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Tag Archives: Addiction

The Valentine’s Day Love Quiz: Are You In Love Or Lust?

What is love, and is it necessary to take a love quiz just to see how much you truly care about someone? Early in recovery, many of us mistake falling in love, with falling in […]

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What Is Sizzurp? Justin Bieber Reportedly Addicted

Have you ever found yourself listening to hip-hop lyrics and asking what is Sizzurp? Well this homemade concoction- normally a mixture of prescription cough syrup with codeine and promethazine, sprite and jolly ranchers- is reported […]

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Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Surpass $5 Million In First Week

Colorado recreational marijuana stores are open for business, and within the first week, they have already exceeded $5 million in sales. Owners of the 37 new recreational marijuana dispensaries are reporting “making a lot of […]

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The 5 Stages of Alcoholism: The Progression Of The Disease

There are many different theories and stages of alcoholism, but there is one that trumps all the rest: the fact that it is a disease. It’s labeled as a disease because it has recognizable symptoms, […]

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Demi Lovato Addiction Helps Ke$ha In Rehab (Video)

Stories about Demi Lovato addiction hit the headlines everywhere back in December 2013, and now Ke$ha’s eating disorder is doing the same. Both artists spoke up and got help for their eating disorders, and now […]

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What is a Dry Drunk? Signs and Ways to Overcome It

If you have been around the rooms of a twelve step program then you probably have heard of the term dry drunk, but what does that exactly mean?  Basically, a dry drunk is an alcoholic that is […]

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Chiara de Blasio YouTube Drug Abuse Confession

Chiara de Blasio, daughter of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, has come out in the open about her struggles with chronic depression and substance abuse. Chiara's confessional video went viral on Youtube on […]

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2014 New Years Resolutions: Why Wait to Get Sober?

2014 New Years resolutions are already starting for some, and the most common resolutions are to quit something. Why not quit drinking, drugging or smoking?  Why would you wait until the New Year to save your […]

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Is My Kid On Drugs? Take The Quiz Now

It’s every parent’s nightmare: having to ask yourself "Is my kid on drugs?" If you start suspecting that something is not right, it’s important to act immediately. No mom, dad or guardian needs to live in […]

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The 12 Steps To Staying Sober During The Holidays

Staying sober during the holiday season can be difficult, especially for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. The holiday season is the best time for practicing alcoholics, due to the amount of drinking […]

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Passing a Drug Test: Ways Addicts Use To Cheat The System

When searching on how to cheat the system for passing a drug test, you will find multiple tips and tricks that seem crazy, and most of them are dishonest. In recovery from alcohol and addiction, […]

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New Years Resolutions: Watershed Patients Share Their Promises

Because I Said I Would, founded by Alex Sheen, has inspired us to share these promise cards and New Years resolutions with our patients and Alumni at The Watershed this Holiday season. Addicts and alcoholics […]

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Friday the 13th Superstitions, Phobias And Irrational Fears

Are you one of those people who refuses to leave your house today because of all of the Friday the 13th superstitions out there? Have these superstitions gotten so out of hand that you are […]

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Coping With Death: The 5 Stages of Grief

Coping with death is not easy, nor does it sound appealing at first. When you lose someone you love, it can be very painful and difficult time. You feel your heart drop and have an […]

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Women And Alcohol Don’t Mix: Alcoholic Women Suffer Too

Studies show that women and alcohol are actually a huge problem in the United States. Reports also show that there seems to be more female alcoholics than men, but fewer women are seeking help for […]

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Florida Congressman Charged With Cocaine Possession

Recently, Henry “Trey” Radel, the Florida Congressman charged with cocaine possession, has plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, which resulted in a sentence for a year’s probation and a $250 fine. Republican Representative Trey Radel told the […]

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Mayor Rob Ford: Ditch Ridicule for Rehab

Mayor Rob Ford, of Toronto, has been hitting headlines recently regarding the allegations of his crack abuse and alcoholism. As seen in our previous article, Rob Ford admitted to using crack. What if, instead of America […]

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The Most Addictive Drug in the World

If you were to take one guess on the most addictive drug, what would you say? Would it be Krokodil? Would it be Crystal Meth? Although those are all accurate guesses, and they are highly […]

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Krokodil Drug Infographic: The Facts About The Zombie Drug

Many people are starting to talk about the new rotting flesh drug called Krokodil, but did you know that this drug actually isn’t that new?  Krokodil is the street name for an injectable opioid called Desomorphine. Although […]

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Lady Gaga Marijuana Addiction: Is Gaga Really Sober?

The Lady Gaga marijuana maintenace program is out in the open since Gaga addmited she "had" an addiction to weed. We all know Gaga as the fierce pop star that broke headlines when she stated she was […]

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South Florida Reel Recovery Film Festival Starts Tonight

The 2nd annual South Florida Reel Recovery Film Festival is set to begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Delray Beach Marriott. The festival will feature recovery based movies, presentations, and discussions throughout the weekend. […]

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Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, Confessed to Using Crack Cocaine

After numerous times of denying these alligations, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack use finally comes out. Recently Rob Ford confessed to using the illicit drug, crack cocaine. Ford stated that he only tried it once though, […]

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The Twelve Steps: What 12 Step Program Is Right For You?

