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  • 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 ...

    ... . So, how can the prevalence of smoking be reduced by those in recovery? Researchers emphasized the need for targeted efforts and individualized attention against smoking. “Clients in substance use disorders treatment ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.” The bottom line, according to the Northwestern study, is if you smoke and ... program that offers smoking cessation classes. Once ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

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

    ... on continuing to smoke, you can at least urge them to keep these products out of the reach of children and away from any items that could be contaminated by the nicotine juice. Additional Reading : Smoking Can be a ... continue reading
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  • 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. ...

    ... polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including naphthalene, benzanthracene, and benzopyrene, than tobacco smoke,” says the study's lead researcher Rajinder Singh. Smoking, Inhaling, Increased Quantity Plus, the nature ... 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 ...

    ... longer the leading age group when it comes to marijuana use. And the Winner Is… As of 2014 (the most recent year ... view smoking marijuana as risky ; increasing numbers view it as posing “no risk at all” if smoked as ... continue reading
  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... who died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. ... estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If you're ready to quit smoking , there are plenty of ways ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... physical activity can help move blood around in your body and prevent acute pancreatitis. Don't smoke (or smoke less) - Studies show that smoking increases your risks for acute pancreatitis. By stopping today, you ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... But for now, it appears that the sale of hemp products and potentially medical marijuana for animals will come before the research does. Additional Reading: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA Image Source: pixabay.com, en ... 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 ...

    ... smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red ... have kept his teeth healthy, but Joe also smoked marijuana every day. Through his consistent use 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 ...

    ... use becomes more acceptable, secondhand marijuana smoke becomes harder to avoid and the health consequences must be considered as policies are put in place. Additional Reading: Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... the sexes. Recent research found men who smoke marijuana experience a significant reduction in pain ... testosterone shortly after smoking, increasing sex drive. However, this only lasts about an hour, and in high doses ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... other harmful toxins like tobacco smoke to more easily enter the cells in the upper digestive tract. This has been discussed as a possible explanation for why drinking and smoking in combination appears to significantly ... 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 ...

    ... . It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, ... Washington State University study was collected by using male and female lab rats. After 10 days of regular ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for ... with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment ... 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 ...

    ... while cigarette smoking has been declining in recent years, marijuana use is increasing, and those who smoke marijuana have ... Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab and ... 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 Bill ... that notion.” Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The ... was much more significant in those who started smoking at a younger age. With pot smokers ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

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

    ... you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave suffered a little while later certainly proved his friend wrong. Head ... 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 ...

    ... : Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed? Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... state. Yet, more and more teens are simply ignoring the dangers of marijuana and smoking up on a daily basis ... 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... have expressed concerns that these memes encourage and validate the urge to drink, while also contributing to the rising rates of binge drinking among women. “It's like the smoking cigarettes campaign where we've got to ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

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

    ... not be true. Researchers found quite the opposite: smoking marijuana can actually cause an increase in stress. Let ... claim that cannabis is used to reduce stress and relieve tension and anxiety . At the same time, our ... continue reading
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  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

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

    ... addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking this drug are reported as mild at first (euphoria, relaxation), users frequently become aggressive, violent and ... found in local smoke shops and even on the ... 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. ...

    ... otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply ... after school. Videos of teens drinking, ingesting, and smoking large quantities of nutmeg have been popping up all ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... recovery. How Addiction Vaccines Would Work An effective addiction vaccine would kill the buzz induced by booze and ... III trials found that NicVax, the leading anti-smoking vaccine candidate, worked no better than a placebo ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... and learning more about the substances that your loved one is abusing can be a great step towards their recovery from drug abuse. If you know or suspect a drug problem, you may wish to consult with an addiction ... 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 ...

    ... Small Town Addiction Sociologists at Penn State looked at the 2011 and 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a ... may be able to notice if their kid is smoking weed.” Additional Reading : Heroin Use Increasing Across ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking ... leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not ... continue reading
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  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... particularly dangerous for someone suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol who is often increasing ... an illicit opioid that can be injected, snorted, or smoked, can cause renal damage in a few different ways: Coma ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... the amount of alcohol in a person's diet. Those who exercised more, smoked less and ate better were all less likely to have diseases and to die, regardless of their drinking habits. The Message: Benefits of Not Drinking ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... cocaine. The key difference is that crack is usually smoked. Crack is more potent than powder cocaine, and smoking crack causes the high to be almost immediate and intense. Crack's high is extremely short, usually around ... 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 ...

