Since the Reagan era, the United States government has taken a strong stand when it comes to regulating possession or illegal substances. A number of illicit substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth and many others are all illegal for individuals to possess. Even drugs allowed by prescription are heavily regulated and non-medical use, possession … Continue reading Criminal Penalties for Drug Possession, Drug Addiction and Drug Distribution
Being able to connect or reconnect with others is one of the greatest benefits of recovery. It can also create some of the biggest stumbling blocks. Relationships can hurt your drug and alcohol addiction recovery. You get too involved in the relationship. You stop focusing on what you need to do to get better. Your … Continue reading Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery is Bad for Relationships
Sports rarely pique my interest. Golf does so even less often. Despite these facts, I found myself inspired by Tiger Woods’s 2008 U.S. Open win. He won this tournament despite stress fractures and a damaged ACL. He won this tournament despite being told to not even try. As ESPN reports, “Woods told the doctors who … Continue reading Strength Through Perseverance During Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Recovery gives you back your time. You may find yourself with more time on your hands than you remember how to fill. When you were using, every minute was spent thinking about, getting, and using drugs. When drugs no longer consume your life, you get to explore new interests and hobbies. One of these may … Continue reading Books That Empower Opiate Addiction Recovery
It’s a big debate among those in recovery: is medical use of prescribed medication a relapse if that medication is physically addictive? Because so many end up in drug rehab due to developing an addiction to their medical prescription for drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, Xanax and more, it’s a concern in the recovery community … Continue reading Taking Prescription Painkillers During Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Relapse or Not?
When most people stop drug use, they find that they have more free time on their hands. Time spent getting high, finding drugs or making money to pay for drugs becomes free time. When you combine this free time with the early stages of sobriety, it is normal to feel scared and even overwhelmed. If … Continue reading How to Replace Drug and Alcohol Addiction Healthfully
Very often, when drug or alcohol addiction is an issue, so too is addiction to other vices like gambling. The rush and the high from gambling is not unlike the high associated with drugs and alcohol. Certainly, the same pleasure pathway in the brain is triggered by both. The bad news is that without help, … Continue reading Gambling Addiction and Drug Addiction
Across media types, everyone exploits drug addiction: music, movies, television and now, even the theater is getting in on it. There have even been research studies done to determine the percentage of times that drug abuse and drug addiction is mentioned in different genres of music. Parent groups have formed solely to protest the number … Continue reading Drug Addiction as Entertainment: Glorification or Education?
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
For parents, there are few things worse than discovering that their child is addicted to drugs and alcohol. But there’s one thing that few parents realize: there are few things worse for your child to discover about him or herself as well. As the anti-drug commercials put it, “No one ever said, ‘When I grow … Continue reading 5 Tips to Help Your Child Heal From Drug and Alcohol Addiction