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  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... up to it. Long-Term Effects Of Adderall Chronic abuse of Adderall may result in effects such as ... mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... for a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Is Dextroamphetamine Harmful? When ... Dextroamphetamine Long-term use of this substance can lead to mood changes and depression. Chronic misuse can also ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... considered the cumulative effect of long-term use. This “chronic overdose” can have extreme detrimental effects ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
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  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... temperature, seizures, and even death. 1, 2, 4 Chronic stimulant use or misuse can also put one at an increased risk ... into stimulant use disorder—in as little as a week in some cases of amphetamine-type stimulant use. 2, ... continue reading
  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated with ...

    ... term health effects isn't already bad enough, a chronic stimulant user is also at high risk of developing ... : Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use ... potential relapse scenarios — addiction is a chronic condition and recovery often includes multiple relapses, ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse

    Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions 1,2 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years old or older (on a ...

    ... drug methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) and amphetamines (Adderall and Dexedrine) 3 . The ... response to stress, heart rate, and blood pressure). Chronic use has the potential to disrupt the normal operation of these ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... combination, Adderall contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Commonly obtained ... Americans reported misusing Adderall in the past year, either by using it without a prescription or in ways other than prescribed ... continue reading
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  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... can induce a feeling of euphoria , as well as a rewarding feeling that motivates continued use. People who use amphetamines regularly can develop a tolerance to them, which means they need to regularly boost their dosage ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... a drug suddenly or attempts to significantly reduce their dose. Like many other drugs of abuse, heavy amphetamine use may be associated with an unpleasant withdrawal syndrome—the severity of which will be relative to the ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... average, 114 emergency room visits per day involving young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 using amphetamine drugs like Adderall or methamphetamine 8 . Being aware of the signs and symptoms of an Adderall overdose ... continue reading
  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... to the 2015 NSDUH, more than 42% of people 12 and older who used prescription amphetamine products like Adderall in 2015 were using them without a prescription. In 2006 and 2007, the NSDUH reported that students ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... then injecting it 5 . Long-Term Effects of Vyvanse Abuse Chronic Vyvanse abuse can lead to numerous mental and physical health effects. Repeated use can lead to the development of tolerance and physical dependence, after ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... common stimulants include: ADHD medications (amphetamine, methylphenidate). Cocaine/crack cocaine. Methamphetamine ... many users with the motivation and strength to stop using. For help finding a program to suit your needs ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... the best option for their health and survival. Chronic anabolic steroid overdose may not seem like a ... strategies for when they face future temptations to use steroids. Identifying underlying reasons for the abuse is ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Steroid Addict

    Help for Steroids Addicts People who are addicted to steroids may need professional help to stop taking the drug . While the dependency that develops may be different from other, more commonly abused substances, anabolic steroids can indeed be ...

    ... One study found that the best way to support a loved one during treatment is to learn about and understand their drug use. Do your best to learn how the drug affects the body and what may have led your loved one to abuse ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse

    Overview of Steroid Abuse Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are steroids that can be incredibly damaging to one's health ...

    ... pills, look for pill packets in the trash or in their bag. Acne is one of the major signs of use. Skin that once looked clear that suddenly begins breaking out is an indicator that something may be wrong, although acne ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... abuse as similar to that of stimulants such as cocaine or amphetamine 2,5,7 . In at least one case, a ... known to be fatal in some cases 7,13. Injection use is particularly risky. Because many of the ingredients in bupropion ... continue reading
  • Dextroamphetamine Abuse

    Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance is also known by specific brand names such as Dexedrine, ProCentra or Zenzedi. The ...

    ... to cardiovascular failure. In 2011, an average of 114 hospital visits per day involved the illicit use of amphetamines and/or methamphetamine in individuals between the age of 18 and 25, per the Substance Abuse and ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... initially do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

    ... Improve concentration. Increase energy. Rates of prescription amphetamine abuse rose sharply from 2008 to 2012 among 18 ... 600 of these people sought ER treatment from use of stimulants only while the others required ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

    How to Approach an Addict If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into ...

    ... Increased self-confidence and sociability. Chronic misuse of dextroamphetamine increases the ... crushed and snorted). Track marks (in the case of injection use). Am I Addicted? You may be addicted to dextroamphetamine if ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... and distress in a user's life. Chronic Vyvanse abuse can lead to malnutrition, due ... million people aged 12 or older (0.6% of the population) used prescription stimulants for non-medical reasons. About 406,000 people (1 ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... engage in, and a means of accountability, while encouraging them to come to terms with the fact that their use has indeed become a problem in their lives. Is Dexedrine Addictive? A common misconception is that drugs that ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... including Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids, alcohol, amphetamines , cocaine , ketamine, and opioids 2 . ... the impact of chronic use. While little is known about the long-term effects of MXE use, research on its ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Librium Use

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

    ... in any way other than prescribed 1 . Chronic use of Librium is associated with an increased risk of ... mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

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

    ... —such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... like side effects of kratom are similar to amphetamine , though less intense, and include: Increased ... Krypton use has been blamed for several deaths in Sweden. Kratom Long-Term Effects Judging by research done on chronic, ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

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

    ... taking more than prescribed to overcome it. Consistent Klonopin use will almost certainly give rise to a degree of physical ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Valium Use

    Is Valium Harmful? Valium, a popular sedative-hypnotic prescription drug , has numerous effects on the body, many of which can be dangerous when the drug is misused or abused. Valium (diazepam) is prescribed for sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle ...

