College Students Coming Home With Addictions

By |2019-06-14T15:58:59+00:00June 25th, 2019|

When your child has gone off to college, they begin to navigate their own way through the world. Many kids will experiment with drugs and alcohol. This is fairly normal but it can also go too far. There are many different drugs of abuse in college that are highly addictive. Additionally, there’s a lot of stress in university and college. Kids might feel pressured to abuse drugs among their peers. They may use substances to let off steam from a heavy workload. Some kids will come home from school holidays or breaks already forming [...]

Clonidine Addiction Explained

By |2019-07-17T20:34:07+00:00June 17th, 2019|

While clonidine addiction isn’t necessarily the most common type of addiction today, its effects on the body, mind, and on an individual’s life can be just as destructive as many other drugs. In this article, we’ll be taking a deep look into what exactly clonidine is, what it’s used for, and how addiction begins. We’ll also be looking at what clonidine addiction looks like and what to expect from rehab treatment. All general drug information including side effects and dosages for clonidine are provided by the Mayo Clinic. Clonidine Classification Also known by [...]

WARNING: Mixing Marijuana and 207 Other Common Substances – What NOT to Do

By |2019-07-12T22:35:31+00:00June 17th, 2019|

DISCLAIMER: Northpoint Recovery is a 12-step abstinence-based program. We unequivocally do NOT recommend the use of ANY addictive or mind-altering substances, including marijuana. At the same time, we realize that marijuana is easily available to many people in America. Therefore, we are providing the following public safety information. As more states make medicinal and recreational marijuana legal, it is important to fully understand what potential drug interactions and side effects may occur when weed is used in combination with other common substances – alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit drugs, for example. This can be [...]

20 Signs That You Are Abusing Ativan

By |2019-07-12T22:36:04+00:00June 17th, 2019|

The recent suicide of musician Chris Cornell and the speculation about the prominent role that Ativan seems to have played has people asking questions about this popular antianxiety medication. Is Ativan REALLY safe? How do you know when someone is abusing Ativan? What do I do if I have an Ativan prescription? These are valid concerns. After all, Cornell had a legitimate prescription. But he also had an extensive history of drug and alcohol abuse. This means that there was a fine line between treating his anxiety disorder and safely managing his substance abuse [...]

The Portland Oregon Drug Problem – Addiction Statistics You Need to Know

By |2019-07-12T22:37:22+00:00June 16th, 2019|

The Portland Oregon drug problem is scary, and identifying the true scale of the substance abuse problem here is key if effective remedies are to be found. Here is a sobering look at addiction in Oregon. “What many don’t realize is that someone with a serious addictions disorder is going to have their body fall apart in a relatively short period. They are going to become disabled, if they don’t die first. They’re going to end up costing the taxpayer an enormous amount of money treating their serious health conditions, and then they are [...]

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?

By |2019-07-12T22:34:47+00:00June 16th, 2019|

Is drug addiction a choice or a disease? This is the question that keeps coming up in the addiction treatment community. Patients will often take one side or the other. Experts will debate the validity of addiction as a disease. Maybe you’ve even wondered the answer to this one yourself. It’s best, to begin with learning what addiction is. At that point, the answer to the question, is addiction a disease or choice? becomes much more clear. What is Addiction? An addiction is something that occurs when someone ingests a substance or engages in an activity repeatedly. [...]

How Common Are Addiction and Alcoholism in the US?

By |2019-07-12T22:34:07+00:00June 16th, 2019|

“Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately 1 in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 – roughly equal to the ENTIRE POPULATION OF TEXAS.” ~ Dr. Kima Joy Taylor, director of the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap Initiative One of the common feelings caused by the disease of addiction is an overpowering sense of loneliness. The alcoholic/addict, their friends, and their family all suffer under the mistaken belief that they are alone in their fight. Nothing could be [...]

Staying Sober in College: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction is Affecting Students Across the Nation

By |2019-06-14T15:23:51+00:00June 14th, 2019|

The college years. Many eager, young people look forward to this time in anticipation of the beginning of their adult lives. And many adults look back on this time fondly (forgetting the late nights studying for exams) and remember the good times had with the friends they made there. But, there is something looming over college students that many people are unaware of. It darkens these usually joyous times, and can even claim lives. Drug and alcohol addiction. Addiction is not usually the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think about [...]

7 Signs That Your Family Member Is Struggling with Addiction

By |2019-06-07T15:57:35+00:00June 6th, 2019|

“Does this mean that families have no role to play in the miraculous process of recovery? On the contrary…Studies have shown time and again that addicts who feel connected to a family that supports the recovery (even if that family is just one person) have a better chance of staying clean then those who believe that no one cares.” ~Beverly Conyers, Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery It’s not always easy to tell when a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, whether it is an addiction to alcohol, [...]

Overdose Death of Stormchaser Joel Taylor Highlights the Dangers of Party Drugs

By |2019-06-06T17:27:46+00:00June 4th, 2019|

On January 23rd, Joel Taylor, former star of the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, was discovered dead in his cabin aboard Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Taylor, originally from Oklahoma, was only 38. Although an official cause of death has yet to be released, multiple news outlets are reporting that Taylor actually died due to a massive overdose of GHB and possibly, several other so-called “party” or “club” drugs. Overdosing on Vacation—A Cautionary Tale “It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming [...]