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Shifting Stigma of Addiction: What We Saw Then vs. What We See Now

One of the (many) ways this presidential election season has been unique is the candidates’ willingness to talk about the addiction crisis that plagues the United States and much of the rest of world. The catalyst for this discussion, unfortunately, is the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Repairing Your Career or Reputation After Rehab

Once you finish your addiction treatment or rehab, you are in a position to look back on your time as an addict with fresh eyes. Now that you’re in a more positive place and feel better physically and mentally, it becomes extraordinarily clear how chaotic your life was when you were actively drinking alcohol or using...

Demerol Rehab: Treatment & Withdrawal

Demerol, also known as meperidine, is a powerful — and powerfully addictive — painkiller. Similar in nature to morphine, Demerol is an opioid narcotic that can cause serious side effects when abused or used in conjunction with other substances, including alcohol. Withdrawing from meperidine alone is not only extrem...

An Alarming Trend in Newborns: Mothers Sharing Their Addictions

In the 1990's an epidemic of babies born addicted to crack cocaine called attention to the problem of drug use and addiction in pregnant women. Effective drug rehab became more available to pregnant women and seemed to help this trend subside. (more…)...

Why Synthetic Pot Makes People Act Like Zombies

Is synthetic marijuana really turning people into zombies? Watch users high on the drug staggering around with their eyes rolled back, sounding as if they’re possessed by a demon, and you might think you’re seeing an audition for an episode of “The Walking Dead.” (more…)...

U.K. Plans Blanket Ban on Legal Highs

Designer drugs (or legal highs) have presented a legislative challenge since they first appeared on the market, but the U.K. is looking to defeat the designer drug trade with sweeping legislation that will cover existing legal psychoactive substances as well as newer designer drugs. The new laws could land anybody who ...

The Cost of Drug Overdoses to American Lives

Drug abuse is a matter of life and death in the U.S. — and a recent look at the statistics shows death is becoming an increasingly more common outcome. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injuries, which are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44, according to a June 2015 report rel...

Why Do People Use Drugs? 5 Answers

Those who have never had issues with drugs or alcohol can find themselves struggling to understand what leads a person — perhaps someone they care about — to be drawn to substance use. (more…)...

Making Amends: Is There a Right Time for an Addict to Say Sorry?

After getting sober, I immediately wanted to apologize to everyone I knew, especially the people closest to me because I had hurt them the most. When I left inpatient treatment and finally had clear eyes, I could see how much damage I had done to the people I loved. It was horrifying and the instinct to apologize was o...

Can Tramadol Help You Quit Opiates?

Getting over an addiction to opiates is difficult, but tramadol may be able to help by reducing the symptoms of withdrawal. There are so many things that make recovering from drug abuse so challenging. The terrible, uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms of withdrawal can sabotage even the most serious attempts t...

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