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Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "Heroin Addiction"

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

  A little over a year ago, I was desperately fighting an addiction to IV use of heroin. My fate seemed bleak. My family members had accepted the reality that at any moment they could receive “the call” — the call that I had overdosed and was dead. I had already overdosed, while using alone one grimly beautiful summer afternoon, but was found in time by my ex-boyfriend to be resuscitated. Many are not so lucky.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Treatment

Jamie King: Success Story

  A young model named Jamie King living in New York City in the early 90′s, when heroin chic wasn’t just a term to describe a look created by makeup and Photoshop. A life absorbed by the chaos of drug addiction, pain, confusion and youth, in the extremely competitive world of fashion and entertainment. A love lost to health problems and drugs…the same ones that the pretty, youthful model couldn’t seem to quit, no matter how hard she tried. Fast forward twenty-something years and find a successful, beautiful, married actress expecting a child. They look like as different as day and night, but they are the same person. You’re looking at Jamie King in 2013, glowing and sober, living a life that is very different than the one she was headed for. This is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Jenelle Evans: I’m Out of Rehab and Doing Just Fine

  Jenelle Evans, one of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” stars entered a drug rehab facility just six days ago on March 4th, but despite the fact that she has been in and out of the facility for heroin addiction, she is stating that she just doesn’t need the treatment anymore. “Jenelle just needed to spend some time trying to figure things out. She wasn’t in rehab that long because she doesn’t think she really needs it. She’s ready to live her life like a normal person not on drugs or dealing with the crappy guys who were around her,” a friend told Radar Online. Her current husband, Courtland Rogers, is one of the “crappy guys” the friend mentioned, who is facing multiple assault charges from altercations with Evans.  The couple is currently separated. Evans … Read entire article »

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The Requiems That Made Me See My Life Wasn’t a Dream

The Requiems That Made Me See My Life Wasn’t a Dream

  Movies and music have regularly been an influential part of my life, from my current mood to how I would dress or act for any given amount of time. I would not have ever thought that music or a film would have made me see that I had a serious drug problem, but, in fact, they were the only things that got through to me. My walls of denial were so thick that I couldn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Tragedy Strikes Jon Bon Jovi When Daughter Overdoses on Heroin

  Tragedy struck Jon Bon Jovi and his family on November 14, 2012, when his 19 year-old daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, was found unresponsive in her college dorm room due to an apparent heroin overdose.  Stephanie is the daughter of the famous rock star and his wife, Dorothea, and sister to Jesse James, age 17, Jacob Hurley, age 10, and Romeo Jon, age 8. Stephanie, a recent graduate from the prestigious $35,000 a year Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York, and former Red Bank, New Jersey resident, had been attending Hamilton College, a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Clinton, New York.  After being found unresponsive in her third floor dorm room in Hamilton College’s Dunham Hall, authorities rushed her to the hospital where she was revived.  A search … Read entire article »

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Methadone Maintenance

Methadone Maintenance

  During the last days of my most recent run, Methadone maintenance sounded like my only viable route towards ending my thirteen-month long relapse and maybe having a life again.  Before I was kicked out of the New York City apartment I had been sharing for several months due to the discovery of one of my dirty needles in the couch, a family member put me in touch with a second cousin who had been a … Read entire article »

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Methadone Treatment

  New studies done by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have found that long-term methadone treatment is the source of changes made to the brain.  They concluded that methadone treatment may be affecting the nerve cells in certain regions.  The study was done on rats rather than humans because studying methadone patients is difficult and attempting such a study on healthy volunteers is unethical.  Past studies and research have shown that the drug can affect the cognitive functioning of both rats and humans. The study began with experimental rats being given a dose of methadone every day for three weeks.  Once the treatment concluded, certain areas of the brain were removed which are essential for learning and memory and examined for neurobiological shifts or damage.  In one study, after … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Featured

A Personal Experience with Naltrexone

A Personal Experience with Naltrexone

  Hi.  My name is Michael, and I am an addict.  My drugs of choice were opiates (heroin mostly) and methamphetamines.  Three months ago, I began taking a drug called Naltrexone, which is an opiate blocker.  It helps people overcome opioid addiction by blocking the drugs’ euphoric effects.  Basically, it makes the addict not able to get high off of heroin and other opiates. Naltrexone was approved by the FDA in 1984 for opioid addiction, even … Read entire article »

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Russell Brand – “Jealous” of Drug Addicts?

  In an upcoming BBC Three documentary, Russell Brand reveals his “jealousy” towards his former drug-addicted life. Footage shows a now clean Brand watching an old video of his lanky twenty-something self smoking heroin in a seedy Hackney flat.  Entitled “Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery,” the documentary features commentary by Brand saying, “This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I was sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the Savoy.  I’m jealous of me then.  It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women – none of it.  I’d rather be a drug addict.” Judging by some of the comments and titles of articles I’ve read on various online publications, which suggests Brand is either … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News, Featured

An Addict’s Will to Change

An Addict’s Will to Change

  I had fifteen months clean before I relapsed on May 11, 2011.  My run lasted a little over a year.  I thought I would only use one time so I could escape from the immediate situation and the hell inside my head, but heroin doesn’t work that way – certainly not for me.  One night turned into a year and I still feel like I just woke up from some awful fever dream. The first few … Read entire article »

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