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  • 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 ...

    ... marijuana. One of the most intriguing findings of their analysis is that teens are no longer the leading age group ... This averages to 7,000 new marijuana users each day. The perception of marijuana usage is also changing. ... 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 ...

    ... information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to ... to yield greater productivity. In an analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology , ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... a 30-day rehab shortly after his second arrest and has remained sober. I wouldn't trade those 30 days for anything, ... up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60 ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... whose advanced thinking earned him a place in history. The “father of psychoanalysis” was fascinated by dream analysis and formulated the Oedipus complex. Freud also had a serious love for cocaine , describing it as his ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... one of the scariest combinations that I've ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told The Associated ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... percent, would you? The new device uses saliva, as previous kits did. However, it offers a dual analysis that does a better job of determining if cocaine is present. The technique involves a mass spectrometry approach to ... 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 ...

    ... tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of contraband into a correction facility, which is a third-degree felony charge ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... had just been drafted by the Boston Celtics, two days later died of a cocaine overdose . 11. Marcus ... community service as a way out of drug abuse or addiction. 14. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas was ... 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 ...

    ... the pack and its leader. Promises has top-notch addiction knowledge at the top levels. CEO Dr. David Sack ... and debt for their fee of $32,875 for 28 days , and an 84-day extended care option for $52,560. Betty Ford Center ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... before and asks how long it will affect her. With the next day off work, she's assured it will be long gone by the ... was playing it safe. She only smoked pot on the days she didn't have practice or a game. Julia greatly ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... of information. We're almost constantly connected. More and more of our days are devoted to screen time. Did you know we now spend an average of four hours a day on our phones? What Are We Looking For? One of our most ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012. Affluent areas of the north ... . Learn more about the dangers of heroin abuse and addiction . Image Source: flickr/Cristian C continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... Mary-Kate Olsen suffered with anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have ... combination of six prescription drugs. 14. Jason Cook “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook was arrested ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, ... high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing like those of the other drugs I've ... 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 ...

    ... gathered from the Washington State University study was collected by using male and female lab rats. After 10 days of regular THC exposure , the females showed a much higher tolerance. The doses were even adjusted, since ... 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 ...

    ... the brain to receive a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... up to 30 percent of their sentences. In Oregon, this program allowed 950 prisoners to go free nearly 55 days ahead of schedule on average. However, the program was eliminated in 2011 due to heavy political backlash. Some ... 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 ...

    ... 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 batch ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... A large 2002 study found that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more likely to have hypertension. Men, on the other hand, did not show any ... 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 ...

    ... their medication Of the students with legitimate prescriptions, 28 percent admit to selling and/or sharing their ... , but are very likely to cause long-term addiction issues. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug ... 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 , ...

    ... . This method changes what drugs the K9's will alert to if encountered. It requires about 30 days of initial training, followed by daily reinforcements to successfully modify the dog's behavior. Trainers and handlers ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... between state PDLs, a comparative exploratory analysis of states with different methadone drug ... of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move ... 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 ...

    ... United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has ... though the initial prescription was received just days before. A Swift Response From Officials Although ... 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 ...

    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 ... Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered Image Source ... 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 biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to ... placebo on separate days under double-blind conditions. This process was repeated over several days, with each participant ... 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 ... However, tolerance can develop in as little as few days, meaning you have to take more and more to achieve ... 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 ...

    ... been struggling to put an end to your opiate addiction. Still unsure? To relieve some of the apprehension you ... facility . One example is complying to random urine analyses. Methadone will not show a positive opiate result ... 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 ...

    ... least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying all of the participants, they ... projects conducted in the United States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled ... continue reading
  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... resources to millions of consumers searching for addiction treatment online. Company's portfolio of websites ... proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits. f. ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... Depression: Researchers found taking opioids for 90 days or more significantly increases your chances of ... . Help is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Additional Reading: Take My Breath Away ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) ... who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly also ... 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 ...

