Category: addiction labels

Smashing Stigma about Recovery

There has been a lot of stigma about addiction. Society portrays people with substance use issues as outsiders, miscreants, living on the street and on the fringe of society. But we know that addiction is me. It is you. It …

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How Can I Overcome the Stigma of Addiction?

One of the most unfortunate components that society adds to addiction is the stigma. Despite so many advances in medicine and learning about all facets of addiction, people cling to outdated characterizations and ignorant belief systems that distance them from …

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Declaration of the Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

Declaration of the Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

On Thursday Oct 26th, President Donald Trump declared the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency. How did we get here? In 2016, according to the CDC, more than 64,000 people died from opioid-related drug overdoses. In particular, the offenders are …

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Opioid in Addiction Crisis

Nikki Sixx: Take it from a recovering addict, a lot more could be done to end the opioid crisis – LA Times

Heroin is an increasing problem and a very dangerous addiction.  The following is an except from a real-life story of addiction and help to recovery: “Heroin nearly killed me. As a matter of fact, it did: For two minutes in …

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There Are No Addicts

One can easily argue that this country’s drug problem is as bad today as it’s ever been. The number of Americans with a diagnosable Substance Use Disorder (SUDs) now exceeds 24 million. As the opiate scourge continues to spread, the …

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Happy St Patrick’s Day From AToN Center

Since arriving in this country in the mid-nineteenth century, the Irish have carved out a large niche for themselves. The annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in this country, with cities large and small hosting parades to honor Celtic heritage, …

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For Success in Rehab, Drop the Labels

Visit any AA 12 step meeting, and you’ll hear the familiar, “Hi, I’m Joe, and I’m an alcoholic.” For many, this is a cathartic reckoning: admit the problem, and then take positive steps to overcome it. For others, this kind …

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