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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Is it Addiction? How to Tell if This Problem Exists in Your Family

Have you ever known someone who was addicted to either drugs or alcohol? If you did, the chances are pretty good that the problem went on for quite a long time before it got fixed, if it ever did get fixed. At Narconon centers around the world, we talk to families all the time that are struggling with the addiction of a loved one. And unfortunately, the situation has all too often been going on for several years. If you haven’t ever been close to someone while they were addicted, you might shake your head at this and wonder how…

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The Dark Web of Online Drug Sales

Several years ago, about the only way the internet was involved in the sales and use of drugs was through fraudulent internet pharmacies. A large number of these companies sprang up across the US and around the world, selling prescription drugs (often counterfeit) without asking for a prescription from a doctor. It took awhile, but most of these companies operating in or delivering to the US have been shut down. There are still online pharmacies in existence, but now most of the ones operating in the US are legitimate pharmacies registered with their states and operating within the law. While…

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10 Tips for Starting New After Addiction

Getting sober is hard enough, but making a fresh start in life is in many ways an even more difficult task. Initially, you have to get through the symptoms of withdrawal and conquer the cravings that you feel for another drink or more drugs. Stepping back into the workaday world and resuming a normal lifestyle after spending years as an addict has been compared to coming out of a cave, and it is a process of transition which requires several steps, changes and resolutions to really pull off. If you have recently gotten sober, or are working on your recovery,…

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