Monthly Archives: December 2017

Antidepressant Risks: Deadlier Than You Think? Or Lifesaving Agents?

December 19th, 2017|

Millions of Americans Take Antidepressants – Also Known As SSRIs Time Magazine reports that “clinical depression affects about 16 million people in the U.S. and is estimated to cost the U.S. about $210 billion a year in productivity loss and health care needs.”  It’s no wonder, then, that – as of 2017 – approximately 11 percent of Americans are taking antidepressants. Reports indicate that depression is on the rise in the U.S. and more and more people are taking SSRIs. The most recent numbers indicate that antidepressant consumption has increased by nearly 65 percent

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars on Dealing with Addiction, Grief, and Loss

December 15th, 2017|

Showtime’s new documentary, Eric Clapton’s “A Life in Twelve Bars,” is due out in February of 2018. The film discusses much of the historical impact Clapton has had on rock and blues music. There are many candid interviews from people with firsthand experience of Mr. Clapton’s influence and power, as can be found in many rockumentaries. “A Life in Twelve Bars” offers more though. If offers glimpses into the storied past of Clapton’s legendary alcoholism, drug addiction, and finally his recovery, against insurmountable odds. As of yet, not much information has been released regarding

Painkillers: Can We Live Without Them?

December 13th, 2017|

America is Hooked on Dope – And Our Doctors are The Dealers By now, most Americans are familiar with the opioid crisis happening in the United States. Things have gotten so bad, President Donald Trump recently declared the country’s opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Millions of people from all walks of life are hooked on narcotic painkillers like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, and Codeine. These highly addictive medications are responsible for the deaths of more than 30,000 people every year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are doing time behind bars because of some

How to successfully use SSRIs (Antidepressants) in Recovery

December 11th, 2017|

Are Antidepressants Off-Limits For People In Recovery From Drug And Alcohol Addiction? A lot of people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction are under the mistaken believe that antidepressants – also known as SSRIs – are a “no-no.” This is unfortunate. Many people who have made the commitment to abstain from drugs and alcohol could greatly benefit from taking SSRIs. Furthermore, an estimated one in three recovering people need them due to a co-occurring mental health disorder. The reason why people in recovery shy away from antidepressants is because they have made a firm

Alcoholism Tests And Warning Signs That Reveal If You’re An Alcoholic

December 9th, 2017|

Am I An Alcoholic? Because you have found yourself on this page…right here, right now… you’re wondering if you have a problem with alcohol. Why else would you be researching this topic? People who don’t have a problem with alcohol don’t Google “Am I an alcoholic?” and they definitely don’t look for tests that will tell them whether or not they have a problem with drinking. The very fact that you have made it here may indicate that you do, in fact, have a problem with alcohol. Of course, most people do not make

Physical Addiction Versus Psychological Addiction

December 7th, 2017|

Like cancer, the disease of addiction is commonly recognized as having different subtypes: psychological and physical. But are physical and psychological addiction truly two separate illnesses? Breast cancer and melanomas are by definition certainly both cancers, but they are vastly different diseases. Similarly to cancer, addiction has many variations in how it presents itself, making a working definition hard to pin without breaking it into classifications. The American Society of Addiction Medicine generally defines addiction as a “primary, chronic brain disease of reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to

Russell Brand: Changing Our View on Addiction

December 5th, 2017|

You May Not Love Russell Brand For His Comedy – But You Gotta Love The Guy For His Recovery Russell Brand isn’t for everybody. He’s an acquired taste. The 42-year-old British comic and movie star is quite controversial, making a name for himself with his outrageous stand-up comedy and notorious public antics. Starring in movies Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall – and famous for his two-year marriage to rocker girl Katy Perry – he’s the kind of guy you either love or hate (or love to hate). But, one thing

Gabapentin and Opioids: A Killer Combo

December 3rd, 2017|

Gabapentin and Opioids: A Killer Combo By now, most of us have heard the word – opioids are a major problem in the United States. Millions are addicted to opiates like heroin, Codeine, and Morphine and synthetic opioid medications like Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone. Opioid addiction causes devastation and destruction to all those who come into contact with it and it brings death to more than 33,000 people every year. With Opioid Addiction On The Rise, The World Of Modern Medicine Is Turning To Gabapentin With opioid drugs delivering such a crushing and deadly

Alcohol Poisoning – One Too Many Could Take You To The E.R.

December 1st, 2017|

Alcohol Poisoning – One Too Many Could Take You To The E.R. “Let’s go out and get smashed, amigos!” “C’mon girls, let’s go grab a margarita – or ten!” “Hey, fellas! There’s a keg party at the frat house this Saturday night! Bring your cups!” Think Twice Before You Head Out For Drinks With Friends For the Weekend A night of serious drinking usually starts out with a spirit of innocence. No one heads out to a party, the club, or a bar with anything but the light-hearted intention of blowing off a little