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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 car ... which he stated that pot is less harmful than alcohol and that marijuana legalization should move forward in ... 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 ... Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional Reading: Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile Image ... 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, ...

    ... for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or ... is a minefield. Robert Louis Stevenson In just six days, Stevenson wrote 60,000 words. The reason was cocaine , and he ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle ... opioid use disorder and scheduled for release within 60 days. The inmates will receive: A case ... 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 ...

    ... take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly decreasing the chance of a relapse. 2 ... It turns out that claim is likely false. “There's no way your brain chemistry can heal while on buprenorphine,” says Dr ... 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 ...

    ... 30-day rehab shortly after his second arrest and has remained sober. I wouldn't trade those 30 days for ... senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. He overdosed several ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... covert LSD experiments to the rise of the cocaine cowboys, no stone's left unturned as we're taken on a journey ... the CIA, mafia, and foreign drug traffickers back in the 60's. The goal was to protect us from communism, but ... 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 ...

    ... lungs (in some cases, as long as 30 to 60 minutes before reaching the brain), the effects felt after consuming ... it the same psychoactive qualities and potentially adverse consequences no matter how it is used. In less than ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... greater on women than men. This came as no surprise to researchers, since insomnia is typically more common ... commonly used drugs in the country. A whopping 60 million Americans are already affected by sleep disorders . ... 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 ...

    ... next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are ... considered a “threat.” No one's been telling us to avoid it because no one had completed the ... 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 ...

    ... may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight of persistent pain. For nearly 60 percent of our ... lack of communication regarding new policies. With no explanation or notification of policy changes, many ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... stuck” in the brain's opiate receptors for an entire day, stopping any chance of getting high from its' use ... year sobriety, have been reported as high as 40 to 60 percent . As you can see, Suboxone has numerous advantages. ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging ... , methadone maintenance has success rates ranging from 60 to 90 percent, with long-term outcomes ... 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
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  • 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 ...

    ... : Researchers found taking opioids for 90 days or more significantly increases your chances of ... the threshold for experiencing pleasure until natural rewards no longer trigger the sensation. Paranoia: These thoughts ... continue reading
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    ... at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits. f. No Class Actions. YOU AND COMPANY AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ... 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 ...

    ... becomes so used to having a substance every day that it no longer functions well without it, which is ... are short, lasting a few days or a week. Others are long, lasting up to ninety days (and sometimes longer). Some ... 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 ... you haven't eaten anything at the end of the work day or start to lose a significant amount of weight, this is ... 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 ...

    ... about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long ... and asks how long it will affect her. With the next day off work, she's assured it will be long gone by the ... 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 ...

    ... still impregnated with the medicine and they're still highly potent - even if they're pulled out of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws on the patch, it could be deadly. Fact Two: Even ... 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 ... oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's a good ... 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 ...

    ... sick,” Bill started, “and I'm here to help you 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 tell you about a place we can go…” The Dope ... 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 ...

    ... 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? ... helpful information and community resources? Surely there's no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny ... 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 ...

    ... Marcus Bachhuber said. Marijuana and Chronic Pain About 60 percent of the nation's fatal opioid overdoses occur ... how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have ... 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. ...

    ... products that are readily available. Back in the day, it was hairspray and Sharpies that were worrisome. ... drinking alcohol extracted from hand sanitizer. This self-made moonshine had a dangerous 60 percent alcohol content ... 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 ...

    ... a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be ... . The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to ... 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 ...

    ... parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to start ... Life Sober! At a certain stage you'll realize that days, weeks or even months have passed since you last thought ... 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 ...

    ... Patient cost is $65,000 for the first 30 days , with a 90-day outpatient program for $2,000 per month. Total ... The Meadows The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex, as well as mental health ... 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 ...

    ... users to become more focused and calm because they no longer need to engage in self-stimulating behavior. The ... placebo on separate days under double-blind conditions. This process was repeated over several days, with each ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

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

    ... , this generation started their alcohol use at a younger age . 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 ... 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 ...

    ... can progressively worsen over the next 2-3 days, then slowly improve until they are resolved by about the 10th day. 3, 4 Some potential symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include: 3, 4 Anxiety. Irritability. Restlessness ... 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 ...

    ... down in an effort to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with grief, I ... Breathe Again Yes, grief has changed this mother. Most days I wake and the tears fall as reality creeps ... 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 ...

    ... benzos? Click Here for the Answer Opioids and alcohol. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, slow ... as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) ... 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 ...

    ... a mouse's brain. Cocaine causes 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 ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... just been drafted by the Boston Celtics, two days later died of a cocaine overdose . 11. Marcus ... Theo Fleury was big on goals and big on drugs and alcohol. His last NHL stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks, who released ... 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 ...

    ... most. You should reduce the dosage every seven to 14 days, depending on the amount you take and how your body ... However, it requires fresh taper batches to be made each day, and withdrawal can still be a problem if the ... 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, ...

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet ... number of people who reported using opioids for more than 200 days. The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid use is a “hopeful ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait ... a result, experts warn would-be buyers that there is no way of being sure they are getting authentic modafinil from the ... 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 ... has helped me every time I start drinking again. No judgment, just help and support . Without my recovery ... 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 ...

    ... ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about ... . The average stay for treatment ranged from 14 to 20 days, roughly four times more than the average newborn patient. The ... 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 ...

    ... more marijuana edibles than ever before. From pot truffle oil to gummy bears, edibles are hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... prescription of opioids for acute pain to seven days, making addiction less likely and producing fewer leftover ... safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day in stress - thanks to opioid addiction . You ... 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 ... not. But when children grow up taking narcotics every day, they easily become desensitized to the dangers of drug ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... bottom . If only I'd known that several days later, things were about to get exponentially worse - ... it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial ... 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 , ...

