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  • Drug Abuse Statistics

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

    ... fatalities were attributed to alcohol. 8 Youth Substance Abuse Substance abuse by individuals under 18 continues to ... overdose have been rising steadily and are now the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. According to ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose deaths in 2014. This number is ... illegal drugs , according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration . They ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy and MDMA Overdose Symptoms, Prevention, and Addiction Treatment

    Commonly used at bars and parties, club drugs are especially popular among teenagers and young adults. MDMA—a synthetic amphetamine drug also known as ecstasy and Molly—is a popular club drug. 1 With both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects , ...

    ... bath salts . 2,3 Mistakenly believed to be safe to use among young people, MDMA is, in reality, addictive, dangerous, and ... drug altogether . If you have an existing substance abuse issue, you are at increased risk for ... continue reading
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  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Abuse

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition characterized by intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings that may develop after someone has experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event, serious injury, or sexual assault. 1 ...

    ... be present for at least 30 days and must cause significant distress or problems in daily functioning. 1 Symptoms ... of developing a substance use disorder. 14 PTSD and Substance Abuse Among Veterans Military veterans who ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Programs

    Individuals who have psychiatric disorders—such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, and depression—may be more likely to misuse substances, and people who misuse substances may be more likely to have mental health disorders. 1 Having at least one mental ...

    ... . 10 The Connection Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse Mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction are ... to treat bipolar disorder or other conditions that cause mood swings. What Happens After Treatment? Recovery ... continue reading
  • Anxiety and Substance Abuse: Treating Mental Health Issues and Addiction

    It can be difficult to manage an anxiety disorder or a substance use disorder, and it can be even more difficult to manage both disorders when they co-occur together. When a mental health disorder—such as an anxiety disorder—and a substance use ...

    ... of their way to avoid situations that may cause or contribute to a panic attack. Specific Phobias ... go to treatment currently. Find Help for Anxiety and Substance Abuse The only way to determine which treatment options are ... continue reading
  • New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps only 8% of people will stick to these resolutions, lots of folks still express a great interest in ...

    ... express a great interest in cultivating healthy habits, like eating better, exercising more, or giving up certain substances. It's common to hear people committing to quitting smoking, drinking, or drugs. But how many ... continue reading
  • Common Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

    How to Tell if Someone Is Using Drugs Drug use affects people across all walks of life and levels of socioeconomic status. Whatever reason a person starts taking drugs for—whether recreationally or as prescribed—tolerance, patterns of increased ...

    ... problem from progressing further. Find Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Abuse or Addiction Drug or alcohol addiction treatment can start anyone battling a substance use problem on the path to a healthier and happier life ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, and Treatment Programs

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

    ... high risk of incurring harmful outcomes. 8 As the brain matures through adolescence, substance abuse can potentially cause serious developmental disruptions. Prevention is vital as a person approaches adulthood. Zolpidem ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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

    ... issues related to heart aging . Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart. Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries ... continue reading
  • PCP Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is PCP? PCP is phencyclidine. Similar to ketamine, it is a dissociative anesthetic that causes: Hallucinations. Out-of-body experiences. Delusions. Irrationality. The DEA has PCP listed as a Schedule II drug, which means it has a high potential ...

    ... its use. However, there has been a recent surge of PCP use among teens and young adults, with “wet” or “embalming fluid” being ... free at . Join the conversation about substance abuse today by visiting our Forum . PCP ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse

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

    ... youth fades away, we suddenly start to notice the lasting consequences of our carefree teenage lives. Unfortunately, by the time we've figured that out, there has already been damage done. Teenage substance abuse ... causing ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time but, when abused with alcohol, it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more friendly “Molly,” this does not mean ...

    ... , when abused with alcohol, it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more friendly “Molly,” this does not mean that the substance has become ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles—a long-time alcoholic—was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink—all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD), a spectrum of damage caused by over-consumption of alcohol. A liver transplant is the ... , weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance abuse history, and whether or not patients have ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Crystal Meth Used For? Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive properties . Crystal meth is the illicit, crystalline form of methamphetamine. Legally manufactured methamphetamine ...

