Your Body’s Amazing Ability to Heal

A ruptured eardrum, conjunctival bleeding, food poisoning, and a broken rib are just a few examples of problems your body is capable of fixing on its own. The human body’s ability to heal itself also applies to people who have a substance abuse problem. For example, several studies cited in Scientific American found “that years…

Ecstasy’s Summertime Dangers

Last month, over 100,000 people attended Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. This three-day event featured some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Eric Prydz, Knife Party, and Avicii. According to the San Jose Mercury News, while there were a few dozen drug-related arrests at this year’s events, there weren’t any deaths. Unfortunately,…

Oxy Addiction: When It’s Time to Get Help

Oxycodone, or oxy, is an opiate-based painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. The active ingredient in painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan, oxycodone is a highly addictive substance with a high possibility for abuse. Oxycodone is classified as a Schedule II drug by the FDA and only obtainable through a medical prescription.…

Alcohol Recovery: You’re Worth the Effort

My personal journey to sobriety wasn’t a smooth road. I hit roadblocks along the way. My first experience in rehab made little difference to my recovery, partly because the clinic practiced a “one-size-fits-all” approach to rehab, and partly because I wasn’t ready to commit to the journey. I can attest, from firsthand experience, alcohol recovery…

“Bridging”: A New Prescription Drug Abuse Trend

Bridging is a street term used to describe the abuse of prescription drugs, not to gain a high, but to minimize withdrawal symptoms between highs. The practice is most common among people suffering from opioid and benzodiazepine addiction. Both families of drugs cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Opioid and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms If your loved one…