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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…

Will New Hallucinogen Cure Addicts?

Posted under Drug Detox, Hallucinogen

There’s a new drug that is supposed to handle drug cravings, and fast. The problem is that it’s a psychedelic that causes frightening hallucinations and hours of vomiting.

The drug is called ibogaine, a powerful hallucinogen made from the bark of a tree that grows in West Africa.

As unpleasant as the effects of the drug may be, both alcoholics and drug addicts are experiencing remarkable results. After they get through the worst of it – which is pretty bad- they’re finding that their cravings for drugs or alcohol completely disappear. more…

How Bad Is a Rob Ford Crack Habit?

Posted under Celebrity, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Intervention, Successes

Has there been an day in the last month without the U.S., Canada and Great Britain media covering Toronto’s out of control crack smoking mayor, Rob Ford? Although he says he’s not addicted, it’s pretty hard to believe, as is everything else he says. So, is it important to get off crack? Is it a very bad drug?  In fact, it’s one of the worst drugs around. 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…

Killer Krokodil Hits the U.S.

Posted under Codeine, Specific Drugs, Tranquilizers

“ …painkillers, iodine, lighter fluid, industrial cleaning oil, and an array of vials, syringes, and cooking implements. Half an hour later, after much boiling, distilling, mixing and shaking, what remains is a caramel-coloured gunge held in the end of a syringe, and the acrid smell of burnt iodine in the air. Sasha fixes a dirty needle to the syringe and looks for a vein in his bruised forearm.”

This deadly drug, used by heroin addicts in Russia for the last few years, is now rearing its ugly head in America. 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…

Do You Know a Woman On Drugs? Will She Have an Addicted Baby?

Posted under Morphine, Young People

Women need to understand the special brand of hell their infant goes through when mom takes drugs. Whether street drugs or prescription drugs, if mom is taking it, the baby is taking it. And baby might have to go through withdrawal. Is it hard on the babies? Other than being scared to death, here are some of the symptoms: more…

Prescription Painkillers Leading to Heroin and Overdose Deaths

Posted under Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Heroin is a scary drug. It conjures up all the images of everything that’s bad about drug addiction. And according to a recent government study, it’s use has doubled in the last 10 years. Why? Primarily because of prescription painkillers. Where? In the suburbs.

Last year, one county in New Jersey – with a relatively small population of about 100,000 – saw 28 people die of OxyContin overdose. That’s a lot of people for a place that size, and most of them were under 22.

A lot of loss. The family, friends, teachers, employers, co-workers, classmates, local shop-keepers – so many people must have known these young people.

“Every part of Bergen County is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” said Lt. Thomas Dombrosk of the county prosecutor’s office.

What he is clear to point out is that for many heroin users, the path beings with prescription painkillers. more…

How Bad Can Methamphetamine Addiction Get?

Posted under Methamphetamine

There was a recent news story about someone who called the police because he heard voices in his house. He was alone and assumed there was some sort of home invasion. When the police got there, they found no one – other than the guy who called – and no signed of anyone having been there. However, they did find plenty of substances and paraphernalia related to making meth and so concluded that the guy was hallucinating. So, instead of getting help for the voices he was hearing, the man was charged with various crimes related to meth and sent to prison. more…

Giving Kids Prescription Drugs Sets Them Up for Addiction

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Ritalin, Young People

Don’t Get Your Kid Addicted to Drugs

Obviously, there are times when kids need drugs. But to give a kid drugs when they are inattentive at school or overactive doesn’t handle a thing. It just teaches them that they need drugs to cope with life. And it really doesn’t help or even find the root cause of their actual condition. more…

Get Off Cocaine, Or Die – Says Doctor

Posted under Cocaine

Imagine having a doctor say “You have a really big hole in your nose; it’s very dangerous… Your next hit of coke could be your last hit of anything.” That’s what happened to Stevie Nicks, former Fleetwood Mac lead singer. How does that happen? It’s not usual for coke users to have damage to their more…

Why You Shouldn’t Use Methadone to Get off Other Drugs

Posted under Heroin, Methadone, Opiates

Methadone has been used for decades to help people get off heroin. But guess what? It doesn’t work. It has life-changing side effects. It’s easy to overdose on. And it’s almost impossible to quit. It’s hard to face up to heroin withdrawal. It can be painful. That’s why only 5 percent of people who try more…

Does Your City Influence Your Kids' Drinking Alcohol?

Posted under Alcohol, GHB, Nebraska, Nevada, Wisconsin, Young People

Whether or not your kids turn into drinkers is somewhat dependent on their environment. If your kids’ friends don’t drink, there’s a good chance your kids won’t either. The same applies to the town or city you live in. Is it big on alcohol? If so, your kids are going to have more temptation to more…

Methadone Is Worse Than Heroin

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone, Opiates

People sometimes go onto methadone temporarily to help them get off heroin. But rarely do they actually get off the methadone. In fact, methadone is so hard to stop taking that many addiction help facilities won’t even accept people who are taking it. Why Do People Take Methadone to Quit Heroin? Using methadone to help more…

Mom Whose Son Overdosed Finds that Other Parents Were Getting High with the Kids

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Prescription Drugs, Vicodin, Young People

Can we depend on other parents to keep our kids safe? As parents, we depend on other parents to help keep our kids safe. But a recent story from a mom who lost her son to a fatal overdose proved that we have to keep an eye on other parents as well. Her son had more…

Getting Addiction Help May Be Easier Than You Think

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Methamphetamine

Looking for help with someone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol can be pretty overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of drug rehab facilities, and nearly as many different methods of rehab, that it’s almost impossible for someone who is not an expert to figure out what to do. The easy solution is calling more…

More Young People Getting Addiction Help for ADD and ADHD Drugs

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Ritalin, THC

Finally! Ritalin, Adderall and other drugs for ‘ADD’ and ‘ADHD’ are being recognized as the dangerous and addictive drugs that they are. According to a recent news story, a lot of young people going to facilities for addiction help are taking these drugs. How do they get them? Some get them from their doctors; others more…

Study Drugs Running Rampant in High Performance High Schools

Posted under Adderall, Connecticut, Drug Rehab, Morphine, Ritalin

There was an excellent investigative report on study drugs in a recent issue of the New York Times/Herald Tribune. Reading this report, you can really see that these drugs – Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse or Focalin, the drugs prescribed for ADD/ADHD but used by students to improve focus and clarity – are becoming epidemic in high more…

Video Game Helps Doctors Screen for Patients Who Need Addiction Help

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, THC

You’ve probably heard of doctor-shopping – going from one doctor to another faking symptoms so you can get a prescription for painkillers (or some other drug.) People do it to support their own habit, and some do it so they can sell the drugs to others. Obviously, anyone who’s doing it to support their own more…

Student Gets Addiction Help for Adderall; No One Ever Figured out What Caused her Symptoms

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Ritalin, THC

Some people, including parents, students and doctors, don’t think of Adderall, or other drugs for the symptoms associated with ADD or ADHD, as addictive. But that is far from the case. Students often wind up needing addiction help to get off them. Here’s the story of one young lady: At 16 years old, she was more…

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