    ... fact, though many youth users acknowledge the health risks and social costs of heavy substance use, they still think ... dangers that come with substance abuse is a vital part of crystal meth abuse prevention. Talking with ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug —otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic but, when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    ... Abuse When used in conjunction, alcohol and codeine can cause dangerous effects for drug users. Both drugs act on the central nervous system and, when these substances ... 21 (NIAA, 2013). Among underage drinkers aged 12-20 ... continue reading
  • Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and anxolytic/anti-anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more ...

    ... can help with overcoming the hurdle of dependency. The following are all helpful methods to overcoming substance abuse: Attending 12-step meetings. Getting treatment at a medical rehabilitation center . Participating in ... continue reading
  • Flakka Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Flakka? Flakka is a relatively new synthetic designer drug that is gaining in popularity, particularly in Florida, Texas, and Ohio. This man-made stimulant is also commonly referred to as “gravel” on the street due to its white, ...

    ... bath salts implies a high potential to cause violent behavior and other negative psychosocial consequences ... , it's important to talk to your child about substance abuse and clearly explain that the legal status of a drug ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... to manage cases of poly-substance abuse. Additionally, if abuse of either of these substances has given rise to ... encouraging, while others indicate that there is still cause for alarm. Overall, teen use of crystal meth ... continue reading
  • Phenobarbital Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Phenobarbital Used For? Phenobarbital is a barbiturate that depresses the central nervous system . It is used as a sedative-hypnotic often prescribed for the treatment of seizures. Additional uses for this drug include the treatment of ...

    ... is essentially safe for use and will not cause significant negative side effects because it is ... in most cases. In fact: According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 52 million ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... rise , thus causing pleasure and reinforcing pleasure-seeking behavior . Both substances have a ... if you or a loved one needs help overcoming an alcohol abuse and alprazolam addiction. We're here to help guide you ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Are Barbiturates Used For? Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or anti-anxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited ...

    ... barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited uses, barbiturates are used to ... use from occurring. You can speak to a substance abuse therapist, a psychiatrist, your child's primary care ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... . Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply ... to paranoia and hallucinations, it's also known to cause dangerous heart palpitations. The last thing you would have ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Cocaine Abuse

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

    ... use alone (Kinney, 2009). Combining cocaine with alcohol can cause death from overdose at cocaine levels which are only one ... of co-occurring or dual diagnosis substance abuse disorders along with any mental illnesses such ... continue reading
  • Released From Prison… and Still Addicted to Substances

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65% of this segment meet medical criteria for substance addiction, but they are provided with few ...

    ... 7 billion per year, with $33.1 billion being saved among the states and $15.6 billion accrued to the federal ... Levels of Care in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Recommended Substance Abuse Rehab-Related Articles continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

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

    ... are even more serious. Problems that may be caused by the concurrent use of alcohol and Ativan ... be required. Various formal treatment options for poly-substance abuse include: Inpatient treatment : You reside at the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... Abuse Due to their levels of access to the substance, teens and young adults abuse ... abuse has increased from 5.2% to 6.7% among those in 8th grade. Past-year amphetamine abuse has increased from 6.6% to 7.6% among ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

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

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

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs, such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... a monthly basis . According to this same report, use among teens has remained fairly steady over the years, with about ... to the steady incidence of abuse. Substance abuse prevention for teens involves several aspects ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Soma Abuse Abusing Soma (a muscle relaxant) and alcohol (a depressant) together can compound the negative health effects of both. Treatment is vital for someone abusing these drugs. Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a ...

    ... of supervised detoxification. Detox Supervised Detox Withdrawal can be scary for many struggling with substance abuse. Monitored detox increases your comfort and ensures your safety through the process. It is vital ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although they are sometimes ...

    ... suffering from severe, chronic pain, are the cause of thousands of overdoses a year. Likewise, ... or alcohol in 2009 actually received treatment for their substance abuse disorder. 8 This means that about 20 million people ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... feelings of euphoria that may lead to the development of physical dependency and, eventually, substance addiction . Abuse of hydrocodone occurs when people: Take the medication without a prescription. Take the medication ... continue reading
  • Magic Mushroom Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms? Psilocybin is a psychoactive substance contained in over 100 species of mushrooms. A number of these mushroom species produce other psychoactive substances, which act as hallucinogens in a similar manner to ...

