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  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention- ... of drug use, the less likely he will be to abuse drugs. It's especially important to emphasize the dangers of ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

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

    ... therapeutically. These risks increase when the drug is abused, as the typical medical oversight that occurs ... . Cravings for the drug. The acute initial symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal can last 1-2 days, followed by ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... is. What stimulant abuse is. How stimulants are abused. The signs and symptoms of stimulant abuse. The side effects of ... —in as little as a week in some cases of amphetamine-type stimulant use. 2, 15 It can also lead to ... continue reading
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  • Dextroamphetamine Abuse

    Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance is also known by specific brand names such as Dexedrine, ProCentra or Zenzedi. The ...

    ... of amphetamines and/or methamphetamine in individuals between the age of 18 and 25, per the Substance Abuse and ... increase the dose to feel the same effects). Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to cut down use. The user ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... then injecting the solution 2 . Signs and Symptoms Individuals who've abused the drug have described the high from bupropion abuse as similar to that of stimulants such as cocaine or amphetamine 2,5,7 . In at least one ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse

    Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions 1,2 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years old or older (on a ...

    ... drug methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) and amphetamines (Adderall and Dexedrine) 3 . The ... a state of euphoria; or reduce symptoms of depression. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) refers specifically to the ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... to a group of negative symptoms that often occur when a dependent user stops taking a drug suddenly or attempts to significantly reduce their dose. Like many other drugs of abuse, heavy amphetamine use may be associated ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... using amphetamine drugs like Adderall or methamphetamine 8 . Being aware of the signs and symptoms of ... -medical users. If you or someone you know is abusing Adderall or has experienced an overdose, consider seeking help. ... continue reading
  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated with ...

    ... important to know what to expect 2 . Common symptoms of withdrawal from stimulants include 2 : Mental and ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... effects have worn off, Adderall abuse can produce many unwanted symptoms including: 4 Fatigue. Feelings of ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... common stimulants include: ADHD medications (amphetamine, methylphenidate). Cocaine/crack cocaine. Methamphetamine ... stimulant that was being abused. For example, cocaine's depressive symptoms usually alleviate within a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... for a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Is Dextroamphetamine Harmful? When ... depression. Chronic misuse can also give rise to psychotic symptoms such as paranoia. In fact, the National Institutes ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... create a euphoric feeling commonly found in other drugs of abuse . Addiction to AAS is shown in spending excessive ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... a pharmaceutical combination, Adderall contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Commonly obtained as ... they will often experience a set of withdrawal symptoms that may make quitting extremely difficult. Tolerance ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

    ... Improve concentration. Increase energy. Rates of prescription amphetamine abuse rose sharply from 2008 to 2012 among 18-25 ... stimulants is related to a period of withdrawal symptoms , sometimes called “the crash.” During ... continue reading
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  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... -campus providers. Recognize the Problem and Get Proactive at Home If you believe that your child might be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those include things ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... love. It can be even more difficult to get a loved one to accept they have a problem with substance abuse when that substance is a prescription drug. Dexedrine, e.g., is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse

    Overview of Steroid Abuse Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are steroids that can be incredibly damaging to one's health ...

    ... Steroid abuse treatment often involves removing all the steroid products in the person's possession and taking them gently through the withdrawal process. Withdrawal usually brings on: Depressive-like symptoms. Anxiety ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... consequences. Overdose , which can be fatal if untreated. Signs and Symptoms It's important to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of Vyvanse abuse or addiction. There are many observable signs that someone may be ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... treatment program can also help you deal with withdrawal symptoms that may be difficult to cope with alone A ... with the extreme mood swings brought on by the abuse itself. Suicide is a major risk factor for recovering ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate ... the periods of inattention caused by the condition. Abuse of the drug is common with students for ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

    How to Approach an Addict If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into ...

    ... of addiction development. What are the Signs of Addiction? Abuse of and addiction to dextroamphetamine result in a number of mental and physical symptoms . These include: Dry mouth. Hypertension. Rapid heartbeat. Tremors ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Steroid Addict

    Help for Steroids Addicts People who are addicted to steroids may need professional help to stop taking the drug . While the dependency that develops may be different from other, more commonly abused substances, anabolic steroids can indeed be ...

    ... and what may have led your loved one to abuse steroids. Express understanding and genuine concern for their health ... going without the drug or if you suffer withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it, you may have become ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... Chronic Vyvanse abuse can lead to numerous mental and physical health effects. Repeated use can lead to the development of tolerance and physical dependence, after which withdrawal symptoms may arise when use is reduced ... continue reading
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  • Lorazepam Abuse

    Lorazepam (brand name: Ativan) is a benzodiazepine drug that is often prescribed to manage a range of anxiety disorders and related issues. This drug is not typically indicated for long-term use—many practitioners will limit prescriptions to ...

