Why Addicts Isolate and Why It’s a Problem

Isolation is extremely common in active addiction. People may turn to substances because they are lonely and have difficulty relating to others. As the disease of addiction progresses, the addict may have a very hard time interacting with other people, which leads to more isolation and loneliness. The compulsion to use alcohol or other drugs…

DEA Bans Kratom: Pros and Cons

In August 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration declared its intention to classify chemicals contained in kratom, a drug with effects similar to oxycodone and other opiates, as Schedule I substances. After protests broke out in front of the White House and Congress pushed back, the DEA announced its reconsideration of the ban in early October.…

Symptoms of Liver Damage From Alcohol Abuse

Whether you participate in binge drinking or some other form of alcohol abuse, you can trigger both short- and long-term damage to systems throughout your body. One of the most dangerous potential consequences of long-term excessive drinking is liver damage. Liver damage from alcohol typically happens in three stages as the health of this crucially…

Facts About Bath Salts Drug Abuse

“Bath salts” are synthetic cathinones, a group of illegal, manmade stimulants designed to resemble the active ingredient in a plant called the khat plant. These stimulants get their name because, when they first entered wide use in the early 2010s, distributors often marketed them as Epsom salts and other legal products in order to avoid…

How to Tell If Your Teen Is Sleep-Deprived

Teenagers are notoriously long sleepers, and rightly so: their developing minds and bodies require plenty of rest. But sometimes busy schedules and other health concerns can lead to sleep deprivation. There is a correlation between a lack of sleep and anxiety, so being able to recognize sleep deprivation and knowing how to remedy it can…