    ... readily available. Typically, government sources report statistics on hallucinogenic drugs as a group. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the following statistics: 6 In 2014 ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Ultram Abuse When used together, Ultram and alcohol can amplify one another's effects, leading to increased risk of serious side effects. The prescription drug Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain reliever with ...

    ... detoxification of the body, but also the underlying causes of the abuse. If the patient suffers from a pain ... considered. Typically, when you seek treatment for substance abuse, you will have an initial assessment by an ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... Show Treatment for Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment for drug abuse has to be done in a structured environment that minimizes the person's exposure to the drug and gets to the root cause of the abuse. Treatment can ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... Administration As an integral part of some substance abuse treatment programs, medications may be used ... to more than 20,000 incidents. In 2013, fentanyl caused the deaths of 185 individuals in Florida alone. Studies have ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse: How to Treat LSD Addiction

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... the compliance of an individual in substance abuse treatment by properly engaging family and community ... Are the Signs of LSD Addiction? Chronic LSD use can cause distress and interfere with a person's social or work ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... in the brain. If you or someone you love currently takes Abilify and you're worried the medication might be causing compulsive or out-of-the-ordinary behaviors , speak with your doctor as soon as possible. The good news ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) pathways, which control the production of sex hormones, and also cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... . In severe cases, a fatal overdose will cause respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. Driven to Opana ... reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and inject ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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

    ... kids. In fact, the leading chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S. is tooth decay. Drugs ... illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, people often ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... only last for a few hours, but prolonged use can cause long-term organ damage, such as serious liver problems and ... Adderall Abuse Although prescription drug and alcohol abuse has declined in recent years among teenagers, ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... your brain changes the way it works. It will change to cause you to be unable to resist the impulse to take drugs; ... time. The brain undergoes long-term changes during drug abuse . If the brain has to try to compensate ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

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

    ... has another advantage: It allows focus on the other affected family members. Addiction causes problems for everyone, not just the person abusing the drugs. In the event of a failed intervention, the professional helps ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... The side effects can be significant; abuse of this drug can cause cardiac arrest, irregular heart rate, ... Adderall might have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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

    ... result of driving under the influence, burglary, assault, and other harmful behaviors are much more common among those abusing drugs and, as such, put innocent bystanders at a much greater risk of being harmed. It Hurts ... continue reading
  • Spice Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Spice? “Spice” is a term commonly used to refer to a blend of dried plant material that is laced with a synthetic cannabinoid. It is also regularly referred to as “synthetic marijuana.” Other names include “K2,” “Moon Rocks,” ...

    ... encompass a large category of man-made substances that, while structurally diverse, all function ... decision-making processes. Teen Spice Abuse Spice is quite popular among adolescents and young adults. Estimates ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

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

    ... intoxication involved other substances, making it extremely difficult to isolate which drug caused which symptom. For ... steps can help to reduce the number of teens who abuse MXE and their long-term risks for addiction. In ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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

    ... of the room. The good news is that, in many instances, people are able to spot these questionable substances before ingesting them. Abusing Date Rape Drugs Let's take a look at some common date rape drugs that are being ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e. sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... is heightened. Unfortunately, Ambien is a much greater cause for concern when mixed with alcohol . The two ... on a regular basis to go over the dangers of abusing substances of any kind. Learn more about teen alcohol and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Clonazepam Abuse

    Clonazepam is a drug that is prescribed for some types of convulsive disorders and panic disorders, among other mental health disorders. It also goes by the name Klonopin and is a type of benzodiazepine that provides a tranquilized experience. It is ...

    ... rate while taking the drug, then combining it with alcohol causes this to happen very quickly, which can lead to loss ... the hospital for clonazepam addiction are also abusing another substance at the same time, such as ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol and Crack Abuse In the mid 1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

    ... alcohol produces more quickly to the brain when the two substances are used together. This can lead to a higher high ... . Teen Drinking and Crack Abuse Although use of crack cocaine among teens has been declining in recent ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Are Bath Salts Used For? The drugs widely sold as bath salts and under other similar names are alleged to produce dramatic effects in their users. Perhaps one of the most famous incidents of apparent bath salts abuse involved a spate of ...

