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Hope and Healing: A Comprehensive Guide to Opioid Addiction Recovery

Medical concept. On a black surface, a stethoscope, a notebook, a pen and a blue sticker with the inscription - Embracing Hope and Healing...

How to Confront the Most Challenging Aspect of Opioid Addiction Opioid addiction is a complex and profoundly challenging condition affecting millions of individuals worldwide. The journey to recovery can be daunting, as it involves overcoming physical dependency, navigating through emotional turmoil, and addressing the underlying causes of addiction. However, by embracing hope and seeking healing, […]

Why are we Focusing on Addiction Instead of the Individual Behind It?

depressed man struggling with opioid dependence sitting on sidewalk

Reviewed by Clare Waismann, RAS / SUDCC The opioid crisis has become one of the deadliest phenomena of our time. With over 100 deaths a day in the U.S. from prescription and illicit opioid drugs, life expectancy has declined for the first time in many years. The escalation of this devastating issue was preventable. The tragic […]

National Drug Take Back Day: DEA Tells Americans ‘Don’t Be the Dealer’

National Drug Take Back Day for prescription opioid disposal

The Drug Enforcement Administration doesn’t just fight the opioid crisis at U.S. ports of entry by seizing illegal drugs. It’s National Drug Take-Back Day events across the country on April 27 collect unused prescription pills and patches to help prevent drug abuse and overdose deaths. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed […]

Opioid Crisis: Expecting Different Results with the Same Old Approach

Concerned woman comforting another inopioid addiction rehab group at a therapy session

The U.S. government reported that 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The growing crisis costs the country approximately $75.8 billion a year in lost productivity, criminal justice intervention, and healthcare. Those costs are expected to keep rising in the coming years, according to a January 2019 U.S. News & World Report article. […]

Opioid Addiction vs. Opioid Dependence – Differences Between Symptoms and Treatment

Pills spilling out of a prescription bottle. Prescription opioid dependence and addition can require medical detox.

People frequently — and mistakenly — use the terms “opioid dependence” and “opioid addiction” interchangeably. Still, these conditions are very different, and the treatment a person receives can mean the difference between life and death. What Is Opioid Dependence? Opioid dependence is not the same as addiction. Physical dependence can occur as the brain, and […]