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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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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The History of Dual Diagnosis Treatment  (And Why it Matters to Your Recovery)

Do you have a mental health concern coupled with an addiction - that is, a dual diagnosis? If so, you’ve probably already discovered that many inpatient rehabs provide little in the way of professional counseling for mental health issues.

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Why Medical Detox Isn't Enough to End Most Addictions

There’s a popular misconception
that just going to medical detox to clear the body of drugs or alcohol is all you need to heal your addiction.

Medical detox treats the physical but does nothing to address what caused your addiction in the first place.

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America's Escalating Opioid Crisis

Deaths from opioids - both prescription painkillers and heroin - have gone up 200% (3x) since 2000. Heroin and synthetic opioids - such as fentanyl - have seen big spikes of almost 5x during this period, driving the crisis.

The tragic death of Prince is just the latest high-profile casualty of the escalating opioid crisis.

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Don't Miss These Top 25 Addiction Bloggers

When you’re struggling with addiction, it’s all too easy to feel as though you are alone in the fight. It’s tempting to think that everyone else has no problems with drugs and alcohol, that you’re the only one who can’t seem to draw the line. We really love the work of the following top 25 addiction bloggers and encourage you to check them out.

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3 Myths about Trauma and Addiction

Did you know that trauma and addiction are often co-habitants? They're linked in stronger ways than previously thought. And get this - 1 in 4 of us will experience a traumatic event before age 4. 

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What is relapse anyway? Changing the face of relapse during recovery

For those recovering from addiction, "relapse" has been a shameful event for years and years. Friends and family would scorn the fallen addict, self help organizations would make the person throw away their “clean time” and get a beginner's chip while having to attend 90 AA meetings in 90 days.

Relapse during recovery meant jobs would be lost and relationships would end, among other hardships.

Instead of facing all this humiliation, many in addiction recovery would return to the preferred substance, as this seemed like a better option. We want to say here and now that there is better alternative.

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