Keith Urban Opens Up About Addiction and His Father

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Keith Urban was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia, starting guitar lessons after a flyer was hung up in his father’s convenience store. From those humble beginnings, he has grown to a very successful country musician with 14 number one hit songs and many awards and accolades. His live shows are characterized […]

Obama and Macklemore Discuss Addiction Awareness

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Recently Obama made a presidential address in order to talk to the nation about the need for addiction recovery and awareness. He was joined by Macklemore, a popular hip-hip artist who has had many of his own public struggles with drug addiction. The Seattle-born artist was arrested at only 15 years of age and ended […]

Woman Walks 100 Miles for Awareness

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Addiction is an epidemic that Americans have struggled with in many forms yet it still remains a silent and stigmatized killer. Mental health issues are also more prevalent than ever in our nation and yet few people discuss these issues openly for fear of being judged. Psychological and behavioral disorders are a hidden crisis in […]

How Addiction Stereotypes Are Harmful

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A stereotype can be defined as a popular belief about a specific group of people that can be either negative or positive, and that affects the way people interact with those groups. Stereotypes are often about groups that are perceived as inferior or superior, or about groups that a person aspires to be a part […]

What Happened at the UNGASS on Substance Abuse?

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Globally, substance abuse and drug addiction has wrecked havoc on many parts of the world. It destroys lives and harms families, and also leads to public health crises and skyrocketing crime rates. It is very widespread, a problem with a wide variety of cultures, governments, and peoples both rich and poor. The United Nations Office […]

California’s State Bills That Could Harm Rehabs

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The state of California has a long and distinguished history of being an important place for healing, accommodating those with a variety of disabilities and illnesses. In 1880, the town of Los Angeles had a population of 11,000. That quickly swelled to over 100,000, largely due to clinics that popped up to treat tuberculosis and […]

Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Opiate Abuse

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After Prince’s death revealed his secret addiction to opioids, it opened a discussion on the impact that these kinds of drugs are having on the nation. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis published a moving Huffington Post essay that describes her own experience with being addicted to prescription painkillers. Curtis illustrates how she and many other people […]

How To Talk About Addiction With Children

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Talking about addiction or alcoholism with a child can be quite challenging, not only because of the challenging subject matter, but also because each child will require a different approach depending on their age and background. You must also take the child’s relationship with the addict or alcoholic into consideration. Drugs or alcohol may be […]

Survey Shows Americans Need Access to Addiction Treatment

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A recent survey regarding the current painkiller epidemic that is affecting the U.S. showed that nearly half of all Americans know someone who has been addicted to prescription opioids. The majority of the people in the survey also felt that the U.S. government is not doing enough to minimize the level of addiction that is […]

Marijuana Can Affect Teen Mental Health

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Although there are many conflicting beliefs about marijuana and how harmful or addictive it can be to users, a new study suggests that cannabis can actually have very negative effects on a young person’s mental health. Marijuana has become more prevalent in our culture as many states have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes and […]