Taylor Smith fell in love with opioids at age 12. He remembers suffering a knee injury from playing football and vividly recalls the feeling his first hydrocodone prescription gave him. He craved more. The next 10 years of his life became nothing short of a nightmare. After three overdoses, 16 failed rehab programs and a…


In a growing crackdown on abuses in the addiction treatment industry, Huntington Beach and the Orange County District Attorney’s office are employing a novel legal approach in suing five sober living homes. The suits, filed this month in Orange County Superior Court, contend that each residence is operating as a substance abuse recovery or treatment…


Fort Lauderdale, Florida based Addiction Treatment Center Serenity Oaks Wellness offers goal-oriented, holistic addiction recovery programs that focus on providing medical and psychotherapeutic care for both addiction and underlying mental health issues. The Serenity Oaks Wellness Team recently welcomed Dr. Akiva Daum, a highly experienced healthcare professional who shares the same vision as the Serenity…


Chris Evans endured three heart surgeries before finding a successful recovery treatment for his addiction to opioid drugs and heroin. Now four years sober, Evans shared his story with a room of community members gathered at Cornerstone Church who serve as stakeholders in preventing the growth of opioid addiction in Sheridan. Evans’ addiction started with…


It is my professional opinion that a person does not just develop an addiction to drugs and or alcohol. In my professional experience, the addiction is a symptom to an underlying mental health condition. It seems that in our society identifying as an alcoholic or addict has less of a negative reaction than of an…


As Michigan’s opioid crisis deepens, treatment experts warn that proposed state regulatory changes could lead to widespread layoffs of substance abuse workers and even force some treatment centers to close. A public hearing is scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 17) in Lansing for comments on the proposed changes, with state officials saying new regulations are needed to…


Who they need to reach, they admitted, were not those in the room with them but the half-dozen protesters outside the former Golden Acres nursing home on North Ridge Road urging a “no” vote on Issue 14 over concerns about a new tax on Lorain County property owners. Issue 14 would raise about $2 million…


Martin Hopkins is sitting peacefully in the pretty, sun-dappled courtyard garden of Bristol’s Chandos House addiction treatment center. He’s come a long way in six months. “I was on the streets in Plymouth. I was using heroin, crack, spice. I was trying to kill myself,” he says. The 41-year-old admits he was a one-man crime…


Professional athletes are the gladiators of the modern times. Their talents, celebrity lifestyles, and persona are unprecedented. However, these professionals endure the significant stress that is sometimes not easy for them to bear. This stress can be due to physical tear and wear on the body or constant scrutiny under which they perform. Unable to…


A Limerick woman who was sexually assaulted and raped as a child, is to launch a new “12-step” support group programme for abuse survivors. Leona O’Callaghan has revealed her traumatic abuse and has bravely waived her anonymity, to help other victims find a path to survival. The mother of three will hold the inaugural meeting…