Willow Springs Recovery Blog

March 21, 2019

How Drugs Cause Formication

Formication is the sensation of feeling insects crawling under and over the skin. It is a form of tactile hallucination. A tactile hallucination is a false sensory sensation and is a form of paresthesia. The individual feels the touch of an imaginary object. This sensory hallucination is an unpleasant, disturbing sensation. It […]

March 20, 2019

The Different Classes of Drugs

According to U.S. federal law, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places substances under certain schedules. The schedules relate to the substances’ potential for abuse, medical use, and liability for dependency and safety.  The CSA has the right to provide information that may change the schedules, such as removing or adding schedules. […]

March 15, 2019

A Neuroscientist Explores Addiction

Judith Grisel’s professional and personal experiences are revealing a great deal about drugs and addiction. Dr. Grisel is a neuroscientist and professor. She has also experienced decades of living sober after alcohol and marijuana misuse. These personal experiences inform her professional work, which includes the book Never Enough: The Neuroscience […]

March 13, 2019

The Dangers of Paregoric Liquid

Paregoric liquid, also known as anhydrous morphine or camphorated tincture of opium, is a Class III narcotic often prescribed for the treatment of severe diarrhea. It is prescribed for both children and adults to be taken by mouth following loose bowels. A Class III narcotic means that paregoric liquid has the […]

March 5, 2019

What is Triple C and its Effects?

Coricidin HBP Cough C (also known as Triple C) is a commonly used brand of cold medicine. It can be very addicting to those who abuse it. It contains the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is often used in brands of cold medicine on the market. When the cough suppressant dextromethorphan is […]

March 1, 2019

Black Balloon Day: Raising Addiction Awareness

Balloons are usually a symbol of parties, fun, and joy. But, people also use balloons to symbolize very different things. March 6 is Black Balloon Day. Every year, people use black balloons to raise awareness about opioid addiction and overdoses. There are many people to remember. Opioid overdoses killed more […]

February 22, 2019

Recovery and Treatment Are Personal

It may be a cliché, but it’s true: fame and fortune do not necessarily buy happiness. Money and recognition don’t provide immunity against drug addition, alcohol abuse, and mental illness. Just ask the singer Justin Bieber. In a 2019 interview with Vogue magazine, he revealed that he struggled with drugs […]

February 15, 2019

Convicting El Chapo and Fighting Drugs

On February 12, 2019, jurors convicted Joaquin Guzmán Loera on multiple federal drug-related counts. Guzmán is popularly known as El Chapo, a nickname that means Shorty. Guzmán’s trial was well-publicized and dramatic, much like the man himself. He has spent time in and out of prison and has escaped from […]

January 25, 2019

Drug Use Diminishes Life Expectancy

Despite modern medicine, sophisticated sanitation systems, the absence of war, and other advantages, it appears that life for U.S. residents is not as good as it could be. The life expectancy of U.S. residents dropped for the third straight year in 2017. Drug use is partially to blame. Life expectancy […]

January 21, 2019

Effects and Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl can be administered in lollipops, nasal or oral spray, patches, or injections. This medication is a synthetic, potent opioid analgesic. It is prescribed for managing severe pain. The DEA has this medication classified in the Schedule II controlled substances. This basically means there is a large potential for abuse […]