The cruel health effects of meth addiction

Methamphetamines are extremely addicting and the withdrawal symptoms are severe, making it difficult to quit. And as if meth addiction wasn’t bad enough in itself, new research shows that most meth addicts also grapple with many health problems, behavior problems, and sometimes life-threatening hardships. Meth addicts are likely to find themselves in serious and complex …

Vaporizing damaged teenagers; Now Juul has to pay $ 40 million to settle a lawsuit

There is some compelling evidence to suggest that vaping from e-cigarettes often paves the way for cannabis use, especially among young people. And in recent news, major e-cigarette maker Juul recently lost a lawsuit over its role in the scary marketing of Juul e-cigarettes to teens. Unfortunately, the even worse risk, the link between e-cigarette …

Supersized Alcopops – a dangerous alcoholic beverage marketed to minors

A study of drug and alcohol addiction shows that a significant percentage of alcohol intoxication from oversized alcopops occurs in underage drinkers (46%). This information is alarming, and begs the question of whether oversized alcopops are intentionally made and marketed to underage consumers. What are oversized alcopops? And should such a product even be on …

Protect your recovery with emotional intelligence

The elements of emotional intelligence speak to them more than the alliterative way they dance on the tongue. Use the facets of Using emotional intelligence is critical to assessing and creating safe rooms for processing and protecting against threats to your recovery. Similar to the intellect emotional intelligence (EQ) measures your ability to absorb, process …

What effects does drug addiction have on the environment?

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon as a representative of the South American deforestation for cocaine plantations. (Image courtesy Purdom and Nokes 2014) Substance abuse harms the ecosystem. This damage is a researched and documented fact – albeit perhaps little known and surprising. In recent years there has been increased awareness of the deteriorating state of …

Do Doctors Still Prescribing Too Much Opioids?

The United States is in an addiction epidemic. There are several contributing factors, but one reason is the increase in the prescription of pain relievers by doctors in the early 2000s. Although some of these prescribing trends have declined in the 2010s, recent information shows that some practitioners are still prescribing opioids when not needed. …

An honest rest: the good, the bad, the ugly

Recovery should feel like hope. But for many who live with addiction, the extent of the unknown can be crippling in recovery. Uncertainty about your future can prevent you from breaking free from the chains of addiction and seeking the assisted treatment you deserve. Fear of what your future might bring, or worse, failure, are …

Xylazine – Makes the opioid epidemic even more deadly

Photo from gevende / iStockPhoto.com There’s a new drug on the scene that, despite efforts by the DEA and other law enforcement agencies to prevent people from using it, continues to appear in reports of opioid overdoses. Xylazine overdose deaths are reported across the United States, particularly Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Xylazine is …