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  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those ... 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 ...

    ... up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, tolerance can develop after ... result of benzo use, thus reducing the alternative explanation that the declines were due to ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

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

    ... ,'” said Linda Lewaniak, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine for Amita Health at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital ... suggesting that pot may be a safer alternative for treating pain. The Real Dangers ... continue reading
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  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... came onto the scene. Thought of as the “safe alternative” to opiates, tramadol was supposed to be less ... . Period. Even the vets who lacked a history of addiction received letters in the mail, informing them they would ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines—such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in the ...

    ... . Most commonly, marijuana was used as an alternative to opioids , but participants also reported cutting ... options, contact a caring admissions navigator with American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at . You can ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... for alcohol. 16. Refuge Recovery Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist path to addiction recovery, spearheaded by Buddhist teacher Noah Levine as an alternative to 12-Step programs . It's built around Buddhism's Four Noble ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... , psyche and sexuality. It can even be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that delivers the same pain relief ... 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), ...

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming ... tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 saw ... continue reading
  • 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, 12-Step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... have similar concerns, online meetings offer a much safer alternative. It's a Great Way to Start It's ... s Economical Virtually every form of online support for addiction/recovery is completely free of charge. If you have ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... and vets swear that marijuana has helped their furry loved ones. Dr. Cynthia Graves, who practices alternative veterinary care in Philadephia, recommends hemp-based supplements for dogs experiencing pain or anxiety. The ... 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 ...

    ... heroin as a cheaper and more easily accessible alternative. 2. The United States consumes 80% of ... Death in 15-49-year-old Subjects: A Forensic Case-control Study. Addiction 109 (12), 2071-078. 6. Gage, S. Billioti De, Y ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... about whether or not to get treatment for your addiction, here are some things you need to know about ... may involve detox , individual and group therapy or even alternative therapies. If you need 24-hour care, your doctor ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... Ambien by taking more than prescribed can lead some people down a path of significant physiological dependence and addiction . If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, your doctor may not prescribe Ambien because ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes From Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so ...

    ... I am in recovery, I understand how blinding my addiction actually was.” Matthew Perry: Actor “From an outsider' ... isn't always easy, but it certainly beats the alternative.” Additional Reading: 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

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

    ... designer drugs. Spice and K2 - popular marijuana alternatives - typically have labels that read “not safe ... It's important to get help for prescription painkiller addiction, as the consequences can be deadly. Some harmful ... 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 ...

    ... . You are not alone in your fight to break free from the cycle of abuse. Help is available for tramadol addiction . Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand New Bag Image Source: Shutterstock, iStock continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

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

    ... always those who abused them, which led to full-blown addiction and the bevy of side effects that come with it. ... other opiates were synthesized and marketed as nonaddictive alternatives to morphine . Of course, heroin did ... continue reading
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  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... inpatient rehab and then got the NFL Players Association to pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery house in Santa Monica ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... : Mullin, Patrick Joseph, Irondequoit: Died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the age of 32 after a long battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going to solve this problem by keeping quiet about it ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... .” That memory is one that I will never forget. Do you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences in the comments section below. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What you're eventually left with ... 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 ...

    ... , thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical ... often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on ... continue reading
  • 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 research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... , 100 of whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying all of the participants, they found that 48 percent of the addicts were seeking treatment ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... , it was clear that urban addicts and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here are some of the fascinating statistics in the study ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... To counter these fluctuations, the researchers suggested birth control pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking Behaviors Progesterone plays a part in preparing the body ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... assisted therapy works for me. The main takeaway is to do your research; there are a lot of different addiction treatment options out there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... effects due to I-dosing, or “Internet overdosing,” on digital drugs. Bath salts are one dangerous teenage substance addiction trend you probably have heard of, so it's a good idea to be wary of what your teens are ... continue reading
  • We Are A Leading Provider In Addiction Treatment

    When you come to American Addiction Centers (AAC) for substance treatment services, we see you as more than your ...

    When you come to American Addiction Centers (AAC) for substance treatment services, we see you as more than your addiction. continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... well as a much freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... alertness. Some of these same students will go on to use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. SAMSHA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health notes that 6.4 percent of all full-time college ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at . ...

