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Self Medicating and 5 Other Causes of Addiction

Roughly 50 percent of Americans who suffer from mental illnesses also suffer from addiction, and commonly rely on drugs and alcohol to escape their symptoms. Self medicating is one of the leading causes of addiction, and happens when a person uses drugs and alcohol to cope with emotionally damaging situations, or to mask symptoms of …

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Silent Suffering in the Courtroom: Lawyers Substance Abuse

Nearly 21 percent of lawyers in the U.S. are physically dependent on alcohol. Roughly 75 percent of lawyers who receive addiction treatment are diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, while nine percent are diagnosed with prescription drug use disorder. Lawyers may seem like responsible, successful people who can manage an addiction all on their own without …

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Get Insight Into Gabapentin Side Effects & Gabapentin Abuse

Gabapentin, a drug used to treat nerve pain and epilepsy, has snuck up on authorities, physicians, and the general public, to become one of most overprescribed and misused medications in the United States today. In fact, it recently became the fifth-most prescribed drug in the country. In 2016, 64 million gabapentin prescriptions were sold in …

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Will Minimizing the Opioid Epidemic Cause a Heroin Epidemic?

Heroin use in the U.S. is on the rise, and caused 15,446 overdose deaths in 2016. As the U.S. opioid epidemic rages on, communities, doctors, and lawmakers are continuing to work together on finding ways to minimize this deadly crisis. But while the country stays focused on battling its opioid crisis, a heroin epidemic could …

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How to Stop a Relapse & Limit Stressors During the Holidays

In the winter holidays of November, December, and January, people experience their highest rates of anxiety all year. In fact, 84% of Americans report feeling moderately to overwhelmingly stressed during the holidays. The holidays also have the highest rates of drug and alcohol related fatalities. Almost 91,000 Americans have died substance-related deaths in the month …

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Sober Living: 9 Things to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday that can either help you feel more connection and deeper love, or increased anxiety and deeper depression. Stress has been proven to be a major contributor to substance use disorder and relapse—but that doesn’t mean you have to give into it. Instead of letting Thanksgiving drag you down into repeating old …

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5 Reasons to Stop Your Addiction Denial & Improve Your Life

Denial is a psychological defense wherein a person refuses to accept a reality that changes their view of themselves, and it is the number one obstacle to addiction recovery. Addiction denial isn’t just the refusal to recognize that there is any problem at all, it is any lie, omission, justification, exaggeration, or other kind of …

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What Does a State of Emergency Mean for the Opioid Epidemic?

Every day, more than 140 people in the U.S. die from an opioid overdose. This means that every three weeks, America suffers a death toll equal to that caused by September 11th. The U.S. remains in the midst of a serious opioid epidemic that continues to worsen every year, and that caused over 59,000 deaths …

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Better Pain Management Will Remove Painkiller Addiction

The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 38% of Americans—that’s almost 92 million people—used prescription opioids in the previous year. Eleven and a half million of these individuals misused these painkilling drugs, and 1.9 million of them had a painkiller addiction. Misuse is defined as taking a medication that has not …

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Discover What Causes Addiction in Our Society

What causes addiction? Can you become addicted to drugs after just one use, or is addiction passed down through our genes? There are roughly 22.7 million Americans who suffer from substance use disorders, but not all cases can be traced back to just one cause. In reality, there are countless reasons a person might suffer …

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