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  • 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 ...

    ... doctors just give them out like candy on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I ... patterns? Does that sound like a “good” time? Kenneth Anderson, harm reduction ... 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 ...

    ... changes seen among benzo addicts, including: “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions Hostility or ... Getting Past the Withdrawal Phase It's also a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me ... 's what I did when I went to hospitals and doctors' offices. ... continue reading
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  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

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

    ... give you a better idea of whether or not you were drugged: Do I feel like something happened but I can't remember ... period of time is going to be difficult, as the doctors have to make sure to get all possible evidence they ... 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 ...

    ... years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had back then? If so ... But is modafinil safe in the long-term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on ... those who determine to quit, following closely a doctor's recommended guidelines for slowly weaning off the benzo was ... continue reading
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  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed ... , a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... Do I have a prescription for this drug? 2. Am I taking this drug as prescribed? 3. Do I feel I need ... a tapering program at home under the guidance of a medical doctor. With a taper program, you will slowly be weaned off ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... 's in pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) to see a doctor. You think, “I have those pills just sitting there. I'll give him two or three to help him get through the pain.” Or maybe your spouse ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... were locking the door and throwing away the key. Gambling with My Freedom I hired the cheapest non-public-defender I could find. After he forced me to watch the unbearable dash-cam footage, he negotiated a plea deal. The ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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

    ... A good handful of people who I considered friends barely reached out to me or made ... I realized how lucky I was to be alive. I began looking at life like I had a second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... to inject or, more commonly, snort them, as well as take them orally. There have even been reports ... you start modifying your prescription, doctor shopping (i.e., seeing multiple doctors for the same conditions without ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

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

    ... whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally ... Gets Better I was used to the panic attacks when I woke up. I was used to the projectile vomiting when I was ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... made me look the best I had in years! And as an added bonus, I have an easier time maintaining my weight, as I don' ... to better myself are endless, and I've found that not once have I missed sitting on a bar stool ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 doctor offered ... 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 ...

    ... A recent study published in the journal Addiction linked alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers analyzed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System ... 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 ...

    ... University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that even those who take Xanax as prescribed “can be impaired even if it's in the therapeutic range. What I tell my students is that benzodiazepines are actually alcohol in pill ... 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 ...

    ... nailed to the bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was the best option - certainly better than reaching for a drink. Carol eventually worked with her ... 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 ...

    ... turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their ... at them. That's just how good these counterfeiters have become at manufacturing Xanax dupes. Late last year, at ... 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, ...

    ... 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going ... we'd be okay without the medication and be much better off learning healthy ways to cope with stress and fear. ... 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 ...

    ... in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers ... much easier way to assess patients using real data.” Doctor Shopping is a Growing Issue But while Canadian researchers are ... 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 ...

    ... patient (attending sessions as well as following up at ... doctors can weigh the many options available. Working together, the two of you can decide on the best method of pain control and treatment. Additional Reading: Am I ... 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 ...

    ... , something inside me snapped and I stopped caring about, well, virtually everything. So, I turned to the ... my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a year and a half). Doctors Step Up to the Plate In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we're in dire ... 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, ...

    ... Devon, Pa. “We tend to be compassionate people, and I think we were falling into a trap we were creating ourselves.” ... utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor Shopping ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... before, she was there, but she wasn't really there . Jane felt like she was talking to a wall. “I'll get therapy ,” Lisa said weakly. Her mother had heard this before, however, and her daughter never followed through ... 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 ...

    ... as you can remember. With that realization, a little voice in your head might start wondering: Am I an alcoholic? You can rest assured that alcohol addiction hotlines are staffed with compassionate individuals who are ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... freedom? That's a tough question. Women's rights advocates argue that the government would be better off helping women take care of basic needs, both physical and mental, than regulating their reproductive systems ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... -time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For months and years, I mulled over the events ... the wheel after knocking back a few too many? I highly doubted it. After all, how many people actually ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... - Take Care of Yourself Eat well and get enough sleep. When you're well rested and properly nourished maintaining a ... , one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty of help available to ... are taking for pain, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor may be able to prescribed alternative medication or ... 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 ...

