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March 13, 2020

Has the Extent of the Opioid Crisis Been Under-Reported?

What do we know about the extent of the opioid addiction crisis in America? The CDC estimates that as many as 10.3 million Americans aged 12 and older misused opioids in 2018 alone.  Tens of thousands died from an overdose that year. Here's more from the CDC: Overdose deaths from…


February 28, 2020

Alcohol’s Frightful Impacts

The opioid crisis in America is real.  Of that, there is no doubt.  Also real is the much larger problem of alcohol abuse disorder – often referred to as alcoholism. Health experts at the CDC and elsewhere estimate that over 15 million people in America are addicted to alcohol. Equally…


February 07, 2020

The Opioid Addiction Crisis…How We Got There

According to the Washington Post, “newly disclosed federal drug data shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014 — 24 billion more doses of the highly addictive pain pills than previously known to the public. Nope – not a typo. …


January 24, 2020

Death Rate from Alcohol Abuse Skyrockets for Women

The problem of alcohol abuse has been with humankind since its narcotic effects were first discovered over 9,000 years ago. And for much of history, it was a problem that afflicted men far more than women. And while that is still true, things in America are changing. New data from…


December 12, 2019

AWARE RECOVERY CARE OF FLORIDA AWARDED DUAL ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

Aware Recovery Care of Florida has just earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both Home Care and Behavioral Health Care by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and…


October 18, 2019

Fentanyl’s Deadly Rise and Deadly Toll

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain medication that is the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.  It’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It was initially developed for surgical cases and for end of life care. As a street drug, it’s now killing more Americans annually than…


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…


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)…


February 20, 2019

Addiction Policy Forum Again Recognizes Aware Recovery Care

Aware Recovery Care is proud to announce that the Addiction Policy Forum has, for the second year in a row, singled out our addiction treatment programs for innovations that are changing the field of addiction. The Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a…


January 08, 2019

Groundbreaking Opioid Addiction Treatment Program Arrives in Maine

Aware Recovery Care, an innovative and promising drug and alcohol addiction treatment program created in concert with addiction specialists at Yale University, has opened its doors in Maine. The program is unique in the nation. Aware Recovery Care’s unique and innovative in-home addiction treatment program was founded on the research-supported…


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…


October 16, 2018

Liver Disease Is on the Rise.  Why?

A few years ago, physicians, like Elliot Tapper at the University of Michigan Medical School, began noticing an alarming increase in the number of young adults seeking help for liver disease. Their observation led them on a quest to understand why. The medical journal BMJ has just published the results…


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.…


June 08, 2018

Could Family Therapy Be the Missing Key to Recovery Success?

Anyone struggling with addiction knows there are literally thousands of treatment options available in the U.S. And if you’re battling addiction – the chances are also very good that you’ve tried a number of these options without achieving long-term abstinence. Aware Recovery Care is the brainchild of addiction specialists at…


May 18, 2018

Dangerous Synthetic Marijuana Now in Circulation

Many think of marijuana and assume it is a relatively benign drug. After all, many states are moving to legalize its use and distribution. That benign view may now be changing with the arrival of dangerous synthetic versions. Physicians in different parts of the U.S. are now receiving patients in…


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…