NorthPoint Recovery Blog 2017-09-21T17:27:52+00:00

How to Identify, Prevent and Treat Cellulitis Infections Among IV Drug Users

By | February 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that causes extreme inflammation and reddening of the skin. Although anybody can contract it, the condition is commonly found in IV drug users. When left untreated, the infection will quickly spread to the soft tissue underneath the skin and have long-term effects on the [...]

Fundamental Attribution Error – How Mistaken Motives Impede Recovery

By | February 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

What is fundamental attribution error and how does it contribute to addiction? Addiction is a complicated disease. There are many causal and contributing factors that play a role in the development of and the progression of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) – genetics, environment, childhood exposure, trauma, co-occurring mental [...]

A Review: The Stages of Alcoholism and Alcoholic Subtypes

By | February 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

       The four stages of alcoholism and the five alcoholic subtypes are scientific definitions that are proven to be true. The stages describe the way that alcoholism progresses in an individual, and the subtypes give a kind of bird’s eye view of different categories of alcoholics. In this article, [...]

Heroin Overdose: Facts, Stats, Treatments and Odds of Recovery

By | February 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

In 2016, 13,219 Americans died due to a heroin overdose. To put that number in proper perspective, that is a 533% increase since 2002.  In fact, heroin is one of the driving factors behind the ongoing opioid epidemic. Heroin – How Big Is the Drug [...]

Star Treatment: The Senseless Overdose Deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Tom Petty

By | February 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

“Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.” ~ Wife Dana and daughter Andria Petty, on Tom Petty’s [...]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy

By | February 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS, is often overlooked when people discuss the consequences of drinking. Alcohol addiction has devastating consequences for individuals. However, alcohol abuse can also have dramatic and tragic consequences for the most vulnerable elements of society: babies. One of the most severe results of using and [...]

Morning Glory High: How and Why Teens Abuse Flower Seeds

By | February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Understanding the Hallucinogenic Effects of Flower Seeds What started out as a YouTube video from a Massachusetts teenager who consumed Morning Glory seeds to get high ended up as something of a public health crisis that put several other children in the hospital. The anonymous and reckless young man [...]

Wrinkles, Lines, and Damage: Substance Abuse Effects on Aging

By | February 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Alcohol and drug abuse can have dramatic effects on your skin and appearance. Many reports deal with the ways that drugs and alcohol affect your health. However, substance abuse effects on aging and skin damage don’t get the same attention. Drug and alcohol abuse has many effects on the [...]

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