How do “normal” people become addicted to prescription drugs?

Everyone says, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that “normal” everyday people become addicted to prescription drugs every single day. In 2018, there were 4,359 deaths from prescription drugs in the UK alone. At one point, every one of those people was “normal” in the sense that they were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, friends, and coworkers. They never said, “I want to be a drug addict when I grow up.” But it happened. 

Several prescription medications have addictive properties 

All medicines have the potential for dependence. The most dangerous prescription drugs can cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them. This is possible and happens often, especially with prescription pain medications. The withdrawal alone can cause a person to stay on the medication longer than necessary. These can include a return of the original symptoms (pain, anxiety, inattentiveness, and restless nights) and physical symptoms from not having the medication in your body. Withdrawal indications can include nausea, stomach pains, diarrhea, problems sleeping, excessive sweating, and flu-like feelings. Dependence can even happen and happens under a doctor’s care. 

Prescriptions that are commonly abused include, 

  • Benzodiazepines (for panic, anxiety, and OCD symptoms)
  • Ritalin and other ADD and ADHD medications (for focus)
  • Codeine (for pain)
  • Opioids (pain and post-surgical discomfort)
  • Gabapentinoids (nerve pain)
  • Zopiclone (Sleep disorders)

Most patients start taking these medications for positive reasons, such as ending the control that pain, anxiety, lack of focus, and sleep disorders have on their lives. Unfortunately, dependence on the drugs takes control, rather than the person. 

Chronic pain patients often need to increase their dosage 

You can go through several years on the same anxiety and panic medications without increasing the dose. However, benzodiazepines don’t work the same as other pain treatments. Patients with pain conditions, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease, often need their dosage increased as the body becomes accustomed to the dose. This means that to get the same relief, they need to take more. 

With opioids, the higher the dose, the more your chances of developing dependence increase. Additionally, upping the dosage also puts patients at a higher risk of overdosing. Doctors prescribing high doses of opioids are often walking a thin line trying to control pain and prevent dependence and overdoses. 

Normalization of prescription drug “safety” 

Until the past few years, doctors and medical professionals regularly handed out prescription medications for anxiety, muscle pain, ADHD, and other common ailments. Patients with anxiety issues are more likely to ask their general practitioner for anxiety medication during troubling times and not seek counseling to get to the root of the cause. Additionally, patients with muscle pains prefer a quick fix in the form of a pill, when the best treatments for minor injuries involve resting, stretching, elevating, and icing. 

Self-medicating Pitfalls 

They tell you to always safely dispose of medications after you stop needing them or when they expire. But people keep these in their medicine cabinet for a few reasons,

  • Why throw away good medication?
  • What if I need that later?
  • If I leave it, I might be able to use it the next time I’m hurting physically or emotionally

Unfortunately, several problems can arise here. The first is self-medicating, which is a common occurrence. For example, you’ve pulled a muscle in your back at work, in the yard, or during your daily workout. Instead of taking the time to contact a physician and schedule an exam, it’s easier to pop a few of the painkillers your doctor prescribed after your hernia surgery last year. 

This does circle back to the normalization of prescription medications. It didn’t occur to you that it wasn’t okay to take the same dose for your back pain as you would for recovering from painful surgery. The next time this happens, you’re more likely to react the same. Another problem with this self-diagnosis technique is you could have serious injuries that a doctor needs to examine, and by self-medicating with pain drugs, you may be worsening the original injury. 

People tend to think of heroin, cocaine, cannabis, and meth when they think of drug addiction. However, addiction takes root through many drugs with addictive properties, which includes several legal medications prescribed by physicians. Yes, many addicts were aware of their actions, and that taking the drugs would lead to legal and health problems. But a large number of patients are dealing with addiction on top of other health concerns, including chronic pain, anxiety, and the inability to focus. 

Simply Earth Essential Oil Starter Box Review

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I received products to facilitate this post. The opinions are my own.

Last year I had the honor of reviewing the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box!  This is a subscription program where you get 4 bottles of essential oils each month, plus other supplies and recipe cards that teach you fun and unique ways to use your essential oils.  (If you missed these posts, please scroll down to the bottom to find links to all my reviews!)

Here are a few quick facts about this amazing subscription box!

