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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... on alcohol, where if they stop drinking they develop withdrawal symptoms. 16 Alcohol withdrawal can ... cause many problems, such as trouble sleeping, constipation, liver disease, kidney disease, lung problems, infection ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... heart rate Anxiety Dry Mouth Difficulty urinating Constipation Blurred vision The University of Washington and ... Benadryl may not be as bad as heroin or alcohol withdrawals , but they are nonetheless very real and should ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... Weight loss. Insomnia. Skin darkening. Dry mouth. Constipation. There have been a small number of reports of ... kratom can treat and curb withdrawal symptoms from opioids or other substances like alcohol. However, there is ... continue reading
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  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... use of the product would lead quickly to severe constipation - probably not the best way to go about trying ... physical tolerance, which leads to severe symptoms of withdrawal even hours after use. This sickness might ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... disorder, muscle spasms, tremors, seizures, and insomnia; certain benzodiazepines are also used to manage acute alcohol withdrawal . 1,2 Some of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... movements per week and difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. Opioid-induced constipation can be much more than uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, this condition can cause serious harm ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure its ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there ... 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 ...

    ... out there. It can lead to severe adverse health effects and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. 4. An estimated 88,000 people die per year due to alcohol. 4 Whether it be due to a medical complication such as cirrhosis ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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

    ... of liquor. He also slammed Schumer's claims that the powder could be snorted by users. “Because of the alcohol in powdered alcohol, snorting it is very painful, it burns, a lot. It hurts,” he said . “It would take about ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... hangover the next day, if they had one. Almost all of them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of students with a BAC of 0.08 or higher had hangovers the ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

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

    ... . What Does This Mean for You? The study authors noted to achieve the same level of “botanical” defense from alcohol exposure, you would need to eat four medium-sized tomatoes or one third cup of tomato sauce daily. That ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... substance abuse. In fact, about 20 percent of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder also have an alcohol or substance abuse disorder. What they don't know, however, is that substances actually make the anxiety worse ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... the most advanced form of ALD. Who Gets to Decide? This begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those who've not ruined theirs with excessive drinking ? This is ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... drugs could end up making you unemployed, which comes with even more issues. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to a suspended driver's license, usually for 6 months to 2 years. You'll also need to ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... hazardous, the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double-whammy ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... 't use either substance. They were also 50 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash. Those who only used alcohol were 40 percent more likely to get a ticket and 24 percent more likely to be in a car crash than ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... side are you on? Perhaps we can shift our thinking and instead of taking sides, we can all agree that both alcohol and marijuana have their risks. The overall take-home message may be if you are about to drive a car, if ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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

    ... brandy, 1.5 fl oz shot of distilled spirits.) Myth #4 You'll get more drunk if you drink several types of alcohol. Truth: Mixing things up with a glass of wine, then a beer, then a shot does not affect how drunk you get ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

    ... the body's responses. Your coordination and response times are…not so great. What's the result? Under the influence of alcohol, you think you can do more than you normally can, when the truth is you can do less than you ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... be left out of this broad category of substances, alcohol also has a similar sedating effect on the brain ... weeks may already prompt the onset of a severe withdrawal syndrome should the drugs in question be abruptly scaled ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... is a long half-life benzodiazepine approved for use as an anxiolytic and to manage acute alcohol withdrawal. It is commonly referred to by one of its several, previously available trade names, Librium. What ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... the strength of tremors, which are generally the most common clinical sign of alcohol withdrawal . Most patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal have a peak frequency of seven cycles per second. Using an iPod's ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... substance. You can also learn how to find help for chemical dependence and drug and alcohol withdrawal . Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth Date Rape Drugs DMT Ecstasy Hallucinogens Hashish Heroin Inhalant ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been my daily routine for four years. It Gets Worse Before it Gets ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... doesn't exist. After all, he's still stricken with the craving, withdrawal and tolerance that comes with a serious dependency to alcohol.No one can drink heavily and maintain major responsibilities over long periods of ... 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 ...