    ... always someone available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Signs and Effects of Drug Addiction Addiction hurts the abuser both mentally and physically, but it also hurts all those who come in contact with the ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug”—a term used ...

    ... related to studying, learning and performance in school. In fact, the demographic most susceptible to Adderall abuse and addiction is students between the ages of 18 and 22. 2 Many of these young adults initially turn to ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... , but all of those positive changes will stay the same. #7. Put Your Life in Order Every person struggling with addiction lets certain things slide. Maybe you're behind on your taxes or up to your neck in debt, maybe you ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality types: Type A and Type B . Type A personalities ... 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% of drug-related emergency department visits involve cocaine. ...

    ... researcher, Dr. Drew Kiraly, notes, “Once we clarify how it can best be targeted to reduce addiction-like behaviors, there is a high possibility that treatments targeting G-CSF could be translated into clinical trials ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-Yous I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... a second chance—a second chance to do better and be a better person—and if it wasn't for my old addiction, I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

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

    ... down the road to a happy and healthy life. You can contact a caring admissions navigator with American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at to learn more about treatment options. You can also check your insurance coverage ... 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 ...

    ... of all time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her addiction. 8. Bobby Brown Singer and bad boy Bobby Brown has faced several arrests, including for DUIs and drugs . He ... 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 ...

    ... charge for marijuana possession and then turned to community service as a way out of drug abuse or addiction. 14. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas was arrested in 2004 at a hotel because guests smelled ... continue reading
  • Couples’ Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Addiction Treatment

    Substance misuse is a serious issue when it affects just 1 member of the family, but it can be even more problematic when it affects 2 people who are in a relationship, live together, or are married. Drug and alcohol rehab for couples is crucial for ...

    ... free and 100% confidential. It allows you to run your insurance against all treatment centers in the American Addiction Centers network to see if you are covered for treatment. Don't hesitate to take the first step today ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... in the U.S., there are actually several other countries where ibogaine is legal and used to help recover from addictions. How Does It Work? The question that remains in everyone's mind is whether or not the drug actually ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... (AAC) for free at . You can also check your insurance coverage online now. Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment Inpatient Rehab Programs Outpatient Rehab Programs 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day Detox Programs Sober Living ... continue reading
  • Addiction Relapse: Stages, Prevention, and Treatment

    Addiction is a brain disease where a person compulsively uses substances, knowing that they will experience dire consequences because of it. 1 While addiction is a chronic disease (similar to high blood pressure or asthma), it is treatable. 1 ...

    ... rates for substance use treatment are actually lower, with an average of about 40%-60%. 1 Types of Addiction Relapse As discussed above, relapse is a process. 2 The immediate act of resuming substance use, or what ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's - and ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

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

    ... 8-week period. Even then, protection would last only 3-6 months. 19 This holds true in the hierarchy of addictions, too. With 50 million nicotine addicts, 1.4 million cocaine addicts and 400,000 meth addicts in the U.S ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... This isn't a disease that can be cured with a hug. If that's all it took, we'd be able to eradicate addiction in a matter of days. We need your support, but that in itself will not erase the drug dependency . #2: We Aren ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction Can Affect 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, ...

    ... Affect 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, the ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

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

    ... The distress associated with periods of abstinence (which is a key factor in relapse). Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use ... 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 ...

    ... fight to get your life back. No one is a lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you know it, you'll be using the chicken and egg debate in a much ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... . Not only does it represent drugs, but bad habits that can't be shaken off, such as gambling addiction, porn addiction and binge eating. The bird's sole focus is to ride the high created by the mysterious golden nugget ... continue reading
  • Free, National, and 24-Hour Substance Misuse and Addiction Hotline Numbers

    What Are Drug Abuse Hotline Numbers? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. If you are wanting to quit ...

