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Everything You Need to Know About Opioid Overdoses

By |2019-09-11T16:47:20-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin, Opioids|

The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency, but many people don't think about the potential consequences of opioid abuse until it's too late. If a loved one is taking opioids, even if they've been prescribed by a doctor, it's vital that you educate yourself about signs of a potential overdose. What Causes an Opioid [...]

10 Facts You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

By |2019-09-11T17:10:58-04:00November 19th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Heroin, Opioids, Relapse|

The opioid epidemic was first declared a public health emergency in 2017. If you are struggling with opioid abuse or believe a loved one may be in need of addiction treatment, there are some important facts to consider as you decide how to best proceed with the recovery process. 1. Over 100 People Die of [...]

Opioid Epidemic Creates a Blurred Line Between Dependency and Abuse

By |2021-01-29T12:35:03-05:00October 8th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Heroin, Opioids|

With the opioid epidemic making headlines every week, it's understandable to be worried about the risk of addiction if you or someone you love has been prescribed opioids. However, you must remember that opioid medication does play a vital role in the management of chronic pain for certain individuals. It does these patients a disservice [...]

Unintended Addictions to Prescription Painkillers Pose a Serious Threat

By |2019-09-11T16:55:15-04:00May 21st, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin|

Although the general public often assumes anyone in rehab actively set out to develop an addiction, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, most people who struggle with an addiction to prescription painkillers originally took their medication exactly as prescribed. Prescription painkillers are often viewed as safer than illegal drugs, but this misconception [...]

Signs of Opioid Addiction

By |2020-02-11T17:39:23-05:00August 9th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin|

Opioid abuse remains a serious public health issue throughout the United States. This is, however, an often misunderstood type of addiction, since many people who use opioid pain medication have a valid reason for doing so and abusers often begin due to an appropriately diagnosed medical condition. About Opioids Opioids are a type of narcotic [...]

Prescription Pain Medication: a Gateway to Heroin

By |2019-09-11T17:14:31-04:00June 2nd, 2014|Heroin|

WPSU radio station wanted to discuss the increased use of heroin and the inherent dangers.  One of our graduates joined me for the interview and made a great contribution.  Emily was celebrating her third anniversary of sobriety and we are so proud of her.  She is proof that heroin can be beaten and life in [...]

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Pittsburgh, Heroin, and the Road to Hell

By |2020-10-19T11:03:10-04:00May 28th, 2014|Heroin|

Not long ago a mother from Pittsburgh called me seeking help for her daughter. She described a two year journey that began when her daughter started taking prescription meds for knee surgery.  The family assumed the surgery had not gone well when she continued to take pain pills months after the operation, and it was [...]

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Dear Heroin, I want a divorce. I want a new life.

By |2019-09-11T17:16:34-04:00April 30th, 2014|Heroin|

It’s frustrating.  No matter how terrible the impact of heroin has been on a user’s life, they keep returning to the same sick relationship.  The dependence is so great that the resolve to stop using can easily crumble.  Why is it so hard to break free from opiate addiction?  Why is it so hard to [...]

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10 Reasons to Hate Heroin

By |2020-02-11T17:14:59-05:00April 11th, 2014|Heroin|

There was a time when heroin was seen as the drug used by those who had tumbled deep into the drug culture.  It would never be found in nice neighborhoods or on the campuses of good schools.  Heroin was not the drug that most parents feared would transform their children and destroy their dreams.  All [...]

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The Case Against Methadone, Suboxone and Other Medication-Assisted Treatments for Addiction

By |2019-09-11T16:58:02-04:00July 3rd, 2013|Heroin, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

I spend a lot of time talking to families determined to find help for a loved one who is addicted to drugs.  Inevitably the conversation includes the questions: “Aren’t there some medications that will make them stop?” “I’ve heard about Suboxone, is that the answer?” “Will Vivitrol cure my son’s addiction?” How wonderful it would [...]

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