  • Cost is just $39 / month.
  • Each box has 4 bottles of essential oil, recipe cards to help you use your oils in fun and unique ways, plus other materials you need to make the recipes.
  • Each box is specially curated with a unique theme in mind.
  • Each box is a $150 value!
  • When you subscribe you get a cool BONUS box for FREE!
  • You also get a $40 gift card for FREE when you use my referral link and coupon code:  SSHOMEFREE!

Rather than reviewing the January box, this month I had the opportunity to review their new STARTER BOX!  Check it out!

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Supporting a Loved One with Dementia

When someone close to you, whether it be a family member of a friend gets diagnosed with dementia, it can be hard. As well as watching them accept the fact that slowly, their life will change and they will, at some point lose a lot of their memories. It can be tricky to know exactly how to approach this as someone who wants to help.

Regardless of where they are in when it comes to their diagnosis, there will be challenges as not only will their behaviour change but also they will too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help them or give them assistance. Nor does it mean it has to be all bad. There are many different ways you can help someone with dementia, even if you think you don’t know how to.


Just because someone has dementia it doesn’t mean they have to stop doing what they enjoy. Or even finding new things they enjoy to do as the disease progresses. You can find plenty of ideas for activities for seniors with dementia online or via various support groups specialising in helping those who care for people with dementia.

Brain games, crossword puzzles, card games are all good activities to help keep the brain working for as long as possible and can be a great way to spend time together. 

Keeping active is also a great idea. Dancing can be a favourite amongst some seniors with dementia as is gardening or just walking around some of their favourite places or attractions.


Caring for someone with dementia is hard. There are going to be ups and downs and honesty, trying to do it on your own can be exhausting both mentally and physically. 

So making sure you get the right support for both the person you are caring for and yourself is essential. Reach out to charitable organisations who specialise with conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers and find out what support there is for both of you. Drawing on others’ experiences and being able to confide in others who have or are going through the same situation can be a great stress release. This will also give you somewhere you can go to when you need extra help with changes or symptoms.

Care and Assistance

As the disease progresses you will notice your loved one starts to lose the ability to remember things, do things and even speak. Sometimes what they are doing or saying may not make sense and that can be frustrating for everyone.

Be patient and try to read between the lines when it comes to communication. Be willing to assist with small day to day jobs just as personal hygiene and changing clothes along with chores around the house if need be. Offer support and assistance to help them do what they need to do.

As frustrating as it can be, try to stay calm and avoid asking them if they remember. this will only invoke more emotions as they struggle to understand or even remember what you are asking them.

Taking Care Of Yourself Is Always Important!

Life can be pretty stressful a lot of the time. That’s probably not going to be the most controversial statement that you read all day, but it’s certainly true. Most people end up feeling incredibly stressed out and tense, simply because that seems to be the standard mode of operation for people in the modern world. Between work, family, chores, hobbies, and trying to maintain some kind of social life, most of us just have so much that we’re trying to do that it can be kind of overwhelming. With that in mind, it’s that you learned how to relax! Here are just a few ideas for how you can finally start to kick back and let the troubles of the world roll off your back.

Take time for yourself

Most people have a lot of responsibilities that they have to honour throughout the day, and many of those can consist of doing things for other people. Now, helping others and being there for the people in your life is incredibly important and is something everyone should endeavour to do as much as possible. However, if you’re helping other people so much that you lack time to focus on yourself, then you’re going to end up exhausted. Every once in awhile, get the kids and your partner out of the house, put your phone on silent, and just spend some time focusing on yourself. The reality is that if you can’t take care of yourself, then you’re never going to be able to take care of anyone else either!   

Be willing to pamper yourself

Sometimes self-care means being able to take some time for yourself just to do something that you really enjoy. And what could be more relaxing and enjoyable that being pampered for a little while? You can go for a spa day and enjoy being pampered by someone else. Places like Borgata SPA are perfect because they offer a whole variety of treatments so that you can be sure that you’ll always be able to find something that will help you feel a whole lot better. Of course, that’s not always in everyone’s budget. If that’s the case, then you can always do it yourself! There are plenty of ways to pamper and look after yourself and your appearance at home without spending huge amounts of money..You’ll be amazed at how refreshing it can be if you take some time to really focus on yourself.   

