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Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?

Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?

Safe injection sites are becoming more popular across the world (Heroin Abuse, Heroin Overdose). But only two exist in North America, both in Vancouver, British Columbia. So what are safe injections sites and what benefits and concerns do they bring?

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Benefits of 12-Step Addiction Recovery Programs

Benefits of 12-Step Addiction Recovery Programs

The benefits of 12-step addiction recovery programs is a hotly-debated, emotionally-charged issue. Here's why 12-step recovery programs offer great benefit.

Addiction recovery 12-step programs have many benefits and are widely popular. However, 12-step programs also attract a lot of criticism. For me, the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

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Crack Cocaine Versus Powder Cocaine: What Is the Difference?

Crack Cocaine Versus Powder Cocaine: What Is the Difference?

Crack cocaine and powder cocaine are treated very differently in public and political conversation. So what is the difference between crack cocaine and powder cocaine? They affect your body the same way, but the main difference lies in the method of use (Cocaine Effects, Cocaine Side Effects).

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Withdrawal Symptoms From Stimulants, Marijuana, Hallucinogens

Withdrawal Symptoms From Stimulants, Marijuana, Hallucinogens

Withdrawal symptoms from stimulants, marijuana and hallucinogens is not considered directly life-threatening by the medical community. However, the withdrawal symptoms can still be dangerous, as can the behavior associated with the withdrawal symptoms of stimulants, marijuana and hallucinogens. 

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Substance Withdrawal: Alcohol, Opiates and Benzodiazepines

Substance Withdrawal: Alcohol, Opiates and Benzodiazepines

Substance use withdrawal from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines is unpleasant and can be dangerous or even fatal, as I wrote about in my last post, Dehumanizing Addicts: A Stigma Leading To Deaths. But different substances produce different kinds of withdrawals and dangers. Here is an overview of withdrawal symptoms for alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines (a future post will address more substances).

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Dehumanizing Addicts: A Stigma Leading To Deaths

Dehumanizing Addicts: A Stigma Leading To Deaths

Too often American society dehumanizes and devalues the lives of drug users, particularly drug addicts (Changing Addiction Stigmas to Fight Substance Abuse). Not recognizing and responding to the humanity of drug addicts is a dangerous moral and societal failing.

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New Addiction Recovery Program: Buddhist Recovery Network

New Addiction Recovery Program: Buddhist Recovery Network

Buddhism is more than a religion and spiritual practice — the principles of Buddhism provide tools for an addiction recovery program. Applying the principles of Buddhism to addiction recovery is not necessarily a new or unique idea, but it is less mainstream than typical addiction recovery programs. Maybe this program will resonate with you more so than SMART Recovery, Moderation Management, or 12 step programs.

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Naloxone, Narcan Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose

Naloxone, Narcan Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose

Naloxone (brand name Narcan)  saves lives from opioid overdose by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. America’s problem–some say epidemic— with heroin and prescription opioids is big news, so why is naloxone, which saves lives from opioid overdose, controversial?

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How I Got Sober and Clean

How I Got Sober and Clean

I just celebrated a sobriety birthday, an event that always prompts reflection on how I got sober and clean in the first place. I do believe that a power greater than myself, a divine power, is ultimately responsible for me still being alive (Winehouse Death Due to Alcohol Poisoning and Tolerance). That being said, there are some practical components that have been vital to my getting sober and clean and staying that way.

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Winter Blues and Addiction Recovery

Winter Blues and Addiction Recovery

The winter blues are here and for those of us in all types of recovery, they can be especially tough (Stop Letting Winter Depression Freeze Your Happiness). If you’re a recovering addict or alcoholic with the winter blues setting in, you are not alone.

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