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  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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

    ... one who suffers from addiction will make even the most capable person feel helpless. Sure, Al-Anon tells loved ones that they didn't cause the addiction, they can't control it, and they can't cure it, but that doesn ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... influence on the grunge scene. Let's be honest: how many people can understand all the lyrics to Smells Like ... he also claimed it cured a friend's morphine addiction —one that was demonstrated not to be true a few months ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were ... it could be used - in conjunction with therapy - to cure alcoholism. I was a ... continue reading
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  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... ibogaine cures; I've seen it for 20 years,” says Edward Conn, an addiction counselor. “How many official clinics exist? None. Ask yourself why.” Even with the associated risks, Conn believes ibogaine can be an effective ... 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 ...

    ... can be just as prevalent and is often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is ... doesn't cure mental cravings for the drug, a medically supervised rehab program is the best course ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... Drew Kiraly, notes, “Once we clarify how it can best be targeted to reduce addiction-like behaviors, there is a high possibility that treatments targeting G-CSF could be translated into clinical trials and treatments for ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... alone can cure a sickness . 2 The most common debate centers around whether is marijuana addictive. Although pot use does not spark a physical addiction, withdrawal symptoms from the substance can definitely be physical ... 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 ...

    ... opiate to another does nothing to “heal” the neurological aspects of addiction or root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” if you're using Suboxone for long-term ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... treatment, people can receive mental health, physical health, and addiction support to assist in the present and plan for the future. Rehab is not a lifelong cure for addiction, though. As mentioned, addiction is a long ... 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 ...

    ... the clock hit 5pm, because that's when I could blissfully slip away from reality. Thankfully, this daily ... saw first-hand how many women were still in full-scale addiction mode . They were willing to risk everything to use ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The ... the funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4.8 billion is slotted ... 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 ...

    ... options left, she decided to turn to Ibogaine in hopes for a cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug in the U. ... will determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction ... 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 ...

    ... it to bind to opioid receptors. Because of this, it has been promoted as a potential cure for opiate addicts. The idea is that Kratom, a “mild” drug, can help wean people off these “harder” drugs. What's the drawback ... continue reading
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  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even ... overdoses or suicide. How Can We Improve? Although Sweden's incarceration rate is low compared to most of ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... model. The University decided the best way to develop this treatment in the community was to offer coursework in the area of addictions. To prepare professionals to support those in need, the minor includes four core ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... article from The Atlantic suggests that any reforms in the way state and federal governments see addiction will produce institutional competition on behalf of the criminal justice institutions. This means that if federal ... 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 ...

    ... see that the endomorphin drug did not impair motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults. They also worked to discover potential addictive traits of the endomorphin ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... discover new parts of your soul, you can start to repair this image. The truth is, you're way more than your drug ... to offer the world. Additional Reading: The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... equally susceptible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around ... 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 ...

    ... relatively small, its findings are potentially huge. In fact, this may be the first real step toward addressing the relationship between opiate addiction, criminality and the combined effect both can have on an already ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... than ever to gain a thorough understanding of the effects of marijuana. Reduced brain blood flow could be a very harmful effect previously overlooked. Other studies “have associated weakened blood flow in the hippocampus ... 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 ...

    ... m always there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When ... addiction particularly resonates for her because addiction is “a huge part” of her life. “All that stuff is ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can be both life-saving and crucial. With that in mind, let ... The rise of heroin abuse is directly related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... of the nose, as well as wearing sunglasses indoors to hide bloodshot eyes, can all be signs of drug use. (U)nusual Actions: Being high can cause people to act out of character. If your friend seems abnormally outgoing ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... . “But I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of ... is hard to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... you're a new parent battling drug addiction, look at available inpatient treatment centers in your area. Even if it means being away for your child for a month or two, it could allow them to be with you for the rest of ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

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

    ... a study aid. That's because it can help improve focus and boost alertness. Some of these same students will go on to use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. SAMSHA's National Survey on Drug ... 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), ...

    ... , tramadol can be habit-forming. Its euphoric effects are often sought by those abusing the drug. Increased tolerance combined with physical and psychological dependence create a cycle of addiction that can prove lethal ... 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 ...

    ... the other stolen parts of our lives. Addiction is a thief, and these 7 things are its most common targets. 1. Relationship Watching someone suffer from addiction can be both heart wrenching and infuriating. Although no ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... of time-released hydrocodone (that can easily be crushed and abused), the drug was approved by the US Food ... 17 The Need for Treatment Is Rising Millions of Americans suffer from addiction to opioids like heroin or ... 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 ...

    ... convicted of a crime are sent to a county jail, but there are reasons that you could be sent to the smaller ... , should be able to go to the local jail instead. If you or a loved one has an alcohol abuse or addiction, call ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

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

    ... a week or a decade, the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our morality hinges on feeding our addiction, we no can longer prudently control our actions or ... 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 ...

