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The Tragic Story of Margot Kidder: Lois Lane, Dual Diagnosis, Overdose, and Suicide

October 1st, 2018|

The news is full of stories about overdoses lately. But people can become numb to statistics, graphs, and charts. Sometimes it takes a human story to understand the importance and urgency that the subject of addiction demands. Addiction and recovery are complicated topics. It gets even more complex when one takes mental health into consideration. Many people don’t realize the important role that mental health plays when it comes to addiction. In fact, most people assume that any mental health disorder is a result of someone’s substance abuse. This view is counter-productive. It prevents

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. It’s

David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol

July 22nd, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: David Cassidy lived a life largely in the public eye, and his struggles with alcoholism—the disease that ultimately killed him—are well-documented. This an attempt to provide context to that battle and hopefully, help someone who might currently be facing comparable problems. David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol For a generation of people “of a certain age” David Cassidy will always be the youthful singer who represented another era on the television program, The Partridge Family. That show catapulted him to “teen idol” status and launched a performing career that lasted almost

Brett Favre: Addiction, Relapse, and Recovery

June 2nd, 2018|

If you are a football fan, you are probably somewhat familiar with the story of NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre and how he battled an addiction to Vicodin in 1996. Today, it is the stuff of sports legend—how he overcame his issues, won both the Most Valuable Player award and The Game of Games, and went on to have one of the longest and most celebrated pro football careers in history. But as is usually the case with problematic substance abuse, there is much more to the story. In fact, Favre’s issues with

Modafinil Abuse: Rethinking Use of “Smart” Prescription Drugs

May 20th, 2018|

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

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

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,

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

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.

Vivitrol — Your Best Chance to Recover from Opioid Addiction?

November 21st, 2017|

During the ongoing opioid epidemic, Vivitrol may just be the addiction recovery drug that America needs. According to a new study published just this month in The Lancet, Vivitrol and Suboxone are equally effective at treating opioid dependence. This was the first American research to directly compare these two very different medications. Vivitrol — Your Best Chance to Recover from Opioid Addiction? The implication is clear –both medications should be considered viable treatment options. A smaller Norwegian study published in October reached the same conclusion. Because there is a sore need for evidence-based and