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Are We Really in the Middle of the Deadliest Drug Crisis Ever?

By | 2017-06-08T06:35:48+00:00 June 29th, 2017|

A deadly drug crisis has swept across the United States in recent years – is this a statement of fact or fiction? From Reefer Madness to laced Halloween candy, there have been many drug scares in the United States. Many of these crises have been overblown, hyped up by the media and over concerned parents. However, the reality is that we may really be in the middle of the deadliest drug crisis ever – it just may not look like what you would expect. Just as truth is stranger than fiction, reality may be more [...]

What to Know About Tramadol and Addiction

By | 2017-06-08T06:31:07+00:00 June 25th, 2017|

In terms of prescription medication, tramadol is not well known – but that does not mean that you do not need to know about tramadol and the possibility of addiction. While tramadol (sold as Ultram in the United States) is usually deemed safer and less addictive than other opioids, there are still risk factors with both its prescription and non-medical use. With this in mind, this post examines everything that you need to know about tramadol and addiction, including the correct and incorrect use of the prescription drug. Altogether, in this discussion we address all [...]

The Ugly Truth About Crystal Meth

By | 2017-06-08T06:29:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|

Crystal meth can sometimes get buried when we talk about the most dangerous drug threats in America. We talk a lot about alcohol, which is and has been the top threat in addiction treatment ever since addiction treatment has existed. The headlines all seem to go towards prescription painkillers and heroin, the two sides of the same coin that have generated the ongoing opioid crisis. And there is no doubt that those headlines are warranted. Opioids have killed thousands upon thousands of people, just in the last few years, and is one of the biggest [...]

Changing Minds About Addiction: What if it Were Another Disease?

By | 2017-06-08T06:26:48+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Viewing addiction as a disease is relatively uncommon in the United States, as evidenced by the fact that very few people would equate addiction and cancer. This is a point of view that must be changed if the issue of addiction is truly going to be addressed. As of two years ago, close to 100 million Americans reported the use of illegal drugs, the misuse of prescription drugs, or the binge drinking of alcohol. Clearly, substance abuse and the addiction that results is a major issue in the United States. Despite this reality, there is [...]

Carrie Fisher – What We Know and What We Can Learn

By | 2017-06-21T16:46:54+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

When Carrie Fisher went into cardiac arrest and died in December 2016, everyone familiar with her struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse wondered if this was yet another tragic story about a Hollywood celebrity succumbing to personal demons. "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire live. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases." ~actress Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter This week, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner released its official autopsy report. Among the findings: The official Cause [...]

Why Crack Actually, Truly is Whack

By | 2017-06-08T06:22:56+00:00 June 18th, 2017|

It was in 2002 that late songstress Whitney Houston used the now-infamous phrase “crack is whack” in response to allegations that she was addicted to the substance. Out of context, it sounds like Houston had created a ready-made anti-drug slogan against crack cocaine addiction. But in actuality, she was making a haughty claim about her choice of drug. The full context of the quote goes like this: "Let's get one thing straight: crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack… We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack." We [...]

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a useful way to monitor opioid risk assessment.

By | 2017-11-09T20:33:42+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a Useful Way to Monitor Opioid Risk Assessment Fortunately, new tools like the Opioid Risk Tool have helped to monitor the risk for opioid addiction. There’s no denying that the opioid problem in our country has gotten out of hand. Before we discuss the tool, what it is, and how it works, let’s talk about the opioid epidemic. Some say that it’s gotten out of control, and experts believe that to be true. However, with the right intervention, it may be possible to change directions. In fact, this [...]

Syringe Vending Machines for Heroin Addicts: A Good Idea or Not?

By | 2017-06-08T06:11:35+00:00 June 10th, 2017|

Intravenous drug users (IDUs) face a vast array of dangers, some that users of other drugs will simply never have to face. While these sufferers of addiction will, of course, have to deal with the typical fallout that comes with a life driven by the need to use, IDUs are also at a higher risk of multiple additional diseases due to the common practice of sharing needles among the addicted community. As such, establishing needle exchange programs (NEPs), also known as syringe-exchange programs (SEPs) and needle and syringe programs (NSPs), have become an effective method for [...]

7 Signs Someone Close to You Is Abusing Pills

By | 2017-06-30T21:48:34+00:00 June 9th, 2017|

Prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming one of the country’s most widespread and damaging problems to date. A combination of over-prescribing doctors and under-scrutinized medical guidelines makes it easier than ever to get your hands on these powerful and deadly pills. In fact, almost half of the population is currently on at least one prescription medication and over ten percent have used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days. In addition to the addictive qualities inherent in some of these medications is the fact that abusing them might be a precursor to [...]

Here is an in-depth list of the best rehabs available in the Pacific Northwest

By | 2017-07-01T02:43:27+00:00 June 7th, 2017|

A List of the Best Rehabs in the Pacific Northwest There are many different options when it comes to rehab centers in the Pacific Northwest.  The treatment options and type of rehab programs available help people from all walks of life. Whether it’s outpatient or inpatient treatment for drugs or alcohol, this is a list of the best rehabs in the Pacific Northwest. 1. Schick Shadel Hospital Substance Abuse Program Schick Shadel Hospital has over 80 years of treating patients with proven methods to absolve substance cravings. Counter conditioning is their treatment for addiction which has [...]

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