All addictions have their similarities, including drugs and alcohol. Like a drug addiction, alcohol makes the addict crave it, go through great lengths to obtain it, and even deny their problem. However, does one lead to the other? Are drugs the gateway to other drugs and alcohol, or visa versa? Continue reading
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 574,743 people died from the disease in 2010. It is a condition that is characterized by out-of-control cell growth, and harms the body when these damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form masses or lumps called tumors. There are over 100 different types of cancer that are each classified by the type of cell they affect. Continue reading
In the late 1980s the Partnership for a Drug-free America ran an ad campaign with the premise that no one says, “when I grow up, I want to be a junkie”. It’s a simple idea but one that holds true, of the millions of addicts worldwide, you would be hard pressed to find one that said that their life turned out exactly as they imagined it would when they were a child. Continue reading
family describe him as being smart, talented, and very athletic. When he was in the 9th
suffered a wrist injury that required surgery and was prescribed the opioid drug Vicodin for pain.
Johnathon found that the pills helped numb feelings of depression he was having, and soon he became
addicted. As his addiction progressed he started using heroin, and on February 6th
overdose. He was the fifth person to overdose in his county in one week. Over 800 people attended his
viewing, a testament to how many lives he had touched in his short life. Continue reading
Krokodil (pronounced crocodile) is the street name for the homemade drug synthesized from codeine, desomorphine. Krokodil gets its name due to the scale-like appearance of the skin that users develop from its use. Homemade desomorphine abuse has spread throughout Russia and neighboring republics over the last decade, and recently the Los Angeles times reported that the Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center spotted symptoms of krokodil use in Phoenix, Arizona. Continue reading
Rehab is the frequently used term for both drug rehabilitation and drug rehab.
It is a general and all-inclusive term referring to the myriad of different treatment programs and methods of addressing addiction to and dependency on drugs or alcohol. Although there are different theories and philosophies as regards addiction and its causes and solutions, the general goal is to somehow get the addict to stop using the substance or substances he or she is addicted to. Continue reading
The very meaning of the word rehabilitation itself sets a standard of what rehab should achieve, and what its impact should be. It is a word which means the restoration of someone to a useful place in society. It means to bring someone back to a normal, healthy condition after a drug problem. It means to teach someone to live a normal and productive life. Continue reading
It is not merely dramatic or descriptive to say that addiction is a trap. It is the truth. By the time a person realizes where their drug use has taken them, and the vicious cycle which now traps them, it may seem to the addict that there is no way out at all. Continue reading
Laziness is one of those words which bring to mind an undesirable human quality and lack of activity. Most of us were taught that hard work and competency were keys to succeeding in life, and were admonished for being lazy or for indulging in laziness. Although our culture continues to evolve and attitudes change with each generation, it is still considered a virtue—a commendable quality or trait—to be industrious in life and earn your own way. Continue reading