How to Tell If You’re Addicted to Your ADHD Medication

ADHD Banner with Medication

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious condition that affects adults as well as children and teens. Stimulant medications are effective in treating this condition, but concerns about the potential for abuse of these medications, or even addiction to them, (Focalin addiction, Adderall addiction, and Ritalin addiction) are valid. Let’s take a closer look at how to discern if you are developing an addiction to the medications prescribed for your ADHD.

Continue reading

911 for First Responders: Resolving Cumulative Trauma by Supporting Each Other

By Mike Pool, Retired Law Enforcement and Peer Coordinator of After Action: Building Resilience Workshop.

First responders are not allowed to show or share our emotions. We shove our reactions as far down as they’ll go so we can cope with the day-to-day corrosive events of our jobs. Most of us come to see that this kind of work found us, and not the other way around, so we plunge head first into trying to do our best. Many of us don’t realize how much our family history may have led us on this path, or the underlying reasons we need to protect and save people. We just get it done. Continue reading

‘Charlie’s Angel’ Lives Through Addiction, Credits ‘Spiritual Connection’ at Journey

Gabriella Fodor

In recovery after 20 years of addiction, Gabriella Fodor finds her life calling in helping others entering treatment.

They called themselves “Charlie’s Angels.” Three young women who learned quickly that certain assets — stunning beauty and “party girl” personalities — could buy them pretty much anything they wanted. They danced in a popular nightclub and made good money. They shopped in the best stores, rode in the best cars, and treated themselves to the best drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Continue reading

Coping with Extreme Stress Without Drugs or Alcohol

Dealing with Stress

First responders are the first to arrive at the scene of a traumatic event, such as an accident, domestic disturbance, fire or natural disaster. They are faced with violence, pain, suffering and sometimes death. For police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, witnessing human suffering is part of each day’s work.
Continue reading

Are Addiction and Mental Illness Decreasing America’s Life Expectancy?

Addiction and Life Expectancy

By Michael Desjardins, APRN

The steady flow of clients visiting me and my colleagues’ offices and treatment centers for “diseases of despair” like depression and addiction seems to mirror trends in a recently released report by the National Center for Health Statistics. The report shows that U.S. life expectancy rates have decreased for the first time since 1993, and some data analysts are pointing the finger at a rise in substance abuse and mental illness.
Continue reading

Finding Joy in Sobriety Through Friendship

Does it seem to you that giving up drugs and alcohol means that you will never feel upbeat or euphoric again? Getting sober is the first step in a journey of learning to live life without relying on mind-altering chemicals, but there are a lot more lessons to learn once you are able to stop using alcohol and other drugs. While you may experience a lot of extreme emotions in early sobriety, feeling joy while you are sober is probably not as hard as you think
Continue reading

How ‘The Four Agreements’ Fit With Your Addiction Recovery

Don Miguel Ruiz, Author

You’ve come a long way in your quest to live clean and sober. You know — because you’ve learned — many ways to cope with difficult situations, deal with recurring cravings and triggers, manage tough emotions and find a way to navigate and streamline your life so that stress doesn’t do you in. Still, having many tools at your disposal, keeping “The Four Agreements” in mind and using them to aid in your recovery will make life in sobriety a lot more enjoyable.
Continue reading

Fatal Crashes in Colorado Linked to Pot Up Sharply, New Data Show

Marijuana and Stoned Driving

A new government-funded study of Colorado’s experience with marijuana legalization has revealed some startling truths. In the three years since marijuana became commercially available, traffic fatalities in Colorado linked to consumption of the drug have increased substantially. In addition, the number of adolescents and college-age adults who have used marijuana products in the previous month has risen by a significant percentage.
Continue reading

Is There Such Thing as a Drug-Free/Unmedicated Addiction Recovery?

Detoxing Drug Free

For many people considering going into treatment, what scares them off is the fear that they’ll be overmedicated during rehab or given drugs that make their addiction worse. They might desperately want to get clean and sober — they just don’t want to take any drugs in the process. What about drug rehab that doesn’t use drugs or medications? Is there such a thing as a drug-free/unmedicated addiction recovery?
Continue reading