Addiction

What is Culturally Competent Care For Substance Abuse?

Most substance abuse professionals stress that effective substance abuse care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. You read it on almost every addiction treatment program’s website because the reality of it is undeniable. But there’s a big difference between understanding the importance of individualized treatment and providing it. There are plenty of clear reasons why people …

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Overdose Doesn’t Discriminate in a Fentanyl-Flooded Market

Opioid overdoses have been an insidious and ever-expanding problem over the last two decades. Once fentanyl made its way into the market in 2013, researchers observed a drastic and distressing increase in the number of lives lost to opioids.1 And as more people seek solace in the intense high induced by opioids, overdose rates only …

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Pathways to Addiction Poverty and Substance Abuse

Pathways to Addiction: Poverty and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse develops for a range of reasons. Three common experiences can contribute to the development of addiction: trauma, stigma, and poverty. Over the next few months, I want to explore the role that each of these factors plays in the pathways to developing and maintaining addiction. Pathways To Addiction: Trauma and Substance Abuse Pathways …

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Pathways to Addiction Trauma and Substance Abuse

Pathways to Addiction: Trauma and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse develops for a range of reasons. Three common experiences can contribute to the development of addiction: trauma, stigma, and poverty. Over the next few months, I want to explore the role that each of these factors plays in the pathways to developing and maintaining addiction. Pathways To Addiction: Poverty and Substance Abuse Pathways …

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Unpacking the Reality of Opioid Abuse and Recovery

Unpacking the Reality of Opioid Abuse and Recovery

No one who struggles with substance abuse sets out to become dependent on drugs. Substance dependence tends to happen slowly over time, often before someone realizes what is happening. Despite what the stigmatized narrative may have you believe, there is no one picture of what substance abuse looks like. Drug addiction can affect anyone.  This is especially …

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Handling the Holidays When a Loved One Battles Addiction

Handling the Holidays When a Loved One Battles Addiction

The weather is taking a turn as you flip your calendar over to November. It seems the year has flown by once again and the holidays are fast approaching. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve mean a fun, relaxing time for many. Coming together with friends and family to celebrate the …

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