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Scott Baio’s Surprising Comments on Sudden Death of Happy Days Co-star Erin Moran

Scott Baio’s Surprising Comments on Sudden Death of Happy Days Co-star Erin Moran The beloved actress behind Joanie Cunningham, Erin Moran, of Happy Days fame, passed away after a lengthy battle with addiction and as of late, cancer. A household name in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Erin Moran leaves...

State of Mass. seizes 24,000 bags of heroin and $100,000 in drug raid

State of Mass. seizes 24,000 bags of heroin and $100,000 in drug raid Multiple raids in Holyoke, Mass. led the local police department to 24,000 bags of heroin, $100,000 and 12 arrests early Thursday morning. ” Police seized high-end cars, guns, cash and an astounding $80,000 of street-valued heroin, Hampden District...

Dr. Oz Visits Philadelphia Street Corner: “I Just Walked Into Hell”

This week, Dr. Oz visited the city of “Brotherly Love”, but it wasn’t for the love of the Phillies! He decided to visit the infamous Gurney corridor, in an attempt to understand the driving forces of addiction. When surveying one of the worst-hit neighborhoods in the country, the Cardiothoracic surgeon...

The Aftermath of an Overdose in a Loved One

The Aftermath of an Overdose in a Loved One When a loved one or dear friend overdoses, it is hard to comprehend. If they survive the overdose, it gives birth to a never ending fear of when it will happen again. If they don’t, there are a million unanswered questions...

How Good Health Habits Help You in Recovery

How Good Health Habits Help You in Recovery As a recovering addict, your body has likely been through a lot of abuse. In addiction, we don’t care about things like blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease. The only focus is on getting high or drunk. It takes precedence before any...

Understanding Rehab Lingo. What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Understanding Rehab Lingo. What Is Dual Diagnosis? Going to rehab is a great step in getting healthy and sober. It can also be overwhelming and scary because you are stepping into the unknown. When you first arrive, you will be hearing a lot of rehab “lingo” that will sound completely...

The Effects of Addiction on Children

The Effects of Addiction on Children One of the saddest things to witness in addiction is the effect it has on children. Unfortunately, many underage people suffer from the effects of addiction due to their parent’s substance abuse. The short and long-term effects of exposure to addiction are vast and...

5 Reasons to Try a New Rehab When Successful Recovery Hasn’t Been Achieved

5 Reasons to Try a New Rehab When Successful Recovery Hasn’t Been Achieved Going to rehab is a huge step in the right direction. Many people never even get the help they need in the first place. This results in years of wallowing in addiction, and possibly even leading to...

Staying Sober In Life After Rehab

Keeping Sober During Life After Rehab Going to rehab is a big step towards getting sober and changing your life for the better. However, what you do in the time immediately after rehab counts. Your actions make the difference between long-term success or failure. There are key things you can...

What Are Synthetic Drugs and Why Are They So Dangerous?

What Are Synthetic Drugs and Why Are They So Dangerous Years ago, there were only a handful of recognized drugs. Pot, cocaine, heroin and LSD are all substances that have been recognized for generations. In the late 1900s, Molly, ecstasy, and MDMA started getting mixed into things, and new concoctions...

How soon is too soon to be dating after rehab?

How soon is too soon to be dating after rehab? So you went to rehab and emerged on the other side. You’re clean, your head’s on straight, and you can think clearly for the first time in a while. People arrive at this point ready to take on the world,...

What Happens Inside an Addicted Brain?

What Happens Inside an Addicted Brain? In this day and age, it is widely recognized and accepted that substance dependence is a brain disease. Unfortunately, addiction and alcoholism still carry a stigma for many people. However, the medical world and society as a whole are coming to understand that these...

Gambling: The Hidden Addiction

The Hidden Addiction Tom, a 22-year-old, calls the gamblers hotline from a telephone booth on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. He’s talking about killing himself because he believes he has no other options. He owes $75,000, has no job and just lost $4,000 in stolen money. The hotline volunteer took...

The After Detox Detox: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

The After Detox Detox: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome The detox process is uncomfortable and painful. But for patients who are dependent on certain drugs (like alcohol and benzodiazepines), it can be fatal if not done properly. Individuals are relieved when the process is over and the intense symptoms of withdrawal disappear....

Hospitals in Search of Cuddlers to Heal Drug Addicted Babies

Imagine all of the worst aspects of opiate withdrawal: the sweats, cramps, irritability, unbearable cravings, nausea, shakes, temperature fluctuations, and bone-deep pain. The pain of withdrawal is so great that most adults who are dependent on opiates and other substances can’t bear to detox without medication assistance. Now, imagine all...

The Five Phases of Grief and How Sobriety Helps Me Through Them

The Five Phases of Grief and How Sobriety Helps Me Through Them Grief and loss are a part of life, whether you’re sober or not. I have lost loved ones and family members during my active addiction and during my sobriety. Most recently, I learned of the passing of an...

What I Didn’t Know About the Hepatitis C Virus

Most detox facilities and treatment centers offer to test for the hepatitis C virus and for HIV for their patients, especially those who engaged in intravenous drug use during their active addiction. In my experience, each rehabilitation facility I entered tested me for both of these illnesses upon intake. Although...

Moderation Management: Does Controlled Drinking Work?

Moderation Management: Does Controlled Drinking Work? There’s a common saying in 12 step meetings: “Once you’re a pickle, you can’t turn back into a cucumber.” This means once someone crosses the line into alcoholism; they cannot turn back into a normal drinker with a non-alcoholic brain. Controlled drinking, many people...

Revisiting Rock Bottom: The Stages of Relapse

Revisiting Rock Bottom: The Stages of Relapse Addiction is easy to think of as an abstract concept, something that only happens to people in movies and on the news- until it touches your own life. It’s simple, as an outside observer, to look at an addict or alcoholic who is...

Facing the Repressed Causes of Addiction with DBT Treatment

Facing the Repressed Causes of Addiction with DBT Treatment There are multiple approaches to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Some of which might work, and some of which might be just a waste of time for certain individuals. It’s really hard to tell who will benefit from which treatment because...

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