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3 Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise. It’s considered one of the fastest-growing drug abuse problems in this country. An estimated eighteen million people countrywide have at one time misused prescription medication. Addiction and abuse of prescription drugs are just as dangerous as what you find on the street, like heroin or crack…

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Even More Books About Addiction, Recovery, and Mental Health

Learning about addiction and sobriety is helpful for recovery. It’s empowering to understand your own and others’ experiences. In that spirit, here are some books about addiction, recovery, and mental health to add to the ones we recommended here, here, and here. Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel Judith Grisel…

Nicotine Cessation

What are Nicotine Cessation Programs?

Substance use disorders and cigarette addiction commonly co-occur. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports of past-month smoking are three times higher among people in addiction treatment than in the general population.[1] Nicotine cessation programs in addiction treatment tackle the substance and the cigarette addiction at the same time. There…

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Are We Powerless or Empowered in Recovery?

In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the first step is: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” In this context, being powerless means you can’t drink in a controlled way. Many of us tried again and again to moderate our drinking or drug use before accepting we had no control over them.…

OUD Study

Study Finds Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration Effective in Treating Opioid Use Disorder

A study[1] published last month, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), found an effective way to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). The approach prioritizes collaboration between physicians and pharmacists in administering and monitoring Buprenorphine, a medication used to treat OUD. Doctors and Pharmacists Worked Together Participants did an initial screening with a…