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Why Your Loved One Has Stopped Enjoying Their Hobbies

Have you noticed that a loved one is suddenly no longer interested in hobbies that once brought them joy? Are you seeing that individual retreat inside themselves, interested in little and no longer enjoying life? While this can be a sign of many issues, including depression and anxiety, it is one of the primary signs of a drug or alcohol abuse problem. Understanding why this is happening will help you seek the right help […]

Why People Keep Using Drugs: What Is the Negative Feedback Loop?

Drug addiction can be difficult to understand, especially when the addict continues to use drugs despite the obvious negative impact on their quality of life and even their own stated desire to quit. Substance abuse clearly has negative consequences for both individuals and society. Studies estimate that the total cost of substance abuse in the United States, including lost productivity, health care and crime-related costs, exceeds $600 billion annually, according to the National Institute […]

New Designer Drugs Increase the Likelihood for Substance Abuse

The names sound like something out of a horror movie: krokodil, a heroin-like synthetic drug notorious for rotting a user’s skin from the inside out; acetyl-fentanyl, a synthetic, “spiked heroin” often sold under the guise of oxycodone; and NBOMe (also known as N-Bomb or 25I) , an LSD-like substance that is typically dissolved into something edible like chocolate that is often sold as a “legal” alternative to LSD.

These new designer drugs are increasingly […]

What You Shouldn’t Do During an Intervention

Interventions are an important tool used to communicate the concerns of friends and family members about a loved one’s pattern of addiction. When successful, interventions can be the first step in a person’s path to sobriety. However, interventions can also go very wrong – especially when those who attend say or do the wrong things during the meeting. Though most people know what should happen during an intervention, many are unaware of what should […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Treatment||0 Comments

5 Ways People Hide Addiction

There are a number of ways people hide addiction. This post will look at 5 common ways that people use to conceal a drug or alcohol problem.

What is Secondhand Drinking?

Drinking alcohol can have negative impact not only on the person consuming it but on the people around them. Discover what secondhand drinking is and how it affects 90 million Americans.
By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Common Items People Use to Take Drugs

Abusing drugs is not always as straight-forward as taking a medication in the way that it is prescribed. When an individual is abusing drugs, he or she may use common items to either take the drugs or to hide the substance, explains the Department of Justice. Recognizing items that are commonly used for substance abuse can help determine if a loved one is abusing drugs and may need professional help.

Common Household Items

According to the […]

How Media Can Influnece Drug Use

There are a number of ways of how the media can influence drug use. This post looks at some of the ways that media influence, may lead to drug use.
By |October 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

ASAM Twitter Chat Takeaways

We co-hosted another #RecoveryTalk Twitter chat with Young People In Recovery. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) joined us to discuss barriers to treatment and much more.
By |October 17th, 2014|Categories: General Addiction||0 Comments

Common Ingredients Used to Make Drugs

Although there are a wide variety of ingredients used to make drugs, certain items are commonly found in many substances. This post will look at some of them.