Managing Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine produces a euphoric feeling that causes increased energy, an extremely positive mood, and a feeling of superiority; however, the high may be accompanied with negative effects as well such as irritability, paranoia, and anxiety. When an individual stops using cocaine, a crash follows almost immediately. Cocaine withdrawal can even commence when an individual cuts back on cocaine use. Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal Some drugs, such as alcohol and heroin, have distinct physical...

Managing Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin use can produce a perceived rush of intense pleasure. The rush may also provide a sensation of warm skin and arms and legs may feel heavy. Users may feel uncoordinated and quite drowsy for several hours after the initial rush. Some users rely on heroin to self-medicate, as heroin temporarily dulls pain. This is a very dangerous course of action, as heroin use has many negative side effects and long-term use can lead to addiction and even overdose. As with other drugs, heroin use can lead...
Why Does America Have Such a Drinking Problem?

Why Does America Have Such a Drinking Problem?

All over the world, people are drinking. Alcohol is the world’s most popular drug, and no matter how different people may be from country to country, alcoholism affects us all in the same ways. Globally, about four percent of deaths are attributed...

Paying the Price: The Hidden Costs of Addiction


When we consider the expense of drug and alcohol abuse, we most often focus on physical and emotional issues; however, equally as devastating is the financial hardships that can result. Of course, there are a few people who can afford their habits, but they are few and far between. It is estimated that more than half of users live below the poverty level, and this only becomes worse in the throes of drug and alcohol abuse. Addiction Out of Control First, there is the cost of the substances...
Why Students In Recovery Should Re-Enroll into School

Why Students In Recovery Should Re-Enroll into School

“People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.” [caption id="attachment_60936"...
Missouri Man is Doing Life Without Parole for Marijuana Charge

Missouri Man is Doing Life Without Parole for Marijuana Charge

“I plead with him to let my dad out of prison because he’s been there 20 years and missed a whole lifetime of stuff,” he said. “My nieces, his grand kids, my nephews, all those people that haven’t had time to spend with him like I did...

Can Those With Dual Diagnoses Benefit From Twelve-Step Programs?

Studies and testimonials have shown that participation in twelve step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can play an important role in the recovery process, especially for young adults.  However, a recent study has shown that twelve-step organizations such as AA and NA can also be of benefit to those young people that are also struggling with psychiatric disorders as well as substance abuse issues.  The study will be published in the February 2014 issue of Alcoholism:...
SOBER a Film By Gareth Bowler

SOBER a Film By Gareth Bowler

My friend Kenny faced his problems head on and went sober and in doing so discovered his way forward in life. SOBER from GARETH BOWLER on Vimeo. "Powerful and extremely moving." "The film holds the exact reasons for why I am overcoming...
What is the Best Way to Get Sober?

What is the Best Way to Get Sober?

Deciding to get help for drug or alcohol abuse is a difficult first step to make. Even if you know you have a problem, it can take years before you decide that enough is enough. Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and uncertainty often stand in the way...

Making Amends vs. Making Apologies

There is no shame in making mistakes or in recognizing them. In fact, those who are able to stand on their own and admit their wrongdoings are courageous and admirable people. From the cradle to the grave, we will all make errors in judgment and struggle to find a way to make peace with those whom we have wronged. In many instances, a sincere apology will suffice. However, when misdoings are results of addiction, a simple I’m sorry, will not do. Consider making amends What are the...
Sophie’s Story

Sophie’s Story

I grew up in a small town, I had a pretty normal childhood. I was a good student, a hard worker, and a good person; I couldn't count the number of volunteer hours I've done. I was on the honor role every year, and I was in every musical/artistic...
Robin Williams Checks into Rehab – But It’s Not What you Think

Robin Williams Checks into Rehab – But It’s Not What you Think

Robin Williams has checked into rehab for continued sobriety, The Huffington Post confirms. "After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains...
Stacy Brandt Story – “The Things I’ve Learned”

Stacy Brandt Story – “The Things I’ve Learned”

My name is Stacy and I’m an addict, but today, I am recovering. When I got clean this last time, I finally realized that what I was doing up to that point was not working. I’d lost the spunk I had, the light in my eyes; I was a shell of a human....
Todd Crandell Proves that anything is Possible

Todd Crandell Proves that anything is Possible

Just a great example of how someone can use the strength of recovery to do something amazing with their lives. Notice how Todd goes out to speak, and spread hope and inspiration. That's the deal the right!...

Quit Addiction, The How-To Guide to Stopping Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Regardless of the type of addiction that you might be dealing with, now is the time to seek help. It will be impossible to lead a normal, healthy life if you don't work to kick your addiction, and doing so on your own can be difficult and dangerous. Different substances cause different withdrawals, and it could be incredibly dangerous or even lethal to attempt to detox on your own. By seeing treatment at a qualified facility, however, you can detox in a safe environment with the help of...
My Recovery and the Reflection on Jamaica Hearing Aid Mission

My Recovery and the Reflection on Jamaica Hearing Aid Mission

“The Blessing of Miracles” My Reflection on the Jamaica hearing aid Mission As I reflect on a trip I recently took to Jamaica, I realize how truly blessed I am. I have my hearing, a wonderful family, a beautiful loving wife, a job I love, a...
Cape May Drug Bust Confiscates more than $3.6M of Heroin

Cape May Drug Bust Confiscates more than $3.6M of Heroin

As we are all aware, the heroin problem in many of the major North East cities. Places like Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston and the Cape May area seem to be getting hit the hardest in the influx of heroin use and also heroin overdoses. Today we...
Does Recovery “Brainwash” People??

Does Recovery “Brainwash” People??

Most of us in long term recovery have heard some kind of misconception. Some of the stigmas include that guy has no will power. he/she must be some kind of religious zealot. people in recovery are brainwashed that guy used to be so much...
John Cyr’s Story – How a Friend Introduces him to Recovery

John Cyr’s Story – How a Friend Introduces him to Recovery

I come from a "normal" family. My Dad was a Cop, my Mom worked for the department of justice. My mom's father was an alcoholic and drank to his grave. She always feared that I would become a drunk just like him. As far as I can remember, she...
Dr. Gupta – “I agree with Clinton on Marijuana”

Dr. Gupta – “I agree with Clinton on Marijuana”

[Video courtesy of cnn health] Dr Gupta famously changed his mind and views on his stance on the legalization of Marijuana. We have featured Dr Gupta frequently on Sober Nation, because he is one of the only physicians in the public arena that...