The Ugly Truth About Menthol Cigarettes

Cigarette smoking has been a public health problem for decades…with anecdotal evidence that people who smoke menthol cigarettes have a much harder time quitting. Now, we finally have scientific evidence to support those claims. It’s official: There are increased dangers associated with smoking menthol cigarettes. The Menthol-Flavored Dangers California Institute of Technology Pasadena’s Brandon Henderson [...]

Is Drinking in Moderation an Acceptable Outcome?
Can someone really be in recovery if they continue drinking alcohol?

Drinkers are as unique as people, but many who identify as “social drinkers” should actually be categorized as “excessive” or “problem drinkers.” And, in many cases, the category a drinker’s lumped into will ultimately end up dictating the treatment process. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), problem drinkers are four [...]

3 Different Moms Share Similar Drug-Related Fears
Mothers across the nation worry about their children abusing drugs.

You’ve undoubtedly noticed some changes as your child has grown into an adolescent. And even though you can remember what it was like to be that age, you also recognize that things have changed since you grew up. This is especially true of the drug culture. Moms Speaking Out Today, kids are faced with more [...]

Meet the New Benzo Causing Deadly Consequences
A potent and unregulated benzodiazepine is claiming lives across the U.S.

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs that are mainly used for their sedating effects. A few familiar brand names are Xanax, Ativan, Versed and Valium. Doctors prescribe these drugs for legitimate medical conditions like anxiety, PTSD, insomnia or alcohol withdrawal. Benzos may not be in the headlines as often as prescription painkillers or alcohol, [...]

Learning to Live (and Love) Without Crystal Meth
There's still a lot of recovery work to do after quitting crystal meth.

It’s been seven years since I took my first hit of meth, but I can recall it like it was yesterday. Despite abusing drugs and drinking, I always showed up to work and stayed connected to my family. That was the typical “New York life” for a twenty-something artist as far as I was concerned. [...]

Are We Losing Faith in Methadone Programs?
The public is losing faith that methadone can treat heroin addiction.

Though methadone has been used to treat heroin addiction for decades, a new study reveals the public has very little faith in its overall effectiveness. An extremely powerful opiate drug, methadone is dispensed out of licensed clinics that operate (and thrive) in states across the nation. So, why the lack of faith? A Quick History [...]

Prop 47: More than a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
Prop 47 helps more inmates receive addiction treatment services.

There’s a huge debate as to whether or not long-term prison sentences are the best option for drug addicts. With a prison system that’s already bursting at the seams, a handful of new proposals and amendments are being shopped around in an effort to change the trajectory of this juggernaut. One bill that’s showing some [...]

I Left My Addicted Husband…and it Saved Our Lives
Sometimes walking away is the best thing for both of you.

When you’re married to an addict, your whole life turns upside down. Chaos naturally accompanies the disease of addiction. What used to be a happy home can quickly take on the appearance of a circus – especially if your spouse is actively abusing drugs. There’s a wealth of information out there for those looking to [...]

Dial-a-Drug Gang Goes Up in Flames
Thousands placed their orders for drugs with this now-defunct gang.

If you need more proof that we’re living in the age of technology, look no further than the “digital” drug sales of a British gang led by Sahil Patel, the self-described “best drug dealer in East London.” Patel was a hands-on “executive,” running the illegal drug business alongside eight “hired helpers” who were tasked with [...]

Are You Ready to Get Real About Sex Addiction?
Overcoming a sex addiction means leaving the stigma behind.

We’ve become much more compassionate as a culture when it comes to alcohol, drug and food addiction. Television commercials for treatment facilities, subway ads asking if you have a problem with cocaine and competition shows like The Biggest Loser have begun to dismantle the stigma of those who suffer from addiction. Despite all that progress, [...]