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Alcohol Withdrawal – What Is Delirium Tremens and Is It Dangerous?

By | 2018-06-02T16:38:56+00:00 June 16th, 2018|

Alcohol withdrawal occurs when someone who’s dependent on alcohol stops and experiences side effects. There are a variety of symptoms and side effects that range in severity. The most dangerous of these side effects are delirium tremens. This symptom of alcoholism is a result of heavy drinking for a long period of time. It is why someone should get professional detox when they abstain from alcohol. Recovering from alcohol addiction should always be managed properly to avoid the risk factors. While there are addictions that come with their challenges, recovery from drinking is a [...]

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 | 2018-04-25T03:13:26+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, [...]

Sublime: How Addiction Devastated The Band’s Rising Stars

By | 2017-11-19T00:27:09+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

It’s no great secret that drugs and rock and roll often go hand in hand. There are exceptions, of course, but many rock and roll stars end up succumbing to the disastrous effects of hard drugs at some point. Nothing paints the picture of addiction in rock stars like the story of how addiction devastated the rising stars of Sublime, one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-1990s. "It was sex, drugs and rock and roll," friend Mike Tracy says in the clip, detailing the band's downfall. "Then it was drugs and [...]

Suboxone Vs Vivitrol for Conquering Opioid Addiction: You May be Surprised by the Winner

By | 2017-11-21T19:38:30+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Is Vivitrol, called the Anti-Addiction Shot, the “Next Big Thing” in opioid/heroin addiction treatment? A brand-new study just published in The Lancet has concluded that Vivitrol is slightly more effective at preventing relapse than Suboxone, one of the established go-to pharmaceutical options used for the treatment of a dependence on prescription opioids or heroin. During the six-month study 4% fewer patients relapsed when given Vivitrol, compared to those given Suboxone, 52% versus 56%. This is the first American research to compare the two anti-craving medications head-to-head, although a smaller Norwegian study was published in October [...]

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