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Written By: Harris House

Category: Abuse, Addiction, Recovery

Drug abuse is a global epidemic. However, it’s also a catastrophic problem at the local level, from which no city or town is immune. The St. Louis area is far from the exception. Here’s a closer look at five eye-opening facts and figures about the dire problem with St. Louis drug addiction. 1. Heroin-related deaths…

Crystal methamphetamine, aka “crystal meth,” is a dangerous and illicit street drug. The legal ramifications of its use, possession, or sale are dire and often result in life-changing consequences, including everything from steep fines to jail time. Not only are the repercussions of crystal meth addiction catastrophic from a legal perspective,  but they’re also joined…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

Who doesn’t want to help a loved one overcome a life-threatening addiction? However, there’s a fine line between “supportive” and “enabling,” and many people inadvertently cross it. While well-intentioned, stumbling into this pitfall can ultimately interfere with recovery while causing physical and psychological harm to the addict and the enabler alike. Wondering if you’ve crossed…

Just as every individual’s path to addiction is different, so is every individual’s path to sobriety. Despite these differences, however, many common obstacles occur along the way. In addition to the usual set of potential pitfalls, members of the LGBT community may face even more challenges than their heterosexual counterparts. Read on for a look…

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. “  While this quote from Marie Curie applies to many aspects of life, it’s particularly apt when it comes to alcoholism and withdrawal. Indeed, fear of withdrawal can be an unfortunate impediment to recovery—one that can be bypassed via increased awareness about the…

What is the single biggest obstacle to recovery faced by many addicts and substance abusers? Admitting they have a problem. This mindset interferes with many addicts getting the help they need in order to regain control of their lives. In many cases, in fact, admitting the problem and seeking treatment—specifically intensive inpatient drug rehab—is the key to…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Brain, Physiological

Cocaine may come with a short-term high, but it also brings along something else: the risk of long-term brain damage, which leads to addiction and other insidious effects as well. Here’s a closer look at how cocaine kills the brain via negative impacts, along with two particularly devastating brain-related consequences of its use. Cocaine Kills the Brain Cocaine works…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Physiological

This past spring, an airline pilot and his wife were discovered dead in their Ohio home. The cause of death, according to authorities, was fentanyl overdoses. Unfortunately, this was far from an isolated incident. In fact, fentanyl use is surging, as are deaths due to this pervasive and potent illegal drug. Here’s a closer look…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery

Much is said about the state of substance abuse in the United States. But how much of it is just talk, and how much is fact? The recent Surgeon General addiction report on alcohol, drugs, and health, “Facing Addiction in America,” sheds important light on the subject. Here’s a closer look at six key insights…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery

Think the results of the most recent “Monitoring the Future” national survey on drug abuse demonstrating a general decline across the broad spectrum of drugs are cause for celebration? Think again. While drug use among teens may be on the decline, more than a million young people between the ages of 12 and 17 still…

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