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  • 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 ...

    ... overdoses happen in people who recently detoxed. 23 Barbiturates Barbiturates are a ... Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth ... 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 ...

    ... What Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is ... of elation and hypervigilance. Meth users may binge on the drug for days without eating or sleeping, ... 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 ...

    ... turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... days that I was there, 75 or 80 percent of the time we were having sex. Meth is Highly Dangerous for Gay, HIV Positive Men Though meth ... who are already HIV positive, using crystal meth speeds up the damage to their bodies ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... LSD Albert Hofmann is perhaps one of the greatest modern day scientists. Ranked first on The Telegraph's list of ... the crystalline form of methamphetamine , which we today know as crystal meth . Friedrich Sertürner - The ... 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 ...

    ... often go on binges where they don't eat or sleep and continue to take methamphetamine to stay awake for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that can come from using ... 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 ...

    ... Dock Ellis later admitted to having taken LSD earlier that day. He even thought he was pitching to Jimi Hendrix, ... a spiked soda, later revealed he had done crystal meth frequently during his career. 7. Josh Hamilton MLB ... 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 ...

    ... . What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be able research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded ... 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 ...

    ... Illicit central nervous system stimulants include crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, or crack. Some ... 2, 8 There is a continuum of treatment settings where detox and rehab services are available including: 2, 22 Outpatient : ... 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 ...

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a ... rotting teeth, acne and extremely dry skin are all signs of meth use that can make the user look much older than their ... 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 ...

    ... a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it ... anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of ... 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 ...

    ... among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics ... themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from ... 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 ...

    ... 's life, drug abuse can also cause physical effects to addicts. For example, continued abuse of crystal meth can cause what's referred to as “meth mouth,” when a drug user's teeth begin to crack and decay. Additionally ... 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 ...

    ... Dental problems like gingivitis and cavities affect between 60 to 90 percent of all school-aged kids. ... exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry mouth ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... Methadone Isn't Effective According to a recent article, methadone maintenance has success rates ranging from 60 to 90 percent, with long-term outcomes improving the longer someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based ... 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 ...

    ... 't suffering from 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 ... 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 ...

    ... high. (A)gitation: Some drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, can cause irritability and nervousness. If your ... Using hot glass pipes to smoke drugs like crack or meth can leave small burns on the fingers and lips. ... 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 ...

    ... find ourselves in Joe's shoes: Joe drank milk almost every day. He also liked to snack on cheese. These top sources of ... ? Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth ... 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, ...

    ... , the bohemian yet lonely world of the writer or poet is a minefield. Robert Louis Stevenson In just six days, Stevenson wrote 60,000 words. The reason was cocaine , and he wasn't well at the time. Of course, the drug ... 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 ...

    ... . Stimulants affect two key areas of the body: the brain and the heart. The effects of cocaine and meth focus on the central nervous system, increasing the production of dopamine. With increased amounts, the cells in the ... 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 ...

    ... was that their coach would be giving them a drug test after practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and can be detected in your urine for up to 5 ... 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 ...

    ... most important cases,” which commonly involve opioids, cocaine and methamphetamines. “Let me say it this way: I'd ... rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour. But I'd prefer not to be in a ... 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 ...

    ... to discontinue the abuse of opioids without experiencing a painful detox. So what is the big problem? Do we have to ... take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly decreasing the chance of a relapse. 2 ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn't leave town because she had to get to the methadone clinic every day. If she didn't, she would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she knew a ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... depressive disorder in the last ten years, and 21 percent said their mental health was not good every day. Lack of Employment Unemployment rates were also significantly higher among the parents in the study than the ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... was prescribed high doses of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. Once she started taking a few extra pills each day, things quickly spiraled out of control and an opiate addiction was born. She'd even started “doctor ... 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 ...

    ... has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due ... one-year sobriety, have been reported as high as 40 to 60 percent . As you can see, Suboxone has numerous advantages. Even ... 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 ...

    ... of services. What does Methadone Maintenance Treatment Look Like? You'll probably receive your first treatment on the day of your initial assessment, as long as you're eligible. Your initial dosage will not exceed 40 mg ... 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 ...

    ... is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals ... even though the symptoms usually last longer than a day and can endure for a week or longer in ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... Bachhuber said. Marijuana and Chronic Pain About 60 percent of the nation's fatal opioid overdoses ... addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... 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 ...

    ... drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows ... in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their 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 , ...

    ... their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for ... will alert to if encountered. It requires about 30 days of initial training, followed by daily reinforcements to ... 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 ...

