Learning Martial Arts in Recovery

Addiction is time-consuming. When you give up drugs or alcohol, you wind up with a lot of spare hours on your hands, which, if you want to retain your sobriety, will have to be filled with something else—something exciting, productive, and challenging. One way to strengthen your mind and body is through martial arts. Martial […]

Withdrawal Symptoms of Opiate Addiction

Opiates are a group of drugs derived from opium, a part of the poppy plant and one of the oldest-known medicines in the world. Heroin and morphine are common illicit opiates, but lots of prescription medications include opiates, too. These drugs are simple to synthesize, relatively cheap, and highly effective — which is why they’ve […]

Helping a Friend Stay Sober

When a good friend relapses, it can be heartbreaking, infuriating, or just plain baffling. There are a number of ways to help them stay sober—the most important of which is encouraging them to continue treatment. Addiction treatment doesn’t end when the addict walks away from the rehab clinic; it continues forever. Even if they say […]

Admitting Mistakes In Recovery

It may sound cliché, but it’s the hard truth: everybody makes mistakes. No matter how many times those words are spoken, there will always be those who have trouble admitting their errors – not just to others, but to themselves as well. That’s common behavior among patients of addiction. The right mix of chemicals and […]

How to Quit Heroin Safely

Are you or a loved one using heroin? Do you exhibit the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction? You can stop using heroin and recover for good, but getting sober will require more than just a detox. Heroin addiction recovery is a long-term process that requires determination and patience. Learning how to quit heroin is […]

A Look at Heroin Cravings

Ever experience a deep, deep yearning for something? That’s sort of how a drug craving feels. However, cravings for heroin are sharper, stronger, and far more intense – simple as that. But how exactly does it feel? It’s something most non-addicts wonder, either because of what they’ve seen on TV or what they’ve witnessed from […]

Withdrawal Symptoms of Ecstasy

Perhaps the most popular of the “club drugs,” ecstasy (MDMA) is often viewed as safe. It’s actually pretty risky, though. MDMA can, and does, damage users’ mental health. In rare cases, ecstasy overdose can even cause death. EFFECTS OF ECSTASY When someone takes MDMA, their brain releases a splurge of serotonin, which leads to feelings […]

What To Do After a Relapse

All recovering addicts should fear relapse on some level, because it’s a major setback. Just one sip or puff can undo months of physiological detox and cause cravings to return full-force. However, that’s all it is: a setback. Catch yourself When you put down the bottle or pipe after a slip, you’re essentially “quitting” once […]

Getting Help For a Percocet Addiction

Percocet is a powerful opioid painkiller made from oxycodone, an opiate, and acetaminophen, a filler. As a medicine, Percocet has legitimate medical uses. It’s also highly abuse-prone. Addiction to Percocet as well as pure OxyCodone is incredibly common. Many painkiller addicts resort to heroin—a cheaper, more powerful stimulant—once their tolerance to the pills becomes too […]

A Look at the Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline

Nicotine affects many different systems within the body—most importantly, the brain. Over time, the brain becomes accustomed to the presence of nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal can be unpleasant. The cravings many smokers experience during acute withdrawal is comparable to those of opiate addiction. For days, sometimes weeks, it’s all the addict can think about. If you’re […]