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Matt Hawk


Clinical Editor

BS CADC-II ICADC

After graduating from the program in 2008, Matt works to help others find a new way to live life, free from drugs and alcohol. Matt is an Internationally certified drug and alcohol counselor and has written extensively on addiction and evidence-based treatment. You can follow him on Linkedin.

Articles by this Editor


What Is Addiction?

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines addiction as a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by... well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.”
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Long-Term Health Risks after Years of Alcohol

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There is no doubt that drinking to excess creates harm and risk, both for the person consuming alcohol and for those around him or her. Unfortunately, young people are not only drinking more alcohol, but they’re also consuming alcohol at a younger age.
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What Exactly Is Khat?

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The drug is not too common in the U.S. (although that is difficult to determine because the U.S. does not record statistics on khat usage). However, about 20 million people worldwide use khat for its stimulant-like and mind-altering properties.
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What Is Synthetic Marijuana?

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While the number of cases of synthetic marijuana are declining, this drug isn't any less dangerous. Synthetic marijuana is a volatile and unpredictable drug.
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Further Consequences of Drug Addiction Emerge

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Researchers at the University of New England found that the rate of opioid-related cardiac arrests has risen dramatically and is now on par with the rate of cardiac arrest from other causes. The research sheds light on yet another major health risk connected to opioid addiction, i.e., the risk for suffering a potentially fatal heart complication.
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Overdose Deaths Contribute to Decline in Life Expectancy

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While the entire world experienced a drop in human life expectancy in the last two years, the drop in the United States was much more pronounced than the global average, leading many experts to believe overdose deaths had an alarming effect on American mortality rates.
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Understanding Alcohol Rehab

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When someone finds out they have a family member or loved one addicted to alcohol, the priority must be getting that person into a treatment center. But where does one begin? What is alcohol rehab, and what modalities of treatment are available? This page defines alcohol rehab, summarizes the common forms of treatment, and answers frequently asked questions.
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Understanding Drug Rehab

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America's problem with addiction may have slipped from the headlines but it is taking more lives than ever before. Selecting the correct level of care in a drug rehab program needed by each individual is an essential part of returning Americans to sobriety.
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Drug Rehabilitation in Ojai

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Ojai and Ventura County suffer from the problem of addicted residents just like the rest of California. More effective drug rehab facilities are needed to help individuals in this area break free from dependence on the river of drugs traveling through the state.
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