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Heroin Addiction – One Former Addict’s Success Story

Posted under Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, OxyContin, Successes

It’s amazing to hear stories of recovery, even more amazing to hear about a former addict’s background. It’s often nothing like you would expect. Fortunately, addiction help can really turn lives around. more…

Ohio Rejects Legal Marijuana

Posted under Legal Issues, Marijuana, Ohio, THC, Young People

Girl Smoking marijuanaA bill to make medical and recreational marijuana legal was just rejected in Ohio, but it’s hard to say exactly why. Are the residents of Ohio actually against legalizing marijuana, or did they just object to the bill limiting who could grow it? One way or another, Ohio residents are lucky. more…

How to Keep Addicts Alive Until They’re Into Rehab

Posted under Buprenorphine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Intervention, Marijuana, Methadone, OxyContin

There’s probably nothing worse than having a kid, spouse, parent or close friend on drugs and spending most of your time worrying about whether they’re safe and whether you’re going to get a phone call giving you bad news.

Of course, the best solution to drug addiction is prevention, not treatment. And there are many things you can do to help prevent them from getting into drugs.

A lot of people dispute the disease theory of addiction. And for good reason: Although the drugs can definitely cause physical dependency, true addiction involves a mental and emotional element – it’s a symptom that the person has things going on in their life that they don’t know how to deal with. more…

This is Rehabilitation – The Real Thing

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs

When someone goes to drug addiction treatment, the goal is to change their life. Whatever led up to them taking drugs has been addressed, whatever is keeping them on drugs has been addressed, and they’ve changed those things in their life that continue to make them want to take drugs. That’s a tall order, but it is true rehabilitation. Here’s a perfect example of what should happen. more…

Colorado’s Marijuana Retailers Trying to Entice School Kids

Posted under Colorado, Marijuana, Young People

There are nearly 400 places in Colorado where you can buy marijuana. Some are chain stores – one owner might have several shops. One of those owners, Brian Ruden, who had four stores as of last year and is still opening more, was recently stopped from opening another shop right next to a drug addiction treatment facility and two blocks from two different schools  – a college and a prep school.

Ruden used to be a tax attorney. He gave it up so he could sell drugs. more…

Jail Isn’t the Answer, But Does That Make Being Stoned Okay?

Posted under Colorado, Legal Issues, Marijuana, THC

Colorado’s first annual report on marijuana shows the state sold 4.8 million edible marijuana products—some for medical use, and some for recreation. Nearly enough for one for every person in the state. Oh, wait, more than 2.25 million of Colorado’s 5+ million people are under 21 and can’t legally buy the stuff. So, that means there were enough edible marijuana products for everyone to have two!

And when you consider that only 67 of Colorado’s 321 jurisdictions opted in to allowing retail or medical sales of marijuana, that decreases the number even further. So … let’s just say that quite a few people in Colorado got stoned last year. more…

Legal Marijuana – Should You Vote Yay or Nay?

Posted under Cocaine, Colorado, Marijuana, Washington

Now that marijuana is legal for recreational purposes in two states – Washington and Colorado – people are starting to realize that this crop is going to generate some serious money for the state and the 75 retailers who now have shops where you can buy everything from weed truffles to pre-rolled joints. But legal or not, marijuana still has same effects on individuals. And right now it is vital to look at what they are. more…

Help Keep Your Kids off Drugs and Alcohol

Posted under Codeine, GHB, Marijuana, Young People

Recently, a group of New York high school students participated in a panel called Parent University. The primary purpose is to educate parents on teen use of drugs and alcohol so they can help their kids. The panel consists of two freshmen girls, two senior girls, and two senior guys as well as others from the community. 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…

Ignoring Kids' Problems Could Lead to Drugs

Posted under Marijuana, Young People

I wrote a blog last year about a young man who was addicted to heroin at age 15. He started with marijuana.