    ... Experiencing withdrawal symptoms . Engaging in illegal activities to obtain the drug. These are some of the signs of drug addiction , but they are not necessarily the only ones. If you or a loved one has experienced 2 or ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Vs. Addiction

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

    ... numbers - and the fact that only a fraction of those who need treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction actually receive it - when it is affecting you or someone close to you, there are many things you can ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... choice—either using, trying to use or thinking about using. Whether it's a week or a decade, the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our morality hinges on ... continue reading
  • 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 on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... to drugs may end up with a loss of income. Let's look at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Drug and alcohol addiction is by far most costly for the poor. If you're at the poverty level, a pack of ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... what you do for a living or how much money you have or don't have. No one is immune from addiction. Yes, there are homeless drug addicts. But there are also suburban soccer moms, bankers and lawyers who are drug addicts ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction to drugs or alcohol lasts, the more stress and strain it places on an individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects that addiction can have on a person. The following information is ...

    ... cause feelings of paranoia that may amplify with long-term misuse. 4, 6 In addition, people struggling with addiction may feel that they need to hide or lie about their substance use, indicating a fear of being caught ... continue reading
  • What Is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that is characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... in a chapter of the DSM-5 titled “Conditions for Further Study.” 3 What Is the Definition of Addiction? Addiction can be defined as both a brain disorder and a mental illness. It's characterized by the compulsive desire ... continue reading
  • Addiction Stigma

    Individuals with a substance use disorder, the clinical diagnosis for an addiction, sometimes feel shame or internalize the disease as a moral failing due to a long-standing stigma associated with the disease of addiction. A stigma is an attribute, ...

    ... to an addict. A person with a drug use disorder as opposed to a drug addict. Coping with the Stigma of Addiction If you think someone you love may be struggling with a SUD, there are things you can do to help. Loving ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    ... you and help you find the best treatment plan. You can also check your insurance coverage online now. Addiction Treatment Levels of Care Inpatient Rehab Programs Outpatient Rehab Programs 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day Detox ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

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

    ... agent Children would have easier access to a drug that could hurt them Marijuana carries a risk of abuse and addiction Could lead to a lower quality of life, as well as health problems and financial issues Is an excuse ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... them. You're trying to avoid the discomfort of relationships, not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite the opposite. In the end, you end up close to ... 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
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... Methadone? Buprenorphine offers advantages over methadone, the drug most frequently used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine causes fewer side effects than its sister drug, and it also works faster. Rather ... continue reading
  • 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 subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... of the researchers of the study, which was published in the June 2017 edition of Journal of Addiction Medicine. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers asked 1,099 college students about their energy drink consumption ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... noted that “without meaningful public health efforts, the number of heroin users is likely to continue to grow.” Additional Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... it has become a problem no one wants to talk about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We Make Restrooms Safer for Everyone? Yet, in the meantime ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... benzos? Click Here for the Answer Experts advise those who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly also face increased risk under the influence of benzos, including ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications and ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... -size devices that inject naloxone. Known as the opiate antidote, naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of heroin. Learn more about the dangers of heroin abuse and addiction . Image Source: flickr/Cristian C continue reading
  • 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 prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... sleep patterns. Over the last few years, thousands of therapists have been trained in CBT, making it much easier for people to locate a qualified therapist. Learn more about the dangers of Ambien abuse and addiction 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 ...

    ... the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can be ... 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 ...

    ... got worse. Kelly says couldn't carry on a conversation; she couldn't function. Her boss suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to explain about the Xanax prescription, he either didn't believe ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

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

    ... harms of marijuana use. The NIAAA reports that 3 in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in mind, these percentages indicate we're going to see a ... 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 ...

    ... and bloodstream, increasing the likelihood that memory-related activities will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... classroom, the study shows policies of communication were far more beneficial than policies of mandated punishment. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... cover rehabilitation. Additional Reading: Refusing to Give In - 8 Ways to Beat Cravings Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment Inpatient Rehab Programs Outpatient Rehab Programs 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day Detox Programs Sober ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine without opioids,” said Dr. Paul Moore , a dentist and a professor ... continue reading
  • My Teen Son Is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

    If you are living at home with a teen son who has become an alcoholic, you have many options for helping your child. Until your child is eighteen, you have guardianship powers and can make many medical decisions for him, and hospitals will recognize ...

