Everything You Wanted to Know About Stimulant Drugs

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jun 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, rates of emergency room visits for stimulant drugs have been steadily increasing over the last twenty years. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.2 million non-medical users of prescription stimulants in the United States, and nearly 360,000 people receive treatment for some form of stimulant addiction. In 2012, there were approximately 440,000 current meth users, which translates to roughly 0.2% of the population.


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Topics: Drug

Benefits Of Exercise During Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jun 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Addiction to drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on the balance we normally maintain when it comes to healthy diet and exercise; there are actually many benefits of exercise that can be capitalized on during rehab. Maintaining a regular aerobic exercise routine can actually lower risk of developing an addiction or relapsing from a prior addiction. Research has shown that individuals who regularly engage in exercise are less like likely to use and abuse illicit drugs, and that exercise offers special protective behavioral and neurological effects against developing a substance use disorder.



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Topics: Drug and Alcohol

Is Vivitrol the Best Option for Opioid Withdrawal?

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jun 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Once you’ve decided to live a life free from drugs and alcohol, you may want to consider asking a clinical professional about medication assisted therapy as a part of your treatment. Some of the most common medications you may read about are Suboxone, Vivitrol, Antabuse, Methadone, and Campral. However, these medications can’t get you clean on their own. What these drugs do is help to curb cravings and lessen the negative side effects of withdrawal symptoms that make recovery so difficult.

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Topics: Vivitrol

5 More Recovery Songs for Addicts

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jun 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Struggling addicts and those going through recovery often feel alone, misunderstood, and hopeless. When one needs motivation music and recovery songs are a great place to turn for comfort and inspiration. In fact, there are more hits about addiction and recovery than you would think, and many songs you likely never realized were about the topic. For motivation on getting and staying sober, keep reading!

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Benzodiazepines

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jun 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults who filled a benzodiazepine prescription increased by 67% from 8.1 million to 13.5 million, while the number of benzodiazepines more than tripled from 1.1 kg per 100,000 adults to 3.6 kg. The National Institute on Drug Abuse attributed more than 8791 deaths from benzo overdose in 2015 compared to 1135 in 1999, translating to growth roughly 40 times that of the US population in that period.

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What To Do When Someone Relapses

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jun 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Relapses can happen-What to do when someone relapses is important information you need to know. While some individuals are more predisposed to relapsing after recovery, some individuals are just unfortunate and fall back into bad habits. Regardless of how your loved one was led to their relapse, it is important that you help them get back on track in order to save their life. Learn about ways you can help someone who relapses by reading the following tips. 

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Topics: relapse prevention

A Brief History of Drug Enforcement in the United States

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jun 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM
Federal and state regulation of drugs and drug enforcement in the United States has its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our current understanding of addiction and narcotics policies has evolved considerably over the last 200 years, but as new synthetic drugs continue to flood the market, we have to remain amenable to new methods of treatment and regulation.
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Topics: Drug and Alcohol

Signs of Alcoholism

Posted by Sarah Edwards on Jun 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The signs of alcoholism is very tough to diagnose, especially because in United States, many adults consume alcohol in one form or another at parties, bars, restaurants, or at home. This recurring action is referred to as social drinking. However, drinking alcohol excessively can become a slippery slope that could ultimately lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism is defined as the physical or mental dependence on alcohol. Because casual drinking is so prevalent in our society, it makes it hard to diagnose an alcohol addiction. Despite this, many friends and loved ones can begin to see the warning signs of alcoholism in someone they care about before they do.

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Topics: Alcohol

Top 5 Films About Addiction

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM


We have explored the relevance of addiction in music through our recent posts on recovery songs, and today we will dive into the portrayal of drug use through cinema. Addiction is a compelling and enticing theme that directors target to shine a light on, and create interest around an issue not often talked about. An accurate film about addiction shows the painful reality of recovery, relapse, and everything in between. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for movies to offer an unrealistic portrayal of the struggle, glamorizing drug usage through humor, money, and fame. When analyzing films about addiction, it is essential to focus on ones that show the real, dangerous, life-threatening consequences of substance abuse. Luckily, there are many fantastic, eye-opening films that offer insight into the challenges and struggles of those facing addiction. These films will leave you straying away from illegal substances and alcohol abuse at all costs, as devastation and heartbreak is guaranteed.


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Topics: Addiction

Do Safe Injection Sites Work?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Safe Injection Sites


Safe Injection Sites (also known as SCF’s or Safe Consumption Facilities along with MSIC’s or Medically Supervised Injection Centers) are locations (usually state/federal funded or non-profit) that allow people who use drugs to safely inject them with sterilized equipment under the supervision of caring and clinically trained staff. These facilities are usually staffed with medical professionals and have access to opioid overdose preventative medication such as naloxone, along with first aid equipment, healthcare educational material, and referrals for addiction treatment centers nearby. In a study compiled in 2014 on SCF’s in Europe, the majority of facilities were found to provide the following services:

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