    ... rehab and begin the journey of recovery. Signs and Symptoms Lorazepam abuse is a serious issue in the US. The Drug ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... the future. 12 Signs and Health Effects of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol abuse symptoms can vary. Binge drinking and excessive use of alcohol ... Drugs Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamine Ativan Carisoprodol Clonazepam Codeine ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine are abused any time they are used, prescription ...

    ... info and assistance. If you think you recognize any drug abuse symptoms in a friend or loved one, however, it may ... drug being used: Those abusing stimulants like cocaine or amphetamines may experience fatigue, depression, ... 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, ...

    ... know about some of the most commonly abused drugs? Learn the signs and symptoms now. Prescription Drugs ACTIQ Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamines Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Carisoprodol Clonazepam Codeine ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by ... many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature onset of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... matter the reason, drug use can quickly become drug abuse , which eventually leads to a chemical dependency to ... medication, as needed, to help relieve any withdrawal symptoms you're having. They also ensure your safety ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold on the ...

    ... it with other drugs—often benzodiazepines, opioids, amphetamines, cannabis, and synthetic drugs 2 . While it ... one-time use can cause serious symptoms that may lead to death. MXE abuse can be extremely dangerous and even ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... development in those who abuse the drug. An opioid-dependent person will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed under the brand name Valium. This substance depresses the central nervous system (CNS) to manage 1,2 : Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite ...

    ... : Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite diazepam's ability ... of other drugs (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines) 2 . Abusing multiple substances in this way increases the risk ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, loss of coordination, marked ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... problem, help is available. Please call us at to learn more about treatment options for drug abuse. Symptoms of Drug Abuse The symptoms of drug abuse differ from drug to drug, but generally, you or a loved one may have a ... continue reading
  • Valium Abuse

    What Is Valium? Valium is a benzodiazepine prescribed by medical doctors and psychiatrists to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Historically, Valium has been a popular pharmaceutical agent-widely used for its muscle relaxant, anti-convulsant, and ...

    ... the user and those around them. Questions to Ask Yourself Consider the following questions regarding the signs and symptoms of abuse: Do you use the drug every day? Do you use the substance in ways other than prescribed ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines . Clonazepam is known also by the brand name Klonopin . It is the third most prescribed ...

    ... drug in a short amount of time, even when using the drug as instructed. Signs and Symptoms of Addiction Tolerance One sign of clonazepam abuse or addiction is tolerance to the drug. After using the drug for a while, the ... 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 ...

    ... to watch online. David Hasselhoff has been known to abuse drugs andf alcohol , and when he loses control, ... that she regularly took thirty or more prescription amphetamine pills per day. Her prescription drug use was ... 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 ...

    ... work and 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown addiction and the bevy of ... and exotic drugs, such as hallucinogens, amphetamines and marijuana, became more readily available. ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... can be overwhelming to consider the numerous individual substances that can be drugs of abuse. From glues and amphetamines to benzodiazepines and opioids, understanding the substances and the category they belong to will ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... of outreach to young people. [quizBuddy quiz=”Drug Abuse Statistics Quiz” question=”3″] Still, the numbers weren't universally positive. The use of amphetamines (including misused prescription medication such as Adderall ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and ...

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse. Contrary to popular opinion, it's also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people. Psychological dependence ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... consist of professionals such as surgeons, pharmacists and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not patients have a strong support system, in order to determine ... continue reading
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

    ... when taking the same amount. You have withdrawal effects or symptoms when not using. What should I look for in a treatment ... are the qualities that the best drug abuse treatment facilities will possess: Qualifications : It ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... focus on the other affected family members. Addiction causes problems for everyone, not just the person abusing the drugs. In the event of a failed intervention, the professional helps the other participants follow ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the STI Clinic of the South ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... no longer can refuse drugs without withdrawal symptoms. What causes these symptoms, and why is it so hard to ... first time. The brain undergoes long-term changes during drug abuse . If the brain has to try to compensate for ... 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 ...

    ... counts of CD4 (which signals a weaker immune system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that Accompany HIV As the HIV virus multiplies and destroys more disease-fighting cells ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... of these cases, the teeth cannot be saved and must be extracted. So, let's look at a few commonly abused drugs and what they can potentially do to ruin that gorgeous smile. Drugs and Your Teeth Love Drugs: These include ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers ... its own. Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Oxycontin Addiction Signs, Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    OxyContin addiction occurs from abusing an OxyCodone prescription for pain relief. Drugs are commonly used in the medical field to treat chronic pain and other ailments of patients. Unfortunately, as is human nature, substance abuse becomes ever ...

