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Listen Up: Podcasts about Addiction and Recovery
Apr 7, 2021

Tap the info into your mobile phone, grab your earbuds and click on a program. Or boot up your computer, laptop or tablet, tune in and hit play. Perhaps do the same while traveling in your vehicle. Do what? Listen to a podcast about addiction and recovery. A podcast? Isn’t that a niche medium? That’s […]

When Does Microdosing Turn Into Macrodosing?
Apr 2, 2021

LSD is a not-so-complex chemical compound with a complex history. While LSD is illegal in the United States, psychedelics are beginning to be more closely studied, primarily for their potential psychiatric benefits. Microdosing is the act of taking small amounts as a weekly routine, while macrodosing (or just dosing) would be taking enough to “trip”. […]

Read all about it: Novels About Addiction in the Last 10+ Years
Mar 30, 2021

Substance abuse serves as a theme for many a non-fiction book. The same goes for novels. Many works of fiction have featured addiction as part of their storyline over the years. Here are novels about addiction released within the last 10-15 that are compelling, even suspenseful and amusing at times. Several proved so popular that […]

Ben Higgins Talks About Addiction and Overdose
Mar 26, 2021

As part of a recent episode of Addiction Talk, AAC’s Joy Sutton had the opportunity to sit down with Ben Higgins and discuss his experiences with addiction. A television personality most known for his role on The Bachelor, Higgins struggled for years in secret with an addiction to prescription painkillers. Following the release of his […]

Short Guide to TV and Streaming Shows about Addiction
Mar 19, 2021

Is the small screen – not so small in many households – offering programming about addiction and recovery? The answer for broadcast/cable TV and streaming denizens is resoundingly “YES”. In fact, there are way too many tv shows about addiction to cover in just one post. Sorting through the possibilities to come up with a […]

The Pandemic and its Impact on Mental Health
Mar 18, 2021

To say the mental health of many Americans has been negatively impacted by the 2020 pandemic is an understatement. Anxiety, stress, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), addictions to drugs or alcohol, among other mental health conditions, may have risen to the surface for those individuals who already were struggling with these conditions before COVID. The invisible […]

7 Famous Writers with Addictions Then and Now
Mar 10, 2021

What is it about well-known writers and addiction? Many famous writers have had strong affinities for alcohol or drugs – some for both. This voluminous list spans time and space. As case in point, the British Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) used opium. His countrymen Charles Dickens (1812-1870) used morphine; Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) used mescaline […]

Teens, Drugs, and the Pandemic
Mar 4, 2021

It’s been roughly a year since COVID made its debut in the United States, and at this point, many are experiencing pandemic fatigue. Specifically, the mental health of teens and adolescents is being tested. Place drugs or alcohol in the mix, and it’s a recipe for angst and tragedy. Sadly, in early February 2021, Dr. […]

Music as a Muse: Addiction Recovery Playlist
Mar 3, 2021

Music enhances the lives of so many of us. Stevie Wonder captures that essence in “Sir Duke.” “Music is a world within itself/With a language we all understand/With an equal opportunity/For all to sing, dance and clap their hands.” The Hamilton Brothers agree in “Music Makes the World Go Round.” “Music makes my world go […]

5 Movies About Addiction
Mar 2, 2021

Hollywood has created some good and not-so-good movies about addiction over the years. Although subjective to the viewer, the ‘not-so-good’ movies tend to romanticize, water-down, or misrepresent addiction, while the ‘good’ movies offer a level of gritty realism and authenticity on the nature of addiction. While character motivation, drug of choice, and circumstance differ in […]

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