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  • Substance Abuse FAQs

    What is addiction? There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today's age , acquired from prior positive experience engaging in ...

    ... a “substance use disorder.” Are prescription drugs as addictive as street drugs? Tolerance can develop over time ... ? For those who do not subscribe to the spiritual nature of AA, alternative self-help groups, such as Smart ... continue reading
  • Drug Relapse

    Drug addiction is a chronic disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by intense drug cravings and an inability to control drug use despite negative consequences. Not everyone who abuses drugs becomes addicted, ...

    ... in their 50s and 60s, partly due to the drug-friendly nature of aging Baby Boomers 2 . What Is a Relapse? Drug addiction ... like failure. Negative thoughts are a large part of addictive thinking, which tend to be an all-or- ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... sober appeared to have made no impact on them at all. It's Time to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will ... continue reading
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  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... . The primary problem is sugar, which the US National Library of Medicine says “can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.” 1 2. Love Addiction Love is a ... 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 ...

    ... 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 the drug. Methods of Use Methamphetamine users have ... 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 ...

    ... cravings—all of which can drive a person to keep using the drug. 20 Heroin Heroin is a very addictive opioid drug. Heroin can cause euphoria, altered sensation of pain, nausea/vomiting, itching, dry mouth, skin flushing ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... a drug than is necessary, which can also lead to addiction. The following is a list of the seven most addictive drugs you're likely to come across. They might even end up in your medicine cabinet. 1. Vicodin The chance ... continue reading
  • Alcohol is Addictive… But is it Also Contagious?

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are ... 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 ...

    ... wave of pleasure is understandably rewarding and, to some, can prove irresistible. In fact, researchers found that the addictive power of benzos was similar to that of opioids, cannabinoids, and GHB - all substances with ... continue reading
  • Workplace Drug Abuse

    The Problem of Workplace Drug Abuse Of all drug users, 68.9% are employed and active in the workplace, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) . Additionally, 1/3 of all employees are aware of illegal sale of drugs ...

    ... . How to handle infractions of the policy. This should be an informative list that is detailed in nature. Rules and expectations should be thoroughly explained within the text. The ideal program both enforces a clear ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations when someone begins using drugs. Some people become addicted to drugs ...

    ... range of health issues and can worsen many of the conditions listed above. The immediacy and potentially serious nature of many of these health effects underscore how important it is to get help for yourself or someone ... continue reading
  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

    We pop the champagne to celebrate a momentous occasion. We sip whiskey to soothe the pain of a disappointing loss. We order a glass of wine to ease the awkwardness of a first date. And we cheers tequila shots while catching up with an old friend ...

    ... effects will vary depending on how much alcohol you are consuming, and what your body is able to handle. It's nature's way of saying when it comes to alcohol, less is always more. Dude, is this really the best night ever ... 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 ...

    ... of other street names, can cause damage to every single system in your body. Due to its synthetic nature and its unregulated manufacturing, one batch of this drug usually contains very different ingredients from the next ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... , and I think we were falling into a trap we were creating ourselves.” In addition to their compassionate nature, dentists also have a habit of over-prescribing. Often times, dentists prescribe 20 to 30 tablets of a ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on your own, explore what makes you happy. Get out in nature. Pick up a paintbrush. Try some yoga poses. Spend time with animals. This will open up new opportunities you ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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

    ... dangers of drug abuse is by learning what, exactly, those dangers are so that you can better understand the nature of the problem and share that information with people around you. Dangers of Drug Abuse: Knowing is Half ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. Fresh air and sunshine are wonderful antidotes for depression and anxiety. Try out activities like hiking and ... 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. ...

    ... than tobacco smoke,” says the study's lead researcher Rajinder Singh. Smoking, Inhaling, Increased Quantity Plus, the nature of smoking marijuana is that the inhaled smoke is held longer in the lungs than cigarette smoke ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... . 3. Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) : Offers in-depth analytical information on the patterns and nature of drug abuse , drug use trends, consequences of drug use, and characteristics of those prone to drug ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... cereal and a couple leftover burritos. A new study published in the Obesity Journal explains the nature behind these dangerous “binge drink, then overeat” behaviors. Researchers at the Indiana School of Medicine found ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... . In reality, legal drugs can be even more dangerous than illegal ones, due to their unpredictable nature. This fallacy of safety surrounding legal drug culture can hasten the development of long-term complications ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... enabling behaviors and limit access to finances, housing, or any other support you provide that enables addictive behaviors to continue. #5. Why Do Interventions Sometimes Fail? While some interventions do fail, most of ... 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 ...

