A True Story About Being Addicted to Smoking Cigarettes

2018-06-25T20:08:26+00:00 June 25th, 2018|

Addiction is an impossible thing to describe. If one has never known it, words will not accurately convey the feeling. A person can do all the research they want. Addiction is not facts and figures. Telling an addict their odds of survival will not help. It did not help me, in any case. I grew [...]

Will There Ever Be a Drug that Ends Addiction?

2018-06-15T16:52:17+00:00 June 25th, 2018|

It’s been clear for a while that “just say no” isn’t going to help us defeat the drug crisis in America. Instead, some scientists believe, we should be working to develop a drug that can actually end addiction once and for all. America’s worsening opioid problem shouldn’t be news to anyone. In 2017 alone, [...]

Cocaine and Cookies: 8 Similarities Between Drug Addiction and Food Addiction

2018-06-15T16:44:08+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Scientists have long debated the similarities between food addiction and drug addiction. For years, medical professionals have argued whether or not the latter should be included in the DSM, the quintessential bible of mental health diagnostics. Those who argue against its inclusion in the DSM claim that people cannot be “addicted” to food because, [...]

Are Suicide and Drug Overdoses More Connected Than We Think?

2018-06-15T16:32:51+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

Drug overdoses and suicide are both among the leading causes of death in the United States. As of late 2017, overdoses have been identified as the top killer of Americans under the age of 50. Suicide is not far behind, either, ranking in at the tenth most common cause of death (and the second [...]

The Addict’s Brain: A Closer Look at the Science of Addiction

2018-06-07T05:09:03+00:00 June 10th, 2018|

To many non-addicts, drug addiction seems like something that the addict chooses. In reality, however, addiction is a neurological disease that affects the brain in profound ways. As someone becomes increasingly dependent on drugs or alcohol, they actually lose the cognitive ability to understand exactly how dangerous the drug is. It’s no surprise to [...]

What is the Addiction Vaccine and Would it Actually Work?

2018-06-07T05:01:19+00:00 June 5th, 2018|

Scientists are working hard to develop an anti-drug vaccine. Some believe it could play a key role in ending the opioid crisis. Is this the answer we’ve been looking for? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a vaccine that could prevent or even cure addiction? For too long, the approach toward finding America’s [...]

The 4 Stages of Morphine Withdrawal: Symptoms & Detox

2018-05-11T15:36:34+00:00 May 25th, 2018|

We’re not going to lie: morphine withdrawals can suck. Sure, the drug might have been a great pain reliever after you got that knee surgery, but once you’ve started abusing it and become addicted, your body and brain depend on the drug to function properly. Like most other opioids, abusing morphine can lead the [...]

Confessions of a Doctor-Shopping Norco Addict

2018-05-11T15:26:13+00:00 May 20th, 2018|

As the opiate epidemic gets worse in America, we’ve seen a rise in “doctor shopping”. The term describes the phenomenon in which addicts visit multiple doctors in order to obtain prescriptions from several different doctors. Although the practice is a federal crime, many addicts find a way to get the job done so that [...]

How to Give Yourself (and Others) the Gift of Forgiveness

2018-05-11T15:13:53+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Learning how to forgive yourself is one of the most important steps in your recovery. Let’s face it: if you’ve struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction, chances are that you might be pretty angry at yourself. You might have shown up to your child’s graduation high on cocaine, gotten too drunk at the family [...]

Just How Addictive is Gabapentin?

2018-05-11T15:04:31+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

Gabapentin, sold under the brand names Neurotin, Gralise, and Horizant, is a drug most commonly prescribed for the treatment of nerve damage. While the drug is a useful medication for patients who suffer from epilepsy, restless leg syndrome, and pain caused by nerve damage, it is also proving itself to have a high risk [...]

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