Michaels House Blog

NIDA Adds Up the Results of Marijuana Abuse and Addiction Studies

July 30, 2014
In an effort to clear up any confusion that may remain about whether or not marijuana is addictive or dangerous, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at a range of studies performed on [...]

Made in China: Synthetic Drugs Coming into US Cut Off at the Source

July 28, 2014
In the past few years, a new crop of illicit substances termed “synthetic drugs” has been a growing problem across the country. Ever-evolving in chemical makeup, the creators of the drugs stay one step ahead of the law by creating new forms of these substances [...]

Mars and Venus: Prescription Drugs Affect Men and Women Differently

July 25, 2014
People have been tracking the differences between men and women for decades, but oddly, little attention has been paid to the differences in how men and women respond to different medications. Dosages are usually based on weight or on the individual response with little attention [...]

Top 10 Hardest Drinking States in the Country

July 23, 2014
Fox News took the liberty of gathering a few facts and culling some statistics to determine which state in the US consumes the most alcohol per capita. Why? For starters, they note a bold statistic from the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) [...]

FDA Proposes Use of Social Media for Prescription Drug Danger Awareness

July 21, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is thinking outside the box when it comes to regulating drug companies and helping them to increase the safety of consumers who use their products. According to ABC News, the FDA has proposed that drug companies utilize social media [...]

Brain Changes and Porn Addiction: The Connection

July 17, 2014
Is it possible to be addicted to porn? Many say “yes” based solely on the fact that many can become compulsive in their use of porn and unable to keep it from negatively impacting other areas of their life. But there is now scientific evidence [...]

Are You Afraid of Recovery?

July 15, 2014
Recovery from addiction is a challenge for the body and the psyche as well. Rebuilding one’s life from start to finish – relationships, perspectives, coping mechanisms, and goals – may seem daunting at first, and this fear has made many patients report that they procrastinated [...]

Huge Leap in Number of ER Visits Caused by Crystal Meth

July 11, 2014
Crystal meth was a huge problem in the United States in the early 2000s, but a crackdown on dangerous meth labs decimated the issue across the country, causing production of the drug to shift south of the border between 2005 and 2007. In recent years, [...]

Heroin Takes New York

July 9, 2014
When it comes to heroin abuse and addiction in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo is ready to take action. He recently announced his intention to put an additional 100 state police investigators on the job working with local police departments with the goal of [...]

Top 3 New Novels on Addiction

July 7, 2014
Reading at the beach or by the pool is one of the best ways to pass the time in the summer, and those who are just out of drug rehab may prefer to opt for literary choices that will enhance their growth in early recovery. [...]