7 Addiction Myths About Teens and Their Parents
Parents often feel left out and ostracized due to a teen's drug abuse.

Unfortunately, addiction is one of those diseases that remains drenched in myths, fallacies and misconceptions. From coast to coast, incorrect and outlandish addiction information pervades our society. A Family Disease Modern day drug fallacies not only involve the addicts, they can also involve the parents of chemically dependent adolescents and young adults. For example, let’s [...]

Opiate Overdose: 7 Steps to Saving a Life
Would you know what to do in an opiate overdose situation?

Not only are opiates highly addictive, they’re often responsible for overdoses. Unfortunately, these situations are common…and life-threatening. Opiates significantly slow down the central nervous and respiratory systems; an overdose of the drug can literally cause users to stop breathing and die. What’s worse, it might appear the person is just sleeping, prompting others to walk [...]

5 Telltale Signs Your Teen is Abusing Meth
Recognizing the early signs of meth abuse can save teenage lives.

Gone are the days when teens would simply experiment with drugs like pot while hiding in their parent’s basement. Today’s young adults are now moving on to far more dangerous substances – including methamphetamine. Kids and Crystal Meth Crystal meth is a potent and highly addictive drug that’s now used by kids in junior high [...]

Bad Idea: Using Spice to Avoid Dirty Drug Screens
People using Spice to beat a drug test get more than they bargained for.

According to a recent report, synthetic marijuana (commonly known as “Spice”) is being used at an alarming rate as a way to “outsmart” urine drug tests. And, if you’ve read any of the horror stories related to synthetic drugs – particularly Spice – then you already know that nothing good can come of this trend. [...]

In Case of Emergency: Facts About Alcohol Overdose
Do you know how to recognize a potential alcohol overdose?

Although the majority of people who consume alcohol know their limits and at least attempt to drink responsibly, this is not true of everyone. In fact, research has found that drinkers under the age of 20 typically consume five drinks at one time, which meets the criteria for binge drinking. Alcohol’s Effects Binge drinking is [...]

Online Drug Buys Will Likely Haunt College Students
Using the Internet to buy drugs is  anything but private.

Before the Internet was ever a thing, scoring drugs involved knowing someone (or knowing someone who knew someone) that had access to them. These days, however, technology makes it easy to order almost any illegal substance with the click of a button. But for a group of college buyers, those digital drug purchases are coming [...]

CDC: Social Media Can Fight Opiate Addiction
What if six words and a hashtag could prevent overdose deaths?

Prescription drug abuse, particularly with opioids, has become an epidemic in the U.S. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013. The human impact of this is devastating, with most of us either directly or indirectly knowing someone who has been touched [...]

Four Drug-Related Initiatives That May Surprise You
More states are weighing the benefits of rehab vs jail or prison sentences.

Lawmakers and the general public have long viewed drug abuse as a serious problem, but over the last several years, a radical shift in how people believe the crisis should be handled has emerged. In fact, a survey released by the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of Americans want illegal drug offenders to receive [...]

DEA Issues National Warning About Fentanyl
The number of deaths linked to fentanyl has sharply risen.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently issued a nationwide alert regarding the dangers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug that can be 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Needless to say, without medical supervision, the recreational use and abuse of fentanyl is incredibly dangerous. Recognizing the Power of Fentanyl A Schedule II narcotic, [...]

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month
This year marks the 29th annual Alcohol Awareness Month.

Americans are drinking at a younger age than ever before and it’s stretched far beyond having a few beers in the basement. In fact, drinkers between ages of 12 and 20 consume a whopping 11 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S. What’s more, the majority of that alcohol is consumed during binge [...]