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 …

Addiction, Habits, and the New Year

The new year. It’s a time for a change as 2017 comes to an end and 2018 begins. People promise themselves with new year’s resolutions of going to the gym, reading more, and starting other healthy habits. Understandable as it feels like a starting point after all. However, when the new year comes in it’s time to party. Many will …

4 Reasons to Exercise During Recovery

Pushups, running, burpees, yoga, and other exercises all help the human brain pump out endorphins like a factory pumping out car parts. One who commits to a workout routine will create discipline and notice the benefits of working out on a regular basis. Getting into this habit is the body innate way of repairing one’s self both physically and mentally. …

6 Tips to Help Combat Insomnia from Substance Abuse

Insomnia. It keeps people awake into the late hours of the night without question. Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stimulants and others are to blame for causing one’s lack of sleep and substance abuse can further antagonize this problem. People using drugs or alcohol to put themselves to sleep will find that it only further exacerbates the situation at hand. After …

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 …

New Psychoactive Substances

Synthetic drugs, legal highs, party pills, and synthetic cannabis are all different names for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). NPS is newly created drugs that replicate the effects of weed, cocaine ecstasy, and LSD. The chemicals that are used in these synthetic drugs are ever changing so those who manufacture them will always be one step ahead of the law. Even …

PTSD in Television

PTSD is becoming commonly known throughout the nation. The American Psychiatric Association, or APA, added PTSD to the third edition of its diagnosis and statistics manual. The complex phenomenon affects those who experience a traumatic event and any memory that correlates with the event can trigger one’s PTSD. For those without PTSD, it can be hard for them to understand …

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. …

Abusing Ketamine and Other Drugs Can Lead to Long-Term Problems

Misusing drugs and alcohol just doesn’t kill people by overdoses. Drug abuse also kills people in other, less obvious ways. Abusing drugs and alcohol can make you sick. The substances can make people immediately sick, like making people dizzy or nauseated or slow their breathing. What people often don’t know is that abusing drugs and alcohol also cause long-term health …

Better Pain Management, Expectations Needed Post-Substance Abuse

In 2016 a recovering opioid addict underwent hip surgery in Michigan and was given 50 oxycodone pills to deal with the pain. Instead she died of an overdose. The hospital where she received her surgery didn’t know of her addiction or recent stay at a substance abuse treatment clinic because of privacy laws designed to protect recovering addicts from discrimination. …