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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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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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Opioid Addiction Medication: A Step Forward or a Step Backward?

Trending news in the recovery community: a longstanding governmental rule about the number of patients for whom doctors can prescribe opioid addiction medication - such as buprenorphine - may be revised soon.  

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Don't Make These Resolutions When Seeking Recovery

Are you considering addiction treatment in the new year? Many people see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity to turn their life around and finally get control back. That's great, but often the process of researching and thinking about what addiction recovery program may work for you often gets clouded by things that ultimately don't matter much. Here's our list of 5 things to avoid as you search for the addiction recovery program that's right for you.

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Staying Clean and Sober over the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again - great food, dessert, family and friends. Good times, right? For many struggling with addiction, the holidays can be very stressful as challenges in life seem to raise to the surface. And often what we feel instead of peace and joy, is anxiety, sadness, regret and depression.

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Confessions of a Malibu Treatment Center Survivor

Reading An Intervention for Malibu in the New York Times on the problems with Malibu treatment centers certainly brought back memories. I’m a survivor of a luxury Malibu treatment center.

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