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Category: Addiction

Craving and Relapse Prevention Based on the Gorski Model, Part III of VI

In part three of this six-part series, we will continue our discussion of setup behaviors that lead to the craving cycle. Remember that, despite its danger, many alcohol and drug…
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Trends in California Drug Overdose Deaths

The below policy brief shows some statistics on how the California overdose rate has been skyrocketing these last few years. Fentanyl has played a large part in the rising rates…
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Truth in Advertising: We Must Eliminate False Advertising and Marketing in Addiction Treatment!

People living with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and their families are a vulnerable population that can unfortunately be taken advantage of by unethical treatment facilities. Senate Bill 434 (SB…
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Addiction Neuroscience 101

Dr. R. Corey Waller goes into great detail on the neurology of addiction. He explains the levels of dopamine for motivation for someone who does not do drugs, and then…
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The Piper Must be Paid, Sooner or Later

America has been using more substance during the COVID-19 pandemic, a result of increased stress and isolation. We are starting to glimpse the repercussions of these dynamics. There is early…
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Why The Workforce Needs People In Recovery From The Disease Of Addiction

Entrepreneur and Executive Director of “More Than An Addict,” Tori Utley gives a Ted Talk on why people in recovery from the disease of addiction should not be declined jobs.…
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Virtual Reality: Is Peer Support Tele-Health the future of recovery support?

Representatives Tony Cardenas (CA-29) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced the Virtual Community Support Act last week. The act is aimed to strengthen community-based and peer support services virtually both during…
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The Addiction Recovery Community Unites for National Change!

This week, 37 addiction recovery advocacy organizations sent out a letter urging Congress to establish a dedicated Center for Addiction Recovery at The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This…
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Breaking the “Body Brokers”: What we can learn from one California non-profit that stood up to the addiction patient kickback business in its state

In every industry there are those who play dirty- those who overprice, undersell, undercut, and diminish the value of the work in general.  The grifters, the shysters and the ones…
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Can Recovery-Friendly Communities Be Founded Upon Prevention?

Historically, prevention activities have been seen as the early off-ramp for potential addictive behavior. It has been seen as the circuit breaker to the development of addiction; the promise of…
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