What is Rehab Really Like?

If you are thinking about going to rehab, but you’re concerned about what residential recovery is really like, you’re not alone. Many people resist getting the help they need out of fear of the unknown. You might be worried about the side effects of detox. You might be overwhelmed by not knowing how you’ll spend…

The Holiday Season Can Be the Season of Life Change

The holiday season can be difficult for those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. The list of triggers and temptations to use are almost endless. Seeing family members can top the list of seasonal stressors. When relationships are strained from drug or alcohol use, this stress is only magnified. Buying gifts can also be extremely…

My Mother is a Drug Addict

Have you ever wondered if your mom is a drug addict, or you need help dealing with a drug-addicted mother? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans struggle to live with or care for a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Although beating addiction is a process requiring a lifetime of…

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…

Zac Efron’s Secret Cocaine Addiction

Those of us on the outside of celebrity culture often shake our collective head when a person who seemingly has it all — meaning fame and fortune — is willing to throw it away by abusing drugs or alcohol. What seems obvious to us, however, isn’t always so obvious to the addict — and is…

Molly: The “New” Ecstasy

Does your loved one have a new friend named Molly? If so, then it’s time to learn more about how drug dealers have rebranded the old Ecstasy into a newer, purer form of MDMA. Once Therapeutic, Now Recreational Scientists at Merck pharmaceuticals invented MDMA in 1912. It was originally used by psychotherapists for the purpose…

When Dependence Becomes an Addiction

Dependence If you’re a caffeinated coffee drinker or you’re a diabetic, then chances are you know what it’s like to be dependent on a drug. Imagine going a day or two without coffee — a debilitating headache is the likely consequence and probably a foul mood. Diabetics, naturally, must have insulin — severe illness and…