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August 23, 2019

Summertime Drug Use

According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 3 million people in the United States tried LSD, marijuana, cocaine, or ecstasy for the first time in 2017. Many of those first-timers were teenagers. So, what if we could know the time of year teenagers most often…


August 14, 2019

Is the Federal Government Going to Stay in the Fight on Opioid Addiction?

For the first time since 1990, deaths from drug overdoses dropped last year from the year before. Why the drop? Prescription opioid overdose deaths declined (though sadly, Fentanyl deaths continue to climb). So, some progress is being made. And according to experts in the field, it’s being made in large…


July 19, 2019

The Generational Harm from Opioids…

Much has been written here and elsewhere about the toll opioids have taken on those trapped by addiction… More than 400,000 U.S. citizens dead.  Millions more fighting to regain lives free of drugs. What’s not always discussed is the toll opioids have taken on the children of those addicted. Two…


May 31, 2019

Chinese Take Lead on Controversial New Treatment for Drug Addiction

China has long been a country with a troubled history in experimental treatments for drug addiction. They are now attempting to add another option.  This treatment involves brain surgery to insert electrodes into the brains of addicts. There are currently eight studies being conducted on this approach around the world. …


May 10, 2019

People Under 50 with Hearing Loss at Twice the Risk of Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

Researchers from the University of Michigan have made a troubling discovery. People younger than 50 with impaired hearing (deaf or hard of hearing) are twice as likely to misuse prescription opioids and struggle with alcohol abuse syndrome. These findings come from data on 86,186 U.S. adults who recently took part…


April 12, 2019

Alcoholism and Its Genetic Roots

For hundreds of years, cultures all over the world have viewed alcoholism (or alcohol use disorder as it is now called) as a moral failing – a problem of succumbing to temptation. Seemed reasonable.  After all – why was it that some people had a drinking problem while others did…


March 26, 2019

Could Adolescent Drinking Lead to Emotional Problems Later?

The health risks of excessive drinking are well known. Now scientists are beginning to explore the impact of both consumption and binge drinking on brain development in adolescents. And what they’re finding is troubling. Researchers from the University of Chicago have just released the results of a study that shows…


March 06, 2019

Are Insurance Plans Making It Harder for Addicts to Receive Medication Assisted Treatment?

It's an increasingly accepted notion in medical circles that medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder improves the odds of recovery and saves lives. Given this fact, one would think gaining access to this level of care would be easy. Well, according to researchers at Oregon Health and Safety University (OHSU)…


January 08, 2019

Opioid Drug Makers Facing Same Treatment Big Tobacco Received.

Mike Moore used to be the Attorney General for the state of Mississippi.  He is also the guy who decided to sue Big Tobacco for lying about nicotine addiction and to hold them accountable for the health-care costs of sick smokers.  Though derided and told he had no shot at…


November 21, 2018

Incredibly – FDA Approves New Opioid Ten Times More Powerful Than Fentanyl

These are the FACTS about America’s problem with opioids… Approximately 40,000 Americans are now dying annually from opioid overdoses.  That’s approximately 115 people every single day. More than two million Americans are now addicted to opioids. Americans make up 5% of the world’s population – but consume 80% of the…


November 09, 2018

A Root Cause of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

For decades, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of addiction, how it gets started, and why it often persists so stubbornly. And for years, there’s been a theory that a chemical in the human nervous system called dopamine lies at the core of that mystery. Dopamine is what’s…


October 26, 2018

Drug Deaths Continue to Rise…

Sadly – the drug addiction crisis in America continues to roar ahead – seemingly unabated. In data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control, bleak new estimates put the number of drug overdose deaths in 2017 at 72,000. That number is not a typo. The Vietnam War (1961-1975) took…


September 28, 2018

Is Xanax Fuel for the Next Drug Crisis?

With an opioid crisis choking the nation, it’s understandable that few are talking about what drugs might create the next crisis. Addiction treatment specialists, however, are seeing the beginnings of a worrying trend – a surge of adolescents addicted to Xanax and other sedatives in a class of anti-anxiety drugs…


September 06, 2018

New Evidence Points to A Leading Cause of Addiction

Why is it that some succumb to drug or alcohol addiction and others do not? Well, we’ve known for a while that there’s a genetic link.  But could something else be a significant contributor? According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and confirmed by Kaiser Permanente…


June 22, 2018

Did a Corrupt Pharmaceutical Industry Create the Opioid Crisis…?

As the opioid crisis deepens across America, the pharmaceutical industry’s role in the crisis has gained increased attention. What did the industry actually know about the dangers these drugs posed? And if they knew of the dangers, what did they do, if anything, to restrain their use? All great questions.…


April 27, 2018

How Technology Innovation Can Help Alcoholics

Innovation… Since Aware Recovery Care first opened its doors, we’ve focused on finding and deploying innovative new tools capable of improving the odds of recovery for folks addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.  We believe this approach is one reason our clients achieve long-term sobriety at such high rates. One of…


April 19, 2018

Killer Cocaine

As the opioid crisis continues to rage across America, a new and very significant danger has emerged.  Cocaine laced with Fentanyl.  Fentanyl is dangerous, and it’s often lethal.  It’s a synthetic opioid that’s between 50 and 100 times more powerful than morphine. And it kills quickly – so quickly that…


April 02, 2018

Have You Ever Overdosed on Opioids?

The answer to that question may be more important than you think. Researchers from the Opioid Response and Education program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have just completed a study on Naloxone use and overdose death rates. They found that Naloxone reverses 93% of all overdoses.  What troubled…


March 02, 2018

The Drug Crisis Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic

In 2016, this drug was associated with more deaths than auto and gun deaths combined. Can you guess the drug? Not opioids. Alcohol. According to Center for Disease Controls data, 88,000 people died as a result of alcohol consumption in 2016.  Sixty-four thousand died from overdosing on other drugs that…


January 18, 2018

The Opioid Crisis – New Data Shows Death Rates Continue to Rise.

New provisional data has been released from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the drug crisis in America – and the news is discouraging. From May 2016 to May 2017, 17% more drug-related deaths were reported in the U.S. when compared to the previous 12-month period. What does that…


December 07, 2017

The Hidden Drug Crisis in America

Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid use in America. As a class of drugs – opioids are killing at a stunning rate. But has the focus on opioids obscured an equally vexing and deadly problem? According to new research just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,…


November 30, 2017

The Crisis of Drug Addiction in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is without question one of the most beautiful states in the nation. Sadly, it also has the second worst death rate from opioid overdoses relative to its population (behind West Virginia). Remarkably, it also has the highest death rate from Fentanyl overdoses. So what exactly is going on?…


October 26, 2017

Patient Safety or Profit First?

One of the most puzzling aspects of the opioid crisis has been the fact that despite the known dangers of these drugs, physicians have continued to prescribe them recklessly. What could possibly explain this behavior? That’s a question we have raised with regularity in these pages. Why is it that…


October 12, 2017

The Deepening Opioid Crisis in Rural America

The stats are well known. America is in the midst of a crisis of opioid drug addiction and deadly overdoses. The current annual death rate from drug overdoses stands at 62,000. That’s a 19% increase from 2015 – much of it driven by opioid deaths. And incredibly – physicians in…


October 05, 2017

The Opioid Crisis – Has America Relapsed?

Today, at least 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioid drugs and over 30,000 are dying from opioid overdoses annually. Families are being destroyed. Careers lost. It’s worth noting that the danger of opioid drugs has been known for a very long time. And America’s problem of addiction to these…