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Study Finds Heroin Use Has Increased Drastically in America

The Skyrocketing Toll of Heroin Use On February 11, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the incidence of Heroin use in the United States increased by an average of 7% each year from 2002 to 2016. Then, from 2016 to 2018, the incidence of Heroin use declined … Continued

Crime

Insys Founder and Top Executives Sentenced to Years in Prison

An Opioids Conspiracy Leads Seven Insys Executives to Prison Last May, a federal jury in Boston convicted John Kapoor and six other executives of Insys Therapeutics of conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law which permits the prosecution of the leaders of a criminal enterprise. This month, a judge sentenced all of … Continued

Epidemic

Study Finds Correlation Between Opioid Overdoses and Car Factory Closures

A Tragic Link Between Car Factory Closures and the Opioid Epidemic Last December, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published a study in the academic journal JAMA Internal Medicine which found a correlation between Opioid overdoses and the diminishing manufacturing sector of the American economy. “Our findings confirm the general intuition that declining … Continued

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Recovery, Daily Routine, and the Power of Intentionality

After Addiction Comes a Vacuum For many of us, the final stages of our addictive behavior found us unable to incorporate any real structure into our daily lives. Very little about our lifestyle and relationships resembled living intentionally or with any real feeling of ownership or empowerment. Substances and compulsive behaviors drove our bus for … Continued

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Personal Motivations in Recovery

External and Internal Motivations for Treatment Many people enter treatment for co-occurring disorders with motivations from external pressure. A person might experience pressure to start treatment from the legal system, significant others, family, friends, employers, housing authorities, child protective services, and doctors. In other words, there is usually the handprint on someone’s back pushing a … Continued

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Changing Behaviors

Change Is Inevitable, but Positive Behavior Change Takes Work Change is rarely something a person does willingly. It’s human nature that doing things in a certain way becomes comfortable. A person tends to choose familiar over the unfamiliar and the known over the unknown. Even when a person is doing things that aren’t healthy, those … Continued