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 | 2018-07-12T02:26:35+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. [...]

Buprenorphine Resources: Finding Suboxone Doctors and Discounts

By | 2018-05-25T21:43:11+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

For the past 70 years, people addicted to opioids such as illicit heroin or prescription painkillers have been treated via Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT), historically using methadone, and, increasingly, Suboxone. But even though this newer medication is starting to supplant methadone as the “go-to” ORT medication of choice, some people are still largely unaware of what Suboxone is, why Suboxone is a viable alternative to methadone, or where to find Suboxone doctors. First Things First—What is Opioid Replacement Therapy? “It gives the user a better chance in the long-term to [...]

Narcotics Anonymous Explained: What it is and Why It Works

By | 2018-01-04T19:46:07+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Narcotics Anonymous – Helping Addicts Get Clean Since 1953 Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) is a 12-step program designed to help addicts stop using drugs and help them find a new way to live. The program happens at regularly scheduled meetings. The program was created in 1953 by a recovering addict named Jimmy K. and founded in California with the help of other recovering addicts. N.A. was modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous program and was born out of a need for a solution that focused not on alcohol addiction, but drug addiction. Today, there are more [...]

Which Prescription and OTC Drugs Are Just Fine to Use in Recovery?

By | 2018-07-04T04:56:34+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Can the prescription and OTC drugs you take REALLY play a role in successful recovery from addiction? Early in recovery, we are taught that if we want to stay sober, we may have to make wholesale lifestyle changes – avoiding the people, places, and things that may trigger a relapse into active drinking and using. Among the things we are taught to avoid are certain prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies, such as: Opioid painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin, Tramadol, etc.) Benzodiazepine tranquilizers (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.) Sleeping pills, even those that are not benzodiazepines (Ambien, [...]

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