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Why Medical Detox is So Important in Addiction Recovery

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It is such a sad statistic that many addicts attempt detox by going “cold turkey.” They put themselves through unnecessary pain and possible serious medical trauma as well as risk in an effort to rid themselves of their dependence to drugs or alcohol. The results are rarely successful. Medical Detox from drugs and alcohol is the only way to go. …

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November is National Gratitude Month at CARN For All!

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National Gratitude Month is an annual designation observed in November . Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.”  Gratitude’s amazing powers have the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves, the world around us and to our Creator. Gratitude for our …

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Canada has just approved prescription heroin

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has taken a less draconian approach to fighting heroin addiction than the previous government did. (Chris Roussakis/AFP via Getty Images)   OTTAWA — The Canadian government has quietly approved new drug regulations that will permit doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to treat severe addicts who have not responded to more conventional approaches. The move means that Crosstown, …

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Vivitrol: Shot in the Dark or Bad Drug Replacement Therapy = Death

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The Fix evaluates Vivitrol, the newest anti-addiction drug—actually an injectable form of an old pill. It’s definitely better than nothing. But is it $1,100 a month better? In a better world, alcoholics and addicts could control their addictions medically via a one-a-day pill or, better yet, a monthly shot. With no side effects, this magic bullet would remove the craving …

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Powerful & Deadly W-18 drug showing up more frequently on Canada’s streets

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New figures show extremely powerful painkiller W-18 has been detected in 30 drug seizures this year, up from three in 2015. As Canada struggles with a deadly epidemic linked to the powerful painkiller fentanyl, a new and potentially more lethal threat is already emerging. Invented in a University of Alberta laboratory in 1981, the drug known as W-18 was designed …

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Alberta government explores setting up safe sites to reduce fentanyl overdoses

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The Alberta government is taking the war on fentanyl abuse to the next level by exploring a plan to set up safe, supervised sites for opioid use. Brandy Payne, Alberta’s associate minister of health, says an Edmonton agency is to receive a $230,000 grant to make an application to the federal government for an exemption under drug laws so that …

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Addiction and the Importance of Family Recovery

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The family is just as much affected by addiction as is the individual addict or alcoholic. The family is usually torn apart and in turmoil by the time someone seeks out treatment. Living with addiction can put family members under unusual stress. Normal routines are constantly being interrupted by unexpected or even frightening kinds of experiences that are part of …

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Ontario’s opioid plan could lead to more overdoses, death, say drug addiction experts

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Some drug addiction advocates and doctors are sounding the alarm about Ontario’s plan to de-list a number of highly potent painkillers beginning Jan. 1. They’re concerned the move will drive users to illegal drugs instead, raising the risk of overdoses and death. The decision to “de-list” means the province will stop covering the drugs under its social assistance plans, which currently support seniors and others on Ontario Disability Support …

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Understanding Addiction and the Reason it Kills Many People

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Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation. Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done. What causes addiction? The word “addiction” …