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You Can Stop the Epidemic of Babies Born Addicted

Posted under Addiction Help, Methamphetamine, Opiates, OxyContin, Young People

If there’s any better reason to get someone off drugs – other than the fact that they could die and it’s ruining their lives and that of their family – it’s the skyrocketing stats of babies born as addicts.

How many drugs does a pregnant woman have to take for a baby to be born addicted? more…

From Painkillers to Heroin – An All Too Common Story

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Methadone, Vicodin

Every day there are stories about people who start their drug use with a legitimate prescription for painkillers and become heroin addicts. Their lives are ruined. But you can prevent it.

A recent story chronicled the life of one such person. Here’s the time line:

  • At 18, her doctor gave her a prescription for Vicodin for fibromyalgia.
  • Over the next two years she took the drug more and more frequently and, within three years, was a full blown addict. more…

The Success of Drug Rehab Begins with a Decision

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Ritalin, Successes

All things begin with a decision – including whether to take drugs, drink alcohol, or not, and whether to quit them or stay off them. But the decisions that lead to taking drugs or drinking, or stopping either, might have little to do with the actual drugs. And to be successful in drug rehab, the underlying decisions have to be found and addressed.

What could those decisions be? The person could have made the decisions that led to taking drugs or drinking long before drugs or alcohol came into the picture. more…

You Can Now Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Vicodin

I recently looked in a friend’s medicine cabinet and saw about a dozen bottles of prescription drugs, some of which were six years old. And none of which were currently being taken. Fortunately, there are no young people in this friend’s environment. But had there been, there’s a 40 percent chance the drugs would have started someone off on a very dangerous path. But how could he have gotten rid of them safely?

If he’d put them in the trash, there’s a possibility they might be found. And used. If he’d flushed them down the toilet, he would be polluting our water – the water fish swim in it (and we eat them), we drink it, and so on. When you unleash prescription drugs on the environment, everyone is affected. more…

Prescription Drugs Taken As Directed Endanger Your Baby

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Young People

Everyone who’s ever looked into the drug problem at all has heard about ‘crack babies’ – babies born to mothers who used crack cocaine while they were pregnant. It was, and is, a huge problem. Now, the same thing is happening with prescription drugs. more…

Worried About Prescription Drugs? Do This to Reduce the Risk

Posted under Addiction Help, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Connecticut, Drug Addiction, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Prescription Drugs, Rhode Island

Prescription drugs are responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. These drugs are being abused by kids, parents, and even grandparents. Want to do to reduce the risk of a drug death in your family? Here is one of the greatest successes. more…

How To Educate Your Kids on Drugs and Keep Them Safe

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Vicodin, Young People

Studies have shown that kids whose parents talk to them about drugs are 50 percent less likely to take them. But for talking to work, you have to say the right things. What do they need to know? Whether they’re pre-teens, teens, or young adults, they all need the same information.

Unfortunately, simply telling your kids that drugs are bad for you isn’t going to work. Telling them that taking drugs is morally wrong, sinful, can get them into trouble, wind them up in jail, and so on and so on – all the hundreds of general things parents could say to their kids – also don’t work.

Why? more…

What Kind of Drug Rehab Works?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab

A father says to his daughter, a heroin addict, “The only way a heroin addict gets off heroin is when they die.” And sure enough, she did. When discussing the several court-ordered rehab programs his daughter went to, he said “Upmteen times we’d drop her off with a garbage bag full of clothes and say ‘there you go.’ Then we’d go home and cry all day. We realized that rehabs didn’t work.” What do you think the addict’s chances are of success?

Thousands of people who get off drugs through addiction treatment know that drug rehab does work, but there are certain criteria that must be in place. For one thing, they need people around them who are positive and confident, who believe in them. Telling anyone they’re going to fail, that what they’re doing won’t work, etc. does not help them. more…

30 Years an Addict, Now Getting Her Master’s

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine

Today I read about Antoinette Miller – and there aren’t success stories much better than hers. It took her a long time to get addiction help, but once she did, she really changed her life! If she can make it, anyone can. Here’s her story. more…

One Teenage Girl’s Slide from OxyContin Addiction to Heroin

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, Minnesota, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Xanax

Lauren Waldemar was only 12 when she began her terrible slide from a normal, happy schoolgirl to a serious OxyContin addict and, from there, to the ultimate bottom – life on the street as a heroin addict. more…

Why Only Some Drinkers Become Alcoholics

Posted under Addiction Help

Drinking alcohol, from the very first time you take a drink, changes your brain chemistry forever. And as drinking continues, everyone reacts differently. There’s never been an easy formula to help predict who might wind up becoming an alcoholic some day, and who won’t. But some clues to potential alcoholism are turning up in recent studies. And what they’re coming up with may be surprising. more…

Crystal Meth: Not for Weight Loss!