    ... my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with ... alcohol. “There is clear evidence that in some people, marijuana use can lead to withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... 's within our reach. Our admissions navigators are available to provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, . The Bottom Line Despite all the technological advances we've made, there's no ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... is drastically different from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive the MDMA treatment over the course of one ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... were published in the May 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... AA members, however, the Big Book serves as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants are encouraged ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... a dose as low as 1 mg can exert its effects for up to 8 hours 5 . When consumed with alcohol , Rohypnol's effects are enhanced to dangerous levels. Both substances have sedative effects that compound when taken together ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... Infections evaluated data from 1,300 U.S. men and found those who drank more than 9.9 grams of alcohol per day had a significantly higher risk of acquiring the HPV infection. What's more, the number of sexual partners ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... tragic listening, but here are a few of your options. If your parent beats you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need to seek help. It's likely that people have already noticed that you suffer from ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... for her eclectic style and deep contralto vocals, Winehouse has much going for her but turned to drugs and alcohol due to stress and her sad life story. 6. Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... Theo Fleury Although the smallest player on the ice, Theo Fleury was big on goals and big on drugs and alcohol. His last NHL stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks, who released him in 2003. 30. Don Rogers Cleveland Browns ... continue reading
  • 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 that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... a heavy drinker simply because of his claim to fame . He couldn't speak at ceremonies without the help of alcohol. 21. Ed Harris Ed Harris had a slight drinking problem at the time he played the lead role in Pollock . ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... , some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... In addition, women tend to be more susceptible to blackouts. Females have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water in their bodies. As a result, a larger amount of ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... it a point to stop drinking now that you're aware. Pregnancy and Alcoholism If you're pregnant and alcohol-dependent , talk with your doctor and get recommendations on where to receive treatment. This will help you plan ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... States sees roughly 7,500 suicide deaths. Of those, statistics show a whopping 25 percent involve alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant , it can increase already existing depression and heighten a person's tendency to ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... hosting game nights…non-drinking game nights! By hanging out in a place where the sole purpose is not to sell alcohol, Michelle is less likely to drink. # 5 Don't Get a Beer Belly Beer bellies aren't really caused by ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... edge.) Of course, choosing non-alcoholic beverages would be the safest and surest route to avoid an alcohol-related asthma attack. Each person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And remember: The struggles might be common, but they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... use disorder ) The Difference Between Dependence and Addiction But how do you know if you're addicted to alcohol or simply just dependent on it? Koob states, “Even if you find yourself feeling irritable or antsy when you ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... internal changes that were real to them but imperceptible to observers.” Revealing Truth So, you may think that alcohol is changing your personality, but you may be fooling yourself. It's possible you're playing some ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who aren't predisposed. However, we found that such people appear to remember their hangovers ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... he seems to drink like a fish? Shouldn't someone be concerned if he can't seem to go a single day without alcohol? Is it healthy that beer is a staple in his diet? One thing I do know is that it's a significant chunk ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according to this recent study , getting married tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... that it “takes the edge off,” or somewhat eases the jitters associated with stimulant use. Although alcohol is a depressant, it is commonly known to increase levels of aggression. Cocaine, whose side effects include ... 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 ...

    ... to produce insomnia, dry mouth, skin darkening, weight loss, anorexia, frequent urination, and constipation. What does Kratom withdrawal look like? Around 2012, U.S. emergency room staff began seeing patients who were ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... effects include: 1,3 Nausea and vomiting. Constipation Muscle aches/cramps. Sleep disturbances. More ... receive it, they may be at risk of developing withdrawal symptoms similar to those associated with other opioid drugs. ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... ?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash and hadn't ... : Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or constipation Loss of appetite/huge return of appetite ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... it. These include: 2 Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Dry mouth. Reduced sleep. Menstrual irregularities in ... to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that often cause people to relapse, and it can ... 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), ...

    ... side effects include: Vomiting Constipation Headache Nausea Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... dependence has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 ... Dizziness. Persistent drowsiness. Nausea and vomiting. Constipation. Loss of appetite. Sweating. Weakness. Headache ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... include euphoria, drowsiness and relaxation. Opiates also tend to lower resting heart rate, cause chronic constipation, create a widening of blood vessels, depress coughing and slow breathing reflexes severely. 1 Pain ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... danger to patients, especially in the short-term. The most frequent minor side effects of Percocet include constipation, nausea, headache, dizziness and dry mouth. Some of the most popular brand names of Percocet are ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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

    ... decades of use. But methadone does have side effects - as with other opioids - such as constipation and increased sweating. However, according to him, if people practice good dental hygiene while on methadone, they ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... to the snorting of drugs such as cocaine). Constipation. Seizures (without a history of epilepsy or ... be pawned for drugs). Finding hidden stashes of drugs or alcohol. Of course, not all of the signs listed above will ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... of the drug is unsafe. If you've taken the drug and crave it, this is a potential sign of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug and a growing tolerance to it are both signs of a growing addiction ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... , and doctors and nurses are usually present to give attention to a patient as new needs and withdrawal symptoms arise. Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications may be used to help alleviate the emotional and physical ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

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

    ... , we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and cope with withdrawal symptoms. What is OxyContin? OxyContin was introduced in 1995 to help control or relieve moderate to severe ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... those on large doses or potent pills. However, it requires fresh taper batches to be made each day, and withdrawal can still be a problem if the taper isn't completed correctly. This is a complicated procedure, so most ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... I am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I ... 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 ...

    ... drug is great. The main character of the television show “House M.D.” faced issues of Vicodin addiction and withdrawal throughout the series, and you know how serious the epidemic of Vicodin abuse is becoming when it's ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... try to detox by going “cold turkey” 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 ... 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 ...

