Substance Abuse

Staying Sober and Coping With Pressures to Avoid Drug Taking Relapses

What characterizes an addiction? Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. —Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now Life is stressful. As a recovering addict, your brain is wired to turn to drugs or alcohol when stress levels increase. Though you will always be at risk for relapse, developing some new habits now will reduce your risk or relapse in the future. Here are some
Substance Abuse

I Found Evidence of Drug Use in My Teenager’s Room. Now What?

Coming across signs of drug use in your kid’s bedroom can be a heart-wrenching experience. Whether you already suspected or were taken by surprise, having concrete evidence removes all doubt that either your teen or his friends are using drugs. Here are some ideas for the next steps. Inspect the room completely. Once you found some evidence, it is important to know exactly what you are dealing with. Check every
Substance Abuse

Why After Being Clean for Months Am I Suddenly Hit With Cravings?

Just when you thought the worst was behind you, suddenly you were hit with strong physical cravings for your drug of choice. This can be a scary and stress-provoking occurrence. Understand these sensations so you stay strong. Typically cravings occur at some point before your 18th month of sobriety. Research indicates it takes that long for your brain chemistry to heal following an addiction to drugs or
Substance Abuse

Narcan Effectiveness: Can I Use Narcan to Save Someone from An Overdose?

Narcan is the brand name for the drug Naloxone. For years this drug has been used by paramedics and hospital workers to reverse the impact of opiate overdoses. In layman terms, the drug quickly flushes opiates from the addict’s system. Check out: The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on the subject of Naloxone The down side is it throws them into severe withdrawal. The upside is it saves their lives. Related: Philip
Substance Abuse

Avoiding Relapse: 5 Activities for Bored Teen Addicts

An unfocussed teen addict gets high. Keep your teen addict busy with the following activities.

  1. Sports – Sports provide a great alternative to drugs because they encourage self-respect and staying in good physical condition, which means no getting high.
  2. Jobs – While it can be tricky to juggle school, a job and meetings, it can be done and will keep your teen too busy to worry about what his old drug buddies
Substance Abuse

California Medical Marijuana Rules

California does provide for the use of Medical Marijuana as long as you are compliant with the laws.What is the number of plants allowed?You can possess up eight ounces of dried Marijuana for Medical use.  You are also allowed to cultivate and own up to 12 immature or six mature Marijuana plants in addition to the dried Marijuana in your possession.  There are circumstances in which your physician