    ... of the drug. Lasting health effects of Valium Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as Valium is ... mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

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

    ... services will aid in this process. Addiction is a chronic issue and often must be continuously managed in the ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Side Effects of Xanax Use

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a pill that quickly dissolves ...

    ... Centers Lasting Health Effects of Xanax Abuse Chronic use of sedatives is associated with: 6 Cognitive ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... a brand of fentanyl patches, which are used to treat chronic and severe pain that does not lessen ... is a slang term applied to illicit amphetamine and methamphetamine drug use. These drugs are central nervous system ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine ...

    ... drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine and certain hallucinogens and elicits both stimulant and ... rates of drug-related problems. 9 Chronic ecstasy use may also result in a physical dependence ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

    Problematic use of alcohol is all too common across all age groups. In adults, 10% of men and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the ...

    ... use, drinkers may also experience: Intermittent loss of consciousness or blackouts. Chronic myalgia or muscle aches. Chronic ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants ... continue reading
  • Barbiturates’ Side Effects

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

    ... Like all drugs, barbiturates have side effect profiles. Chronic abuse of barbiturates can produce a number of adverse ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... long-term health problems are increased with chronic alcohol consumption. People who use excessive amounts of alcohol are at higher ... Drugs Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamine Ativan Carisoprodol Clonazepam Codeine ... continue reading
  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of ... can behave unpredictably. This is a dangerous stage of chronic meth use due to an individual's short-tempered mood, propensity ... continue reading
  • What Are Hallucinogens?

    Hallucinogens are drugs that alter the user's thinking processes and perception in a manner that leads to significant distortions of reality 1 . These drugs affect one's perception far differently than many other types of drugs do. To many, the ...

    ... from assaults, accidents, or falls 5 . Chronic PCP use can lead to impairments in cognition, speech, ... into drinks 20 . It is often used in conjunction with cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, or MDMA (Ecstasy) 20 . ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction

    Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine -a substance that is widely abused throughout the country. Its widespread illicit production dwarfs that of its pharmaceutical counterpart - marketed as Desoxyn - a stimulant medication with very limited ...

    ... a process which combines amphetamine and/or amphetamine derivatives with various other ... ) or over time (e.g., chronic exposure to toxins). Signs and Symptoms of Addiction Once used, traces of crystal meth can stay ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive ...

    ... the experience can take a bad turn-with chronic abuse leading to serious and immediate negative consequences ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... Marks? Track marks are the tell-tale signs of chronic intravenous drug use . The act of drug injection is often referred ... of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health ... 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 ...

    ... greatly impact your overall health. While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

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

    ... very carefully, these medications allow those who suffer from chronic pain to experience a normal life pain-free. The use of extended release tablets, including extended release oxycodone and morphine sulfate, can really ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... their symptoms and slow the damage to their pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis is a serious condition that can lead to ... the best way to lower your risk is to end all drug use. If you need help, call us today at and we can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name “bath salts” and the ubiquitous, ... time they take the drug, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before negative ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth Use

    Is Meth Harmful? Meth, the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine, is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly develop a dependency on its effects, which themselves exert a number of health risks. The illegal production ...

    ... number of people's deaths and injuries. Meth is more addictive and harmful than amphetamine, from which it is derived. The main drug that is used on the streets of this form is crystal meth, which can provide a high for ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... as it is reduced into its metabolites. Amphetamines should never be mixed with ketamine because they ... find that you're in trouble with the law as a result of using ketamine and don't want to give it up, you may well have ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Flakka Use

    Is Flakka Harmful? Flakka is a street drug with origins in South Florida. One of the newer chemicals in the booming category of synthetic or designer drugs, Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the ...

    ... made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the cathinone class called alpha ... . The unknown effects of Flakka have many alarmed about its use and popularity, as no one knows what exactly the drug can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

    Are Benzodiazepines Harmful? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control anxiety and seizure disorders. They are central nervous depressants, which means that they slow brain activity. Some commonly prescribed benzos ...