    ... you've only taken a benzodiazepine at low doses as prescribed, you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that typically prevents people from trying to quit benzos again. However ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... down and injected in an attempt to feel the drug's effects faster. IV Use of Suboxone Causes Withdrawal Though intravenous abuse of buprenorphine is not a very popular method of abuse, it does happen. Supposedly, the ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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

    ... OxyContin - one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... and don't do it alone. Take advantage of the medical expertise and assistance that's available. You'll suffer less withdrawal and you'll be more likely to succeed in your effort to quit. You can find additional help with ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... of fatigue… Kara can stop wondering. Yes, Ritalin addiction causes fatigue. It's one of the top signs of withdrawal. Once you've misused Ritalin for a period of time, your body becomes accustomed to the drug. When you ... continue reading
  • 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, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... ? One reason is that if you inject Suboxone, the naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a ... continue reading
  • 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 treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... the implant disperses the medication evenly throughout your body, it can be very effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms. This also lowers the risk of relapse. Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street more ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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

    ... munchies. Based on research, this craving is more prominent in men. Psychosis: Women may have a harder time in withdrawal, but men seem to be in greater danger while using. Researchers aren't sure why, but men are more ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... would be this: Don't jump into the arms of a prescription when all it offers is temporary relief and a painful withdrawal in the end. It's just not worth it. ” Talk to Us: Does this story sound familiar, you're not alone ... continue reading
  • 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 answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... on to describe his personal ibogaine experience. An hour after taking the first dose, he felt like his withdrawals - what he described as “the worst flu you've ever had” - seemingly disappeared altogether. Eight ibogaine ... 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 ...

    ... methadone, Suboxone , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same can ... continue reading
  • 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 to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering from withdrawal symptoms, while some used whatever drugs they could find to relieve their pain and discomfort. The prison ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... pill bottle. Addiction develops rapidly; suddenly one or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and more, running out of pills before their next ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... to usher patients through an often uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous period of withdrawal from drugs. Once the difficult period of withdrawal and detox has been successfully completed, a patient will focus their ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... , you've likely developed tolerance. The main way to test is to try to give up. This leads to the world of withdrawal . Unlike the World of Warcraft (yes, I am getting in all of the random references in), it doesn't have ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

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

    ... of these factors mean that getting clean from painkillers is vital to your health, So, while the detox and withdrawal is hard, the reality of living with a painkiller addiction is even harder. It's time to make a choice ... 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 ...

    ... NAS-related problems are the direct result of newborns forced to go “cold turkey,” enduring agonizing detox and withdrawal from drugs. Frighteningly, the number of NAS diagnoses has climbed to an all-time high across the ... 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 ...

    ... , 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 of days, the ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... without issue. Other than a handful of “hot flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th grade ... 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 ...

    ... ? Tolerance: Do you need more and more of it to feel its effects? Withdrawal symptoms: If you don't take Ativan, do you suffer withdrawal? Work/school/relationship issues: Are other areas of your life suffering as you ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... addicted. Being dependent on them means, if you stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, it simply means your body has become accustomed to ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... ugly head in many ways. It often includes a fear of what life may be like without a substance, fear of what withdrawal will be like, fear that treatment won't work or even fear that you will fail and not make it to the ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used to assist in opioid withdrawal during what is called “ opioid detoxification ,” and as medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment ... 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 ...

    ... the drug . You may even find yourself continuing to use despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same way heroin does , only the dosage is ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either ...

    ... stories about addicted individuals who need to frequently administer the drug to maintain their high and avoid withdrawal. Krokodil Manufacturing Users are said to be able to make krokodil in roughly 45 minutes with ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... drug treatment plan. Drug Abuse Help Beyond Detox Drug abuse help extends far beyond managing the initial withdrawal symptoms. We offer strategies to deal with relapse triggers and solicit community and/or family support ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... use in any movie. Starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio, The Basketball Diaries features a particularly memorable recreation of heroin withdrawal . Requiem for a Dream As far as bleak drug movies go, Requiem for a Dream is ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is ... require it. If the body doesn't receive it, withdrawal effects can take place that include nausea, headaches or ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... . When administered, naloxone blocks the effects of opiate drugs and causes an addict to experience withdrawal symptoms. Myth #2: Naloxone Prevents Addicts from Seeking Treatment Truth: There is nothing to indicate ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

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

    ... , irregular heartbeat, seizure, loss of consciousness and coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. These include: Depression Agitation Hallucinations Stomach Pain ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

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

    ... , relaxation), users frequently become aggressive, violent and threatening within minutes. Sadly, the onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs startlingly fast and can result in extreme panic attacks and projectile vomiting ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea Weight loss Cough Shortness of breath “Our findings suggest that heroin withdrawal may be particularly harmful to the immune system, as measured by CD4 cell count,” said Edelman. Her ... continue reading
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