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Betty Ford: An Advocate for the Ages

Betty Ford, former first lady and substance abuse advocate, has died at the age of 93. Ford, who battled breast cancer, alcohol addiction and prescription pill abuse, was a lifelong recovering addict and extremely influential in the evolution of substance abuse treatment programs and awareness on the subject. Ford, who became addicted to pain medication…

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Drugged Driving: A Cause for Concern

While it is drinking and driving that is typically discussed in the mainstream media, another issue, drugged driving, has become much more prevalent in recent years. Thanks to increased awareness, groups are slowly beginning to take action and the nation as a whole is taking a closer look at this often overlooked, yet incredibly dangerous,…

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Age Plays Role in Addiction Susceptibility

In an article published by HealthDay, it was found that patterns of drinking during youth could act as a predictor for substance abuse later in life. The study, run by the University of Chicago, discovered that those who were classified as “heavy drinkers” had a greater sensitivity to the rewarding and stimulating effects of alcohol,…

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Dennis Quaid Opens Up About Past Drug Struggles

In a recent Newsweek interview, Dennis Quaid shared information about his past, including his struggle with cocaine abuse during the 1970’s after moving to Hollywood. According to Quaid, drugs were rampant on both the movie sets and at some of the most high-status parties being thrown. He also states that money for drugs was even…

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Using Social Media in the Recovery Process

The recovery process is different for each individual, but for some, a strong, supportive community is essential to thrive once they have made the commitment to remain clean and sober. A great tool to help facilitate this is the use of web resources like Facebook, Twitter and blogs that deal with addiction. Not only can…

Maintaining Recovery

Maintaining Recovery

Recovery is a process. It is not a Band-Aid, or a quick fix, or a magic pill. Recovery is a journey that you set out upon, not knowing where it will lead, but ultimately believing that you can only end in a better place than you began. One of the keys to experiencing the best…

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A Great Resource for Addiction Information and Help

A Great Resource for Addiction Information and Help In many cases, the internet is an endless pool of information and learning, and while that is not a bad thing, sometimes it becomes difficult to muddle through millions of websites until you’ve found the right one. Searching for information on drug and alcohol abuse and treatment…

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Menthol cigarettes to be banned?

In a recent article, the Food and Drug Administration proposed plans to place a ban on menthol cigarettes in the United States, citing their growing popularity among young adults as well as minority populations as a serious cause for concern. The FDA feels that menthol cigarettes are more harmful because of their minty flavoring (which…