Dual Diagnosis a Bad Combo

Dual Diagnosis is becoming more prevalent as time progresses. The combination of drug addiction and mental illness has affected more people now than ever before. More than 7.9 million people have been reported to have Dual Diagnosis in a 2014 national drug survey. Dual Diagnosis is when one is suffering from both a mental illness and substance abuse disorder. Sadly, …

The Dangers of Drug Cocktails

Adderall and marijuana, cocaine and Xanax, heroin and alcohol. Often times, people will abuse more than one substance at once to obtain a certain type of high they cannot get without combining substances. Known as a “drug cocktail”, it is when two or more drugs are taken together to achieve a certain type of euphoric effect, which people experiment and …

Music Therapy for Substance Abuse

Music. It’s meditative, relaxing, therapeutic, stimulating, cultural, and acts as a communication channel. The sound itself vibrates with each one of us internally. When the metronome of the tune syncs with the acting stimuli in the brain it enhances, alters or mediates our thoughts, feelings, and reactions towards different situations. When we hear the music of different genres: funk, hip-hop, …

Meditation Helps Control Withdrawal

  “Breath in… and breath out… and breath in… and breath out” A common chant for practitioners of mindfulness meditation. An art that has been practiced since 5,000 BC and with good reason. Almost every culture has taken this practice and incorporated it into society. After all, mindfulness meditation practice is notorious for its numerous health benefits: Reduced anxiety and stress Enhance …

A Drop in Performance with Performance Enhancing Drugs

Competition is innate within social groups. It provides people with motivation, determination, and willpower. People become obsessed with the idea of winning and some will do anything to get the victory. Those who compete in athletics know how the game is played better than anyone. Sports culture varies depending on location. Regardless, athletic social groups like football and baseball depend …

Holidays and Addiction

The holidays are around the bend and while fun, cheerful, and positive, it also brings added stress with money, travel, and scheduling suddenly taking a priority in one’s life. For those who have an active addiction, their stress is amplified for the reasons mentioned above as well as a couple others. There are one of two likely scenarios that approach …

The Ruling on Kratom

People who suffer from opioid and heroin addiction have been using Kratom, a plant found in south-east Asia, to help relieve the withdrawal effects and ween themselves off altogether. Kratom is an enigma in the world of substance as it has both stimulant and opioid-like effects. The plant at low dosages spikes energy in the individual and at higher dosages, …

Stereotypes and Addiction

At a young age, many are unsure of how to act in social settings, and in the midst of finding how to act in those social settings, people will generally turn to a stereotype for guidance. Those who want to be that “edgy cool kid” will get their hair buzzed at the sides and keep it long on top and …

Modafinil the new Adderall

Nootropics are becoming a favorite amoungst people. They are believed to be safe-to-use smart drugs with no side-effects. The idea behind them is that they act like vitamins and only help the brain enhance its cognitive abilities. Yes, this sounds amazing; however, drugs like Adderall and nicotine are also considered nootropics. Both of which, are notorious for their addictive capabilities. …

Kratom, what is it?

Kratom is becoming more popular with each passing day. Advocates of kratom say that it is a “cure-all” for those who suffer from anxiety and depression, some scientists say it can be used to help those who are addicted to opioids, and others believe that the drug is simply dangerous. Kratom itself is a tropical tree found in South-East Asia. …