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  • 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 ...

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  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have ...

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  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in ...

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  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster ...

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  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is ...

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  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to ...

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  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab ...

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  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or ...

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  • 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. ...

    ... to be completely expelled. Washington schools required 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 ... Learn more

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  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an ...

    ... used as prescribed. However, despite its many benefits, an increasing number of pharmacies are now ... opioid painkillers. “If something is prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose, we're certainly not going to get in ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of tackling the opioid epidemic, as the benefits of maintaining treatment for at least six ... , said Emily Feinstein , the director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those ... Learn more

  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    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 ...

    ... will be disappointing to several California medical marijuana retailers. Hoping to capitalize on ... think? What's next on the agenda? And, are these policies a good use of time and resources? We invite your comments ... Learn more

  • 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.” ...

    ... journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer attitudes around drug use ... assistant professor of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, said his team found a “strong association ... Learn more

  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are ...

    ... and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for addiction. In many cases, this ... However, according to a recent study, this methadone policy may lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ten years of war, chronic pain is the most common medical problem. And what kind of “help” have we provided ... is unclear, we know one thing for sure: The current policies aren't working. The system is broken and our vets ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

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  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the ...

    ... , the fastest growing demographic of new heroin users is among individuals aged 18 to 25, showing that policies aimed to combat prescription drug abuse are now leading a younger generation in a new, life-threatening ... Learn more

  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the ...

    ... analysis of states with different methadone drug utilization management policies found an association between a state's internal PDL policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable Results Despite the statistics ... Learn more

  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and ...

    ... and reduce the harmful consequences of oppressive drug policies. I asked him to explain how we should ... changing. Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

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  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... among rural adolescents could be the limited access to medical care. Teens living in rural areas are more likely ... Rigg, assistant professor of mental health law and policy, University of South Florida, who worked on the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Monnat and her co-author, Dr. Khary K. Rigg, assistant professor of mental health law and policy, University of Southern Florida. Prescription painkillers, which are highly addictive opiates, now seemingly serve as a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... a consequential mishandling of a highly addictive drug by manufacturers, distributors, commission-happy sales reps and policy-makers. Today, the U.S. is still embroiled in a rampant epidemic of opioid addiction . ... Learn more

  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give ...

    ... over the new law. Michael Botticelli, former acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, also spoke out against the new law and said it was important “that we create environments where we ... Learn more

  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on ...

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . She was tested a week after hitting the bong and ultimately violated the athletic department's zero tolerance drug policy. Additional Reading: What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior? Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of ...

    ... is, but the latest use of this drug really hammers that point home. Believe it or not, policy makers have chosen to add fentanyl to the cocktail mixture used for lethal injections. Yep, people are voluntarily ... Learn more

  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal ...

    ... high. Still, further research is needed to confirm these concerns, and experts believe guidance, prevention, and policy efforts need to be implemented to warn young adults about the dangers of regular consumption of ... Learn more

  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were ...

    ... Virginia and involved telephone interviews taken last December. It was conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, in ... Learn more

  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. ...

    ... of illnesses and diseases over the next decade. Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, noted in a statement, “The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic continues to devastate communities and ... Learn more

  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, ...

    ... for not seeking recovery help. Online support brings with it a number of advantages, too. Here are 11 benefits of seeking online support in recovery. Anonymity Online support groups are terrific for you if you're ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Countries operating on a “zero tolerance” policy tend to drive addicts further underground, ultimately ... access to naloxone in case of an overdose. Medical personnel will even inject heroin for patrons who struggle ... Learn more

  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    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 ...

    ... of federal opioid treatment funding.” Nance's department's medical director, Elina Chernyak, is the only provider in ... at National Council, where vice president for policy and advocacy, Rebecca Farley David, has called ... Learn more

  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. ...

    ... addictions . If you or someone you know needs help for either, or has a dual-diagnosis involving both, call our treatment advisors to discuss your options or insurance coverage - 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Learn more

  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction ...

    ... and counseling that are essential to their recovery. Dr. Jana Burson's concerns include medical expertise and insurance coverage for the procedure. She asks , “Will general medicine doctor and psychiatrists presently ... Learn more

  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug ...

    ... , or permanently disabling adverse reaction) that it is essential that it be considered in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced ... Learn more

  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    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 ...

