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Expert Corner: What is the Cause of Addiction?

Expert Corner: What is the Cause of Addiction?
I saw a TED talk a while back about why people become addicts. The guy basically said that addiction comes from loneliness. I guess that kind of makes sense, but also doesn’t. For me the loneliness came later. I started drinking and smoking pot with friends in high school because that’s basically all there was to do for fun. It wasn’t until years later after everyone had moved on that I found I didn’t have any friends outside of those I’d use with. I never really stopped using until rehab (I tried a ton of stuff, but heroin was my ...
Managing Pain in Recovery Without Opioid Painkillers

Managing Pain in Recovery Without Opioid Painkillers
Can recovering addicts use pain medication? Opioid painkillers in particular – such as codeine, hydrocodone, and morphine – pose a serious risk for triggering relapse. Whether you’ve recovered from addiction to prescription medication, heroin or some other drug, every former addict needs to be especially careful when it comes to pain medication, and seek out alternatives for managing pain. Pain Meds Are a Threat to Sobriety, But So Is Pain Injuries happen. Surgeries are necessary. There are many legitimate reasons why a person in recovery might need pain medication, including: Healing after surgery Recovering from a car accident Broken bones Chronic back pain Migraines Painful health disorders, etc. If you’re ...
Expert Corner: Are False Positives in Drug Tests Common?

Expert Corner: Are False Positives in Drug Tests Common?
Here’s what happened. I just finished a treatment program cause I’m an alcoholic. I was moving from the center to a sober living facility but I have to take a piss test first. The guy there gives me a really cheap-ass test. I take it and he says I came up positive for oxy. I haven’t taken oxy in like two years. Docs gave me naltrexone and Wellbutrin to go with Lexapro. Would those affect the test? I’m going to take a real one tomorrow but now everyone thinks I’m relapsing and another friend from rehab just OD’ed. I’m on ...
The Benefits of CrossFit for Addiction Recovery

The Benefits of CrossFit for Addiction Recovery
We’ve all heard – many times – how important exercise is to our health. And yet, many people avoid it like the plague. For those whose body has been ravaged by substance abuse, it may seem that getting fit is an especially far-off goal. So it might surprise you to learn that not only is physical activity appropriate as part of a drug and alcohol treatment regimen, it’s one of the pillars of lifelong sobriety. But what if you hate exercise? May we suggest that you don’t hate exercise, you hate BORING exercise? Exercise Should Be Fun and Empowering With more than 20 years ...
Expert Corner: How Do You Deal with an Addicted Parent?

Expert Corner: How Do You Deal with an Addicted Parent?
My wife’s mother is in her 70s and is constantly bouncing between hospitals, inpatient facilities, and various rooms-for-rent. She only seems to be able to stay sober for a month at a time. My wife is in her 40s and has been affected by her mom’s addictions for almost her entire life. She has somehow managed to become a responsible adult and loving parent. And not an addict. Her mother has stayed with us a few times since our four year marriage. It always starts with her sober and us having strict rules, but it always ends badly and explosively, ...
The Dangers of Mixing Methadone and Benzodiazepines

The Dangers of Mixing Methadone and Benzodiazepines
Legal medications like methadone often serve as a replacement for other opioids in drug treatment programs. Generally, doctors don’t prescribe benzodiazepines, like Xanax or Valium, with methadone because they both inhibit the same area of the brain that tells your lungs to keep breathing while you sleep. It’s common for people who mix the two to fall asleep and never wake up. The Dangers of Mixing Methadone with Benzodiazepines Methadone is an opioid medication that is used as a pain reliever and is sometimes prescribed by doctors to reduce withdrawal symptoms in those who are addicted to narcotics. As with all legal ...