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

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

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?

Drug Rehab

Should Moms on Methadone Have Their Parental Rights Taken Away?

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), there were five times as many pregnant women using opiate drugs in 2009 than there were in the year 2000.[1] This rapid escalation is likely due to the boom in prescription painkiller abuse over the last decade. This explosion of abuse, especially involving pregnant … Continue reading Should Moms on Methadone Have Their Parental Rights Taken Away?

Addiction Recovery

Can Traditional Native American Sweat Lodges Help Treat Drug Addiction?

Many studies and considerable anecdotal evidence support the theory that cultural and spiritual connections can assist individuals as they move through the drug recovery process. Addicts seeking alternatives to the typical counseling and 12-Step model of drug treatment are now employing spiritual concepts, both ancient and modern. Native American sweat lodges are one tradition that … Continue reading Can Traditional Native American Sweat Lodges Help Treat Drug Addiction?

Addiction Recovery

Can a Vegetarian Diet Improve Your Mood During Drug Addiction Recovery?

Most everyone has met the yoga-practicing, meditation-touting vegetarian that claims no one should ever ingest the soul of another living animal; to them, it’s a matter of preserving good karma, spiritual self and physical health. Recent findings may support this concept, at least in part. Although it’s obviously impossible to accurately “test” people’s karma, some … Continue reading Can a Vegetarian Diet Improve Your Mood During Drug Addiction Recovery?

Addiction Recovery

What Happens When a Drug- or Alcohol-Addicted Couple Seeks Treatment?

We often only hear about one family member struggling with addiction while everyone else tries to intervene and provide support. However, it is not uncommon for couples to be struggling with a substance abuse issue simultaneously. Dysfunctional dynamics often develop in order to keep the family unit together during the addiction process. If both of … Continue reading What Happens When a Drug- or Alcohol-Addicted Couple Seeks Treatment?