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  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... from benzos may be extremely unpleasant and potentially dangerous. Benzo withdrawal may include symptoms of severe anxiety, insomnia, dysphoria, tremors, and seizures. 4 While challenging to endure, there are certain ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... 's recommended guidelines for slowly weaning off the benzo was most effective — if still painful. For those on high doses of the medication, withdrawal has led to seizures and psychosis. 3. Using Often Creates Cognitive ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... . Now they are dealing with side effects of benzo addiction and withdrawal , some of which include: Panic attacks Dry retching Psychosis Delirium Seizures Hallucinations Weakness Vertigo Increased risk of suicide Because ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently ... to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, benzo withdrawal can be dangerous and can cause seizures. Carol's doctor monitored her closely. Sometimes it ... 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 ...

    ... administration. Often times, the treatment will include transferring you from a slow acting benzo to an extended release formulation. Getting Past the Withdrawal Phase It's also a good idea to be prepared for an extended ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs as ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... are actually alcohol in pill form.” Measuring Benzo Intoxication But while intoxication by alcohol can be ... order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery ... 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 ...

    ... - and your loved ones - against unknowingly coming into contact with them is to steer clear of street drugs altogether. Additional Reading: Benzo Epidemic - A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... time. This slower processing can surprise many people - especially if a drug test is looming in the near future. Benzo Boost Kate had a stressful weekend. She took a few Valium to get through the family reunion (and a ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... , especially to those of us who are prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like you can pop a benzo and twenty minutes later…everything is fine! The fact that it can kill you is widely known, but maybe that hasn ... 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 ...

    ... When prescribed to patients who abuse alcohol or benzodiazepines, gabapentin works to prevent seizures and convulsions during the withdrawal period. Alternatively, when people who struggle with opiate dependence take the ... 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 ...

    ... overdose , which can involve difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, seizure, loss of consciousness and coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. These include ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... their greatest concern to public safety. If that's not frightening enough, according to the National Seizure System, heroin seizures across the U.S. increased 81 percent from 2010 to 2014. In simple terms; heroin's ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... of drugs that could inhibit a pilot's ability to perform his job, including medications for seizure disorders and psychiatric illnesses. A Look at Illicit Substance Abuse The percentage of pilots using illegal substances ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... officials are struggling to stop the drug before it hits the streets and unleashes deadly results. A recent drug seizure in New York took more than 140 pounds of fentanyl and nearly 50 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin out ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... dependent on the drug in just a short amount of time and may experience highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, nervousness, and insomnia when you try to stop taking it. 7 If you've become addicted ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... like Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Halcion, are used to treat conditions like anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. My psychiatrist put me on Klonopin almost 10 years ago to help ease the stress I ... 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 ...

    ... with tramadol abuse. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult to quit using it), but overdosing is quite common. Symptoms can involve seizures and a fast collapse. And it's ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

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

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

    ... dependence has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 ... Sneezing Cold chills Diarrhea Cough Difficulty sleeping Pain Seizures (rare, but possible with chronic use) ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... - Morphine decreases our ability to perceive and respond. Given enough, it can knock us out or even induce a coma. Seizures - Due to its interaction with the central nervous system, morphine has the potential to cause ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... . Signs of alcohol poisoning include: Severe disorientation and lack of coordination. Vomiting while sleeping Seizures or rigid spasms Irregular or slow breathing Clammy, pale, or bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While ... 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 ...

    ... can cause cardiac arrest, irregular heart rate, seizures and extreme paranoia. Thanks to the large number ... addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... by heroin . Heroin use has increased across the country by 50 percent between 2013 and 2014 alone, while seizures of the drug doubled between 2010 and 2014. The DEA's 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment found that ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... . With increased amounts, the cells in the nervous system cannot effectively communicate muscle movement, causing seizures. Blood flow regulation is also compromised, causing an erratic heart rate. If not addressed by ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... and increased heart rate. Patrick wanted Darren to realize he was also at risk for hallucinations, seizures, heart damage, liver damage, brain damage, psychosis and depression. Finally, he suggested that Darren seek ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... . And he certainly didn't know about the harsher reactions, like experiencing tightness in the chest, seizures, irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing and death. Another key piece of information Gary missed was that ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... right now. Schedule V drugs include: Cough medicine (like Robitussin AC) Ezogabine (used for treatment of seizures) Additional Reading: Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... can also cause abnormal heartbeat, blurred vision, hallucinations, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, hair loss, growth stunting, seizures or stroke. Can My Teen Abuse It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure its ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... I am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... drug is great. The main character of the television show “House M.D.” faced issues of Vicodin addiction and withdrawal throughout the series, and you know how serious the epidemic of Vicodin abuse is becoming when it's ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... nature of the opiate drug , are seen for symptoms they do not even recognize as withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal are similar to those of opiates and can include: Craving Depression Anxiety Restlessness Nausea Sweating ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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

