Recovery

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

By | 2018-10-07T20:44:10+00:00 October 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 [...]

The 12 Steps According to Russell Brand

By | 2018-09-07T03:42:52+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

(WARNING: Explicit Language) What does Russell Brand have to teach us? Brand is something of a 21st-century Renaissance Man – stand-up comedian, TV personality, radio host, actor, activist, and author, He’s come a long way from what he describes as a difficult English childhood to fortune and fame. But Brand’s most startling metamorphosis has been going from a debauched early life of drug and sex addiction to a healthier life of long-enduring sobriety—over 15 years and counting. And from his unique perspective, Brand wants to give back by sharing the hope and messages of [...]

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center Scams – What to Look Out For

By | 2018-09-03T04:58:06+00:00 September 5th, 2018|

“It’s a horrible business. It’s ugly. It doesn’t mean all rehabs are bad. But because of the lack of regulation, there’s a huge potential for fraud.” ~ Deb Herzog, former federal prosecutor who has investigated the rehab industry Here’s the bad news –According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are almost 23 million Americans aged 12 and up who have had a Substance Use Disorder within the past year. Here’s the worse news –Only about 3.8 million of those received ANY [...]

Johnny Manziel: “Johnny Football” Is Putting Recovery First

By | 2018-08-10T03:09:47+00:00 August 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 [...]

What Kinds of Addictions Can Naltrexone Treat?

By | 2018-10-07T20:48:49+00:00 July 11th, 2018|

Naltrexone is a medication that helps people stop taking opioids or drinking alcohol. The opioid epidemic in the U.S. is the worst drug crisis the country has ever seen. The overdoses that are happening with opioids are the leading cause of death for people under 50 years old in the U.S. Last year, opioids killed nearly 64,000 Americans. It is one of the drugs that was developed to help people recover from an opioid addiction. It also works to aid those who are looking to abstain from alcohol abuse. It is capable of blocking [...]

8 Confessions of a Heroin Junkie

By | 2018-06-02T16:38:03+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Addiction to heroin crept up on me. It started with a prescription for opioids to manage pain after I had a car accident. It’s hard to believe that a legal drug would have been the catalyst for a decade long bout abusing heroin. This isn’t uncommon sadly and many won’t ever get out of the cycle. I did eventually get clean. I was one of the lucky ones. A chronic heroin abuser will experience a 97% relapse rate. Most people using heroin will die of an overdose within 10 years of first starting. My [...]

Everything You Need to Know about Emotional Relapse

By | 2018-04-07T00:21:12+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|

Did you know that there are definite warning signs that come before a relapse into drug or alcohol abuse? In fact, a relapse happens in stages. The first stage is known as “emotional relapse”. Addiction is a chronic and recurring disease of the brain. This means people recovering from any substance abuse disorder have to remain constantly vigilant if they want to avoid relapsing into active drinking and drug use. Creating a personal relapse prevention plan is a crucial part of any successful program of recovery. First Things First – [...]

Drug Psychosis: Why a Woman Gouged Out Her Own Eyes While on Meth

By | 2018-03-21T00:45:04+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

On February 6 of this year, Kaylee Muthart, a pretty young 20-year-old from Anderson, South Carolina, ripped out her own eyes while high on methamphetamine. What she thought was a religious sacrifice was in fact a delusion brought on by an episode of drug-induced psychosis. Now blinded for life, Kaylee is speaking up about her descent into drug addiction in the hopes of helping others avoid similar tragedies. Once upon a Time – A Life before Drugs “I had been a straight-A student in Anderson, South Carolina—I was even in [...]

Explained: Narconon and Its Connection to Scientology

By | 2018-01-04T02:11:16+00:00 January 10th, 2018|

Referring to Narconon, Tony Ortega wrote, “Scientology advertises that they’re going to give you individualized drug counseling. And they’re very careful never to tell you that you won’t be talking about drugs at all. You’re just getting Scientology training.” That assertion by Ortega, a journalist who has been writing about Scientology since 1995, does not present a unique or biased position. Rather, since its inception, Narconon has been a magnet for both controversy and criticism. First Things First – What Is Narconon? Narconon presents itself as a substance abuse treatment [...]

Starting the New Year Sober

By | 2018-01-03T05:20:13+00:00 January 4th, 2018|

I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute – if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities? And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk. ~ Craig Ferguson Many alcoholics and addicts choose to make the New Year the starting point for when they finally seek treatment for their Substance Use Disorder (SUD).  There’s just something that seems fitting about leaving old problems – addiction and dysfunction – in the Old Year and starting over with a clean slate. [...]

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