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Methamphetamine Use Linked To High Risk of Stroke in Young People


A recent review of evidence, published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, suggests young people who use crystal meth have a heightened risk of stroke. Meth use has skyrocketed in many parts of Asia and along the Pacific rim, which has given researchers a new large pool of people to study. This epidemic is shedding new light on the side effects caused by methamphetamine use. Some of these

Jeff Sessions Goes After Medical Professionals Over Opioid Crisis

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Many states have opened lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for misrepresenting the dangers of opioids and for fraudulent marketing tactics. These lawsuits claim that drug makers and sellers were fully aware of the addictive nature of prescription painkillers, yet still marketed them for chronic pain. Several state attorney generals have blamed these companies for the opioid epidemic and demand justice. These lawsuits have gained major media attention, since the companies involved

Immune System Possibly Linked To Alcoholic Behavior

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Alcohol is among the oldest drugs on the planet. It has been consumed for thousands of years in multiple cultures. In fact, some cultures drank alcoholic beverages more so than water, due to the sterilizing effects alcohol has on bacteria and disease. But, as long as alcohol has existed, so has alcoholic drinking patterns. Alcoholism has puzzled doctors throughout history, and despite being around for so long, researchers are still

What To Expect Detoxing From Heroin

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Heroin withdrawal is one of the most painful drug withdrawal processes. Though not dangerous like alcohol or benzodiazepines, heroin withdrawal can often be excruciating and medical detoxification is always recommended. Detoxing from heroin can be significantly less painful in a medical setting, as many of the symptoms are reduced or halted altogether. There are many comfort medications that are used in a medical detox in addition to tapering drugs, which

10 Ways To Practice Self-Care in Sobriety

Practicing self-care in sobriety is extremely important to keep a strong recovery. Self-care promotes growth, which is the main pillar of successful recovery. Continuing to grow emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually is the best way to ensure long-term sobriety. There are many great ways to make this possible and practice all-around self-care.   Meditation Meditation has many benefits. It promotes self-growth spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Its benefits have even been

1 In 12 Doctors Accept Payments Related To Opioids From Pharm Companies

The country is in the grips of a severe opioid addiction crisis. Drug overdose rates have skyrocketed in recent years and is becoming a leading cause of death. This epidemic is due to a massive increase in opioid prescriptions dating back to the late 90’s. As people became addicted to prescription drugs they began switching to illicit drugs like heroin to save money and get a stronger effect from the

5 Signs of A Quality Halfway House


A halfway house is exactly what it sounds like: a home that acts as a stepping stone from treatment to living on one’s own. For someone new to recovery, halfway houses may have never been thought of or considered before but they play a vital role in successful treatment. Though in a halfway house a person will not receive actual “treatment”, the structure along with increased personal responsibility does in

7 Ways to Stop The “What If’s” and Reservations in Sobriety


What-ifs and reservations in sobriety can cause mental anguish and self-doubt. Constantly worrying about the future or dwelling on past mistakes can lead to relapse if not dealt with properly. Self-doubt and stress can be one of the hardest obstacles to recover from when newly sober. Luckily, there are ways to curb negative thought patterns and put reservations to rest. It may not be easy but, like anything else, regular

Do Other Countries Have a Drug Epidemic Like America?

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The United States is currently in the grips of a powerful drug epidemic, lead by prescription opioids and heroin. New studies are constantly being released that show the disturbing and record breaking magnitude of increased drug use, drug addiction, and drug overdose deaths. The overdose death rate in 2008 was four times the rate of 1999 and there is little hope that problem is getting any smaller. In fact, drug

Senator Expands Investigation Into Opioid Addiction Crisis


Drug manufacturers and distributors have been taking quite a bit of heat lately and the forecast doesn’t look to be cooling down anytime soon. The opioid addiction crisis continues to break records and is causing a public cry for answers. So far, four states have filed or plan to file lawsuits against some of the biggest names in the industry, like Teva, Endo, Johnson & Johnson, and Purdue Pharma. The