    ... abuse involved a spate of horrific attacks, including cannibalism. These instances were widely reported as being caused ... problems such as: 4 Poor family relationships . Substance use disorders (SUDs) . Poor discipline. ... 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 ...

    ... large doses, Ativan can cause a euphoric high, which is the reason it's often abused. Abused, it can be life- ... it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance has become central to your day. If getting and using ... continue reading
  • Soma Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Soma Used For? Soma is the trade name for carisoprodol , a muscle relaxant that is prescribed for the treatment of muscle pain and spasms . Soma is often abused for its sedating effects on the user, and the addictive properties of this drug ...

    ... to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Teen Soma Abuse Prescription drug use is a concern among teens because these substances can be easier to access and perceived as less threatening than illicit drugs ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... substances like fentanyl , which can present a number of risks. Known as “smack,” “junk,” “black tar,” “ska” and “horse” on the street, heroin causes ... oxygen. Finding help for heroin abuse and getting information about the ... continue reading
  • Acid Drug Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is LSD or Acid? D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, acid, blotter) belongs to a group of drugs known as hallucinogens. Like other hallucinogens such as peyote (mescaline) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) , LSD produces images, sounds, and other ...

    ... of LSD was outlawed in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act, and while the validity of LSD's use ... the Future (MTF) survey of teen drug abuse has monitored LSD use among high school students since 1975. Data collected ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the Census in 2015, the United States had a total population of 321 million people. In that same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin—or its brand name Neurontin —is an anti-seizure medication which ...

    ... 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, ... If you or a loved one is struggling with substance misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. American ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse Effects, Symptoms, and Treatment Programs

    What Is DMT? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration. 1 DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized ...

    ... DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in the ... became popular as a drug of abuse in the 1960s and has regained popularity among drug users within the last decade. ... continue reading
  • Effects of Peyote Abuse: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Peyote Used For? Peyote (or mescaline) belongs to a class of drugs known as hallucinogens. Mescaline is the active hallucinogenic ingredient in peyote, which is a small, spineless cactus. 1 The top, or crown, of the peyote cactus has ...

    ... currently accepted medical use, a high potential for abuse, and are considered unsafe for use, even under ... death . 4 How Many People Use Peyote? While substance use in America is monitored with regular surveys, ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Bath Salts Abuse

    Bath Salts: A Dangerous Synthetic Drug Even though few people mention “bath salts” when they discuss addictive drugs, this new drug has grown astronomically in popularity over the past several years. “Bath salts” are far from the salts you ...

    ... to its highly addictive properties and MDPV causes changes in neurochemical function, amplifying perception, ... , two-thirds were prompted by an additional substance being abused in combination with bath salts. The most ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

    Alcohol and DXM are both potentially addictive substances. Problematic use of each can lead to a range of negative health effects. When taken together, their effects are heightened and the dangers of each are potentiated. The Problem of Alcohol and ...

    ... symptoms of alcohol use, DXM abuse and the combined effects of the use of both substances will provide you with the ... than DXM abuse. However, DXM is more commonly abused than many think, especially among teens. Reports ... continue reading
  • Hash Side Effects, Symptoms of Abuse, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Hashish? Hashish is a product extracted from the trichomes (fine hair-like outgrowths) of the cannabis plant, as well as from the flowers and fragments of leaves and stems. Hashish is typically sold in blocks of solid resinous preparations, ...

    ... detected substance in the bodies of drivers who are involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Teen Hashish Abuse The use of cannabis products among individuals ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, Overdose, & Treatment

    What Is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... post-herpetic neuralgia (lasting nerve and skin pain caused by an attack of shingles). 2,9 An ... a controlled substance. When gabapentin is taken alone and as prescribed, there is little potential for abuse or addiction ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

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

    ... Yes, overdosing is a risk of zolpidem abuse. The most dangerous side effects of zolpidem use ... negative consequences. As zolpidem users continue to take the substance, their brains become accustomed to the drug's presence ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

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  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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  • .08: Why Is This the “Magic” Number?

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  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

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  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

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  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

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  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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  • Effects of Cocaine Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment Programs

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  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

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  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • 3 Thank-Yous I Owe to My Old Addiction

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  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

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