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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... for treatment, but you have to pay for your own food, ... for alcohol. 16. Refuge Recovery Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist path to addiction recovery, spearheaded by Buddhist teacher Noah Levine as an alternative to 12-step ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... feel from snorting a line of cocaine only lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, yet your brain is altered forever. Is it really worth it? Additional Reading: Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... creates the same euphoric effects. This results in frequent and high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on the body systems. Learn more about the history and statistics of cocaine . Image ... continue reading
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  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... consequences comes in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m. and ... tend to binge only at night…first on alcohol, then food. With an empty stomach, however, there is nothing to ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... Kim, Mark and countless others end up with marijuana mouth for several reasons . Let's take a look at three ... . With an insatiable urge to eat all the junk food in the kitchen, the munchies virtually guarantee heavy sugar ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... s entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to help others ... one can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... ,” said Howard Sklamberg, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Global Regulatory Operations, in a ... , many consumers will continue to shop on the Internet for cheaper alternatives. If it turns out that you need ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... times stronger than heroin . And according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose is enough ... deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first time. According to experts, a dose of ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. ... food or drink has been “spiked.” That's because the drugs are generally added while the intended victim has looked away or stepped ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a ... ” The state health officials said both of these conditions for a black box warning are met in this case and ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... much he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a ... have to offer the world. Additional Reading: The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... to already staggering numbers. The Illinois Department of Health reported rises in statewide heroin overdose deaths for the past four years. Heroin overdose resulted in 633 Illinois deaths in 2014 alone. Efforts continue ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... continues today. While policymakers and health officials search for solutions, it's important to realize that we all ... . Then give one long breath every five seconds. Step #3 Administer Naloxone Naloxone (Narcan) is a life ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... may completely cease. Stimulants Stimulants, such as cocaine and meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, an overdose ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... and ulcers. Sharing Needles Can Spell Disaster Shared and recycled needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk of contracting a bacterial infection, common blood-borne viruses ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... of the original prayer has been adopted by many 12-Step groups: God grant me the serenity to accept the ... in the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind the wheel after ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... . When she asked him about that , Matt said food just didn't seem very appealing lately. When Matt ... most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... . If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: Do they seem unreasonably sleepy? Confusion: Are their thoughts ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... in his “drive-through” received products like fast food as he drove by and delivered the drugs. Chandler ... the courts will choose to take it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... . It is derived from morphine - but about eight times stronger - and the Food and Drug Administration never approved it for human use. And, as the two boys tragically discovered, pink is potentially lethal upon ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... ever evolving world. Staying a Step Ahead California legislators are hoping to stay a step ahead of issues by laying down ... vehicle has an active alarm system. Vehicles used for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... will allow him to take his preliminary studies a step further and raise awareness about the devastating effects of ... also hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered ... the opioid epidemic? Should judges be allowed to step in and prevent women from having babies while addicted ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... there is little research showing medical marijuana's effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. Veterinarians also find themselves between a rock and a hard place ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two ... firmly believed THC heightened his experiences with music, food, and even sex. “The illegality of cannabis ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... completed within a few minutes, but the high can last for several hours. Though you might think THC affects everyone the ... symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food intake are more severe in women. And ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the ... among middle and high school students tripled within 12 months, while 2.3 million children and young ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally exposed to e-liquids. Bogus ... has nearly quadrupled from 2011 to 2013, rising from 12 percent to 46 percent. And there are fears that, ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the ... the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... -the-mill marijuana. Like craft beer and organic food, craft cannabis also costs more. And marijuana users ... ” stigma and market to the type of person who pays for rare vintage wines and all-natural meals. This, in essence ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... a potential morphine alternative that side-steps all the concerning effects. Scientists engineered ... exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than ... , whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - mainly by the ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... addiction that has reached epidemic status, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved a new drug for ... . The following suggestions are just a few of the steps you can take to get your bowels moving regularly once ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further ... 's susceptible to damage from the burning of sugar for energy. It needs fruits and vegetables, which neutralize ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the ... amount that can detect marijuana.” Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... cravings and increased irritability. Drug abuse signs for heroin are somewhat similar but are usually accompanied ... eyes, diarrhea and panic. Drug abuse signs for prescription drugs are accompanied by depression and often ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... ingredients are commonly mixed in to various types of food, including brownies, cookies, and candy. 6,7 As ... Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... of the original ingredients in Coca-Cola. Today, cocaine has no accepted medical application and is used illegally for recreational purposes. The drug can be taken by rubbing cocaine powder into the gums, by chewing the ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... atrophy Heart irregularities Brain damage Death Treatment for Inhalant Abuse Getting medical help to treat ... will also be a crucial part of recovery in order for patients to understand why they engaged in this behavior and ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid ... is small, it could have further implications for the research of people with mental illnesses, ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain ... the working class gone this route? The Dangerous Quest for Productivity As it turns out, more and more white ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... not breathing, it is critical to perform rescue breathing to begin circulating oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... This is commonly referred to as a collapsed vein. For this reason, the most experience, careful intravenous drug ... Feet: The veins of the feet are popular injection sites for many. Not only are these veins easy to locate, ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... , the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks ... Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... value of Cannabigerol, or CBG, another ingredient that only amounts to about one percent of cannabis. For instance, studies have shown it to delay the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as reduce cancer ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... the risk of addiction), try these: Aerobicise Anxiety Away Exercise is a proven method for managing anxiety. ... than allow the anxiety to eat away at you, munch on foods that allow you to eat away at your anxiety. With the ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... only DEA-certified medical providers could administer tramadol for detox. What that ruling translated to in ... In 2012, 3.2 million people used Tramadol for non-medical purposes. Two years after the classification change ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... fact, this is one of their most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the wheel quickly or slam on the brakes in an instant. Fractions ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... . “What kind of mother would think such things?” Then she remembered something she'd read on a support group for parents. Crazy thoughts are normal. You can't help but be angry as you watch your precious baby destroying ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... to be affected by Alzheimer's.” Dr. Daniel Armen, study co-author, sees these results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have significant negative effects on brain ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes ... drug can reduce our digestive system's ability to move food through our body in a healthy way. Effects on Our ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self ... Additional Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today? Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies ... , serving only to further perpetuate the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of the medication ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... . I never did ask him about it, what he was using it for or why he was searching on Chinese websites in the first place. In ... . The DEA has also requested the Food and Drug Administration expedite its scientific research ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... with approximately 70,000 randomly selected individuals aged 12 and older. New Changes, New Data ... stimulants commonly used them to be alert, help concentration or for a study aid. Among sedative misusers, the most common ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “ ... , not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite the ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... in 2006 at 7,500 and then slowly declined for several years. However, since 2010, these numbers have ... officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in with the legitimate ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... 5 milligrams. The moderate-dose group received 12.5 milligrams. The placebo group received ... as mellow as we once believed. What does all this mean for marijuana users? The bottom line is you should be cautious. Turning ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience compared 50 regular marijuana users to a ... use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... at the nearby Salvation Army and was battling addiction problems , according to a Salvation Army official. ... include: A 21-year-old Indiana man was arrested for assaulting his grandmother while high on duster. After ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... likely due to more prevalent use of marijuana for medical reasons . As more and more states legalize ... 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had used marijuana for the first time over the past year. This averages ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... touch…really? No more giving up some small sample of yourself for a drug test? Yep, all you'd need to provide is ... of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... Alcoholism and Drug Abuse weekly about the next steps for Dr Reddy's (or any other company ... go untreated, we remain relentless in our pursuit to transform addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

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    ... homes are group homes that are free of alcohol and drugs for individuals in recovery . They operate like a co-op, ... to continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there. As a resident ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated in illegal ... young people overall, marijuana use has been on the rise for five years. Of high school seniors, 6.5 percent ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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    ... who were all between the ages of 4 and 12, along with a bulk of supporting data provided by ... , scientists found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than three times ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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    ... hours of the day and night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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    ... the pharmaceutical industry to increase transparency in three steps: #1 - List suggested retail prices of ... in almost every other country. Perhaps that's for a good reason. The AMA reports that prescription medications ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... music world. Viewers follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They ... currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... been used in the treatment of opiate addiction , although clinical trials are still pending. ... catch these creatures as long as there is no intent to milk them for their venom. Of course, they taste foul, so why else would ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: Injection drug users represented 8 percent of new HIV infections in 2010 and 15 ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

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    ... and 680 poison control center calls were the result of Spice use. These numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics . The New England Journal ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted ... others, should be a reminder of opioid addiction's devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave suffered a little ... continue reading
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

    More and more states are moving to ban an increasingly popular mechanism used to defeat drug tests. Synthetic urine, otherwise known as fake pee, has come under fire with lawmakers , who say the liquid gives drug users a way to sidestep screening ...

