hallucinogenic drugs

Can Psychedelic Drugs Lead to Mental Disorders?

What is the relationship between psychedelic drugs and mental health disorders? Over 30 million Americans abuse psychedelic drugs, like LSD, psilocybin and DMT. The majority of these users are abusing the drugs to trigger a psychedelic experience or hallucination. But, can this type of drug use lead to mental disorders and illnesses? Do these drugs…

Breaking Down the Serenity Prayer

We recently broke down the AA Preamble into separate parts, noting that it was important to understand the text which begins every AA meeting. But the Preamble doesn’t technically begin every meeting. Both AA and NA meetings generally start with the Serenity Prayer. Much like the Preamble, some just say the Serenity Prayer without really…

Reading Guide for ‘We Agnostics’

The target audience for “We Agnostics” is relatively easy to define. (aga7ta/Shutterstock) Groups such as AA and NA have many detractors, people who believe that they are religious organizations or even cults. This misconception extends to 12-based treatment centers, who are accused of brainwashing their patients rather than treating a disease. Those who make such…

The Pros and Cons of Safe Injection Sites

The proponents of safe injection sites feel that the sites are a welcome addition to the fight against addiction. Specifically, they believe that they are a benefit to public health and the community. On the other hand, the opponents of safe injection sites vehemently insist that these sites cause roadblocks in the battle against addiction. They…

Reading Guide for ‘More About Alcoholism’

The second chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous (commonly known as the Big Book) is titled “There Is a Solution” yet talks a lot about the nature of alcoholism itself. Even so, AA founder Bill Wilson could not have covered everything there is to say about the alcoholic’s condition within a single chapter. This is perhaps why…

Addiction

Addiction – The Disease That Wants to Celebrate

  The disease of addiction is a disease of the mind and spirit. It is the only disease that tells you that you don’t have a disease. It’s the one disease that will kill you with your own hand while blaming the world for your decisions. It’s the only disease that tells you to poison…

Drug Addiction Defined

HOW WOULD AN ADDICT DEFINE ADDICTION?

What is drug addiction? Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and…

Opiate Crisis

Where will the opiate crisis be a year from now?

With statistics of prescription opioid abuse on the decline, it may seem that the opioid crisis has finally reached a turning point. However, this is only a small portion of the the opiate crisis. When it comes to opioid dependency based on other measures, the crisis is still imminent. Heroin addiction is on the rise,…

Recovery quotes

Our Favorite Recovery Quotes of 2018

A quick scroll through Facebook or Instagram will confirm something everyone already knows: People love inspirational quotes. We save them to our phones, print them on t-shirts, and we even tattoo them on our bodies. And nobody loves them more than an addict in recovery. Within a small square of text we find hope and a…

Gift Recovery

5 Reasons Your Recovery is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Family

As the holidays get closer, you’re probably wondering how to show your love to the people that care about you the most. While you may be thinking of what presents to buy for your family this year, the best thing to give them is your recovery.   The Gift of Sobriety   Whether you’ve thought…