    ... : In small doses over a short period of time, these drugs are helpful for thousands of people. However, chronic use can lead to dependence on the drug, and misuse or abuse can have harmful consequences, such as addiction ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... or swallowing. 13 NSAIDs include aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. 11,12 They are commonly used for the treatment of chronic health problems—including arthritis and lupus—as they can decrease inflammation, as well as ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... (Opana ER). Opana ER is meant for individuals dealing with chronic and severe pain who are in need of continuous pain management ... If you suffer from respiratory arrest due to Opana use or overdose, you may, in turn, suffer ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... non-medical purposes in their lifetime, putting them at risk of addiction to these drugs. Lasting Health Effects Chronic use or abuse of opioids such as Percocet can impact your health and quality of life in other ways ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... of the substance. For example, even short-term use can elicit erratic and even violent behavior when taken in ... : Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Stimulants Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

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

    ... and dependence are among the clinical diagnostic criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Signs of an Alcohol Use Disorder Chronic alcohol use can lead to an alcohol use disorder, or AUD. In order for a person to be ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... production of a pleasant, euphoric state in those who use it. Demerol is a branded formulation of the generic ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... on the particular dose taken as well as the route of administration used. As an example - when the drug is smoked - the ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of DMT Use

    Is DMT Harmful? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic compound found naturally in a variety of plant species and produced endogenously in the human brain. Although the brain produces it naturally, the compound itself is still a Schedule 1 ...

    ... alcohol do. However, there are still adverse effects associated with use and abuse of DMT 1,2 . DMT's Short-Term ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD Bath ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... drug under the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... Opioid addiction is identified as a compulsive urge to use the drug even when they are not required medically ... as well as pulmonary embolisms. 9 A number of chronic infections such as viral hepatitis and HIV can be ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is one brand-name formulation of a medication known as buprenorphine. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, buprenorphine shares some properties with other opioid substances such as: Heroin. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. ...

    ... when taking the medication and be honest about your last use of opiate drugs. Further, if you stop taking Subutex ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Marijuana Use

    Is Marijuana Harmful? Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is normally smoked as a joint or in a pipe and can also be smoked as a blunt. Marijuana can be mixed with food, brewed as tea or used in the form of ...

    ... a blunt. Marijuana can be mixed with food, brewed as tea or used in the form of hash oil. There is no simple answer to what ... Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... .4% of 10 th graders, and 4.8% of 12 th graders using Vicodin in the last year. In an effort to limit the potential for ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... . Am I Addicted? If you're worried about your use of heroin, take the following assessment to determine the ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, ...

    ... how your brain is affected by crack cocaine use and how using it can lead to dependence, addiction, and an ... : Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

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

    ... Clonazepam Clonazepam is not generally recommended for long-term use because it is known to be a habit-forming ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It is sometimes used to manage intractable insomnia, and as a sedative for ...

    ... to contact so that the substance is not obtained or used. Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and ... Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of two substances: 1,2 Buprenorphine—a partial opioid agonist with a “ceiling effect” that keeps effects ...

    ... Respiratory depression. Seizure. Coma. Chronic abuse may also cause anxiety, ... early withdrawal might not begin until up to 36 hours from the last use. 9 Withdrawal symptoms can mimic the flu, but they can last for ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... varying from 3% to 20%, on average. Industrial varieties of hemp, used to make textiles and rope, contain little to no THC and do ... tobacco smoke. Long-term users may develop a chronic cough and are at higher risk of lung ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... in the US over the age of 12 have used hydrocodone for non-medical reasons. Even though hydrocodone addiction ... who are experiencing some type of pain, possibly chronic, and looking for relief. Hydrocodone brings the much ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hashish Use

    What is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the same as the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); however, the ...

    ... dangers, there is evidence to the contrary. There are a number of different risks associated with chronic use of cannabis products, such as hashish: Research has indicated that when children and adolescents chronically ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Use During Pregnancy

    Cocaine usage during pregnancy has the potential to harm both mother and baby, and the effects may be long-lasting. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 1,000 pregnant women reported using cocaine in the past ...

    ... memory and executive function. Problems with language development. Research has also found that using stimulant drugs, such as amphetamines and cocaine , is associated with increased odds of physical abuse of the child ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... dependence. Because the effects are so similar to heroin, it can be addictive on its own, even as it is used in the treatment of heroin dependence. The good news is that methadone is relatively simple to get off when you ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, only his version referred to the man as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended punishment? A recent study ... 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 ...

    ... similar obituaries indicating the role of substance abuse in their child's tragic death. Some choose to use phrasing that leaves the cause of death less clear. The obituary may state their child died “unexpectedly ... 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 ...

    ... of something else, ask your kid about it. Rapidly changing grades are one of the common consequences of drug addiction or use. If you kid goes from being a straight-A student to getting F's or D's, something's changed ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... we have plenty of mental tricks up our sleeves, these four loopholes are some of the most common excuses used to justify our substance-driven behaviors . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to ... 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 ...

