Addiction

Anne’s Story: Recovery IS Possible

Anne’s Story: Recovery IS Possible

Announcing Peer Empowered Recovery Community Solutions (PERCS)   Formerly known as Ark Valley Recovery, the mission of PERCS is to walk side by side with those who are navigating their own unique recovery journey from addition to alcohol and/or other drugs.  Our trained recovery coaches have lived experience in addiction and have a passion for helping others find their own pathways…

Laura’s Story–Recovery IS Possible!

Laura’s Story–Recovery IS Possible!

Announcing Ark Valley Recovery   Our mission is to walk side by side with those who are navigating their own unique recovery journey from addition to alcohol and/or other drugs.  Our trained recovery coaches have lived experience in addiction and have a passion for helping others find their own pathways to achieve and sustain their recovery.  Their strong message of hope…

Andy’s Story–Recovery IS Possible!

Andy’s Story–Recovery IS Possible!

Announcing Ark Valley Recovery   Our mission is to walk side by side with those who are navigating their own unique recovery journey from addition to alcohol and/or other drugs.  Our trained recovery coaches have lived experience in addiction and have a passion for helping others find their own pathways to achieve and sustain their recovery.  Their strong message of hope…

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail Recently I had a gratifying experience….I went to Drug Court. No, I wasn’t in any trouble; I was invited by a friend in our county’s probation department. According to our friend Wikipedia, “drug courts are problem-solving courts in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to…

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

No one lives without some chronic pain, but for many this pain is debilitating and life-diminishing.   Narcotic pain medication (aka Opioids) is often the medication prescribed by doctors.  But how does it work, and why can it be so dangerous?  Watch this 8 minute video on pain and how opioids impact it by Healthcare Triage and Dr. Aaron Carrol.  

Opioid Addiction?  There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

Opioid Addiction? There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

For those struggling with addiction to (narcotic pain pills, heroin, fentanyl, etc.), there is hope.  There is a medication, approved by the FDA, that can help decrease cravings.  It’s called buprenorphine (Suboxone) and it is the gold standard in treating Opioid Use Disorder.  Some find it controversial saying that it’s just trading one addiction for another.  The difference, however, is…

Everything You Learned about Addiction Is Wrong, by Johann Hari (posted by Mike Orrill)

Everything You Learned about Addiction Is Wrong, by Johann Hari (posted by Mike Orrill)

I find the subject of addiction fascinating, and the more I study it the more it clear it becomes that its causes and solutions are very complex.  In this 6 minute video Johann Hari suggests that much of what we  have learned about addiction may not be the whole story.  He suggests that the root cause of addiction is a…

Why Do Our Brains Get Addicted Dr. Nora Volkow video posted by Mike Orrill)

Why Do Our Brains Get Addicted Dr. Nora Volkow video posted by Mike Orrill)

Not too many years ago, addiction was seen as a sin, or a moral failing, or a character flaw, and, therefore, the emphasis was on punishment.  Science is now showing us a much different picture of addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, with the emphasis on treatment, just like we do for other chronic diseases.  Watch this 6 1/2…