Controlled Substances

Is Practicing Mindfulness Powerful Enough to Overcome and Recover from Opioid Abuse?

Recent studies show that the number of people suffering from an opioid substance use disorder declined considerably after participating in mindfulness practice. Within the mindfulness practice research, participants who focused on breathing, body sensations, and emotional response experienced a reduction in substance cravings and had greater control over powerful impulses to use. The mindfulness study …

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Can Travel be the Ultimate Test of Your Sobriety? Tips for Sober Travel

  Whether for pleasure or business, traveling can be challenging for those working hard to stay sober. Traveling can feel like the ultimate test of your sobriety.  With a little planning and foresight, you can minimize the risk and enjoy travel keeping these tips in mind: Become familiar with your destination When researching a vacation …

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How Do I Know if I have an Addiction?

As a clinician, I am often asked how addiction is determined. From a clinical standpoint, addiction can be diagnosed using a set of criteria. One of the most common and widely used diagnoses tools in the United States is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The DSM is developed through the American Psychological Association (APA). …

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What Do An Astronaut, Actor, Senator, Game Show Host, And Cy Young Award Winning Baseball Player Have In Common?

In 1799, in Native America, The Handsome Lake Movement was formed as a support program for people struggling with Substance Use Disorder. In the 1950’s the American Medical Association (AMA) assigned a list of symptomology to Substance Use Disorder. In 1976, in an effort to dispel the myths people held about only poor or unsuccessful people being impacted by addiction, …

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