Are e-Cigarettes a Good Solution?

Knowledge about the dangers of cigarettes has led to a significant decline in smoking over the past couple of decades, but smoking certainly isn’t a thing of the past. Some people struggle with a smoking habit after years of use while others take up the habit as a lesser evil alternative to drugs or alcohol.…

The Krokodil Epidemic

Reports that a life-threatening, flesh-eating drug is growing increasingly popular are alarming addiction professionals and medical personnel worldwide. What is “krokodil” and what are the effects of abusing it? Modifying the Delivery Modern pain relief practice often relies upon the fentanyl patch, which delivers an analgesic effect over a prolonged period of time. Drug abusers…

The Trend in Doctors Abusing Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing substance abuse problem in the United States, with more and more people dying from overdose each passing year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. What few people realize, however, is that physicians — the guardians of prescription drugs — often become the victims of abuse themselves.…

Trinny Woodall’s Addiction Disease

Trinny Woodall, star of the British version of What Not To Wear, recently admitted her past obsession with drugs and alcohol made her a “sick person.” Once she made the distinction between being a “bad person” — her words — who suffered from addiction and a “sick person” who needed help recovering from a disease,…

Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiates are addictive narcotic painkillers that come in legally prescribed and illicit forms. They are also dangerous, and opiate addicts currently suffer from the highest rates of relapse and overdose, according to National Institutes of Health. In the past, addiction professionals regarded substance abuse as a weakness of character rather than a mental health disorder;…

Addiction: The Biggest Preventable Killer

For the first time, drug overdose surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Drug addiction rehabs exist to prevent death — not only to send the message that doing drugs is bad for your health. Although the compulsive, chronic abuse of dangerous drugs and alcohol leads to a…

Brainwave Imbalance Contributes to Alcoholism

People who suffer from alcoholism do so for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, there is a genetic predisposition to alcoholism. Other times, a person addicted to alcohol self-medicates depression with the false confidence alcohol provides. Often, people who struggle with alcoholism have a difficult time relaxing and turning off anxious thoughts or worries. Recent research…

Flesh-Eating Drug “Krokodil” Damaging Lives

Imagine a drug so toxic that following injection, gangrene and scaly, green flesh grows on users, often resulting in amputation and death. Krokodil —the Russian word for “crocodile” — is causing enormous damage overseas as well as the U.S. and produces a heroin-like high. It is a newer drug that combines the narcotic painkiller codeine…

Quitting Drinking Cold Turkey: 7 Myths to Know

There’s an estimated 14 million Americans suffering from alcoholism. Some studies report numbers as high as 18 million. If you’re suffering from the effects of abusing alcohol, you’re not alone. Alcohol is one of the easiest drugs to fall victim to and one of the most difficult drugs to quit given its social acceptance and…