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What are Needle Exchange Programs? Needle exchange programs are places where IV drug users can obtain clean syringes for free. Needle exchanges also often offer other services. Why Were They Created? The purpose of needle exchange programs is to reduce the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne diseases. Recent statistics show that one fifth of

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How to Help Someone With a Drug Problem Do you have a loved one struggling with substance abuse? Are you looking for tips about how to help someone with a drug addiction? Are you looking for suggestions and expert drug addiction help? Then you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s Comprehensive

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Massachusetts Once Again Leads the Charge in Fighting Heroin Not too long ago, Lighthouse reported an interesting trend in addiction treatment happening in Massachusetts. Well, we’ve actually reported on a lot of interesting treatment initiatives in MA, but this one was a bit larger than the others. To catch everybody up – Charlie Baker, Governor

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A Landmark Legal Decision about Painkillers The West Virginia Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling. Their decision, simple as it may seem, has opened the floodgates for doctor accountability and possible manipulation of the legal system. I’m talking about West Virginia’s decision to allow patients to sue pharmacies and doctors for negligently prescribing opioid

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Brittany Ringersen Presented with Heroes in Recovery Award. The Heroes in Recovery Award is presented at the Foundations Network National Conference. For 2015 the honor was given to Brittany Ringersen, Certified Addiction Counselor, and CEO of Lighthouse Recovery Institute was recognized for Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s outstanding work done in the addiction treatment industry and unrelenting

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A Tragic Situation in Indiana The last four months have seen an unfortunate and unprecedented rise in HIV cases in Indiana. Officials say the twenty-seven confirmed cases, and ten additional preliminary cases, are largely due to IV painkiller abuse. Since early December, painkiller addicts in the midwest have been sharing contaminated syringes. These dirty needles

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Insurance & Rehab The addiction treatment industry has always had a fraught relationship with insurance companies. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear of individuals getting kicked out of residential treatment centers because their insurance simply won’t pay. That being said, the relationship isn’t all bad. Insurance companies fill the vital gap between someone needing

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Benzo Withdrawal Benzodiazepines, or benzo’s for short, are an extremely physically addictive anti-anxiety drug. They’re commonly described by users as “alcohol in a pill,” or, more alarmingly, “a blackout in a pill.” Benzo’s include pills like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and many others. Despite being addictive and arguably more dangerous than any street drug, benzo’s

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The Truth about Detoxing from Opiates Today, I can say something that I couldn’t for years – my name is David and I’m an addict. For years, seven to be exact, I was a heroin addict trapped in active addiction. I lied, cheated, scammed, and stole to get drugs. I did whatever I had to.

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When Should I Send a Loved One to Treatment? How do you know if the person you love needs to go to a substance abuse rehab center? Many of you may think this question seems pretty silly. Some of you may find this very helpful. Many of you may find yourself thinking, “Thank God someone

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