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Am I A Drug Addict?

Am I A Drug Addict?

Many people are aware of what addiction is. They may have experienced how the disease physically and psychologically affects the addict and those around them. However, for many people, there comes a point where they’re wondering: “Am I an addict?” Perhaps someone told them that they have a problem, maybe they notice their life spiraling out of control, or maybe they’re just not sure what constitutes addiction. While there are certain patterns that can typically indicate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Step Therapy: Painful, but Necessary

  Step Therapy is a method most often used in managed health care programs, to regulate both the costs and the risks that come with prescribing medications to patients. The term “step” refers to the progression of stages whereby a patient first receives the safest and most economical prescription drug to treat their ailment. It is only if this initial medication plan is not effective that doctors can advance to prescribing the more potent, risky, and expensive drugs. This is also known as “step protocol” or a “fail first” or “prior authorization” requirement. (Childs) As the price of prescription drugs, especially brand-name medications, continues to rise, health care providers are pressured to not only keep prescription costs down but provide maximum accessibility to the patient. Step therapy and the use of generic drugs … Read entire article »

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Molly: MDMA Rebranded

Molly: MDMA Rebranded

There’s a “new” drug that has been generating a buzz recently; however, there’s nothing new about it besides its name. It’s MDMA or ecstasy sold in its pure form as a powder instead of a pill and rebranded as “molly.” No, it’s not just the name of a girl that everyone has been talking about. Molly has gained popularity though the notion that it’s a pure form of MDMA, unlike ecstasy which can be laced … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

  I love drugs.  I didn’t get into the rooms of recovery because I hated drugs.  I got sober for quite the opposite reason: I actually loved them way too much to the point where they ruled (and ruined) everything.  I always find it interesting when I encounter someone in the rooms that has an almost hypocritical disdain for drugs and alcohol, like some sort of newfound AA born-again piety.  You don’t have to hate drugs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Leaving the Lifestyle Behind

As most addicts and alcoholics will tell you, getting sober by itself is difficult. Going through the physical detox, feeling crazy because of the mental and physical cravings and a whole host of other things make physically getting off of drugs and alcohol seem impossible to using addicts and alcoholics. I never anticipated that, in addition to leaving drugs behind, I would have to leave the lifestyle that I had grown so used to behind as well. I never imagined how difficult that part of my journey towards sobriety would be, and it has proved to be one of the hardest parts of truly being sober for me. When I was using, I lived a dangerous, unhealthy lifestyle – unsurprisingly. My life was consumed by crime, from dealing drugs to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

Use of “Study Pills” on the Rise Among College Crowd

Use of “Study Pills” on the Rise Among College Crowd

  A new trend is on the rise at college campuses nationwide, creating a serious health hazard for some and sending students to the emergency room. Commonly known as “study pills,” prescribed stimulants are widely used by college students across America. Many of those who use them do so with no legal right to, meaning they have no prescription from a medical doctor. College students who seek these pills do so for various reasons, such as recreational … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

Prostitution, Drug Rings, and Cover Ups at Center of State Department Scandal

Prostitution, Drug Rings, and Cover Ups at Center of State Department Scandal

  Prostitution, drug rings, and cover-ups in the upper echelons of the State Department and the Department of State Security. Sounds like the plot of a dramatic cinema experience, doesn’t it? This however, is a real life sex and drug scandal concerning misconduct and criminal actions by ambassadors, security details, and security contractors. These allegations were obtained by CBS News after an internal allegation concerning the misappropriation of investigations into these cases was leaked. The very actions that were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News

Kids Do Listen to Parents When it Comes to Drugs

Kids Do Listen to Parents When it Comes to Drugs

  A new study has revealed that even though parents feel powerless when it comes to their kids’ potential drug habits, they actually have a great deal of influence over them. Children and teens actually do listen to their parents. The same research also suggests that substance abuse is significantly lower among the class of teenagers who believe their parents strongly oppose any drug use. A report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Research

Judge Paul Pozonsky Charged with Drug Possession – with Drugs from his own Cases

Judge Paul Pozonsky Charged with Drug Possession – with Drugs from his own Cases

  A former Pennsylvania judge is in a lot of trouble after investigators discovered that he stole and used confiscated drugs that were evidence in cases he presided over. Paul Pozonsky has been charged with multiple misdemeanors – including drug possession and theft – as well as a felony conflict of interest. Interestingly, Pozonsky was a judge who established drug courts in his western Pennsylvania jurisdiction.  Looks like he may soon have need for the very … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Substance Abuse

The Deal Is…Online Drug Dealing

The Deal Is…Online Drug Dealing

  When people think of mass drug deals, they usually think of alleys, dangerous streets, or gangs. However, the reality of the situation is that one of the most common and potentially dangerous culprits is right under our noses, in something that we use every day: the internet. From the now infamous Silk Road to less secure networks that operate through listings for houses or jobs, the internet is becoming a place for people to buy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

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