Monthly Archives: February 2018

Nine Steps Family Members Can Take Right Away To Help An Addicted Loved One

February 22nd, 2018|

If Someone You Care About Has An Addiction Problem, You Should Take Immediate Action If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, there are certain steps you can take to help the person you care about. These steps should be taken right away. It is important to remember that addiction is a life-threatening condition that can result in premature death. If someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, you should take action immediately. Every minute counts. Having an addict in your life can be a stressful and confusing time.

What Is Kratom: Does It Get You High and How It Can Be Dangerous

February 19th, 2018|

A new type of drug, known as kratom, has emerged in America over the past years. It produces a high similar to that of opioids and opiates, and can be incredibly dangerous. For years, Asian countries have relied on the medicinal effects of kratom, otherwise known as Mitragyna speciose korth. Only the leaves of this tropical forest tree have medicinal benefits. Some people call it Mitragynine. It is found in places like Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Philippines and New Guinea. The plant can grow up to 25 meters high. It has elliptical leaves that

Slang Names: 11 Addictive Substances Described and Their Street Names

February 16th, 2018|

Knowing Drug Slang Names Is Important For Today’s Parents If you have a teenager and you want to protect them from the dangers of drug addiction, you need to know the slang names teens use when talking about drugs. It is not uncommon for teenagers to talk about using, dealing, or buying drugs on their phones or to communicate this information by text. They also use these street names as code words on social media and instant messaging on the Internet. Recent statistics suggest that more teenagers are using drugs than ever. As a

Crystal Meth Truth: The Highs, Lows, Physical Effects and Mind Tricks

February 13th, 2018|

Crystal meth might conjure up the thought of the popular series Breaking Bad. We witnessed firsthand how to make bathtub crank through Walter White’s chemical expertise. If you haven’t watched the series, you’re probably aware of the problems crystal meth has caused in the US. It’s illegal, highly addictive and deteriorates the body and mind quickly. Crystal Meth Truth: The Highs, Lows, Physical Effects and Mind Tricks A manmade substance, it’s a c10h15n structure that people make in a lab. Crystal meth is clear crystal chunks or alternatively blue-white rocks. This is why it’s

Mental Health And Addiction – How A Co-Occurring Disorder Is Treated

February 10th, 2018|

The Definition Of A Co-Occurring Disorder When someone has a mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse problem simultaneously, they are considered to have a co-occurring disorder, also known as a dual-diagnosis. A person has to have a mental health disorder and be abusing alcohol or drugs like alcohol, cocaine, heroin, opioids, or methamphetamines to receive a dual-diagnosis. According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more than 7.9 million people had a co-occurring disorder in the United States in 2014. Undoubtedly,

Exploring Salvia: Drug Healing Claims, Risks and Hallucinations

February 7th, 2018|

Some people are claiming that salvia is harmless. Realistically, no mind altering chemical is harmless when there are people willing to abuse it. What we know is people believe it carries very low risk of being toxic. The salvia drug is also not deemed to have abuse potential. The state of Delaware would disagree. In 2007, a teenager committed suicide while on a salvia trip. Known as “Brett’s Law,” salvia has been classified as a schedule I controlled substance in Delaware. In 2007, the DEA took measures to put salvia on the “drugs of

Are we going to need “cell phone” addiction treatment in the future?

February 4th, 2018|

Cell phones are a part of our lives now. Statistics from Spain show the cell phone is 108.5%. This equates to more than one cell phone per person. The age of cell phone usage is becoming younger all the time too. As of 2015, 30% of kids that were 10 had a cell phone. For 12 year olds, it’s 70%. Toddlers that are between the ages of 2-3 are given their parents cell phone as a form of distraction. To say that we overuse and abuse cell phones is a given. Is it addictive?

28 Telltale Signs of Heroin Addiction

February 1st, 2018|

Smack. Dope. Mud. Horse. Skag. Junk. Black tar. Heroin comes with many street names. It is a highly addictive drug. Over the past three years, heroin overdose deaths have been rising. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), there has been a 39% increase of heroin related deaths in the past decade. There are various reasons for the increase, one of them is the failure to address tell-tail signs of heroin use. Heroin addiction comes with a stigma and if a user doesn’t match it, they could go under the radar.