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Recent News & Addiction & Recovery Information

Are Club Drugs Taking Over Your Life?

triple exposure image of young girl with her head in her hands - room spinning and high on drugs - club drugsA night spent dancing with friends at a concert, bar, or nightclub can have lasting consequences if you turn to club drugs to fit in, unwind, and have fun. Despite the popularity of websites that claim club drugs are as safe as watersports or giving birth, this type of substance abuse comes with real risks.

Types of Club Drugs

There are many different illegal drugs that fall under the broader ‘club drug’ umbrella, but some of the most common include:

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The Pandemic Has Caused a Spike in Overdose Rates

COVID & Overdose Rates

black and white image of two people holding hands in front of a casket - overdoseThe COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed many aspects of daily life. One unexpected side effect of virus mitigation plans has been an increase in overdose deaths.

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, in February 2021 analyzed nearly 190 million emergency department visits and found significantly higher rates of overdoses in 2020 compared to the same dates in 2019. From mid-April onward through the pandemic, the weekly rates of emergency visits for drug overdoses increased by up to 45% when compared against the same period in 2019. Emergency visits for opioid overdoses increased by 28.8%.

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The Overlooked Epidemic: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore the Dangers of Meth Addiction

baggie of clear white crystals on slate background - meth addictionThe opioid epidemic may attract more attention, but the United States is still struggling to deal with an epidemic of methamphetamine addiction. A powerful stimulant that can lead to addiction with just one use, crystal meth is cheaper, more potent, and more easily available than ever.

A Widespread Problem

Most of the meth in the United States comes from large Mexican labs, and just $10 can buy enough to get a person high for a full day or two. The drug can also be made at home using common household chemicals such as ammonia, battery acid, and the pseudoephedrine found in many cold medicines—creating an amateur science experiment with potentially deadly consequences.

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How to Tell If Your Loved One Has an Ecstasy Addiction

colorful, different ecstasy tablets lined up on white backgroundAn illegal synthetic stimulant with potentially hallucinogenic properties, ecstasy is commonly used as a party drug or club drug at raves and concerts. Ecstasy use can lead to a wide range of addiction-related problems affecting a person’s health, cognitive function, and relationships with others.

What Is Ecstasy? A Closer Look

Ecstasy is the most common street name for a version of MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. It produces euphoria, as well as feelings of long-lasting energy, heightened sensations, and empathy for others. The effects of the drug typically last between three and five hours, but this can vary based on the dosage taken as well as a person’s height, weight, metabolism, and body type.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Your Recovery

dark and stormy sky reflected over lake - seasonal affective disorderMany people in recovery struggle with co-occurring mental health disorders. This includes seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to the changes in the seasons. Typically, people with SAD start to notice changes in their mood and behavior in the fall as the days become shorter.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

As with addiction, no two people with SAD are exactly alike. However, some common symptoms that people with SAD may experience include:

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Getting Help for a Loved One with a Hydrocodone Addiction

young woman consoling her friend - hydrocodone addictionHydrocodone is commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. However, this prescription painkiller carries a real risk of addiction. Abuse of hydrocodone can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, but it’s important to remember that there’s always hope for recovery using an evidence-based treatment program.

About Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic. Like all opioids, hydrocodone is a derivative of the poppy plant. However, it’s a semi synthetic opioid that is created by chemically modifying the opium derivative codeine—which is a naturally occurring opium derivative.

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The Unexpected Addiction Risk Posed by Codeine-Based Cough Syrup

close up of cough syrup being poured into a spoon - codeine cough syrupWhen you have a cough that doesn’t seem to go away, cough syrup with codeine can help you get the rest your body needs. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential for abuse and addiction that the codeine poses—especially if you have preteens, teens, or young adults in your home.

Codeine Uses and Potential Risks

Codeine is an opiate medication that is most commonly found in prescription-strength cough syrup because it affects the signals in the brain that trigger a cough reflex. This is a short-term treatment that can be taken every four to six hours until a person recovers from their respiratory infection.

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The Importance of Accountability in Recovery

two attractive young women talking in waiting room - accountabilityThe term accountability refers to being held responsible for your actions. At Waypoint Recovery Center’s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment program, we stress that accountability is a vital part of building the foundation for a lasting recovery.

A Victim Mentality Keeps You from Moving Forward

Often, a lack of personal accountability is associated with a victim mentality. A person with a substance use disorder needs to learn to see themselves as a survivor and not a victim. Being trapped in a victim mentality prevents them from dealing with the effects of past trauma and leaves them acting as an observer in their own lives.

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