From Chronic Pain to Heroin to Mindfulness
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on February 12, 2014

From Chronic Pain to Heroin to Mindfulness Heroin has been in the news a lot lately—bad heroin, heroin overdoses, heroin epidemic. But how did it go from being the ‘I’d never go there’ drug to the drug du jour? For people working in addiction treatment, there’s a pretty straight line. The road starts with prescription…

Vermont tackles prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction
Vermont, We’ve Got a Problem
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on January 16, 2014

Vermont, We’ve Got a Problem Just how bad is prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction? How about a governor devoting his entire state of the state speech to the subject? Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire state of the state address to discussing heroin, opiates, overdoses and what it means for people…

Drawing the Line on Stimulants
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on December 12, 2013

Drawing the Line on Stimulants The rise in Adderall and Ritalin stimulant prescriptions among teenagers has a mirror and maybe even a magnifying glass in Major League Baseball.  The league reports on drug use among players as part of its efforts to reduce the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).  For the most part, these prescription…

AMA Still Opposed to the Legalization of Marijuana
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on December 6, 2013

AMA Still Opposed to the Legalization of Marijuana Marijuana seems to be on an express train to acceptability. Opinion polls show more people are in favor of legalization. Two states are getting set for recreational use, and medicinal marijuana is legal in many states. But not everyone has jumped on board. A few prominent voices…

Solve the Mystery of What Happens in Rehab
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on November 27, 2013

Solve the Mystery of What Happens in Rehab Every process is a mystery before you start. Knowing the process makes a difference in almost all parts of life. Most of us can think of some friend going through some experience where we have no idea how we would handle it. It might be moving across…

5 Ways to Have Sane Holidays in Recovery
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on November 21, 2013

5 Ways to Have Sane Holidays in Recovery The 2013 holiday season starts in earnest with Thanksgiving, a time fraught with peril and emotional landmines and triggers for someone in recovery. How can you get through it? Here are some tips for holiday survival that should last you from Thanksgiving through the New Year. 5…

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Lady Gaga & Marijuana Addiction
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on November 15, 2013

Lady Gaga & Marijuana Addiction Marijuana in the news this fall seems to focus on the sea change in public opinion on legalization. Colorado and Washington are ironing out the details of legal marijuana in their respective states. A new Gallup poll reveals that for the first time, a majority of Americans (58 percent) think…

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New Drug Tunnel Shut Down
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on November 7, 2013

New Drug Tunnel Shut Down Another tunnel for drug smugglers has been discovered in California, stretching from Mexico several thousand feet under the border to a San Diego warehouse. Homeland Security officials kept the tunnel under surveillance for several weeks before making a move. The tunnel was shut down, three people arrested and marijuana and…

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Krokodil: Newest Drug Scare or False Alarm?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 30, 2013

Krokodil: Newest Drug Scare or False Alarm? Krokodil is the latest drug scare that comes with dire symptoms, but now drug officials are not sure whether the drug is in the United States or not. Krokodil is the opiate desomorphine, a drug homemade in rural Russia as a substitute for heroin, which is scarce there.…

Women are Drinking More in Recent Years but Why?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 24, 2013

Women are Drinking More in Recent Years but Why? Several new books have explored women and drinking and how it has changed in recent years. Author Gabrielle Glaser jokes about women drinking wine at book club meetings.  It makes you wonder if Glaser’s book and another new one about women and drinking will be required…