Environmental Risk Factors for Addiction

Anyone, regardless of socio-economic status, is capable of developing a substance addiction. This is partly due to the fact that there are many different risk factors for addiction. While some may say that risk factors for addiction are genetic, others may claim that they are all environmental.  Is Addiction Genetic or Environmental? The answer is…

Effects of Hallucinogens

Effects of Hallucinogens on the Brain

Many people associate hallucinogenic drugs with Woodstock or  the “hippie” culture. The all-natural hallucinogens tend to get attention for such events and cultural movements specifically. Still, there are other forms of hallucinogens. Regardless of the type, the effects of hallucinogens on the brain can be severe. Also, regardless of the type, all hallucinogens tend to…

Why Is Honesty in Recovery Important?

Honesty in Recovery

The work of overcoming a substance addiction doesn’t end once rehab is over. That’s because addiction is a lifelong illness that individuals must actively work on while in recovery. One way to maintain sobriety in addiction recovery is to always be honest. That’s because honesty in recovery is the foundation upon which all other aspects…

leave a drug addict

Knowing When and How to Leave a Drug Addict

Often, addiction affects the loved ones of addicts as much as it impacts the addicts themselves. This is definitely the case when it comes to the significant other of an addict. Many people who are the significant others of individuals who suffer from addiction wonder to themselves if they should end their relationships. In many…

alcohol and kidney stones

Can Alcohol Cause Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are known for the intense pain they can cause. Kidney stones develop when there’s too much waste material and not enough liquid. Together, these two end up forming crystals (which are known as “stones” in this case). While there are many causes of kidney stones, drugs like alcohol can contribute directly to the…

Alcohol Abuse

The Dangers of Drinking During Pregnancy

Abusing alcohol is dangerous for anyone. Consuming alcohol at a higher rate than your body can metabolize it often leads to serious health complications. This is especially true for women drinking during pregnancy who should not only be concerned for themselves, but who can cause serious harm to their unborn child.  Women in general are…