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Addiction Recovery

Can You Support Your Addicted Loved One Without Enabling Their Addiction?

Many families believe that because they are against their loved one’s drug abuse, there’s no way they could actually be lengthening the amount of time their loved one spends in addiction by doing or saying certain things. How is it possible? Unfortunately, enabling an addiction can happen despite the best of intentions. Consider: Bailing them … Continue reading Can You Support Your Addicted Loved One Without Enabling Their Addiction?

November 8, 2013

Drug Addiction

Rich People and Heroin: The Path to a Deadly Addiction

Once associated with poor inner cities, heroin use has a new image. It’s the chic drug of choice for some in upper-income brackets in exclusive neighborhoods. In some cases, drug dealers make personal deliveries to these fashionable areas, and they even run specials to attract their young, urban professional clientele.[1] In fact, heroin use is … Continue reading Rich People and Heroin: The Path to a Deadly Addiction

July 25, 2013

Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal Meth Abuse Associated With Cognitive Decline

The negative effects of illicit substances like crystal meth have long been documented, but a new study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology has supplied evidence that points to crystal meth as the cause of reduced cognitive abilities in a number of users. There have been other studies that have looked into the cognitive effects of crystal … Continue reading Crystal Meth Abuse Associated With Cognitive Decline

March 15, 2013

Drug Abuse

Xylazine: The Zombie Maker

On This Page: Puerto Rico’s Drug War Xylazine Xylazine and the U.S. Help for Drug Addiction There’s a new moniker for Puerto Rico: Zombie Island. Residents say that abuse of a new drug, xylazine, is turning its users into zombies.[1] There seem to be so many people abusing the drug that an epidemic of undead appears … Continue reading Xylazine: The Zombie Maker

March 13, 2013

Drug Abuse

Craigslist Drug Ring Busted

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has been cracking down on online sales of prescription medications over Craigslist over the last 11 months. Their investigative work led to 21 arrests and the seizure of more than $19,000 in prescription pills and $10,400 of cocaine. The individuals who allegedly peddled these medications came from a wide … Continue reading Craigslist Drug Ring Busted

January 5, 2013

Addiction Warning Signs

Synthetic Cathinones: The Dangers of Bath Salts

The most recent estimates approximate that 10 million people worldwide use the khat plant for its euphoric high.[i] Despite such large numbers using the drug internationally, most Americans have never heard of it. However, these chemicals known as cathinones, responsible for the stimulating euphoria, are not a new invention. People around the world have been using the … Continue reading Synthetic Cathinones: The Dangers of Bath Salts

December 24, 2012

Addiction Warning Signs

Is Involuntary Commitment to Addiction Treatment the Answer to Chronic Addiction?

Current information about drug addiction in the United States is absolutely mind-boggling. For example, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.[1] This out-of-control problem has many families at their wit’s end. How can you treat this serious problem when … Continue reading Is Involuntary Commitment to Addiction Treatment the Answer to Chronic Addiction?

December 14, 2012

Addiction Warning Signs

The Connection Between Drug Addiction and Brain Trauma

Many professional athletes suffer from drug addiction. Some athletes—such as boxers, football players and hockey players—are more likely to suffer from brain trauma because the nature of their jobs. The official term for brain trauma is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE occurs when trauma takes place in the brain from repeated head injuries.[1] Many professionals … Continue reading The Connection Between Drug Addiction and Brain Trauma

July 17, 2012