    ... these shocking events in the series covers an alliance between the CIA, mafia, and foreign drug traffickers back in the 60's. The goal was to protect us from communism, but was it worth the concessions made to allow drug ... 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 ...

    ... it's definitely an everyday battle. Every day is a struggle, but they say it's one day at a time, so that's how ... but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery house in Santa Monica, ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... hand, have been on the rise for several years and are now at their highest levels on record. Additionally, methamphetamine positivity rates have reached their highest levels since 2007. In the U.S. general workforce ... 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 ...

    ... is an especially common form of cocaine in inner-city environments; it is characterized by a crystal or rock-like appearance. Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids were originally developed to treat health conditions that ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... household products that are readily available. Back in the day, it was hairspray and Sharpies that were worrisome. ... sanitizer. This self-made moonshine had a dangerous 60 percent alcohol content. You might want to think ... 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. ...

    ... by the end of the year, in addition to clean meth pipes and alcohol swabs. Murphy is trying to raise $ ... No needles on the ground, rapid response for those needing detox, connections to sources and services — and a nurse!” ... 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, ...

    ... them illegally. Troublesome statistics include: Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use ... to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. 60% of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the ... 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 ...

    ... From a Large Marijuana Bust Customs officials took 60 boxes and nearly 500 bags of marijuana to a ... methods. Marijuana Finds a Powerful New Purpose On the day of the burning, armed customs officers delivered the marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... of them reported smoking an average of 10 cigarettes a day upon completion of their stay in rehab . Study # ... smoked at least half a pack a day and more than 60 percent considered themselves highly dependent on cigarettes. ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing ... the risk for misuse. One study found that 60% of people using opioid prescription painkillers got the drugs ... 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 ...

    ... you will typically visit a specialized clinic once a day to receive a liquid dose, which lasts about ... hours. Your dosage amount may vary depending on your needs, but 60 mg has been shown to be the most effective dose. 2 ... 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 ...

    ... and moderation. This means not drinking during the day and only keeping a small amount of alcohol in ... While it's unlikely that your kid will become addicted to meth this way, your child might look at taking poppers (amyl ... 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 ...

    ... and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ... crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... one of his songs. Stitches has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... process takes place more slowly than it does through the lungs (in some cases, as long as 30 to 60 minutes before reaching the brain), the effects felt after consuming edibles will often be more gradual in onset but my ... 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 ...

    ... at the University of California - Irvine, in a 60 Minutes report. “How did it happen that for 20 ... anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more likely to have hypertension. ... 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 ...

    ... police involvement 70 percent of the time. Discrediting “policy-as-a-deterrent” proponents, there was a 60 percent increase in the likelihood of drug use at Victoria zero-tolerance schools. Victoria police involvement ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... deficiencies.Especially telling was the fact that study participants who were both older and younger than age 60 experienced the same impairment as a result of benzo use, thus reducing the alternative explanation that ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... daily basis. These stats make marijuana one of the most commonly used drugs in the country. A whopping 60 million Americans are already affected by sleep disorders . Will this prevalent marijuana use make us a nation of ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... is more like taking three or four. That's when breathing stops. Popularity Kills Back in the 50s and 60's, doctors discovered benzos were useful as a “quick fix” for things like soothing nerves or falling asleep “easier ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight of persistent pain. For nearly 60 percent of our veterans returning from the last ten years of war, chronic pain is the most common medical problem ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... . Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by 60 to 80 percent. As if that's not enough, they also increase accident responsibility by 40 percent. This ... 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 ...

    ... to assist inmates who have been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder and scheduled for release within 60 days. The inmates will receive: A case manager A clinical assessment A treatment and recovery plan - including ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

    ... . It was most frequently consumed by Baby Boomers at the tender age of 19. Marijuana: This generation lived through the 60's, so it's no surprise marijuana was second on the list. It's also no shocker that the Boomers ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... half of 2015. Synthetic Cathinones: “Bath Salts” These synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting, delusions, seizures, high heart rate and death. What's Next ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... , as the signs can be much less apparent than those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that statement. “Some parents don't even know their children ... 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 ...

    ... or slow breathing Clammy, pale, or bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking, as overdosing on depressants, it is still very ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects of alcohol, while alcohol dulls the “edge” of stimulants ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... New findings published in the journal Psychopharmacology found that Flakka is even more addictive than methamphetamine . Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute conducted a lab experiment with rats to determine ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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

    ... but can be ground up and snorted. Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid: (Street names: GHB, liquid ecstasy, blue nitro, cherry meth, easy lay) GHB is a narcotic sedative that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently ... 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 ...

    ... with buprenorphine; which can mean up to two days travel, and cost inefficiencies, to treat a new ... thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, under the ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... a woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased feelings of pleasure often lead women to associate the high ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... . Producers mix in water, ammonia and baking soda with the cocaine. The resulting hardened, brownish “crystals” are then smoked, reaching the bloodstream even faster than injecting or snorting more traditional cocaine ... 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 ...

    ... person's body becomes so used to having a substance every day that it no longer functions well without it, which is ... cost is not a reason to avoid treatment. A detox program will help you rid your body of the prescription ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... who are addicted will seek the drug even after detoxing from it. Furthermore, just because you need an increasing ... treatment center , where you can get treatment during the day but return to your own home at night, or ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... by storm. Bath salts are the street name for these drugs, and they're named bath salts as the crystals resemble Epsom salts. Brand names include Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, and Doves Red. The drug itself is a stimulant ... 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 ...

    ... , a relative, a doctor… #3. Detox The first few days of sobriety can be very challenging physically: ... opens up and you can appreciate the full beauty of every day. It won't be perfect, and bad things will happen because ... 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 ...

    ... develops rapidly; suddenly one or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay ... is clear to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As ... 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 ...

    ... its $24,000 price tag for a twenty-nine-day treatment program . The clinic is set in verdant ... covers therapy for the whole family as well as medically assisted detox . It is one of the strictest rehab clinics as it ... 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 ...

    ... - about $45,000 a month , with a $15,000 nonrefundable fee for a private room and $200 per day for detox - means patients can enjoy a glassed-in gym, sand volley court, fresh water pool and spa, fountains, barbecue, fire ... 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 ...

    ... clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep moving forward. I promise…it's worth the effort. Additional Reading: What 3-Day, 5-Day, and 7-Day Detox Programs are Like Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

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

    ... were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer classification ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... into perspective, if you drink a cheap $5 6-pack of beer every day, that's $150 each month. That's almost $1,000 in 6 ... number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... suited for women who need to remain active in their day-to-day life. Treatment can be particularly difficult for women because ... GYN. They should also provide medically-assisted detox and stabilization when needed. 2 4. ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... addictions. Suboxone , a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is another option for medically-assisted opioid detox treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with an OxyContin addiction, call our helpline ... 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 ...

    ... room visits per day 27% of participants were women 4,564 referrals to other social and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will Safe Rooms Come to America? While safe rooms have been established ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... unpleasant prison. Police make several arrests a day at airports in Columbia, catching many foreign ... addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... needles. All of these factors mean that getting clean from painkillers is vital to your health, So, while the detox and withdrawal is hard, the reality of living with a painkiller addiction is even harder. It's time to ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... in Antigua and allows executives and celebrities to detox and recover in gorgeous surroundings. If you ... the exact cause of the dependency . At around $1,000 a day, it's not cheap, although it is cheaper than some of the ... 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 ...

    ... or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to detox by going “cold turkey” at home. The results could ... more. The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to two ... 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 ...

    ... For most people, benzo withdrawal isn't a matter of days but months or even years. Withdrawal for relatively short-acting ... be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent ... 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 ...

    ... “jacking up,” “shooting up” or “slamming” and is typically identified with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh track marks are identified as non-healed puncture ... 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 ...

    ... forced to go “cold turkey,” enduring agonizing detox and withdrawal from drugs. Frighteningly, the number ... The average stay for treatment ranged from 14 to 20 days, roughly four times more than the average newborn patient ... 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 ...

    ... . Trained staff members are on hand 24 hours a day. Medical and psychiatric staff will work with you to ... that will lessen symptoms of stress and anxiety while you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and ... 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 ...

    ... you haven't eaten anything at the end of the work day or start to lose a significant amount of weight, this is ... and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility where licensed medical professionals can help you ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... first person in Tennessee to be charged under the new law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and ... 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 ... to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... addiction is that the substance has become central to your day. If getting and using the drug takes top priority, you ... pharmacological treatments are currently available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to ... 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 ...

    ... drinkers - which they class as five bottles of wine a day - relapse at a rate of 90 percent within three years. ... the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive the ... 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 ...

    ... six to 12 hours. Symptoms usually peak within three to four days. This period of purging the body of drugs is called detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... cigarettes. Treatment usually lasts between ten and twenty-eight days. 11. NAD NAD's full name is Nicotinamide ... It's been found to help with rapid detox from substances including opiates, alcohol, cocaine, methadone ... 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 ...

    ... place that include nausea, headaches or restlessness. Many addicts looking to get clean will go through a detox process to lessen the withdrawal symptoms. This is usually done under medical supervision and lasts about a ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... is in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, having a qualified medical team on hand to assist can help you break free of ... continue reading
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