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Are There Truly Gateway Drugs?

Many people believe there is nothing wrong with smoking cigarettes or having a few beers after a long day at work. Others feel smoking marijuana is harmless as it is entirely natural and has few if any, long-term effects. For some, taking a Vicodin with their glass of wine is not a concern as itRead More

Relapse: Your Questions Answered

There are many definitions of the term relapse, but one of particular interest refers to someone dealing with addiction. Relapse for those in recovery means to return to a bad condition or negative form of behavior. This really sums up its meaning, but there are still many unknowns when it comes to relapse. Below, pleaseRead More

Christmas and Loneliness

When asked about their favorite holidays, the majority of the population claims Christmas is their favorite above all others. When we think of Christmas, we are often filled with feelings of love and contentment. However, as the holiday approaches each year, those of us dealing with recovery often succumb to a series of negative emotions.Read More

The Truth about Hepatitis C and Drug Use

Nausea, vomiting, yellowing eyes and skin, abdominal pain, and fatigue are all symptoms of Hepatitis C. These symptoms can be slight or nonexistent, or they can be severe and debilitating. Nearly 500,000 people die each year from Hepatitis C complications. While Hepatitis C comes from a virus (HCV), almost 70 percent of those that contractRead More

Medication Management

One critical component of your recovery journey that is often overlooked is medication management. When someone has dealt with addiction in the past, it is even more crucial that they take extreme care when determining what types of medication are safe for them to take in recovery. Medication that is misunderstood or mistaken can haveRead More

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Smoking

We all know smoking isn’t good for you, but if you are still smoking and need a few more reasons to quit, check out this list. After dealing with addiction and throughout your recovery, you are learning to put yourself first. Your mind, body, and soul are your priorities. Smoking is incredibly hard on yourRead More

What Is Naloxone?

Opioid overdose is a matter of time. When someone is overdosing on opioids, the clock is running out and it is running fast. First responders, or anyone able to attend to someone overdosing on opioids, is running against the clock to try and save a life. Opioid overdose works systematically, first shutting down the lungs,Read More

How Many Cigarettes Per Day Is Too Many Cigarettes Per Day?

Until the 1920s-1930s, smoking was not ubiquitous with women being “cool”. In the early 19th Century, the social icon of the “cool” woman who might be rebellious, seductive, and desirable, was only coming to formation. A 1925 mass marketing campaign by Lucky Strike, a popular cigarette company, focused on drawing women to cigarettes, by ridingRead More