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  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... of yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual counseling, 12-step programs, and so on, without the teachings of ... can actually put your faith in. Ask for recommendations from members of your church or religious or spiritual ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... . Uncle Alex was always in them. Treatment Outside the Box The silence and unanswered questions are always worse for family members and loved ones. Allison hadn't seen Alex in years. Every few months, she'd hear he was ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... seized upon arrival; both the prisoners and the family member faced charges. Dead Birds Apparently, New Zealand ... confessed when confronted by jail officials. Additional Reading: 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... name. Appearance Though both drugs come from the same source, they certainly don't share much of a family resemblance. Cocaine: In its pure form, cocaine is a white powder. When “cut” or combined with other ingredients ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... common: They all came from a long line of addicts, specifically their mothers. Examining the Maternal Link to ... taken into consideration to develop targeted prevention programs, especially since early-life contact with ... 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
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in the Illinois medical marijuana program. This is the first peer-reviewed scientific study conducted which examines this correlation. Their ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... the referral of a family member or friend (22.8 percent versus 38.7 percent). Urban addicts were more likely to enter a treatment program voluntarily or under the pressure of family members. Substances of Abuse Around ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... Online Support Groups For addicts, meetings in ... 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 programs ... 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 ...

    ... can overcome that self-deception that keeps so many addicts sick. So, go ahead: kick that denial ... the last four years. While all my friends and family knew the truth, acquaintances and potential employers were totally in ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... ability to prioritize normally. Over time, as addicts or loved ones, addiction becomes our most ... the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems to ... 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 ...

    ... first legal injection site and caters to intravenous (IV) addicts in the Vancouver area. The establishment provides a safe ... and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will Safe Rooms Come to America? While ... 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 ...

    ... gear up for sobriety during the holidays. Holidays are also a time when people reunite with family members or friends ... When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking ... 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 ...

    ... abuse signs for prescription drugs are accompanied by depression and often psychotic episodes. If you or someone you know suffers these drug abuse signs, please do not wait to call our helpline. Family members, friends ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... For me, it's just normal life. For some, addiction is a solitary issue. For others, however, addiction may be shared with friends, family members ... control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to ... 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 ... . Additional Reading: Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication? Image Source: iStock 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
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... young women as a young gang member or ordering the execution of rival gang members, Brown is one drugged-up ... Requiem for a Dream tells the tale of several addicts who gradually spiral into madness after becoming addicted ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a member of the anxiolytic family ... Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no ... 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 ...

    ... than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the ... bill was minor and came from council members Jared Brossett and Nadine Ramsey, who supported ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... housing sites run by Portland Hotel Society, staff members are seeing more potential overdoses than they see at ... to seek help . Unfortunately, it seems the rock bottom for thousands of people is death. So what do you think ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... failed to raise their child properly, while family members, spouses, or friends may ask themselves what ... is going to come from. #5 Guilt People who are addicted to a substance may not have feelings of guilt while under ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... body. OxyContin and heroin are both members of the opioid family; they significantly impact the brain and nervous ... versa? For example, when doctors sever a patient's access to legal opioid painkillers or an addict can no ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... behavioral therapy (CBT). Motivational interviewing. Contingency management. Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I Have to Take Methadone for the Rest of My Life? Methadone is typically a long ... 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 ...

    ... More than 2.6 million children between the ages of 12 to 17 abuse duster. One in four students has ... include: A 21-year-old Indiana man was arrested for assaulting his grandmother while high on duster. After huffing ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... War on Drugs” offers first-hand accounts from gang members, insiders, major drug traffickers, and former CIA and ... drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs.” The four-part series ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands ... barrage of comments from researchers and members of the public expressing concerns about ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for ... staff members ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... the safety of 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of women attending meetings to their advantage, and that some members are actually sexual predators ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... stop whenever I want to. Control is a big deal for most addicts. This statement allows them to feel like they're still ... re also able to embrace the love and support of family, get back to the friends who truly love them, ... 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 ...

    ... high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of ... conducted last April by the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, noted that those who used ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... that specialize in this very issue. Trained staff members are on hand 24 hours a day. Medical and ... detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being around others ... 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 ...

    ... or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: ... time to waste. Call 911 immediately. Additional Reading: Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder ... life, drug abuse can also cause physical effects to addicts. For example, continued abuse of crystal meth can cause what ... 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 ...

    ... with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that she not ... Should judges be allowed to step in and prevent women from having babies while addicted to drugs? Sound off ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies still manage to make light of ... steam, with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... discourages addicts from entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one drug that can save addicts from ... for free. Myth #5: Only Doctors Can Prescribe Naloxone The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss what steps ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... inside his face,” said the mother of one meth addict to The Spokesman-Review . “He tears his clothes ... in drastic changes in appearance that make the user look worse for wear. Open sores, black and rotting teeth, acne and ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... these drugs. Groundbreaking Study In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based on ... 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
  • 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. ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... for opiate addiction . As a general practice, inmates are systematically cut-off from their methadone program ... many prisons currently follow. Upon release, the members of both groups were offered support. That support ... 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
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” if you're using Suboxone for long-term ... to have proven otherwise. In fact, many recovering opiate addicts say that Suboxone was harder to kick than methadone - ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... ” demeanor lowers inhibitions and sends otherwise shy people like Heather onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem ... 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 ...

    ... 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 Aetna Kaiser Permanente 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 ...

    ... pulmonary bacterial infections. But after a family vacation in southern California, a chance ... grant will allow him to take his preliminary studies a step further and raise awareness about the devastating effects of meth ... 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 ...

