It’s not easy to be a recovering addict, but it’s even harder when you’re a recovering addict who suffers from chronic pain. If you’re someone who hasn’t had a problem with substance abuse, you could potentially be prescribed painkillers, benzodiazepines, sedatives and muscle relaxants to achieve a better quality of life. However, if you’re an…

Recent years have seen the rise in popularity of several unexpected substances like bath salts, synthetic marijuana and W-18, which is the latest of these threats. These mysterious drugs often burst onto the scene accompanied by news reports and a sudden surge in overdose deaths seen in communities throughout the U.S and Canada. Just when…

College has long been portrayed as an important experience in life and a rite of passage into adulthood. Many movies and books paint the college years as a time with adventure, comraderies, hard work, and budding new relationships. Often, the stress and strain of college is portrayed in a lighthearted way, and many students know…

One of the most common pieces of advice for addicts in early recovery is to wait before beginning any new romantic relationships. It’s often said that a person should wait at least a year,1 but this advice is usually not accompanied by much explanation about why romance may be a bad idea in early recovery….

Alcohol use, drug use, and addictive behaviors are not a new phenomenon, by far. Young adults who attend colleges and universities are often quite familiar with drinking culture, and many individuals are able to recall one or more friends who used substances during young adulthood. While substance use is not new, many colleges and universities…

Treating young adults for substance abuse and addiction often requires a unique understanding of their mentality, brain development and their desire to recover relative to older addicts. Young adults simply have less life experience and this can and usually does effect their beliefs toward drug use. Younger users’ brains have not fully developed, exposing them…

Although there are now more people suffering from addiction than ever before, there are still inevitably many others who don’t innately understand what addiction is like. Granted, a person doesn’t need to be an addict to know what makes addiction a disease. However, a person does need to take the initiative to become more informed…

Substance abuse has become alarmingly commonplace in our society. While information abounds about the many consequences of alcohol and drugs, there are more people experimenting with these addictive substances than ever before. No matter how pressing an issue addiction has become, more people are becoming curious about substance abuse than there are people overcoming the…