    ... a car or having sex. In the best-selling memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget , Sarah Hepola even ... only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as well. In fact, according to a Duke University survey ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... high-intensity opioid use during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers ... Reducing “inappropriate” opioid prescribing by doctors and developing safer alternatives for pain ... 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 ...

    ... . “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't ... doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... substance every day that it no longer functions well without it, which is called dependency. This ... doctor to get the drug and conceal how much of it you are taking, this is referred to as “shopping” and there is a good ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a ... patient to treat other health issues, as well as address emotional problems associated with their drug ... 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 ...

    ... take the drug and to speak to a medical provider about the best way to stop. Some drugs will need to be tapered, or you ... . If you feel able to quit at home, a doctor might help you determine a tapering plan for the pain ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... needs a little “me time” once in ... better begins from the inside out. The dynamic duo of healthy diet and regular exercise releases endorphins - your brain's “feel-good” chemical - and strengthens the immune system. Best ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... instead of jail, but this needs to be determined with the judge. A lawyer can help you determine the best course of action. Also, seek a drug rehabilitation center that is known to have a program that works. A ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... ended up in a very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where ... $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole family as well as medically assisted detox . It is one of the ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... major life trauma to precipitate a desire to seek help. But there is good news! The fact that you are asking yourself, “Do I have to hit rock bottom before I seek help?” means a) that you haven't yet hit rock bottom and ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... to their pets. Newest Disturbing Trend This “doggy doctor shopping” is a relatively new trend to hit the ... probably wondering, how is something like this happening? Well, sadly much of the medication prescribed to animals ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... relentless in our pursuit to transform addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated disease.” I can't help but wonder if this company was so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... money even though your parents seem to be doing reasonably well job-wise. You need to treat this like any ... she could not function, you'd take your parent to the doctor. The same goes for addiction, although it's not quite ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... 's dismay, the officer explained he was holding a brand new roadside test for cocaine . “Well,” Steve thought, “looks like I was wrong about that test.” Bringing the Lab to the Streets While police officers have used ... 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 ...

    ... a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I ... out to be the best for my recovery. I reached my conclusion after considering my best friend's favorite ... 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 ...

    ... Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip ( ... 't in any way threatened by Kombucha”. In fact, he told me he'd done enough work in his 20-plus years in recovery to ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats ... survey also touched on police-community relations, as well as concerns on public safety agencies' abilities to ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... short-acting benzodiazepine like alprazolam (Xanax), a doctor may administer an equivalent dosage of ... You can! Although benzo withdrawal can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst, many others have successfully ... 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 - ...

    ... and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can't stop drinking come up to me and say, ' Can you help me? ' And I can say, 'Yes.'” Bill: Military Veteran “I've been in recovery for 23 ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... the 51-year-old actress has her own well of personal experience to draw from, since ... me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

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

    ... work—the better it got and the more confident I became. Through constant rehearsal, I was better equipped at ... 's Christmas party or your drunken behavior at your best friend's wedding. Either way, your revelation is ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain respect by doing what you need to do to get healthy. After all, if you don't seek out ... 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 . ...

    ... and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ... me to see you do it?” “Yes, I can see that. What I can't do is stop myself. The cocaine keeps pulling me back. I ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me ... own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of ... 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 ...

    ... to treat frequent injuries. Just recently, NFL team doctors were raided by the DEA on suspicion of over ... It's going good,” he said last July. “(It) has been a growing process, and I'm in a better spot than I have been.” ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... just convince themselves that addiction is a personal choice - it almost feels like they're in control. Almost. Lie #4 But, I'm not like so-and-so…he/she's really in bad shape. Addicts like to use other addicts as a way ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the Vivitrol ... 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 ...

    ... be understanding what practices make you feel connected. A good way to begin would be to try some things ... . Set aside 15-20 minutes a day to practice. It is best if you can commit to setting aside at least 15-20 minutes ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... three providers - a doctor, an RN, and also a respiratory therapist - while I administer fentanyl to them. ... heroin injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse to do that.” ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... . These places also tend to have the better addiction treatment doctors—after all, if someone is paying between ... that no one gets better from addiction overnight—these places offer the best in the treatment of addiction ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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  • Drugs A-Z

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  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

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  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

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  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

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  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

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  • Drugs and Devotion

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  • Pain Killer Protocol

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