Learn to say no

Saying no is one of those things that many people are taught never to do. Instead, you’re told that you should always say yes if someone asks you to do something for them. And, yes, there is something to be said for being able to be completely selfless and help the people around you. However, that doesn’t mean that you should feel obligated to do so no matter what. You end up feeling as though your friends will be angry with you if you don’t help them, or that you’re going to pay for it at work if you don’t take on every single task your boss asks you to. But the truth is that you’re well within your rights to say no to things if you don’t feel like you can handle them. As long as you’re polite and you explain yourself properly, no one can get angry at you for not taking on more than you can properly deal with. After all, if you end up trying to help everyone else so much that you burn yourself out, that’s a serious problem. If you can’t take care of yourself, then how can you possibly be expected to take care of anyone else?

Stay on top of tasks

One of the most stressful things in the world is knowing that there’s something hanging over your head all of the time that you haven’t yet dealt with. It can make it so that even the time you spend trying to relax is nearly impossible because you’re just thinking about all of the things that you’ve yet to do. That’s why staying on top of all of the tasks that you need to do is so important. Rather than putting things off, make sure that everything, from bills that need paying to DIY jobs that need finishing, or work tasks that need to be completed, is dealt with right away without putting it off. Otherwise, you’re just going to end up swimming is unfinished tasks and you’ll never be able to relax. 

Reach out for support

It’s okay to need help from time to time. This is something that a lot of people seem to have completely forgotten. Sure, there’s something nice about being able to say that you pulled yourself up by your bootstraps and never needed anyone’s help, but the truth is that you’re going to be much happier if you just let the people around you lend a helping hand. Reaching out to friends, family, your partner, and even your employer for some support can take huge amounts of pressure off you and make your life much more pleasant and simpler to deal with. Sure, you don’t want to be dumping everything on other people, but if you try and handle it all on your own then you’re almost certainly going to end up feeling incredibly stressed out and you could even be at risk of burning out.

Of course, there’s a big difference between being able to relax now and then and ignoring all of the important aspects of your life in favour of focusing exclusively on yourself. The reality is that there’s a big difference between self-care and self indulgence. Self-indulgence is when you end up focusing on yourself to the point where it actively makes your life worse. Self-care couldn’t be more important, but if you’re not able to function properly as a person on a day to day basis, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to end up getting into a lot of trouble.

The Difficult Health Decisions We All Have To Make

Taking charge of one’s own health is of central importance to the fully considered life. Only be really being sure of what you are going to do to manage your own health can you make sure that you are living fully. But this process of being in charge of your own health is something that many people find challenging. In particular, there are a number of difficult health-related decisions which we are all going to have to make at one point or another. How you approach this could affect your life profoundly in the future, so it’s something to be aware of.

Whether To Ask For A Second Opinion

Being diagnosed with a health condition, or even just being suspected of having one, is fraught with difficulties. Not least is the fact that you need to make absolutely sure that your doctor is correct in their judgement. There might be reason to suppose that your doctor is not absolutely certain or confident in what they are suggesting you have, in which case you might want to think about whether to ask for a second opinion. That is a difficult choice to make. If you are in any serious doubt, however, it is often best to seek a second opinion, just in case.

What To Allow If You Are Incapacitated

We don’t like to think too much about such worst-case scenarios, but it is nonetheless important to make sure that you know what you desire should you become somehow incapacitated in the future. Let’s say you end up in a coma and it becomes life-threatening: you need to have decided beforehand what kind of treatment you are happy with, and what you would rather do without. The only way to be sure you get your wish is to write out a legal document called a living will – see WillTemplates for an example of one.

When To Take Or Refuse Treatment

There are all sorts of reasons that an individual might want to refuse any particular treatment that a medical professional is offering or suggesting. It might be that they feel it is not good for them, for instance, such as those who have concerns about vaccines or psychiatric medicines. Or it might be that the individual has been recommended the same cycle of three or four drugs so often that they are just fed up with the rigmarole of it. While it would never be the advised thing to refuse treatment a doctor is strongly suggesting, there might be times when you find yourself unsure as to whether to take the medicine being offered. Ultimately, it’s up to you.

As you can see, there are plenty of tricky decisions that we all might need to make at some point or another, and when the time comes it is important to make sure that you know what you will choose. Thinking about this stuff now is, therefore, a wise move to make, and one which could put you in good stead for the future.

Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box: October Box Review

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post.  Affiliate links are contained herein. The opinions are my own.

October is here, and it is time for another  Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box unboxing!  Appropriately this month’s box has a fall theme; since that is my FAVORITE season, I was really excited to get this!

