Drug Overdose

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

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

Why are Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Still Rising in 2018?

August 15th, 2018|

“The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen. Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems.” ~Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid overdoses kill 131 Americans a day. Let that number sink in for a moment. Every day, there is a new headline about some new manifestation of the ongoing opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy become numb to the almost-unbelievable numbers—hundreds of thousands of lives lost and over a TRILLION dollars in economic impact. It’s

David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol

July 22nd, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: David Cassidy lived a life largely in the public eye, and his struggles with alcoholism—the disease that ultimately killed him—are well-documented. This an attempt to provide context to that battle and hopefully, help someone who might currently be facing comparable problems. David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol For a generation of people “of a certain age” David Cassidy will always be the youthful singer who represented another era on the television program, The Partridge Family. That show catapulted him to “teen idol” status and launched a performing career that lasted almost

13 Reasons Why I Became an Addict

August 12th, 2017|

Have you ever wondered why people become addicts? Here’s 13 different stories from now-recovered addicts. There are as many reasons why addicts started using as there are addicts. Every addict has their own story, their own understanding of the world, and their own causes for their addiction. Researchers have yet to point to a single defining factor to determine whether or not someone becomes an alcoholic. Current understanding describes the cause of addiction as a combination of both biological and environmental factors. Biological factors refer to anything that happens before birth, particularly the genes that

The Surprising Truth: Are Women More at Risk to Overdose?

September 27th, 2016|

"There is a perception among society and among families that a woman who is addicted is more deviant than a man who is addicted. I think that for women, addiction tends to be a more shameful and secret thing than it may be for men, and there may be less likely to reach out for help." ~ Dr. Meldon Kahan, Medical Director of the Substance Use Service Women's College Hospital If you're like most people, you have a stereotypical image in your mind of what a "drug addict" is supposed to look like – dirty,