Vital Information on Ketamine Addiction

Earlier this week, we posted an article about some of the most common synthetic drugs (namely spice, flakka, and kratom). Not long after the article was published, one of our readers posted in the comments section about ketamine. They pointed out that, much like drugs such as spice and kratom, ketamine is very easy to…

A Rundown on Common Synthetic Drugs

Drugs are enough of a problem in the United States as it is, but synthetic drugs are making the problem much, much worse. People flock to synthetic drugs because they are more difficult to regulate, granting easier access to the general public. The problem is, while they may experience some of the same symptoms of…

Addiction as a Family Disease: Stories of Hope

To those who have lived and struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, it should come as no surprise that addiction is generally considered to be a family disease. It’s something that we’ve covered numerous times, whether discussing the family’s role in staging a successful intervention or questioning how the children who have grown up in…

Dangers of Substance Abuse: Fertility and Childbirth

“Will they be happy? Will they be healthy? Will I be good enough to give them the life they need? What if I can’t do it?” These are questions that plague just about every new parent. There are even some out there who desperately want to be parents, but will constantly put it off because…

Addict Personality Myths Debunked

Whether or not we wish to admit it, we all have our own beliefs regarding the typical addict personality. The problem is that some of us have a much broader view on this than others. That is usually because we have met numerous other addicts, either through social work, family issues, or because we are…

Vivitrol Treatment and How It Works

Some time back, we published a mother’s thoughts on medication assisted treatment (MAT), including the most common arguments both for and against this particular recovery tool and how it fits into the overall recovery process, especially the Florida Model of rehabilitation. While the article in question made note of the fact that MAT is not…

Children of Addiction: How Do We Help Them?

“Please, please, please – don’t let her be drunk.” Those were the words of my little prayer, the one I would whisper to myself every day, over and over, as I walked home from school and stood with my hand on the front door handle to my childhood house — from the time I was…

Legal Issues Faced by Addicts: How Can We Help?

In our recent article regarding the tragic life of Amy Winehouse, we chronicled the story of her substance abuse during every year between 2005 and her death due to alcohol poisoning in 2011. Aside from the outline of her struggles with substance dependency itself, one other glaring pattern emerged from this story. Namely, the fact…

Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

Those who are unfamiliar with the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction may think that the issue is cut and dry. After all, if addiction is truly a disease, then there certainly must be a cure. Unfortunately, however, this is not quite the case. Many people relapse every day, often because they tried to stay…

Signs of Addiction to Watch Out For

If you’re reading this, then it means one of two things. Either you think that someone close to you might be struggling with addiction, or you think that you might have a problem yourself. And you shouldn’t feel alone, because we at Amethyst have experienced addiction from both sides. It can be painful, and it…