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The New Bath Salts Trend is Difficult for Doctors to Treat

The New Bath Salts Trend is Difficult for Doctors to TreatOver the past year, the use of bath salts has been increasing rapidly. The news has been flooded with stories concerning bath salts and the bizarre acts committed by bath salts users. Emergency rooms have also seen an increase of bath salts users, especially overdose …

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What You can Learn from Elton John’s Struggle with Drug Addiction

The rich and famous are not immune to the harmful physical and emotional effects of drug addiction. From celebrity after celebrity entering into addiction recovery treatment programs, this is an obvious fact. Now, Sir Elton John is sharing his experiences with drugs, alcohol, recklessness and bulimia in his upcoming memoir.A Selfish Way of LifeIn his …

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How to Prepare for a Stay in a Drug or Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility

It’s completely normal to feel nervous when you first enter a drug or alcohol rehabilitation facility. Remember the facility is designed to provide a warm, supportive environment in which you can explore the issues surrounding your addiction and begin to heal. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your stay:Understand the treatment facility …

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Even Low Doses of Alcohol Disrupt Sleep Patterns

Even low doses of alcohol can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, according to a new study by Trinity College of Dublin in Ireland. The researchers found moderate drinking reduces the quantity of sleep, while heavy drinking reduces the quality of sleep.The StudyThe week-long study monitored 33 college students with special wristband devices …

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Talk to Your Kids about Correctly Using their Prescriptions

Across the United States, a rising number of high school students are abusing prescription stimulants, such as Adderal and Focalin, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Feeling the pressure to get good grades, students are using the stimulants to stay up studying all night, and then to stay alert for exams the next …

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction is Recognized as a Disease, Not a Character Flaw

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says it’s about time the government recognizes drug and alcohol addiction as a real medical condition, not a character flaw.In a June 11th speech at the Betty Ford Center, he said “We know from scientific research conducted by some of the world’s …

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Who is at Risk?

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs to newborns whose mothers use opiates during pregnancy. The newborn is born with symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include increased irritability, respiratory distress, tremors and seizures. The newborn is also at greater risk for low birth weight and mortality.Rates are RisingThe Center for Disease Control reports that sales of …

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Can an Herbal Treatment Curb Binge Drinking?

An extract of the Chinese herb kudzu root has been shown to help curb binge drinking, according to a study by Harvard Medical School. The research could prove useful in designing alcoholism rehabilitation programs, particularly for those seeking more natural, holistic treatment strategies.Understanding Binge DrinkingBinge drinking is defined as consuming at least 4 to 5 …

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