    ... and acupuncture. The VA's new goal was to identify and treat the root causes of pain instead of prescribing addictive drugs to mask them. They announced the launch of 13 new research projects - with a price tag of nearly ... 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 ...

    ... at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that delivers the same pain relief without the addictive qualities and other lethal effects of morphine. A Drug That Doesn't Take Your Breath Away One of ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... of pregnant women per year took some form of illicit drug. Historical Drug Abuse The Continuing Spread of Addictive Substances Opium eventually made it to China, and the local Chinese started trading it with the British ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Vs. Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

    ... drugs and are experiencing the problems associated with drug abuse, you know how important it is to stop the addictive cycle but also know how hard it is to do so. What might begin with recreational use can quickly ... 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 ...

    ... using the drug, or if they've been on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just as addictive. Is This Really an Issue? Well, it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital ... 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 ...

    ... . Rational Recovery Rational Recovery is an abstinence-based program based on a method called AVRT—the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique. There are no groups or support centers; the organization holds that these are ... 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 ...

    ... qualities . Although it is not believed to cause physical dependence, many people find cocaine to be highly addictive on a psychological level , making it extremely difficult for heavy or frequent users to quit without ... 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 ...

    ... the hands of underage smokers . Health Risks : Nicotine, the main ingredient in e-liquids, is as addictive as heroin and cocaine . People who smoke traditional cigarettes already have a hard enough time breaking their ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... to survival-related things like food. Drugs manipulate this function to cause increased dopamine signaling. Most addictive drugs produce an intense euphoric high that abusers seek. This is because these drugs either ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... cocaine addiction for more than 40 years. Methamphetamines Known as “meth,” this drug is an extremely addictive stimulant. According to the NSDUH study , over 12 million people have tried methamphetamine at least once ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... is a drug because of how pervasive it is in our society, but it is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs out there. It can lead to severe adverse health effects and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. 4. An ... 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 ...

    ... it claims to be the real deal, these pills are really cut with fentanyl , a highly addictive synthetic painkiller commonly prescribed to cancer patients to treat extreme discomfort. Fentanyl is the strongest prescription ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... multiple sclerosis Other prescription drugs on the market - Vicodin, OxyContin and Valium - are far more addictive Marijuana has been used for centuries as a medicinal agent and yielded positive results For every person ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... on a decades-long mission to persuade patients and doctors to believe lies. While knowing opioids are addictive and unsafe for long-term use, they allegedly used targeted marketing to convince their audiences otherwise ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... emergency department visits involve cocaine. Newsflash: Cocaine Use is on the Rise Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant . Its use can produce perceived positive effects on mood, motivation, and energy. A cocaine ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... skills in an effort to live in a toxic environment, but then I realized…it wasn't worth coping with. Additional Reading: My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me - How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... dopamine is released,” Doberstein said. Which explains why drugs, such as cocaine and nicotine, are so addictive. NKTR-181 recently underwent various testing, with successful results. In one “human abuse liability” study ... 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 ...

    ... Look, I 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 drugs? Take the following quiz to find ... 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 were in an upbeat mood reported less cravings. These findings were recently published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, marking the first time researchers were able to establish a connection between a patient's ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

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

    ... a result of drunk drivers. The Dangers are Real Despite personal views, alcohol and marijuana are both addictive substances that pose their own unique dangers. Alcohol can also be a catalyst for several types of cancer ... 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 ...

    ... increases risk of transitioning to chronic back pain, an effect mediated by corticostriatal circuitry involved in addictive behavior and motivated learning,” they said. Turns out back pain is only one of 14 million ... continue reading
  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

    New findings suggest that ghrelin, a natural hormone traditionally associated with healthy appetite and food intake, might also increase hunger for alcohol , potentially setting the stage for problem drinking and alcoholism. A research team led by ...

    ... alcohol addiction. They hypothesize that lower amounts of oxytocin can cause a lack of resistance to addictive behaviors. Inadequate amounts of oxytocin can ultimately increase the pleasure of drugs and overall feelings ... 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 ...

