Holidays & Relapse

holidays and relapse

Written By: Melissa Pena When I think about the holidays, I think of stressful situations with family, other people, or money. Last year, I thought I had it made; I had just made it three years sober from my drug of choice. First, I became complacent in my recovery, hanging with unhealthy people, and pushing…

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Adolescents and Fentanyl

Written By: Melissa Pena Going to a seminar this week, I heard about the number of adolescents falling to a plummeting death because of Fentanyl. Fentanyl has become the new drug on the streets. The synthetic opioid is made to look like oxycontin but is put into other drugs in your area. Fentanyl can be…

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Addiction Vs. Recovery

Written By: Melissa Pena How did you realize you were an addict? I met a game warden who searched my car. His words were to tell my dealer to stop selling me drugs, or I would lose everything I worked for. A year later, I was in the process of losing my home, my car…

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Addiction and its Effects on Pregnancy

Author: Melissa Pena When I was pregnant the last time, I was in a full-blown addiction. I was more worried about getting my next fix than the unborn child in my stomach. I was in a self-destructive mode and was not concerned with the growing baby. I had no idea what my addiction was causing…

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Homelessness and Addiction

Written By: Dwayne Myers Today we are going to talk about how homelessness affects people with addiction. I have been a part of this stage of my life just as crowds of people in this world. It is really a tough situation especially when your mental stage of life is gone. A lot of times…

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Mixing These Medications With Alcohol Can Accelerate Liver Damage

Medication warnings don’t tell you this. When my father died of alcoholic liver disease in 2016, I wanted to understand how this condition happened. As a former nurse, I should have known that he was sick, but the truth is we didn’t. Liver disease can be sneaky, and liver failure, especially from alcoholism, can happen…

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Moving on After Rehab: Guide to a Fresh Start

Having the initiative to attend rehab takes a lot of strength and self-awareness, but it’s staying sober on your own that will truly improve your quality of life. Luckily, there are resources that can help. Checking in frequently with sober coaches, learning the benefits of moving away, self-care, and celebrating every step of the way,…

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First, do no harm: An argument for a radical new paradigm for treating addiction

There’s rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we’re once again running a special Twelve Days of Christmas series of posts, highlighting one science story that fell through the cracks in 2020, each day from December 25 through January 5. Today: why we should replace the…

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When to Seek Treatment for Addiction

It could be tough to see signs of an addiction if you over indulge on drugs and alcohol consistently. There are ways to prevent you from being addicted before it becomes a problem, and treatment for addiction if it does. Here are a couple of the most common signs of drug addiction. Your Priorities Have Changed…

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