The Top Articles on Heroin and Addiction in 2016

I always keep an eye in the news for addiction studies, articles and generally any new information about recovering. I read a lot so I can share with you the most important news  because I think America as a whole reached a new level of awareness about heroin and addiction in 2016.

The ones I’ve listed below were some of the most interesting information on addiction and treatment I found in 2016. I believe you’ll find them highly informative and helpful. Try to read each with an open mind and try to view each objectively without too much emotion. And I encourage you to examine what the articles mean to you on a personal level. Remember, recovery from drug and heroin addiction is about learning and understanding a new and better way to live each and every day.

The Great 8: Top Articles On Addiction and Recovery in 2016

1. This Neuroscientists argues that addiction is not a disease and the rehab industry is bullsh*t? Vice.com

Take a look at this interesting article on a very controversial subject. This article isn’t perfect but I think the author makes some very valid points on what works best for recovery after addiction.

2. Brain Hacking Alternative to Ritalin – Motherboard.com

Although this article doesn’t discuss opiate addiction, you can still take a lot away from this. Contrary to popular belief there are many hacks that can help you learn and improve something much better much faster. This article shares something interesting studies and stats on what other things can help replace the addiction habit.

3. Slowed Gov Enforcement While the Opioid Epidemic Grew Out of Control – Washingtonpost.com

This is a fascinating well written article by the Washington Post about how the government and big pharma are working hand in hand together to write America’s drug policies and the legalities related to them.

4. Neighbors Treating Neighbors for Depression and Alcoholism with Success – npr.com

Great article on how just talking to someone about your problems a little bit each day make a huge difference in our happiness and fulfills in life. This is  must read.

5. The Front Lines of America’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic – npr.com 

This is a true journey one writer takes into the middle of the heroin, narcotic and opiate addiction problem and finds out what’s really going on. For someone trying to understand the scope of the heroin addiction in some cities and towns across America.

6. How Pharma Just Stole Your Tax Dollars – Mercola.com

This article might make you mad. Basically lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies have gotten Obama to sign a law that forces medicine and health mandates on American’s that may be actually harmful to you.

7. Can You Get Over an Addiction? – New York Times

This is a good article that explains we often need to reconsider the way we treat addiction in order to get better. It might open peoples mind to a better way to treat and talk about addiction.

8. Anatomy of Addiction: How Heroin and Opioids High Jack the Brain – npr.com

This is a really good article on how heroin and opioids get people hooked long term. It explains in detail how addiction happens psychologically and physically.

I hope these articles were of value to you.

You have decided now is the time for you to say goodbye to your addiction pain killers. Great! But you have a problem – you do not want to go to an inpatient rehab and even outpatient rehab makes you shiver just thinking about it.

That is okay – you can do it at home, but you have to have support. Just like any other addiction, recovering from painkiller addiction requires plenty of dedication and knowledge. Even if you think you have got this in the bag, you need support. Unless you take the right steps, you are going to end up right where you left off.

Can you just call up your family and friends and let them know what you are doing? You could, but that might not do you much good. Unless they are well versed in addiction problems and know what is going to happen during the process, they will not be much help. You want them there, but you need other support too. Be sure to check out our article on addiction accountability partners.

So what do you do? Once you commit to quitting your addiction, you can move forward. Set a date, take your final pill and then start the detox process. The next step is to get help. Here are a few resources to get you going.

9. Find a 12-Step Meeting

The one thing you will need the most of when you are in addiction recovery is support. Sure, you could get it from your family and friends, but if none of them have ever gone through addiction, they might not be as supportive as you need. You need to be with people that understand exactly what you are going through and can guide you through the process as occurs at 12-step meetings. This 12-step meeting finder will help you find the meeting closest to your area just by putting in your zip code. You can then decide from there which meeting you want to attend.

10. Find Sober Living Houses

If you are fresh out of rehab or even if you detoxed on your own, it can be hard to live alone afterwards. With the temptations to go back to your addiction around every corner, sometimes a sober living house is a better option. Cornerstone Care Centers provide free services to help you find a sober living house in your area. If you are eligible, they also provide financial assistance with your housing to help make the process even easier to go through. In addition, they provide family counseling/education to help make your environment as supportive as possible.

11, Find SMART Recovery Meetings for the Opiate Addiction

SMART Recovery meetings are different from the 12-step method. This 4-step method deals with motivating you to get sober, dealing with cravings, reframing your thoughts, and learning to balance your life. The meetings are free to attend and they even offer 24/7 online support so that you are never alone in the recovery process. Visit their website to find a meeting in your area!

