Online AA Meetings



Go to any search engine and type in your query and you’ll get almost instantaneous results. There might be millions of results to sort through, but for most topics, you can find some hint at … [Read more...]


The Secret to Staying Sober on Vacation



Being in recovery shouldn't affect your ability to live a full life. For many people, however, alcohol and other drugs are a large part of traveling. Your vacation is a time to unwind and blow off … [Read more...]


Cocaine and Gender: It Matters



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The State of Teen Drug Abuse



As the use of drugs and alcohol continues to plague our youth, it is the duty of not only parents, but educators, counselors, and government officials, to keep abreast of the latest trends and … [Read more...]


10 Great Tips for Staying Sober



Just stay sober. It’s easy for everybody to say, but it’s not that easy to do. If it were, then everybody would do it! If you or someone you know is trying to stay sober (or just get that way), then … [Read more...]


Flesh-Eating Cocaine Hitting the Streets of Major Cities



It used to be that if you snorted cocaine, you took the risk of rotting your septum. Now if you snort cocaine, you run the risk of rotting your skin. Cocaine is an addictive stimulant of the … [Read more...]


Think Cocaine is Glamorous? Think Again…



Cocaine carries with it a certain mystique. Glamorized in movies and once considered “the caviar of street drugs,” cocaine is experiencing a surge in popularity, especially among women. According to a … [Read more...]


The Most Common Causes of Relapse



Avoiding relapse is a common struggle for recovering alcoholics and  drug addicts. As a friend or family member of an addict in recovery, it can often be difficult to know how to best support your … [Read more...]


When it comes to drunkenness, caffeine does not help



A strong cup of black coffee is not an antidote to alcohol intoxication. Neither are 2 cups. Or even three. Of a caffeine-rich energy drink for that matter. Caffeine is known as a stimulant that … [Read more...]


Love as painkiller?



Happy Valentines’ Day, everyone! Love eases all pain. Sounds like a really cliché even on this day of hearts. But surprise, surprise. There is actually science behind this. No less than researchers … [Read more...]


Is this your year to quit?



So what if it’s already February. That doesn’t mean that I can’t start my New Year’s resolutions now. Or you for that matter. Especially when the resolution is for our health. Besides, the Lunar Year … [Read more...]


Parents are the key to prevent teen driving crashes



I have twin seven-year old boys and though I look forward to the day when they leave the nest, I also dread the coming of puberty and the potential problems that come with it. Alcohol, drugs and … [Read more...]


Cigarette is out, marijuana is in



Cigarette smoking is declining.  Isn't that great?  After decades of campaigning against smoking, statistics show that smoking rates have shrunk in the U.S. in the last decades. The MTF (Monitoring … [Read more...]


Secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing



Children exposed to secondhand smoke face a higher risk than adults. The variety of illnesses they might just get includes respiratory infections, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome. Keeping them … [Read more...]


Underage binge drinking at New Year



New Year’s Eve has always been known to be drinking occasion that cost lots of lives and health care expenditures due to traffic accidents. What is less known is that many of these cases involve … [Read more...]


Alcohol on New Year’s Eve



Sorry, I don’t want to be such a spoilsports and dampen your holiday spirit. But studies have shown that a lot of accidents happens at certain time of the year, especially around the 4th of July in … [Read more...]


Great tasting, zero alcohol, low calories: holiday cocktail recipes



Hey, wanna try some real cool cocktails this New Year without the day-after complaints and the lifetime risks? Well, that’s what we are bringing you with this post today – recipes for great tasting … [Read more...]


Your guide to drinking alcohol during the holidays



`Tis the season to be jolly... and tipsy? Well, the holiday season is full of parties. And parties are full of alcohol. Research studies have reported conflicting findings on the benefits and … [Read more...]


Warning messages on US cigarette pack: your input is needed



I haven’t held a pack of cigarettes in 20 years so I was shocked lately when I saw what’s in the packaging. It was not only the warnings in words but also pictures of cancer-ridden lungs that were … [Read more...]


The dark side of energy drinks, Part I: alcohol abuse



What is college life without energy drinks? Ask any college student and he or she will tell you. Energy drinks are pretty “in” among young people nowadays. Increased energy and enhanced performance … [Read more...]


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