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The Opioid Crisis in Florida: Scary Facts in the Sunshine State

The Opioid Crisis Opioids and opiates are drugs that are made from the opium poppy plant, and that act as "downers". The substances in the drug act directly in opioid receptors of the brain, which are popularly referred to as "pleasure receptors". Legal, lab-produced...

Drug Rehab Center Success Rates: Why Can't We Find Them?

No matter how many good reviews a treatment center receives or how passionately they promise to ensure quality care, some people understandably find it hard to trust anything other than hard data. Unfortunately, such people will find it nearly impossible to find...

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Answers to Important Drug and Alcohol Recovery Questions

Recovery from a deeply rooted problem such as drug and alcohol addiction does not occur overnight. It requires time, structure, and the support of those who understand the process. Those seeking to recover from addiction will undoubtedly want to know more about this...

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Addiction as a Family Disease: Stories of Hope

Addiction as a Family Disease: Stories of Hope

To those who have lived and struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, it should come as no surprise that addiction is generally considered to be a family disease. It’s something that we’ve covered numerous times, whether discussing the family’s role in staging a...

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Dangers of Substance Abuse: Fertility and Childbirth

Dangers of Substance Abuse: Fertility and Childbirth

“Will they be happy? Will they be healthy? Will I be good enough to give them the life they need? What if I can’t do it?” These are questions that plague just about every new parent. There are even some out there who desperately want to be parents, but will constantly...

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Addict Personality Myths Debunked

Addict Personality Myths Debunked

Whether or not we wish to admit it, we all have our own beliefs regarding the typical addict personality. The problem is that some of us have a much broader view on this than others. That is usually because we have met numerous other addicts, either through social...

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Vivitrol Treatment and How It Works

Vivitrol Treatment and How It Works

Some time back, we published a mother’s thoughts on medication assisted treatment (MAT), including the most common arguments both for and against this particular recovery tool and how it fits into the overall recovery process, especially the Florida Model of...

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Children of Addiction: How Do We Help Them?

Children of Addiction: How Do We Help Them?

“Please, please, please – don’t let her be drunk.” Those were the words of my little prayer, the one I would whisper to myself every day, over and over, as I walked home from school and stood with my hand on the front door handle to my childhood house -- from the time...

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Legal Issues Faced by Addicts: How Can We Help?

Legal Issues Faced by Addicts: How Can We Help?

In our recent article regarding the tragic life of Amy Winehouse, we chronicled the story of her substance abuse during every year between 2005 and her death due to alcohol poisoning in 2011. Aside from the outline of her struggles with substance dependency itself,...

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Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

Those who are unfamiliar with the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction may think that the issue is cut and dry. After all, if addiction is truly a disease, then there certainly must be a cure. Unfortunately, however, this is not quite the case. Many people relapse...

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Signs of Addiction to Watch Out For

Signs of Addiction to Watch Out For

If you’re reading this, then it means one of two things. Either you think that someone close to you might be struggling with addiction, or you think that you might have a problem yourself. And you shouldn’t feel alone, because we at Amethyst have experienced addiction...

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Addiction and the Negative Feedback Loop

Addiction and the Negative Feedback Loop

The cycle of addiction is one that’s all too often unbroken. However, with professional help, your loved one can not only get over his or her issues, but they can go on to live healthy and prosperous lives.

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5 Major Costs of Drug Abuse

5 Major Costs of Drug Abuse

It is important to understand how the impact, ramification, and costs of drug abuse has on the personal, familial, societal, financial and legal aspects of our lives.

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A Mother Who Understands Addiction in The Family

A Mother Who Understands Addiction in The Family

Hi Everyone - This is a message for all of you Moms and Dads out there who have just discovered that your son or daughter is an addict.  I know - you are beyond scared; actually, terrified is a much more accurate word.  I have been down the same road, for over five...

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