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All in the Family? Is Addiction Genetic or Environmental?
May 5, 2021

A slice of life about seven parolees, all addicts, filled the pages of The Second Chance Club, a new book about the criminal justice system. These individuals shared the same legal status, penchant for using and parole officer. There was another common thread. Their parents – or, most often, the one and only parent on […]

Desirée Bujanda Misle Talks About Addiction and Motherhood
May 3, 2021

Desirée Bujanda Misle is the mother of a son with addiction and the author of I, Mother of an Addict. Recently, she took time to write for AAC about her experiences with addiction, codependency, and motherhood. Addiction in the Family As the mother of a recovered addict, I went through this process burdened with guilt […]

Should I Worry About Social Media Addiction?
Apr 29, 2021

Social media addiction is a growing concern for many, even if the condition is not yet recognized by medical professionals. As smartphones connect people from around the globe, many are beginning to worry about the drawbacks. People are often glued to their phones, continually refreshing their social media feeds. Is there a point where social […]

Black Underrepresentation in Addiction Treatment
Apr 27, 2021

The year 2020 was dominated by a few narratives. Although Covid-19 was rightfully on the forefront of many of our minds, a new civil rights movement was on the forefront of many of our hearts. From the war on drugs and its racial implications to socioeconomic issues with their inherent legal biases, black people experience […]

COVID Vaccines and Drug Abuse
Apr 22, 2021

Just like COVID itself has been polarized, so too are the vaccines to prevent the spread of the dangerous airborne virus. But are those who struggle with drug abuse and/or who are faced with comorbidities like mental health issues able to receive one of the COVID vaccines? Several studies have shown that individuals with a […]

The Pros and Cons of Ketamine as Medicine
Apr 20, 2021

The story of ketamine starts almost 60 years ago. That’s when an American research scientist, intent on coming up with a new anesthetic with pain relieving properties, formulated it. The year was 1962; the place was the Parke Davis Laboratories. Although first patented in Belgium, ketamine for medical use received approval from the U.S. Food […]

Demi Lovato Talks About Her Cocaine Addiction
Apr 16, 2021

Demi Lovato is one of the many celebrities that struggle with cocaine addiction. Oftentimes, these individuals go to rehab centers for treatment. When these individuals are open about their experiences in addiction treatment centers, they may inspire others who have a dependence on drugs and alcohol to confront their problems and get help. In 2018, […]

6 Signs Your Partner Is Abusing Drugs
Apr 14, 2021

Do you have reason to suspect your partner is abusing drugs? If you’ve never experienced substance abuse firsthand, you might not know what to look for. We’ll go over the telltale signs your partner is abusing drugs below so you can know for sure if they need help. Keep in mind, just having 1 or […]

Why Women are Underrepresented in Addiction Treatment
Apr 13, 2021

Over the past year, substance abuse has spiked in the U.S. and globally. This change is due largely to the pandemic and its rippling social and economic effects. While substance abuse rates increased across all demographics, women represented the largest increase. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), heavy drinking episodes among […]

5 Myths About Addiction
Apr 12, 2021

If you’re battling an addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, alcohol, or some other substance, it’s crucial to seek treatment right away. Neglecting care can lead to more significant problems, such as using harder drugs or having an overdose. Some people don’t seek treatment because they don’t feel they can do it or aren’t ready to […]

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