In order to talk about the twelve steps, we must first understand what they mean. What are the twelve steps exactly? The twelve steps are guided principles that outline a course of action for recovery […]

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Zombie Drug Makes for the Real ‘Walking Dead’

Krokodil, the new zombie drug, not only rots flesh, but kills addicts within a few years of use. This zombie drug, is cheaper and more dangerous than most synthetic drugs on the market. Addicts are getting the […]

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2013 NOPE Candle Light Vigil: Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths

The Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE) Task Force held their 7th Annual Candle Light Vigil last night, Thursday October 24, 2013; including vigils in 21 states and approximately 60 locations across the US and Canada. As people […]

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Indio Falconer Downey In Rehab For Pill Abuse

It’s every mother and father’s nightmare: to find out that their kid is addicted to drugs, or even doing drugs, for that matter.  Many parents spend years and years trying to teach their kids that […]

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The Anonymous People: Drug Addiction Statistics In America

We had another successful showing Thursday night at the Watershed apartments. TWA and TWR residents all came out to view the documentary, “The Anonymous People.” Rows and rows of chairs, all filled with excited, clean […]

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Relapse Prevention: Tips for Managing Triggers

Whether you went through an inpatient drug facility or you kicked your habit all on your own, you’ve probably heard the suggestions of what to do next. You were probably given the suggestion to go to […]

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Ohio State University Opens Collegiate Recovery Community

In the United States, addiction to drugs and alcohol is becoming more than just a problem, it’s an epidemic. The drug overdose percentage seemingly increases by the day. The more the disease of addiction kills people, the more […]

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The Anonymous People Viewing at the Watershed Halfway House

This past Friday night, residents of The Watershed's half-way and 3/4 house got the opportunity to sit and watch the new documentary film “The Anonymous People” starring Kristen Johnston. Johnston is known for not only acting in movies […]

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Celebrating Musicians in Recovery

As The Watershed continues to celebrate individuals who were able to reclaim their lives after alcohol or drug rehab, we would like to recognize some famous musicians who found continued success and a better quality […]

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New Cases of Flesh-Eating Zombie Drug “Krokodil” in the U.S.

New reports suggest drug addicts and abusers in the U.S. are using Desomorphine, a Russian designer drug with the nickname, “krokodil.” In the past, disturbing reports surrounding this substance have only been linked to those […]

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#Changeisgood: Before & After Addiction Images

                To help kick off Recovery Month we recently we launched a campaign asking the recovery community to share their before and after images from what it was […]

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Drug Addiction Problems: Lies Addicts Tell Themselves

At one point or another, everyone has told lies. People lie to get out of trouble, to get out of a traffic ticket, to get away with cheating, or to get something they want. But […]

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Famous Addicts: People In History Who Abused Drugs

Famous addicts in history have proven that intelligence doesn’t exonerate people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs, or drink as an […]

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Summer Drinking Health Risks

The summer has officially started and that means longer, lazier days in the sun, a lots of summer drinking for some. Here in Florida, many people will be spending their days at the beach, out on […]

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Addiction News You May Have Missed

Important addiction news on alcohol, drugs, and recovery that you may have missed this past week.  Addiction News On Rx Pills Rx Overdose Deaths Higher For Women:The percentage of overdose deaths from prescription pills among women in the […]

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Live Free, Party Sober, & Happy 4th of July!

We want to help you party sober this holiday.The 4th of July Holiday weekend is upon us, and with it comes unique challenges and threats to sobriety. It’s important to remember while you celebrate the […]

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Watershed Ashling: I am an Alcoholic

I use to be very angry at the fact that I was an Alcoholic. I went through a few periods where I thought that maybe I wasn’t and back to the bottle I went. Each […]

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Dysfunctional Family Roles: Growing Up With Addiction

Growing up in a dysfunctional home with an addict or alcoholic can take a toll on a child’s emotional, physical, and cognitive development. When addiction is present in the home, dysfunctional family roles begin to […]

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Destructive Thoughts: Why Addicts Leave Rehab Early

Getting someone you care about to go to an addiction treatment center can be very difficult, and in some cases, it can be even more difficult to convince them to stay. It can be frustrating […]

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Staying Sober Vs. SunFest 2013

This weekend, West Palm Beach will be packed with music lovers, neon-colored bathing suits and the enticing aroma of funnel cakes. From its commencement Wednesday until its closing this Sunday, SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music and […]

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National Take-Back Day: Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

Take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of your unused and expired prescription medication by participating in The National Take-Back Day Initiative sponsored by the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). On April 27th, the DEA will […]

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Changes in the Definition of Addiction

The definition of addiction, released by The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is the result of a 4-year process involving more than 80 experts. ASAM has determined that, “Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a […]

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Hitting Rock Bottom: New Web Series About Addicts

A new web series, Hitting Rock Bottom, tells the tales of real addicts and alcoholics and how they struggled with addiction. What’s unique about Hitting Rock Bottom is that the series of videos describe in […]

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Addiction Treatment Facilities: Prison or Paradise

How far is too far when treating addiction in an addiction treatment facility? Treating addiction is not an easy task when it comes to dealing with multiple personalities and multiple stages of alcohol and drug […]

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Are Myths About Rehab Keeping You From Recovery?

