Addiction to alcohol or drugs can be confusing, frustrating and devastating. Because it involves the reward chemicals in the brain, it’s not a disease with a quick cure. In fact, an addict may relapse up to six times before becoming sober for good. Our brains...

What can we learn from mindful meditation? Mindful meditation in addiction treatment is the practice of being “in the moment,” and it is much more than just simple relaxation. Practicing mindfulness is about increasing your self-awareness by observing your thoughts, attitudes, emotions, and environment without attaching...

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines addiction as “a complex condition, a brain disease manifested by compulsive substance use despite harm consequence.” By definition, addiction is a relationship formed between an individual and a substance rather than a human being with another human. When individuals...

Handle Fentanyl with Care: Fatal upon Contact Even the slightest physical contact with fentanyl can send people to the hospital for unintentional overdoses. When first responders and law enforcement officials engage in emergency and life-saving activities, they may accidentally inhale fentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances, or...

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