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How Dangerous is Long-Term Marijuana Use?

Marijuana is considered one of the safest drugs. This is because it does not have the potential for overdose, it has very few physical side effects, and it does have the potential to effectively treat a variety of conditions such as epilepsy. However, to say that it is entirely harmless is not completely accurate. WhileRead More

How Does Anger Affect Health?

Anger can be one of the most powerful emotions we have. When we feel offended or resentful, it may be difficult to control our anger and we lash out, causing even more harm to ourselves and others. Anger, resentment, and a lack of emotional control are all symptoms of addiction and alcoholism. Through sobriety, weRead More

How Do Drugs Affect the Brain?

Addiction is considered a brain disease because it makes very dramatic changes to the physical structure of the brain. As these changes are made, it becomes more and more difficult for a person to stop using drugs or alcohol. Depending on the substance one is a addicted to, they may become physically dependent. This meansRead More

What is Emotional Sobriety?

Achieving sobriety is about more than just not drinking or using drugs. It is about changing our lives and our reaction to life in a manner that reflects positivity, happiness, sound decision making, and a code of love and tolerance of others. As we continue our journey of sobriety and begin developing coping tools thatRead More

Is Suboxone Safe?

The use of maintenance medications is a divisive topic in the recovery community. On one hand, continued use of suboxone maintains one’s addiction to opioids and may diminish one’s quality of life. On the other hand, there is evidence that the use of suboxone can help protect against overdose and allow one to maintain employmentRead More

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in two hours for men and four or more drinks in two hours for women. While this may seem normal, especially for young adults and college students, it can be incredibly damaging to one’s physical and mental health. Binge drinking can easily lead to alcoholism andRead More

Is Addiction a Matter of Choice?

There has been an ongoing debate as to whether addiction is a disease or a matter of choice.  Many people do not believe in the disease model, instead thinking that people suffering from addiction are simply choosing to continue engaging in substance use. However, all scientific research points to the disease model of alcoholism andRead More

What Do 12-Step Recovery Programs Mean By “Meditation”?

12-Step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous suggest prayer and meditation as the 11th step in the program, but what exactly do they mean by “meditation”? Many people have the belief that meditation means sitting in the lotus position with your eyes closed and incense burning. While some people meditate this way, the type of meditationRead More

How Dangerous is a “Speedball”?

A speedball is a colloquial term referring to the combination of heroin and cocaine. The combination is incredibly dangerous because it mixes together two highly powerful drugs– one a sedative and one a stimulant. The results can quickly lead to overdose or heart failure, among many other potential side effects. John Belushi, Chris Farley, Jean-MichelRead More

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is defined as a synthetic compound used as an anesthetic and analgesic drug and also (illicitly) as a hallucinogen. The drug was first developed in 1962 and was used as a battlefield anesthetic. However, in later years it became popular as a recreational drug due to its dissociative effects. Although ketamine is not generallyRead More