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, …

Anthony Bourdain Suicide

Anthony Bourdain was the best of the best in many fields – from the kitchen to the media to books and more. He advocated for so much and brought a rise of excitement in everything he did. So, what happened? According to CNN, Anthony Bourdain was working in France on an episode for “Parts Unknown”. Eric Ripert, a great friend …

Alcoholic Mood Swings and Other Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

We all know people who drink alcohol to change their moods. We might have done this ourselves. People might drink because they’re depressed and feel that alcohol can boost their spirits (no pun intended), or they might be anxious and think that drinking can help calm their nerves. But, alcohol is not a solution to improve people’s moods or solve …

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 …

Marijuana and Depression

Is There a Link? The connection between marijuana and depression isn’t as understood as many people think. There are some that believe marijuana does not make people depressed, and there are those that say that marijuana use increases the likelihood of depression in users. It’s an important correlation to study and understand, especially with marijuana becoming more accepted in society …

Stress and EMS Responders

Stress, Addiction, and EMS Responders First responders such as EMS (emergency medical services) responders, police officers, and firefighters swear oaths to protect the public from danger. But what happens when they need help themselves? What happens when they might be dangerous themselves? First responders have extremely stressful jobs. During the course of their work, they might witness traumatic events that …

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, …

Dual Diagnosis – A Dangerous Combination

Dual Diagnosis is becoming more prevalent as time progresses. The combination of drug addiction and mental illness has affected more people now than ever before. More than 7.9 million people have been reported to have Dual Diagnosis in a 2014 national drug survey. Dual Diagnosis is when one is suffering from both a mental illness and substance abuse disorder. Sadly, …