A Closer Look at Naltrexone for Opioid Treatment

Naltrexone is a non-narcotic medication created to help people struggling with drug abuse, specifically those struggling with an opioid addiction or alcohol addiction, to enter active recovery and stay there for the long term. Naltrexone is not addictive. It’s a drug that attaches to the brain’s opioid receptors and blocks them completely. That means when someone takes heroin… Read More

The Signs, Symptoms and Suffering of Heroin Addiction

We hear frequently about the opioid epidemic that is plaguing not only Florida, but the wider United States, and the world as a whole. According to the World Health Organization “Roughly 450,000 people died as a result of drug use in 2015. Of those deaths, about 160 thousands were directly associated with drug use disorders and about 118… Read More

Reclaim your brain – Work your body

All addiction affects the brain on a very deep chemical level, and heroin is no different. It hijacks the systems that our species has developed to promote evolutionarily useful actions, and overloads them with self-reinforcing messages of need and dependence on an outside substance. At this point you could say that heroin has put down it’s flag in… Read More

Overdoses Can Happen To Any User

Pop star Demi Lovato has just suffered from an overdose and at the time of this writing, there are reports that her condition is stable. There were some initial reports that she had overdosed on heroin, although there are some suggestions that may have been misleading. Whatever the drug was, we wish the absolute best for her and… Read More

The Myth of the Tortured Artist

Sit back and close your eyes. Think about an artist or musician, some creative type. What do you see? Perhaps you see someone in a pristine white room, but for most people that’s not what they envision. Those imagining musicians often end up picturing a Kurt Cobain type stumbling about from heroin abuse or making his way onto… Read More

University Reaffirms Strict Policy For Drug Users At Their Medical Center

About a year ago, the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville placed new conduct rules for patients who were being seen for infections related to drug use. In order to receive care, they had to agree to a search, turn over all personal property (including cell phones) and clothes, not leave hospital grounds, and not have… Read More

Cook County Jail Administering Detox Medicine To Jailed People In Need

Cook County Jail is not just a place for people to wait out their court dates or sober up overnight, but it is also where they’re trying a program where they offer detox medication to addicts in custody who want to quit. One such person is Neila Rivera, 36, who began using heroin as a teenager. She had… Read More

Jails Serving as Makeshift Drug Detox Centers Due To Heroin and Opioid Crisis

Some smaller jails in Louisiana have been having to pull double-duty as more and more arrestees suffer from heroin and opiates withdrawal symptoms. Nearly two of three sentenced inmates in jail from 2007 to 2009 met the criteria for drug dependence, and the numbers can only be expected to go up with the crisis. A couple of jails… Read More

Why You May Want to Stay Away From Cullman County, AL

If you’re trying to stay clean after spending time going through heroin detox in Florida or you know someone who is fighting an addiction, Alabama’s Cullman County is about the last place you should probably head to. Just over the first weekend of July alone, they had a number of drug arrests. They had three drug arrests in… Read More

How Heroin Withdrawal Affects Users

Heroin is a particularly addictive drug, and quitting it is possible though not easy. Throughout Florida and the rest of United States many addicted people are looking for help and the good news is that this help is available. Though some people choose to quit cold turkey and on their own, the safest way is to work with… Read More