You’ve Been Taught Wrong: Disproving Common Myths about Illicit Substances

Most people grow up with what they consider to be a “basic understanding of drugs”, based on many common myths.   “Marijuana isn’t so bad,” they say. “Natural drugs aren’t as harmful as synthetic ones.” Here are 5 of the most common myths about drugs and addiction… and their startling truths. Sharing prescription medication isn’t really…

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Why do People Get Addicted in the First Place?

Research indicates that drug use can be linked to a number of negative stimulants that can range from depression and loneliness to peer pressure, self medication, and casual recreation. In some cases, individuals can even be predisposed to use drugs based on their genetic makeup. The subject of addiction, however, is a different story entirely.…

Is Substance Abuse Keeping You From Your Goals?

Substance addiction is a disease that forces your brain to seek pleasure from something that does your body an incredible amount of harm and has absolutely no upside, save the fleeting feeling of euphoria that soon becomes weaker and weaker as your body begins to crave more and more of said substance. Those that abuse…

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Is Professional Help Necessary for Recovery?

The short answer is a resounding yes. Research indicates that the detoxification process can be one of the most difficult and testing periods of an individual’s life. In this process, an individual effectively forces themselves to enter into a stage of intense withdrawal and allow their bodies to purge themselves of a substance that has…

Which Substances do the Most Damage?

While there are absolutely no illegal or regulated substances that do positive things for the body, there are a few substances that are much more deadly than others. Addiction to these drugs greatly increases the risk of morbid and irreplaceable injury, and in some cases, death. The number one most dangerous substance is alcohol, but…

Why do Illegal Substances Feel so Good, Anyway?

Studies indicate that even the most casual of drug users consume substances because, quite simply, they make them feel good. Throughout history, human beings have been driven by our desire to feel good, quickly. It is one of the main reasons that pleasure can be such a powerful motivator for human beings today. Substances are…

What is Dopamine?

Dopamine is a chemical messenger in the brain known as a neurotransmitter. It has been referred to as the “pleasure chemical” in the brain because when we do things that create a feeling of reward, dopamine levels are increased. Usually, dopamine increases occur from naturally pleasurable activities, like sex or eating food, but drugs create…

How Dangerous is Fentanyl?

The recent increases in overdose deaths all across the United States are caused, in part, by fentanyl. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin. The drug rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier, providing a short but intense effect. Even…

The Loneliness of Addiction

Loneliness and isolation are so common among men and women suffering from addiction that they could be considered prerequisites for substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol become a substitute for the social interaction and approval that we crave, but ultimately exacerbate our feelings of loneliness and tendencies to isolate from others. Even in sobriety, loneliness can…