Methadone can cause changes in brain chemistry that alter sleep regulation. In other words, both the amount and quality of sleep can become shorter and less efficient after methadone abuse. Chronic methadone abuse can often result in insomnia, which can lead to a host of problems. Severe sleep deprivation and methadone abuse can pose numerous overall health risks, including the following: Slowed reaction times and decreased brain functioning – Sleep deprivation interferes with cognitive processing, which results in slower reaction times and a lack of alertness. Forgetfulness and confusion are often side effects of severe sleep deprivation and methadone abuse. […]
Drug and alcohol addiction are linked to many crimes, for many reasons. One of these crimes is prostitution. There are several reasons drug use and prostitution are linked, and several ways in which this relationship is continually changing. Sex Work and Drug Use Not all sex workers use drugs, and not all people who use drugs turn to sex work to finance their habit. The two aren’t locked together, but they do often overlap. “Street prostitution and street drug markets are often closely linked, supporting and reinforcing one another,” reports The U.S. Department of Justice. “Many street prostitutes use illegal […]
By Stephanie Thomas Most of us view medicine as a helper. It gets us back on our feet, makes life manageable and continues the good work of our doctors. Still, it’s wise to consider what we’re putting into our bodies and what research has to say about what can happen if we don’t stop. This couldn’t be more true than in the case of benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepine Breakdown First time you’re hearing the word “benzodiazepine”? You’re probably more familiar with this class of prescription drugs — also called benzos — than you may realize. We’ll cover the basics here to fill in […]
In this episode of the Recovery Unscripted podcast, we hear from brothers Brandon and Ryan Stump who serve at The Ohio House, a sober living community in Orange County, California. They sat down with us to share how they’ve used what they’ve learned on their own journeys to build a culture of brotherhood and accountability that challenges residents to lead by example and how they incorporate volunteer opportunities into their program structure. To find more ideas for how and where to volunteer, check out our Guide to Giving Back in Recovery.
For this episode of the Recovery Unscripted podcast, our guest is Kat Cross. She serves as creator of possibilities for Spirit 2 Spirit Healing and The Guest House Ocala with renowned trauma expert Judy Crane. She joined us at the Moments of Change conference in Florida to discuss how trauma becomes unintentionally stored at the cellular level and how those embedded experiences can be shaken loose and processed. To learn more about empowering ways to heal after trauma, check out How to Help Yourself or Someone You Love After Sexual Trauma.