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  • Drug Relapse

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

    ... survey on drug abuse reports that 21.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had a substance use disorder in ... a drug again 7 . A good relapse prevention program helps individuals identify those early signs of relapse and ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... the bright smiles they desire. Back to the Basics A Washington D.C.-based insurance agent named Lisa ... of myself emotionally as well,” says Lisa. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after ... relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the basics. You know the drill: get plenty of sleep, exercise ... continue reading
  • How can you tell if you have a substance abuse issue?
    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... white lady, toot and a host of other names. The Basics of Cocaine Cocaine is a white powder with a bitter and ... Data from the 2013 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) revealed 601,000 people over the age ... 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 ...

    ... recover . A better course of action is to speak with a professional about enrolling in an opiate rehab program that offers smoking cessation classes. Once there, you can work with your doctor to address the back pain ... 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 strongly - ...

    ... has helped me every time I start drinking again. No judgment, just help and support . Without my recovery program, I know I would have drank myself into an early grave every time. Recovery isn't always easy, but ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all approach to ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would You Go For a Fix? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Social Policy, developed an “Attention Training Program” that helps retrain your brain to “just say no.” It's available on any device and takes ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... cannot deliver marijuana. This ruling was established by California's Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Program Regulations. These policies govern the laws for how marijuana dispensaries can deliver MJ. Decades ... 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. ...

    ... 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, Walley says ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... these “diaries” using a smartphone app developed by the Dynamic Real-Time Ecological Ambulatory Methodologies (DREAM) program in the Survey Research Center at Penn State. “A preset alarm notified patients to complete a ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine as part of a complete treatment program that includes counseling and psycho-social support. Until this development, buprenorphine was only approved as a ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

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

    ... , it is possible they will continue to use drugs and never follow through with a detox or recovery program. Not seeking professional help when it is truly needed . While some interventions may be successful with only ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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

    ... issue of doctor shopping, the issue has remained at a standstill in the U.S. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) are commonly ignored by many states. Only four percent of California's 40,000 licensed druggists ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . At ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... lives,” Kaufman said. “We are encouraged by growing public and governmental support for expansion of interlock programs and innovative ways to use this technology to prevent more lives lost resulting from drunk driving ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... issues like attending disciplinary hearings, becoming involved with profession-advocacy programs and facing state licensure boards. Most of these programs also provide you with referrals and input as necessary. Despite ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense of ...

    ... inseparable pieces of a whole human being and as such they will incorporate a spiritual aspect into their programs. Maintaining a spiritual practice requires that you first know how it is that you connect with yourself ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse ... Will I have access to recovery tools? My program of recovery involves therapy, yoga, and meditation. ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... alcohol use and getting cancer. Even with such a strong connection being made, alcohol is still one of the hardest substances to get off of. If you or someone you know is trying to stop drinking and get sober, focus on ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... be, can be helpful in focusing on the present and developing faith that things will work out in the future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth Image Source: pixabay.com, deviantart.com continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, ... the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems to be ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew breathalyzer tests . So, this poses an interesting question: Should people in ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... mice who haven't received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which ... 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 ...

    ... with painful news or intense heartache, it's often easier to escape reality by turning to mind-altering substances. When effectively communicating, most addicts would want you to know… #1: Your Love Can't Save Us Despite ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... standard doses of these benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause these symptoms. Developing a Dependence After prolonged use, the body develops ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... family to provide a solid support system during this time. These unpleasant symptoms typically drive users to continue abusing drugs; going back to using can feel like the only “cure” for dope sickness. More drugs might ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... your hands. Drugs and alcohol might give you a moment's relief from the effects of anxiety, but in the end these substances will work against you . It's just not worth it. Myth #7. If You Really Wanted To, You Could Snap ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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

    ... 2000 and 2009 involved a combination of alcohol and prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only involved alcohol Avoiding ... 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 ...

    ... the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal”; and somewhere in there, work on the difficulties that ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present. They simply alert their handlers when drugs are on the scene. Since possessing a ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... Calipari is now expanding her current research to determine whether birth control pills can help female substance abusers , since the medication can help stabilize the fluctuations experienced through the female hormonal ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... do eventually accept treatment and succeed. These programs clearly have positive intent, but they raise important questions: Are police qualified to determine who has a substance use problem and who is dealing for other ... 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 ...

    ... than addiction? Will the walk be aimless? These are some of the questions an addict or even a first-time substance user asks. It's a slippery slope, but it can be avoided with the right support and professional help ... 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 it ...

    ... test offers the benefit of authenticity. There's no way to fool this test. The subject's identity and substance use are both captured in the sample. This eliminates dishonest practices, like using someone else's urine to ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are created in labs and meant to ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the young users say the substance is “relatively harmless,” recent studies and reports are proving that's far from the case. Just the Facts About ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

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

    ... in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. “You can become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't mean you're addicted.” He points out you would ... 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 ...

    ... . They took a taste of a mind-altering substance—oftentimes as prescribed by a doctor—and their brains ... walked through the system toward detox and recovery. The program has been so successful that other cities are now ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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

    ... as prescribed by your physician, you may have an addiction. Because the drug can become habit forming, abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into a serious addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more ... 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 ...

    ... % success rate. 7 This means that while it may be more effective than other forms of treatment for substance addiction, ibogaine will not help everyone . Yes, some studies have found that ibogaine might effectively treat ... 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 ...