Posted under Addiction Help, Crystal Meth, Methamphetamine, THC

We just read a story in the news that reported a REALLY strange and depressing statistic. Something like 30 percent of female meth addicts are risking their lives, physically and even legally, by abusing one of the worst illegal drugs ever invented to achieve something called “body image”.

The study that revealed that information, from the Burnet Institute of Medical Research in Australia, found that weight loss is a key factor in abusing meth. Meanwhile, a Canadian addiction specialist has found the same situation in Western Canada. He says 30 percent of the female meth abusers he sees in Vancouver are using it to control their weight. more…

If You Can’t Get Them to Get Addiction Help, Naloxone May Save Their Life During Overdose

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Fentanyl, Opiates, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

When someone overdoses on heroin, it’s not likely that John Travolta’s going to be around to pull his famous Pulp Fiction move – stabbing them in the chest with a needle full of adrenalin. But with record numbers of people switching from OxyContin to heroin, something is definitely needed to help prevent death from overdoses. more…

What’s the Best Addiction Help? Just Say No to Prescription Drugs.

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Oxycodone, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

The lead medical examiner in Brevard County, Florida recently said that when he is called out to investigate a death that does not involve a shooting, stabbing or motor vehicle accident, there’s a good chance that drugs are involved. But he’s not referring to street drugs like heroin, cocaine, or meth – he’s talking about more…

Getting High on Cough Drops?

Posted under Addiction Help

Pharmacies are considering putting cough drops behind the counter so no one can buy them to get high. Just like drug-containing liquid cough and cold medicines have been used for years – kids are apparently now getting high with drug-containing cough drops. more…

Olivia Newton John’s Daughter Gets Straight

Posted under Addiction Help

Being a singer with a heavy work schedule must be hard, but add coping with an addicted daughter and it’s almost unimaginable stress. Who would have guessed that’s what Olivia Newton John’s life was like?

Olivia’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi’s problems started when she was 15 more…

Moms on Drugs

Posted under Addiction Help, Percocet, Xanax

A recent news article said suburban moms are popping pills like Xanax and Percocet ‘just to get through the day.’ Most probably don’t realize they need addiction help. It’s up to family members and friends to get them that help.

Why are moms having such a hard time coping? more…

Alcohol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol

We all know that alcohol abuse can cause a number of problems both physically and in life, but we don’t usually associate it directly with breast cancer. However, according to at least one study, alcohol abuse and breast cancer are very much linked – even when you are a relatively light drinker. To protect themselves, women who can’t stop drinking should consider getting alcohol addiction help.

It’s not new news that alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer, but the idea that it takes very little alcohol to increase the risk is. And it doesn’t take much! more…

Drugs Can Ruin Someone’s Life – Even with Addiction Help

Posted under Addiction Help, GHB

One of the major things parents should worry about – next to their kids overdosing from drugs – is the possibility of prison. Being in prison, especially if you don’t get addiction help, sets you so far back in life you may never recover.

Doesn’t going to prison at least teach someone a lesson?

According to the number of people who wind up involved in a life of crime AFTER prison and go back there, no – there aren’t many lessons taught. Other than the tools of the criminal trade.

So, what does happen to prisoners? more…

Chronic Drinkers Can't Think Well Enough to Create a Good Life

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol

Have you ever noticed that many people who drink a lot seem to be less intelligent than others – even when they’re sober? Check into the lives of some chronic drinkers and you’ll see what I mean. Rarely do you see someone who is doing really well in life who is also a chronic drinker. Why? According to a new study, it’s because the alcohol takes away complex-decision making skills.


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