End Rehab Myths There are quite a few misconceptions about inpatient addiction treatment. Some think there aren't any rehab programs that fit their personal needs, and others believe formal treatment at an accredited facility isn’t […]

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NCADD: Alcoholism Awareness

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD, declared April Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month was founded and sponsored by NCADD since 1987. Their mission is to raise public alcoholism awareness about alcohol […]

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Robert Downey Jr. Inspires Others In Recovery

One of the most stunning life stories in modern Hollywood belongs to none other than Robert Downey Jr. He went from being a high profile actor in the 80’s, to an addict that casting directors […]

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Intervention: How To Help Loved A Loved One Overcome Addiction

When it comes to people you care about, it’s never easy to make them feel as though you don’t support or accept them. But if someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, it […]

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Suicide Prevention: Know The Signs

The recent and highly publicized suicide of country singer, Mindy McCready, has once again brought attention to the need for more public awareness of the signs and symptoms of a suicidal individual. Before McCready died, she recorded […]

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Mindy McCready: Did Substance Abuse Lead To Suicide?

On Sunday, at her home in Heber Springs, AK, former country star Mindy McCready took her own life in an apparent suicide. Authorities report McCready died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot to the head. She was […]

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Recovery Tip: The Truth Will Set You Free!

The perpetual need to lie is usually a staple in an addicts life. If you have ever known an individual that is dependant on drugs or alcohol, you most likely picked up on their habits […]

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Why Women Don’t Seek Addiction Treatment

When it comes to substance abuse treatment, women may actually be less likely to get help for their drug addiction or alcoholism than men are. Drug addiction and alcoholism is a disease that can affect […]

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NDFW: Facts & Myths About Popular Drugs & Alcohol

The theme of this year’s National Drug Facts Week is “shattering myths”.  In keeping with that theme we would like to discuss some popular myths and facts about drug and alcohol addiction.  There are plenty […]

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National Drug Facts Week: Test Your Drug Knowledge

This week (January 28th-February 3rd)  is National Drug Facts Week which is an annual awareness campaign that started a few years ago to help inform teenagers of real drug facts.  This year the campaign is focused […]

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Ex-Pitcher Matt Bush Struggles With Alcoholism

In a turn of events that is becoming common place in professional sports, another promising young career has ended.  This is the story of Matt Bush.  Just a few weeks ago, Bush pleaded no contest […]

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Quit Smoking In Recovery: Living Smoke-Free

If you want to quit smoking, we have a solution. Quitting smoking for many addicts and alcoholics in recovery is difficult. Some say it was harder to do than quitting their drugs or drinking. The fact […]

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Quit Smoking In Recovery: What To Expect

Congratulations! You have decided to quit smoking and take action. If you haven’t decided yet, please continue to read; you may need this when you are ready. So far we got ourselves prepared in our first […]

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New Years Resolution: Attending An Inpatient Rehab

Each year on January 1, millions of people vow to make changes to their lives; New Years resolutions have begun. Many people visualize the beginning of the New Year as a clean slate to make […]

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New Study: Workplace Bullying May Lead To Drug Abuse

Remember the days of school yard bullies, mean girls, and repeated efforts to belittle, patronize and humiliate classmates? All of us have certainly either been involved or observed bullying or teasing on some level or […]

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Bill W.’s Letters To Carl Jung And Alcoholics Anonymous

As the 21st century marches on, medical advances in the field of addiction treatment continue to progress. Hundreds of prescription medications are being doled out at an alarming rate to those trying to get clean […]

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Prescription Drug Addiction A National Epidemic?

In a recent news article, the Huffington Post covered a story on the trending problem of rogue pharmacies. The article somberly and poignantly reflects on several families and people who have lost loved ones due […]

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The Watershed Serves Community With Holiday Fundraisers

The Watershed is not only dedicated to helping rebuild lives from alcohol and drug addiction, but also to help those suffering in other ways by giving back to the community. One way The Watershed helps others is by […]

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Heroin And Cocaine Vaccine Research May Help, Not Addiction Cure

The scientific community, specifically, the National Institute of Drug Abuse supported drug developers (NIDA), have been in the process of developing experimental “narcotic antibodies.” Touted as a cocaine vaccine, the research could prove to be […]

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Faces Of Meth: New Horrific Physical Effects Of Meth Abuse

The intangible ravages of prolonged and uncontrolled drug and alcohol use are pretty clear, though not seen: arrests, incarceration, broken homes, broken families, orphaned children, deaths, heartache, heartbreak, sadness, helplessness, hopeless. These are only a […]

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Tommy Chong Says, “The Bong Is Half Full”

With two states being on board for the legalization of marijuana, some dope-smoking icons are hopeful that the rest of America will soon follow suit. Chong is most famously known for his acting role in […]

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SOS Children’s Village: The Watershed Supports Community Outreach

On December 16, 2012, the Watershed will be partnering with SOS Children’s Village in Coconut Creek, Florida, for their annual holiday fundraiser. The SOS Children’s Village is an entire neighborhood in Coconut Creek devoted to […]

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Top 10 Sober Celebrities In Recovery

At some level and at some time, all of us aspire for fame, fortune or even both. What gets lost in this pursuit is the rising level of responsibility commensurate with the elevation of fame […]

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RGIII & Team Competes With Giants & Drunk Redskins Fans On Twitter

Alcoholism can rear its ugly head almost anywhere. It can be hidden from plain sight in the most inconspicuous of public places, subtly increasing its grip on hapless, helpless and willing victims. Sporting events, like […]

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Watershed Participates in 2012 CARP Holiday Gala and Peter Fairclough Memorial Recognition Award Ceremony

The 27th annual 2012 Comprehensive Addiction Rehabilitation Program (CARP) Holiday Gala and Peter Fairclough Memorial Recognition Award Ceremony took place at The Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach December 09, 2012. Substance Abuse Treatment In […]

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T’is The Season To Be Drunk?