    ... recreationally abusing these drugs as a way to get high. Defining Date Rape Date rape drugs are typically used in the commission of a sexual assault. Although there are different definitions for the term “sexual assault ... 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 ...

    ... , you're not exactly in the condition to have deep conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level, you're actually escaping people, not drawing near them. You're trying ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Inhalant Use

    Are Inhalants Harmful? There are a huge number of inhalants available for abuse, and they're fairly easy to obtain. It's unsurprising that teens in particular are susceptible to inhalant abuse, simply because these compounds can be obtained from any ...

    ... any supermarket or store. So what are inhalants? Inhalants are compounds that can be breathed in without smoking or using heat to vaporize them. They tend to be gases at room temperature or, if liquid or solid, emit an ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... the ER than either of the other groups. People in this group were also most likely to have started using drugs in their teens and experience more severe substance problems overall, “including greater risk of having a co ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

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

    ... or a liquid concentrate, though solution formulations are used for injection in hospital settings. Directed dosage is ... for short duration - two to four weeks of use is sufficient for most users. While four months is ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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

    ... from the 2013 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) revealed 601,000 people over the age of 12 used cocaine for the first time during the course of the previous 12 months. This figure may seem high, but NHADA ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... . “I think we're entering a critical time, because it gives people a license to say, 'I'm going to use this for a medical reason,'” said Linda Lewaniak, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine for Amita Health at ... 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 ...

    ... still has a tiny “emergency” bottle of Xanax - just in case - but so far, she hasn't needed to use it. Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques! Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... psilocybin can vary and often depend on the person and the context in which the drug is used. The effects may include the following: 1,2,5 Intense emotions and sensory experiences. Spiritual experiences. Psychological ... continue reading
  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), codeine, and morphine. In addition to their inclusion in the many opioid analgesic ...

    ... and for how long. How well the body clears the drug out of its system. What type of opioid the mother used. Whether the baby was born early. NAS symptoms can begin 1-3 days after the baby is born. If doctors believe that ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... heroin is addictive. The addictive properties of this drug have absolutely nothing to do with what form it is used in. Drug use does not affect work habits . This is definitely a myth. The fact is The Department of Labor ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... , however, continues to fall among youth, so changes in this belief do not seem to explain the change in use this year, as it has done over most of the life of the study,” said Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crystal Meth After the First Use?

    What is Crystal meth? Crystal meth is a powerful, synthetically made stimulant. It can be ingested orally, injected intravenously, snorted or smoked. Crystal meth is notorious for its high addictive potential and many people suggest that taking just ...

    ... such a person does not exist in your life, consider calling a hotline. What is it that I'm gaining from using crystal meth? Is it the allure of that initial rush, or are you trying to fill an emotional void in your life ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the ...

    ... to try heroin just once, the answer is no: every use puts you at risk. Heroin is an illegal substance that is ... time to see what it's like. But in many cases, use doesn't stop after the first hit. The high is so intensely ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crack After the First Use?

    Crack, a solid, crystallized form of cocaine , is smoked and taken in through the lungs. Also called “freebase cocaine,” crack was first seen in the US in the 1980s, where it quickly became popular due to its accessibility and relatively low ...

    ... library here . Why is Crack Dangerous? Aside from its ability to quickly result in physical dependence , crack use - especially in binge fashion - can cause a deadly overdose . Overdosing on cocaine (“cocaine toxicity”) ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... which reported an estimated 24.6 Americans age 12 and up - or 9.4 percent of the United States population - had used an illicit substance in the past month, a figure that is up from 8.3 percent 11 years prior. While it's ... continue reading
  • Using Cocaine While Breastfeeding

    Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is easily absorbed into the blood stream. It has a high milk to plasma ratio, meaning it a significant amount of the drug may pass from a mother's blood into breast milk 1 . Cocaine is the ...

    ... concentration of the drug will likely be higher in her milk than in her blood 1 .The “high” people get after using cocaine is relatively short, but it takes the body a long time to metabolize the drug and get it out of ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine After the First Use?

    Drugs like cocaine have reputation for being extremely addictive but still many people will want to try them “just once.” It's easy to wonder, “Just how addictive is cocaine (really)?” How Addictive is Cocaine? Cocaine is a very addictive ...

    ... drugs, it's important to really think about why you're doing it. Are you trying to solve another problem by using? Drug use may help you suppress or ignore a problem, but it won't make it go away. Consider what you are ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... effective at managing their pain, especially for those suffering from chronic pain . On the other hand, oxycodone can have detrimental ... present even further risk. Chronic or extended use of any medication combining ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... This French genius did pretty much everything that was possible with a pen and a typewriter. Including chopping up amphetamine. Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and he was certainly flying high on LSD when he ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla ... continue reading
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