The Heroin Detox Process

The heroin epidemic that has been sweeping the world is traumatizing to friends and family. In 2014 alone, about 435,000 people used heroin, in one form or another. Many people believe that an addict is an addict purely out of choice. While this may be how the addiction started, many addicts who have a long-standing addiction to drugs like heroin, want …

How Do We Talk About Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”   Many of us have probably heard this quotation since childhood, but it doesn’t make it true. In fact, words can hurt quite a bit, and their impact can linger long after we hear them. Words can hurt us when we’re already feeling hurt and vulnerable, …

Facts About Whippets

  He was a biomedical engineering student who, at the age of 19, went missing. Eight days after he was reported missing, Benjamin Collen was found in a room in the fraternity house in which he lived. He was dead. And his body was surrounded by whippets. What are Whippets? Whippets refer to empty canisters of whipped cream that can …

What is Cotton Fever

She came into the emergency department with a fever and pain in her head and abdomen. Track marks lined her arms from injecting heroin. Following a series of tests, doctors diagnosed her as having a collection of pus within her spine. She was given antibiotics and transferred to another hospital for possible surgical intervention. But no surgery was needed. And, …

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

It’s a sad reality. People treat other people differently – and discriminate against them – for a variety of reasons. People might view and treat other people as less than because their looks, their life partners, their educations and jobs, their political leanings, and a host of other reasons that might be different (and sometimes only slightly different) from their …

What Is Detox Like in Rehab?

This blog often discusses different tactics used to treat drug and alcohol abuse. One of the most common tactics is detoxification, or detox. Detox occurs at hospitals or rehab centers and involves removing toxins (alcohol and/or drugs) from people’s bodies. What is detox like? Well, detox often uses medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. MAT is treatment that uses medication to treat …

Supporting Your Addicted Partner Without Enabling Them

When you have a loved one who is struggling with alcoholism or addiction, you want to be there for them. You may not exactly know how, but you want to be there for them in a way that is supportive, yet not enabling. Whether your loved one has been struggling for just a short while or has been struggling for …

How To Help An Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

How to help an addict who doesn’t want help is one of the most frustrating struggles you can ever have. Addiction firmly entrenches itself in a person’s life, affecting thoughts, feelings, beliefs, behavior, and perceptions. It can be overwhelming, if not maddening, to come up against it. Addiction is a pervasive illness with pervasive effects, and it is not easily confronted. …

Brazilian Ju-Jitsu to Combat Addiction

Addiction can be hard to combat but that’s not to say that there are ways to fight against it. The art of combat releases several chemicals in the brain that help combat addiction. This is usually seen in any type of workout, however, combat sports such as Brazilian Ju-Jitsu better known as BJJ, judo, Muay Thai, wrestling, etc. provide more …

Micro-Dosing through Addiction

Substances work by assaulting the brain and body with a variety of chemicals. The psilocybin attaches to the brain and anxiety settles, depression fades, addiction stops nagging, and motivation rises. A limitless feeling takes over the individual and they enter a form of relaxed concentration. As of late, micro-dosing has been perceived as a solution for combating anxiety, depression, ADHD, …