    ... you've determined whether you have an addiction to the drug, consider addiction treatment options . Klonopin is a known addictive substance, so professional addiction centers that can help you safely withdraw from using ... 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 ...

    ... 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 your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... pawn shop, or lying to employers and loved ones, bailing them out takes away the negative consequences of addiction. While it can be difficult to see a loved one sit in jail or get fired from a job, letting them suffer ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... obvious. We can't avoid bending usually, because at some point, something will need to be picked up from ... you'll be in pain from cessation of the drug. However, it's better than the alternative—permanent addiction . You ... 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 ...

    ... going through the brain Muscle twitching Though the withdrawal symptoms related to benzoidazepines can be difficult, this addiction is certainly not impossible to overcome. In fact, tens of thousands of people have ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... fight to get your life back. No one is a lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you know it, you'll be using the chicken and egg debate in a much ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... F's or D's, something's changed. Of course, it could be linked to a number of factors, so tread carefully here. Glazed expressions may be a sign of addiction , but with some teens, it's hard to tell. Teenagers and ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... If your whole social scene revolves around using or procuring drugs, your friends are definitely making your addiction worse. 6. They Say You Can't be Friends Anymore if You Get Sober/Clean Do your friends tell you that ... 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 ...

    ... form of opiate medication, people falsely believe the drug is not addictive. Tramadol dependence can develop after continued use and this can lead to addiction. For this reason, it's important to take only as directed ... 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 ...

    ... 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 of help available to you to ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... . Even worse, if you're a heavy substance abuser, you might even be spending half or more of your monthly income on drugs . Addiction can even create poverty in future generations. Due to your drug habits, your children ... 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 ...

    ... Ativan can cause a euphoric high, which is the reason it's often abused. Abused, it can be life- ... Consider how important Ativan is in your life. Where does it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance has ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... of taking drugs, substance use disorder of any type is dangerous and can affect virtually every aspect of life including relationships, work and finances. Addiction is not voluntary - it's a disease that affects how ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    ... researchers (and enthusiasts) claim that hallucinogens can be effective in treating addiction. The above-mentioned Ibogaine is one such example; also worth mentioning are magic mushrooms and ayahuasca, a healing brew ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can you do to feel better? You've probably heard of hangover cures that some people swear by. The truth is, they don't work. The following “cures” will not rid you of your hangover. Sip ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... seen evidence for it yet. Our understanding of the brain is still so basic that putting in powerful chemicals to do one ... the last few years, thousands of therapists have been trained in CBT, making it much easier for ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... 's very unlikely we'll find an effective cure,” said Verster. Until they find out, the solution is simple: lay off the booze. Additional Reading: Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... A Baby A baby with a balloon isn't uncommon, but a baby with a balloon filled with 20 grams of pot is a totally different story. A woman attempted to use her infant to smuggle weed into a New Zealand prison in 2010, but ... 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 ...

    ... recently one in Ohio, have offered Vivitrol to drug offenders as a way to avoid jail. When the choice is between taking a medication and going to jail, most choose the medication. Vivitrol and Pregnancy One glaring issue ... 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 ...

    ... maintaining a positive circle of friends. After all, being hungry, lonely or tired simply sets you up for relapse! Because of the intensely personal qualities of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... hangovers time after time.” Back To the Drawing Board So what's the takeaway message from this study? “It is probably a waste of time to discuss hangovers when trying to motivate a problem drinker to drink less or drink ... 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 ...

    ... on a sobering message: “Drugs are not worth the risk.” What viewers are seeing is the tragic reality that so many ... of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others had grown up ... since early-life contact with the penal system could lead to a host of negative outcomes, ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... harm. However, methadone - like any opiate - can be dangerous if taken inappropriately. Myth #4 - Methadone ... a miracle cure. Only with the correct mindset, coupled with the determination to get and stay clean, is this ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... -34 years.” They also note that increasing alcohol taxes “is an important but often neglected intervention to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.” Other states could replicate this method and likely see a reduction in their ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto. What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... the ages of 12 and 16. Needless to say, any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of addiction, robbery, prostitution and death makes for one of the most chilling portrayals of drug use ... 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 ...

    ... , low-level dose of buprenorphine to patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other ... could extend the window of time to seek emergency assistance if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... develop a tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other ... 's important to keep in mind gender can greatly affect your experience with marijuana - ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... death was multiple drug intoxication . 25. Judy Garland Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland struggled with drug addiction for ... alcohol overdoses leave millions of fans in mourning. Could we have saved these stars? What do these ... 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 ...

    ... couple drinks, too. Before she knows it, there are pictures online of her doing some really embarrassing things. ... not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. ... 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 ...