    ... s legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them to focus on this drug. Instead, police ... alert to if encountered. It requires about 30 days of initial training, followed by daily reinforcements to ... 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 ...

    ... the fluctuations experienced through the female hormonal cycle. According to her, women have estrogen spikes about 10 days out of the month. “The question now is about the underlying problem here,” she said. “Is it ... 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 ...

    ... . Its use causes a sense of elation and hypervigilance. Meth users may binge on the drug for days without eating or sleeping, causing paranoid and aggressive behavior. Unlike opioids, which affect the user's breathing ... 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 ...

    ... release. However, tolerance can develop in as little as few days, meaning you have to take more and more to achieve ... Benadryl may not be as bad as heroin or alcohol withdrawals , but they are nonetheless very real and ... 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 ...

    ... with Alkermes, the drug's manufacturer, and they have agreed to provide the first injection between two and seven days before an inmate's release. He or she is then sent into the community, armed with a comprehensive ... 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 ...

    ... made to combat the arctic conditions. Hours felt like days. In my sick head, I assumed they were ... car. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... the negative stigma associated with mental illness and substance-abuse disorders.” “We're going to at-risk populations two days a week, and we're going to get people into treatment,” said Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon ... 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 “ ... injustice I felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

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    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks, ... alarm notified patients to complete a survey four times each day, with the morning survey assessing sleep quality,” Cleveland ... 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 ...

    ... a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe how tired she felt. Her energy ... took Ritalin - often several pills each day. But he ran out of pills two days ago. He hoped to get more ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... basis. Inpatient treatment takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a residential rehab facility. These ... (US). (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 51.) Chapter 7: Substance Abuse Treatment for ... 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 ...

    ... . Users 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 ... 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 ...

    ... or other CNS depressant drugs, including alcohol. 4 Withdrawal from benzos may be ... Process For most people, benzo withdrawal isn't a matter of days but months or even years. Withdrawal for relatively short-acting drugs ... 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 ... contained men who used meth, cocaine, pot, alcohol and various other party drugs. All were taking effective ... 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 ...

    ... funded study were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females, effects of ... by using male and female lab rats. After 10 days of regular THC exposure , the females showed a much ... 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 ...

    ... riches” that she never expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. “I had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking,” she said. “Of living a life without any kind of crutch ... 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 ...

    ... director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - Richard J. Nance - ... patients with buprenorphine; which can mean up to two days travel, and cost inefficiencies, to treat a new patient ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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    ... . Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get ... number of apps and social media accounts people have these days, it's an obvious productivity killer. If you don ... 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 ...

    ... able to provide you with services up to 120 days with minimal screening. Is Treatment Voluntary? Unless you are ... ? You'll probably receive your first treatment on the day of your initial assessment, as long as you're ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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    ... t test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or ... 30 days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you'll need to work on every day. 12 ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... fewer people are addicted to marijuana than cocaine or alcohol, marijuana addiction is very real. The National Institute ... weeks. Sleeping problems can last for as long as 30 days and tend to be more severe in adults. 3,8 ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

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    ... that they are intermittent and may come and go over days and weeks, and they generally do not impact a person ... directed and under a doctor's supervision. As with alcohol, tapering can help acute withdrawal, but is not very ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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    ... only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed me a DUI conviction . Causing a ... cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and ... 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 ...

    ... other countries it's used to treat addiction to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs. It's thought to work by ... cigarettes. Treatment usually lasts between ten and twenty-eight days. 11. NAD NAD's full name is Nicotinamide ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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    ... combination of six prescription drugs. 14. Jason Cook “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook was arrested ... been caught with drugs and checked in and out of rehab for alcohol and drug abuse. How do you know if you or a loved ... 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. ...

    ... mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish research team adds. A Look at Use ... 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among teens. According ... 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 ...

    ... use of more than one illicit drug compared to those who reported never seeing neighborhood drug sales and reported no 30-day use of illicit drugs,” Duncan said. Those who reported seeing neighborhood sales 'almost every ... 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 ...

    ... and misconceptions surrounding this medication. Each and every day, approximately 100 people die from a drug overdose. ... With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise to learn that overdose deaths are now the ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... form of “therapy” on record is patients talking about their descent into addiction for seven hours every day, with no psychologist or doctor present. Carlos, one of the internees, acknowledged using violence to get some ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

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

    ... avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls certainly ... driving drug dealers around the city. After a day of deliveries, addicts are generally compensated not with ... 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 ...

    ... , wound care, immunizations, and housing/community assistance. InSite Data: 1,028 visits per day 529 injection room visits per day 27% of participants were women 4,564 referrals to other social and health services 488 ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... center will allow you to see a medical provider every day and also to continue school, work, and other ... less of the drug each time you take it until your body no longer needs it. This can take weeks or months, but many ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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

    ... small amounts of this costal bream and spend a day enjoying the effects. This had been largely forgotten ... it's legal to catch these creatures as long as there is no intent to milk them for their venom. Of course, they ... 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 ... based in the UK. There you can experience absolute privacy, as no more than three clients are treated at the Cottage at once. ... 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 ...

    ... out the exact cause of the dependency . At around $1,000 a day, it's not cheap, although it is cheaper than some of the ones on this list. No list would be complete without mention of Passages or Promises, both based in ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... , the drug has been under stricter regulations. No, It's Not Completely Controlled Unfortunately, this ... he or she needs the drug to cope with day to day life. This psychological dependence results in anxiety if the ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... will eventually lose control of his compulsion to “just say no.” He'll start to respond automatically, continually feeding a ... cocaine habit that grows by the day. New Discoveries, New Questions With the discovery ... continue reading
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