With the holiday season being fully under way, there are number of opportunities for alcoholics to take advantage of the steady flow booze at office parties, family gatherings, as well as any other festivities that […]

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New Hampshire Man with Hepatitis C Addicted To Fentanyl, Infected Patients

The progression of addiction can be a slow burn, but its destination is all the same. Often, the decisions of an addict or alcoholic are also detrimental to those people involved in their lives, mostly […]

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Josh Hamilton: 2013 Contract May Address Addiction

Stories abound about professional athletes and drug treatment, alcohol treatment, and rehab, where tragedies and triumphs often occur. The complexity of athletics and addiction seems to surface uniquely when money is involved. In Major League […]

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Lindsay Lohan Self Destruction Saga Continues

It appears the report that even though Charlie Sheen helped out fellow silver and small screen cohort and starlet Lindsay Lohan for her own betterment; she still managed to get herself into more negative media […]

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NFL Adderall Use May Be On The Rise

It is a sobering reminder that addiction can take many forms and shapes, from substance abuse to clamoring for a better performance. While PED use in sports news is always relevant, steroids and other human […]

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Charlie Sheen Pays Lindsay Lohan’s Debt, Lohan Gets Arrested

In the quasi-mythical world of celebrity responsibility, sometimes conditions are just right for altruism to seep through the almost impenetrable veneer of self-centeredness. When two trophies of media fodder who normally grace tabloid headlines with […]

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Suburban Robberies Rise With Oxycodone Addiction In Maryland

The rise of prescription drug abuse, with narcotics like oxycodone, OxyContin and other synthetic opioids is increasing in prevalence, has correlated into a transition of criminal activity, all to feed a growing wave of oxycodone […]

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Caffeine Overdose Deaths? 5 Hour Energy Drinks Scrutinized

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the news that the coffee usurper 5 Hour Energy drink may indeed have been involved in 13 deaths over the past four years. The […]

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Black Friday Shopaholics

It seems that Christmas celebrations get earlier and earlier every year, and the Thanksgiving holiday becomes nothing more than a relegated segue. The day after Thanksgiving gets more and more attention as shoppers scramble to […]

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Am I An Addict or Just Addicted?

As human beings, we all have the potential to experience circumstances that all other human beings experience. In the realm of alcoholism, drug addiction, and other substance abuse dependencies, the potential susceptibility still holds true […]

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College Basketball Coach Remembers Overcoming The Adversity Of Alcoholism

It is the time of the year again for college basketball, and in this highly competitive world that garners media attention, stories about substance abuse get more coverage. Nine years ago, the destructive nature of […]

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Bullies in Recovery: If you want what we have, you’ll do what we do!

“If you want what we have, you’ll do what we do!” You hear that saying a lot in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), as well as many other 12 step […]

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The John McAfee Bath Salts Murder Mystery

A few days ago, the technological, forensic and drug world all collided together in what is trending as the strange but intriguing John McAfee bath salts murder mystery. With a plot line that only substantiates […]

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Uruguay’s Radical Take on the War on Drugs

When it comes to drug law reformation, Uruguay is among the most progressive nations in the world.  Some would argue that their policies are dangerous and radical, but the fact remains that they are not […]

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Amendment 64 Passed: Marijuana Legalized in Colorado

Marijuana legalized in Colorado, should pot be legal elsewhere? Parts of the West say yes. Voters made history Tuesday by approving measures to legalize marijuana in Washington state and to legalize marijuana in Colorado. The highly controversial […]

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DUI Accident Pictures: In the Blink of an Eye

Graphic DUI Accident Images                                                               […]

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Study Fiends? Adderall Addiction In College

Traditionally, when the words "substance abuse" and "college students" collide in a sentence, the context usually refers to binge drinking or heavy marijuana use. However, since the trend towards prescription drug use has increased with […]

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Sugar Addiction is Real, and Can Lead to Real Problems

Halloween offered us a quick strike example of what the next couple months will exemplify in regard to sugar intake which undergoes a Frankenstein like transformation into sugar addiction. Sugar High At the end of […]

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Anti-Depressants and Tony Scott Death Story

This past August critically acclaimed Hollywood director Tony Scott leapt to his death from a Los Angeles bridge. Scott was the younger brother of another popular director, Ridley Scott, famous for directing the movie Gladiator […]

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Octomom in Rehab for Xanax Abuse

In our fast-paced and modern world, raising four children can be exceedingly stressful and difficult. When you are trying to raise, oh I don’t know, let’s say 14 children, the stress factor may be elevated […]

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Synthetic Drugs Zombie Apocalypse: Trick or Treatment

This is the time of year where leaves are changing, falling, and temperatures are getting cooler and crisper. Preparations for the synthetic drug Zombie apocalypse are probably well under way as we near Halloween. Sensationalized stories […]

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Red Ribbon Week 2012: The Best Me is Drug Free

Every year since the program was first organized by The National Family Partnership in 1988, Red Ribbon Week has increased awareness of drug prevention especially in schools across America.  This year, Red Ribbon Week lasts […]

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Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education :NOPE Candle Light Vigil 2012

Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education Task Force (NOPE) held their 6th annual candle light vigil last night at the Kravis Center, as well as many other cities across the United States, to raise awareness and honor […]

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Puts Recovery First

In the world of celebrity rehab and rock stars in recovery, a new (but famous) name has joined the ranks of those pursuing a clean and sober life. Guitarist and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong, front […]

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Caffeine Overdose and Monster Energy Drinks

Can you overdose on caffeine? This is the question being asked of Monster energy drink executives, especially after a Maryland mother filed a lawsuit against the parent company, Monster Beverages, last week. Wendy Cossland’s 14-year […]

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NOPE Task Force: Vigils Raise Drug Overdose Awareness

When an addict or alcoholic is living their life of abuse in the sublimity of relative ease and experiencing minimal consequences of their use, horrific realities are usually not brought to their immediate attention. Unfortunately, […]

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Where’s the Love for the Other Obama?

It’s somewhat old news that back in his high-school years, Barack Obama smoked marijuana regularly for recreational purposes. In May of this year there was a huge upheaval in the media over a biography of […]

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Antiquity and Addiction

Addiction may seem like a contemporary problem, especially with the increased prevalence of prescription drug abuse. In reality, substance abuse has its roots in all humanity, those of antiquity and modernity. Historical accounts of addiction […]

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The House I Live In: A New Documentary On The War On Drugs

A new film documentary was recently released called The House I Live In. The film revisits the last 41 years of the nation’s War on Drugs (and the $ Trillion dollars reportedly spent—that’s 1,000,000,000,000—twelves zeros […]

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Marijuana Addiction Is Real

In light of the pending legislation on the decriminalizing of marijuana in Washington State, Oregon, and Colorado, it may be useful to revisit the recent trend of reefer madness in the media and why it […]

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Addiction Treatment Methods and Medications

The addiction recovery world has gone through many nuanced permutations since its inception in the 1930’s. While human history has displayed many efforts at behavioral and cognitive therapy, it seems that the last hundred years […]

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The Watershed Supports Patriots For Parity Florida Hearing 2012

Every day thousands of Americans are suffering from untreated mental health illnesses, drug addiction, and alcohol dependency because they are not being given access to the treatment they need. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Watershed […]

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PIC: Patriots For Parity

Addiction is a disease and alcoholics and addicts deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to access to treatment services. This is why many legislators, healthcare organizations, healthcare providers and community members are working […]

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Celebrity Eating Disorders: Nicole Scherzinger & Kristen Haglund

Sometimes addicts are exposed by not what they put into their body, but what they withhold from it. Bulimia and anorexia nervosa are two weight related eating disorders that can fall easily into a category […]

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Fact Or Fiction: Internet Use Disorder

If you are reading this, you may be at risk of a malady newly inscribed in the latest revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V). Internet Use Disorder (IUD) is […]

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Snoop Lion Smokes Pot With Son

The iconic hip hop celebrity Snoop Lion, formally known as Snoop Dogg, continues to grace the media headlines with his extra-curricular and countercultural activities, but a story on the world famous rapper and his parenting […]

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Reefer Madness: Marijuana laws, withdrawals, and more

The reefer madness headlines keep on rolling. We commented here earlier in the week on NORML, a nonprofit lobbying organization working to legalize marijuana, and the efforts being pushed in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. This […]

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To Thine Own Self Be True: 18 Months of Sobriety

WOW, I am actually holding an 18 month chip in my lil hand! My first chip with two digits on it, WAAHHHOOO!!! The next time I see this, it won’t be for another 8 1/2 […]

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Legalize Weed: Marijuana Legalization

According to a recent article, October 1st 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of marijuana prohibition. According to another article, the 75th anniversary was August 2nd, 2012. Whenever the date was (or is, or will be), […]

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Krokodil Drug Images: The Effects Of Drug Abuse

While some drug names’ etymology or derivation, reflects the perceived benefits from using the substance (like “Ecstasy”), others, like the trending Krokodil (or “Crocodile/krocodile”) have a more sinister and macabre meaning. The Krokodil drug images […]

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Johnny Lewis Dead: New Smiles Drug In Question

Move over bath salts. The designer drug scene has become even more crowded with the introduction of a little known synthetic hallucinogen named “smiles” or the more sterile sounding “2C-1.” This latest designer drug has […]

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Suburban Junkies: Prescription Pill Abuse Downgrade

The California Watch, an online investigative reporting website, posted a helpful video titled “Suburban Junkies: The Privileged Young Heroin Addicts of Orange County,” made by the website in conjunction with a local radio station. This […]

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Graphic Drunk Driving PSA: Everybody Hurts

While “Everybody Hurts” is an R.E.M. song that achieved massive popularity in the US back in the mid 1990’s, it is also background music to an Australian Public Service Announcement (PSA) advertisement against drunk driving […]

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Richie Supa: Rockers In Recovery Lifestyle

Like the conventional pairing of peas and carrots; sex, drugs, and rock n roll seem to collide more often in the same sentence, as well as in the lives of musicians that play the music. […]

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What Is The Hardest Drug To Quit?

