Tag: drug addiction

A Look At Addiction and Codependency

When Prince penned his iconic love song “I Would Die for You,” it’s safe to assume that he was exaggerating. For many people, however, these sentiments and possibilities are far too real, as are their str...

My Loved One Overdosed, Now What?

Experiencing your loved one suffer an overdose can be terrifying and unexpected. What’s the proper way to respond to the situation? How much do you share with the paramedics and first responders when you ...

Addiction in Families: A Roller-Coaster Ride

A FEW WORDS ABOUT ADDICTION IN FAMILIES FROM RECOVERY UNPLUGGED NATIONAL OUTREACH MANAGER BLAKE COHEN.  “Whatever those therapy groups you go to are doing, it’s working.” My mother said that line to me o...

What Are The Most Addictive Drugs?

This time of year, everyone loves a countdown, from the best songs of the year to the most commonly used (and most ridiculous) phrases, and everything in between. Recovery Unplugged is starting your new year of...

The Faceless Nature of Drug Addiction

Decades of media influence, political posturing and cultural sharpening have firmly entrenched images of the stereotypical drug addict into the American consciousness. We think of the homeless person, visibly w...

Three Ways to Help an Addicted Friend

Very often we look at a friend who is vulnerable to drug or alcohol dependency and convince ourselves that it’s not our business to intervene or not our place to say anything about it. In theory, this sense o...

Are We All Wired for Addiction?

Last month, researchers at Texas A&M published a white paper making a decidedly bold claim: We are all wired for addiction on some level. The paper, entitled “What is Abnormal about Addiction-Related Atte...

Recognizing Addiction in A Child

Every year hundreds of thousands of children fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction, often paying the ultimate price as a result. For each one of these bright, vibrant and promising lives that are threatened...

7 Rappers That Struggle with Addiction

No one is safe from addiction. More than 23 million Americans aged 12 or older — or 9.2 percent of the population — have abused drugs in the past month, according to the most recent 2012 data from the Nati...

Taking Time On Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other ...

Addiction Stigma and Understanding

“Why the bigotry, why the stigma, why the shame when we almost all have a version of this disease? We’re all using something to deal with the pain and suffering of being human…Why are we a nation that wai...

The Drug Czar and Forward Thinking

“Locking people up for minor drug offenses, and especially people with substance-use disorders, is not the answer,” Mr. Botticelli said. “It’s cruel. It’s costly. And it doesn’t make the public any ...

The Dangers of Addiction and Pregnancy

When someone who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction becomes pregnant, the dangers become not only prevalent to the mother, but her unborn child, too. While many people may know it is dangerous, it is...

Codependency

When referring to addiction and recovery, we often spend our time talking about the person that is using, but not much about those around them. I want to start by saying that I have been in this situation befor...

Rehabilitation at Home

When you suspect a loved one in your home is struggling from addiction to drugs and alcohol, many people have a natural instinct to solve it. They feel they are capable of helping that person overcome. In some ...

Molly: Not the girl next door

Molly. It sounds extremely harmless and reminiscent of a childhood friend or the girl next door. Unfortunately this couldn’t be further from the truth as “Molly” is sweeping through college campuses aroun...

Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

It is hard to avoid the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction in our society. If you are not talking to kids about drugs and alcohol, who will? While this topic is not the easiest to approach with your kids,...

How to Help

Do you have a friend or loved one you suspect is struggling with drug addiction? Have you seen physical and behavioral changes that make you think something is different? When faced with this situation, it can ...

Goal Setting

Everyone, at some point in their life, has hopes and aspirations. Growing up, everyone wants to be a professional athlete, astronaut or maybe a fireman. Dreams and goals don’t have an expiration date. In orde...

The Role of Stress

I do not want to suggest that it is OK to make excuses for addictions, but it is important to understand situations and triggers that can aggravate addiction or rehabilitation. In this case, let’s examine the...

Planning an Intervention

Confronting a family member or loved one about alcohol or drug addiction is hard, no matter how you approach the topic. It is important to remember that while you are approaching them in love, they still may fe...

Continuing Treatment

When a person ends drug rehabilitation, the process of recovery isn’t over. The time after a person leaves a rehab facility is just as important as their time in the program. There are ways to continue healin...

Reading the Signs of Drug Addiction

When you suspect a child, parent or loved one is struggling with addiction, it is hard to know what to do. There is always a risk of damaging a relationship and many do not know how to be sure addiction is pres...