    ... as less addictive than Oxycodone. They claim that it is less likely to be abused and safer to use, with fewer withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, the misbranding and false advertisement of the drug OxyContin has led even ... 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 ...

    ... . Here are 6 long-term effects of meth abuse: Cognitive Damage Because meth use releases a surge ... clothes off and ties them around his head.” Physical Appearance Symptom including “meth face” and “meth mouth” are classic ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... to experience significantly higher rates of meth use than their “wet” counterparts. The Link Between Alcohol Sales and Meth Abuse In areas where no alcohol can be sold, the rates of meth use are twice as high , with 80 ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... can watch each other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in approximately twenty to thirty minutes after taking the drug and may last ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Abuse

    What Is Vicodin? Physicians often prescribe Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone (an opiate) and acetaminophen, for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, ...

    ... they will require more and more to achieve those same results. The most noticeable signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse are: Appearing drowsy. An obsession with procuring and consuming Vicodin. .An inability to focus on a ... 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 ...

    ... dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. ... alone in your fight to break free from the cycle of abuse. Help is available for tramadol addiction . Additional Reading: Opiate ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... 65 different inhalants, medical history and psychiatric symptoms, among other criteria. The scientists found that ... . Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are plenty ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, ... guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed ... aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly ... 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 ...

    ... , it's time to stop. Social Use : Adderall might have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus life. Seek help if your Adderall use extends beyond the ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... s important people know the truth about these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the ... 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 ...

    ... played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this ... 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 ...

    ... to severe adverse health effects and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. 4. An estimated 88,000 people die per year ... in 2009 actually received treatment for their substance abuse disorder. 8 This means that about 20 ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse FAQs

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

    ... the continuum. For example, someone presenting with 2-3 symptoms from the list seen above will typically be diagnostic with ... receive it (CASA, 2012). Effective drug abuse treatment addresses not only the substance use but ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . As a sedative-hypnotic substance, zolpidem can impart a sense of euphoria and ...

    ... or shallow breathing 1 . Long-Term Effects of Abusing Zolpidem When taken over long periods of time, zolpidem ... must continue taking the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... substances that depress the CNS. 1 Opioid overdose symptoms might include: 4 Breathing that is shallow and slow ... . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance. 2,11 ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... for Dilaudid addiction , however, is possible. Signs and Symptoms It can sometimes be difficult for an individual to ... substance abuse, and acquaint themselves with the common signs and symptoms of teen drug abuse, such ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... way that addiction rehab takes place. Treatment providers should take not only the substance abuse but the mental health symptoms into account to optimize the likelihood of successful long-term recovery. 3 The Substance ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery

    Drug abuse and addiction can quite literally destroy lives. The prevalence of drug abuse is of epidemic proportions in the United States. In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 23.9 million people, age 12 and up, had used ...

    ... and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ), 22.7 million people 12 or older needed treatment for a drug abuse issue in 2013, yet only 2.5 million received the care they needed at a specialized treatment center ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Prevention

    Many teens give in to peer pressure because they want to feel accepted and liked by their peers. While this is a natural tendency among many young people, there are preventative measures parents can take to help protect against teen drug abuse . ...

    ... to be able to resist peer pressure and drug use. Letting your children know about your personal experiences with abuse may also help them to see the lasting effects that can have on their life. Your teens will benefit ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of both prescription and illicit drugs. From the classification of drugs according to their potential for abuse to the legalization or ...

    ... members of the military , the government focuses on the ways trauma and combat can affect drug use and abuse. Drug use for veterans is often caused by service-related experiences, so appropriate measures have to be taken ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... 12 Step program say that addicted individuals need to take recovery one day at a time. Understanding that the abuse didn't occur in one day, and neither will the recovery, is a monumental step to accepting drug treatment ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... Options For severe cases, long-term inpatient care is the best solution. The range of this drug abuse program averages from 2 to 12 months. The treatment facility is a safe, residential environment with a comprehensive ... 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 ...

    ... relevant recovery format and individualized 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 ... 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 ...

    ... you sort through the finer points. Call us at today to begin your search for the right drug abuse center. Credit: Howcast Inpatient Centers An inpatient or residential rehab requires those in recovery to remain on-site ... 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 ...

    ... fraction of those who need treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction actually receive it - when it is affecting ... amount of the substance). Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when the substance is stopped. The ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... -related paraphernalia (syringe caps, tourniquet materials, spoons, lighters, etc.). In some cases, the symptoms of opioid painkiller abuse can be very subtle, but you might notice something's not quite right, even if it ... continue reading
  • PCP Abuse

    What Is PCP? Street Names It has a variety of street names, including “Angel Dust”. In some cases, either nicotine or marijuana cigarettes are dipped in a liquid containing PCP and smoked. This concoction is referred to by a number of names ...

