Speedballing: My Ride on the Roller Coaster
For me, it was personal. I wanted to die, but I wanted to go out in the blaze of glory that speedballing makes you feel.

I was introduced to speedballing by a heavy cocaine addict. I was pacing the house a half-hour after snorting a few lines, fidgeting, trying to relieve some of the anxiety I was feeling. My friend was packing a bowl of spice because we both knew the anxiety would go away when I hit it. That’s [...]

75 Years of Alcoholics Anonymous
This April, Alcoholic Anonymous celebrates 75 years of abstinence coaching, communal support and individual sobriety sponsorship.

Each year I challenge a class of psychology doctoral students with an experiential project to attend an open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Each year they write about the ‘shock and awe’ related to the diversity of attendees; from those who look like them, to those who are millionaires or blue-collar workers. They seem to all perseverate [...]

Will Cash Incentives Help Drug Addicts Stay Clean?
UK health officials will test cash rewards in a controversial new study.

People across the pond are up in arms as health officials in Britain are slated to begin giving cash rewards to drug addicts as a means of helping them stay clean. Thirty-three National Health Services (NHS) and voluntary clinics will begin giving £10 to any user of opiate drugs, including heroin, who provides a negative [...]

Pot Brownies for Sale in… Vending Machines?
Craving a pot brownie? Now it's easier than ever to score cannabis in Colorado.

The first ganja treat vending machine in the US debuted in Colorado this week. The ZaZZZ Machine was created by American Green, a division of Tranzbyte, one of the first publicly traded marijuana corporations in the world. The first model is currently on display at the Herbal Elements dispensary in Vail, CO. The machine is [...]

5 Socio-Cultural Factors that Cultivate Addiction
In tandem with biological contributors, social and cultural factors can be highly influential in prompting a substance abuse disorder.

Years of study have shown that addiction, once thought to be caused by degeneration of morals and self-control, is as much a disease as diabetes and depression. Current and ongoing research has even identified genetic markers that make certain people predisposed for substance abuse disorders. However, while addiction can be physiological in origin, the fact [...]

Would You Take ‘Smart Drugs’ to Boost Brain Power?
16% of US students admitted to using smart drugs to study in 2013.

Could popping a pill make someone smarter? Smart drugs, or nootropics, are considered to be any drug or supplement that improves mental function. Anything that gives you a boost, from ADHD medication, narcolepsy pills and antidepressants, to natural substances like Ginkgo biloba and Vitamin D. Recently more and more students and professionals have admitted to [...]

You Can Stop a Drug Overdose at Home, with Evzio
Evzio is a hand-held auto injector designed to deliver a single dose of naloxone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses are the number one cause of injury death in the United States. What’s more, CDC statistics also reveal a staggering 16,000 lives are lost every year, thanks to opiate overdoses. As a result, thousands of families live each day in fear, worried their [...]

Addict Mother Sentenced for ‘Breast Milk Murder’
An infant died from a level of morphine that would have been fatal for an adult.

A mother addicted to painkillers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after unintentionally killing her baby through morphine found in her breast milk. Stephanie Greene, 39, was convicted in South Carolina on Friday of homicide by child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and unlawful conduct toward a child. She must serve 16 years of her [...]

All-Natural Detox Therapy… Too Good to Be True?
A holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, NAD IV therapy is said to replenish the drained enzymes and target brain restoration.

One of the newest holistic treatments in the field of addiction recovery is an amino acid therapy, known as NAD IV therapy. Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a metabolic co-enzyme and is charged with the important job of structuring, repairing, and remodeling every cell in the body. These specialized enzymes require constant replenishment in the [...]

Males More Likely to Cheat When Drinking, Study Shows
This is not an excuse to get drunk and cheat on your girlfriend.

A new study suggests that males might be more likely to cheat on their significant others after imbibing spirits. According to the findings published by the National Academy of Science, alcohol affects the part of the brain responsible for social bonding differently in male and female prairie voles. This may hold significance for both those [...]