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

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

    ... OxyContin - one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

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

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

    ... a long period of time and they no longer receive it, they may be at risk of developing withdrawal symptoms similar to those associated with other opioid drugs. The severity of symptoms experienced depends on the degree ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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

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

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

    ... of fatigue… Kara can stop wondering. Yes, Ritalin addiction causes fatigue. It's one of the top signs of withdrawal. Once you've misused Ritalin for a period of time, your body becomes accustomed to the drug. When you ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... ? One reason is that if you inject Suboxone, the naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... the implant disperses the medication evenly throughout your body, it can be very effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms. This also lowers the risk of relapse. Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street more ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... without issue. Other than a handful of “hot flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th grade ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... started using and reached a point of clarity she never had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to start living. A therapist recommended she continue ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... would be this: Don't jump into the arms of a prescription when all it offers is temporary relief and a painful withdrawal in the end. It's just not worth it. ” Talk to Us: Does this story sound familiar, you're not alone ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

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

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

    ... addicted. Being dependent on them means, if you stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, it simply means your body has become accustomed to ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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

    ... are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used to assist in opioid withdrawal during what is called “ opioid detoxification ,” and as medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... in to an inpatient clinic. This precaution is to ensure your safety and to be able to monitor you for severe withdrawal symptoms. If, however, you are considered a low-risk patient, you may be set up with outpatient care ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... pill bottle. Addiction develops rapidly; suddenly one or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and more, running out of pills before their next ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... the drug . You may even find yourself continuing to use despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same way heroin does , only the dosage is ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... some of the facts: methadone is a safer alternative to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that often cause people to relapse, and it can allow you to engage in a healthier lifestyle. Remember ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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

    ... focus and motivation for tasks at school and beyond. Quitting Adderall: What to Expect The rapid withdrawal causes extreme discomfort and brings on a handful of potentially dangerous effects—even hallucinations have been ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... . When administered, naloxone blocks the effects of opiate drugs and causes an addict to experience withdrawal symptoms. Myth #2: Naloxone Prevents Addicts from Seeking Treatment Truth: There is nothing to indicate ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... wear off shortly after it is administered and dissipate entirely after 90 minutes, leaving behind an opiate withdrawal that is so brutal, it leaves users “dope sick.” What's Your Opinion? Undoubtedly, increased naloxone ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe Somebody can get on these ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... , Hillary felt anxious and dizzy. She also still felt tired. She didn't know what to think. She wondered about withdrawal. She wondered if she had become addicted . She didn't know what she should do next - she felt bad ... 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 ...

    ... Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed medically-assisted opioid withdrawal and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks ... 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 ...

    ... , opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel approach in combating the opioid epidemic ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... birth defects and developmental problems. Every 25 minutes a baby is born with NAS and is suffering an opioid withdrawal. NAS costs the health care system an annual $1.5 billion dollars, 81% of which is paid by state ... continue reading
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  • Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepines (benzos) are commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In 2017, there were over 120 million benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed throughout the country. 1 Benzos belong to a larger group of medications known as ...

    ... Acute stress reactions. Sleep disorders. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Types of Benzodiazepines There are a number of ... about addiction treatment today. Related Readings 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know continue reading
  • Finding Help for Benzodiazepine Addiction

    Many people become addicted to benzodiazepines or “benzos” as they are often called. Common types of benzos include: Xanax . Valium . Klonopin . These anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant sedatives are effective at managing the conditions for which ...

    ... be made for treatment in either an outpatient or inpatient setting. Because benzo withdrawal can produce life-threatening symptoms such as seizures, detoxing with medical support is a key first step of treatment. This ... continue reading
  • Xanax Withdrawal

    Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . These frequently prescribed medications are used to treat a range of physical and mental health conditions. Specifically, Xanax (also known by its generic name, alprazolam) is used in the ...

    ... -dangerous withdrawal effects like seizures 4 . Is It Dangerous? Drug Withdrawal Acute withdrawal from ... any previous history with withdrawal, the individual may be first switched to a long-acting benzo before the taper ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

    ... . Since Librium withdrawal is associated with seizures and delirium tremens similar to that of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, the ... of Benzodiazepine Abuse. 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know. Are Benzos ... continue reading
  • At Home Drug Detox Methods

    How Does Detoxing from Drugs Work? Detoxing from drugs can take place in a number of settings, and while it may be tempting to attempt it at home, it may not be your best option. In fact, in some cases, it can be dangerous or even deadly to do so. ...

