Willow Springs Recovery Blog

August 23, 2019

Homelessness, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse

If you’re homeless, mentally ill, and addicted to drugs in San Francisco, you may receive treatment, whether you want to receive it or not. Is this an example of compassion or a violation of civil rights? In June, 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to approve a […]

May 9, 2019

The Hidden Dangers of Sniffing Glue

The Hidden Dangers of Sniffing Glue Sniffing glue is one of the cheapest ways that people get high. However, it is also very dangerous. People have been using glue to get high for hundreds of years. Of all the inhalants, solvent glue is one that is commonly used. Some others […]

April 5, 2019

Monitoring the Future of Substance Use

Every year since the 1970s, the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducts the Monitoring the Future study. This survey asks children, teens, and young adults about their lives and their health habits. Many of the questions in this study relate to alcohol and drug use and the attitudes […]

March 29, 2019

Substance Abuse and the Bystander Effect

People are social creatures. The things they do and don’t do affect more than themselves. They affect others. This is especially true in cases of substance abuse. Our social natures lead to a number of fascinating discussions. One is whether the bystander effect contributes to drug and alcohol abuse. Psychologists […]

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 […]

February 8, 2019

Providing Substance Abuse Assistance

Help for mental health and substance abuse disorders is vital for a healthy community. That’s the view of Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, New York. In January, de Blasio’s administration announced plans to offer health insurance to all New Yorkers. This proposal, known as NYC Care, would […]

September 5, 2018

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 […]

August 3, 2018

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 […]

June 25, 2018

Facts About Whippets

What are Whippets? Whippets refer to empty canisters of whipped cream that can be used to inhale nitrous oxide (i.e. laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a somewhat sweet odor that is used as a pain reliever, an anxiety-reducer, and an anesthetic. Nitrous oxide interacts with the body […]

June 6, 2018

Avicii’s Struggles With Substance Abuse

The world was shocked when EDM superstar Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman on April 20th, 2018. His music was immensely popular with the world and his work regularly charted on the Billboard 200. Yet, for all of his fame, his wealth and his popularity, he struggled deeply with alcoholism […]