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Pointing the Finger

Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

“Honestly, I don’t think anybody I know romanticized it as much as they liked it. It’s got good qualities,” said Robert Aaron, 57. He is currently making headlines for his involvement with the death of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman – and wrongfully so, in his opinion. Shortly after Hoffman’s death, law enforcement officials traced… [Read More...]

Busted: Ryan Malone

Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

All seemed to be going well in the world of hockey star Ryan Malone. In just a few short days, he was going to be hitting the ice with his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates to kick off The Stanley Cup Playoffs and make a play for the championship. The left wing of the Florida-based team,… [Read More...]

Addiction Treatment Coupled With Higher Education

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Addiction Treatment Coupled With Higher Education The Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions latest issues features an article entitled “Addiction Treatment Coupled With Higher Education,” featuring Northbound’s Executive Vice President and Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist, Paul Alexander, JD. Alexander was instrumental in developing the first program to couple addiction treatment with higher education…. [Read More...]

Dangerous and Deadly Obstacles Heroin Addicts Face Today

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

They always say, “The hardest part is admitting that you need help.” In many respects, that is completely true. However, today, those who have admitted they have needed help with their heroin addiction are faced with greater obstacles once they try to do something positive about it. Since heroin addiction has dramatically risen over the… [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye to ADAM

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 67% of Americans are in support of the government providing treatment options to illicit drug users. The study also showed that while 7% are unsure of if treatment should be provided or not, 26% are for prosecuting illicit drug users. This is a massively important… [Read More...]

Paying The Price For Pills

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

There is so much more to prescription drug addiction that what meets the eye. Yes, the abuse of these types of drugs often leads to burned bridges in relationships (both personal and professional), financial troubles, and legal woes. Never mind the other obvious effects, including poor personal hygiene, lack of responsibility and accountability, and deceitful… [Read More...]

Reaping What We Sow

Posted April 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

After the successful Super Bowl party that we hosted with TPAS back in February, I got a chance to sit down with the TPAS committee to talk about the conference in September that we are all looking forward to. During what was supposed to be just a run-of-the-mill meeting, I couldn’t help but think just… [Read More...]

Golf and Gratitude

Posted April 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

The 2nd annual Recovery Ryder Cup was held on March 20-22 at the Tucson National Country Club in Arizona, where under the guise of work, me and 15 other guys teed it up for three days of fun and fellowship in the desert.  Participants are divided into 2 teams of eight, teams East and West,… [Read More...]

Methadone Addiction

Posted April 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Methadone Addiction Methadone is a synthetic opiate most commonly used as an analgesic. Since it affects the opioid receptors in the brain in a similar manner as heroin, it is often used to suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms in heroin addicts undergoing detox. Methadone is time-released and therefore, lasts longer than heroin. Only one dose… [Read More...]

#Buzzkill

Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

At first, I just shook my head. Then, I realized that there was more to this than just a story that was about to go viral… I heard a segment on the Howard Stern Show where they were talking about a girl who was recently arrested while on probation for a DUI. After she went… [Read More...]

Allergies and Addiction

Posted April 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Allergies and Addiction Spring is finally here, and while it is taking some parts of the country a little while to start feeling the heat, many states are lavishing in the beautiful things this beloved season brings. Some people, on the other hand, gawk at the idea of flowers and bumblebees because they struggle from… [Read More...]

Can a Bad Diet Influence Recovery?

Posted April 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

It seems as though almost anything can cause an individual to either develop an addiction or experience a relapse — from the stress of natural disasters or the loss of loved ones to struggling with communication or dealing with a mental health condition. When it comes to relapsing specifically, many people find that if they… [Read More...]

School Nurse Charged with Heroin Possession, Put on Paid Leave

Posted April 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Lynn Magnusen, the school nurse at Narragansett High School in Rhode Island, was found passed out in her car by officials in March. Upon conducting a cavity search, a balloon of heroin was located, and the high school immediately suspended Magnusen with pay – to which a great deal of controversy has erupted. Residents of… [Read More...]

A Night with a Kennedy

Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Every Thursday throughout the month, Northbound alumni holds different activities. We will do things like host round table meetings, celebrate birthdays/occasions, have open talk sessions, or invite speakers to join our group. This past Thursday, we hosted Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who came to share his own battles with addiction with us. The great thing about… [Read More...]

Oxycodone Addiction

Posted April 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Oxycodone Addiction Oxycodone is prescribed by doctors to treat pain, but its powerful properties mean that patients can easily begin to abuse it. Oxycodone addiction leads to physical and psychological dependency on the drug. What is oxycodone? Oxycodone is a narcotic prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. The drug releases slowly over time, so… [Read More...]

What is Hydrocodone?

Posted April 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

What is Hydrocodone? What is hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is a drug that falls under the narcotic analgesic family. It is one of the most popularly prescribed drugs in the US, and in year 2010, over 100 million prescriptions for it were made in that year alone. It is commonly used to treat and suppress coughing, but… [Read More...]

The Dangers of Black Tar Heroin, Heroin Facts, Heroin Overdose Symptoms

Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm

How Black Tar Heroin is Different from White Heroin For as long as man has existed, drugs in various forms have been a deliverance as well as a curse. Heroin, a derivative of opium from the poppy plant, has certainly traveled that path. Opium has given rise to other drugs besides heroin, including morphine and… [Read More...]

Flying High (Naturally)

Posted March 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  It’s no secret that one of the many things I live for is pure excitement. It was only a few months ago that I went shark diving, and just this past weekend, I scratched one more adventure off my bucket list. I got to fly in a Blue Angel fighter jet. It didn’t get… [Read More...]

Relapse Over St. Patrick’s Day? Getting Back on Track (and Fast)

Posted March 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

You knew it was lurking around the corner – St. Patrick’s Day was going to be a real test to your sobriety. You might have even been so concerned that you even took some extra steps to reinforce your recovery like attending more meetings or contacting your sponsor more frequently. But once that day came… [Read More...]

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