Signs of an Alcoholic Relapse

Alcoholic relapse is not the result of a lack of commitment to sobriety. In fact, relapse can happen to even the most dedicated, determined individuals. Relapse is the outward sign of just what a chronic disease with compulsive features looks like. Alcoholism recovery features powerful cravings that sit there, etched in the memory, looking for […]

Visible Signs of Heroin Abuse

The past decade has seen a surprising spike in the use of heroin, a drug that was once associated with the 1970s and multiple high profile overdose deaths, such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison. But after retreating into relative obscurity for many years, heroin has returned to the spotlight. According to the […]

dxm street names

You may have heard some of the DXM street names tossed around. These pop up often in hip hop and rap lyrics, and are terms used among teens who might be abusing the over-the-counter drug, dextromethorphan, recreationally. The DXM street names include skittles, Robo, cousin, Purple Drank, sizzurp, red devil, triple C, Poor Man’s PCP, […]

10 signs of meth use

Meth addiction is a ferocious thing. As so authentically described in David Sheff’s book, and now movie, Beautiful Boy, being addicted to methamphetamine has the capability of exacting significant destruction to a person’s life. Of course, when someone first experiments with meth they have no intention of becoming an addict. But the reality is that […]

Mixing Ambien and Alcohol

So you have some trouble getting to sleep. Maybe a glass of wine before bed will help you relax enough to nod off, or maybe you will try out the prescription for Ambien that your doctor recently gave you. Better yet, you ponder, maybe just take the Ambien with the glass of wine. Not so […]

cheese is like heroin

At first glance someone reading that title might conjure up images of Gouda or Brie and imagine that, yes, yummy cheese might be just as addicting as an illicit drug such as heroin. Only in this case, cheese is heroin. Yep, a strange concoction made of black tar heroin and regular drugstore medications like Tylenol […]

dope sick symptoms

The term “dope sick” refers to the condition of experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to opiate addiction. The person may initially discover they are addicted to prescription painkillers when they stop taking the pills and begin to feel intense flu-like symptoms. More commonly, those addicted to heroin will refer to this condition as being dope sick, […]

acupuncture-for-alcoholism-and-depression

Holistic is hip. Americans are warming up to accepting Eastern alternative healing protocols across the healthcare spectrum, which now includes addiction treatment as well. Rehab programs are embracing the holistic treatments to compliment their traditional therapies, and the effects have been positive. Drug addiction disrupts the connection between mind, body, and spirit, and by adding […]

How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted to Hydrocodone

Wondering how long does it take to get addicted to hydrocodone, which includes the drugs Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, and Lorcet?  It is shocking how quickly someone can get hooked on these drugs, happening sometime as fast as a couple weeks. The path to hydrocodone addiction is very common. The doctor prescribes Vicodin or some hydrocodone […]

heroin addiction staph infections

We humans are covered in microscopic bacteria. This is a normal feature of our being, with both good and bad bacteria present at all times and covering our skin. Surprisingly, only about 1% of all bacteria will make humans sick. Staph Aureus is one of them. For individuals who are active heroin addicts and choosing […]