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 non-urban … 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 … 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