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Brain Damage That Can Occur With Drug Abuse

Within the past month, over 25 million people in the United States have used an illicit drug. Drug abuse of any kind can have serious side effects, especially on your brain. That is why it is important to realize just how dangerous these drugs are to your brain, and how they impair cognitive function. Drugs impact memory The brain is…

What Exactly is the Opioid Crisis?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that the United States is suffering from an opioid crisis.  What is the opioid crisis?  This crisis involves more than two million Americans, who have become addicted to pills either through prescriptions or illegal sales. What are Opioids? The word “opioid” derives from “opium.”  They are drugs that…

Alcohol Addiction and the Muscular System

Alcohol Addiction and the Muscular System

Alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful. Research has found that drinking excessive quantities of alcohol affects the body in many ways. For those who have a beer after work or one cocktail at a party, there is no need to worry; the amount of alcohol you are consuming is not going to damage your body. But, for those who start…

Finding Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

Finding Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

Though it is true that drug and alcohol addiction has grown to be a very alarming issue in this country, it is also true that many attempts have been made to do something about this problem and to effectively address it. Substance abuse is a growing problem in this nation. However, some individuals who have a spiritual background find that when…

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…