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Opening the Door to Treatment

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
Dixon, Illinois is the kind of place that comes to mind when you think of middle America. It was President Ronald Reagan’s hometown, after all, and it still retains much of its old-time charm. This community of some 15,000 people is now the home of farms, small shops … and addiction. Addiction isn’t restricted to major cities. People in rural areas are just as susceptible as those in the Inner City. But there’s one big difference: people living in those rural areas face more barriers to getting treatment.
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When Recovery is the Better Option

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

For people struggling with addiction in Lake County, Illinois, time wasn’t on their side. Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, this populous Midwestern county faced two serious problems. It was taking way too long for people who were ready to receive help to get into treatment. And a growing number of them were dying as a result of that long delay. For a decade, local officials watched helplessly as addiction-related issues went from bad to worse, to worse still.  
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Back to Basics: Foundations of Self-Care for Everyone

By Caroline DuPont, MD on June 8, 2019

Family members often feel overwhelmed and upset by the complex, emotional responsibilities of trying to help their loved one with a substance use disorder. It can feel hard to think about anything else, but it’s important to understand that it is difficult to help someone else if you don’t also take steps to care for yourself. If you are struggling, find some time – even if only a few minutes each day – to focus on self-care. As they say on airplanes - put on your own oxygen mask first before helping another passenger.

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Risks of Opioid & Alcohol Use for Women Increase with Age

By Mark Gold, MD on June 6, 2019

Alcohol use is very prevalent among Americans - more than half of U.S. adults drank last month - and alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death after tobacco and poor diet/physical inactivity.1,2 When coupled with prescription opioid use, drinking becomes especially dangerous.3 Women are at high-risk of experiencing these adverse health effects, which worsen with age. A recent study illuminates the repercussions of concurrent alcohol and prescription opioid use in older women.

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Veterans Affairs Uses Predictive Model to Reduce Opioid Risks

By Mark Gold, MD on May 30, 2019

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Ask a Counselor: What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

By Addiction Resource Center on May 29, 2019

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