So what drugs are the hardest to quit? What drugs are the most addicting? The answer, while we wish it to be a simply ordinal ranking from number one to number ten, is potentially all […]

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The “Buzz” Around Monster Energy Drinks

The popularity of energy drinks continues to gain a massive following. Targeting specific demographics, brands like Red Bull and Monster are dominating the industry, but others still hold their own weight, like the 5 Hour […]

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Celebrity Addicts Playing Party Roles

Drug addiction, alcoholism, and partying are not uncommon when it comes to the Hollywood scene, but we are starting to notice more and more that niether is recovery uncommon. Let’s look at some of the […]

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Thermal Imaging Technology Used To Detect Drunks

We can learn a great deal about ourselves as a culture and as a civilization by the different inventions we have designed and innovated upon. For example, in the realm of mental health or addiction treatment, […]

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Living Around Addiction In Recovery

An article in a recent issue of the Recovery Now online newspaper focuses on celebrities who struggled and overcame their addictions to alcohol and/or drugs. The article accurately and succinctly sums up the correlation between drug and […]

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Non-Addictive Heroin To Cure Depression Raises Concerns

A headline like “Non-Addictive ‘Heroin Like’ Medicine Crushes Depression” is sure to attract a good deal of attention. The explicit oxymoron of something being like heroin and not addictive notwithstanding, this is a real story. […]

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Forcing Drug Addicts Into Treatment

Have you or someone you know ever been diagnosed with cancer or another serious disease? If so, you understand that such diseases require immediate medical attention and often seriously intensive treatment. You also understand the […]

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Colorado Dentist Infects Patients With HIV and Admits Drug Addiction

A Colorado Dentist, Dr. Stephen Stein, voluntarily relinquished his dental license after publicly admitting to his drug addiction problem and possibly infecting patients with HIV along the way. Dr. Stein had been using the prescription […]

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Treating Opiate Addictions With Opiates?

Treating opiate addictions, by using pharmaceutical drugs like methadone and Suboxone (or buprenorphine) have been well entrenched as treatment and recovery options for almost a decade now. Better known as opioid replacement therapy, this medical option […]

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Denials Of A High Functioning Alcoholic

Most of us cursorily associate stereotypes like “drug addict”, “alcoholic”, “junkie”, “drunk” and other assorted monikers with a demographic of people who more or less represent the underbelly of society. It is easy to bring […]

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Are Athletes More Susceptible to Addiction After The Olympics?

Every two years, the world gathers around their televisions to celebrate their nation's greatest athletes as they compete in the Summer or Winter Olympic Games.  Most olympic athletes train their entire lives for their one […]

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Trusting In Treatment

It was a very lonely sad day the day i picked up the phone to call the Watershed. I had come to the end of a horrific suicidal run. Thousands of dollars gone within a […]

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Denial as an Addiction

A recent television commercial by The Partnership at DrugFree.org focuses on the role of parental denial in their children’s addiction. The commercial is narrated by a teenage boy who is stealing his mother’s pain medication, […]

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Drug Courts: Alternative to Drug-related Incarcerations

The efficacy and recognition of America’s drug courts are gaining attention and momentum. A quick search engine perusal will yield daily links to news articles recounting the various struggles and successes of those people suffering […]

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Veteran’s Drug Courts

Continuing on a brief summary of drug-courts and their rehabilitative benefits, individually and societally, an increasingly attractive sub-genre, the Veteran’s Drug Courts, have emerged as effective programs of help for our nation’s servicemen and women. […]

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History Lesson: 19th Century Opiate Addict

The prevalence of the addiction to prescription pain medicine is beyond dispute. A great number of studies have gone into the vast landscape that is OxyContin, RoxContin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, etc. etc. etc. The mass production […]

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Kathie Lee Gifford: Blames Addiction On Parents

Anybody can be insensitive. We all are prone, from time to time, to speak our opinions before thinking through what exactly the consequences will be. In personal relationships, insensitivity can breed offense and hostility. On […]

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Cat Marnell: Addiction in the Camera’s Eye

Public attention towards celebrity breakdowns, due to drug and alcohol addictions, is becoming a more commonplace in our society today. The media’s vast coverage and scrutiny of famous people from actors to musicians to politicians […]

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Dual Diagnosis: Panic Attacks & Addiction

Panic attacks are periods of intense fear; the attack can last from minutes to hours. Panic attacks usually begin abruptly, and in many cases, without warning. A person does not need to suffer from any […]

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Choosing the Right Drug And Alcohol Treatment Programs

Depending on a person’s specific needs, different levels of addiction treatment care are available. Locating the right drug or alcohol rehab for you or your loved one can sometimes feel confusing and overwhelming. With so […]

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Substance Abuse Dependence Criteria

Not sure if you are dependent on a substance like drugs or alcohol? Addiction to drugs or alcohol can typically be diagnosed if a person can apply at least 3 of the 7 substance abuse […]

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Reincarnated: Snoop Dogg Becomes Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg recently has unveiled the trailer for his hip documentary "Reincarnated”, chronicling his new reggae album, and his new persona, Snoop Lion. As you watch the trailer you can’t help but wonder if he […]

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Sylvester Stallones Son Found Dead

Yet another report has surfaced of a celebrity dying of a possible accidental overdose.  Sylvester Stallons son, Sage Stallone was found dead at his home on a Friday afternoon, surrounded by a few bottles of […]

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Anxiety May Lead to Alcoholism

Alcohol has become a solution for many people struggling with various life stressors. For many people, it’s their way of escape, particularly for those who suffer from depression and anxiety disorders. Many times people will […]

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ASAM: Addiction Is A Disease

