Nurse Practitioners Blocked from Prescribing Buprenorphine by State Scope of Practice Laws

Although two federal agencies gave several hundred nurse practitioners and physician assistants the right to prescribe a life-saving medication to help treat opioid withdrawal, dependence, and addiction in April 2017, many state laws will prevent these individuals from actually being able to prescribe this medication. The ability to prescribe the medicine could be monumentally helpful towards minimizing today’s severe opioid … Read More

Carfentanil: The Elephant Sedative Killing People

If there was ever a drug designed to wreak havoc – this is it! 5 milligrams (about 1/16th the size of a baby aspirin) is strong enough to take down a one-ton Buffalo, actually make that 7 one-ton Buffalos, and it’s readily available through illicit sales on street corners throughout the US. It is also now one of the leading … Read More

Drug Use and Viral Infections (HIV, Hepatitis)

What’s the relationship between drug use and viral infections? Drug use increases risk for getting or passing on viral infections because certain viruses can spread through blood or body fluids. This happens primarily in two ways: (1) when people inject drugs and share needles or other drug equipment and (2) when drugs impair judgment and people make unwise, unprotected choices … Read More

The 6 Types Of People You Need In Sobriety

The 6 Types Of People You Need In Sobriety By Beth Leipholtz 02/10/17 The One Who Tells It Like It Is tells you the truth, even when it’s hard to hear—especially when it’s hard to hear. It’s good to have a diverse group of people who support you. Think about the people in your life for a moment. Chances are … Read More

This is My Story

By Chris Hardegree I’m an alcoholic and my name is Chris. My sobriety date is May 8, 2005. I have been employed at Summer House since November 2005 as a Behavioral Health Tech. I never saw any hope when I was using drugs and alcohol, but, I am here today to tell you, “There is Hope.” All you need is … Read More

Denial and Blackouts: A Vicious Cycle

Denial and Blackouts: A Vicious Cycle By Kristance Harlow 10/26/16   I began with blacking out by accident but by the end I wanted to get to that place. Woman lying in bed, covering face with hand. When I came to, I was pounding on the door and ringing the bell even though it was obvious my roommates weren’t home. … Read More

Hope for the Prisoners of Heroin

Hope for the Prisoners of Heroin                                 July 6, 2016     By David “R.J.” Vied   My intention for this article is to spread hope to anyone feeling defeated, hopeless or lost. If you have read my previous articles, you know I write with vulnerability and … Read More

Is Pain Medication The Gateway To Heroin?

Is Pain Medication the Gateway to Heroin? By Zachary Siegel 04/10/16 To say, as the CDC did, that both pain patients and doctors are the culprits in rising mortality is misguided for several reasons. The Painkiller Panic via Author As the death toll from opioids and heroin rises, people are looking for answers, and also, someone to blame. The director … Read More

10 People You Meet In The 12-Step Rooms

The Pink Cloud Guy has lost his wife, his family and his job. He has no place to live and is sporting a black eye, but things are great! The 10 People You Meet in the 12 Steps Ahh, the 12-step meeting. You may love them, you may despise them, and it is quite possible that you need them, but … Read More