By Nathan Falde
The practice of dabbing, which involves the inhalation of marijuana vapors in a highly concentrated form, is revolutionizing the concept of marijuana intoxication. While smoking pot in the traditional way delivers a relatively mild high, dabbing is catching on because it does precisely the opposite.
During a good part of his 20-year career in the public spotlight, former Olympic champion and professional wrestler Kurt Angle secretly battled an addiction to Vicodin, a condition later complicated by a co-occurring dependency on alcohol.
At the depths of his addiction, Angle was taking 65 extra-strength Vicodin in a single day, all to counteract pain from a series of injuries sustained throughout his athletic career. Eventually Angle began to mix his pain pills with alcohol to enhance their effects even further.
After falling prey to this deadly habit, his life began to spin out of control. From 2007 to 2013, Angle was arrested and charged with a DUI on five separate occasions, and it was only after the final incident that he agreed to enter a drug rehab center to seek treatment for his substance use disorder.
A few years earlier, Angle had tried to beat his addiction through self-detox, locking himself in his home for 10 days where he had no access to Vicodin or any other drug. Not surprisingly, this do-it-yourself approach failed to produce lasting results, unlike his stint in rehab that has been followed by three years of uninterrupted sobriety.
Treatment for addiction saves lives. But there is still a lot of uncertainty about what rehab for substance abuse can or cannot accomplish. As a result, people have polarized views about inpatient addiction treatment, either idealizing it as a cure-all or cynically dismissing it as a recipe for failure.
Neither opinion is correct, but each is supported by myths that top rehab centers are doing their very best to refute. Here we will debunk some of the most damaging of these false beliefs, all of which could prevent people struggling with substance abuse from getting the expert medical assistance they desperately need.
Chemical interactions in the brain are the basis of all mental health. When the correct chemicals are present in the correct amounts, your mood remains stable and you have a positive outlook on life. When the chemicals become imbalanced, you may experience mood swings or get stuck feeling severely depressed, manic, anxious or paranoid, to name a few.
Approximately 33 million people worldwide use opioids, according to the 2016 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In the U.S., the heroin crisis has reached epidemic proportions with a reported 145% increase in heroin users since 2007. And with opioid-related deaths on the rise, addiction science is scrambling to catch up with the dire need for effective interventions to treat a condition with relapse rates hovering around 90%.