History is filled with wonderfully creative individuals who came to tragic ends. It’s so common to hear of artists struggling with alcohol, drugs or mental illness the link between the two seems almost undeniable. But does creativity really correlate with addiction or mental health issues like depression and bipolar disorder? Is there a scientific connection?…

What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a cough suppressant found in many cold medicines, often bundled with painkillers (like acetaminophen), antihistamines (like diphenhydramine), decongestants (like pseudoephedrine), and/or expectorants (like guaifenesin). Although it can be used safely as recommended by a doctor in amounts of 15-30 mg taken three to four times daily, abuse of DXM…

I was union for over 10 years. I lived it and I’m pretty dang proud of how far it’s got me. There was never really any question about what I was going to do; it was like the family business. I was even known as “Little Whitaker” around the factory. I was fresh out of…

Nearly 15% of the American Indian and Alaskan Native population meets the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder, compared to 4.6% for Asians, 7.4% among African Americans, and 8.4% among Caucasians. These statistics are probably shocking to the general public because the struggles of the American Indian and Alaskan Native community are usually not…

What are the leading causes to addiction? Some people say addiction can be caused by genetics, peer pressure, poverty, and mass amounts of stress. Although all of these can certainly play a role, one factor is known to have a bigger impact.  You’ve probably heard stories about survivors of child abuse who become addicted to…

You’ve seen her productivity go down over the past month, hoping it’s just a season that passes quickly. But this morning, she arrived late for the fourth time in two weeks. And based on what you’re seeing so far, you’ll probably need to send her home. It’s another missed day because of what might be…

Most people have a tendency to think about addiction in terms of individuals, which is understandable. After all, this is a disease that develops through the choices and behaviors of individuals. However, addiction is a unique disease in that its direct influence extends far beyond individuals, reaching throughout their families, social groups and communities. There’s…

On This Page: Getting Clean Quitting Safely Safe Recovery Options The severity of withdrawal for any substance depends on many factors, including the length and depth of addiction, the individual’s personal health and more. The more serious the methadone use, the worse the withdrawal. Because withdrawal symptoms and severity are unpredictable, patients should always undergo…

The most complex organ in your body weighs in at a mere three pounds, but it is responsible for the most complex functions in your body. We use the brain to explore our world, make judgments, understand and reason. Sometimes we overload our most valued organs with opiates such as tramadol in order to produce…