    ... rehab admissions were more likely than urban admissions to be court-ordered (51.6 versus 28.4 percent). Rural addiction treatment admissions were also less likely to enter treatment voluntarily or upon the referral of a ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her addiction. 8. Bobby Brown Singer and bad boy Bobby Brown has ... out of the band as a result of his drug use. 28. Flava Flav Rapper Flava Flav has had his license suspected ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... like a champ, so why let them go to waste? A short 30 days later, Shelly's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more ... dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking this ... contain dried plant material, but chemical analyses show that their active ingredients are synthetic ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... Wondering if you or a loved one may have an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with ... and dance clubs. Overdosing on ketamine can be dangerous. 28 Cannabis Cannabis (also referred to as marijuana ) contains ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... - even if they're pulled out of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws ... warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or ... continue reading
  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits. f. No ... . Contact Information. The Sites are owned by American Addiction Centers, located at 444 W Beech St., San ... 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. ...

    ... is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish research team adds. A Look at Use Among Teens In the meantime, results of the University of ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... drug sales and actual drug use. “Those who reported seeing neighborhood sales 'almost every day' were 11 times more likely to report 30-day use of more than one illicit drug compared to those who reported never seeing ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... stops your breathing. Big difference. In the U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by prescription opioid overdose. The opioids depress your breathing, bring ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for an astounding 44 overdose deaths each day. Although those between ages 25 to 54 comprised the majority of the deaths between 1999 and 2013, there ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration steadfastly refuses ... continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... near-fatal episodes of alcohol poisoning. “The original concept was when women and girls, or anyone, don't eat all day and then they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and ... 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 ...

    ... was examined, scientists found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than three times as likely to have ADHD , compared to peers without secondhand exposure. Although ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... about half a gram of marijuana. That means that you would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... density, we suffer from osteoporosis, making our bones brittle and fragile. Bones may break when doing normal day-to-day activities, or easily break from a fall. And the injuries can take an abnormally long time to heal ... 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 ...

    ... a stroke. Her brain had suffered some damage alright, but it was due to the gram of meth she'd used that day. Julie noticed Matt wasn't sleeping much anymore. When she asked him about it, he said he was suffering from ... 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, ...

    ... in the creation of hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain ... 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 ...

    ... calcium. With enough THC over the years, we might find ourselves in Joe's shoes: Joe drank milk almost every day. He also liked to snack on cheese. These top sources of calcium might have kept his teeth healthy, but Joe ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... . However, this batch was too large for normal methods. Marijuana Finds a Powerful New Purpose On the day of the burning, armed customs officers delivered the marijuana to the factory. Plant operators then burned the bud ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... a herd of skunks lived next door. Drunk people screamed at each other outside my window at all 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 ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... means each time Suboxone is taken, it gets “stuck” in the brain's opiate receptors for an entire day, stopping any chance of getting high from its' use. Buprenorphine also blocks the effects of “full” opioids, including ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... just give them out like candy on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who are ... 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 ...

    ... to stop the cycle of babies being born addicted, poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation, babies are being born addicted in ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... . Say, “Life is good.” Tell yourself, “Things are looking up.” Focus on the good parts of your day. Remind yourself of victories, no matter how small. Accept Responsibility Do you need to apologize for something you said ... 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 ...

    ... for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake up sick, and she would wake up ready to meet the day. All in all, she realized, not a bad deal. Additional Reading: 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober Image ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... . Many people refer to this phenomenon as “Suicide Tuesday,” even though the symptoms usually last longer than a day and can endure for a week or longer in some people. 6 Withdrawal or “comedown” symptoms may include ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... number of people who reported using opioids for more than 200 days. The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid use is a “hopeful” ... treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... his odds of overdosing within the first 30 days of release are extremely high. Like Tom, many inmates are released from their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... get better, but not that way.” It would be a long few days, but Bill was committed to helping his friend through this. “Let me ... emotional, and physical side effects of addiction. The Symptoms of Withdrawal Symptoms of ... 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 ...

