A man helps his wife through embracing failure and relapse

Embracing the ‘Failure’ of Relapse

Relapse is more the rule than the exception in addiction recovery. In fact, relapse is considered a component of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says, “Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Instead of viewing relapse as…

pill bottle explaining the opiates definition

Fully Understanding the Opiates Definition to Manage Your Recovery

Opiates create a broad array of health problems when abused and may be poorly understood by much of the population. For example, some may assume that legal prescription drugs can’t cause addiction. Sadly, that is not the case with opiates. Therefore, you must understand the opiate’s definition to ensure that you remain healthy. Doing so…

alcoholic woman laying down dealing with the physical effects of alcohol; she has been drinking

What Are the Physical Effects of Alcohol?

Millions of people in the United States die each year due to alcohol-related problems. Alcohol is one of the most devastating substances that people ingest. It’s overwhelming because the difficulties of alcohol are often overlooked and downplayed. Not everyone recognizes how detrimental the physical effects of alcohol are. Consequently, people who indulge in alcohol not…

man increasing his likelihood of death by increasing the dangers of mixing cocaine and alcohol

The Dangers of Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol

Can you mix cocaine and alcohol? According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were about 1.5 million cocaine users across the U.S. in 2017, and 14.1 million adults had an alcohol use disorder. Many cocaine users mix the drug with alcohol, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right health choice.…

woman staring at syringe facing the signs of drug withdrawal laying her head down on the table

Understanding Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that almost 25 million Americans by the age of 12 have used illicit drugs within the last month. Drugs and alcohol can change the way that the brain processes emotions and regulates someone’s mood. Continued abuse of drugs and alcohol leads to dependence. Once you have formed…

woman staring at meth bag exhibiting the long-term effects of meth and short-term effects of meth

Side Effects of Meth

Methamphetamine, or meth, stimulates your central nervous system. Whether it’s called crystal meth, meth, ice, blue, or any other street term, methamphetamine has powerful effects on your brain and body. It can cause short-term and long-term side effects. Meth can cause physical dependence and addiction. If you want to stop using meth, a men’s and…

opioid addict on the floor with opioids know she is part of the opioid epidemic statistics

Opioid Epidemic Statistics

Opioid epidemic statistics remain essential forms of data that various public health agencies collect to address the growing opioid abuse problem. Opioids in the U.S. statistics show us how the issue of opioid abuse has grown. Understanding opioid epidemic statistics helps pave the way toward finding solutions to a problem that has cost countless lives and…