    ... that has been fortified with a mix of chemicals (such as creatinine), salts, and yellow coloring. It typically retails for about $17 to $40 at head shops, truck stops, and on the internet. Going by names such as “Monkey ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... national declines in nicotine use. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of the population smoked in 1965, ... they remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease burden ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... are millions of people battling much more serious addictions. However Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, has been linked ... withdrawals from Benadryl. As with most medication used for long periods of time, tapering down is always ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... gets it on their hand and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... with stem cell functioning and healthy cell division, inhibiting tissue repair and increasing tissue injury. What Does This Mean for Your Body? In short, older hearts simply aren't as strong. As the heart ages, it isn't ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... herself. This wasn't her ideal way to spend a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake up sick, and she would wake up ready to meet the day. All ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... it impossible to get high off of drugs like heroin, OxyContin, and Vicodin. In its injectable form, Vivitrol lasts for about a month. Quite a few judges, most recently one in Ohio, have offered Vivitrol to drug offenders ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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    ... another one wrote, “My son suffers the disease of addiction and naming a makeup after a derogatory label that has ... , with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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    ... is little evidence to suggest naloxone would have an effect in treating an overdose.” No Trace: It is difficult for doctors to help someone who might be overdosing on W-18, because no tests currently exist to detect the ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... well as a much freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... to causing damage to the organs and systems necessary for men to get and keep an erection, it can ... drugs worsens mental health. Prolonged drug use side-steps the need to address underlying mental health issues; and ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... this, many Americans are struggling with a cycle of kratom addiction and relapse. So, what is kratom and how does it ... after you take it and you can feel the effects for 2 to 5 hours. Although it's most commonly consumed ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... legalized forms of marijuana for medical use. Cause for Serious Concern Researchers in ... 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two particularly worrisome results of the 2014 ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction ... drugs and connect to health care services. InSite has 12 injection booths, offers clean needles, and provides access ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... you'd take your parent to the doctor. The same goes for addiction, although it's not quite as simple to fix. The ... suffering, whether it's from a lack of money, food, support, or guidance or because you're afraid of ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... results often manifest in the form of a powerful addiction to benzodiazepines. Those who have reached this level ... seems like it's finally coming to light. The next step is doing what you can to make the recovery process as ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the ... drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... , forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an ... . Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the ... anxiety disorders affecting about 12 percent of our nation's young people. What Have You Done for You Lately? As ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... confidential survey . CHECK IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS ADDICTION TREATMENT Learn more about insurance coverage levels from some household health brand names for addiction rehab and treatment: Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... euphoric high. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for opioid dependence in 2010, it has ... of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... at that time tops the generational charts at over 12 percent (nearly triple that of Gen X and ... didn't come until age 22. Marijuana: Pot takes second place for this generation as well. Gen Xers also saw their peak use of ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... . When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking ... so that you can calmly reply and avoid temptation. For example, responses could include: “I am on a medication ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed. For the very first time, researchers were also able to identify cocaine-induced microischemia brought on by decreased blood ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... This What Ecstasy Feels Like? Continued use of ecstasy will cause Chloe and Parker to develop a tolerance for the drug. But taking larger amounts will not increase the pleasing effects - it will only up the undesirable ... continue reading
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