Dsuvia and the Continuing Debate about Opioid Use

A new opioid drug is creating controversy in the ongoing debate about opioids and opioid use. On November 2, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved a new opioid. Known by the brand name Dsuvia, it is a form of the drug sufentanil that is sublingual, which means people use this tablet by placing …

The Average Cost of Illicit Drugs on the Street

From cocaine to OxyContin, drugs have been easy to find on just about any street corner in any country around the world. As long as there is a demand for these substances, drug suppliers will find a way to get people the drugs they crave. Why? It is because of a concept that goes all the way back to early …

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 …

Using Meth During Pregnancy

  You know that using methamphetamine (meth) or any illegal drug during pregnancy can be dangerous. But why, exactly? Methamphetamine (meth) is a stimulant. That means that it stimulates systems and processes in the body. In the short term, using it can cause: • Irregular heart rate (including the heart beating more or less than usual) • Higher blood pressure …

Changing Attitudes about Marijuana

There have been many developments relating to marijuana laws in the last few years. There have been so many that it seems hard to keep track of all of them. For example, did you know that Texas politicians are considering decriminalizing marijuana in certain instances? In 2018, delegates of the Texas Republican Party voted for various planks in their political …

Using Breathwork for Recovery

  Just take a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Give yourself a chance to breathe. We even stress the importance of focusing on our breathing while practicing meditation and yoga. We use so many breath-related phrases to make ourselves feel better and calm ourselves down. So, it might not be surprising that people use breathing techniques to help people …

4th of July Cookout Ideas

For many, the Fourth of July brings fireworks, visits with friends and family, and outdoor activities. Sometimes, these outdoor activities include cookouts with food and drinks. Sometimes, these drinks include alcohol. This can make holiday-related cookouts a challenge for people in recovery. They might wonder how to spend time with their friends and family in the presence of a substance …

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 …

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 …