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Public Opinion Shifts Toward Treating Drug Abuse as a Disease

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A recent report from the Pew Research Center has found a significant shift in public opinion toward treating addiction as a disease instead of a law enforcement issue, and a sense that legalization of marijuana might be inevitable. Sixty-seven percent of 1,821 people across the country who were surveyed said the government should focus more…
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First Aid Drug for Opioid Overdose

First Aid Drug for Opioid Overdose

In America, overdose death caused by opioids, including prescription pain medication and heroin, is on the rise. More than 16,000 people died due to opioid-related overdoses in 2010, according to the most recent data available from a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Opioid overdoses have now surpassed automobile accidents…
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April Is NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month

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The theme of Alcohol Awareness Month for 2014 is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” targeting underage drinking as a major public health issue. The intent is to raise public awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage dialogue about alcoholism and alcohol-related issues, emphasizing the need for intervention, treatment and recovery support. The National Council on Alcoholism…
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Fort Hood Shootings and Mental Health Stigma

Fort Hood Shootings And Mental Health Stigma

On Wednesday, April 2, the nation was devastated by news of a second mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, within five years. Specialist Ivan Lopez went on a shooting rampage, killing three people, wounding 16, and ending his own life. Last August, former U.S. Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the…
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The Visual Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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Drug and alcohol addiction has numerous consequences, including legal, social, psychological and physical. Drug awareness campaigns often emphasize these negative consequences, especially the health problems associated with substance abuse. Despite the best efforts of these awareness campaigns, there are still around 23.5 million Americans with substance abuse problems. A new video produced by Rehabs.com humanizes…
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Fighting Depression In Groups

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Depression is the most common mental health disorder in America; with about 14.8 million adults (6.7 percent of the population aged 18 and older) meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in a given year. Anyone of any gender, age, background, socioeconomic background, and race can develop depression, although it is more common in…
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Counseling Awareness Month

Counseling Awareness Month

To generate awareness about, and show appreciation for, the professional counselors working hard to bring health and wellbeing to clients, the American Counseling Association (ACA) designates April as Counseling Awareness Month. Professional counselors do not share as much of the limelight as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, or even life coaches, but they do much of…
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March Employee of the Month: Mitch Star

March Employee of the Month - Mitch Star

Mitch Star, Executive Assistant – Special Projects, was named Employee of the Month at the March staff luncheon in San Clemente. Mitch began working at Sovereign Health Group on May 20, 2013. His diligent work and willingness to go above and beyond to help his fellow employees – and the company – has not gone…
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Does the Love Hormone Play a Role in Addiction?

Does The Love Hormone Play A Role In Addiction?

Addiction is a complicated disease that develops due to a combination of genetic, biological, psychological and social factors. Research is still being conducted into the exact role these factors and others play in addiction, as well as what increases a person’s risk of becoming addicted to a substance or behavior. A recent review of research…
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Medical Marijuana For PTSD

Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Over 20 states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana, and two have legalized personal use of the drug, although it remains prohibited at the federal level. More than 1 million Americans currently use marijuana for medical purposes, typically for chronic pain, persistent nausea, cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, or glaucoma. However, there has been limited…
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Report Estimates Illegal Drug Expenditures at Over $100 Billion Annually

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A new report says that people who use illegal drugs in the United States spend approximately $109 billion a year on marijuana, cocaine (including crack), methamphetamine and heroin. While the total figure has been stable over the period from 2000 through 2010, patterns of spending have shifted. In 2010, an estimated $41 billion was spent…
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Expression Of Art Or Glamorizing Bulimia?

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Lady Gaga’s March 13, 2014 SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival performance in Austin, Texas, left many people with a bad taste in their mouths. Lady Gaga is known for her flashy and bizarre performances, and this performance is not the first to make headlines. In this latest controversial performance, Gaga had artist Millie Brown, known…
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The Dangerous, Hidden Condition Diabulimia

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A new eating disorder, dubbed “diabulimia” by the media, has begun attracting interest. Unlike most eating disorders, diabulimia occurs in one specific demographic: people with type 1 diabetes. Eating disorders are dangerous conditions requiring professional assistance to overcome. Without treatment, eating disorders can lead to numerous health problems in every major body system, especially the…
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Staff Profile: Ben Kaneaiakala

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This month, Ben Kaneaiakala, the recently appointed Director of Operations – West Coast at Sovereign Health Group, joined us to discuss his background and his excitement about his new role. What is your background, including your education and work experience? I started off in the field 25 years ago when I went into treatment for…
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