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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...

Why Is Drinking a Badge of Honor for Men?

You’ve decided to get sober, either as the result of an internal or external desire to turn your life around. Perhaps you were in danger of losing your job, family or freedom. There may have been a compelling thought that “enough is enough.” (more…)...

What to Do When You Can’t Quit on Your Own: An 8-Step Strategy

When the fog of not knowing where you’ve been never seems to lift and you’re fed up with repeated arrests for driving under the influence, your spouse has tossed you out of the house, your kids hate you and your job is in jeopardy, yet you can’t seem to quit drinking and drugging on your own, all is not lost. The...

How to Choose the Right Detox for You

Detox is the most dreaded part of treatment for any drug addict. You’ve heard about this thing called a medical detox, but you don’t know if you should be using medications at all. How can you decide what kind of detox would be best for you? First you have to educate yourself. You need to know what takes place duri...

What’s the Difference Between Methamphetamine and Amphetamines?

When it comes to amphetamine vs. methamphetamine, there are not too many differences. In terms of chemistry, these two drugs are very similar. Both are controlled substances. Both can be abused and both are addictive. And while both of these drugs can have serious consequences when abused, one is much worse than the ot...

What the Way You Drink Says About the Way to Stop

If someone suggested you give up drinking, how would you respond? No way. I’m no fun when I’m sober. I don’t drink that often. I just drink a lot when I do. I don’t think I could. It’s my nature. It’s not interfering with my life, so why stop? It helps me more than it hurts me. ...

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