An unfortunate, common misconception about prescription medications is that they’re safer than illicit drugs. And taken under the close supervision of a prescribing physician, that can be true. But it’s not only possible to become addicted to certain prescription drugs, it’s common. It can also be a life-threatening situation. Many prescription drugs are no less.. read more →

For many years, New Jersey has been a state known for its prescription drug abuse. Easy access to drugs such as Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers have led people to become addicted to these substances at exponential rates. In recent years, however, laws have been put into place making it much harder for those addicted.. read more →

In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed five of the most commonly abused prescription drugs, including the symptoms of their abuse that lead to drug addiction. Today, we conclude our blog series with five additional prescription drugs that have been heavily abused in recent years according to the CDC. read more →

Prescription drug addiction is on the rise throughout America. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that about 48 million people (20% of the US population) have used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes in their lifetime. Prescription drug abuse is highest among Americans aged 18 to 25. read more →

Children are engaging in drug abuse at ever-younger ages. The culprit? The prescription pain medication sitting in your and your neighbors’ medicine cabinet.

Studies show that, because of escalated prescription drug use, children today are abusing drugs at a younger age than children a generation ago. Starting at twelve-to-thirteen years old, this illustrates a two-to-three year reduction at the time that drug experimentation begins. The causes for this decrease in age are many, though the likely primary culprit.. read more →

Cornerstone Recovery in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, approaches addiction treatment simply: we believe in hard work, not in the frills of posh rehab facilities.

Sweeping across the country and, specifically, the recovery community, many drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers are adopting practices that exist outside the scope of progressive, honest, and hard-hitting addiction treatment. We’re talking about the posh, resort-style, spa-influenced, luxury-oriented rehab facilities. We’re talking about the vacation-reminiscent addiction rehab centers that, though still attempting to do.. read more →

Cultural and medicinal shifts have contributed to prescription drug abuse, and we feel that radical changes are needed to cure the painkiller abuse epidemic.

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shed some much-needed light on the truth behind opioid prescriptions and their influence on what is most certainly an addiction epidemic in the United States. In support of this truth, the article cites: “In 2010, there were reportedly as many as 2.4 million opioid.. read more →

While Florida has long been viewed as a hub for oxycodone and oxycontin prescription drug use, painkiller-related deaths are in decline as pill mills disappear.

Florida has long been known as a hub for pill mills; that is, shady and illegitimate “doctor’s offices” (and we use that term loosely) that prescribe painkillers – such as oxycontin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone – to just about any and everyone who wanders in off the street. These pill mills have contributed to the widespread.. read more →