True Cost of a DUI

True Cost of a DUI

The true cost of a DUI may be more than you’re willing to pay. Yet, few people consider that when deciding to drink and drive. You’ve had a few drinks after work, but you feel fine. So, you choose to take a chance and drive yourself home. This simple decision can have devastating consequences. If…

Grieving From a Substance Abuse Loss

Grieving From a Substance Abuse Loss

Losing a Parent to Drug Overdose Data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that there has been a sharp increase in drug overdose deaths among adults aged 55-64, from 4.2% in 1999 to 28.0% in 2017. This massive increase in mortality has caused children to suffer. After losing a parent to drug overdose, many children…

Addiction to Barbiturates

Addiction to Barbiturates

What Are Barbiturates? Barbiturates are central nervous symptom depressants used as a treatment for sleep-related disorders, anxiety and seizure disorders. These drugs were commonly used in the 1960s and 1970s but were superseded by benzodiazepines, which is a safer option, due to increased cases of overdose and dependency issues. Barbiturates are harmless when taken in…

Stay Away From These Common Gateway Drugs

Stay Away From These Common Gateway Drugs

For a long time, many addiction therapists and professionals have spoken about gateway drugs. Gateway drugs are substances that can lead to the use of more addictive and dangerous substances. Alcohol, marijuana and prescription pills are the most common substances defined as gateway drugs. What Is a Gateway Drug? What is a gateway drug, specifically? The…

Meth Is Becoming Popular Again

Meth Is Becoming Popular Again

While the country focuses on opioid use, amphetamine — commonly known as meth — is being overshadowed even though it’s making a comeback in the United States. According to a recent study, hospitalizations due to amphetamine have risen about 245% from the last decade. This figure is absurdly high when compared to hospitalizations from opioids, which were…

Addiction Recovery for Blue Collar Professionals

Addiction Recovery for Blue Collar Professionals

While alcoholism and addiction are struggles faced by many, some professions are more affected. A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report shows that blue-collar workers have the highest rates of substance abuse. Some affected industries include construction, mining and manufacturing. Employees in blue-collar professions often struggle with alcohol, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills. These…