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  • Oregon Decriminalizes All Drugs | What It Means For Drug Arrests & Addiction Treatment

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    On November 3, 2020, the state of Oregon became the first to decriminalize all drugs in a controversial measure passed by voters.  The goal of this change is to reduce the number of arrests associated with drug use, improve access to addiction treatment, and make it easier for people with addiction to improve their lives.  […]

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    5 Ways Spirituality Helps Addiction Recovery

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    According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 72 percent of Americans believe in a higher power. Numbers like these can be surprising, especially when it comes to recovery. Seldom do we hear “addiction recovery” and “spirituality” in the same sentence.  However, countless studies have shown the healing powers of a specific form of treatment known […]

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    Do 12-Step Programs Work? | The Research & Evidence

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    Originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) over 70 years ago, the 12-step program is still considered a gold standard for helping people overcome substance use disorders. But, do they actually work for treating addiction? Fundamental principles of the 12-step program include admitting you have a problem, committing yourself to living a sober life, and coaching […]

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    How Polysubstance Use Complicates The Opioid Epidemic

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    The ongoing opioid epidemic has kept the focus mainly on the misuse of opioids/opiates, such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain medications. Changes in treatment approaches have led to some success with reducing opioid overdose deaths in recent years.  However, something is flying under the radar. Polysubstance use, which is using more than one substance […]

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    7 Ways Drugs & Alcohol Destroy Relationships

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    Maintaining a good relationship, whether it’s romantic or between family and friends, requires time and attention in addition to compassion and love.  An unexamined relationship could have underlying problems that won’t become apparent until stress occurs, such as from financial difficulties or the emergence of drug or alcohol abuse.  To help you avoid problems in […]

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    What You Need To Know About Alcohol And COVID-19

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    Some people have misconceptions about how alcohol affects COVID-19. Others don’t realize there’s any connection between alcohol abuse and the new coronavirus.  Here’s what you need to know about alcohol and COVID-19. Drinking Alcohol Doesn’t Protect You From COVID-19 Alcohol cleaning products and hand sanitizers are effective at killing the COVID-19 virus on surfaces and […]

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