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The 2 “Faces” of the Opioid Crises in America


It began as a useful and highly potent pain-relieving medication, but opioids have quickly become a nightmare for millions of Americans. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.1 That same year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 652,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder.” The use of these drugs, legal or otherwise, has quickly become a federal crisis. Throughout this article, [...]

The 2 “Faces” of the Opioid Crises in America2020-01-23T20:54:51-08:00

How U.S. Drug Laws and Addiction Compare To Other Countries


Drug addiction has become a critical problem in the United States. As of 2017, more than 19-million Americans, aged 12 and up, suffer from drug addiction. This number is staggeringly high and only growing worse. It’s not only the United States which faces the concern of drug related crimes and addiction. Other countries all around the world are dealing with this issue of drugs in a regular basis. As substance abuse continues to gain speed globally, it’s helpful to examine the differences between the U.S. and other countries suffering from drug addiction. Throughout this article, we’ll compare statistics between the U.S. [...]

How U.S. Drug Laws and Addiction Compare To Other Countries2019-09-18T22:51:17-07:00

12-Benefits of a Service Pet for Addiction


The furry companions we call family do more than just purr and bark. Pets make a huge impact on the lives of those who live with them. From companionship to life saving abilities, animals are amazing creatures. Throughout the years, service animals have proven themselves to be loyal, useful, and necessary. The benefits of  a service pet for addiction could not be more emphasized enough The first use of service pets was documented in the 1800’s by Florence Nightingale, who found that animals reduced fear and anxiety in children. Sigmund Freud also believed pets served a higher purpose than companionship, and [...]

12-Benefits of a Service Pet for Addiction2020-02-16T15:17:55-08:00

The Pros and Cons of Inpatient Drug Rehab


Inpatient treatment is a traditional rehabilitation style for patients working to recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol. This process varies by institution but is based on the concept that the patient lives in-house for a standard period while they detox and work to manage their addiction. Living in the inpatient care facility, the person challenged with the substance use disorder is limited to outside contact and are usually not permitted to leave the premises. This holds patients accountable for their actions and reduces the chances for relapse during the program. Throughout these programs, patients receive different types of treatment both [...]

The Pros and Cons of Inpatient Drug Rehab2019-11-25T17:27:46-08:00

24 Ways To Avoid a Relapse


For anyone who is struggling with addiction knows how difficult it is to quit using. Most people who struggle with a substance use disorder most often seek help with a recovery coach, psychologist, psychiatrist, or with online counseling. When the addicted individual has the substance use disorder under control, the relapse rate for most substance use disorders is estimated at between 50-80% within the first six months of abstinence from the substance and 60% within the first year. Relapse Defined The term relapse when it comes to a substance use disorder is a generalized term. Relapse in recovery from substance use [...]

24 Ways To Avoid a Relapse2019-11-25T17:29:28-08:00

10 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Methamphetamine


Introduction The drug, methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a human-made psycho-stimulant known to affect the brain’s neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin). The drug is ingested into the body either by smoking, snorting, injection, or even oral ingestion. The drug is pharmaceutically manufactured and prescribed by medical doctor’s to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), weight loss (for Obesity), and other similar conditions. However, when used recreationally without the guidance of a medical physician, the user has a very high risk of developing an addiction or disorder that can lead to permanent damage physically to the central nervous system and [...]

10 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Methamphetamine2019-09-18T16:34:25-07:00

12 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Cocaine


What is Cocaine? Coca Farmers Harvesting Coca Leaves in South America Cocaine is a  powerful, addictive, harmful, and dangerous stimulant drug (upper). For hundreds of years, indigenous people (mostly farmer's and laborer's) of South America chewed the coca leaf for energy and stamina. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant Erythroxylan Coca and primarily grows in the highland mountainous region in the countries of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador in South America. These mountainous highland regions provide the ideal seasonal climate to grow the coca plant. So much so, that there are no other geographic locations in the world [...]

12 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Cocaine2019-09-18T16:29:27-07:00

11 Awesome Benefits of an Online Recovery Coach


When you are dealing with substance abuse, it is hard enough to break the habit without the needed support. Nearly anyone who has gone through the treatment process for recovery will tell you that it can be very taxing even under the best of conditions. For that reason, more people find success in incorporating a Recovery Coach in the healing process to motivate, support, and give them a push when it becomes necessary. As they explain at, Client With a Recovery Coach “Similar to life and business coaching, Recovery Coaching (also known as peer mentoring) is a type [...]

11 Awesome Benefits of an Online Recovery Coach2019-07-06T12:05:45-07:00

What Is a Recovery Coach?


What is a Recovery Coach Coming back from an addiction is one of the most challenging things you can do. It is difficult to break free from a dependence on a substance and to re-immerse oneself back into society. One quickly learns that breaking the chains of addiction is more than just breaking the physical dependence on the drug but also involves a psychological, emotional, and even a spiritual component as well. This is why so many people leave their treatment centers with a Recovery Coach by their side. As they point out in the Addiction Recovery Guide, “Part [...]

What Is a Recovery Coach?2019-07-06T11:59:28-07:00