    ... the bloodstream even faster than injecting or snorting more traditional cocaine. Crack cocaine is particularly addictive because the mesolimbic “reward” system in the brain is almost instantaneously flooded with dopamine ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... gives people the warm and fuzzies, blocking our ability to feel and process difficult emotions, Xanax is extremely addictive and often abused. In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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

    ... . It seemed the drug's potency had been underestimated. Like other opiates, they realized this drug is addictive and has a high risk of abuse . Potential Dangers Structurally similar to other opiates like codeine and ... 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 ...

    ... their illegal counterparts. This has been a fairly successful effort, as the drugs can be just as addictive and can lead to organ failure, mental health problems, nervous disorders and sometimes death (just like illegal ... 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 ...

    ... to banning alcohol after experiencing troubles with a variety of illegal substances. Unfortunately, banning addictive substances creates a huge black market demand, prompting people in these communities to seek them ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... professor of mental health law and policy, University of Southern Florida. Prescription painkillers, which are highly addictive opiates, now seemingly serve as a “gateway” drug to heroin, another opiate that is cheaper ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... cues, even when they are no longer under the influence. “We know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this process so that when cocaine users are off ... 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 ...

    ... fatal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive drugs while in the mother's womb. NAS-related problems are the direct result of newborns forced to go ... 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 ...

    ... About Flakka 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 ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... Looking back, this astronomical rise in OxyContin use indicated a consequential mishandling of a highly addictive drug by manufacturers, distributors, commission-happy sales reps and policy-makers. Today, the U.S ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... amounts of knowledge. What those rumors don't reveal, however, is the fact that prescription stimulants are highly addictive and can quickly cause life to take a downward spiral. The CVS Findings Once all the survey data ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits its effects differently and presents with unique dangers. Compared with oral routes, snorting or ...

    ... today at . Overdose Risk Snorting drugs such as cocaine can have fatal consequences. Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant that can drastically raise the user's blood pressure and heart rate, which can lead to a ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... addiction seen in laboratory rats was attributable to living conditions rather than to the drugs' addictive properties (Alexander, 2001). To prove his premise, Alexander built Rat Park, a housing colony approximately ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... . Heroin is an illegal substance that produces a strong high that is a key component of its highly addictive nature. Addictive Properties of Heroin Throughout the history of its use, heroin has been known for its highly ... continue reading
  • Why Is Crack So Addictive?

    For thousands of years, the well-known stimulating effects of the coca plant have been sought for a variety of uses, and the plant itself has played an important role throughout a number of different geographic locations and diverse cultures. Its ...

    ... issues from use. Use of crack is not a standalone indicator of addiction, but with crack's highly addictive nature, addiction is likely to develop at some point . Physical dependence - a major building block of addiction ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... are a number of individualized treatment solutions available. Call to find a program. Due to the highly addictive nature of opioids and the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms (which sap the resolve of many making an ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... of social and legal ramifications for the user. Short Term Effects of Heroin Use This addictive nature of this substance is reinforced by its abilities in creating intensely pleasurable feelings. Heroin accomplishes ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... suffering from Kratom use. Some end up in the ER as a result of overuse. Others, unaware of the addictive nature of the opiate drug , are seen for symptoms they do not even recognize as withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal ... continue reading
  • What Is Crack Cocaine?

    Crack cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that is the rock crystal form of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be smoked, which provides an immediate high. 5 The name ...

    ... formation in varying sizes and shapes, while cocaine is a white or off-white powder. 5, 6 Due to its addictive nature, nearly 800,000 Americans aged 12 or over had used crack in 2019, and one million Americans aged 12 or ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... or injected. Smoking speeds the delivery of the substance into the bloodstream , which further promotes the addictive nature of the substance . What are the Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse? People that use ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... retching Psychosis Delirium Seizures Hallucinations Weakness Vertigo Increased risk of suicide Because of its highly addictive nature, it is recommended that doctors not prescribe a benzodiazepine for more than two weeks ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... . It doesn't mean you've failed in some way, and you shouldn't feel ashamed. The powerfully addictive nature of opioids combined with short period of time it takes to become physically dependent on them makes them an ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... . It doesn't mean you've failed in some way, and you shouldn't feel ashamed. The powerfully addictive nature of opioids combined with short period of time it takes to become physically dependent on them makes them an ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... other sedative drugs or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted to it? The highly addictive nature of opioids is due, in part, to their rewarding, euphoric effects. Opioids should only be used in a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Valium

    Valium is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines 1 . Also available as generic diazepam, Valium is prescribed in pill form to treat anxiety and panic symptoms 1,2 . When taken as prescribed, it ...

