Drug Use in the Suburbs [Infographic]
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on February 16, 2017

Drug Use in the Suburbs [Infographic] For decades, drug use has been considered an inner-city problem. In reality, however, that trend is changing rapidly. With the legalization of marijuana and the rise of the prescription drug epidemic, drug use in the suburbs is an increasing problem that society can no longer ignore. Most Teen Heroin…

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Fentanyl and Heroin Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in Florida
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on January 12, 2017

Fentanyl and Heroin Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in Florida Florida’s substance-use crisis continues unabated. The latest annual figures show that total drug-related deaths in Florida increased by almost 14 percent in 2015 over 2014. Especially alarming are the rising overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl. Data for 2015 from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission…

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My Journey to Addiction Recovery: David M.
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on January 11, 2017

My Journey to Addiction Recovery: David M. I grew up in a loving family, with my parents still being married over 40 years later. I was the youngest of three, with two old sisters; one being six years older and the other being 12 years older. Growing up as the youngest, it gave my parents…

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My Journey to Addiction Recovery: Beth M.
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on December 29, 2016

My Journey to Addiction Recovery: Beth M. I grew up in South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, in a good family. Drugs and alcohol were not part of my story at a young age, I actually got a pretty late start compared to many other stories that I hear. I just wasn’t exposed to it.…

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Tolerance, A Hallmark of Addiction
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on December 13, 2016

Tolerance, A Hallmark of Addiction “Tolerance is one of the most obvious effects of abused drugs,” wrote the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Robert Du Pont, in The Selfish Brain. “Most non-users are impressed by how much drug use tolerance permits. They cannot imagine liking the feelings produced by smoking…

What Is Substance Abuse?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on November 28, 2016

What Is Substance Abuse? If you were to answer the question, “what is substance abuse?”, would you point to narcotics such as heroin or cocaine? You’re not alone. There are many who consider these substances to be the drugs that others abuse. However, did you know that this list should also include tobacco, prescription drugs,…

What Is Drug Abuse and How Can You Overcome It?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 26, 2016

What Is Drug Abuse and How Can You Overcome It? Drug addiction is an epidemic in the United States, and thousands of people are dying each year as a result. The leading causes of overdose deaths in America come from opiates, like heroin or prescription painkillers. However, many other drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines are…

How Teen Drug Abuse Affects Families
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 3, 2016

How Teen Drug Abuse Affects Families Addiction affects the whole family, and it’s often more difficult when dealing with teen drug abuse. Whether you’re a parent, close relative or family friend, it’s extremely hard to see a child growing up and turning to drugs. Teens who begin to abuse drugs go through a seemingly illogical…

What is Addiction?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on September 23, 2016

What is Addiction? Addiction covers a wide spectrum. Some people perceive addiction as a voluntary lack of discipline while others view it as an involuntary physical condition. So what is addiction? Well, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.…

What Are the Most Addictive Drugs?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on September 19, 2016

What Are the Most Addictive Drugs? Drug addiction, whatever its form, is a serious condition that requires professional treatment. However, many people are curious to know which drugs are the most addictive. Although no two individuals or their addictions are alike, there are certainly some addictive drugs that have a stronger hold on their users…