New York Tries To Tax Prescription Opioids Again

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The state of New York passed a bill on April 1 creating a tax on opioid medications. This bill was the second bill that taxed opioids. The first bill was declared unconstitutional because it affected other states. According to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, this tax is intended to help reduce the severity of the opioid epidemic in the state … Read More

How Long Does Heroin Stay in Your System?

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With a half-life of approximately three minutes, heroin can leave the system in about a half hour. However, the chemicals it breaks down to can be detected for months in some cases. After using heroin, it typically takes four to six hours before the substance will be registered by most drug tests. From the time of usage, it will be … Read More

Lessons to Learn From 2019 Drug Trends in Florida

Drug trends in Florida appear to be similar to those seen in other states. There are several state agencies and task forces that not only collect data about substance misuse in the Sunshine State but also make policy recommendations to lawmakers to expand treatment resources and stem the flow of illicit substances. According to several recent reports, there are several … Read More

Why Is Family Therapy So Important in Florida Drug Rehab?

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Drug addiction is not just an individual problem. It is a family crisis that has happened many times throughout history. Addiction affects parents, brothers and sisters, children and even friends, who are sometimes just as close as family. The fact that family members care for one another makes it impossible to sever the emotional tie, not that you would want … Read More

9 Things You Should Know about Cocaine Addiction in Florida

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Cocaine has made headlines for decades. Superstars and celebrities die from cocaine addiction. So do seemingly average people who think they can use it once in a while, and people on the fringe of society who are addicted to multiple drugs. The appeal of cocaine is energy and euphoria. If you ask 10 users, you will probably hear the same … Read More

Knowing The Language: Substance Use Disorders

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Many terms are commonly thrown around when talking about substance use disorders—addiction, dependence, abuse, tolerance, withdrawal, etc. Many of these terms are used either incorrectly, or with limited understanding, and can be troublesome when trying to overcome and understand substance use related problems. As medical knowledge changes, so does the terminology, and in 2013, the American Psychological Association updated the … Read More

Family Roles Within Addiction [Infographic]

Battling addiction is a team effort. Those who are suffering do not suffer alone, nor do they recover from addiction single-handedly without any support. Though there may only be one person who is exclusively victimized, the effects of substance dependence spreads far beyond one target. While some individuals may react more negatively than others to the family affair, others may respond with … Read More

Dealing with an Alcoholic in the Family

Holidays are a festive time of family and celebration, but also can be a time of concern for a family member who struggles with alcoholism. Dealing with an alcoholic is painful and you may feel there is no solution to the problem. You are not alone and effective resources are available.   What are the warning signs of alcoholism as … Read More

The Roles We Play: Addiction Family Roles Explored

Overcoming addiction is a team effort; when one member falls victim to substance abuse it’s the rest of family’s duty to lift them back up. And in doing so, each family member is called to fulfill a certain role – a position in which they may not normally occupy, but a role in which they naturally adapt. Though most of … Read More

You Want To Get Sober, Now What?

  Eventually, you get to the point when enough is enough. You get sick and tired of being sick and tired and that’s when you know you need to change your life. Putting down the drugs and alcohol and being willing to change your life is a big deal. You have the desire to get sober, but now what? Here … Read More