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from my inbox: this is from B (day 299). “I used to think that booze was medicine, that it would help me with life’s ills. I was compelled to drink because if I didn’t then something terrible would happen – I would have to face real life sober.  Even if I didn’t feel like drinking, […]

Nature: the cure for your mind, body, and spirit

The sunrays gracing your skin, the cool breeze in your hair, the crickets chirping in the distance: there is a sense of serenity that comes along with being outdoors. Not only is nature a beautiful escape from everyday reality but it can have life changing effects, particularly on those recovering from substance abuse. Countless studies … Continued

Safe space for illegal drug consumption in Baltimore would save $6 million a year

$6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single 'safe consumption' space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore, a new cost-benefit analysis suggests.

SGR Ep144 - How to Stop Making Excuses and Become a New Man with Tripp Lanier

Tripp Lanier is not an alcoholic, but he is a dude who enjoys coaching other dudes and top entrepreneurs around the world to get out of the shallow end of the pool, redefine success, and align their work with what they were put on this Earth to do. Show More Summary

Ben Harper Drugs Don't Work

No matter what happened or how tired you are... Everyone has something they are fearful of. Fear breeds more fear - it becomes like an amoeba, engulfing your vision, your dreams, your self belief. Fear leads to inaction. Simply - why...Show More Summary

How Many “Firsts” Can One Woman Have in Recovery?

I am continuously surprised by the “firsts” in my sobriety. After almost four years, you’d think I would have done all the things I did drunk, sober. I know I write about widening the path to recovery all the time, but I am amazed by how wide it really is. Show More Summary

Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified

With the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won't be far behind.

Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youths

Street gang membership, criminal activities provide deviant leisure activities for at-risk youths, suggests a new study.

Rise in lung adenocarcinoma linked to 'light' cigarette use

So-called 'light' cigarettes have no health benefits to smokers and have likely contributed to the rise of a certain form of lung cancer that occurs deep in the lungs, new research has found.

Smokers will spend around £2000 a year on cigarettes as plain, standardized packs come into full force

All tobacco products sold in the UK will now come in plain standardized packaging, as decades of harmful marketing tactics by the tobacco industry draw to a close.

Popular weight-loss surgery puts patients at high risk for alcohol problems

One in five patients who undergo one of the most popular weight-loss surgical procedures is likely to develop problems with alcohol, with symptoms sometimes not appearing until years after their surgery, according to one of the largest, longest-running studies of adults who got weight-loss surgery.

Nonprescription use of Ritalin linked to adverse side effects, study finds

New research has explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.

Trying new marijuana products and edibles is associated with unexpected highs

Unexpected highs are a consequence of using new marijuana products and edibles, products that have flooded the marijuana market since legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Combining heroin, commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths

The recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for a range of neurological disorders is closely correlated with a rise in the number of overdose deaths in England and Wales, a multi-disciplinary study has shown. Show More Summary

Who in Europe drinks the most? The rich

For the first time, researchers have found a way to compare how much alcohol Europeans drink. And Britain, Ireland and Portugal top the list.

Bullying's lasting impact

A new study found that kids who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to suffer from depression in seventh grade; and have a greater likelihood of using alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in tenth grade.

Alcohol marketing in popular movies doubles in past two decades

Alcohol brand placements in popular movies of all ratings nearly doubled during the past two decades, new research shows, but particularly in child-rated movies. Researchers found the alcohol brands on the movie set are often those young people report drinking the most.

Neuroscientists seek brain basis of craving in addiction and binge eating

A new article details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists have now proposed a quantitative model for drug addiction research. The model focuses on craving: the intense, urgent feeling of needing or wanting drugs. Their ongoing research and subsequent findings have the potential to open a new frontier of alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

Antidepressant may enhance drug delivery to the brain

Pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting the blood-brain barrier in rats, new research shows. The blood-brain barrier serves as a natural, protective boundary, preventing most drugs from entering the brain.

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