicts but at a much deadlier price. Overdoses related to this drug have...

California May Extend Last Call Time Until 4am

Could addictions be furthered if people in our state had two more hours to legally drink at bars and nightclubs? It's certainly a question worth bringing up as news begins rumbling about a statewide "Last Call Bill" (aka Senate Bill 58) that could be enacted....

Utah Implements America’s Strictest DUI Laws

Strict law enforcement is certainly one way to try and tackle America's addiction issues. And over in Utah, legislators haven take a particularly hard stance against intoxication behind the wheel. Starting in the new year, anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05...

When Your Addiction Goes Viral

With the rise of YouTube and social media networks, people's lives can now be put on display without their knowledge or consent. And that can certainly be a consideration if you're battling an addiction. As several overdose survivors explained in a new article on The Hamilton...

A Teacher’s Perspective On The Opioid Crisis

Over the past few months, The Huffington Post has been publishing a series of personal stories about America's opioid crisis. This included personal journeys from parents of those addicted, first responders and (more recently) educators. Though we may not realize it, teachers are often on the front...

Using Software To Visualize Addiction

Recently, The New York Times published a story that discussed addiction from a very different angle. Its intent was to expose the physical dependencies and emotional pain that this issue causes, with an audience that may be unaware. To help put it all in perspective, the outlet...

Viral Holiday Lights Send A Message Of Recovery

As we wind down the holiday season, there are still a few important seasonal stories worth sharing. One, in particular, has to do with a series of viral Christmas lights from Bel Air, Maryland. Jim Kurtz and his family have been proudly displaying their electrical extravaganza since...

Vaping Labeled As National Epidemic

There is no denying that addictions continue to evolve as new generations emerge. And one of the latest dependencies concerns e-cigarettes and the habit of "vaping" among teenagers. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of high schoolers are puffing on a daily basis and consuming...

More People Are Overdosing On Cocaine

Cocaine has been flagged as an extremely dangerous narcotic for generations now. But according to new research, this stimulant may now be causing more havoc than ever. Per The National Center for Health Statistics, the number of drug overdoses involving coke nearly doubled over the past two...

Homeless Shelters Start Enforcing Sobriety Rule

Tragically in our home city of Los Angeles, homelessness has hit an all-time high. Across districts like downtown, tents and benches are filled with people who are now living on the streets. To their credit, several shelters are starting to emerge and welcoming in people...

Internet Gambling May Lead To New Addiction Crisis

If you think the rising trend of internet gambling isn't serious, take a look at the latest  headline coming from The Hill. This week, the political site referenced a hearing that took place run by House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Chair James Sensenbrenner. In...

Google Searches May Be Able To Predict Overdoses

In the world of recovery and addiction, one of the million dollar questions has always been: Can we ever get to a point where we can predict an overdose before it happens? Science and technology often enter that conversation, which may soon have an answer. According...

New Alcohol Diabetes Warning Issued

It is common knowledge that indulging in alcohol consumption after being diagnosed with diabetes is risky. On its own, booze can create a myriad of health problems. And over excessive drinking with a pre-existing condition can make things much worse. Now however, newer data has been released...

Recovery Books For Your Holiday Reading List

Thankfully for most of us, the holidays mean extra down time to relax and be with family. If you do have more quiet moments this December, we highly recommend adding some important recovery books to your reading list. TheFix.com did a fantastic job outlining some key literature to...

How Loneliness Can Contribute To Addiction

It has long been said that loneliness can be a big contributing factor to forming a drug or alcohol addiction. By nature we are a social species, which is why being isolated often leads to depression and a penchant for substance abuse escapism. Recently this...