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Is Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Rising?

According to a study conducted by the British Medical Journal, the number of deaths caused by liver diseases in the United States has risen sharply in the past two decades. Researchers found that cirrhosis-related deaths went up 65 percent between 1999 and 2016; the same period saw the number of deaths resulting from liver cancer double. […]

What Is Texas’s Prescription Drug Disposal Program?

The nationwide opioid crisis continues to batter the Lone Star State, with both rural and urban parts of Texas experiencing record numbers of opioid-related overdoses. In 2016, nearly 3,000 Texans died of drug overdoses, with 1,375 of these deaths directly attributable to opioids. As part of a multifaceted response to this problem, Texas public health […]

Can Quitting Smoking During Addiction Treatment Improve Outcomes?

Since the earliest days of Alcoholics Anonymous, with coffee flowing and cigarette smoke pooling in the rafters, tobacco use and addiction recovery have seemed indelibly interlinked. A daily cigarette (or pack) can provide those who are struggling with addiction a much-needed physical and mental refuge, a single vice to be retained after giving up all other addictive […]

How to Handle Chronic Pain While Remaining Sober?

If you are one of the 100 million Americans who are afflicted with chronic pain, you may struggle every day to perform basic tasks–and this obstacle to living a full and active life is even greater if you are also in recovery for addiction to alcohol or drugs. When faced with chronic, ongoing pain, it […]

Why Are Drug Overdose Deaths for Women On The Rise?

It’s not new news that the country is in the midst of an opioid crisis—but one of the most alarming bits of information to be recently revealed is that the drug overdose rate for women has skyrocketed far more rapidly than average. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a weekly Morbidity […]

Hope: An Essential Element of Addiction Recovery

Hope is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “the feeling that something desired can be had or will happen.” Hope helps people recover from addiction and to see the light on a day that may be filled with darkness. There are frustrations and set-backs during the recovery process, but those going through treatment must hang […]

What Obstacles Can Keep You Away from Rehab?

Around six percent of the U.S. population struggles with some sort of substance abuse disorder—but despite these high addiction rates, seeking treatment and maintaining sobriety can be tough. There are thousands of reasons that substance abuse treatment may not work for one specific person, but many of those who have tried (and failed) to achieve […]

Can I Get Fired for Going to Rehab?

One of the biggest fears people have when considering whether or not to seek treatment for addiction is whether or not they will be able to return to their job. “Can I get my job back?” could be the biggest question when someone is considering a recovery program. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]