Here are a few quick facts about the Essential Oil Recipe Box:

  • Cost is just $39 / month.
  • Each box has 4 bottles of essential oil, recipe cards to help you use your oils in fun and unique ways, plus other materials you need to make the recipes.
  • Each box is specially curated with a unique theme in mind.
  • Each box is a $150 value!
  • When you subscribe you get a cool BONUS box for FREE!
  • You also get a $40 gift card for FREE when you use my referral link and coupon code:  SSHOMEFREE!

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How to choose a good dentist in your area?

Oral health plays an integral role in your entire body’s overall health. Therefore, to ensure your teeth are fresh, clean, and healthy, you should visit your local dentist at least twice annually. However, finding the right dentist is quite challenging and requires a considerable amount of effort and time. To help you find the right dentist in your locality, here are five things you need to consider.

Friendly employees 

Ensure the staff are responsive and helpful, especially if going to the dentist is something that makes you nervous. With a friendly team of employees, your dental experience is enhanced, and this makes you feel more confident to undergo routine checkups to preserve your oral health. Consequently, this improves your dental health for both your gums and teeth. Furthermore, you should assess the dental service you get over the phone, that is, how efficient the appointment process is, and whether it makes you feel comfortable or not.

State-of-the-art technology 

The use of advanced technology is critical for the overall improvement of your oral health. Therefore, when looking for a potential, dentist, you should opt for one who not only offers you professional services but also makes use of up-to-date technology. These technologies include T-scan, digital X-rays, lasers used for gum therapy, intraoral cameras, Cosmetic Imagining, among others. Whereas these advanced technologies might appear unnecessary, they play a vital role in detecting issues with your oral health, such as gum disease.

Ask for recommendations 

Before you decide on a dentist in your area, first ask for your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for recommendations. Moreover, get to know everything they like about the dentist and why as this enables you to determine the ideal dentist for Holistic Dentistry USA. When it comes to dental health, most individuals are precise. Thus, asking people you trust for recommendations is one of the best ways of finding a great dentist in your locality. To maintain excellent dental health, having a good dentist is crucial as they are better placed to detect early symptoms of dental issues.

Clean office 

Before you pick a dentist, first ensure they have a clean office as this is a good indicator of their overall hygiene. Therefore, whenever, you go to the dentist’s office, pay close attention to the cleanliness of the surroundings from magazines to chairs as the same will apply for the dental equipment. If you detect any sign of untidiness, it is best to avoid the dentist as this might signal the overall hygiene is abysmal.


You should pick a dentist located near your home or whose offices are on your way to or from work. By doing this, you will never have any issue getting to the dental offices on time either because of traffic or distance. Moreover, convenience should not just be about proximity to your home, but also the dentist’s office hours. This is because scheduling appointments with a dentist who is only available when you are working too becomes quite challenging. Thus, opt for a dentist who works late hours several days a week or during the weekend to cater to your needs. 

Ortho-Cerv Headleveler Pillow Review

Disclosure: I received product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.

I’ve always had difficulty sleeping. It takes me forever to fall asleep. I have to have the “perfect sleep environment” for me, and I still don’t feel like I get the best quality sleep. In recent years I’ve been working on ways to get better sleep, so I was very excited when I had the chance to try the Headleveler® Pillow.

Here are just a few things that set the Headleveler Pillow apart from others:

  • Hypo-allergenic 100%
  • Washable 100%
  • Breatheable 100%
  • Personalized to fit you 100%

Headleveler’s pillows are filled with polyester fibre, commonly found in modern duvets. Each individual fibre has air chambers that are designed to capture and store air, making your pillow more resilient. Their pillows are also hypoallergenic and machine washable.

So how do they personalize the pillow to fit you?  They do it by giving you a simple quiz.  You answer questions, such as your height and weight, the type of mattress you have, type of pillow you prefer, etc.  Then it gives you a score, and that score is your pillow number.

Personally I’ve always had a thin pillow; I’m talking super thin! (I can’t even find pillows as thin as they ones I have used.)  And anytime I’ve tried thicker, fluffy pillows I usually can’t sleep on them, and I end up swapping back to my old pillow midway through the night.

When I took the headleveler quiz, my result was: The Queen Very Soft Pillow (Model #15)

Here’s the description: “For the perfect night’s sleep, based on your height, weight and sleeping preferences, we recommend a very soft pillow. Ideal for both back and side sleepers who prefer a soft, comfy support whether on your back or your side. This pillow is often used by children and those who are petite or small in stature.”

