Purple Drank in Today’s Popular Culture

Anyone into Hop Hop music knows what Purple Drank is. It’s a mixture of prescription cough syrup and Mountain Dew or other soda, usually with some Jolly Rancher candies mixed in and dissolved to give it color and flavor. The mixture even has its own preferred type of container – a styrofoam cup. This mixture – intoxicating and addicting – has long been a favorite of musicians in this genre. But hopefully, anyone who knows about Purple Drank also knows that some prominent Hip Hop musicians have died or ended up in jail as a result of their addictions to…

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Why do People Start Taking Drugs?

There’s a moment in every addict’s life when they reach out for a drug or a drink for the very first time. Whether or not you agree with the concept that addiction is a disease, that first moment of drug use or drinking is a choice that each person makes. And for each person, there’s a reason behind that choice. It doesn’t just happen. Here’s some of the most common reasons that choice is made, as told to us by those who started their drug use young, became addicted and finally recovered at a Narconon rehab center. 1. “Everyone is…

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How Do You Get Someone to Rehab?

We understand the difficulty of this task and why families often struggle with getting a loved one to rehab. But it can be done and is done daily by families across the country. If you prepare properly before you try to get your loved one into rehab, the process can go much more smoothly and successfully with less wear and tear on everyone involved. Here’s how you can set the stage for a successful transition from addiction to rehab. 1. Start by researching and choosing the right rehab program. If the person has relapsed after going to the same kind…

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How Addiction Patterns Differ Based on Gender

Drugs are addictive, and they can cause addiction in anyone, from any walk of life. Poor people become junkies just as rich people can, and drug addiction affects people from every corner of the globe. But is there a difference between men and women when it comes to addiction? Certainly there are many ways similar to this in which males and females differ, but is the susceptibility to becoming an addict one of them? There is certainly a possibility that this could be the case, and a body of scientific research seems to back up this proposition. For example, one…

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Palcohol: Convenience or Threat to Youth?

Does This Controversial Product Mean Convenience for Mature Adults or Certain Disaster for Our Youth? A year ago, stories hit the media about the inadvertent approval of a new powdered alcohol product, Palcohol. The Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced the approval of this product and then retracted it immediately, saying the approval had been an error. We covered this story in an earlier article about Palcohol. Palcohol is the brainchild of a businessman named Mark Phillips who claimed that his motivation was that he wanted to take a refreshing alcoholic beverage on hikes and kayaking trips without needing to…

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Painkillers, Heroin, Addiction and Overdose

Is it Possible to Find Stable Recovery? Did you see our recent blog post about injuries and the painkillers prescribed during healing leading to addiction? Did you wonder if it ever really happens this way? You may be certain that it does. Today, we found yet another article of a young man who got started taking painkillers after sports injuries in high school. In March 2015, he died of a heroin overdose at 23. There are so many of these stories that it becomes clear beyond any possibility of doubt that this is a common path to addiction and even…

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The Most Common Drugs that Make a Person Aggressive or Angry

For some families, their first discovery that a loved one is using drugs is an all-out battle with someone who’d previously been calm and friendly. Without knowing that drugs are behind the aggressive tirade they’re witnessing, it’s a terrifying experience.  The person often becomes violent putting others around him at risk.   Police may be called, the drug user may be arrested or thrown out of the house. If the angry aggression is severe enough to send the person into a breakdown, he (or she) may end up in the emergency room. Most people in this condition are unable to…

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How Drug Abuse Affects Relationships

Drugs and a loving relationship mix about as well as dynamite and a match – the combination can be explosive. And the destruction can be widespread, reaching far beyond immediate family. It may not have seemed so serious when drugs use first started. It looked like everyone was having so much fun or maybe they seemed mellow and untroubled. Maybe it was beer and marijuana in the garage of a teenaged friend while his parents were away. Maybe it was Ecstasy at a music festival. Or shots on one’s twenty-first birthday. Just because everyone else was doing it, it was…

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