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 …

Facts About Whippets

  He was a biomedical engineering student who, at the age of 19, went missing. Eight days after he was reported missing, Benjamin Collen was found in a room in the fraternity house in which he lived. He was dead. And his body was surrounded by whippets. What are Whippets? Whippets refer to empty canisters of whipped cream that can …

New Names for Drugs and Drug Use

Every day, we’re learning more about drugs, drug users, and addiction. This knowledge has helped assist people who have struggled with substance abuse. It also seems like every day, we’re learning more terms for drugs, ways to use drugs, and the side effects of substance abuse. Here are some of those terms. • Cheese or cheese heroin. This is a …

How to Confront an Addicted Loved One

It’s the elephant in the room. You might know that your loved one is struggling with drug addiction or alcohol abuse and see that this substance abuse is hurting him or her. But, as much as this person is struggling, you don’t know how to talk with the person. Luckily, you can learn how to confront an addict to help …

7 Tips On How To Talk To Your Teen About Drugs And Alcohol

It’s not surprising to hear that the teen population using alcohol and drugs is pretty high. Even teens as young as 13 are beginning to drink or try certain drugs due to peer pressure. Of course, parents certainly don’t want their children to fall into alcohol or drug abuse, so knowing how to talk to teens about drugs can be helpful. …

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

It’s a sad reality. People treat other people differently – and discriminate against them – for a variety of reasons. People might view and treat other people as less than because their looks, their life partners, their educations and jobs, their political leanings, and a host of other reasons that might be different (and sometimes only slightly different) from their …

Is Vaping Addictive?

You might have heard about the use of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) or use them yourself. There has also been a considerable amount of discussion about vaping, which is the practice of using e-cigarettes by inhaling and exhaling. Is vaping addictive? It’s a valid question, especially since using regular cigarettes that contain nicotine is highly addictive. To answer this question, let’s explore …

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 …

Inspiring Substance Abuse Quotes to Help Your Recovery

April 1, 2018 is (or was, depending on when people read this) Easter Sunday, a very holy day for many Christians, whose faith teaches them that Jesus Christ rose from the dead at that time. Easter is all about new beginnings and renewal, but we don’t have to be religious to believe in fresh starts. Life often gives us the …