    ... effects . [quizBuddy quiz=”PCP Abuse” question=”1″] Signs and Symptoms Signs of PCP use can include ... increased risk of suicide . Tolerance and Addiction Sustained PCP abuse can lead to tolerance and addiction . As the ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be given to people to facilitate detox, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery, as well as be used ...

    ... that is not prescribed to them, or take inappropriate doses of Suboxone. Signs and Symptoms Generally, signs of Suboxone abuse involve: Random packages appearing at one's home or work. Running out of the medication ... continue reading
  • Alprazolam Abuse

    What Is Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance better known by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. ...

    ... begin taking it with a legitimate prescription. Alprazolam abuse can take an enormous toll. Learn the real effects of alprazolam abuse and addiction. Signs and Symptoms When taken as directed, the substance will produce ... continue reading
  • Workplace Drug Abuse

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

    ... the material and able to answer questions pertaining to it. Supervisors should also know the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . After the supervising staff members are comfortable with the material, it is their task to ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... other painkillers. Make no mistake; there are significant dangers involved with tramadol abuse. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult to quit using it), but overdosing ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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

    ... reversed once a person discontinues use of the drug. It Hurts Your Finances Simply put, drugs cost money. The more you abuse a drug, the more of it you need to get the same effect, and therefore, the more money you need ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... lives. Unfortunately, by the time we've figured that out, there has already been damage done. Teenage substance abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some drugs have toxic effects that can kill neurons, alter ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Careers

    The Need for Treatment Professionals Addiction medicine is a blossoming industry, with consistent and significant growth in the last ten years. The need for qualified treatment professionals is not slowing down, either, with steady projected growth ...

    ... , and strive to address the causes of the maladaptive behavior that led to problem drinking and/or drug abuse to begin with. By addressing these issues, the counselor is able to offer therapeutic guidance to help usher a ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... benefits 6,7 . Side Effects People that use and abuse ACTIQ are at risk of many unwanted side effects, even ... point, should dependence be a factor, withdrawal symptoms will begin 6 . Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... continue to seek out hydromorphone in an attempt to recreate these feelings. Not all signs and symptoms of abuse are pleasurable, however. Side effects may include 1,2 : Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Headache. Insomnia ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... intensify the cocaine high. To ease the unwanted symptoms of coming down from cocaine. Cocaine might seem ... are a few troubling statistics for alcohol and cocaine abuse: Over 38 million people 18 years and older engage ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

    Alcohol and inhalants are two of the most commonly abused substances, especially among a younger population. The Centers for Disease Control logs more than 4,300 deaths per year from underage drinking and abuse . According to the Foundation for a ...

    ... recreational therapy are all helpful, but specialized care is required for inhalant abuse due to the severity and complexity of the symptoms. The NIPC Guidelines for Treatment advises that addicts endure a longer detox ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse

    Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic agent found in many prescription sleep aid drugs used to treat insomnia 1 . The most widely known brand name formulation of zolpidem in the U.S. is Ambien. Its pharmacological effects often lead the user to ...

    ... about a host of unpleasant effects. Beyond the physical symptoms that users can incur, users can experience a range of psychological fallout from their abuse. Taking zolpidem in any fashion, especially outside individual ... continue reading
  • Librium Abuse

    Librium, which is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide, is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of controlled substances called benzodiazepines . It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it slow down brain activity. ...

    ... weight loss or weight gain. Lethargy. As a parent, it's important that you're aware of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse so you can help your adolescent get the help he or she needs to prevent or recover from an ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or antianxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited uses, barbiturates are used to ...

    ... Isolation. Depression. Suicidal thoughts. If you recognize symptoms in your teenager such as increased mood swings ... and isolation, or any of the other signs of abuse, it is important that you take action immediately. Doing ... continue reading
  • Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is the generic name for Valium . It is one of many benzodiazepine substances that all affect the central nervous system (CNS) by amplifying the depressant effects of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, to subsequently decrease brain ...

    ... to modify the effects of other drugs . Not only can abusing diazepam lead to ill effects on a user's physical and ... Doctors Don't Tell You About Benzos Signs and Symptoms In a dose-dependent manner, diazepam can lead to ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Careers

    Many careers exist in the field of drug abuse treatment and prevention . The drug abuse treatment field is a rewarding career choice for many people, as it makes a difference in the lives of millions of people annually. Those who work in this field ...

    ... These careers focus on treating the patients' symptoms that come along with the addiction, the ... and focus more on the big picture of the epidemic of drug abuse. It is their job to take the issue and find solutions for ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... by a family member). Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse In cases where abuse is suspected, family members and friends should be mindful of symptoms like: Withdrawal from social activities. Sharp changes in interests ... continue reading
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