Unfortunately, marijuana has gotten a reputation for being a ‘safe’ drug – especially now when it is legal for medical use in many States – so when kids use it, they don’t expect to turn into addicts. They think marijuana is not addictive. That they can stop whenever they like. more…

Addiction Help for Skyrocketing Use of Bath Salts and Synthetic Marijuana

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Hallucinogen, Marijuana

I hope you’ve heard about the designer drug called bath salts. A recent news article featured a doctor who’s the head of the emergency department of a New York hospital. He has recently seen several patients with hallucinogenic highs that last for days. According to the doc, the patients are so far out there they more…

Marijuana Rehab Now or Hard Drug Rehab Later?

Posted under Drug Rehab, Marijuana

Marijuana, and whether or not to legalize it, has been in the news quite a bit lately. And, even though a lot of its advocates will tell you that it isn’t addictive, smoking marijuana does wind up sending a boat load of people to drug rehab. Statistically speaking, there are roughly 300,000 people that check more…

Does Someone Smoking Marijuana Need Addiction Help? What's Truth, What's Propaganda?

Posted under Addiction Help, Marijuana

Yesterday I wrote a post referencing an article about a 26-year-old guy who killed his girlfriend, and then tried to kill himself, because of paranoia caused by marijuana. I got quite a few comments – all of which basically said it was bull and that marijuana is totally cool and even has medical benefits. One more…

Does Someone Smoking Marijuana Need Addiction Help? What’s Truth, What’s Propaganda?

Posted under Addiction Help, Marijuana

Yesterday I wrote a post referencing an article about a 26-year-old guy who killed his girlfriend, and then tried to kill himself, because of paranoia caused by marijuana. I got quite a few comments – all of which basically said it was bull and that marijuana is totally cool and even has medical benefits. One more…

Failure to Get Addiction Help for Marijuana Results in Homicide

Posted under Addiction Help, Marijuana

According to a recent news story, a 26-year-old man on marijuana stabbed his girlfriend to death in a fit of paranoia. His paranoia was attributed to his marijuana use and his failure to get addiction help. Most people think of marijuana as a laid-back kind of drug. Just smoke and groove. But marijuana actually has more…

Could Someone Need Addiction Help For Cannabis Poisoning?

Posted under Addiction Help, Marijuana

About a month ago, Amy Winehouse was rushed to the hospital from a reaction to medication. With her record we could pretty guarantee that ‘medication’ wasn’t the cause of the problem and, according to a recent news article, we were right. It was reported today that Amy was suffering from cannabis poisoning. Maybe she thought more…

Get Addiction Help Early When They're Taking Drugs in College

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana, Missouri

More about what happens with drugs in college. Susan Smith (not her real name) grew up in a normal, loving, educated family. She was a girl scout, mom lead a troup. A great life. Then she went to college – she was going to be a social worker – which is where she started drinking, more…

Addiction Help for Marijuana Should be Taken Seriously

Posted under Addiction Help, Marijuana

There are many people who don’t particularly worry about marijuana despite the fact that it has side effects that really change a person’s life – like being disassociated from reality – and despite the fact that it often leads to taking other drugs. However, the results of a new marijuana study released by the White House should serve more…

Addiction Help for Marijuana Now, Or Do You Want to Wait Until It Drives You Crazy?

Posted under Addiction Help, Marijuana

Now is the time to find addiction help for marijuana: New research out of the United Kingdom, compiled from earlier studies on the long term effects of cannabis use, shows that cannabis use increases the risk of developing psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug. In the US and more…

Drug Rehab for Marijuana May Prevent the Use of Harder Drugs

Posted under Drug Rehab, Marijuana

Contrary to what many marijuana advocates will tell you, smoking marijuana sends a lot of people to drug rehab. In fact, about 300,000 people check into drug rehab for marijuana addiction every year. On top of being addictive in itself, there’s no doubt that marijuana is a gateway drug: About 62% of adults 26 or more…

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