Finding Peace After Addiction

Finding Peace After Addiction

When you free yourself from the burden of substance use, you make room for the greatest pleasures that life can offer. Finding peace after addiction is a journey, but it’s well worth the effort. If you believe that you can’t live substance-free, then consider the fact that drugs and alcohol might be the source of your problems rather than the solution to them. One brief anecdote perfectly illustrates this crucial lesson… The Cobra Effect When the British controlled colonial India, the governor faced an emergency in Delhi. The territory was overrun by cobras, and the snakes were posing a fatal […]

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

People often think about how addiction impacts our brains, emotions and cognitive abilities. Though we all know that substance use has physical consequences, it’s tempting to think about addiction as solely a disease affecting the mind. However, once you truly understand how addiction affects your immune system, you begin to grasp how deeply substance use disorder impacts your body. A compromised immune system invites a host of disastrous medical conditions. A person struggling with an addiction isn’t just more likely to catch a cold; they’re potentially vulnerable to life-threatening chronic conditions. Before we address how substances impede our bodies from […]

The Importance of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. There’s never been a more important time to talk about the impact of addiction on individuals, families and communities. The number of overdose deaths has skyrocketed in recent years, and countless more deaths and serious illnesses are attributed to drug and alcohol use. It’s an issue that affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. The best way of avoiding the consequences of substance misuse is prevention. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a chance to talk about the importance of preventing addiction before it begins. It’s also an opportunity to consider what […]

Opioid Overdoses Become Nation’s #1 Preventable Injury-Related Deaths

The average American is more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a vehicle crash. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that opioid overdoses have overtaken crashes as a leading cause of preventable death. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are one in 96, greater than not only crashes (one in 103), but also falls (one in 114) and gun assaults (one in 285). More than 133 people die every day because of opioid overdoses. These statistics highlight how devastating the opioid epidemic has become in the U.S., and it’s a sign of how great […]

A Guide to Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

Substances mask our problems. They also numb us to some of life’s greatest joys. When people with a history of substance misuse remove the barrier of drugs or alcohol, they begin the journey of experiencing richer, fuller lives. Through addiction recovery, you learn so many things about yourself, including how strong you are, interests you never knew you had and what it feels like to be truly present. Like recovery itself, self-discovery is a process. After the first few days or weeks of treatment, you will experience thoughts and emotions that seem foreign. You benefit from knowing what to expect […]

Fighting Meth: America’s Other Drug Problem

Meth Epidemic

We’ve discussed America’s opioid epidemic before – an estimated 11.4 million people have misused these highly addictive medications. Unfortunately, the well-funded fight against prescription painkillers has overshadowed another American drug problem. Meth use is on the rise, but the government has yet to provide adequate funding to address this new public health concern.   What is Meth? Methamphetamine is a powerful, extremely addictive stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system, particularly dopamine receptors, to produce a euphoric effect. Dopamine is involved in the body’s movement, motivation, and reward system, meaning that drug use is robustly self-reinforcing. Meth is a […]

How to Help an Addicted Friend or Family Member in Treatment

Help an Addict in Treatment

Watching a loved one battle addiction is one of the most upsetting experiences that you can go through. It’s not unusual to feel powerless in the face of drugs and alcohol, especially as you watch someone lose control of their life. Your friend or family member may have dramatically shifted in both personality and behavior, which may spark feelings of disorientation, fear, and even resentment. When the situation becomes worse, it’s more important than ever to focus on helping your loved one work through their addiction and treatment. With the right support, recovery is possible.   Signs of a Substance […]

The Dangers of Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids

Fentanyl

Synthetic Opioids and Their Addictive Properties Synthetic opioids are a class of pain-relieving drugs that mimic naturally-occurring opiates, such as morphine and codeine. Their high levels of potency mean that they are intended to be used in small amounts. These substances, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, are produced by pharmaceutical companies, who initially misled doctors and other medical professionals about the dangers of synthetic opioid medications. They claimed that these medications were not addictive in a clinical setting, and that they were safe for management of chronic and acute pain. Today, we know that our country is in the midst […]