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Alcohol Addiction

3 Ways to Get What You Need from a 12-Step Meeting During Drug Rehab and Recovery

Part of any drug addiction treatment program as well as most people’s lives after they graduate from drug and alcohol rehab are 12-step meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and others. These meetings are open to anyone who identifies themselves as an addict (in some cases, they are open to family members and supporters as well) … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get What You Need from a 12-Step Meeting During Drug Rehab and Recovery

September 3, 2009

Drug Addiction

Painkiller Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

Painkillers, especially opiate painkillers, are extremely addictive. It doesn’t matter who you are: if you take prescription medications like OxyContin, hydrocodone, Xanax, Vicodin, Fentanyl or codeine, you will build up a tolerance to opioid drugs. Eventually, you will need more of the opioid substance to achieve the initial painkilling effects. Opioid painkillers (also known as … Continue reading Painkiller Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

August 15, 2009

Drug Addiction

Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

Drug addiction is one of the biggest problems we face today. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users.[1] This statistic doesn’t include prescription drug abuse. Based on these statistics, it is clear that millions of people need help for drug abuse. Drug use creates … Continue reading Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

November 27, 2008

Cocaine Addiction

8 Dangerous Side Effects of Cocaine Addiction You Might Not Know

Despite all the research that speaks to the contrary, there are still a large number of people who are unaware of the many potential dangers of cocaine addiction. Cocaine is a stimulant that changes the pathways inside the brain and speeds up the body. The user feels happy, energetic and excited. Later, users often feel angry, … Continue reading 8 Dangerous Side Effects of Cocaine Addiction You Might Not Know

November 13, 2008

Drug Addiction

5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by High School Students Then and Now

In the forty years since the seventies, bell bottoms morphed into skinny jeans, disco gave way to electronic dance music and teens smoked less pot. But trend watchers know, there’s nothing like time to make something old seem new again. The Monitoring the Future survey, which has tracked teen substance use every year since 1975, … Continue reading 5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by High School Students Then and Now

August 13, 2008