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  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... 't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I practically fell out of my car crying and exclaiming that I was drunk. In fact, I blew a .32 and was under the influence of a sizable amount of anxiety ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... stay at a rehabilitation center. Many drug treatment facilities accept insurance, and cost is not a reason to avoid ... you are looking for an exclusive luxury rehab facility, one that caters to executives with an addiction, ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... . Do I have a prescription for this drug? 2. Am I taking this drug as prescribed? 3. Do I feel I need more ... is another option. This is a smooth taper used for those on large doses or potent pills. However, it requires ... continue reading
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  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... 've been able to do this, and as a result, I'm a much happier and fulfilled person. Giving Back I went into prison at 27 and, when I got out, I noticed that I had barely aged. In fact, the aging process seemed to reverse ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... rehab facilities in the United States. Passages Malibu From the moment you call, you are instantly informed that ... 64,500 . They accept some insurance, with the exception of Medicare or Medicaid. Dunes East Hampton Located ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... them up like a taco in a piece of carpet, and leave them there for hours… People thought I was killed.” “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used to beat up the girls. He would tie up the guys and roll them ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... process again. She wanted to be kind and compassionate, but those emotions seemed to be out of reach. As they sat ... there . Jane felt like she was talking to a wall. “I'll get therapy ,” Lisa said weakly. Her mother had ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... outside world keeps you going. A good handful of people who I considered friends barely reached out to me or made the effort to keep in touch, whereas those who I hadn't talked to in years really stepped up to the plate ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... action. Also, seek a drug rehabilitation center that is known to have a program that works. A judge who is suspicious of the type of rehab you want to enter is less likely to accept this as an alternative, and you might ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... day - to numb my heartache and anxiety. Over the next few weeks, my drinking steadily increased, until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... 's worked as a prostitute. Three of her children were born addicted to drugs. It would be hard to argue that she should have another child, but is ordering a woman not to get pregnant an intrusion on women's reproductive ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs ... Shift the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12- ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout ... pieces of the night out, but not all the events that occurred. Also known as “brownouts,” memory can be triggered ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... 're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... I need to take the painkiller because I am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I ... A 24-hour rehab center with inpatient services will be helpful for those with serious withdrawal ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... and came to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to rehab. There's only one ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) to see a doctor. You think, “I have those pills just sitting there. I'll give him two or three to help him get through the pain.” Or maybe your spouse gets a ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... , a little voice in your head might start wondering: Am I an alcoholic? You can rest assured that alcohol addiction hotlines are staffed with compassionate individuals who are there to help - a friendly, judgment ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might rob you in the night ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... a synthetic opioid known on the streets as “ Pink .” “Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I've ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... Bobby who falls in love with a woman named Helen. She soon gets hooked on heroin herself, and the ugliness that ensues takes the once-loving couple to the absolute depths of despair. This is not a movie for the faint of ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... vary, but no one sits down and thinks: “Today, I am going to become an addict.” Instead, it tends to ... for rehab or other measures . Ultimately, you need to ensure that you're in a safe environment. If you find that your ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that you might cross the line, or already have, there are people are ... household health brand names for addiction rehab and treatment: Blue Cross Blue Shield ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... world of withdrawal . Unlike the World of Warcraft (yes, I am getting in all of the random references in), it ... seeking help. Fortunately, there are a few places that can help you boldly go into sobriety. These places ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... if you're addicted to a prescription drug you should be able to just stop and not take it anymore, but that isn't true. It can be very difficult to stop taking the drug cold turkey, and for some drugs withdrawal can even ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... intoxicated mental backlash, users often develop what's known as “ice bugs” or meth sores - that's what we're going to talk about in this blog post. A Literal Hot Mess Meth use increases body temperature and blood flow ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... . But there is good news! The fact that you are asking yourself, “Do I have to hit rock bottom before I seek help?” means a) that you haven't yet hit rock bottom and b) that you are showing signs of motivation to change ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... they could also be related to medical issues or even bullying. Items or money going missing around your house might mean that your kid is stealing to fund a habit. Keep an open mind, however, as it's just as likely to be ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... new study appearing in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections evaluated data from 1,300 U.S. men and found those who drank more than 9.9 grams of alcohol per day had a significantly higher risk of acquiring the HPV ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and cares about. One of the most effective ways you can work to prevent the dangers of drug abuse ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... me next)? Start thinking of others. Consider how others feel - how things affect them. Change the direction of your conversations so that ... victories, no matter how small. Accept Responsibility Do you need to apologize for ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... beside the fact it is “described” as an herbal supplement. I never did ask him about it, what he was using it ... “high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medicinal use in treatment in the United States.” ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can change, ... specific religious doctrine. It simply means that you are adhering to the belief that if you put in the work and ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... myself in dangerous situations and coming into work hungover and unfocused. I counted down each day until the clock hit 5pm, because that's when I could blissfully slip away from reality. Thankfully, this daily routine ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... typical 72-hour hold. They kept me in that hospital for two weeks before inevitably giving me the ultimatum that it was either rehab or the streets. It wasn't a hard choice. I wanted help, I wanted to be able to be sober ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... the pain of their pasts. But like Bear, the women I knew and lived with were good people. They cared about others ... getting a job, finding a place to live, being accepted by those around you. It's no wonder why so many ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... that self-deception that keeps so many addicts sick. So, go ahead: kick that denial to the curb. It is only by accepting your powerlessness that ... know that that label didn't define me. So, I wrote an article that revealed ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... considering my best friend's favorite proverb, which said “There are coping skills, and there are things that aren't worth coping with.” I'd used all my coping skills in an effort to live in a toxic environment, but then ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... of my son.” Eric Clapton: Musician “My identity shifted when I got into recovery. That's who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... prescribed 4mg of Xanax daily. Kelly accepted the doctor's advice and started taking ... that's a pretty impressive feat. More than once, my friends told me I was drooling out of the side of my mouth a little bit. That's ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... scare you, then try to go to slightly crowded places and build up. Tip #3: Bring a buddy. That's what I did when I went to hospitals and doctors' offices. Bring a friend and lean on them for support. Tip #4: Forgive ... continue reading
  • 7 Famous Stoners Who Got Sober

    Throughout the years, tons of famous names have been connected with marijuana use . And while a number of celebs continue abusing weed, plenty of them have chosen to leave the drug behind. For some, having children and growing older served as ...

    ... Marina Abramovic for help. She attended an extended outdoor rehab retreat and now says she's never felt better ... Then she said, 'Sometimes Daddy smells like that!' to me and my wife. So I knew I had [to] quit.” 5. Travis ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... take care of the others,” she said. Armed with her valuable advice, on this Mother's Day, I will be a passenger on that plane…and I will take care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... . So my answer is this: It's entirely a personal choice, and I respect your choice. What I don't respect is anyone's implication that my choice gives me less of a recovery. Have you ever tried Kombucha? Why or why not ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who are prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like you can pop ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had back then? If ... . As a result, experts warn would-be buyers that there is no way of being sure they are getting ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... 1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that's fairly cheap and has few side effects. The results ... of a clinical trial at the Calgary Pain Clinic. Additional Reading: I'm Having Opiate Withdrawals - Am ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... the theory it could be used - in conjunction with therapy - to cure alcoholism. I was a little mind-blown when I read that…because I used MDMA to party. Details of the Study Ben Sessa, the clinical psychiatrist behind ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... in life. They confuse concern with control and often say things like “If I want to do drugs, then that's what I'm going to do.” Lie #2 I'd never be able to manage my problems without drugs/alcohol. For addicts, even ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... of our biggest challenges is finding effective ways to inform teenagers that break through their cynicism and “I'm indestructible” thinking. Additional Reading: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA Image Source: Shutterstock ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I'm able to share,” she said . “But I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... throughout the night. Jeana wondered, “Is this what I got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and ... in her SMART Recovery meeting - a tool she used often. “I'm grateful, tonight, to be sober,” she said silently to ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... -golfer Jon Daly was a heavy drinker off the course. Despite that he had previously won two majors, he went six years without ... Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... the harmful effects of alcohol on the body. Now, that doesn't mean you can do a tequila shot with ... medium-sized tomatoes or one third cup of tomato sauce daily. That's a lot of marinara in your diet. Keep in mind, ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... t prevent you from shooting it. I've talked to dozens of people who have shot or snorted it.” 4 Can We Trust Big Pharma? According to several reports, the Suboxone research that Reckitt Benckiser conducted and ultimately ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... test showed positive - even though the person hadn't used any cocaine. That's a pretty small percentage, but I wouldn't want to be one of those five percent, would you? The new device uses saliva, as previous kits did ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... co-occurring disorders so they can be treated properly. How Do I Treat My Dual Diagnosis? It's important to find a rehab program that will treat both your substance abuse and mental health disorder simultaneously. If ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... services are another important amenity to consider for those who have children . Studies have shown that mothers whose children stayed with them during rehab were more likely to see treatment through to completion ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife in the head under the influence after persuading her that a William Tell-like routine would be a good idea. It really wasn't. Jack Kerouac On the Road was ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... as many sick patients were on the national liver transplant waiting list as of mid-January that year. About 21 percent of those on the list were believed to have alcoholic cirrhosis, the most advanced form of ALD. Who ... continue reading
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