    ... 6 . Dopaminergic surges in the brain are known to be a huge contributing factor in the addictive nature of many drugs, such as benzodiazepines, opioids (heroin and painkillers), and stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Crack History and Statistics

    Crack cocaine is a highly addictive drug of abuse that has intense stimulant properties. Typically, the user will feel a rush of excitement and energy that accompanies the euphoric delivered by the substance. Crack is a type of cocaine. This means ...

    ... months for cocaine. How Dangerous Is It? Crack is a very dangerous substance with its highly addictive nature being a central feature of its harm-causing potential. Smoking crack triggers key pleasure-related signals in ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine History and Statistics

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, originally synthesized for therapeutic use but now found predominantly as a recreational drug of abuse. Though it is a drug that is FDA-approved and prescribed for attention-deficit/ ...

    ... . Hallucinations. These effects can be difficult to reverse. Social and Environmental Risks The highly addictive nature of methamphetamine can lead to financial and relationship dangers since an addict can become ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... as pleasant, and the user may become addicted to these effects and, in turn, the drug. The addictive nature of codeine, and the physical dependency that may develop over time, can lead to difficult and unpleasant ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... shows interviews with several people struggling with oxycodone addiction. The video illustrates the powerfully addictive nature of this drug. Warning: this video contains some explicit language. Credit: Vocativ Effects ... 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 ...

    ... was after paying more than $600 million in fines for “misleading marketing” that misrepresented the addictive nature of their pills. Something else to consider: Pharma-funded advocates often use their influence to spread ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... setting. Inpatient detox and treatment provides around-the-clock care and supervision. Given the highly addictive nature of heroin, this kind of treatment presents the best chance for recovery. Residential treatment ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... of the most commonly abused opioid drugs taken by chronic opioid users. Anyone can succumb to the addictive nature of opioids like Dilaudid (Hydromorphone). In fact, regular use of opioids, as prescribed by a doctor, can ... continue reading
  • Private Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

    Around 59.3 million Americans aged 12 and older report having used an illegal drug within one year of being surveyed. 1 A substance use disorder (SUD) is a risk for many, and that risk exists regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or cultural ...

    ... often more likely to be provided by a private rehab center. This may include modalities like art therapy, nature therapy, yoga, or other therapeutic support tools. If you do not have access to private treatment, it is ... continue reading
  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

    Cocaine comes from the coca bush, which grows primarily in South America. This addictive stimulant is also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow” and is sold on the streets as a fine, white powder. In a crystallized, free base form, it is ...

    ... can signal the arrival of a substance addiction. The following are a few examples to underscore cocaine's addictive potential: Cocaine causes a quick, euphoric high that lasts a very short time . The high from cocaine ... continue reading
  • Why Is Xanax So Addictive?

    Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. For some people, Xanax can be an effective treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax users are at high risk for ...

    ... to a surge of neurotransmitters, including dopamine. While these surges are temporary, persistent use of such addictive drugs may alter the brain's reward system in an enduring fashion. Studies indicate that as an ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... opiates act on the brain in the same way as heroin, one might argue that they are equally addictive, especially since they are the most abused prescription drugs in the United States. According to the National Survey ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... seen with opioids). In this way , the brain's normal system of motivation can be hijacked by addictive drugs or behaviors (e.g., gambling, for some)—eliciting a reinforcing reward signal for activities that harm, rather ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... % of all emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals involved prescription opiates. Addictive Properties of Prescription Opiates Prescription opiates affect the brain the same way morphine and ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... likely than all other substance admissions combined to have been referred to treatment by the legal system. Addictive Properties of Amphetamines The brain is made up of neurons (nerve cells) that communicate with each ... continue reading
  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... 33 years old. An equal distribution of males and females seek treatment for meth abuse. Addictive Properties of Methamphetamine Using methamphetamine, regardless of method, impacts a number of neurotransmitter systems ... 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 ...

