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 e
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 t
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
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
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 counte
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
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 In
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,