Is Adderall really the same as meth?

2020-02-15T21:11:45+00:00December 15th, 2019|Addiction Information|

Most people don’t know the truth about Adderall and how it’s similar to meth. Adderall was FDA-approved for ADHD because it affects patients differently and is safer for them to use.  When people that don’t have ADHD abuse it, it causes effects that are equivalent to stronger drugs. Meth and Adderall are both stimulants and can cause addiction. Adderall vs. methamphetamines similarities are now being compared to by neuroscientific studies. It’s concerning because meth addiction [...]


How Long Does Alcohol Stay in a Woman’s Body?

2019-12-30T22:09:59+00:00December 12th, 2019|Alcoholism|

Despite the advancements made towards gender equality, the biological differences between women and men remain. Alcohol metabolizes faster in a woman’s body than a man’s. Due to this, males can typically handle greater amounts of alcohol than their female counterparts. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) definition of binge drinking outlines different numbers of drinks for the different sexes: 4 drinks on the same occasion for women and 5 drinks on the [...]


The Top 12 Recovery Resolutions

2019-12-02T21:08:48+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Addiction Information, Recovery|

The New Year can be a time for personal growth. Most people aim for self-improvement by making a list of resolutions that they hope to keep throughout the year. But for people who struggle with substance abuse, the New Year offers an opportunity for a fresh start, free from the prison of active addiction. For them, New Year’s resolution take on a deeper meaning. In that spirit, here is a list of the Top Recovery [...]


The Opioid Crisis Has Reached Sesame Street

2019-11-27T17:55:10+00:00November 27th, 2019|Drug Trends|

What can we learn about addiction from a children's program? “Sesame Street has always been real-world. It’s not a fantasy, it’s not a fairy tale. One of the things that sets us apart is respecting children and dealing with real-world issues from a child’s perspective.” ~ Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice-President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop 50 years ago this November, Sesame Street premiered on public television. Over the years, it has grown into [...]


The Truth About “Mommy Juice”: How Mom Wine Culture is Normalizing Alcoholism

2020-02-21T18:56:20+00:00November 27th, 2019|Alcoholism|

Mommy wine culture may seem like fun and games, but is it simply masking a real problem? We’ve all seen the Facebook memes, the Etsy t-shirts, and the oversized novelty wine glasses branded with funny sayings. Mom juice It’s wine o’clock Momma needs some wine! These products typically come in fun colors and feature cute fonts that make them seem harmless. But are these products pointing to a serious issue? Are we normalizing addictive behavior? [...]


Healthy Connections in Recovery: Why They are Vital for Women

2019-11-27T17:55:48+00:00November 27th, 2019|Recovery|

“The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety. It’s connection” ~ Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs Making healthy connections is crucial for women in recovery. Without strong connections, it is impossible to feel supported and motivated to continue. But with them, women can draw strength from one another and spur one another on towards their sobriety goals. The Power of Personal Connections for [...]


The Telescoping Effect: An Expert Perspective on Gender Gaps in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

2020-01-30T20:54:12+00:00November 26th, 2019|Addiction Information, Gender-specific treatment, Uncategorized|

There are many gender differences in addiction, something that is being studied at greater length now. One of the clearest examples of the gender gap in addiction can be found in what is known as telescoping. It has been found to be more prevalent in women, putting them at high risk for developing addiction quickly.  What is the Telescoping Effect? Telescoping is a term that describes how quickly someone will [...]


Hormonal Shifts Throughout a Woman’s Life Cycle: How it plays into mental health and addiction

2019-11-27T17:56:27+00:00November 26th, 2019|Addiction Information|

"There's epidemiological data that says women are more vulnerable, but it's unclear what the factors are. We know they transition to addiction faster and have more problems with craving and relapse. Now, with research like this, we're beginning to isolate environmental and physiological causes." ~ Erin Calipari, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research Research in addiction has focused more on males and differences in the genders were not considered for quite a [...]


The Expert Take on Holiday Triggers for Women: Avoiding Stress, Depression and Relapse

2019-11-29T16:44:16+00:00November 26th, 2019|Recovery|

Alas, the holidays are upon us! They kind of snuck up, though, didn’t they? One minute we were enjoying a lazy poolside summer day. Then, in a snap, it was time to start planning for a holly jolly season. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? You know all about it, right? Going deeper into debt to buy gifts you can’t afford (knowing darn good and well you are still paying interest on gifts you [...]


Antonella Barba: From American Idol to Fentanyl Bust

2020-01-13T16:19:14+00:00November 25th, 2019|Drug Trends|

“One of the common themes is that the ‘American Idol’ experience brought about a detrimental change in Ms. Barba’s life.” ~ court documents filed in Norfolk, Virginia Once upon a time, Antonella Barba seemed poised for stardom. In 2007, she successfully tried out for American Idol, making it into the Top 16. She had legions of devoted supporters, dubbed Fantonellas, and Rolling Stone magazine called her one of the more memorable contestants of the season. [...]