Fourteen Rules When Dealing with Addiction

When you’ve got a loved one who is addicted, it seems like all the rules change. The ways you have learned to care about and be patient with them just don’t work any more. The problem is that it often takes family a very long time to learn this lesson. It’s very hard to shift gears this thoroughly – after all, as we learn to be parents, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters or grandparents, we learn to forgive and trust. When drug or alcohol addiction enter the scene, either the rules must change or everyone may lose the game. It…

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Where Did All this Heroin Come From?

Once upon a time, not so long ago, it was inconceivable that the average American would be addicted to heroin. It was only something that maybe people out on the fringes of society would do. Maybe bikers or jazz musicians or people who spent a lot of time in jail. This never really was the truth, but it was the impression most middle class Americans had. No one THEY knew would ever use heroin, much less be addicted to it. Fast forward to this decade. The growing heroin problem in this country is overwhelming public health departments. Not a day…

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Dramatic Increase of Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana

Since Commercialization of Medical Marijuana in Colorado, “Dramatic Increase” of Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana-Positive Drivers This blog post is not really about medical use of marijuana or even recreational use of marijuana. It’s just about the fact that some people lose everything when they become addicted to drugs. That includes alcohol, pills, heroin, cocaine or marijuana. Sometimes, that “everything” includes a person’s life. A new study just released by the University of Colorado Denver states the following:

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An Inspiring Town Hall Meeting on Prescription Drug Abuse

On the 13th of May, there was a Town Hall meeting at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Public School of Health on prescription drug abuse. President Clinton opened the meeting, and those who provided testimony included Margaret Hamburg of the Food and Drug Administration and the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, former US Representative. There are a few comments that caught my interest, one being: “Pharma is the largest lobby on Capitol Hill.” The presence of so many pharma lobbyists will certainly tend to support the approval of new drugs like the new formulation of hydrocodone, Zohydro. Hydrocodone is already the most-prescribed medication we…

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Is the Next US Drug Trend Going to be Heroin?

The Washington Post just published an article that could be predicting a terrifying trend. According to an April 6th article, Mexican farmers are pulling out their marijuana crops and planting heroin poppies instead. So cheap heroin (far cheaper than prescription painkillers) has been increasingly found crossing the border. Here’s what I am concerned about. As more states authorize the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use, there will be more of that drug in circulation. Prices will come down. That is, of course, the main reason Mexican farmers are changing their crops. They want a crop with a higher…

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Fear: A Major Factor in Addiction

It may not seem like it to a person who has never been addicted, but fear is a big reason that the addicted stay addicted. The continuous presence of fear is a big part of what keeps them locked in their addictions. When they are high, they don’t feel any fear. They feel confident, relaxed, happy, hopeful, even magnanimous. They may feel they can take on any challenge, even if this is a complete illusion. They may be mellow, euphoric.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Life Taken Too Soon Because of Addiction

On Saturday the 1st of February, America went to bed looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday the next day, but on the 2nd the nation awoke to the tragic news that one of its favorite actors had been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment. The body of Philip Seymour Hoffman was discovered by a friend of his on the Sunday morning when Hoffman was expected to pick up his three children but never arrived. The actor was 46 at the time of his death, and was widely recognized as being among the finest actors of his generation. Several days…

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Will Zohydro be the New Favorite of Opiate Addicts

In December 2012, a group of experts in pharmaceutical drugs was called together by the Food and Drug Administration to provide an opinion on whether or not it was a good idea to permit the manufacture of a new painkiller formulation. The manufacturer was Zogenix. They wanted to sell a new pain pill that contained only hydrocodone, a synthetic opiate. This panel recommended not approving this new drug. Why? Because formulations containing hydrocodone are among the most popular drugs abused by the addicted.

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5 Steps to Overcoming Addiction

Is Beating A Drug Addiction A Daunting Task People who start using drugs typically do so because they want to feel good. Whether they are seeking an escape from the stress and pressure they experience in their lives or are looking for new and mind-altering experiences, they want to get high. They want to relax. They want to feel euphoria or elation. Drugs may give them these things in the early stages, but before long addiction sets in. The drugs no longer get the person as high as they did before, and eventually the person has to use the drugs…

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How Drugs Can Change Your Personality

To most people, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the user are obvious. They may act out, become violent, and get into verbal altercations or simply act like a different person. Drugs and alcohol can intensify behaviors. Take someone who has trouble with controlling his temper. Give him drugs or alcohol and he may become extremely violent. On the other hand, the user may feel that drugs change his personality for the better. For example, a normally shy person may drink alcohol and then become talkative and outgoing, allowing them to put their insecurities behind them. This may seem…

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