Is the War on Drugs a Failure?

There are differing opinions about how much enforcement the government should implement against the sale of illegal drugs. The war on drugs has been going on for decades, and while many people want to continue to make stricter drug laws that are enforced, others are ready to try a new approach. A new study concludes that the global war on drugs has failed, and that new tactics must be implemented. The study was conducted by researchers at the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and was published in the journal BMJ Open. The study concluded that the price of illicit drugs is dropping while the purity of the drugs is increasing, meaning there is a greater market for the drugs today than a decade ago. The study also found that drug seizures have generally increased, meaning more effort and money is… {Continue Reading}

Mind-Body Medicine – Mind over Matter

The mind is a powerful thing and the connection between mind and body is a bond that cannot be broken. Think about it. What happens to you physically when you sense fear? Your fight or flight trigger engages and you react, right? Think of the brain as the command center of your body. Thoughts are interpreted by the body as a command to act. The Guided Meditation Site proves this theory further with this experiment; “Imagine for a moment that you are biting into the sourest lemon you can imagine. You bite straight through the tough yellow skin and into the flesh. Lemon juice pours out over your tongue…” What was your reaction? Did you involuntarily salivate? Just thinking about the taste of a sour lemon produced a physical reaction. You didn’t even have to actually taste a real lemon. Mind-body medicine is widely utilized during holistic rehab as an additional treatment for addiction… {Continue Reading}

Small changes in thinking make for solid sober foundation

Creating a sober life involves change in many aspects. Patience is required while clearing the wreckage of an addicted lifestyle. Being able to be aware and change thought processes can strengthen sobriety and builds a solid foundation for growth. Taking Responsibility The victim mentality makes up a big part of the addicts repertoire. Taking charge of the direction of one’s life is never easy but it is better than resembling a fish floating downstream aimlessly. A good life skill to have is realistic goal setting. Goals should be S.M.A.R.T. or specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Triggers Awareness of drug use and environmental triggers will always be something to be vigilant about. According to an article by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “science has taught us that stress, cues linked to the drug experience (e.g., people, places, things, moods), and exposure to drugs are the most common triggers… {Continue Reading}

Molly a Dangerous Killer

Officials are warning teens and young adults about the dangers of synthetic drugs that contain unknown substances. One drug that has killed a number of teens in recent months is called Molly. Mixing Drugs Molly is a club drug that is a pure form of MDMA, or Ecstasy. Drug sellers are now mixing the already dangerous substance with other drugs, namely “bath salts.” According to The Partnership at Drugfree.org, this new combination of Ecstasy and bath salts make a dangerous concoction. Jeff Lapoint, physician at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, says that “Molly generally leads to feelings of empathy, but bath salts are potent stimulants and tend to induce paranoia and hallucinations. It’s like the worst combination: While they’re agitated, now they’re seeing things, too.” Statistics of Molly Abuse The use of Molly at raves and clubs has increased dramatically in the last 5 years, according to officials. In some… {Continue Reading}