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 …

How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. When abused, cocaine can have serious adverse effects on your health and overall quality of life. Cocaine is a stimulant that alters the brain chemistry in users by increasing the natural chemical levels of dopamine in the brain. Recovering addicts in treatment …

Demi Lovato: Her Struggles and Her Triumphs

  On July 24, 2018, singer and actress Demi Lovato was hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose. Whatever the cause of her hospitalization, Lovato deserves compassion, not condemnation. She appears to be the visible face of a problem shared by many. Lovato has been open about her relationship with drugs and alcohol and her other problems. In her 2017 documentary …

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 …

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 …