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How Boundaries are Important in Recovery

How Boundaries are Important in Recovery

Boundaries can be a new concept for some families who are dealing with an addict in their lives. Often times addiction has to get worse before it can get better. Families may find it extremely difficult or uncomfortable having to take a step back from helping their...

What Does Heroin Do to Your Body and Brain?

What Does Heroin Do to Your Body and Brain?

Any kind of drug or chemical that is put into the body is going to have effects on how the body naturally functions. Drugs such as heroin can cause significant damage to the brain and other vital organs. Some of these damaging effects can be seen almost immediately...

Who Caused the Opioid Crisis?

Who Caused the Opioid Crisis?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in America in 2017. 47,000 were from opioids and 36% of those were from prescription opioids. Most of these prescription pain medication overdose deaths were...

How To Handle A Drug Addict Child

How To Handle A Drug Addict Child

It is important to be aware of the changes in the people around you; especially those you take personal responsibility for, such as a child. These changes could be an indication of something worse than just hormones or a bad day. With the wide-spread drug culture in...

How To Stop Cell Phone Addiction

How To Stop Cell Phone Addiction

Nomophobia is the fear of being without your phone for any period of time. I am a proud Millennial, but I'm also, not-so-proudly, on my phone more than I probably should be. In fact, most people in this generation are addicted to their cell phone to some extent. In a...

The Drug Epidemic: History Repeating

The Drug Epidemic: History Repeating

Opium has been used as a pain reliever for centuries. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Persians are all known to have used it medicinally and, most likely, recreationally. It is questioned whether or not people in those times knew how addictive it was,...

Can Marijuana Kill You

Can Marijuana Kill You

We’ve heard marijuana described as a “gateway drug”, and “the Devil’s lettuce”, especially by overbearing mothers… but can marijuana actually kill you, though? Considering that marijuana was, until recently, considered a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, comparable to some...

When is Drinking a Problem In a Relationship

When is Drinking a Problem In a Relationship

Many couples enjoy going out together and drinking, whatever that might mean for you. Some couples like to blackout and not remember it. Others prefer a single glass of wine over dinner, and then to go home afterward. Some couples drink at home and watch movies, or...

Can Cocaine Cause Depression?

Can Cocaine Cause Depression?

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that increases dopamine production in the brain for short periods of time, creating a sense of euphoria and a burst in energy. This can be an extreme high, but the side effects can be exponentially worse, and permanently detrimental to your...

The Stages of Addiction

The Stages of Addiction

Most people who use drugs don’t become addicted. For those that do, it doesn’t happen overnight. It might take weeks, months, or years depending on the person and the drugs of choice. Heredity, gender, access to drugs, and socioeconomic status all play a part. It’s...