    ... reported Dr. Melanie Bailey of Surrey University. In addition to offering quick results, the test offers the benefit of authenticity. There's no way to fool this test. The subject's identity and substance use are ... Learn more

  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According ...

    ... of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks ... together, these policies would bring much needed transparency to drug pricing and provide a clear benefit to consumers struggling ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long ... . With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce ... Learn more

  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for ...

    ... later years. The NTSB attributes the increase to greater marijuana use and potential confusion about marijuana policies. The study's summary document states, “There is a gap in the Federal Aviation Administration's ... Learn more

  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at ...

    ... to know that meth-exposed newborns have a chance to grow and mature normally, it's worth nothing that those benefits seem to hinge on a good family life. The problem, however, is that, unless the mothers get clean and ... Learn more

  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people ...

    ... to raise $150,000 to cover the initial startup costs by obtaining grants and fundraising efforts. “Think of the benefits of a safe injection site,” he said. “No needles on the ground, rapid response for those needing ... Learn more

  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain ...

    ... most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The Risk? Do these harmful results outweigh the benefits? The hundreds of doctors who approve its use each day would say yes. Certain circumstances, it ... Learn more

  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 ...

    ... world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are ... the system is to enact various forms of decriminalization policies for drug use and possession. This not only ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... If you experience a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving forward. And remember, the benefits of living a smoke-free life don't stop at you; your whole family reaps the rewards. Additional ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... -deterrent painkillers. Protecting People or Profits? Of course, all companies support legislation that benefits their bottom line. But are painkiller manufacturers generating an epidemic of addiction and death ... Learn more

  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    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 ...

    ... by Mississippi, the lawsuit claims the companies' marketing campaigns downplayed addiction risks and exaggerated benefits of their opioid products. “We believe that the evidence will show that these pharmaceutical ... Learn more

  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according ...

    ... since its thin film is easy to conceal on paper or under a stamp. There's Another Way Despite the benefits to a prisoner's short and long-term future, officials are still dragging their feet on making buprenorphine ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... to understand the way their brain works and so change negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Benefits include an increased understanding of self and others and better communication, and addiction therapy is just ... Learn more

  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA ...

    ... being classified as a Schedule I drug, some research has indicated that MDMA may have certain therapeutic benefits. 1 For instance, one randomized controlled study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , weed is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic ... vets can test out the practice. The Clinical Benefits However, some pet owners and vets swear that ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , it's a personal choice; educate yourself further about the risks and benefits and, above all, consult with your doctor to determine whether or not medical marijuana's really the best pain treatment option for you ... Learn more

  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The ...

    ... the Associated Risks of Ibogaine There are numerous medical reports linking heart problems with ibogaine use . ... and a high potential for abuse,” the potential benefits and side effects of ibogaine remain unknown. Is ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... chronic headaches. Although many of these symptoms don't warrant medical attention, they typically last for 1-2 weeks. Sleeping ... for addiction simply isn't worth the potential benefits. “There isn't an argument in the ... Learn more

  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, ...

    ... taper off the drug, and this will usually be done under medical supervision. If you're prescribed Suboxone, the amount of time ... you're pregnant and dependent on opioids. The benefits of the drug, despite its risks not ... Learn more

  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to ...

    ... a public health crisis - a huge step forward for the addiction industry. Clearly, this will impact a variety of policies in the future, but what if this new approach was applied to the criminal justice realm? Would it ... Learn more

  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of ...

    ... -elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... 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 You Think ... Learn more

  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    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, ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... The new administration is taking different standpoints on drug policies. On one hand, the Trump administration has convened ... a disability. Comparatively, the American Medical Association considers addiction a disease. By ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... On the other hand, many argue that heroin is cheaper and easier to obtain because laws and policies surrounding prescription opiates have strengthened in the last few years as a result of the opiate-addiction epidemic ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... places are more likely to offer longer-term plans as well, such as six-week and nine-week plans. The benefit for many of the people who attend these luxury resort-style rehabs is that it takes them away from the “yes ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... health while openly discussing the pregnancy, including medical office visits with an OB-GYN. ... be of both sexes. If a woman feels that she may benefit more from female treatment professionals, she must do some research ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... rates, but a review did not concur. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency determined that prisoners who benefitted from these programs had unchanged or lower recidivism rates than those who did not go through the ... Learn more

  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, ...

    ... challenges, fears and setbacks during recovery, it's important to recognize the possible life-saving benefit of acquiring and sustaining sobriety - no matter who's watching. Lawyers, judges, business executives ... Learn more

  • 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; ...

