Addiction Information

Amanda Bynes: How Stress Fuels Addiction and Relapse

By |2019-03-06T17:15:26+00:00March 6th, 2019|

DISCLAIMER: Amanda Bynes’ battles with addiction and mental health issues are well-publicized.  Now that reports have come out about her current situation, we will look at how stress can affect addiction and In November 2018, in an interview with Paper magazine former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes made several refreshingly-candid revelations about her history of bizarre behavior. According to the 32-year-old actress, the public meltdowns she experienced a decade ago were caused by a serious drug problem, specifically involving marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and especially Adderall, the prescription stimulant typically given to patients with ADHD. The [...]

Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

By |2019-03-06T17:15:45+00:00February 21st, 2019|

“The research evidence clearly demonstrates that a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment typically is a recipe for failure.” ~ National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Is abstinence the ONLY way to recover from alcohol or drug addiction? Can problem drinkers and drug users learn to manage their addictions through moderate use? Or is there a middle ground? Right now, the substance abuse crisis is worse than it has ever been.  Last year, well over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses, while alcohol claimed the lives of more than 88,000. And despite massive public [...]

FDA Approves New Non-Opioid Drug for Use in Reducing Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

By |2019-04-18T17:08:36+00:00October 10th, 2018|

If you live in the United States, you’ve almost certainly heard of the opioid crisis. It’s been addressed by presidential candidates, doctors, and celebrities. It was the cause of death of about 42,000 U.S. citizens in 2016. Its effects are present in every state and amongst every demographic. The push for treatment and recovery options for opioid addicts is stronger than ever before because so many people are suffering. Thankfully for those trying to get help for themselves or those they love, the U.S. FDA recently approved a new drug. This new drug is [...]

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms and Side-Effects: Must Know Info

By |2018-12-28T16:15:59+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are said to be one of the hardest things any addict will ever face. This is compared to other drugs that cause addiction. Decades ago, use of the drug would be unheard of in the mainstream. There is a stigma that only homeless junkies would ever get involved in such a dangerous street drug. Sadly, the prescription opioid epidemic has caused average people to turn to heroin because it’s easier and cheaper to obtain. The cause of addiction with opioids are due to how it works within the body. It doesn’t [...]

International Overdose Awareness Day

By |2019-01-07T20:15:31+00:00September 9th, 2018|

International Overdose Awareness Day “No area of the United States is exempt from this epidemic – we all know a friend, family member, or loved one devastated by opioids” ~ CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. We attended International Overdose Awareness Day because too many people are dying unnecessarily. Each day over 115 people overdose on opioids and die in the United States (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018). From January 2017 to January 2018 the US saw an increase in overdose deaths by 6.3%, which the CDC reports is an underreported number based [...]

JUUL– The Crowned Jewel of Nicotine Vape Products

By |2019-04-01T18:29:16+00:00September 6th, 2018|

Juul – The Reigning Champ of Nicotine Vaporizers Electronic cigarettes, also commonly known as “e-cigs” or “vapes,” have become widely popular among people of all age groups in recent years – especially high school and college students. However, when it comes to popularity, one brand, in particular, reigns supreme. If Budweiser is the king of beers, JUUL is the king of nicotine vaporizers. When it comes to vaping, Americans have spoken: JUUL is cool. (It’s pronounced “jewel,” by the way. Word on the street is that the acronym stands for “JUice USB Lighting.”) As [...]

The Ugly Truth About Opiate Withdrawal

By |2018-11-16T15:34:12+00:00September 1st, 2018|

The Ugly Truth About Opiate Withdrawal The thought of having to endure withdrawal is terrifying if you are addicted to opioid substances like heroin, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, or Fentanyl. You may be ready to kick your habit, but you’re terrified of what will happen if you do. This is what keeps you hooked even though you want to quit. Opioid Withdrawal – It’s A Necessary Evil If You Want To Kick Your Habit You know that if you stop suddenly using your drug of choice, your system will react in violent protest. Basically, your body [...]

Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide

By |2018-12-29T02:00:07+00:00August 27th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: Although the death of Anthony Bourdain has been ruled a suicide, there are no reports at this time that drugs or alcohol were involved. However, Bourdain had a well-documented personal history of addiction and spoke often about his recovery. We therefore provide this information about his life to educate others who are struggling about substance abuse or mental health issues. Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide From the outside, it’s a mystery—Why would a world-famous figure like Anthony Bourdain take his own life? After all, by any [...]

9 Truthful Songs About Addiction and Recovery

By |2018-12-10T17:44:24+00:00August 23rd, 2018|

Music. When it comes to artistic expression that communicates the depth of the human experience, there is nothing like it. Sure, we are moved by beautiful artwork, literature, theater, and dance. Oh, but, music! It has a way of reaching in and grabbing us by the soul. One author wrote in Psychology Today that “music is a universal language.” We hear lyrics that speak to us and immediately feel a profound human connection. This connection transcends race, gender, economic status, and social barriers. This is especially true when it comes to songs about addiction [...]

Johnny Manziel: “Johnny Football” Is Putting Recovery First

By |2019-03-26T13:52:11+00:00August 10th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: Northpoint Recovery applauds Johnny Manziel as he focuses on his mental health and continued sobriety. His is a good example of how ANYONE can recover, with the right professional help and support. Once upon a time, Johnny Manziel led what seemed to be a charmed life. Growing up in a small town in Texas, he achieved “folk hero” status for his gridiron accomplishments in high school. He won the Mr. Texas Football award and was even honored as a prep-level All-American. His athletic success followed him to college. After receiving scholarship offers from [...]