    ... . In some cases (for example, if you're abusing benzo with a short half-life such as Xanax), you may be ... have a grand mal seizure. 4 Among those using substances with potentially lethal withdrawal syndromes, there is no ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Overdose

    Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are prescription medications used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures 1,2 . Benzos were once prescribed for the short-term management of insomnia, but they are rarely ...

    ... treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures 1,2 . Benzos were once prescribed for the ... factors increase a user's chances of a benzo overdose, including: Taking large doses of the drug ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... anxiety, this medication is used to treat seizure, irritable bowel syndrome and nausea from cancer ... our blog, 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know . Lorazepam Withdrawal Treatment Checking into a rehab center ... continue reading
  • Klonopin Abuse

    An Introduction to Klonopin Klonopin is a prescription sedative medication useful as an anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to control or prevent seizures and reduce anxiety from panic attacks. Also known as clonazepam, ...

    ... drug. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to control or prevent seizures and reduce anxiety from panic attacks. Also known ... begin to experience potentially severe benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms when Klonopin levels fall below ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Stop suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all ...

    ... alprazolam at our blog, 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction. Alprazolam Dependence Substance dependency occurs when you ... so can result in seizures, coma, or death . Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs Headache. ... 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. ...

    ... eye movements. Stupor. Coma. Signs of Benzo Addiction The criteria for the diagnosis of a ... the drug and the user may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, insomnia, or seizures, when the user stops taking it 5 ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... also useful in managing the effects of acute alcohol withdrawal. They are effective in this capacity because they share ... Set reports that most people who are treated for benzo abuse are young adult white men, and that 95 ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... and cardiac arrest. Other symptoms of overdose include: Extreme stomach pain or nausea. Irregular heartbeat. Seizures. Coma. Heart attack. Getting Help for Substance Abuse Combining substances may enhance feelings of ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... We analyzed the 26,000+ reports for mentions of guns and found that at least 5.8 percent of drug seizures reported in the news between June 2009 and May 2016 mentioned the confiscation of a gun of some description . That ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... 50% of people that abuse tramadol will experience a seizure at some point 3 . Serotonin syndrome is a condition ... more about what happens after detox on our Tramadol Withdrawal page. If you know of someone that is having ... continue reading
  • Barbiturates’ Side Effects

    Are Barbiturates Harmful? Barbiturates are members of a broad class of drugs called sedatives that have historically been prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures; however, prolonged use at increasing doses may have severe ...

    ... treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures; however, prolonged use at increasing doses ... same effects that were once achieved at lower doses) and withdrawal (a series of negative psychological and physical symptoms that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? When misused or taken recreationally, Ativan can be addictive and dangerous. Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It ...

    ... as Valium - can be beneficial to managing seizure activity, if present. When the dosage of sedative has been tapered down low enough to quit the drug use without withdrawal occurring, then the drug use is discontinued ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Phenobarbital Addict

    The medication phenobarbital is a type of prescription barbiturate medication commonly used in the management of acute seizure activity and chronic seizure disorder. Phenobarbital has also been utilized in the management of some types of substance ...

    ... will be doubly important to have a full medical evaluation, and undergo a supervised detox, as dangerous withdrawal seizures are a distinct possibility. If you are concerned regarding your use of phenobarbital, or if you ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

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

    ... programs have experience managing and providing care in the event of a serious medical complication like a withdrawal-induced seizure. The safest option is to enter a program that offers medically monitored detox and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... in other words, this medication may cause seizures . This property also makes tramadol especially ... also experience tingling in your hands and feet. After withdrawal is complete, you may want to attend an inpatient ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Klonopin, known commonly by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure disorders. Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system ...

    ... and may even present some severe health risks - including seizure - that require emergency management. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms may include: Insomnia. Rebound anxiety. Irritability. Marked agitation. Stomach ... continue reading
  • Kratom Overdose

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a psychoactive botanical substance derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia and certain areas of Africa. Kratom has long been used in traditional medicine, but more recently, the drug has seen more widespread use ...

    ... . Muscle pains. Coughing. Diarrhea. Opioid withdrawal. Is Kratom Safe? Some of the active ... then tilt their head backward 7 . If the person is having a seizure, your main goal is to protect the person from getting hurt. You ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

    Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chronic pain conditions. While Tramadol is similar to other prescription opioid pain relievers such as ...

    ... questions and self-reports such as the following: “ Help. Tramadol withdrawals. ” “ Tramadol: A WARNING. Not the usual warning. ” “ Tramadol seizure risk? ” The Opiates subreddit, which focuses specifically on opiate and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are a dangerous drug, but anyone with an addiction or dependency can receive help. Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first ...

