18 Signs You May Be Addicted to Opiates

-+*Although it might seem strange to a person who doesn’t use drugs, some people using heroin or other opiates may feel they are not addicted. Denial can be a problem as a person wants to believe they can quit using the drug any time they want. But if they try to quit, they discover a different truth. They suffer from withdrawal pain and sickness and also suffer such strong cravings that they may abandon the attempt to get sober and go back to the drug they were using. To help the person who wants to know if they are addicted to…

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Help for the Families of Addicts

-+*Anyone working in addiction recovery knows that families suffer right along with those who are addicted. Parents and siblings suffer the terror that their loved one won’t make it home or worse, have no idea where he is tonight. Children suffer from abuse or neglect of their most basic needs like shelter, food and love. Grandparents and other family may be abused, threatened or stolen from. Families need help, just like the addicted do. What kind of help can be offered to parents and other family? There are actually many ways to increase your understanding of addiction and the options…

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Should Energy Drinks Be Considered the New Gateway Drug?

-+*There is no specific path by which all individuals enter into drug use. Normally, an individual moves into casual drug use when they decide that these substances may be able to help them in some way in their life. They have normally encountered some problem that they are either unwilling or unable to face and handle, and drugs can provide for them a way to escape, at least temporarily.

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Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal

-+*The symptoms of drug withdrawal are perhaps the biggest curse of addiction. The certainty that one will become desperately ill if he stops using drugs is a big reason a person stays trapped in addiction. Heroin addicts talk about “getting sick” when they start suffering withdrawal symptoms because they feel so miserable and may vomit and suffer diarrhea, muscle spasms and chills. They talk about “getting well” when they can get their hands on more heroin or other opiate. With each type of drug, the withdrawal symptoms vary – sometimes greatly. What most people are familiar with is withdrawal from…

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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 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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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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Should Professional Sports Organizations Punish Addicted Athletes?

-+*Josh Hamilton is an outfielder for the Anaheim Angels, a Major League Baseball team. He has won the most valuable player award for the American League, and has been chosen to play in the all-star game five times. As a first-round draft pick, Hamilton has in many ways lived up to the promise of his career, performing as one of the best baseball players in the league, but at the same time the pressure that comes with such expectations has taken its toll on him, and has threatened his ability to continue his career.

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