The Problem with Prescriptions

Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Narcolepsy. It is classified as a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are central nervous system stimulates that affect the chemicals in your brain that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Unfortunately, studies are showing that the abuse of Adderall by those without prescriptions is on the rise in the United States, especially among students.  [Read more…]

Five Ways to De-Stress

Stress can come from a wide variety of places in life. Your car has a flat tire. The cable repairman is late. There’s a leak in the roof. You forget to pick up a key ingredient for dinner at the grocery store. The list of stressors we may encounter on a daily basis is endless. For families helping a loved one through addiction recovery, the feeling of stress is even greater. It is often all-consuming. Fortunately, there are many ways to help you de-stress, and you can begin practicing these methods immediately.

With that in mind, here are five healthy ways to de-stress. [Read more…]

The Ins and Outs of Outpatient Treatment

Whether it is is for a teenager or an adult, sending a loved one to a rehabilitation center can be a major life decision. Addiction is a disease that reaches beyond just the afflicted individual. The type of treatment your loved one receives is often depends on a variety of factors including the seriousness of the issue and the dynamics of the family.

There are advantages and disadvantages to be considered when deciding whether to undergo inpatient or outpatient treatment, so it’s important to think about what’s best for the individual who’s undergoing the therapy. There is no shortage of articles discussing the various differences between outpatient and inpatient treatments, but here we’ll focus only on the pros and cons of outpatient treatment specifically. [Read more…]

The Popularity (and Danger) of Drugs at Musical Festivals

No matter the genre of music, for many there is an allure of enhancing the experience of going to a music festival. This draws teenagers in, and it has the potential of being a very dangerous, sometimes fatal, situation.

In the past few years, high drug use has been connected to the electronic dance music scene, also known as EDM. Drug use is on the rise at EDM festivals and as such, the number of deaths from drug use has risen. [Read more…]