International Overdose Awareness Day

Did you know that drug overdose rates are increasing sharply year after year and resulted in about 100,000 deaths in 2021 – compared with only 11,000 overdose deaths in 1999, according to the National Safety Council?  Opioids play a role in about 70 percent of these deaths. And it’s so important to understand that pills and other substances you might get off the streets – including marijuana – may be laced with fentanyl or other addictive components. So why are people subjecting themselves to these substances and why are others [...]

2023-08-23T14:33:17-04:00August 17th, 2023|Addiction & Recovery|

Avoiding the Holiday Pressure to Drink

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many people – especially for the 18 million Americans who have an alcohol use disorder as holiday celebrations often center around alcohol. The CDC has found that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day sees a dramatic increase in DUI offenses and other alcohol-related issues. Seventy percent of people report higher alcohol use during the last two weeks of December. People drink for many reasons. They may drink to feel relaxed, because they enjoy the taste, or because they feel [...]

2023-02-07T12:08:50-05:00December 5th, 2022|Addiction & Recovery, Holidays|

Addiction Recovery Resources: From pop culture to worksheets

Searching for DIY addiction recovery resources? There are millions, so we’ve created a manageable list of addiction recovery activities and tools to help anyone at any stage of their recovery journey.  Helpful resources on your Smart Phone Addiction recovery apps put resources right at your fingertips, and many are free. Rising to the top of “Best Apps” lists are reSET and reSET-O, FDA-approved addiction recovery apps. Two other popular choices are Headspace, a mindfulness tool and Sober Grid, for peer support, progress tracking, and more. Pop culture: Entertainment, creativity and [...]

2023-02-07T12:10:23-05:00December 1st, 2022|Addiction & Recovery|

Hope, Help & Healing: Gambling and Suicide Prevention

Philadelphia is a city known for our sports teams and fans, who are the most knowledgeable and passionate. As an avid Eagles fan, I've noticed that every commercial break has sports betting advertisements for companies like FanDuel or Draftkings. Even sports analysts are promoting the apps and promising risk-free betting. We know that there is no such thing as risk-free betting. Not everyone who gambles develops a problem, but with the increased access (more casinos, online gambling, and sports betting) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a [...]

2022-09-17T15:05:51-04:00September 26th, 2022|Addiction & Recovery, Suicide Prevention|
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