Facing Addiction in America: A Full Summary on the Surgeon General's Report

photo credit: Keoni Cabral

In November 2016, the Surgeon General made history by releasing an in-depth report on addiction in the United States. 

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy compares this report to the milestone Surgeon General report on the dangers of smoking, which was published in 1964.

The new report states that over 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs, but only about 10% are receiving any sort of addiction treatment. Get the full summary here.

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Why Heroin Relapse Rate Is So High

Did you know that heroin got its name from the German word for “heroic” (heroisch)? Chemists in the 1890s employed the term heroisch for high-potency drugs … and heroin certainly fit the bill.

Plus, early users said that the drug made them feel -- you guessed it -- heroic! For years, heroin was marketed as a safe, non-addictive sedative and cough remedy.

We now know heroin is highly addictive and heroin relapse rates are very high. Why?

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Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery - Book Review and Erica Spiegelman Interview

Leading addiction expert Erica Spiegelman discusses her revolutionary new book, "REWIRED: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery." Rewired is a new, breakthrough approach to fighting addiction and self-damaging behavior by acknowledging our personal power to bring ourselves back from the brink.

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The Golden Child Goes to Rehab

Once upon a time on the way to high school, I got into in a serious car accident. My car was totaled, and I was a mess too. While I waited for my parents to arrive at the scene, my hands wouldn’t stop shaking, and I couldn’t catch my breath.

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The Best Addiction Recovery Program You've Never Heard Of

What would you think about an addiction recovery program that has an 80%+ success rate? Compared to 5-10% success rates of typical 12-Step treatment programs, this number is extraordinary. If you're like most, you're probably interested in learning more about how an addiction recovery program can achieve such amazing results.

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7 Ways to Deal with Your Loved One's Addiction During the Holidays

If the thought of spending time with your family this holiday causes you to feel anxious and apprehensive, does that makes you ... a very bad person?

Actually, it makes you human.

If you’re feeling stressed about family time with a loved one who has an addiction, you aren't the only one.

How do you deal with your loved one's addiction during the holidays without stepping on land mines and having things flame out of control?

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6 Reasons Why Drug & Alcohol Rehab Success Rates Are So Low

Did you know that despite the increasing prevalence of both outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment programs -- over 14,500 in the United States alone -- more people than ever are dying from drug overdoses? Why the low alcohol rehab success rates? Why the low drug rehab success rates? What's going on?

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How to Cope with Anxiety in Healthy Ways

This is a guest post by Jennifer Scott of SpiritFinder.org.

When anxiety strikes, you may think that no one else understands what it’s like to live inside your skin. However, many people suffer from anxiety. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, over 40 million adults in the U.S. have some form of anxiety. Are you one of them?

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5 Tips For Choosing an Addiction Rehab That's Right for You

If you’re looking for an addiction rehab or alcohol treatment center, you don’t have to look far - there are literally thousands and thousands of options. But which one should you choose?

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The Connection Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

What is borderline personality disorder (BPD) and how is it related to addiction? Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by sudden mood swings, emotional instability, and highly impulsive behavior … and it’s also more common than you’d think. Given the extreme sensitivity associated with BPD, coping with this condition is a challenge and there are connections to addiction.

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