The American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has given a new definition to addiction, saying that it is now a chronic brain disease. What does that mean? It means addiction is a disease and not […]

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Facebook: Getting Drunk In YoVille

For many Facebook and MySpace users, one of the perks of each social media network is gaming. YoVille is one of the many popular 2D virtual world games. Developed by Zynga, a person can create […]

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ER Hospitals: Helping Alcoholics Sooner

Experts in the medical field are now taking a different approach when dealing with those who are drunk and injured. Instead of simply administering care and releasing the individual, many medical practitioners are now using […]

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Top 5 Recovery Blogs

In recovery we begin to find inspiration everywhere. One of the greatest ways to link into that inspiration, are blogs. We love sharing with others our articles that pertain to addiction and treatment, recovery related […]

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How To Handle Parties Sober

Once an alcoholic or drug addict is far enough along in their recovery, they may feel comfortable with the idea of going to a party or social gathering where alcohol may be involved. Whether or […]

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Do Herbal Remedies Help Fight Alcoholism?

A new product that has come onto the market claims an 84% success rate in curing a person’s alcoholism. “Sobrexa” is an eight week herbal liquid remedy that scientists believe has real potential in the […]

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America’s Addiction To Fat

At an alarming rate, people in the United States are being diagnosed with obesity at much younger ages than in the past. This could be the result of many different factors. However, is it possible […]

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Scopolamine: New Dangerous Zombie Like Drug

A new drug, derived from the Columbian borrachero tree, is said to wipe the memory and take away the “free will” of those who use it. The drug, called scopolamine, is also known as the […]

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Where Am I Today In My Recovery?

Working with others who are new in their recovery can be tricky sometimes. It is important to realize that our greatest asset ~ can also be our greatest downfall if we are not diligent in […]

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Keeping Tabs On Prescription Painkiller Manufacturers

Prescription drug abuse has become a legitimate epidemic in our country. More people than ever before in our history are using prescription drugs recreationally, usually with terrible consequences. Keeping track of where these pills are […]

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Sponsorship: Questions and Answers

How do I get a sponsor? To get a sponsor, all you have to do is “ask”.  You can do this at a meeting, when a speaker comes in from an outside meeting OR at […]

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Addiction Treatment: Feeding Off The Sick

A few weeks ago I stopped at a local gas station to fill up and went in to purchase a soda. Walking over to the register I saw working behind the counter, a young woman […]

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Are Energy Drinks Hazardous To Your Health?

Go to any local gas station or corner store, and you are sure to see an endless amount of energy drink options. Some claim to keep you up for 5 hours! Some claim 6! They […]

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Addiction, Society And The Zombie Apocalypse

Recently in the news there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the designer drug referred to as “bath salts”. No, these do not refer to actual ‘lie in the tub and bask in lavender' […]

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Alcohol and Drug Addiction: I Am My Problem

I remember some time after being admitted to the hospital for treatment of my chemical addiction I believed that drugs and booze were my problem and that once I was free of them, I would […]

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Self Help Does NOT Work!

More times than I can count, I’ve heard reference to the text books of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as being “self help literature”, as well as the 12-step Community being described as the “self […]

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Locating An Effective Alcohol Detox Facility

When it comes to recovering from alcoholism, detox is the first step. This is why locating an effective alcohol detox facility is an important step in the recovery process. Whether looking for yourself or for a loved […]

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Social Challenges In Recovery: Part 5 Q & A

Overcoming Social Challenges in Early Recovery PART V Questions & Answers regarding Social Challenges in Recovery   Q:    Is it a bad sign that I am less than thrilled about the fact I am supposed […]

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Social Challenges in Recovery: Part 4 Q & A

Overcoming Social Challenges in Early Recovery PART IV Questions & Answers regarding Social Challenges in Recovery   Q:     I see other new people in the rooms and they seem to be progressed farther […]

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SAMHSA: National Prevention Week Kicks Into Gear

This week the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is celebrating National Prevention Week. This annual recognition pays tribute to the countless amounts of men and women who work around the year to […]

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Social Challenges in Recovery: Part 3

Overcoming Social Challenges in Early Recovery PART III   Social Challenges: Acceptance, Service, & Doing The Next Right Thing   Fear 7 Calling myself an addict/alcoholic for some is not comfortable. It may feel as […]

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Social Challenges In Recovery: Part 2

Overcoming Social Challenges in Early Recovery PART II Social Challenges: Finding Support & Getting Connected   Fear 4 Getting numbers and using them can be especially difficult. Some of the concerns are as listed: Asking […]

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Common Myths About Drug Detox

There are many myths out there regarding drug detox. Drug or alcohol detox is a vital part of the recovery process from an addiction. Because of this and the fear of the unknown surrounding detox […]

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Something to Think About: Evidence of the Unseen

(Photo #1) In this photo you can see where the truck went through the guard railing from right to left, flipping end to end across the culvert onto the left side. There is one thing […]

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Resentments: Providing A Service With Expectations

“I Give and I Give…and She Takes and She Takes!!!” Ever felt like that before?? This was the cry of my oldest step daughter, (Caroline), one summer day when she was about 6 years old […]

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Is Klonopin the World’s Deadliest Prescription Drug?

