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  • Couples Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Addiction Treatment

    Substance misuse is a serious issue when it affects just 1 member of the family, but it can be even more problematic when it affects 2 people who are in a relationship, live together, or are married. Drug and alcohol rehab for couples is crucial for ...

    ... future success of the relationship. Many treatment centers offer couples' addiction treatment to help you and your ... so (such as while driving or while taking care of children). Frequent arguments about drinking or drug ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States Drug use affects all parts of society, and this causes strain on the healthcare system, the criminal justice system, and the economy. In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of ...

    ... 6,120 is spent in the United States every second on health care and issues related to the use of drugs. Drug use in ... survey by Pew Research Center showed. Image Source: DEA,gov Coupled with the legalization and ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... who, as a couple, practice mate swapping or group sex, and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers ... paying more attention to this key population in prevention and care,” noted the authors. “They are a risk group ... continue reading
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  • Substance Abuse FAQs

    What is addiction? There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today's age , acquired from prior positive experience engaging in ...

    ... if medications were not taken as prescribed and are coupled with other behaviors associated with compulsive use or ... . It's important to understand that not all treatment centers are alike, and what may work for one may ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the cravings are more intense and ... provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort experienced during the ... continue reading
  • Early Recovery : 7 Healthy Habits for Family Members

    Once your family member has successfully completed an inpatient rehab program, she's probably looking forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the dinner table, the family's eager to welcome her back. Despite ...

    ... forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the ... that you're no help to anyone else unless you're taking care of yourself is an understatement. Spending all your time worried about ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

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

    ... cold turkey, you'll be sorry. After a couple years of taking Klonopin, I began struggling with depression ... Klonopin and felt pretty sick—physically and emotionally—for a couple of weeks. Part of me wondered if I should ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... -edge research in this field is conducted on a daily basis. 3 If an addict goes through rehab and relapses a couple months afterward, that doesn't make him a lost cause. It just means he needs to try something different ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... also last a long time—as long as a couple of years in severe cases—though symptoms generally lessen ... vulnerable, so successful recovery depends on you taking care of yourself and learning to recognize the conditions that ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... 's when I could blissfully slip away from reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed me a DUI conviction . Causing a near-fatal car accident was the wake ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... and pleasure. This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with the fact that roughly 6.4 million ... who understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady increase in ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... lasted for at least 1 year. Myth #6. A Couple Glasses of Wine or Smoking Pot Are Good Anxiety Solutions Self ... treat the cause of your anxiety. At American Addiction Centers, we have effective types of therapy that can ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... to dose 3 . DILI typically occurs within three months of beginning the drug, but it can vary from a couple hours to a year after drug initiation 4 . Drug-Induced Hepatitis One example of DILI is drug-induced hepatitis , ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... 3-minute video shines a spotlight on the dangers of drugs , particularly in the electronic music world. Viewers follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome change. It Produces Results Users report that the highs off Spice ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a substance ... 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 ...

    ... . To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once there, she has a couple drinks, too. Before she knows it, there are pictures online of her doing some really embarrassing things. Did she ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... benders, Candace “goes into hiding,” embarrassed of what she said and did during one of her blackouts. After a couple of weeks laying low, Candace re-appears, thinking that it's all under control and we've forgotten her ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... to the liver…and attack it with full force. Remember that bacteria we mentioned living in your gut? A couple of natural antibiotics, REG3B and REG3G, are produced by your intestinal wall. When we repeatedly expose our ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... alert. That's when energy drinks soon became my go-to. I slowly registered, after weeks of knocking back a couple cans of Red Bull every night, I was becoming dependent on that little “buzz” the drink gave me. The effect ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... , and open lesions covering their arms. The lesions specifically caught his eye, and his observation of the couple triggered questions about the body's immunological response to wounds caused by meth use. What made these ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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

    ... it doesn't speed up the process. But you will smell nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit the mattress to sleep it off won't fend off a hangover. By the time you wake up ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... the executive decision to call it a night. “Come on girls, let's head back to the house,” she said. A couple of them argued and threatened to make a fuss, but Jeana was firm. She'd certainly stood up to people who much ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... their mystery contents. Let's take a look at a couple specific legal drugs on the market and their potential effects: ... pressure, hallucinations, psychosis and death. The Centers for Disease Control reported over 3,500 ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

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

    ... irresponsible behavior were steep—a killer migraine the next day, coupled with a day's worth of nausea and misery. ... , how to spend it. I was selfish, self-centered and rarely thought of anyone else. Once others were ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

    Using drugs or drinking alcohol while pregnant can create a number of health issues for both mother and child. This can affect a growing fetus because substances travel easily from the placenta, leaving the potential for harm. 4 While not all women ...

