Substance Abuse Articles and Resources

Addiction Hope is dedicated to providing timely and helpful information on the dangers of various drugs as well as alcohol. Continue reading below to see our latest blog posts on substance abuse. Under the “Substance Abuse Navigation” menu, you can click on the drop-down arrow to see evergreen, general information on dozens of individual drugs, including prescription substances.

Middle-Aged Suicide & Addiction

Man standing outside Contributor: Staff Member of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Suicide is a tragic and all-too-common issue in our country, surpassing motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of injury mortality and ranking as the 10th leading cause of death among persons 10 and older [1]. Suicide and Middle-Age Recent statistics show that suicide is at a [...]
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Acute Stress Management in Our Sad Era of Terrorism

Woman in hat struggling with stress Everyone experiences pain, whether it be physical or mental. When pain becomes too intense to handle, as humans, we attempt to find a solution to cope. Some examples of coping with physical or mental pain can be consuming large amounts of alcohol or other drugs, engaging in bingeing and/or purging, or inflicting harm to oneself. [...]
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The Process of Medical Stabilization for Opiate Addiction

Woman struggling with addiction Contributor: Sonja K. Negrean, RN BS, Assistant Director of Nursing at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center It is so easy to become addicted to opiates and so very difficult to break that addiction. Opiate drugs, this includes heroin, impact an individual on every level, physically, mentally and emotionally. Detox from opioid drugs is not quick [...]
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How Opiates Uniquely Affect the Developing Teenage Brain

Sad teen boy Misuse of prescription drugs is now ranked only second in prevalence to that of marijuana in the United States. The young adolescents are identified as the age group with the highest rates of prescribed opiates abuse with 5.9 percent reporting nonmedical use. What makes matters even more concerning is that young adolescence is essentially characterized [...]
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Netflix Documentary “Heroin(e)” Highlights Opioid Epidemic

Remote control showing netflix button Contributor: Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Individual and Family Therapy at Timberline Knolls. Opioid-related destruction has increased to such a large degree that it is now considered an epidemic, with visits for non-medical use of prescription opioids more than doubling from 2004 to 2011[1]. Even more upsetting is the fact that opioid-related deaths have [...]
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