Addiction Information

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 [...]

Meth Bugs: The Nightmare Reality of Imaginary Meth Mites

By |2019-06-06T17:27:21+00:00June 3rd, 2019|

Meth bugs. Meth mites. Crank bugs. Ice mites. Whatever you call them, they are an awful imaginary reality in the daily lives of methamphetamine users. What causes these imaginary bugs? If you are familiar with the effects of methamphetamines, you know a meth addict when you see one. Meth Bugs: The Nightmare Reality of Imaginary Meth Mites Methamphetamine users are characterized by the sores on their faces, arms, and other body parts caused by picking at their skin. These sores can range from small marks on the skin to severe scabs caused by repeatedly [...]

Flexeril High: Why This Muscle Relaxer is Creating Dependency

By |2019-06-06T16:30:38+00:00June 1st, 2019|

Flexeril High: Why This Muscle Relaxer is Creating Dependency The DEA found that nearly 25 million prescriptions were given out for cyclobenzaprine, the active ingredient in Flexeril. As a muscle relaxant, it is often used for back pain. Flexeril is believed to be much less addictive than other pain killers. “Get help from our 28-Day Drug Rehab Program – Designed to help you avoid relapses and maintain long-term sobriety” The technical name of the active compound in Flexeril is cyclobenzaprine which can be found in a variety of different products. The Flexeril dosage comes [...]

Comparing and Contrasting: The 4 Types of Bipolar Disorder

By |2019-06-06T17:26:52+00:00May 29th, 2019|

Bipolar disorder has four distinct types and is a bigger problem than people realize. Currently, this disorder affects more than 5.8 million Americans. With the rates of mental illnesses rising in the U.S., it’s clear this battle will not end soon. Comparing and Contrasting: The 4 Types of Bipolar Disorder The characteristics of bipolar disorder revolve around normal, manic, and depressive phases. The term “Euthymia” refers to having a normal mood. This ‘normal’ phase means being in a positive, tranquil, and stable mental state. In the manic phase, the individual has an abnormal elevated [...]

The History of Quaaludes (Methaqualone) Abuse and Addiction

By |2019-06-13T16:38:44+00:00May 27th, 2019|

The Interesting History of Quaaludes Methaqualone was legal from 1961 – 1984. The bootleg period existed from 1984 – 1988. Then it just disappeared. The drug name “Quaalude” combined the words “quiet” and “interlude.” Quaaludes today are as mythical as a unicorn but the truth is, they did once exist. The story of Quaaludes is quite interesting too. It molds how the DEA and medical industry control substances today. It was in the 1950’s that a lab in India synthesized Methaqualone. It was originally found to fight malaria and was also recognized to be a [...]

Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide

By |2019-06-06T17:25:39+00:00May 25th, 2019|

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 |2019-06-06T17:25:09+00:00May 23rd, 2019|

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 [...]

Morning Glory High: How and Why Teens Abuse Flower Seeds

By |2019-06-06T17:24:23+00:00May 19th, 2019|

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 self-recorded the effects of what he claimed to be psychedelic plant seeds. The Morning Glory seeds he ingests “definitely make me laugh,” he claimed. As word spread, local police convinced the local Home Depot in Somerset, Massachusetts to pull Morning Glory seeds off the shelves, [...]