    ... agreed to provide the first injection between two and seven days before an inmate's release. He or she is ... of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... sex. I didn't care because I was high. In the two days that I was there, 75 or 80 percent of the time we were ... and 29. This risk includes both risk of crystal meth addiction and risk of acquiring HIV. For those who are ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... short stay in rehab. It takes more than 30 days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you'll need to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... the next 2-3 days, then slowly improve until they are resolved by about the 10th day. 3, 4 Some potential ... psychological, behavioral, and social issues that contribute to addiction. 2 Detox is only the first stage in the ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... risks of withdrawal. Learn about alarming facts about benzo addiction Here are 6 things you'll need to know ... most people, benzo withdrawal isn't a matter of days but months or even years. Withdrawal for relatively short- ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... the job sometimes, routinely using Adderall to stay awake for days on end is not. Weight Loss : One of the ... by Yourself If you're looking to beat your Adderall addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... . Put Your Life in Order Every person struggling with addiction lets certain things slide. Maybe you're behind on ... Life Sober! At a certain stage you'll realize that days, weeks or even months have passed since you last ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... had hit rock bottom . If only I'd known that several days later, things were about to get exponentially worse - that I' ... this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... truffle oil to gummy bears, edibles are hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far ... for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab and ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less ... medication. Several experts in child care and addiction point out that pharmaceutical companies take advantage ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... of 275 patients with buprenorphine; which can mean up to two days travel, and cost inefficiencies, to treat a new patient. She states, “'The problem with addiction is that the experts may know how to start people in ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... was around 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What we're ... . Meth users may binge on the drug for days without eating or sleeping, causing paranoid and aggressive ... 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 ...

    ... One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program ... disorders.” “We're going to at-risk populations two days a week, and we're going to get people into ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... pay phone to call my family that night. Undoubtedly, those days were the hardest times of my life, but taking a ... person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... eat or sleep and continue to take methamphetamine to stay awake for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so ... effect. 3 These higher doses fuel the addiction to the drug. The short-term psychological effects ... 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 ...

    ... The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to ... tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly ... 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 ...

    ... remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease ... , 78.7 percent smoked at least half a pack a day and more than 60 percent considered themselves highly dependent on cigarettes ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't the appropriate place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. One state - Virginia - came to the same conclusion ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... generally last for several months in people recovering from addiction, though they can disappear in a matter of weeks ... that they are intermittent and may come and go over days and weeks, and they generally do not impact a ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... whether you have an addiction to the drug, consider addiction treatment options . Klonopin ... at most. You should reduce the dosage every seven to 14 days, depending on the amount you take and how your body reacts ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... are short, lasting a few days or a week. Others are long, lasting up to ninety days (and sometimes longer). Some ... 24 hours a day at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to help you make your addiction treatment decision easier. ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... Addiction claimed the life of my youngest son. Gone forever, his demons proved more powerful than a mother's love. A family broken; a mother broken. Thinking of this once special day ... this mother. Most days I wake and the ... 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 ...

    ... overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , ... and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks, ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from ... poet is a minefield. Robert Louis Stevenson In just six days, Stevenson wrote 60,000 words. The reason was cocaine ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... of opioids for acute pain to seven days, making addiction less likely and producing fewer leftover pills. ... millions of Americans live out every day in stress - thanks to opioid addiction . You decide: Company business…or ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... . I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share ... 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 - ...

    ... in a car accident. Over a few days, I drank myself into a stupor. To this day, I don't remember his funeral. When ... am in recovery, I understand how blinding my addiction actually was.” Matthew Perry: Actor “From an ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... The average stay for treatment ranged from 14 to 20 days, roughly four times more than the average newborn patient ... . If you're a new parent battling drug addiction, look at available inpatient treatment centers in your ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... felt like I needed it to get through my day. I started making bad decisions, putting myself in dangerous ... need to get high is a very real part of developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... need to consider sex as a variable when talking about addiction treatments , and we need to have more specialized ... According to her, women have estrogen spikes about 10 days out of the month. “The question now is about ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... took Ritalin - often several pills each day. But he ran out of pills two days ago. He hoped to get more from ... . Sarah is experiencing a common result of Ritalin addiction . The drug use decreases your appetite, which ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... a good idea if you're really struggling with your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed ... of apps and social media accounts people have these days, it's an obvious productivity killer. If you ... 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 ...

    ... myths and misconceptions surrounding this medication. Each and every day, approximately 100 people die from a drug overdose. ... you or someone you know struggles with opiate addiction, help is available. Start by learning ... 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 ...

    ... awards for her portrayal of a nurse hiding her drug addiction on the Showtime black comedy Nurse Jackie . For ... had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking,” she said. “Of living a life without any ... continue reading
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