    ... z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some ... states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... a “high.” They may take the drug in a pill form, smoke it, inject it, or snort it. Smoking or injecting meth produces an instant high that lasts between 8 and 12 hours, 6 which leads many people to take repeat doses to ... 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 ...

    ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking Behaviors ... curtailing smoking and cocaine use. Unlike estrogen, progesterone reduces a drug's rewarding effects and lowers ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction lasts, the more stress and strain it puts on the individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have that can easily turn a healthy man or woman into a frail shadow of ...

    ... disorder. For example, there is evidence that smoking marijuana during adolescence can increase a person's ... will provide care for the individual's addiction recovery and psychological needs. Inpatient treatment is a ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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

    ... each. This is largely due to the different chemical concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenoids in every type of marijuana. Additional Reading: Let's Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... . You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what ... , you want to speed up the process of recovery. You want to feel better - now. Unfortunately ... 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 ...

    ... aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents ... who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... a viable test for drivers? That's something that remains to be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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

    ... it is to limit that access. Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really Work ... continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... high blood pressure, nerve damage, liver damage, and a reduced ability to manage the symptoms of ... white blood cells are in charge of destroying bacteria and debris, a deficiency of these specialized cells interferes with ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... 're dehydrated , our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper with time. Alcohol also depletes our body of vitamin A, which plays ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... as much. After all, it looks like such a small amount of liquid in that big goblet. We look at our glasses and think 'I haven't had very much. It won't hurt if I order another.' It's this type of thinking that boosted ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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

    ... sure does keep policymakers busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... happened in public they can do what they want with it,” Bonner said. “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him when what he really needs is help.” The police department defended its decision to ... 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 ...

    ... drug preferences, as well as the age at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And the survey says… Baby Boomers Alcohol: Just like the other two generations, alcohol tops the charts as the ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... and those positive effects lasted for at least 1 year. Myth #6. A Couple Glasses of Wine or Smoking ... are treatments and therapies that help identify and treat the cause of your anxiety. At American Addiction Centers, we ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... consumption, things like cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, and DUIs tend to stand out. Breast cancer is likely ... , defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... worse comes to worse, you can fall into a coma and die . What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning? Since ... it). If they are unconscious, put them in the recovery position . Do not give them coffee (this makes dehydration ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... pump blood throughout your body. The result of all that pressure is a strained heart, strained blood vessels and potential organ failure. Stroke: When your blood cannot reach your brain, you suffer a stroke. High blood ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... about your drinking habits , avoid making them based on these myths. Myth #1 It's safe to drink more and more over time because your body develops a tolerance to alcohol. Truth: Tolerance is a warning sign, not a stamp ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... (your bias), this process is known as 'cognitive bias modification' (CBM). The attention-training tool changes your bias and makes it easier to make healthier choices. What Do I Have to Do? There's no psychiatrist. There ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... The powder offered the same nutritional equivalent to a tomato, the extract contained only fat-soluble components, and the lycopene is the red-pigment antioxidant that gives tomatoes their color. The results of the four ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... called PLOT-cryo, researchers were able to capture and analyze THC molecules in the vapor phase. How ... steps in creating a marijuana breathalyzer. First and foremost is additional research to understand how breath ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... next thing you know - you've got an alcoholic beverage. Palcohol comes in an assortment of flavors including vodka, rum and tequila, to name just a few. Although it won't be available for sale until next year - at the ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... which causes the other. And addiction counselors warn that marijuana use ... addiction, but the risk is there,” she said. “There are risks to everything we do.” Additional Reading: Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking ... 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 ...

    ... my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... GPA in the D or even F range. Taking the Data Further A University of Portland study supports the NIAAA conclusions and takes the data a step further. Students who have consumed alcohol up to 30 days prior to an exam can ... 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 ...

    ... syndrome. Addiction, 89(11), 1455-1459. 5. Liebrenz, M., Gehring, M.T., Buadze, A., Caflisch, C. (2015). High-dose benzodiazepine dependence: a qualitative study of patients' perception on cessation and withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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  • History of Drug Abuse

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