Category: Addiction

What Do You Know About Dope?

The following is part one in a series from author, George Lewis. Opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of The Phoenix Spirit. The country now called the United States of America was originally not a country but thirteen colonies, ruled by British law, policy and politics. The American Revolutionary War, which …

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We Need to Take a Closer Look at Tobacco

Let’s talk tobacco. If you’re reading this article, it means recovery is important to you or someone you know. Maybe you’ve put in the work and made recovery a priority in your life. If so, honor yourself for that hard work. Maybe someone in your family is struggling and you just want to find some …

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What You Should Know About Addiction

In 2008, an estimated 20.1 million Americans aged 12 or older used illicit drugs within a month prior to a survey done by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA). This estimate represents 8 percent of that population. During that same time an estimated 22.2 million persons (8.9 percent of the population aged 12 …

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Joseph Lee of Hazelden Betty Ford

We’ll feature an expert in the mental health and substance use disorder field to answer questions Q: In terms of addiction, how does the adolescent or young adult brain differ from an adult’s? The adolescent brain is still developing. Young people tend to have less physical effects from drug use (i.e. hangovers, withdrawal) but their …

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How Culture is Turning Us All Into Unhappy Fools

Those of us in the field of addiction recovery understand all too well the concept of euphoric recall. We chase things outside ourselves to make us happy based on a thrilling memory of how they once did, albeit temporarily. Our pulse rate increases, we get arousing physical sensations and we can’t stop thinking about the …

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