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5 Signs of A Quality Halfway House


A halfway house is exactly what it sounds like: a home that acts as a stepping stone from treatment to living on one’s own. For someone new to recovery, halfway houses may have never been thought of or considered before but they play a vital role in successful treatment. Though in a halfway house a person will not receive actual “treatment”, the structure along with increased personal responsibility does in

7 Ways to Stop The “What Ifs” and Reservations in Sobriety


What-ifs and reservations in sobriety can cause mental anguish and self-doubt. Constantly worrying about the future or dwelling on past mistakes can lead to relapse if not dealt with properly. Self-doubt and stress can be one of the hardest obstacles to recover from when newly sober. Luckily, there are ways to curb negative thought patterns and put reservations to rest. It may not be easy but, like anything else, regular

Do Other Countries Have a Drug Epidemic Like America?

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The United States is currently in the grips of a powerful drug epidemic, lead by prescription opioids and heroin. New studies are constantly being released that show the disturbing and record breaking magnitude of increased drug use, drug addiction, and drug overdose deaths. The overdose death rate in 2008 was four times the rate of 1999 and there is little hope that problem is getting any smaller. In fact, drug

Senator Expands Investigation Into Opioid Addiction Crisis


Drug manufacturers and distributors have been taking quite a bit of heat lately and the forecast doesn’t look to be cooling down anytime soon. The opioid addiction crisis continues to break records and is causing a public cry for answers. So far, four states have filed or plan to file lawsuits against some of the biggest names in the industry, like Teva, Endo, Johnson & Johnson, and Purdue Pharma. The

How Quickly Does The Body Recover From Heroin Abuse?

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Heroin abuse can have powerful, and sometimes, lasting consequences on the body. Not only does heroin itself hurt the body, the results of administering the drugs can have the most lasting effects. Heroin users often end up injecting the drugs, sometimes sharing needles or reusing their own over and over. This can lead to diseases or scarring which may never fully recover. Heroin abuse also has the inevitable short term

The Dangers of Smoking Fake Weed


Over the past decade, the phenomenon of synthetic marijuana has become extremely popular. It was first seen being sold in headshops and convenience stores under the names Spice, K2, Skunk, Green Giant, among many others. The packages were labeled as “incense” with a warning that stated “Not For Human Consumption.” Unbeknownst to law enforcement, these incense packages were actually used to mimic marijuana and are highly addictive drugs used to

1.3 Million Americans Needed Hospital Care for Opioid Related Issues: How Did We Get Here?

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The United States is in the midst of its largest public health crisis in history. Opioid addiction has increased astronomically over the past decade with little hope for slowing down. Last year saw a nearly 20% increase in drug overdose deaths compared to 2015. Even more staggering, the latest report published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality showed that 1.27 million people checked into hospital emergency rooms or

National Cost Of Heroin Addiction Roughly $51 Billion Per Year


It shouldn’t be news that there is currently a massive opioid crisis in the United States. Questionable marketing tactics, dirty doctors, and general societal ignorance toward prescription painkillers has lead to arguably the worst public health crisis this country has ever seen. The death toll caused by heroin and other opioids has tripled in the last 15 years and, in 2016 alone, the death toll rose an alarming 19% compared

Why Jails Fail at Treating Addiction

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During my time in active addiction, recovery, and in the addiction treatment industry, I have heard many parents say, “you know he would be better off in jail.” Even my own parents told me this during my using career. This is an understandable concept when you consider the type of fear parents go through day after day and night after night when their son or daughter is in active addiction.

Quiz: Are You A Drug Addict? Pinnacle Can Help


To be able to overcome a drug problem, the first step is admitting that one is, in fact, an addict. Recovering from addiction is entirely the responsibility of the addict themselves. There is no magic pill that can cure addiction. Even if a doctor diagnoses someone with a substance abuse disorder, the patient must accept this fact before making any real improvements. There are many signs that can help someone