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The LBGTQ Community and Substance Use Disorder

The LBGTQ Community and Substance Use Disorder

Sadly, many who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+) often face cruel harassment, isolation, discrimination, and even violence in their lives. Bisexual and transgender individuals often face the additional burden of double discrimination because they're not fully recognized or supported by society or the lesbian and/or gay…

Childhood Trauma and Opioid Abuse

Childhood Trauma and Opioid Abuse

Research has pointed to the connection between opioid abuse and childhood trauma for some time. One study, published in 2009 in the Journal of Addictive Diseases found that among those seeking treatment for opioid abuse (a consecutive sample of 113 participants) “20.4% reported having experienced sexual abuse, 39.8% reported having…

A Key Brain Circuit in Cocaine Addiction Discovered

A Key Brain Circuit in Cocaine Addiction Discovered

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two out of every three Americans struggling with addiction relapse within a year (interestingly, Aware Recovery Care clients do far better than this national average by a factor of six or more). Why does this happen? Well, it turns out that…

The Elderly and Opioid Use Following Surgery… New Findings

The Elderly and Opioid Use Following Surgery… New Findings

It is not uncommon for muscular-skeletal problems to multiply as we age – sometimes requiring surgery. The most common problem, osteoarthritis, affects one in four Americans, particularly older Americans. The most common arthritis-related surgeries? Knee and hip replacement. The other common problem? Hip fractures. The most common drug therapy used…

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