Sports Gambling Legalization and the Negative Impact on Addicts

Sports Gambling Legalization

On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law, essentially opening the door to sports gambling legalization. Americans already make an estimated $150 billion betting on pro and amateur sports each year. The difference is that now those bets won’t be illegal. It wasn’t a new law that the Supreme […]

Suicide Prevention, Myths and Signs

Celebrity Suicide

Suicide Prevention A long-term solution to a short-term problem. That’s suicide.  A kind of darkness that begins and ends from within. The silent, voiceless, unrelenting scream that never gets heard.  It neither seeks harm to itself nor others. It instead craves the cessation of pain.  That’s suicide.   Celebrity suicide, or death by suicide in […]

Identifying Alcoholism – Physical and Behavioral Signs

Identifying Alcoholism

Identifying Alcoholism Identifying alcoholism as an active drinker is seldom seen.  Most of us do not like to think we have lost control of our drinking.   Like most every other alcoholic, I, too, was ashamed to admit I had a problem. It wasn’t as if I was falling down in the street or making a fool […]

Power of Laughter in Addiction Recovery

Power of Laughter

Power of Laughter in Addiction Recovery “What the hell do I have to laugh about in the midst of all of this chaos, personal wreckage, and self-pity?” Being in the throes of active addiction is not a laughing matter.  It’s an alienating disease that destroys health, relationships, careers and more.  Sounds overwhelming.  Yikes. You might […]

FLAKKA DESIGNER DRUG KILLS

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Flakka Designer Drug Kills What is a designer drug?  The dictionary defines it as a “synthetic analog of a legally restricted or prohibited drug, devised to circumvent drug laws.” Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic, designer drugs.  These are made from legal chemicals which can mimic […]

Prescription Drug Addiction – Antidepressants

Psychotropic Drugs

Can You Become Addicted to Antideppresants Are prescribed antidepressants a drug addiction in America?  There are a broad category of psychotropic drugs prescribed most commonly for treating depression and anxiety, and arguably, many get hooked.  Brains can become not only physically dependent on the drug, but those taking the medication over the long-term can become […]

First Step To Recovery

First Step to Recovery

First Step to Recovery: Stop Flying Solo What compels us to take that proverbial ‘first step to recovery‘?   What compels us to do that which is bad for us?  Why do we repeatedly self-inflict pain when we know our choices are bad and that they are destructive?  We actually DO CARE, yet CANNOT STOP! […]

Tough Love for a Heroin Addict: A Death Sentence?

tough love heroin addict

Heroin Addict Tough Love? It’s an emotionally draining process in the extreme trying to get help for kids who are possessed by drugs. Addicts are tricky and using tough love on a heroin addict, or any type of addict for that matter could be a death sentence.  Remember, addicts are manipulative, powerful and have ironclad […]

Is it Time for Professional Help?

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Some people struggle with the thought of whether they need to go to rehab or not. Some people find the thought of telling their family and friends that they have a problem with substance abuse to be a terrifying concept. But, how do you know if you need help or not? These questions may be […]

Addiction Recovery – A New Year, A New You, in 2018

Addiction Recovery – This is Your Year With the beginning of the new year, it is time to stop dwelling on the past and begin focusing on the present and, ultimately, the future. Some people take the new year as a time to make resolutions to improve themselves throughout the year such as addiction recovery. […]