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Are My Kids at Risk?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 02, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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Parents always worry about their kids. How they will do in school, who their friends will be, what will they do for work when they grow up and will they be healthy? These are natural worries of a parent. In addition, many parents worry about if their children will develop a substance use disorder (addiction). These thoughts are certainly in the minds of parents who suffer, or have suffered from, a substance use disorder themselves. 

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The Addiction Cycle Part III: Preoccupation/Anticipation Stage

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 01, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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The previous blogs in this series explored Binge / Intoxication and Withdrawal / Negative Affect, the first two stages of the “Addiction Cycle”, and how substances take over the parts of your brain related to pleasure and stress and set the stage for feeling miserable when you don’t consume drugs or alcohol. These forces in your brain are very powerful. Yet, drugs and alcohol don’t stop there. They affect the part of your brain involved in decision making. So, while you may want to make the choice to stop, your brain’s decision making areas are fighting against you due to the effects of drugs and alcohol.

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Opioid Addiction: New SAMHSA Interactive Recovery Tool

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Drugs

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When you’re suffering from a substance use disorder, making the decision to get help is often difficult enough. Then you have to decide how to get help and try to understand the options for treatment. The ravaging effects of substances on the brain make that process even more difficult. Thankfully, a tool has recently been developed to help those who are trying to make treatment decisions.

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The Addiction Cycle Part II: Withdrawal/Negative Affect Stage

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 27, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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In part one of this series we introduced the three stage “Addiction Cycle” which includes Binge/Intoxication, Withdrawal/Negative Affect and Preoccupation/Anticipation. We also discussed how in the Binge/Intoxication stage, substances “highjack” your brain’s natural reward or “pleasure” centers and make it difficult for you to get enjoyment from anything else other than drugs or alcohol. This hostile takeover of your reward system sets the foundation for the second stage of the addiction cycle: Withdrawal/Negative Affect.

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What Does the 21st Century Cures Act Mean for Addiction Treatment?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Drugs

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In December 2016 the 21st Century Cures Act was passed into law. The law is said to be wide ranging in its effects from improving the development and approval process for experimental treatments, reforming aspects of mental health law and to increasing funding for medical research.  It allocates a massive $1 Billion in grants for states to boost treatment of opioid use disorders. Another $1.6 Billion was earmarked for research on “brain diseases.” 

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Marijuana Use in Teens & Young Adults: 3 Key Points for Family Members

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2016 / by Russ Kallina posted in For Family Members, Drugs

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Many families will find themselves at some point engaged in a conversation with their teenagers and young adults about marijuana. Often, parents and other loved ones are told by their younger relatives multiple reasons why smoking “pot” is OK. “It’s not that bad for me”, “Everyone is doing it”, “It is better than drinking”, “It is legal now” and the infamous “You did it when you were young.”

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Marijuana Addiction Increasing with Changing Legal Status

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 26, 2016 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Drugs

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An article in the December issue of JAMA Psychiatry compared the characteristics of marijuana use in 2001-2002 to that in 2012-2013. 

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Benefits of a Gratitude List in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 17, 2016 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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Staying sober is one of the more difficult challenges a person can undergo.  Naturally, for someone who has been addicted to drugs or alcohol, oftentimes the initial rehab period is no vacation. Confronting harsh realities in one-on-one and group sessions, going through hours of self reflection, and managing the physical and psychological stresses are strenuous.  But sticking with the rehab process is another ongoing battle. 

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How to Be Social and Sober

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 08, 2016 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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For someone coming out of a treatment program for addiction, staying sober is of paramount concern. But what if one’s former life, pre-rehab, was filled with social situation surrounding alcohol or drugs?  It would be an easy path to resume activities so closely associated with, and reminding one of their addiction.

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Identifying Triggers Can Reduce Chances of a Relapse

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 01, 2016 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Drugs

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One of the pitfalls of successful recovery from addiction is relapse.  There are many factors that can contribute to the backslide into these dark places.

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