    ... cravings for the drug, a medically supervised rehab program is the best course of action for lasting sobriety ... Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Photo Credit: Google/scholieren.com continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... -the-counter narcotic, and it isn't often abused, although the potential exists. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are ... substances, get help today - call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get help finding the best treatment programs ... 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 ...

    ... seek help. With the massive spike in drug abuse among practitioners, state medical boards have been forced ... states now offer some form of assistance program for impaired healthcare workers. Licensed healthcare providers ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... . What may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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

    ... that it could become the “Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking.” He felt that it would be too easy to abuse , consume dangerous levels of the product and could easily be snuck into concerts or festivals. “What's to stop ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... addiction, alcoholism, but it really isn't. That's my truth.” Help is Here : If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug abuse , call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? and speak to a recovery professional today. continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... in intoxicated patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... “If they can't put the test kits into people's hands then at least have people there that can spread the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... 7 Whether ingested by smoking, eating an edible, or another method, THC (as well as any other cannabinoid substance present) will make its way into the bloodstream and eventually be delivered to the brain of the user. In ... 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 ...

    ... same time, marijuana use disorder among adults has also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this data, stresses the importance of educating the public know on ... 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 ...

    ... blackout. And trust me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a blackout as “a period of amnesia during which a person actively engages in behaviors but ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... for promiscuous behavior and transmission of STD's. Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about ecstasy abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

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

    ... is more popular than ever - often coined the drug of “last resort.” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here's a look at five factors that have helped this dangerous synthetic drug earn the “last ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... at the University of Sydney. “It will influence [people's] behaviour.” Based on her research into alcohol abuse by Australian women, Withnall says about 16 percent of middle-aged women in the country are dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... reliever. The process has been around since Biblical times, but most people favor over-the-counter anti-constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk up their batches of heroin ... or help arrives. Additional Reading: New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis Image ... 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 z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... , which in turn may have exacerbated the severity of insomnia.” As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in the previous month. A study from the British medical ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... all the documented damage Spice inflicts, Dave's friend was clearly misinformed. This drug is a high-risk substance that puts all your physical systems in danger. If only Dave had known… Additional Reading: Five Reasons ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

    ... to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And remember: The struggles might be common, but they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort experienced during the withdrawal process . Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These ... conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level , you're actually ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... users aren't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years from now. But considering the potential effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... our brains differently, a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

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

    ... apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be defined within those parameters. Some people can abuse alcohol , yet they're able to achieve success in their personal and professional lives. Experts call these ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year ... 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, ...

    ... quickly. In the meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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

    ... seems to rely on drinking alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered a few warning signs of alcohol abuse . I used them as a tool to evaluate his behavior: Does he experience temporary blackouts or short-term ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... drinking, and the rate of solitary drinking was much higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often than the other teenage drinkers, consumed more during each ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It ... continue reading
  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

    Drug and Alcohol Self-Assessment Quizzes Use the following self-assessment quizzes to better understand common signs, symptoms, and behavioral changes related to substance misuse and addiction. The questions used in the following self-assessments ...

    ... have an unhealthy dependence on inhalants, such as the fumes from various paints, glues, fuels, and other substances. While this assessment does not replace a clinical diagnosis from a professional, it can be helpful in ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 1 Myth #2: We're Automatically Ready ... he needs to try something different. Seeking out rehab programs that appeal to the individual is a setup for ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... day over a lifetime. Alcohol, on its own, is not solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol on a regular basis does place you at a higher risk of developing the disease. A massive ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being kidnapped by “hunting” parties and forcibly put into ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... . In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden, pill-popping people? Experts suggest ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... than that,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, head of the alcohol program at the CDC. “It was surprising that the number of ... page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... and calm because they no longer need to engage in self-stimulating behavior. The number of young people abusing ADHD medication has been steadily increasing over the last five years, with almost 9 percent of high school ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to ... 's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... for women - thanks to the hormone estrogen. Groundbreaking details of their National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... strokes. Researchers have developed a new brain imaging tool that can help them better understand how stimulant drug abuse affects the brain. Developed by a team of researchers from Stony Brook University in New York and ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn ... 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 ...

    ... to begin human trials in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought it off the internet from ... continue reading
  • Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker

    Jessica has tried time and again to limit her drinking. “I'll just have one glass of wine tonight!” she tells herself, night after night. But one leads to two leads to a whole bottle, followed by shots at a bar, and she wakes up the next day ...

    ... , funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, researchers identified a gene variant ... director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “By understanding the genetic underpinnings ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... Your kidneys are tasked with filtering harmful substances from the blood and alcohol consumption makes ... what causes the urge to frequently urinate. If you regularly abuse alcohol, it's nearly impossible to avoid UTIs. In ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... once or twice a week. Crunching the Numbers This latest CDC report offers a plethora of findings, including abuse rates, ages of first use and opinions regarding appropriate punishment for breaking drug laws. So what can ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... are life-changing experiences and can range from child abuse to losing a family member. It's hard to ... tends to grow and eventually overcomes whatever relief the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of addiction ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... in turn ruins our liver. Breaking Down the “Knowns” and “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In fact, liver disease (called cirrhosis) is the number ten killer in the U.S., and ... 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 ...

    ... many people overdose on benzos in the US each year? Click Here for the Answer The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports nearly 9,000 people in the US died of benzodiazepine overdose in 2015. This figure has more than ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

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

    ... . He heard his co-worker call 911. Darren didn't understand what was happening to him… Darren's Ritalin abuse was more serious than he thought - he was addicted. This caused serious cardiovascular problems when his body ... continue reading
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