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.

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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How to Recognize Opioid Abuse in Loved Ones

Friends discussing opioid Abuse Contributor: Megan Wilson, BS, CADC, Addiction Specialist Coordinator, Timberline Knolls Residential Center You may be concerned that a loved one is abusing opioids. Examples of opioids are heroin, morphine, codeine, and other prescription pain medications. These substances come in several different forms and can be used orally, intravenously, smoked, or snorted. Opioids could be obtained [...]
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How Scripture can Deliver You from the Grasp of Addiction

Three crosses with sunset behind it There have been volumes written on how to beat addiction, and while much of it is helpful and has merit, so many of the strategies lack power for any real lasting change. Could it be seeing the way forward is as simple as looking back? Let me suggest that, perhaps, in our zeal for “self-help” [...]
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