Xanax and Alcohol, the Deadly Duo

Alcohol is one of the most abused substances on the planet and Xanax, or alprazolam, is not very far behind. What most people do not know is that combining the two can be fatal – here’s why. As a general rule, alcohol should not be combined with any medication, but is especially true with Xanax. It can be dangerous to combine alcohol and Xanax because they are both central nervous system depressants; this means that they both slow the brain’s activity and thus cause greater effects, and therefore, more serious reactions. How Xanax Often Becomes an Addiction Xanax (alprazolam) is a type of benzodiazepine often prescribed for general anxiety disorder (GAD). People develop a tolerance to benzod

Alcohol and Ecstasy: A Dangerous Mix

It is not uncommon for ecstasy users to have a few (or many) alcoholic drinks while partying on the drug, but the effects of this drug cocktail are far more dangerous than more people realise. Learn about the dangers here. Ecstasy and alcohol are two of the most commonly used drugs around the world. Ecstasy, a popular name for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), is considered to be the most popular illegal club drug, while alcohol is the most popular legal drug in use today. MDMA is often taken at nightclubs, bars, festivals or raves where alcohol is usually served, and it is common for users to combine the two drugs without much thought. Unfortunately, the effects of this combo can ca

Is Baclofen Effective in Treating Alcoholism?

Various studies have been done on the effects of using baclofen to treat alcoholism, but the results are not exactly clear. Find out more about how this drug can (or cannot) be used to treat alcoholism. Everyone would love a quick fix to alcoholism – the ability to cure their disease with a pill the same way you can for high blood pressure or anxiety. It has always been believed that alcoholism treatment should involve counselling combined with various other therapies, but in recent years a new drug made the spotlight in the world of addiction treatment. Researchers announced that a drug called baclofen was indeed effective in treating alcoholism. Can Taking a Pill Curb Alcoholism? The follo

Stay Connected for a Successful Recovery

Aftercare is invaluable to addiction recovery. It provides continued treatment, aids in relapse prevention and serves as a way to stay connected to resources and relationships in the recovery community. Now, online aftercare is making it more accessible than ever. Continuing care is an absolutely essential part of any quality treatment programme. Towards the end of every client’s time at Shafa Home, the client will work together with their counsellor to create a comprehensive aftercare regimen that will ensure their transition back home is as supported as possible. Aftercare serves some very important functions: It provides a way of gradually stepping down the level of treatment, while carry

The Lowdown on New Synthetic Drugs

New synthetic drugs are proving to be largely unpredictable and extremely dangerous, and have been responsible for mass amounts of overdoses worldwide. However, these dangerous drugs have become a new norm, and as law enforcement officials struggle to keep up with their ever-changing formulas, many of them remain legal. These drugs are often taken accidentally, as users are led to believe they are consuming something else. The synthetic drug masquerades as its original counterpart; they are virtually identical and sold under the same name. With the sudden increase in these life-threatening substances, there is a lot of information floating around, but few clear-cut answers. Here we lay out t

Adderall, Amphetamine and Methamphetamine – Are They the Same?

Did you know that Adderall is almost chemically identical to amphetamine and methamphetamine (ice)? Their similarities go beyond their chemical makeup — these powerful stimulants share some of the same side effects and are considered equally dangerous. Learn more here. Adderall, Amphetamine and Methamphetamine There has been a growing ice scourge in many countries around the world. Australia and Hong Kong in particular have been struggling with increasing rates of meth abuse which is evident in the high numbers of people seeking treatment for amphetamine addiction. As this dangerous trend persists, our understanding of the drug must also develop. Here we discuss the important distinction be

How Empathy is Linked to Self-Control and Addiction Recovery

A new study suggests that empathy with your future self can increase self-control and help fight cravings. What does this mean for those recovering from addiction? Could it be that chances of success in addiction recovery are directly related to one’s levels of empathy? A new study shows that a trait undoubtedly required for long-term success in addiction recovery – self control – is simply a variation of empathy. Empathy with your future self, that is. Long-Term Goals vs Instant Gratification First conducted in the ‘60s, the ‘Marshmallow Test’ is widely known as being illustrative of impulsivity and self-control. The test involved a group of kids who were sat in a row, each with one marshm

The 13th Step – How to Protect Yourself in Addiction Recovery

12-step recovery groups are supposed to be places that feel safe, offer encouragement and help you maintain your sobriety. But the unofficial ‘13th Step’ is putting some at risk for relapse. Find out what it is and how you can protect yourself. Once addiction treatment is complete, the next step to successful recovery is a well-planned addiction treatment aftercare programme. Part of that programme usually relies on attending meetings in your local area – whether they be AA, NA or other fellowship groups. And although all recovering addicts are aware of the 12 Steps, there is a lesser-known (and unofficial) ’13th step’ that all attendees of recovery meetings should be aware of. What is ‘13th

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