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Recovery, Not Relapse: Why States are “Sentencing” Drug Users to Treatment Programs

Is Addiction a Crime? America has been fighting a “War on Drugs” since the 1970s, with drug dealers and users alike facing strict criminal penalties.  Yet, opioid use and overdose have become a crisis despite the harsh punitive measures.  In an effort to prevent deaths from an opioid overdose, our federal government has proposed measures…

Sobering Hobbies: Activities That Have Been Statistically Proven to Promote Sobriety

Addiction is a devastating disease that leads one to lose control over their actions while filling a void with drugs, alcohol, and other substances. Even if a person cognizant realizes that their drug habit is unhealthy or serving them in negative ways, the power of addiction lies in its incredible ability to hijack the brain’s…

The Value of Setting Boundaries in Recovery

A close relationship with an addict can mean that boundaries are crossed again and again. A person suffering from addiction can develop uncharacteristic behavior that leads to volatile and unhealthy relationships with those close to them. This often involves co-dependent dynamics, where family members believe that they can prevent the addict from using again by…

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