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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Before coming to Pinnacle my life was hopeless as well as less meaningful. Here I was able to focus on core issues and learn how to manage. Pinnacle helped save my life. I am so grateful for the clinical staff and day and night staff. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
- Food was great! I loved Natalie. She was a lifesaver literally. Loved the activities and felt they were a big part of seeing I could have sober fun. Staff was amazing, loved them all. Brad was very helpful to my recovery and talked me off the ledge several times. Joel helped me out a lot and was crucial to my recovery. Pinnacle is the best place ever. Pinnacle gave me hope again or at least a glimmer of it in the darkness of my life at the time I entered treatment. I felt very loved and welcomed by staff and clients and never once felt judged. I was scared of entering a rehab after a bad experience at my first treatment center. Upon arrival at Pinnacle that fear quickly melted away. If I had a friend or family member who needed treatment I would ONLY recommend Pinnacle.
- Pinnacle Recovery gave me another chance at life. A chance to create and find a better life for me, so that I could create and find the life I always wanted for myself. I owe my life to this program and the amazing people involved in it. Words cannot express how grateful I am and how blessed I feel to have been given this opportunity. Pinnacle allowed me the opportunity to become a better person and a better man. I've grown not only in recovery from my addiction, but I can confidently say that I left Pinnacle a better person and am continuing to grow each and every day. Change is inevitable, Growth is optional and that's exactly what pinnacle enabled me to do, grow.
- Words cannot express how grateful I am for all you have done for me. I really do owe my life to you. I was swallowed up in the depths of depression when I got to pinnacle. My will to live life was nonexistent. I did not have any hope for the future and you carried me out of the depths through self discovery. Thank you for being so understanding of my shortcomings. I sincerely apologize for breaking the rules and causing you additional stress and problems. You helped me learn from my mistakes and come to a better knowledge of my many addictions and gave me tools to cope with them. The harshest reality I've had to come to terms with is, the monstrous disease of addiction and mental illness will never leave me. It will be an ongoing battle to keep my sobriety and sanity and the work does not end when I leave the safety of the gates of Pinnacle. Thank you for giving me a firm stable foundation to build on and showing me I do not need to let it cripple me and that it is possible to have a happy and fulfilling life. I thank my heavenly father every night for the opportunity I had to come to Pinnacle. You are doing a marvelous work in this world and I appreciate your efforts.