    ... of punishment has little to no impact on people who don't believe they will get caught. Will Anything Work? What can we do to combat drinking and driving? Experts suggest the following: Sobriety checkpoints, allow ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... , the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to ... will likely be denied. Interventions targeting addicts and drug abuse are shaped by law. Though individual states could ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... relapsed on drugs and even shaved her head to hide the evidence of her amphetamine addiction. 4. Snoop Dogg Rapper Snoop Dogg has been busted quite a few times for his marijuana possession and even just for reeking of ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... using statistical estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If you're ready to quit smoking , there are plenty of ways you can do it. Although some try to quit cold turkey, most people have greater success by putting ... 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. ...

    ... for small-time recreational purposes. 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 . ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC law was not uniform. Laws in some states stipulated a legal driving ... that this limit can be reached by some adults with just one drink. The change, it is argued, would only ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... point, Stitches' wife, Erica Duarte, loses it . As the four girls take turns snorting drugs , Duarte can be heard declaring that she is “going to f*ck that b*tch up.” Mere moments later, Stitches simply says “we're done ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... and then turned to community service as a way out of drug abuse or addiction. 14. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas was arrested in 2004 at a hotel because guests smelled his marijuana. 15. Rob Van ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... an estimated 3,514 in 2012. Half of those infected were either aware of their status or chose not disclose it ... — and a nurse!” If you're wondering how Murphy can set up an injection site, it's definitely worth pointing ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... of when young people are beginning to experiment with stimulants, so we can prevent them from misusing ... “To prevent someone from using for the first time is often more cost-efficient and effective than trying to ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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

    ... disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and similar obituaries are written in ... need to understand this is a problem; we need to come together and stop some of this. If we can stop one family from ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... Copas. They don't advertise their product as a cure-all, but rather as an aid to assist with ongoing ... medical marijuana for pets is controversial, it could provide a catalyst for initial research to be done on the ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... sentencing means people struggling with chemical dependency could serve more time than violent, dangerous offenders ... abuse is labeled a disability. Comparatively, the American Medical Association considers addiction a ... 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 ...

    ... , along with boasting a similar size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell the difference just by looking at them. That's just how good these counterfeiters ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... underwrote Downey's liability insurance so that the actor could star in 2003's The Singing Detective . From ... , below are some our popular and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number ... 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 ...

    ... it's OK to go to a health professional and say, can you show me how to be less anxious, can you show me why I am drinking.” Additional Reading: Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... he traveled from his home in France to Austin, Texas…where he was set to compete in the world beard-growing championship. (Can't make this stuff up!) He was arrested by U.S. authorities when he flew into Atlanta, Georgia ... 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 ...

    ... the horizon, thanks to the discovery of a new drug. “Opioid withdrawal is aversive, debilitating, and can compel individuals to continue using the drug in order to prevent these symptoms,” explains lead researcher Tuan ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... into your bloodstream. It typically resembles a concrete mixture and, though it varies in consistency, gray death can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked. So, why in the world would anyone want to put this stuff ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... regulates how the body responds to stress. Small Study, Large Implications Though the Netherlands study is small, it could have further implications for the research of people with mental illnesses, like depression or ... 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 ...

    ... , put on a facade that everything was fine and naively believed I could overcome it myself. Of course, I ... sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step ... 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 ...

    ... isolating? While it's important to avoid those people, places, and things from the past, isolation can lead to relapse . If I was going to stay sober, I needed the love and support of friends and family. Ultimately, I ... 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 ...

    ... was under the influence of a sizable amount of anxiety meds. That night, I sat in jail on suicide watch for reasons I still can't ... attached. Since I was already in my own personal jail called “active addiction,” I took the ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... would be re-written every six months. They also warned that the new refill limits could result in ... lacked a history of addiction received letters in the mail, informing them they would no longer be able to get ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer enough. To protect and serve, modern police officers must receive ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... ? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection ... by suggesting that tobacco use and nicotine addiction can also weaken immune systems and increase the ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... of Health showed students attending a zero-tolerance school were 1.6 times more likely to use marijuana ... Raises Red Flags This level of educational derailment can significantly increase dropout rates, and suspensions 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 ...

    ... considered in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by appropriate use of the drug (e.g., patient selection, careful ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one that can have massive ripple effects, impacting so many more lives than just your own. Worst case scenario, you ... 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 ...

    ... 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 was hard not to reach for a pill when life seemed too ... 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 ...

    ... the brain that's not supposed to be there, there are long-term implications for their development.” Looking ... view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... finishing courses in education, by working, or by doing other things that will improve their lives once they're released. In some programs, prisoners can cut up to 30 percent of their sentences. In Oregon, this program ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he ... rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an ... 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 ...

    ... , we remain 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 ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... putting their focus on where it should have been: on their sobriety . Could Smoking Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out ... remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease ... continue reading
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