Overcoming Obstacles to Getting Help

Overcoming Obstacles to get Addiction Help

Asking for help is scary. It forces us to show our vulnerability and give up control over the situation facing us. It also makes us feel like we’re burdening the person we’re asking to help us. This is hard for a lot of people to do because of these mindsets, but it is necessary in most cases. An… Read More

Suicide: The Hidden Tragedy Behind The Scenes of Casino Gambling

Suicide: The Hidden Tragedy Behind The Scenes of Casino Gambling Beneath the glamour and excitement of casino gambling lies a little-known truth. While the vast majority of recreational gamblers find gambling entertaining and leave at the end of the day or night with their wallets and spirits intact, for some 3 1/2 % of our population (some 10… Read More

Opioid Antidote or Party Favor? “Narcan parties” are the latest trend

There’s a surprising new trend in Pennsylvania, dealers and addicts have found a new way to use heroin. They are combining Narcan and Heroin together as a package deal at parties and selling the combination to prospective customers. Fox25Boston.com reports, “Addicts and dealers are taking advantage of this heroin reversal drug, and they’re throwing parties where they sell Heroin and… Read More

Paramedics Revive 11 Year-Old Opiate Overdose Beechview, PA Victim

A sixth-grader at South Hills Middle School was found unresponsive last week after an accidental opiate overdose. Paramedics found the 11 year-old girl at home after her family called 911 and administered CPR on her. The paramedics then administered Narcan, a drug that treats opiate overdoses in emergency situations. After regaining consciousness, the young girl was agressive and had… Read More

Some of the Most Intelligent People Can Be Addicted to Drugs

Some of the Most Intelligent People Can Be Addicted to Drugs Lots of people associate creativity with addiction, and some of the history’s most intelligent people have had issues with drugs or alcohol. In some cases, their addiction took their lives. We all know about the young celebrities who let fame and fortune go to their head and… Read More

How EMDR Techniques Can Assist Patients in Trauma Treatment

trauma

How EMDR Techniques Can Assist Patients in Trauma Treatment Many addicts and alcoholics enter treatment with a history of traumatic experiences and pain. Effective trauma treatment is vital to preventing relapse and helping someone develop long-term recovery from substances. This is because the impact of trauma on the human brain is damaging over time without intervention. It may… Read More

Recognizing Drug Cravings and Triggers During Aftercare

Drug Cravings

Recognizing Drug Cravings and Triggers During Aftercare Being prepared for the outside world after recovery treatment is crucial to recovery success. Staying informed, learning about oneself, and receiving support after rehab are all necessary steps to remaining sober. Obtaining sobriety is not solely abstaining from drugs or alcohol, it is also the start of a new life in… Read More

The Olympics, Ryan Lochte, and Characteristics of Alcoholics

The Olympics, Ryan Lochte, and Characteristics of Alcoholics It seems as though each time the Olympics rolls around, the inevitable scandals and stories are right there with it. This year, Ryan Lochte and a group of fellow swimmers stole the spotlight, and unfortunately not for their gold medal achievements. What started as the group claiming to be robbed… Read More

All About the Drug Ecstasy

The Drug Ecstasy

All About the Drug Ecstasy What is Ecstasy? Ecstasy is a street term for methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. This drug is a man-made substance that has effects comparable to stimulants and hallucinogens. MDMA is typically taken orally, but may also be snorted in its powder form. The drug ecstasy has addictive properties, including frequent second-time use, developed tolerance, and withdrawal… Read More