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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]