Addiction Information

Why Don’t ERs Offer Addiction Treatment?

January 23rd, 2019|

“Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another. Emergency department education and post-overdose protocols, including providing naloxone and linking people to treatment, are critical needs.” ~ Dr. Alana Vivolo-Kantor, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control In 2017, over 72,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. And for every death, there are estimated to be at least 30 overdoses where the victims survived.  Importantly, when you factor in other health problems such as infections, disease, injuries, and self-harm resulting from substance abuse, it

Charlie Sheen: His Wonderful and Improbable Recovery

December 15th, 2018|

The world watched as Charlie Sheen’s personal life fell apart due to partying and drugs. The infamous Hollywood star was an infamous party animal, much like his on-screen character in Two and a Half Men. Fans watched as he acted out when on drugs, and watched as he struggled with addiction. His substance abuse problem got so bad that he was even fired from the show. For some time now, Charlie Sheen has laid low. He has barely made any waves on social media, and haven’t taken on any other shows. He had been

October 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Nampa, Idaho

October 27th, 2018|

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place in Nampa, Idaho on October 27, 2018. This event is an important one, and if you have old medications lying around your home, it is one you should not miss. Like many people, you probably keep your prescription pain pills and other drugs in a medicine cabinet. You may have a difficult time letting them go because you wonder, what if I need them later on? There are some very good reasons why you should not hang on to them, and we will cover those in

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

October 15th, 2018|

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health “SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health contains annual data that provides critical information which helps us understand important concepts around mental health and substance misuse across the nation.” ~ Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary The ongoing drug epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in American history.  Overdose death rates continue to rise, killing a record number of people every year. But before an effective solution can be found, the problem must be clearly defined.  This

The Tragic Story of Margot Kidder: Lois Lane, Dual Diagnosis, Overdose, and Suicide

October 1st, 2018|

The news is full of stories about overdoses lately. But people can become numb to statistics, graphs, and charts. Sometimes it takes a human story to understand the importance and urgency that the subject of addiction demands. Addiction and recovery are complicated topics. It gets even more complex when one takes mental health into consideration. Many people don’t realize the important role that mental health plays when it comes to addiction. In fact, most people assume that any mental health disorder is a result of someone’s substance abuse. This view is counter-productive. It prevents

Top 10 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

September 25th, 2018|

"When I was in medical school, the one thing I was told was completely wrong. The one I was told was, if you give opiates to a patient who is in pain, they will not get addicted. Completely wrong. Completely wrong. But a generation of doctors, a generation of us, grew up being trained that these drugs are risky. In fact, they are risky." ~ Dr. Thomas Frieden, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Top 10 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs The misuse of prescription drugs in the United States has been called “an epidemic”

3 Signs Your Son or Daughter is Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

September 15th, 2018|

“It’s not the addict I hope will be grateful for my love. It’s my child. My child is the one who needs to see my strength. My devotion. My resolve. My child needs me to face down what has become his worst enemy. Not help it. My child is the one I want to see live beyond tomorrow.” ~ Sandy Swenson It can be difficult to know whether your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol – particularly when college and work takes them out of your daily life. If you are concerned that

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

September 14th, 2018|

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. 15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol 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

Theories of Addiction: The Stages of Change

September 10th, 2018|

No one knows why it is easy for some people to overcome addiction but it’s hard for others. Some psychologists believe that the “Stages of Change” theory offers insight. According to the National Institutes of Health, 10 percent of Americans struggle with drug use disorder at some point during the course of their lives. The organization estimates that, at the moment, more than 23 million people are addicted to drugs. Fortunately, many people are able to overcome their addictions. Utilizing resources such as detox, rehab, and 12-step programs, a lot of addicts are able

Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects?

August 20th, 2018|

Cocaine use has a detrimental effect on your brain. It is associated with many of the same risks and side effects as other addictive drugs. Some people believe that cocaine can be used casually and without any long-term adverse effects. Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects? Let us take a moment to dispel that myth: cocaine is dangerous, and the immediate pleasure it produces is certainly not worth the impact it can have on your brain and body. In fact, cocaine affects the chemical reactions of the brain, making