    ... features associated with stimulant abuse and withdrawal will likely abate in short order, antipsychotic medications should be reserved for severe symptoms as they may lower the seizure threshold, putting the patient at a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... account. Sudden cessation of long-term clonazepam use can lead to marked agitation, neural excitation, and withdrawal seizure activity , so medical supervision is essential for someone looking to cease use of this drug ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse A person can form a physical dependence on the drug in a short amount of time, even when using the drug as instructed. What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications ...

    ... its mental health applications, clonazepam is prescribed to treat spasticity and seizure disorders, as well to manage some symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal. Clonazepam is sometimes used as an induction agent prior to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

    ... . Crushing chest pain and shortness of breath. Seizure and convulsions. Loss of consciousness. Never wait ... given an ADHD diagnosis. Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment Ritalin withdrawal can be extremely difficult. ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in El Cajon, CA

    which_city: california/el-cajon; h1: Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in El Cajon, CA; intro: The small city of El Cajon is located just outside San Diego, one of the southernmost points in the state of California. The San Diego ...

    ... to detox safely due to seizure risk. Other substances, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, usually benefit from medical detox as well, because of the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and potential complications. Any ... continue reading
  • Crack Overdose

    Crack cocaine is the term for cocaine that has been processed with weak bases such as baking soda or ammonium salts, resulting in a hard “rock” form 1 . While very similar in nature and effects, it is a much more potent form of cocaine—in ...

    ... the emergency team: Try to keep her body temperature down with cold compresses. If she is experiencing a seizure, make sure she is not around anything that could harm her further. Clear away any and all sharp things ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... a barbiturate. It is commonly used as an anticonvulsant to treat patients with seizures. It can also be used to treat those experiencing acute withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines, may result in severe tremors and ... continue reading
  • Klonopin History and Statistics

    History 6 Alarming Facts About Benzos Benzodiazepines are used to treat certain anxiety disorders and to manage seizure activity. Despite these therapeutic uses, they also have some frightening effects. Klonopin (generic name: clonazepam) is a ...

    ... long term use of benzodiazepines increases one's risk of experiencing dangerous seizure activity or additional severe withdrawal symptoms if the medication is stopped. Medically supervised detoxification is imperative in ... continue reading
  • Klonopin Overdose

    What is Klonopin? Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed medications that treat several physical and mental health issues. 1 Clonazepam, often known by the brand name Klonopin, is a benzodiazepine used for the treatment of panic disorder and ...

    ... for the treatment of panic disorder and certain seizure disorders. 2,3,4 Benzodiazepines have sedative ... only feels normal when the drug is present and experiences withdrawal symptoms when the drug is removed. 7 In fact ... continue reading
  • The Benefits of Medical Detox

    What is Alcohol and Drug Detox? A period of medically supervised detoxification often marks the first part of treatment and recovery for individuals with alcohol and/or other substance use disorders. People who have developed various forms of ...

    ... : 5 History of longstanding, regular, and heavy alcohol use. Prior episodes of withdrawal. History of withdrawal delirium or seizures. Having a dependence on other substances, such as benzodiazepines. Being over the age ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

    Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating agent produced from the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Alcohol is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. While alcohol can be consumed safely and responsibly, ...

    ... As substances with marked dependency potential, the benzodiazepines will only be utilized in the short withdrawal interim for seizure prophylaxis; their use will be quickly tapered off and discontinued as detox concludes ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... Hallucinations. Delirium. Increased sensitivity to light, smells, and sounds. Rapid pulse. Sweating. Tremors. Seizures. Opioid Withdrawal Opioids are a class of drugs that include illicit drugs such as heroin, as well as ... continue reading
  • Ambien Abuse

    What Is Ambien? When taken for prolonged periods of time - even at a prescribed dose - Ambien use can be habit-forming. Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate , a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or ...

    ... shouldn't be attempted on one's own if the risk of seizure exists-a period of closely monitored, or medically supervised detox/withdrawal will be necessary. Who's Abusing Ambien? Some relevant statistics about Ambien ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

    Moderate Drinking vs. Alcohol Abuse It's true that many sources point to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The key word here is moderate. Some studies have shown a connection between light to moderate drinking and decreased heart ...

    ... to be alcohol-dependent. Without drinking, they may go through withdrawal, which can be extremely serious, producing life-threatening complications such as seizures and delirium tremens, or “DTs”. 13 Both tolerance and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ativan

    Ativan (known generically as lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety disorders , short-term anxiety symptoms, insomnia, and seizures. 1 It is a benzodiazepine, which means that it belongs to a highly addictive class of drugs that work to ...

    ... period. In addition to the risk of relatively rare, but severe withdrawal complications such as extreme agitation and seizures, it is during this time that it will be the most challenging for them to resist relapse ... continue reading
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