While there is more than one path toward addiction recovery, we can all use support as we strive for long-term sobriety. One place many people have found additional support is in the sober blogosphere. Writing blogs is a way for some people to express their struggles with alcohol and drug addiction (as well as mental.. read more →

When the news of athletes battling a drug addiction features prominent on the evening news, most people shake their heads and wonder, how can that happen? In a world where athletes are looked up to as heroes and role models, particularly those who gain fame and notoriety either by their athletic prowess, their looks, or.. read more →

W-18 is a powerful synthetic drug that has just started to hit the streets in the United States and Canada. This is very scary stuff. Although it was first synthesized around 35 years ago, it is a relative newcomer on the illegal drug market. There are no hard statistics available yet on drug abuse cases.. read more →

No other industry has seen a greater percentage of its best and brightest stars fall from grace at the hands of drug and alcohol addiction. Sometimes it seems like drug abuse is almost a prerequisite to rock and roll stardom. From Janis Joplin to Amy Winehouse; from Jim Morrison to Kurt Cobain; drug addiction has.. read more →

Anyone who was at least of high school age during the 1980’s will probably remember the “War on Drugs.” This ‘war’ was supposed to curb the drug abuse epidemic in America. Unfortunately, the War on Drugs turned out to be disastrous. In the past few years, Americans have demanded change from the failed War on.. read more →

Alcoholism and drug addiction have long been seen by the medical community as a mental health issue. Most doctors agree that addiction is a disease. Addiction may not show up on an x-ray or a brain scan, but it is there in a physical form, just as surely. Therefore, the best way to treat alcoholism.. read more →

With approximately 40 million Americans impacted by the drug epidemic, one of the most critical issues the next President of the United States will face is how our country handles drug addiction. Across the aisle, Presidential candidates have spoken out about the devastating toll addiction has taken on communities. A handful of candidates have shared.. read more →

Ask anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol what their biggest fear is, and they’ll probably say going through withdrawal. No matter what drug you’re using, you’ll probably go through symptoms of drug withdrawal when you stop. Withdrawal symptoms of drugs are your body’s reaction to what it perceives as a lack—and which addicts try to.. read more →

Mental Health Series: Schizophrenia and Addiction In the 2001 biographical movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” we watch Nobel Prize-winning economist John Nash develop paranoid schizophrenia, which leads him to have delusions that eventually cost him his career, friends, and family. Fortunately for Nash, he recovered later in life — he didn’t also have a drug addiction,.. read more →

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that creates an irregular behavioral pattern involving severe mood shifts. Many people who have bipolar disorder also struggle with a substance abuse problem. People with bipolar disorder often use drugs in an effort to self-medicate to relieve the difficult symptoms of bipolar disorder, developing a dangerous cycle of drug.. read more →