    ... to make sure your teen gets help . Take your child to a medical provider who can discuss your addiction treatment options and make your teen aware of the problem without seeming critical or judgmental. A medical provider ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

    We're often asked whether there's a cure for alcoholism. Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it's by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with ...

    ... Rehabilitation Outpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation 3-Day, 5-day and 7-Day Detox Programs Sober Living Housing Therapy in Addiction Treatment Recommended Alcohol Rehab-Related Articles How to Help Someone With Alcohol ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... ways to have fun and spend free time that doesn't involve using drugs. Engage in a Support System Addiction can be an isolating illness, which is exactly why surrounding yourself with people who support your recovery is ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... as legal troubles and even incarceration due to violent episodes stemming from meth use. Financial Difficulties Meth addiction can quickly become an all-consuming expense. Homelessness is often an end result of long-term ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... and mental health and were least likely to live in large urban areas. Opiate Painkiller Addiction Holds Strong Despite the spike in heroin addiction, painkiller abuse is still far more common. In fact, an estimated 5.1 ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... be time to seek help . For more information on finding rehab programs that meet your requirements, contact American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at . You can also check your insurance coverage online now to determine ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... linked to the injection of Opana. This incident, like so many others, should be a reminder of opioid addiction's devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be a household name yet, the drug's popularity is steadily ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... that is behind the causes of people's harmful drinking patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know when help is needed. Many people have lost a ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... . Her prescription drug use was out of control, and the court ordered her to go to alcohol and drug addiction rehab before the custody situation would be reviewed. 6. Charlie Sheen The king of all meltdowns, is sure to ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

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

    ... Programs Sober Living Guide Recommended Alcohol Rehab-Related Articles How to Help Someone With Alcohol Addiction Alcohol Rehabs Near Me Self-Assessment Insurance for Alcohol Treatment Treatment Without Insurance Alcohol ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... information on substance misuse treatment options and cocaine rehab programs, contact an admissions navigator with American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at . You can also check your insurance coverage online now to ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... medications are likely playing a role. Do Right by Yourself If you're looking to beat your Adderall addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... marijuana, help is available and recovery is possible. You can contact a caring admissions navigator with American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at . You can also check your insurance coverage online now to determine ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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

    ... is available and recovery is possible. Professional drug treatment programs can offer anyone suffering with addiction the tools needed to cope with life without marijuana. For help locating treatment centers that suit ... 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 ...

    ... Sober Living Housing Aftercare Programs Recommended Alcohol-Related Resources How to Help Someone With Alcohol Addiction Alcohol Rehab Programs Near Me Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs Self-Assessment Using Insurance to ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching zs, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... or a loved one is struggling with marijuana misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. Professional addiction treatment can start anyone battling a substance use problem on the path to a healthier and happier ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs. Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much. After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking altogether. ...

    ... with alcohol misuse, it may be time to seek help. Professional alcohol treatment programs can give anyone battling addiction the tools needed to stay sober in the face of life's challenges. You can contact an admissions ... 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 ...

    ... options near your location. Additional Reading: Take My Breath Away - A Deadly Warning About Opiates Percocet Addiction Treatment Levels of Care Inpatient Rehab Programs Outpatient Rehab Programs 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend Is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about—let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... plays in life. How to Get Help for Alcohol Misuse Professional treatment can help people suffering with alcohol addiction start on the path to happy and healthy lives. Rehab in an alcohol abuse treatment program can ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... your treatment options. You can also check your insurance coverage online now. Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation 3-Day, 5-Day and ... 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 ...

    ... now or make a call to a free alcohol hotline number . Levels of Care in Alcohol Addiction Treatment Inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation Outpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day Detox Programs Aftercare ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... (AAC) for free at . You can also check your insurance coverage online now. Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment Inpatient Rehab Programs Outpatient Rehab Programs 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day Detox Programs Sober Living ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Every Day. 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 ...

    ... to watch for these warning signs and see if things get worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for guidance and encouragement. Additional Reading: Is My Loved One an ... continue reading
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