As part of a strong commitment to high-quality addiction treatment, The Blanchard Institute, an addiction treatment facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, has hired two renowned doctors to work at their facility. Dr. George Raad and Dr. Edward Mogabgab bring extensive experience in both the medical and addiction treatment professions to The Blanchard Institute. Ward Blanchard,
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A glimpse of a decorated tree in the corner store, that first holiday jingle on the radio, invitations piling up at your door—yes, the holiday season is upon us. For many, this time of year brings tidings of comfort and joy, combined with feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression. For those just beginning and those
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An alarming trend of teen drug use in Charlotte, North Carolina, has seen a staggering increase among this area’s teens. In 2016 over 138 individuals have overdosed on heroin, and 10 of those people died.1 During a time when adolescents should be worrying about first dates and football games, too many teens are dealing with
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Category: Substance Abuse

Perhaps you’ve heard of synthetic marijuana, also called K2, spice or syncanns. Maybe you’ve even seen it, but what you may not realize is that both its use and the dangers of being addicted to synthetic marijuana is on the rise. In September, 43-year-old Richie Sanborn was found passed out behind the wheel of his
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Category: Addiction

Nationwide, prescription drug abuse emergencies and deaths are growing at an alarming rate. Doctors are overprescribing painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and other opioid drugs, and people who “doctor shop” to maximize the number of pills they get put themselves at great risk and add to the problem. North Carolina is sorely feeling the brunt
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Category: Substance Abuse

Addiction is a chronic illness in which normal activity in the brain is disrupted,1and it is most often the result of persistent substance abuse. People who suffer from addiction will struggle to get healthy again without expert help, and in many cases the signs of substance abuse go unnoticed. Recognizing these signs may fall upon
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Category: Substance Abuse

It is very distressing for parents when they find out their young son or daughter has a drug or alcohol addiction problem. On the positive side, there is plenty of help available for teens with addiction problems and for their parents. Parents should not feel ashamed of, or embarrassed by, any child who is suffering
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Category: Addiction

When someone struggles with addiction, their family members suffer too. In fact, addiction is commonly described as a family disease. It’s difficult to watch your loved one’s life fall apart and feel helpless to stop it; you might also find yourself feeling angry or frustrated with your addicted family member. The good news is that
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Category: Family