    ... he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a ... you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... before getting the prescription. And it's not just the pet owners veterinarians have to look out for. Oftentimes, addicted family members or friends are taking a pet's medication. Ryan and Curtis also are focused on the ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... loved one is an active addict, in early recovery, or in the middle of a treatment program , you have to re- ... you give up on him, it can feel like a death sentence for both of you. No one can predict the future; you can't ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app ... at a standstill in the U.S. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) are commonly ignored by many states. Only four ... 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 ... people have suffered, along with the grief-stricken families who are left behind with nothing but a mountain ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... drugs. Talk about Bad Santa! Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe. Some addicts have gone so far as to dog-nap a family's pooch, wait for a reward to be offered, then bring the dog back and nab the cash. In ... 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 ...

    ... that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines ... seems like it's finally coming to light. The next step is doing what you can to make the recovery process as ... 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. ...

    ... perspective a little better, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: Injection drug users ... of several key government officials and high-ranking members of law enforcement in Washington. Seattle Mayor ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... at-Home Mother “Seeking treatment was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I ... judgment, just help and support . Without my recovery program, I know I would have drank myself into an ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... us have said “just one drink” and had that one turn into several during a night out. But for the high-functioning addict, this is just a regular occurrence. They simply can't control their usage. Their Friends Also Have ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... 12-step program and they do not believe that addiction is a disease. Instead, Passages offers alternatives to 12-step addiction treatment, personalized for ... of individual, group and family therapy options. Clients benefit ... 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 ...

    ... Business Licensing Program Regulations. These policies govern the laws for how marijuana dispensaries ... ever evolving world. Staying a Step Ahead California legislators are hoping to stay a step ahead of issues by laying ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... 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
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... be brought to a treatment facility or program, and not jail. We're here for you.” The Morris County Sheriff's ... of returning them to be productive members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... They need to feel as though they can turn to you for help if they get into trouble or if they need help getting ... drugs (especially glue-the average age of a solvent addict is 12), he or she is likely to have the power ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... smaller due to deaths and arrests of its members-the results of an internal war-the Arellano Felix brothers ... Juárez Cartel, and Gulf Cartel remain and will be known for a long time as five of the most famous drug cartels ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... the high expectations of co-workers, patients and family members and it's easy to see how medical ... entering into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps for each and every medical provider who' ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... and can range from child abuse to losing a family member. It's hard to predict how anyone will ... I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... elation. He states, “You discover you're no longer addicted to anything. Even a cup of tea with sugar tastes horrible ... a relapse and once again feels like a contributing member of society. He is, however, dealing with ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol ... - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... night. Jeana wondered, “Is this what I got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... member, graduate student David Lydon-Staley, both in the Department of Human Development and Family ... the Dynamic Real-Time Ecological Ambulatory Methodologies (DREAM) program in the Survey Research Center at Penn State. ... 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 ...

    ... may be compensating for gray matter losses,” said study co-author Sina Aslan, a faculty member at The ... marijuana use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 percent ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... a private rehabilitation facility. Because there is no state-run treatment center for addicts in the country, roughly 200 Christian rehabs throughout Guatemala have stepped in to fill the void. However, it's unclear why ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... a sober cast member of the mafia drama proved a challenge, given her co-workers' penchant for partying, she ... and learning to deal with that, and all the various 12-step programs I've been a part of over the years, and ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... dry and the state is ranked third in the U.S. for meth production. Linking Booze and Meth So, how does a ... we want what we can't have.” In this case, when members of a community can't legally purchase alcohol, they set out ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. Things are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The ... 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 ...

    ... 's reformulation may have succeeded in some small measure, OxyContin abusers simply adapted to the market by searching for a new, easier drug to inject or snort. Not surprisingly, Opana has since become a street-favorite ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as a Deterrent For years, zero-tolerance supporters have hailed these ... forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... . 2 Unfortunately, thousands of those patients became opiate addicts in the process. In the last about 10 years ... dose. It is used for heroin detoxification or as part of a maintenance program. 11 OxyContin: Developed by ... 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
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... signals. So, what did change? Awareness. Members of the healthcare industry began to see that ... to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 saw ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. ... Look to any other trusted sources of support available - family, friends, a mentor, pastor or other community groups ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... ? Understanding is the first step to helping. Here are 11 ... addicted. Although poor choices are part of being a teenager, they can't be blamed for their genes, especially if they haven't been educated. If there is a family ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... doesn't cure mental cravings for the drug, a medically supervised rehab program is the best course of action for lasting sobriety. Skills and coping techniques acquired while in rehab help addicts learn to curb and deny ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in total were observed, 100 of whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying all of the ... 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 ...

    ... inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need ... no accepted medical application and is used illegally for recreational purposes. The drug can be taken by ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... center also notes that a large proportion of its staff members are in recovery as well, which means they'll ... a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole family as well as ... 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
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... more people are abusing prescription painkillers, getting addicted and switching to heroin (both drugs are opiates ... for stricter regulations on their distribution, and establishing drug-monitoring programs. But for ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than ... . This might include setting a quit date, telling family and friends of your plans and removing tobacco products from ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... Collegiate Response Luckily, some colleges are taking steps to address this growing problem. Students ... be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those include things ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would she always be addicted ... , she decided to turn to Ibogaine in hopes for a cure. Since it's classified as a ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was ... love and support of friends and family. Ultimately, I picked a place close to my family, as it allowed me the ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... Generally, the more someone abuses drugs, the more their priorities shift toward their drug of choice. For instance, an important family event, such as a wedding or baby shower, will often take a backseat to a person's ... continue reading
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