Stop Blaming Drug Addicts

“We are your children, your spouses, your friends, the people who serve you dinner at your favorite restaurant, your doctor, your neighbor, the actors in your favorite films, the musicians who perform your favorite songs, and so on. Some of us are quite obvious, and others are well-hidden, suffering the ugly effects of this disease alone on their bathroom floor, shaking violently, soaked in tears, and overflowing with shame.” This quote is truthful for thousands of people trying to [...]

What a Woman Who Used to Be Drug Addict Can Teach Us About Recovery

Elizabeth Garrison, a researcher at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, has a Ph. D in Clinical psychology. Childhood abuse is the focus of her researches. Garrison has spent many hours listening to stories about children abusing drugs or alcohol. Now she tells her own story. Elizabeth’s work includes conducting therapy with kids and their relatives. Parents of those kids that are suffering from chemical dependency are always frustrated. They can’t understand why their children have chosen to carry [...]

4 Most Important Things About Live in Rehabilitation

Will residential drug rehabilitation be helpful for you? Is it the best type of treatment? We’ll try to answer the most common questions. Feel free to ask! Does addiction affects me? If yes, how? Of course, yes. Addiction has a negative effect on person’s mental and physical health. You won’t be surprised to know that drug addicts feel the symptoms of drug addictions. For another thing, addiction ruins your life in general by wasting all the money, poisoning life of your [...]

Can Children of Drug Addicts Become Addicts Too

Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown tragically died at the age of 22. Only three years have passed since the death of her mother. Can a parent’s drug addiction have a negative influence on their children? Let’s find it out.In January Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unconscious in her bathtub. After being moved to hospice care, she was in a medically induced comma. She passed away on July 26. The sorrowful news makes people search for a reason of [...]

5 Steps You Can Take to Help Your Addict Friend

Become a real friend Drug addicts find it difficult to admit that they have a physical dependence on drugs. Usually this barrier makes it almost impossible to take steps to recovery without someone’s help. There are many drug rehabilitation centers that provide inpatient and outpatient treatment. Of course, in order to get help people should admit their problems and visit a certain rehab center. Not everyone can do it by himself. Some people may need a friend that will help [...]

How does CBT function?

CBT is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique the main reason of which is to teach people how to modify their unwanted behavior by changing their thoughts. This technique is used by counselors and therapists. The basis of CBT is the idea that our thought models have a great influence on our behavior. The concept of CBT Cognitive behavioral therapy can be defined as a form of psychotherapy that studies the effect of person’s thoughts and beliefs on his behavior. Besides, this therapy [...]

“I’ll never give up on you”: Heroin and her last day alive

I thought Sophie had finally kicked her addiction. Why didn’t anyone tell me how vulnerable she was at that moment? ABIGAIL WARRENThey brought her into the courtroom with shackles on her ankles and handcuffs on her wrists. She was there, in court, for not showing up for a probation appointment. (She had been recently released from a 10-day drug detox center, but was on probation for traffic violations.) I sat a few rows back. She was turning her neck, searching [...]

Project Semicolon Paves The Way For Mental Health Conversation

Sweeping the nation is a movement that is opening eyes and doors to talk about mental health in a new way using a simple punctuation mark. Project Semicolon aims to offer a reminder and a sign of shining light for those who are fighting through depression, self-harming tendencies, and addiction. The project takes its inspiration from the manner in which the punctuation is used. “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to,” [...]

Heroin Addiction Soars

If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction know you aren’t alone. In the US heroin use has increased by startling numbers over the last eleven years increasing 63% according to the CDC. Often these addictions are a substitution for something that the person was previously addicted to, for example, many people who become addicted to prescription painkillers will make the shift to heroin, as it is more easily accessible. Unlike prescription painkillers you don’t have [...]

Heroin Addiction At Epidemic Levels

Heroin addiction is running rampant across the U.S. at an epidemic rate. With deaths related to heroin quadrupling in just over ten years. According to the CDC heroin deaths have grown by 286% between 2002 and 2013. The rising problem seems to be connected to prescription painkiller addiction, as the CDC results show that those who are addicted to opioid painkillers are forty-times more likely to find themselves dealing with a heroin addiction. Alcohol addicts are also more likely than [...]