Getting Help for a Meth Addiction


Methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth, is a highly addictive stimulant. The drug alters your brain, causing heightened feelings of pleasure and energy. Generally, crystal meth can increase your mood and energy, but it also has adverse effects. This stimulant can cause irregular heartbeat, increase blood pressure, and cause drastic emotional instability. In severe

Enduring a Harrowing Alcohol Detox


If you have decided to begin detox from alcohol, you need to seek medical supervision. Serious conditions can appear during the first 72 hours of detox that can be life threatening if you do not receive the correct medical treatment. Many people do not realize how dangerous alcohol addiction and detox can be. Taking care

Examining the Steps: Step 3


The third step in the AA program is very important. Essentially, it means that you need to make a decision to allow a higher power to take control of your mind, body, and life. In addition, it means that you will trust them to guide you down the right path. For many, this higher power

Pounding Energy Drinks Can Lead to Caffeine Addiction


Energy drinks contain dangerous levels of caffeine, and drinking multiple energy drinks per day can cause extreme symptoms and addiction. Energy drink addiction is rising. About 50% of young adults consume excessive amounts of caffeine from energy drinks. Many people do not realize how dangerous addiction to energy drinks can be. In fact, addiction to

Have You Encountered Club Drugs?


Club drugs like ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, Rohypnol, LSD, and methamphetamine can be very dangerous. Some people may not even realize that they have been or are being affected by the drugs until the symptoms wear off. Sometimes drugs like BZP, TFMPP, PMA/PMMA, mephedrone, bk-MDMA, or MDPV are falsely sold as ecstasy or other drugs, and

Can You Help a Friend Avoid Addiction Relapse?


Anyone who is fighting addiction must be aware of relapse. Recovery is a long, difficult process and relapse is one of the bumps that cover the path to a healthy life. Studies show that about 50% of people in recovery relapse, but this fact is not something to be discouraged by. If your loved one

Resisting Those Oxycontin Cravings


Cravings are a natural part of recovery. Anyone who’s been addicted has experienced cravings; there’s nothing to be ashamed or worried about. Although cravings may feel awful, if you can stick them out they will decrease in both strength and frequency. All you need to do is wait and stay strong. However, there are some

How Modern Treatment Programs are Tackling Addiction


The key to understanding alcoholism is admitting it’s a disease. Large amounts of alcohol consumed daily can shrink brain cells in the frontal lobe and cerebellum. In addition, alcoholism affects neurotransmitters, and some studies have evidence to suggest that it is partly genetic. Understanding that alcoholism is not a moral failing can be crucial to

How Do I Quit Using Cocaine?


Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that specifically targets the central nervous system and rewires the brain to become dependent. By using crack cocaine frequently, you drastically increase your risk for both physical and psychological dependence. When you begin to consider quitting cocaine, you should consult your doctor. Addiction is dangerous, and withdrawal symptoms from

The Health Effects of Casual Drinking


The human body can only process a small amount of alcohol at one time. When you drink a large amount of alcohol on a daily basis, it causes your body to work harder than is healthy. Casual drinking is when a person drinks only 1 or 2 drinks a day, then binge drinks every once