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Modafinil Abuse: Rethinking Use of “Smart” Prescription Drugs

May 9th, 2019|

Modafinil (Provigil) may be a narcolepsy drug, but a growing number of people are misusing the medication with ulterior motives. Drug abuse and addiction are serious public health issues that affect just about every community and family in one way or another. Rates of drug use and addiction in America have been increasing substantially for more than twenty years, and each year these issues cause millions of serious illnesses or injuries. Prescription drug abuse, in particular, is a major public health problem in America. The majority of people take their prescription medications responsibly, but according

Purdue Pharma Opioid Lawsuit Settles for $270 Million

April 15th, 2019|

“Purdue is very pleased to have reached an agreement with Oklahoma that will help those who are battling addiction now and in the future.” ~ Dr. Craig Landau, Chief Executive, Purdue Pharma In March 2019, Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, reached a huge settlement, ending the opioid lawsuit brought by the State of Oklahoma.  Purdue agreed to pay $270 million deal, a decision motivated by a corporate desire to avoid a public trial and what was sure to be an enormous amount of unflattering revelations and negative press.   The $270 million is

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Introducing Northpoint Washington: Our Inpatient Addiction Treatment Facility in Edmonds, Washington

April 8th, 2019|

Ashwood Recovery is proud to announce the grand opening of Northpoint Washington on April 26, 2019. This is our new inpatient addiction treatment facility that’s opening in Edmonds, Washington. This new location will provide us with an opportunity to offer more intense addiction treatment care to Washington state residents. Drug and alcohol addiction rates are on the rise in America. Washington is one of the states that are heavily impacted. More addiction treatment centers and resources are needed to combat this issue and put a stop to this crisis. Northpoint is happy to do

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Modafinil – The Ultimate Smart Drug?

March 27th, 2019|

Most people agree that life can be tough. In fact, being an adult can be downright exhausting! We have demanding jobs. We have families to take care of. There are always bills to pay. Stress. Traffic. Difficult people. AGGGHHH!!!! Yes, indeed, the experience of being a human can be enough to make you mad. So, what if we told you there was a magic pill that you could make you more productive, effective, efficient, and capable of managing your daily life? You would probably ask, “Where do I get me some of that?!” This

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

October 15th, 2018|

“SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health contains annual data that provides critical information which helps us understand important concepts around mental health and substance misuse across the nation.” ~ Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary The ongoing drug epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in American history.  Overdose death rates continue to rise, killing a record number of people every year. But before an effective solution can be found, the problem must be clearly defined.  This way, legislators, policymakers, the medical community, and addiction experts can

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Why are Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Still Rising in 2018?

August 15th, 2018|

“The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen. Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems.” ~ Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid overdoses kill 131 Americans a day. Let that number sink in for a moment. Every day, there is a new headline about some new manifestation of the ongoing opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy become numb to the almost-unbelievable numbers—hundreds of thousands of lives lost and over a TRILLION dollars in economic impact.

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How Booze Almost Killed the Roseanne Reboot Before it Began

May 5th, 2018|

The wildly popular show Roseanne is one of the most iconic sitcoms in TV history. There is no question that America was clamoring for a reboot for years. According to The Nielsen Company, about 18.2 million viewers watched the show's premiere - which is a 10% jump from the number of people who tuned in for the 1997 finale. The behavior of one cast member, however, could have derailed the reboot effort before it even got off the ground. John Goodman, who plays family patriarch Dan Connor, has been speaking candidly about his struggle

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Why We Support Vivitrol Shots to Aid in Recovery

April 15th, 2018|

For drug addicts and alcoholics, Vivitrol shots can be a helpful aid in the recovery process. Many doctors and specialists believe that is among the safest medications offered in addiction treatment. Here at Ashwood Recovery, we’ve seen a number of success stories in prescribing the drug and support its use as a recovery tool. It is important to note that Vivitrol, like other addiction medications, are only helpful when used in combination with other forms of treatment. Recovery, after all, is a holistic process. Vivitrol injections can help the patient overcome certain physical barriers,

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Nine Common Questions Answered About Marijuana

April 5th, 2018|

Got Questions About Weed? Marijuana was once regarded as a highly dangerous substance that was taboo in most social circles. Today, marijuana use is widely accepted worldwide. According to statistics reported by the United Nations, an estimated 160 million people across the globe use marijuana regularly, making it the second most commonly used addictive substance behind alcohol. With the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes across the United States, there is a lot of misinformation swirling around out there about the drug. This has left many with more questions than answers. In

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Can Neurofeedback Help with Addiction Recovery?

March 20th, 2018|

“The literature, which lacks any negative study, suggests that neurofeedback plays a major therapeutic role in many different areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used.” ~ Dr. Frank Duffy, Associate Professor of Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital Could neurofeedback be the “next big thing” in the addiction recovery? Supporters are saying that when neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other accepted, evidence-based treatment options, it helps maximize the odds of successful recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism. "Get

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