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Can You Overdose on Meth?

You can overdose on meth. Meth is a powerful, long-acting stimulant that puts a lot of stress on your cardiovascular system. An overdose typically takes the form of a heart attack or stroke. The pulse increases and becomes erratic and the body becomes overheated. Sometimes a person overdosing on meth will go into a coma.Read More

Why New Year’s Eve In Rehab isn’t a Bad Thing

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. It’s the one holiday predicated on staying up late and drinking a toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world are televised and seems like the whole world is having a party. If you are in treatment, you might feel like youRead More

How Does Narcan Work?

Narcan, or naloxone, is an overdose antidote. It is a prescription drug typically carried by emergency responders and sometimes by private citizens trained in its use. It comes in the form of an injection or a nasal spray and usually brings someone out of overdose within five minutes. Naloxone is an an opioid antagonist. ThatRead More

The Effect of Alcoholism on the Heart

Moderate alcohol intake–meaning maybe one or two drinks per day–is not likely to damage the heart and some studies suggest it might actually have some benefit. Drinking a bit more tips the scale toward negative effects and heavy prolonged drinking can do serious damage to the heart. In the short term, even one bout ofRead More

What Causes Heroin Overdose?

Fatal heroin overdoses have risen sharply in the US over the past few years. Nearly 60,000 people died from overdose last year, most of them from opioid or the combination of opioids and other drugs. Two main factors contribute to this trend. First, over-prescription of opioid painkillers led to widespread addiction. When this problem becameRead More

Depressant vs. Stimulant Addiction

Depressants and stimulants are basically opposites. Stimulants wind you up and depressants calm you down. People who feel lethargic or fatigued tend to want stimulants to pick them up. People who feel stressed or anxious tend to want depressants to calm them down. These are broad generalizations but more or less true. Common stimulants areRead More

How Long Should You Plan to Recover?

Recovery lasts from now on. Addiction is not something like the flu that eventually goes away. There’s no point at which you can say, “I have achieved sobriety so now I can have a drink.” Addiction remakes your brain and the habits created by addiction are deep. Using again reactivates the old pathways and theRead More

Addiction and the Central Nervous System

Addictive drugs mostly affect the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. They typically work by changing the way neurons interact with neurotransmitters, which are the chemical messengers that tell neurons what to do. Most of the effects drugs have on the body have to do with changing the function of neurotransmitters.Read More

When is the Right Time to Choose Sobriety?

You may know that you need to quit drugs or drinking but you may keep putting it off. You might have work, school, or family commitments that you don’t feel you can take a break from. It never seems like a good time. The problem is that, for most people, the perfect time never comes.Read More

Most Common Dual Diagnoses

Addiction is often precipitated or compounded by another mental health issue. This is known as a dual diagnosis and it may apply to half of people seeking addiction treatment. Dual diagnoses can be challenging and require special care. If you take medication for a mental health issue, for example, that may affect what medications canRead More