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Klonopin High: The Ins and Outs of This Dangerous Addiction

June 3rd, 2019|

Klonopin is one of the most dangerous and difficult drugs to be addicted to. And doctors are prescribing thousands of pills daily. What drugs do you think of when you consider the most brutal addictions? Painkillers? Heroin? Meth? Crack? All of the above are vicious addictions to live with. However, addicts continue to fall victim to a wider variety of pharmaceuticals than before. When taken in excess, different psychiatric medications produce significant highs in the user. Adderall is a common example of a psychiatric medication used to excess. However, one medication, in particular, is

The 12 Steps of AA Explained

June 2nd, 2019|

The 12 Steps of AA has changed so much for alcoholics all over the world. It has allowed them to fully embrace the concept of recovering from alcoholism. What’s more, it has given them a supportive group of peers all working toward the same goal. “The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.” ~ The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous "We accept many health insurance plans. Take a look at our Outpatient Program." Since 1935, generations of problem drinkers have been aided by Alcoholics Anonymous, the

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

June 1st, 2019|

Mixing alcohol and drugs is never a good idea. Whether they are over-the-counter prescription meds or illegal drugs, taking them with booze can have fatal consequences. There’s a reason why prescription medication packages are marked with a “DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL” label—it’s dangerous. Mixing medicine and alcohol can have all kinds of negative side effects. Unfortunately, many people overlook this. Maybe they’re having too much fun at a party and decide to pop a few pills while they’re already drunk. Maybe they take prescription medication and forget that they can’t drink booze. Or,

Desoxyn—The Legal Methamphetamine You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

May 31st, 2019|

Should we be more concerned about Desoxyn—the prescription methamphetamine with a high potential for abuse? Every day, there is another news story about the ongoing opioid epidemic, but while all the focus is on painkillers, there are other prescription medications—like Desoxyn—that are being abused. How bad is the problem? According to the most recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are actually MORE treatment admissions for amphetamine-class drugs than there are for prescription painkillers. Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has written that up

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

May 27th, 2019|

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

Six Signs That You Are a High Functioning Alcoholic

May 25th, 2019|

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse present myriad of social, psychological and physical problems, particularly for so-called high functioning alcoholics. More than any other drug, alcohol presents a unique dilemma to those who drink it. In other words, it can sometimes be difficult to clearly see whether or not the line from moderate drinking to problem drinking has been crossed. Problem drinking can become increasingly severe, giving way to an alcohol use disorder (AUD) as defined by the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: “Approximately 7.2 percent or 17 million adults in the

The Serenity Prayer and the Meaning of TRUE Acceptance

May 23rd, 2019|

"God, grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ~ theologian Reinhold Niebuhr Recovery and 12-Step Fellowship meetings around the world often begin in the same way – with the assembled group reciting the Serenity Prayer together. Early on in rehab, newly-sober addicts and alcoholics are taught to recite this prayer whenever they feel overwhelmed or tempted. But what do these words – serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom really MEAN? Let's take a closer look at each. Serenity Refers

What Being Addicted to Triple C Means for Your Life

May 21st, 2019|

“I’ve had the time to go through all the life phases with my parents, from being a bratty teenager, pushing them away, to saying later on, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what you did for me – thank you. I love you so much.’” ~ Marcia Cross In this post, we turn to the question of what being addicted to Triple C means for your life or the life of your loved ones. At this point you may be wondering what Triple C even is, or whether it is even a drug. This is

The Dark, Final, End Stage of Alcoholism

May 19th, 2019|

Untreated alcoholism is a terminal disease comprised of four stages--the fourth being the end. According to the NIAAA, an estimated 88,000 people (62,000 men and 26,000 women) die annually from alcohol-related deaths. This makes alcoholism the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. End-stage alcoholism carries defining physical markers and symptoms. Though it is not irreversible, it is very difficult to treat and has a high mortality rate. There are many ways it can kill, and most involve a significant amount of suffering. There is always hope though. Addiction-related medicine and

Subutex: This Opioid Replacement Therapy is Highly Effective As a Treatment For Opioid Addiction

May 17th, 2019|

By now, most Americans know that opioid addiction is ravaging the country. Millions of Americans are addicted to opiates like heroin, Morphine, and Codeine, and synthetic opioids like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl. Opioid Addiction Has Taken America By Storm And The Individual Addict Still Suffers The problem is so devastating, President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Since then, the federal government has promised to allocated millions of dollars to solving the problem. In the meantime, men and women of all ages from all walks of life continue

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