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Reasons for Relapse and Avoiding Them

Relapse (i.e., going back to using after abstaining for a length of time) happens... 

New Fingerprint Test Can Determine Cocaine Use

  Mass spectrometry analysis is a method of analysis that can measure specific... 

Marijuana Contact Buzz: Myth or Not?

Having been involved in the treatment of substance abusers and also an active participant... 

STUDY: The “Love Drug” Oxytocin May Keep You Sober

Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced by the hypothalamus in the brain and then... 

Medications to Curb Drinking Behaviors

The medical response to treating most conditions, even psychiatric conditions, is... 

Treating Mental Health and Addiction: Our Flawed Approach

Although substance abuse is generally left for the medical field to discuss, there... 

Using the Placebo Effect as Addiction Treatment

A placebo effect occurs when some form of ineffectual treatment (in research studies... 

Treating Mental Health Disorders and Addiction: Our Flawed Approach

Although substance abuse is generally left for the medical field to discuss, the... 

Alternative Rehab Centers Increase in Popularity

Alcohol and drug rehab treatment centers are invaluable, as they are centers that... 

What Marijuana Does to the Casual Smoker

One can Google “the harmful effects of marijuana” and find a number... 

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People and Culture

5 Ways to Navigate this Election Season While Being Sober

Though the election season is (thankfully) coming to a close soon, the negative... 

What We Can Learn About Shame and Alcoholism From Stephen Moyer

As you may or may not already know, actor Stephen Moyer, star of television show... 

5 US Cities That Drink the Most

Just as you might care to know which cities in the US drink the least, you might... 

Guess the Drug: What’s That Smell?

Have you ever wondered what certain drugs smelled like? Perhaps you smell... 

Why Cigarettes Seem More or Less Harmful in Various Countries

A recent episode of John Oliver’s “Last Week... 

Medical Marijuana for Developmental Disorders in Children

  There has been a recent upsurge in the use of marijuana for certain types... 

Absolutely Taboo Places to Serve Alcohol That Actually Do

Americans had little reason to break laws surrounding the distilling, transportation... 

The 5 Biggest Sports Bankruptcy’s Caused By Drug Abuse

Mike Tyson: $400 Million Earned and Bankrupt Although there are a wide variety of... 

Medications to Curb Drinking Behaviors

The medical response to treating most conditions, even psychiatric conditions, is... 

How Much Will A DUI Cost You?

If you take the risk of drinking and driving, you run the risk of getting arresting... 

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Politics and Government

5 Ways to Navigate this Election Season While Being Sober

Though the election season is (thankfully) coming to a close soon, the negative news regarding political candidates continues and seems to be intensifying. And, unfortunately, we are seeing a great deal of that evidenced on our social media feeds, preferred news outlets and in our daily conversations, even within our recovery communities. The latter... [Read more of this review]

Why Cocaine is Complicating Peace Talks in Colombia

Colombia’s history is flush with cocaine-related crime and the cartels that have been terrorizing the citizens of Colombia with their rampant territorial violence for decades still exist and evoke justified fear. But Colombia’s leaders–ranging from the Vice President to notorious cartel members–have been in talks in Havana,... [Read more of this review]

Legislation Aims to Curb Drug Abuse Among Seniors

Opioid pain medication addiction is now considered an epidemic as the number of those who are addicted quadrupled in the past two decades. The highest age group plagued with this addiction are senior citizens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is set to introduce a new bill for bipartisan legislation that aims to tackle prescription drug abuse among... [Read more of this review]

Eight Drug Smugglers Killed By Firing Squad in Indonesia

Similar to the six people executed in January 2015, Indonesia has slayed eight more people via firing squad. The April 29 execution of two members of Bali Nine, a group of heroin smugglers arrested in 2005, has led an Australian foreign diplomat in protest of the executions. Other Bali Nine members are currently being held in prison, but none are serving... [Read more of this review]

New Technology Tests Breath for Illegal Drugs

For many years, testing urine samples have been the primary method of checking for the presence of drugs and alcohol. However, this can be an invasive and challenging process, depending on circumstances. Urine samples can present problems such as the following: Samples are easy to manipulate, those being tested can purchase drug and alcohol-free urine. Samples... [Read more of this review]

The Current State of Marijuana: Signs of New Chemical Make-Up, Legislation

While there is a clear distinction between marijuana crops grown for recreational use and medicinal purposes, new research in Colorado may debunk any chemical differences in the two, including claims of users getting a different type of high. Recent consumer demands for more potent marijuana have come to fruition as marijuana strains currently... [Read more of this review]

New Alcohol Detection Technology Paves Way to Safer Roads

The U.S. has long implemented ignition interlock devices (IID) or sobriety systems that lock a vehicle’s steering column if a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) tests too high. The current technology involves measuring a driver’s BAC through blowing into the device, and then automatically disabling the ignition if results... [Read more of this review]

Indiana Enacts Law Changes to Protect Drug Abusers from HIV Surge

A portion of Southern Indiana has been the site of a rapid rise in HIV cases. The focal point of the recently enacted legislation is the rural town of Austin, Indiana, with a population of about 4,200 people. Indiana’s governor has recently declared a statewide Public Health Emergency in order to bring in necessary medical aid to combat this... [Read more of this review]

Myanmar’s Heroin War Is Lost–Can America Be Next?

Myanmar (also known as Burma) has long been one of the world’s leading producers of heroin, and production of this opiate drug derived from poppies does not appear to be slowing. While the heroin export/import ration may have gone down after the 90s, that does not mean that production, import and export of the drug has stopped altogether. Due... [Read more of this review]

Devil’s Breath: What Is It and Should We Be Afraid?

Devil’s Breath Can Be Confused with Cocaine Scopolamine, nicknamed Devil’s Breath, is a Colombian drug known for leaving users or victims in a zombie-like trance and taking away all free-will, temporarily blocking memory receptors in the brain. The drug can take effect while being airborne, ingested by mouth, or absorbed through pores in... [Read more of this review]

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