It can be very easy to get into trouble with certain prescription drugs. After all, how harmful could something that your doctor gives to you be? However, millions of Americans become addicted to prescription drugs […]

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How Obamacare Affects Addicts & Alcoholics

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare”, was recently brought before the Supreme Court of the United States of America to be judged on its constitutionality. Though we will not […]

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Spirituality: Finding Faith In Recovery

Research in the field of Neuroscience has shown that prayer of sorts can actually take the place that intoxicating substances did. This is not a new concept, the brains of  monks and nuns have been […]

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Can Internet Addiction Lead To Drug Use?

According to a new study conducted by the Journal of Addiction Medicine, internet addiction can be a warning sign of substance abuse in young people. The countless hours spent surfing, chatting, posting, uploading and tweeting […]

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Some Now Taking The Spice OUT Of Their Lives – Spice Addiction

Synthetic marijuana has exploded in popularity in recent years, as many young people are flocking to local smoke shops to purchase the new, legal high. However, because these substances are largely unregulated and are comprised […]

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Should Non-Violent Drug Offenders Get Rehab In Lieu Of Prison? Florida Says Yes, Rick Scott Says No

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoes a largely popular bill that would have sent non-violent, drug addicted offenders to treatment facilities after they had completed half of their jail sentences. In his explanation, Governor Scott […]

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Whitney Houston Autopsy Results Revealed

Before she was discovered dead by her personal assistant in a Beverly Hills Hotel bathtub, Whitney Houston had been submerged underwater for over an hour. Now, the final autopsy reports have been released to the […]

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NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: PREVENT UNDERAGE DRINKING NCADD Alcohol Awareness – The Key to Community Change, Personal and Family Recovery. Alcohol Awareness Month, held every April, was founded by and has been sponsored by NCADD […]

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The Return Of Whip-Its – And We’re Not Talking About A New Willow Smith Song

Whip-its are small canisters that are filled with nitrous oxide that people use recreationally to get high. Among health care professionals, there is a growing concern that this dangerous trend is making a comeback with […]

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Drug Testing For Surfers Identifies Those In Gnarly Situations

To follow in ranks with many other sports including Olympic testing, The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has given the go ahead for mandatory drug testing through the year at various events. There has been […]

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Four Loko Alcoholic Energy Drinks: College Student Blackout Binge Drinking

Four Loko is a beverage that is being marketed around the country as an alcoholic energy drink. Even if you set aside the contradictory effects of consuming a depressant laced with a stimulant for a […]

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Have An Addiction? There’s An App For That!

As smartphones become more and more a part of our daily lives, programmers are continually coming up with new applications to assist us with our everyday activities. For those struggling with a drug or alcohol […]

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Stop BCBS of FL from Discriminating against Mental Health Patients & Addicts

Do you suffer from addiction? Does someone you care about suffer from the disease of addiction? What if you or your loved one couldn’t get treatment because an insurance company didn’t think it was medically necessary? What if we […]

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New Statistics Report from SAMHSA: Children of Alcoholics

A new report* from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) shows that 7.5 million children in the past year under the age of 18 have lived with a parent who abuses Alcohol. According to […]

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Relapse Warning Signs and Prevention: Alcohol and Drug Addiction

  In early recovery, one of the biggest issues is one that is often surrounded by misinformation. A major misconception of addicts or alcoholics relapsing is the belief that exterior things in life can and will cause relapse, such as: having or losing a […]

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High Cost of Low Living: Treatment Cost

Addiction Treatment Cost For a long time I would refuse to go to any kind of treatment for my addiction. There were a few reasons why I felt treatment was not going to work, but […]

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Will I be my own Valentine?

“Being my own Valentine” sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it? If we think about it, what defines a “Valentine”? Is it not usually someone that we love, cherish, respect, and enjoy being around? When we […]

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Russian Designer Drug Eat Junkies: Krokodil Rotting Flesh

The landscape of drug trafficking and abuse is shifting noticeably as new and even more dangerous drugs, like the Krokodil rotting flesh drug, are introduced to the community. Substitute concoctions called designer drugs are cheap […]

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Lazy Cakes: The Official Relaxation Brownie

May 23, 2011, Delray Beach FL – Lazy Cakes, “The Official Relaxation Brownie”, can be found at your local convenience store, replacing the recently banned synthetic marijuana,K2or Spice. HHB, LLC, the maker and distributor of […]

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War On Drugs Failed: Fuels International Drug Legalization Debate

War On Drugs is a failure In the early 1970’s, Nixon officially declared the "War on Drugs", identifying drug abuse as "Public Enemy Number One.” Forty years later, The Global Commission on Drug Policy, composed […]

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My Progressive Recovery

I never thought that I would be writing about my progressive recovery.  It never occurred to me that maybe just maybe my story could help someone else who also believes that they are hopeless.  My […]

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Watershed Targets More Individuals through Sober Nexus Partnership

Sober Nexus is one of the most feature-rich sober living, treatment and recovery resources on the web, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each month.  The platform launched in July 2008 to assist more addicts […]

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Watershed Launches Mobile Friendly Addiction Treatment Site

The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs, Inc. announced the official launch of an enhanced Watershed mobile version of thewatershed.com web site. This mobile-friendly format is being provided so more individuals struggling with substance abuse problems can find […]

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Recovery Fest ’05 ROCKS!

BOCA RATON, FL- Sunday, September 25th's South Florida RecoveryFest '05 was a historic date to remember. The Watershed helped create a historic date to remember when it presented the 3rd Annual South Florida RecoveryFest "Concert […]

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