How Group Therapy Helps Relapse Prevention

How Group Therapy Helps Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention and sustainable recovery from substance use disorder requires a roadmap. According to Serenity Acres Treatment Center Clinical Director David Semanco, it’s important to begin treatment with the end goal in mind. “At Serenity Acres, we...
What is the China White Drug?

What is the China White Drug?

The China White drug is a synthetic version of furanyl fentanyl. China White became a substitute for heroin derived from fentanyl, an opioid prescription drug that can be ingested, injected or inhaled. Other street names of heroin cut with fentanyl include White China...
Secondhand Drinking: Living With an Alcoholic

Secondhand Drinking: Living With an Alcoholic

Living with an alcoholic partner or family member often means being caught in the undertow of their disease. In one way or another, as a “concerned other,” you become part of that alcohol use disorder’s collateral damage. It can be incredibly stressful, and...
Does Addiction Treatment Work?

Does Addiction Treatment Work?

They say there are many roads to recovery, but relapse feels like a trip back to the beginning. Starting over, you may wonder if addiction treatment will ever work. However, a landmark government report on addiction offers evidence it does. According to Facing...
Striking Out Against Addiction

Striking Out Against Addiction

Drug addiction doesn’t discriminate. Many roads lead to its bitter destination. Sammy Stewart, former pitcher for the 1983 World Series Champion Baltimore Orioles, provides a tragic recent example. Though he had the nerve to pitch 12 scoreless innings that postseason,...
The Truth is the Antidote to Stigma

The Truth is the Antidote to Stigma

“All politics is local,” former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said. The truism also applies to epidemics. In one way or another, the rampaging opioid crisis impacts every state, town, and neighborhood. Federal authorities labelled it...
Grieving Mother Fights Opioid Epidemic

Grieving Mother Fights Opioid Epidemic

“Half your heart is gone and can never be whole again.” So wrote one grieving mother, Sue Kruczek, about the loss of her beloved 20-year-old son, Nick, to a heroin overdose. By then, in early 2017, Nick had been gone for four years. “Losing a child to addiction...
Happy Renewal Year!

Happy Renewal Year!

A vintage illustration of the holiday season’s end depicts a wizened old man alongside a diapered baby. These are classic representations of the year almost gone and the new year aborning: Out with the old, in with the new. Painful memories can make the holidays a...