Detox Articles
04/20/2015

Anatomy of a Dangerous Designer Drug: Flakka

Flakka is a new designer drug that is making the news. First popping up in Florida, Texas and Ohio, there have been more than 136 Flakka related deaths in the last year. It’s cheap, very cheap, around $5 on the street. Parents and police are concerned about this highly addictive synthetic drug, and the fact that the core chemical, alpha-PVP, remains legal. Both bath salts and Flakka are synthetic cousins of the natural cathinone chemical in the Khat plant. The leaves of the Khat plant have long used in the Middle East as a way to increase energy and focus.…

04/13/2015

Facts About Addiction Needed Before Seeking Help For Loved One

When an individual suffers from an addiction, family members, friends and employers suffer, too. An addict’s denial and defense mechanisms often go something like this: “I’m not hurting anyone else, and I can quit any time I want to.” Absorbed in their own misguided thinking and obsessions with drugs or alcohol, they fail to notice how much they are hurting people who care about them most. At the same time, families and friends often mistakenly enable the cycle of addiction to continue because of well-meaning but misguided attempts to help the one they love. Having informed knowledge about the fact…

04/06/2015

Do We Become What We Portray? Jon Hamm’s Alcohol Addiction

Blanketing mass and social media this week is the report that Mad Men actor Jon Hamm recently finished rehab for alcohol addiction. Hamm has asked for “privacy and sensitivity going forward”. However, the pinnacle of the current discourse is that playing a character causes an actor takes on the difficulties and traits of that character in their “real” non-acting lives. The idea that someone playing an alcoholic suddenly becomes an alcoholic is naïve as well as damaging to the public’s understanding of the complex roots of addictions. Unfortunately, this parallel drawing is gaining ground at the water cooler and even…

03/30/2015

Is Josh Hamilton Really Out of the Game?

Josh Hamilton’s alcohol and cocaine addictions got the best of him last month when he suffered his third relapse as a major leaguer. His other relapses were mainly about alcohol, so the addition of cocaine to the mix could be a sign of an escalation. His bosses aren’t happy with him and it looks like he could be on the brink of even losing his career if he doesn’t turn himself around. Josh Hamilton may not be in a particularly strong career position. But he could be in a very strong position for recovery from his addictions to cocaine and…

03/23/2015

Sustaining Recovery Requires Patience

Patience does not come easily to most people, especially those inclined to abuse alcohol and drugs. Studies have shown that a common trait of the majority of individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse issues is impatience. Their thinking is,  “I want what I want when I want it, and I want it now.” They also often behave with impatience toward themselves and others because of unrealistic expectations. They feel disappointed, even despondent, if life does not unfold as planned. Impatience also can stem from a judgmental attitude. This attitude of impatience then translates into poor impulse control, which opens the…