    ... : Loss of muscle control Low blood pressure Mental confusion Slow breathing Coma Is Ativan Addictive? Yes, Ativan is highly addictive and your chances of becoming dependent increase exponentially if you misuse this drug ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

    Problematic use of alcohol is all too common across all age groups. In adults, 10% of men and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the ...

    ... of relaxation and euphoria . It is thought that alcohol's effects on endorphins contribute to its addictive effects. As alcohol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and travels throughout the body, its effects can ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Brownsville, TN

    If you are living in Brownsville, struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, it's probably time to consider your options to get clean and sober. In 2015, Tennessee had the 10th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States—most of these ...

    ... and medication-assisted treatment 24/7 monitoring and support Individual therapy Group therapy Family therapy Nature outings Private rooms Prenatal care Religious accommodations Chef-prepared meals 12-step groups It's ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Cleveland, MS

    Addiction affects people from all walks of life. It is incredibly powerful and can cause serious, life-altering problems in your life. If you are battling a drug or alcohol addiction, substance abuse treatment in Cleveland, Mississippi or elsewhere ...

    ... monitoring, private rooms, one-on-one therapy, group counseling, 12-step group work, medication-assisted treatment, and nature outings. Once you are clear about the things you need in treatment, it will be easier to find ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Lakeland, TN

    Across the country, the opioid epidemic has taken a toll on the lives of Americans. In Tennessee, the epidemic is especially prevalent. There were 1,186 overdose deaths from opioids in 2016. 1 If you are living in Lakeland, and you are struggling ...

    ... you know that you need to live in a place where you can easily walk outside and be close to nature, or near a lake, take that into consideration when sifting through treatment listings. And should you be pregnant, it's ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Redondo Beach, CA

    There are nearly 68,000 residents in the small city of Redondo Beach, California, which is part of Los Angeles County. 1 This town lies right on the water, making it a hub for anyone who wants to get away from hectic city life. Unfortunately, some ...

    ... it a hub for anyone who wants to get away from hectic city life. Unfortunately, some of the hectic nature of Los Angeles itself spills over into Redondo Beach, and sometimes, this manifests as alcohol abuse. Excessive ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Kingman, AZ

    As the opioid epidemic expands its reach into every area of the country, there is no city or town that is immune. In fact, Mohave County, home to Kingman, was found to have more opioid prescriptions than residents in 2016. That year, the Arizona ...

    ... by any measure, the quickly rising numbers of opioid overdose deaths illustrates both the all-consuming, compulsive nature of addiction as well as the ever-present dangers of substance abuse. If you’re unable to stop ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Tupelo, MS

    Mississippi, like many other locations in the United States, has been hit hard by substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. 13 people of every 100,000 in Lee County died from overdose in 2016. 1 In 2016 in Mississippi, at least 211 people died from ...

    ... in serene locations such as in the woods or near the beach and include activities that connect you to nature, which many people find rejuvenating. If you want to speak to someone confidentially today about how to find ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Memphis, TN

    There were more than 1,630 drug overdoses in just one year (2016) in the state of Tennessee. Nearly 1,200 of these were attributed to opioids. 1 Shelby County’s drug death rate per 100,000 people exceeded that of the national average each year ...

    ... your life are in danger. The only way to remove these risks is to stop using. Due to the compulsive nature of addiction, it can be extremely difficult to do this alone. Fortunately, there is help. You can begin to look ... 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 ...

    ... marijuana alone can cure a sickness . 2 The most common debate centers around whether is marijuana addictive. Although pot use does not spark a physical addiction, withdrawal symptoms from the substance can definitely be ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... tramadol for use in the US in 1994. Results from animal and human studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug . This meant that tramadol was not ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Whittier, CA

    Residents of Los Angeles County struggle with opioid abuse and addiction—just one region experiencing its part of the national epidemic that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), kills 115 people in the U.S. per day. ...

    ... analgesic medications like hydrocodone and oxycodone. Originally marketed as safe and non-addictive, these medications became a common fixture among the medicine cabinets of those who’d been injured or suffered chronic ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in West New York, NJ

    West New York, New Jersey, sits on the New Jersey coast, just across the river from Manhattan. Despite its convenient location and the majestic views it enjoys, the city fights a battle with drug use. Back in 2014, the town had 148 substance abuse ...

    ... 2015 Hudson County. Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (2017). Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Hudson County. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Is marijuana addictive? continue reading
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