Unlikely Partners Fight Opioid/Opiate Addiction

Addiction makes strange bedfellows. What does this mean? It means that some apparently unlikely people seem to agree with each other when it comes to drug addiction and recovery. Some of these partners are the artist Nan Goldin and the historian and feminist Elizabeth A. Sackler. Nan Goldin is a prominent photographer and artist. She said she was addicted to …

Depicting Life and Oxycodone Addiction

    Often, drug addiction and alcohol abuse are dirty little secrets. People are often ashamed to admit that they have a problem with substance abuse. People are often afraid that other people might stigmatize them or even discriminate against them because of their problems with substances. That’s why Nan Goldin’s life and work is so fascinating. Nan Goldin is …

The Places Most Affected by Opioid Epidemic Problems

  You’ve read about it. You’ve seen it on television. Maybe you or a loved one has experienced it. It’s the opioid epidemic, a widespread addiction to opioid (opium-like) drugs. How widespread? Well, the places affected by opioid epidemic problems include many regions of the United States and the world:   West Virginia. In addition to its striking natural beauty, …

Graduations Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol?

Spring and summer are times of great change. They mark bittersweet ends as well as equally bittersweet beginnings. Many people experience such changes in the form of graduations from school. Graduations are happy times where we celebrate the successful completion of school or other endeavors. They can also be exciting and scary, because the graduates are embarking on new lives. …

Amphetamine vs. Methamphetamine – What’s the Difference?

    Amphetamine and methampetamine (meth) are both drugs with similar names. Are they similar themselves? Well, yes … and no. Whether they’re the same or different, though, amphetamine and methamphetamine can both be abused and can both be dangerous. Chemically, both drugs are very similar. The chemical name for amphetamine is methylated phenylethylamine, while methamphetamine’s name is N-methylamphetamine. Methamphetamine …

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, …

Klonopin Vs Xanax

She is, arguably, one of the most famous female singer-songwriters of the 20th century. With an unmistakable voice and a highly successful career, she also had an addiction to Klonopin. Placed on the drug by a therapist to help her battle her addiction to cocaine, Stevie Nicks describes the years she was on Klonopin as “terrible.” While on the drug, Nicks …

New Names for Drugs and Drug Use

Every day, we’re learning more about drugs, drug users, and addiction. This knowledge has helped assist people who have struggled with substance abuse. It also seems like every day, we’re learning more terms for drugs, ways to use drugs, and the side effects of substance abuse. Here are some of those terms. • Cheese or cheese heroin. This is a …

Trump and the Opioid Crisis

    Countless news stories discuss Donald Trump, the president of the United States. Many other stories discuss opioid abuse and addiction in the United States. Still other stories discuss both Trump and the opioid crisis. In short, we have a lot of information about Trump and the opioid crisis. While both are certainly complex topics, discussing them can help …

Recovery Jokes? A Sense of Humor and Laughter are Very Healing

A sense of humor has long been lauded as a positive approach to life, and we have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. But, are humor and laughter really good for us? And, can we rely on them to help us when we really need some help? The research says yes to both questions: humor and laughter are …