Addiction Recovery

10 Things You Can Do to Strengthen Your Recovery

Anyone fresh from drug rehab knows the importance of putting her recovery first. In all things, no matter what comes up, there is nothing more important than staying sober after addiction. Staying actively engaged during recovery includes attending therapy, maintaining a medication schedule (if necessary) and continuing to pursue the most beneficial treatments. In most … Continue reading 10 Things You Can Do to Strengthen Your Recovery

General Issues

Cold Turkey vs. Medication: Which Heroin Detox Option Is Right for You?

Heroin has interrupted your life. It has hurt you physically and emotionally. It has damaged or destroyed relationships with friends, family members, and significant others. You are tired of addiction and ready to begin recovery. You may have tried to reduce your use in the past, or this may be your first time thinking about … Continue reading Cold Turkey vs. Medication: Which Heroin Detox Option Is Right for You?

Drug Addiction

10% of Patients with Painkiller Scripts Develop Addiction

Painkiller addiction in the United States has skyrocketed in the last decade. For example, in 2012, healthcare providers wrote 259 million painkiller prescriptions. This amount is enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.[1] Despite widespread education available on the subject, the problem is a constant struggle for millions of people. Statistics … Continue reading 10% of Patients with Painkiller Scripts Develop Addiction

Addiction Warning Signs

High-Functioning Addiction: What It Looks Like, How to Help

Some addicts wear their addiction on their sleeve and openly talk about their struggles with substance abuse. However, many addicts live with what is termed “high-functioning addiction.” A high-functioning addict is both physically and psychologically dependent upon their drug of choice, but they still manage to hold down a job and/or remain part of an intact … Continue reading High-Functioning Addiction: What It Looks Like, How to Help

Drug Abuse

Synthetic Marijuana vs. Natural Marijuana Plants: Which Is Worse for You?

In the past few years, a number of synthetic drugs dubbed synthetic marijuana have hit the black market.[1] Initially legal—because they are as yet unregulated—these drugs often sit on the shelves of truck stops, head shops and online retail establishments in innocent packaging bearing names like “Vanilla Sky” and often described as bath salts with … Continue reading Synthetic Marijuana vs. Natural Marijuana Plants: Which Is Worse for You?

Addiction Recovery

Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA

12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are excellent ways to supplement drug rehab. Though these programs do not provide addiction treatment, they offer support to those who are new to sobriety and those who have years invested in abstinent living. For people seeking recovery from addiction, twelve-step programs can provide … Continue reading Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA