Is Your Addicted Family Member Getting Drugs From You?

You don’t use drugs, and you don’t condone recreational drug use, so how could you possibly be the one contributing to your loved one’s drug abuse or addiction? Unfortunately, simply having addictive painkillers in your medicine cabinet is all you need to do to inadvertently support someone’s ongoing drug dependence. But if you believe that it’s not happening in your … Read More

Alcohol Detox: What to Expect

The first step in overcoming alcoholism is alcohol detox – intensive medical care designed to treat withdrawal symptoms and help the person to stabilize mentally and physically. For each person, detox will be different according to his or her needs, but in most cases, a combination of medications and psychotherapeutic intervention is warranted. What can your loved one expect in … Read More

Painkiller Addiction and Heroin Addiction: The Connection

When heroin first became a popular drug of choice among Americans in the 1960s, the average user was a low-income, 16-year-old, white male. Not anymore. Today’s heroin users are quite different, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The JAMA study reports that the average heroin user today is affluent, lives in a … Read More

4 Risks of Relapse

Relapse is broadly defined as any use of drugs or alcohol during recovery, but some people are more restrictive in their terms than others. For example, some would describe even minimal use of prescription painkillers as a relapse even if a doctor gave the patient the prescription after a surgery or injury. Others say that taking certain detox medications in … Read More

Marijuana Detox Is Real, Says Study

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is physically addictive, and now there is more than just anecdotal evidence to support that fact. A new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine found that marijuana users may experience a range of withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug after chronic or heavy use. John Kelly is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts … Read More