General Issues

The Future of Drug Use

Addiction usually begins as innocent experimentation with drugs that are thought to be safe because they are legal. But when alcohol and marijuana are no longer enough, and recreational drug users get bored with their experiences, prescription opioids and heroin are often the next step. But even one dose of heroin can start a person … Continue reading The Future of Drug Use

Addiction Recovery

Why Residential Treatment Works for Young People Addicted to Opiates

Young people who seek inpatient treatment at a facility that treats both substance use and mental health disorders not only reclaim their lives but they also save the health care system millions of dollars annually. That’s per new research published in Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. While most research looking at opioid addiction focuses on … Continue reading Why Residential Treatment Works for Young People Addicted to Opiates

Drug Addiction

After California’s Prop 47, Many Addicts Are Worse Off Than Before

In 2014, California held a referendum on whether or not to re-categorize certain non-violent offenses, including drug possession and petty theft, as misdemeanors, rather than felonies. Nearly 60 percent of the public voted in favor of the change. Proposition 47 was implemented, releasing roughly 13,500 inmates from California’s correctional facilities. For addicts, it should have … Continue reading After California’s Prop 47, Many Addicts Are Worse Off Than Before

Addiction Recovery

Addiction on the Circuit: The Palm Springs White Party and Finding LGBT-Friendly Treatment that Works

A crystal methamphetamine epidemic continues to rip through the Southern California gay community, where crystal meth has emerged as the drug of choice among gay men. Many guys first try meth and designer club drugs such as “X” and “Special K” at the famed White Party in Palm Springs, one of the hottest so-called “gay … Continue reading Addiction on the Circuit: The Palm Springs White Party and Finding LGBT-Friendly Treatment that Works

Addiction Recovery

The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals

When it comes to finding a path to recovery and staying on it, people tend to be more successful when aided by trained mental health and addiction treatment professionals, even if the process of getting sober really is about self-discovery. Members of the LGBT community who face substance use disorders likely do so with many … Continue reading The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals

Drug Addiction

“Tough Love” Isn’t the Only Approach to Helping Your Opioid-Addicted Child

It’s a situation in which nobody wants to be. Yet a growing number of people are dealing with the heartbreak of having a child who’s addicted to opioids. Whether or not you have children, empathizing with the helplessness of the situation isn’t hard to do. The fear that one’s son or daughter will overdose is … Continue reading “Tough Love” Isn’t the Only Approach to Helping Your Opioid-Addicted Child

Mental Health and Addiction Treament

Top UK Mental Health Professional Goes Public About Stay in Psychiatric Hospital, Shatters Stigma

There is a misconception that people who work in the upper ranks of healthcare, particularly the mental health field, are immune from mental illness themselves. The idea is that they always carry with them the proper toolbox for addressing any mental health problem. But that’s not how it works, as a bold post on the … Continue reading Top UK Mental Health Professional Goes Public About Stay in Psychiatric Hospital, Shatters Stigma

Addiction Recovery

Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?

It has been a question swirling around communities for quite some time now, and it’s finally coming to a head: If you can’t save your loved one by convincing them to get into treatment, should you carry naloxone to prevent a deadly overdose, just in case? This is no longer the “elephant in the room,” … Continue reading Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?