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Holiday Drinking Trends

Why Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths Spike During Holidays

The CDC reports that December, January, and March are the most dangerous times of the year when it comes to drug and alcohol-related deaths.  In fact, since 1999, more than 91,000 substance-related deaths have been reported in the US.  What is it about the holidays that cause drug and alcohol …

Adolescent Xanax Abuse

Adolescent Xanax Abuse Skyrocketing in the US

More teenagers are being admitted to hospitals for Xanax and other benzodiazepine withdrawals than ever before. The general public doesn’t often hear these statistics, but addiction treatment centers and hospitals see the trends first hand.  Adolescent Xanax abuse often begins when the teens experiment with their parents’ prescription drugs to …

Drug Trafficking Stats

Drug Trafficking Stats: Where are All the Drugs Coming From?

Illegal drugs create a huge industry in the United States that is estimated at around $200 to $700 billion a year in size. In the past decade, we’ve seen the largest drug use statistics in American history. But, the US isn’t alone in suffering the effects of these massive amounts …

Synthetic Marijuana

What are the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana?

Unlike its natural counterpart, synthetic marijuana (commonly known as “K2” or “spice”) does not come from the earth. Instead, it’s a mix of more than 100 manmade chemicals sprayed onto shredded plant material that resembles cannabis sativa. While these chemicals activate the same receptors in the brain that marijuana does, …

Seniors and Rx Med Abuse

Senior Citizens and Rx Med Abuse

While you may not think of the elderly as a high-risk group for drug abuse, the fact is that abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise for adults older than age 65. Part of the reason? This group takes more prescription medications than any other age group in the …

Homelessness and Addiction

The Truth About Homelessness and Addiction

According to recent studies, there is a link between homelessness and addiction. In fact, the average person is likely to associate substance abuse with homelessness without much thought about the subject. It may be a fact that many individuals who’re homeless have an addiction.  But, it’s not correct to blindly …

Christian Alcohol Rehab Centers

Christian Alcohol Rehab Centers

Approximately one out of six people in the United States has a drinking problem. Christian alcohol rehab centers believe that a clinically sound, biblically-based recovery program can break the bondage of addiction. What is the Difference Between Christian Alcohol Rehab Centers and Non-Faith Based Treatment? The difference between these types …

The Most Addictive Drug in the World

What is the Most Addictive Drug in the World Today?

If you said “heroin,” you are right.  Heroin is considered one of the most addictive substances in the world today.  In recent years, the dangers of heroin increased dramatically when dealers began lacing the drug with fentanyl.  This situation is especially troubling since heroin use in the US has more than …

Senior Citizens and Benzos

Senior Citizens and Benzos:  Are They at Risk for Addiction?

Many of our senior citizens are taking a cocktail of potent and dangerous drugs daily.  Of course, some of the drugs are necessary for conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems, and more.  But, they are also taking a variety of pills for sleep problems, anxiety, and depression.  Benzodiazepines such …

What is Recovery Month

Recovery Month:  Promoting and Celebrating the Benefits of Addiction Treatment

What is Recovery Month?  It is a national event that seeks to increase awareness about substance abuse.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate with those who are succeeding in recovery.  We Americans acknowledge the milestones achieved by those in recovery from heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and other health …

Fentanyl Laced Cocaine

Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine – A Dangerous Compounded Addiction

Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine – A Dangerous Compounded Addiction. Fentanyl has been one of the primary drivers of the national uptick in opioid overdoses for the past ten years. A powerful synthetic drug that is one-hundred times more potent than morphine, fentanyl has proven to be one of the deadliest and most …

After Completing Addiction Rehab

After Completing Addiction Rehab, Where do You Go?

You have completed your addiction treatment program at rehab, so what is your next step? Do you go back home to the same environment in which you abused substances such as drugs or alcohol, or do you relocate somewhere else? These are questions that must be answered when preparing to …

What to Expect at a Substance Abuse Evaluation

What to Expect at a Substance Abuse Evaluation

Recent innovations in addiction treatment have heavily favored the deployment of targeted and customized care, in which patients are treated as individuals and not merely a composite of their symptoms. A fundamental component of making sure patients are receiving the treatment they need is a substance abuse evaluation. These assessments …

How to Deal with a Drug Addict Mother

How to Deal with a Mother Addicted to Drugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of infants born addicted to opioids has tripled over the past fifteen years. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that one in eight children seventeen years old or younger live in households …

Women in Jail for Drugs

Tidal Wave of Opioids Landing More Women in Jail

Women are being incarcerated in record numbers across America today.  In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of women in jail for drugs rose from 13,258 in 1980 to 102,300 in 2016.  Since 1980, the number of arrests for drug possession or use tripled for women …