When I received the Headleveler, it looked a little thicker than what I was used to, but upon using it the first night, I was very pleased with how well I slept on it, and I’ve been using it ever since.  I found it to be very comfortable.  It is soft, but not so soft that it sinks in.  And it doesn’t elevate my head too much like a lot of thicker pillows do.  And I’ve found that it is great for both side sleeping and back sleeping.

Overall, I love the pillow. The Headleveler pillow is the first pillow I’ve succesfully been able to “switch” to in a long time without going back to my old pillow.  I love that it’s machine washable and hypo-allergenic, and I feel like a get a pretty good night’s sleep on it.  Most of all, I love how comfortable and soft it is.  I encourage you to go over and learn more about their pillows and take the quiz to find out your which pillow is best for you!

Essential Oil Recipe Box Review: September – Soap Box

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. Affiliate links are contained herein. The opinions are my own.

For the last few months I’ve been sharing with you the latest Essential Oil Recipe Boxes from Simply Earth.

If you missed these great posts, please go back and take a look:

Simply Earth‘s Essential Oil Recipe Box is a monthly subscription program, where they send you a box each filled with four oils and other materials you need to create recipes and DIY projects included with the box, and all the recipes and materials follow a fun and unique theme!  Each subscription box is a $150 value for just $39! [Read more…]

5 Top Most Powerful Herbs and Foods to Improve your Digestion

The digestive tract plays a fundamental role in your well-being, as it’s responsible for engrossing supplements and eliminating waste. Unfortunately, many people experience the ill effects of stomach related issues like swelling, cramping, gas, stomach pain, diarrhea and constipation for an assortment of reasons. However, due to the lack of fiber or probiotic-rich sustenance in the diet, even a healthy person can experience stomach related issues.

Here are some basic and important digestive herbs you should use within your cooking, along with their medical advantages:

Turmeric: Turmeric is carminative – anti-inflammatory, liver supporting, and antimicrobial.

Fennel: Fennel can likewise help diminish swelling and is exhilarating to the liver. It improves hunger, enhances milk generation in lactating females and prevents infants colic.

Caraway: Caraway is the best herb for the digestive system facilitates stomach stiffness and queasiness; helps oust gas from the bowel and inhibits fermentation in the stomach.

Garlic: Garlic is anti-microbial, and probiotic because of its allicin and different potent compounds, which supports cardiovascular health.

Ginger: Ginger is warming and supports absorption, prevents sickness and acts as an antimicrobial to many prevalent stomach bugs.

There are definitely other herbs also that are equally important and affect our digestive health. You can read to know more about digestive herbs which are used in many traditional cultures.

Here are the top foods which help you to improve your digestion.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, which makes them form a gelatin-like substance in your stomach once consumed. They work like a prebiotic, supporting the development of healthy microorganisms in your gut and thus helping digestion. Their fiber content additionally advances bowel regularity.

Papaya: The tasty tropical organic product papaya has a digestive enzyme called papain. It helps during the digestive process by facilitating the break of strands. Papain may likewise ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), such as blockage and bloating. It is ordinarily used as the primary compound in digestive supplements because of its gastrointestinal limits.

Whole Grains: Grains are the seeds of grasslike plants called cereals. Popular fiber-rich grains incorporate oats, quinoa, farro, and items produced using entire wheat. The fiber found in whole grains can help improve digestion in two ways. First, fiber bulks up your stool and can prevent

constipation. Second, some grain filaments act like prebiotics and help feed healthy microorganisms in your gut.

Yogurt: Yogurt is produced using milk that has been fermented, commonly by lactic bacteria. It has friendly microscopic organisms known as probiotics, which are great for improving digestion and keeping your gut healthy.

Dark Green Vegetables: Green vegetables are the finest source of insoluble fiber. This sort of fiber adds mass to your stool, increasing its pace through your digestive tract. Green vegetables are likewise a rich source of magnesium, which can help soothe constipation by improving muscle contractions in your gastrointestinal tract.

Digestive problems can be challenging, yet certain natural healing might be useful in resolving uncomfortable symptoms. Research supports eating fermented nourishment and fiber-rich diet can play a vital role in digestion by helping food move through your system more effectively or rapidly.