Addiction & Relationships

The Justice Department Claims that Drugmaker Indivior Lied About Popular Opioid Treatment

By |2019-04-14T19:00:14+00:00April 13th, 2019|

If you’ve been following the news lately, then you’ve probably read some unsettling news. The Justice Department has recently brought charges against Indivior, the maker of Suboxone. There’s a lot of disagreements against whether Suboxone, the popular opioid treatment, actually works. This opioid treatment is currently being used by many doctors and rehab centers to treat opioid addiction. These charges come just as the government has been taking legal action against many opioid drugmakers. Many people believe that prescription opioids and opioid treatment have been driving the rise in addiction rates and have become [...]

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 [...]

Finding Hope to Prevent Relapse

By |2018-12-28T18:34:19+00:00December 26th, 2018|

Finding Hope to Prevent Relapse Recently, Northpoint Recovery's Robert Castan interviewed to spread the word on recovery and relapse during the Holiday Season. Robert shared his own struggles of being homeless and an alcoholic in the interview with Karen. After Robert's own successful recovery, he has spent his time assisting others to be as fortunate. Robert co-founded Northpoint Recovery in Boise, Idaho in 2014 to help share his experiences further. "I am extremely proud of what we have created at Northpoint Recovery, we get to do something we love and help people change their lives" [...]

Maintaining Sobriety during the Holidays

By |2018-12-28T14:26:22+00:00December 17th, 2018|

The most wonderful time of the year? For most people, the holidays are stressful times filled with expectations, parties, and spending large amounts of money. However, for those who are struggling with addiction, the holidays can become an even more stressful time. Robert Castan and Janice Fulkerson from Northpoint Recovery spoke with Gemma Gaudette from Idaho Matters. They went over how to manage the stress of the holidays while dealing with addiction. Understanding Addiction You’ve probably heard people say that addiction is a disease. It’s possible that when you first [...]

Changes in Legislature Bring Hope to Recovery

By |2018-11-23T15:37:46+00:00November 23rd, 2018|

Historically, addiction hasn’t been a topic many people are openly willing to discuss, but that is all changing. In recent decades, our society has become more open with digital communication,  resulting in information spreading faster than ever before in human history. Due to the opioid crisis and the overwhelming need to help those with addiction treatment, the federal legislature is stepping in to provide further assistance. Legislation Changes to Assist Addiction Bipartisan bill is a prime example of our federal government responding to the overwhelming feedback and discussion surrounding addiction, [...]

Getting Clean and Coming Clean – Sharing Honestly About Your Struggles With Addiction

By |2018-12-29T00:33:29+00:00October 25th, 2018|

Honesty Is a Necessary First Step On the Road to Recovery Addiction thrives in the darkness. It lurks in the shadowy recesses of the human mind, festering and growing like a mold that threatens to poison everything it touches. The only way to find freedom from the death grip of a drug or alcohol habit is to shine some light on it and expose it for what it is. When you want to break the chains of addiction, you have to make an honest admission to yourself about the reality of your situation. You [...]

Compassion: What it Means and Why it May Just Save the World

By |2018-11-12T17:28:35+00:00October 20th, 2018|

We Live in a World That Lacks Compassion At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone make this well-known proclamation, which is totally devoid of all compassion: “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there!” This is a common response when you go to a friend or family member complaining about some situation that left you feeling bewildered by the “bad” behavior of another human being.    Chances are, upon hearing this statement, you shrugged your shoulders, shook your head in agreement, and accepted it as a legitimate explanation for whatever situation you [...]

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up

By |2019-04-17T20:44:42+00:00July 10th, 2018|

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up When most people hear the word “amphetamine,” they usually think of crystal meth. At least I used to. Now, I associate it with a legal stimulant I used to take called Adderall. You may have heard of it. It is common among students looking to amp up their academic performance. In fact, college and high school kids who use the stuff call it their favorite “study buddy.” Adderall – One of America’s Favorite Amphetamines Adderall is a prescription medication commonly [...]

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play?

By |2018-12-29T00:07:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play? Chris Cornell was the front man for Soundgarden and then Audioslave. He committed suicide in 2017 and Ativan was found in his system. His wife called his actions “inexplicable”. In a recent interview, a year after his death, she said that he loved his life and would never end it. Addiction to Ativan is a deep and complex disease. According to Vicky Cornell, when she spoke to her husband by phone shortly after his Detroit performance, she noticed he was slurring his words. In a [...]

How Substance Abuse Affects Your Sex Life

By |2019-03-26T23:15:37+00:00April 12th, 2018|

There’s an old saying that refers to the fun of a “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle. But volumes of research suggest that a substance-driven lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, chronic alcoholism or drug abuse has a decidedly negative impact on your performance in the bedroom. To be clear – substance abuse can ruin your sex life. Binge-Drinking and Erectile Dysfunction Alcohol is the ultimate social lubricant. On a date, many people like to loosen up with a few drinks. But for man, consuming [...]