What Are the Signs of Overdose?

Overdosing is an incredibly traumatic event to both experience and witness. It’s crucial to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so that if it happens to someone you know, you’ll be able to act fast. It’s normal to feel scared, even panicked when confronting an overdose. However, the outcomes of…

What Is a Wet Drug, and Is It Dangerous?

The term “wet drug” refers to any drug that has been dipped in or laced with either: Liquid PCP or Embalming fluid PCP (phencyclidine) is a powerful hallucinogen and dissociative anesthetic. Embalming fluid contains primarily formaldehyde, ethanol, and methanol. It’s used by funeral homes to preserve bodies, but it’s also gaining popularity as a drug…

Is My Social Drinking a Problem?

Getting together with friends on the weekend to catch up over drinks is a very normal social activity for many people. They may drink to wind down after a long week or to feel more sociable. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s important to be aware of whether your social drinking is crossing the…

What Is Relapse?

The definition of relapse is pretty simple: It’s when your symptoms come back after a period of improvement. In terms of substance abuse recovery, a relapse means returning to the use of drugs or alcohol after you’ve abstained. In the example of an alcoholic, a relapse counts as any amount of drinking after you’ve tried…

Are PTSD & Addiction Connected?

At first glance, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse seem to have little in common. But people often suffer from these two conditions at the same time. Seventy-five percent of those who struggle with PTSD report having abused alcohol at some point. They’re twice as likely to use nicotine and three times as likely…

Can I Date in Recovery?

Love and intimacy are fulfilling and necessary parts of life. Dating, on the other hand, can be complicated and messy. It can be stressful even for the most grounded and stable among us. This begs the question: Should you date while in recovery? Like dating, recovering from substance abuse is also complicated but rewarding. It…

How Long Do Overdose Symptoms Last?

If you or a loved one is abusing drugs, the risk of an overdose is a constant concern. It is difficult to predict when an overdose may occur or how long it will last. The length of overdose symptoms depends on a long list of factors. If you’re concerned about overdose, it is always important…

Stop Pain Without Taking Opioids: 6 Alternatives

Opioid use is at an all-time high, and pain is at the root of the problem. In 2016, approximately 20% of Americans suffered from chronic pain. Doctors often prescribe powerful opioids on an ongoing basis to provide a basic quality of life. People recovering from an injury or surgery are often prescribed opioids as well.…