12. Get Support Online or offline from Narcotics Anonymous

You might not want to attend an NA meeting in person, but you can still get the support at home around-the-clock. NA online provides you with access to chat rooms filled with people just like you. Professionals do not recommend that you replace in person meetings with the online chat, but rather supplement your visits with the online support, giving you support 24/7, so make sure you get to in person meetings once in a while as well. Click here to find a NA meeting meeting near you.

13 Exercise, go for a walk, and Get Outside of the House

Once you detox and are in the recovery phase, you need to get out of the house. Just sitting around staring at four walls is going to drive you crazy. Instead, find something productive to do with your time. One of the best things you can do is volunteering your time. By helping people in need, you can make yourself feel good, which can further your desire to stay sober. If you do not know where to volunteer in your area, check out Volunteer Match where you can find the perfect opportunity in your area. Check out our article on weight lifting for another reason to get out of the house.

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At home recovery is not impossible, but it does take some dedication and hard work. You will likely need supplements and you should not hesitate to get medical attention should you not feel right. Not every detox process goes as planned, so make sure that 911 is a part of your resource guide.

If you let your family and friends know of your plans to detox, hopefully they will check in on you too so that you know you are in good hands. Once you detox, though, you will still need help. Check out the above resources to help you get started on the road to the right support. No matter how strong you think you are, you need people in your corner when the going gets tough and trust me, it is going to get tough time and time again. And don’t forget to check out our at-home detox supplements.

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You have decided now is the time for you to say goodbye to your addiction pain killers. Great! But you have a problem – you do not want to go to an inpatient rehab and even outpatient rehab makes you shiver just thinking about it.

That is okay – you can do it at home, but you have to have support. Just like any other addiction, recovering from painkiller addiction requires plenty of dedication and knowledge. Even if you think you have got this in the bag, you need support. Unless you take the right steps, you are going to end up right where you left off.

Can you just call up your family and friends and let them know what you are doing? You could, but that might not do you much good. Unless they are well versed in addiction problems and know what is going to happen during the process, they will not be much help. You want them there, but you need other support too. Be sure to check out our article on addiction accountability partners.

So what do you do? Once you commit to quitting your addiction, you can move forward. Set a date, take your final pill and then start the detox process. The next step is to get help. Here are a few resources to get you going.

Find a 12-Step Meeting

The one thing you will need the most of when you are in addiction recovery is support. Sure, you could get it from your family and friends, but if none of them have ever gone through addiction, they might not be as supportive as you need. You need to be with people that understand exactly what you are going through and can guide you through the process as occurs at 12-step meetings. This 12-step meeting finder will help you find the meeting closest to your area just by putting in your zip code. You can then decide from there which meeting you want to attend.

Find Sober Living Houses

If you are fresh out of rehab or even if you detoxed on your own, it can be hard to live alone afterwards. With the temptations to go back to your addiction around every corner, sometimes a sober living house is a better option. Cornerstone Care Centers provide free services to help you find a sober living house in your area. If you are eligible, they also provide financial assistance with your housing to help make the process even easier to go through. In addition, they provide family counseling/education to help make your environment as supportive as possible.

Find SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery meetings are different from the 12-step method. This 4-step method deals with motivating you to get sober, dealing with cravings, reframing your thoughts, and learning to balance your life. The meetings are free to attend and they even offer 24/7 online support so that you are never alone in the recovery process. Visit their website to find a meeting in your area!

Get Support Online from NA

You might not want to attend an NA meeting in person, but you can still get the support at home around-the-clock. NA online provides you with access to chat rooms filled with people just like you. Professionals do not recommend that you replace in person meetings with the online chat, but rather supplement your visits with the online support, giving you support 24/7, so make sure you get to in person meetings once in a while as well. Click here to find a NA meeting meeting near you.

Get Out of the House

Once you detox and are in the recovery phase, you need to get out of the house. Just sitting around staring at four walls is going to drive you crazy. Instead, find something productive to do with your time. One of the best things you can do is volunteering your time. By helping people in need, you can make yourself feel good, which can further your desire to stay sober. If you do not know where to volunteer in your area, check out Volunteer Match where you can find the perfect opportunity in your area. Check out our article on weight lifting for another reason to get out of the house.

An At-Home Recovery is Possible

At home recovery is not impossible, but it does take some dedication and hard work. You will likely need supplements and you should not hesitate to get medical attention should you not feel right. Not every detox process goes as planned, so make sure that 911 is a part of your resource guide.

If you let your family and friends know of your plans to detox, hopefully they will check in on you too so that you know you are in good hands. Once you detox, though, you will still need help. Check out the above resources to help you get started on the road to the right support. No matter how strong you think you are, you need people in your corner when the going gets tough and trust me, it is going to get tough time and time again. And don’t forget to check out our at-home detox supplements.

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