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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Get Addiction Help for Prescription Drug Abuse – Before It Leads to Heroin Addiction

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Xanax

An investigation in New Jersey is evaluating what causes young people to move from one drug to another – specifically, the relationship between prescription drugs and heroin. The investigation was motivated in part by a rise in both heroin and prescription drug deaths in the area. They’re hoping their findings will prevent these deaths and more…

Heroin Overdose – Who is Responsible?

Posted under Heroin, Michigan

This week in Michigan, an 18 year old woman drug dealer sold heroin to a 24 year old man, who later died from what was determined to be a drug overdose. The man was an addict, not a first-time user, who apparently was stuck in a pretty serious drug addiction. The young woman was arrested more…

Methadone – The Other Heroin

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Methadone, Morphine, Treatment

Methadone is commonly given to heroin addicts (as well as morphine and other opioid users) to “treat” their dependence and withdrawal symptoms. It is prescribed to addicts every day, all over the US. It’s considered a way of helping people to get past their addiction and dependence to illegal street drugs. The unfortunate thing about more…

Addiction Help or Prison, More Drugs, HIV and Hepatitis

Posted under Addiction Help

I don’t know how many people think about going to prison as one of the consequences of taking drugs, but they should. And, when they really think about it, it’s one very good reason for getting addiction help to get someone off drugs and away from the drug culture asap. About 1/2 of the people more…

Studies Show Addiction Help Works

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab

Every once in a while I get a comment from someone who tells me drug rehab doesn’t work. I don’t know what kind of addiction help they’re actually getting in the facilities they’ve been to, but there are studies galore showing otherwise. The latest was published in the Scientific American. It’s a review of several studies more…

Family Member Dies – Where Was The Addiction Help?

Posted under Addiction Help

You have to wonder how many people there are who have a family member in need of addiction help services who just can’t get it. Like Jared’s family – Jared died of an overdose the night before he had agreed to turn himself in for violating parole. His father convinced him to do turn himself in, more…

Methadone Clinics Don’t Solve Heroin Addiction Problem

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Maine, Methadone

The City Council in Brewer, Maine, was supposed to make a decision on opening more methadone clinics. There are already nine of them, three of them in Bangor, just a mile from Brewer. They’ve put the decision off until January, largely because they’re concerned with social issues. They say the residents don’t want more drug addicts more…

Unsuccessful Heroin Addiction Treatment – Methadone – Hits the Czech Republic

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone

Other countries often follow what happens in the U.S. I was raised in Canada, I was always told that we were 10 years behind the U.S. In some ways, that’s a blessing. As the people in the Czech Republic are soon to find out – they’re going to get methadone to “treat” heroin addicts. We’re more…

Addiction Help Programs Abusing Suboxone

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Pennsylvania

Suboxone is all over the news these days. It’s possible that many people looking for help with drug addiction – specifically opiates like OxyContin and heroin – will be advised to take suboxone for several months. Dr. George Woody of the University of Pennsylvania did a study that found that if kids (the study was on 15 to more…

Addiction Help or Legal Drugs?

Posted under Addiction Help

I don’t know how many of you watched last week’s documentary Mum, Heroin and Me last week, but it’s the story of a young girl’s (Hannah) deterioration as a heroin addict and her mother’s (Kate) three-year battle to get help. She battled with government (British) agencies, being given the run around, to get her daughter more…

Addiction Help for Prescription Drugs Could Slow Heroin Addiction Trend

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Vermont

The District Attorney and police are somewhat alarmed by the increased in heroin trafficking in Vermont, but say prescription drug addiction and cocaine are still their biggest problems. What they may not realize is that if they don’t get prescription drug addicts the addiction help they need, their heroin problem is likely to continue. Why? more…

Addiction Help Q & A: Is Methadone Treatment Stopping Addiction?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Minnesota, Prescription Drugs

In the town of Fort Frances, Ontario, just across the border from Minnesota, there are about 60 people on methadone maintenance. Last year there were seven. The town has a population of a little over 8,000. According to a local pharmacist, more and more Fort Frances residents who have trouble ending their addiction to heroin, more…

Addiction Help Could Have Prevented Student's Death

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin

Natalie Ciappa, an 18-year-old high school student who overdosed and nearly died on Memorial Day weekend, promised her parents (and probably herself) she was going to stop using heroin. But less than a month later, she was dead. The drug problem had been going on for over a year but she had refused addiction help. It’s more…

Drug Addiction Treatment – Not Methadone, Says Russia

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Prescription Drugs

Ever since Russia opened up to the rest of the world, the country has had a drug problem. Russia has been corrupt in several ways for a long time, but drugs was not one of them. Now they have a heroin addiction problem. Some drug ‘specialists’ in Russia are advocating methadone treatment, but most consider more…

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