    ... are far from safe; opioid painkillers, which benefit those suffering from severe, chronic pain, ... year due to alcohol. 4 Whether it be due to a medical complication such as cirrhosis, cancer, or heart attack, alcohol is ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in the U.S. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse, limited medical use or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions and the potential for severe psychological/physical dependence. Since it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications and is also one of the most common medical conditions in the United States. Eighty percent of Americans are afflicted with chronic back pain at some point ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... attitudes and beliefs about the dangers of marijuana shift as more constituencies vote to legalize marijuana for medical purposes and for small-time recreational purposes. What may get lost in the shift, however, is ... Learn more

  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, ...

    ... get clean will go through a detox process to lessen the withdrawal symptoms. This is usually done under medical supervision and lasts about a week, allowing drug use to be gradually tapered. While the taper relieves some ... Learn more

  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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    ... opioid addiction are well-documented in their success. A report earlier this month from the British Columbia medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid ... Learn more

  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often ...

    ... drug with a comparable risk to the zolpidem drugs is cigarettes.” Thanks to the increased number of medical emergencies, the FDA has also officially reduced the recommended dosage of zolpidem for women. Is There a ... Learn more

  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The ...

    ... Medicine . This project was led by scientists in the psychiatry department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in total were observed, 100 of whom were ... Learn more

  • 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; ...

    ... and lungs. This is also why it is dangerous for cocaine users to undergo many types of medical procedures that may involve anesthetics. Crack Cocaine Gaining prominence in the 1980s, especially among low-income ... Learn more

  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious ...

    ... OxyContin There is no official, standard method for treating addiction to OxyContin. However, IV therapy Medical Detox is a common type of detoxification treatment because of the safety and relative comfort provided ... Learn more

  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking ...

    ... drugs; you may feel that you need them. Because of this, many people have a difficult time quitting drugs without medical help. There is more to the story behind what happens to the brain, and there are a lot of changes ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... from using the drug. You might also be able to do a tapering program at home under the guidance of a medical doctor. With a taper program, you will slowly be weaned off the drug. You should make sure to keep in contact ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... physical dependency. When a person has a physical dependency, it is important to take the drug and to speak to a medical provider about the best way to stop. Some drugs will need to be tapered, or you may need to take a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 prescribed. Some people enjoy the feelings ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... prevent you from taking a prescription drug that your doctor has prescribed. It's also important to manage your medical condition. If you think that you are at risk of becoming addicted to a drug, ask your doctor about ... Learn more

  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, ...

    ... to alcohol . It was one of the original ingredients in Coca-Cola. Today, cocaine has no accepted medical application and is used illegally for recreational purposes. The drug can be taken by rubbing cocaine powder into ... Learn more

  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and ...

    ... drug is to go to a detox program run by medical professionals who will care for you while you go through ... is been prescribed drugs to deal with a medical condition. Fortunately, most people who take prescription ... Learn more

  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for ...

    ... doctors for the same conditions without their knowledge), and taking more than is stated-or even taking it without medical supervision -you're heading down that rather oil-slicked slope. Of course, it's possible to be ... Learn more

  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are ...

    ... can be related to drug or alcohol use . Just as above, however, they could also be related to medical issues or even bullying. Items or money going missing around your house might mean that your kid is stealing ... Learn more

  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or ...

    ... up what every writer has known: “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” Drinking likely exacerbated a medical condition he had that led to mental confusion and depression. Hemingway eventually took his life. 4. Edgar ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... take months - or even years - to “click” - be patient with yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence ... Learn more

  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this ...

    ... Missouri Division of Youth Services facilities, assessing their annual use of 65 different inhalants, medical history and psychiatric symptoms, among other criteria. The scientists found that severe polyinhalant users ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ” at home. The results could be deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done under medical supervision. In carefully managed steps, a supervised detox is achieved by slowly reducing the dosage and ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... 2003 and 2012, then examined national statistics on cause of death during the same time period. The rate of non-medical use of opioids fell from 5.4 to 4.9 percent over these ten years. But during the same time, the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 of bad heroin was involved. Deadly Heroin Hits the Streets What made this ... Learn more

  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The ...

    ... synthetic cannabinoids (imitation pot), said Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center and one of the lead researchers. Of all the people surveyed, 1 percent reported having used ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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