Author: Justin Franich

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The opioid crisis has reached alarming proportions in the United States. According to the CDC, 66 %  of all overdose-related deaths are caused by opioid use. More alarmingly, prescription opioid abuse accounts for almost $30 billion in healthcare costs each year. So, what is the solution...

Helping a loved one overcome an addictive disorder is often an emotionally fraught experience. Invariably, the challenges compound for people of faith. Those who struggle with addictive disorders often feel ashamed of their perceived moral failings. As such, they may resist well-meaning efforts to help....

Watching an adult child struggle with an addictive disorder is a gut-wrenching experience. Setbacks can be discouraging, leaving you and your adult child in a state of hopelessness. However, you can successfully weather this test of your resilience. Below, we suggest 5 ways to help you...

Experts maintain that the United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The CDC estimates that 72,000 individuals died from drug overdose deaths in 2017. Additionally, at least 130 people died every day from opioid-related overdoses that year. For you, much is at stake. Perhaps,...

  It seems like a pointless argument. Does it matter whether there is a difference between physical dependence and addiction? We won't argue that addiction is a complicated and life-altering experience.   Many people with addictive disorders are prone to relapses. However, others are merely dependent on chemical...

  According to a SAMHSA report, 16.3 million adults had an alcohol use disorder in 2014. Meanwhile, another 6.2 million adults had an illicit drug use disorder. All in all, fully 23 million adults struggled with both disorders in 2014. These are certainly sobering statistics. Yet, only...

People with substance abuse disorders suffer in many ways. They endure failing health and disruptions in personal relationships. Often, they lose their jobs and struggle to make ends meet. Many who engage in the risky use of substances become homeless and are alienated from their families....

Could there be something greater than winning a million dollars? What about the likelihood of finding something better than a treasure chest full of gold under your house? Would it be possible to think of anything greater than being granted endless health forever? Some people may say no....

If you had to guess what the two hardest words for a recovering addict are, what would you say? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not bar and room. It’s not old and friends. It’s not even drugs and alcohol. The two most difficult words a recovering...

My name is Crystal, I'm 31, from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and a mother of two wonderful children. The devil started his attacks of self-doubt at a young age. I had low self-esteem, did not feel accepted and was told I had anxiety and depression...