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Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic Hits Home

An epidemic of drug abuse has swept across Kansas and throughout the United States. The epidemic originates not in meth labs, poppy plants or cocoa fields but in our medicine cabinets. While marijuana, cocaine and heroin are commonly referenced as the greatest threats in America’s battle against drug addiction, the abuse of prescription medication poses…

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Four Strategies for Staying Sober through the holidays

The holidays can be a wonderful time; the people we love gather together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. But those same social gatherings can be a minefield of temptation and anxiety for recovering alcoholics. While others unwind and relax with a beer, wine or cocktail, people in recovery must navigate how to be…

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Believe in the Power of Your Gift

One out of every four people in the United States suffers from a treatable mental illness. Nearly one in ten of these people will turn to alcohol or drugs and end up fighting addiction as well. Take Joel, Cristina and Shea, for example. Joel struggled with maintaining employment after his military service. He snapped at…

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Opioid Abuse and Chronic Pain: An Ongoing Discussion

After decades of work at a physically demanding job, a constant, nearly unbearable ache in your lower back makes it difficult for you to complete even the simplest tasks. Returning home from a tour of duty overseas, the incessant pain from the leg injury you received while on patrol makes it difficult to concentrate, much…

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Fear of Treatment

The decision to enter treatment for a drug or alcohol problem can scare anyone. In fact, it is a common reason for not seeking treatment at all. The decision to enter treatment is the scariest part. Congratulations on getting this far. The truth is the decision to find treatment is the first courageous step on…

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Supporting a Loved One in Recovery

By Dera Harvey, RN, Addictions Treatment Center at Prairie View Vanished in the middle of the night. Taken from us with no warning. An impostor left in their place. A nightmare you would not wish upon your worst enemy. No, these are not lines from a science-fiction movie or a crime novel. They are sentiments…

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Dealing with Shame and Guilt

By Sharon Laudick LCMFT, LCAC Several years ago, a client (“Scott”) in alcohol/drug treatment from an agency other than the Addictions Treatment Center at Prairie View came to my office and said something profound: “The thing I am most afraid of is that you will think about me the way I think about myself.” I…

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Recreational Drug Use

By Cody Beaton, LMSW, LAC, director of the Addictions Treatment Center at Prairie View A simple question often asked in the world of addiction is How can one person stop using while another cannot? But the answer isn’t so simple. In the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Big Book, AA founders described alcoholism as an “allergy to…

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