Why Ignoring Addiction Simply Doesn’t Work

Far too often, those suffering from an addiction to any one of a number of substances, attempt to downplay the severity of their dependency by ignoring addiction. Unfortunately, studies have shown that many of their would-be saviors do, too.Is it a coping mechanism? An attempt to err on the side of caution, in case we’re…

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 illegal:Adderall and…

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 substances…

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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 wreaked…

How Addictive are Opiates Really?

Opioids are one of the most addictive substances a person can use. The current opioid epidemic is due, in part, to many people who begin using prescription opioid painkillers, but move onto harder drugs like heroin after they develop physical dependence. Their addictive nature comes from their ability to change brain chemistry very quickly, as…

From Prescription Opioids to Heroin

Many people who use heroin began their addiction with prescription opioids. Often, an individual begins taking a prescription painkiller as prescribed, begins abusing their prescription, and eventually turns to illicit opioids because they are cheaper or they are no longer able to get their prescription. Addiction is a slippery slope and the progressions from prescription…

Has The Drop In Opioid Prescriptions Helped The Opioid Addiction Epidemic?

  The opioid epidemic has been a headlining crisis for the last few years. Celebrity overdose deaths and a climbing number of opioid related overdoses helped the country quickly realize, we have a problem with opioid drugs. In 2015, 52,000 people died of opioid overdose in America. 2015 is the latest year where data has…

Rates Of Opioid Addiction Continue To Climb

  A new study from a major insurance provider has revealed that opioid addiction is still on the rise and that, sadly, many who are struggling with opioid addiction are not getting the care that they need. Blue Cross Blue Shield released data analyzing the number of diagnoses for “opioid use disorder” between 2010 to…

Which Drugs Are People The Most Addicted To Right Now?

Drugs go through phases of “popularity” or high occurrences of abuse and addiction. Drug addiction has been a problem for centuries. Alcoholism has existed as long as there has been alcohol. However, drugs go through phases of being well known and widely used to falling on the back burner. For example, marijuana was the rebellious…