Prescription Painkillers: The Gateway to Heroin Abuse

Did you know there are more deaths every year from prescription opioid overdose than from either traffic accidents or homicides? All too often people struggling with opioid dependency begin their descent into addiction with a single prescription for Vicodin, OxyContin, or another legitimate painkiller. Then, as dependency grows, the user increases the dose and eventually…

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  Are you interested in learning more about The Ranch PA, drug addiction, or the business of the illicit drug trade? Explore The Ranch PA on YouTube and learn more about the risks, costs, and recoveries that define substance abuse. The Business and Cost of Addiction Drug addiction costs the United States billions of dollars…

The High Success Rate of Music Therapy

Consider the range of emotions youfeel when you listen to music. It can excite and it can relax. It can make you cry, and it can even make you laugh. For centuries, composers and musicians have held their audiences captive in the sway of beautifully written song — and at The Ranch PA, we understand…

The Growing Need for Effective Pain Management

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, costing the U.S. over half a trillion dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses every year, according to Stanford University. Unfortunately, the medicines physicians prescribe to treat intolerable pain symptoms are often opiate-based and addictive, and many individuals become physically dependent on them to simply feel…

Staying Sober in a Pro-Alcohol Society

Drinking alcohol is a legal and popular pastime in the United States and around the world. Alcohol, it seems, is everywhere — from your favorite restaurant to the fridge in your brother’s house, learning to fit in and feel comfortable in a pro-alcohol society is essential for the recovering alcoholic. Although living a sober lifestyle…

4 Emerging Drug Trends You Should Know About

While heroin, cocaine and marijuana are all still popular drugs, there are several drugs growing in popularity in the United States. Drug abusers are finding these drugs preferable to the old stand-bys because they are often cheaper and easier to obtain. Bath Salts Quick Facts: Bath Salts can make the user irrational and violent The…

How to Stay Sober and Beat the Winter Blues

If your mood steadily declines during the colder, darker winter months, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recognized problem around the world, and countries that have fewer average hours of daylight often have higher rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. The good news is that you can beat the winter blues without…

Liver Cancer, Alcoholism and You

Liver cancer is the third most deadly cancer in the world, and a range of conditions such as obesity and illnesses such as hepatitis can cause it. Alcohol consumption also contributes to liver cancer, in addition to other types of cancers, such as mouth, throat, colon, and breast cancer. Here is why prolonged heavy drinking…

The Role Despair Plays in Addiction

Many people can attest to the fact that times are hard — maybe harder than they’ve ever been, or at least since The Great Depression. The cost of living continues to rise while jobs continue to be scarce. Even for those fortunate enough to find work, the pay is usually well below what is needed…