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The Stigma of Addiction

Repeated addiction treatment is prevalent because rehabs do not adequately address each patient’s medical and emotional needs.

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Opioids

For Pregnant Women, Stigma Complicates Opioid Misuse Treatment

In Pennsylvania, one community health center is working with new and expectant moms to tackle opioid dependency.

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Literature

Redefining Recovery: The Evolution of the Addiction Memoir

From “Drugstore Cowboy” to “My Fair Junkie,” the focus of addiction literature has shifted to recovery.

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Depression

6 Movies That Portray Mental Health and Depression Realistically

Movies have the power to shape how we perceive the world. Here are several films that treat mental illness respectfully and honestly, instead of contributing to stigma.

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Ibogaine

Ibogaine: Promising Addiction Treatment or Snake Oil?

The induced vivid hallucinations and memories of childhood and formative experiences seem to be the key to ibogaine’s effectiveness in treating addiction, but experts don’t fully understand its mechanisms.

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Suicide

Let’s Talk About Suicide

Changing misconceptions and long-held stereotypes won’t happen overnight, but making the conscious decision to talk openly and honestly about suicide is a strong start.

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John Belushi

How "Wired" Betrayed John Belushi's Legacy and Misportrayed Addiction

While Belushi’s family and friends would prefer that “Wired” be forgotten, the book provides a fascinating glimpse into how we didn’t understand addiction and harshly judged people who struggled with it.

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Ithaca

Ithaca Drug Users' Union: Changing Perceptions and Fighting Stigma

“We don’t discourage use, but we don’t promote it either. We encourage people to participate in whatever kind of treatment would give them a better quality of life.”

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Addiction News

“Crack Pie” Is No More

The restaurant industry is moving away from describing food as “crack.”

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Addiction News

How Suboxone Helped Me Until I Could Help Myself

I felt confident that I had no desire to use opioids again, not because the Suboxone had eliminated my cravings, but because I had changed my life. The pain I worked so hard to anesthetize with heroin had been addressed.