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Cocaine Making a Deadly Comeback in the U.S.

Cocaine Making a Deadly Comeback in the U.S.

While everyone is keeping a watchful eye on the opioid epidemic today, cocaine has been making a stealthy comeback.  This cocaine resurgence is especially troublesome for African-Americans, as cocaine has been a more significant problem than heroin for non-Hispanic black Americans for the past 20 years.  However, other demographics suffer cocaine-related problems as well. Let’s take a look at the…

Tips for Having a Great Summer Without Drugs or Alcohol

Tips for Having a Great Summer Without Drugs or Alcohol

Summer is almost here, and it brings the promise of long days and more time to have fun in the sun.  For many people, summer activities include backyard BBQs, beach parties, music festivals, and more.  Indulging in alcohol or drugs also seems to be high on the list of events.  If you are a recovering addict, you may be wondering…

Staying Strong in Recovery: 10 Tips for Success

Staying Strong in Recovery: 10 Tips for Success

When you leave rehab, you might think the hard part of recovery is behind you. In some respects that is true, but, many challenges lie ahead of you as well. Staying strong in recovery takes dedication and the will to succeed. To help you achieve your goal of sobriety, apply the coping skills you learned in rehab. Also, there are…

Heroin Abuse Trends and Statistics Today

Heroin Abuse Trends and Statistics Today

Heroin use more than doubled among young adults in the past decade and more than 45% of those were also addicted to a prescription painkiller, according to the CDC.  Not only is there an increase in heroin addictions, the number of heroin-related overdose deaths has skyrocketed.  With these facts in mind, let’s look at today’s heroin abuse trends to get…

8 Myths About Rehab You Need to Ignore

8 Myths About Rehab You Need to Ignore

With over 27 million people over the age of 12 who use illicit drugs, and 60.9 million who are considered alcohol abusers, and 16.3 million who are considered heavy drinkers, we have a problem in society today.  According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only about 1.6 percent of people who need treatment for addiction seek help.…

The Reality of Alcohol Addiction:  No Laughing Matter

The Reality of Alcohol Addiction: No Laughing Matter

Beer commercials often feature beautiful women and funny situations. Movies often portray people partying and drinking and having hilarious situations occur. However, the reality of alcohol addiction is that it is no laughing matter. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that almost 90 percent of adults have drunk alcohol at least once in their life. In 2013,…

When Can an Addict Say That They are Recovered?

When Can an Addict Say That They are Recovered?

This is a question asked by addicts as well as the average person when it comes to addiction. In recent years, addiction has been classified as a legitimate mental illness. The source of addiction comes from an abnormal prefrontal cortex, which doesn’t ever fully heal. There are many addicts who have been sober for months or years that have a…

How to Help a Friend Who Has Had Too Much to Drink

How to Help a Friend Who Has Had Too Much to Drink

Going out with friends for drinks is a great way to celebrate an evening and to have fun while enjoying one another’s company. However, if you have a friend who often has too much to drink or has drinking habits that you have become worried or concerned about, it may be time to consider talking with them and helping them…

When It’s Time for an Intervention for Drug Abuse

When It’s Time for an Intervention for Drug Abuse

Watching a loved one become more entangled in the use of drugs can be a helpless feeling. When talking seems to do no good and they are in complete denial (at least to you), it is time to take other measures. An intervention for drug abuse may be what gets them to seek the help that they need before it…