According to the Director of Health Recovery Services in Ohio, Dr. Joe Gay, we are seeing heroin addicts infiltrate the suburbs now and even hit the rural areas. Just 20 years ago Gay says half of all heroin addicts undergoing treatment just existed in California and New York.
27 Aug 2012
A group of biochemists in Germany have discovered some mysterious things about the coca plant and how its chemical makeup produces cocaine. Cocaine is chemically related to a bunch of anesthetics and other stimulants that are used each day legally. Understanding just how cocaine is made within the plant itself may just lead to some new types of anesthesia and anesthetic drugs but without the addictive traits.
When that day finally comes when your spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or close friend agrees to seek help for their substance abuse problem, it can feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted off of your shoulders. Dealing with a loved one who has an addiction requires a lot of hard work and perspiration, and when you are trying to do it without the assistance of professionals, the whole situation can at times seem completely hopeless.
No one is really sure what the relapse rate for addicts and alcoholics actually is. Some studies have claimed it is as high as 80%, and few experts in the addiction field would dispute that the correct number is somewhere north of 50%. Thankfully relapses are frequently short-lived, and the addict or alcoholic who falls off the wagon is able to reclaim their sobriety rather quickly without causing undue damage to the recovery process.
22 Aug 2012
Although many users would claim that marijuana is not physically addictive, ask anyone who has tried to stop smoking marijuana after decades of use and the story they tell will break your heart and curl your hair. Physical withdrawal symptoms are common, ranging from headaches and insomnia to loss of appetite, sometimes lasting as long as several weeks. Irritability, agitation, depression, and malaise last even longer. Whatever the specific mechanism for addiction and withdrawal may be, the fact that it causes suffering is apparent.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, chances are you’ve heard a lot of conflicting things about your "problem". Unfortunately, this is frequently an emotionally charged topic. The lines between reality and fiction get very blurred when so many well-meaning people are quick to offer their opinions – often presented as facts – based on their own personal experience, the experience of someone they know, or something they read or saw on TV.