    ... . If you need help finding treatment for drug or alcohol use during pregnancy, contact the caring admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . We are available 24/7 to listen and ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... approach. 11 If you or your loved one is struggling with substance misuse, American Addiction Centers can help. Our caring and compassionate admissions navigators are ready to help you find a treatment program that fits ... continue reading
  • Drug Dependence

    The previous edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), a diagnostic reference text that many in the health care field use to help typify and define mental health issues such as substance abuse, included separate ...

    ... treatment in a licensed and accredited drug addiction treatment center. There are proven detox treatments under board certified medical professional care that are designed to manage the withdrawal symptoms associated ... continue reading
  • Drug Relapse

    Drug addiction is a chronic disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by intense drug cravings and an inability to control drug use despite negative consequences. Not everyone who abuses drugs becomes addicted, ...

    ... too. Starting over is hard, but an addiction treatment center can make the process feel less daunting. You might choose ... support groups Practice emotional and physical self-care Understand the stages of relapse Learn to ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been ...

    ... evidenced-based care to more experimental or holistic services. Since care should be ... Answers? , our treatment admissions advisors can help locate a center that will help you avoid the pitfalls that beset a world ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... substances' impact on people's lives. 13. National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) : ... abuse and mental illness to help America's health care system improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... center, but almost every program will offer various payment options/plans. Insurance can be a major help when looking for affordable care. Many insurance providers cover some, if not all of treatment. Call your insurance ... continue reading
  • Shaming the Sick: Addiction and Stigma

    The concept of stigma describes the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction. Stigma has the potential to negatively affect a person's self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those ...

    ... criminal justice system. A study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) found that ... depressed and may hide their drug use from health care providers to avoid stigma and drug shaming. The ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... to the mix), plaque and bacteria encounter the soft center of the tooth known as the pulp. The pulp ... going back and forth to the dentist. “As I started taking care of my teeth - flossing and brushing - I realized I was ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... Dependency One reason for the rising rate of opioid abuse among rural adolescents could be the limited access to medical care. Teens living in rural areas are more likely to go to the emergency room than visit a primary ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... delirium,” said Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health ... Clinton. The grandmother received medical care at a local intensive care unit after suffering internal bleeding ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... and doing things that make you feel better. It's not at all selfish to do this. In fact, concentrating on self-care will keep you healthy and mentally strong - things you need in order to help your teen when they need it ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What Is a Drug Abuse Hotline? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug and alcohol addiction and ...

    ... 24 hours a day and are staffed with caring and knowledgeable individuals who want to help. Calls ... you ready to take the first step towards recovery? American Addiction Centers (AAC) may be able to help. Call us now at ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... . Armed with her valuable advice, on this Mother's Day, I will be a passenger on that plane…and I will take care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn More Find out how you can help an ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of ... before you know it, you're less likely to care as much about staying clean or about your long-term ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

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

    ... is spent on substance abuse treatment, $4 is saved in health care costs and $7 is saved in law enforcement costs . Drug abuse ... number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is ... who are not educated about needle use.” Should We Care Which Came First? At the heart of this issue, ... 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 ...

    ... teen pregnancy accounts for more than $9 billion per year in costs to taxpayers for increased health care and foster care. Not to mention, teen mothers are more likely to drop out of school, have health problems, and ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits its effects differently and presents with unique dangers. Compared with oral routes, snorting or ...

    ... treatment : Inpatient programs provide more intensive care than most other addiction treatment options. ... disorder, make sure to seek out a recovery center that specializes in treating patients with dual diagnoses. ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Prevention

    Many teens give in to peer pressure because they want to feel accepted and liked by their peers. While this is a natural tendency among many young people, there are preventative measures parents can take to help protect against teen drug abuse . ...

    ... child's habits and/or friend groups. Video: Communities That Care Credit: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH) Make ... questions, developed at the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, that all ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

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

    ... . If they don't get help, however, it's only a matter of time. Excuse #5 I don't care about my life and I don't care if my addiction kills me. One of the lowest points an addict can get to is the one where life becomes ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. ... 2010, 26 percent of which were admissions to intensive care. Daniel Kripke, a professor of psychiatry emeritus at the ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... addicts in the Vancouver area. The establishment provides a safe place to inject drugs and connect to health care services. InSite has 12 injection booths, offers clean needles, and provides access to naloxone in case of ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... . Everyone has unique needs. If you or someone you know is in physical pain, advocating for the best care possible may be necessary. And taking a prescription opioid may not be the best option. Through close examination ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... Cynthia Graves, who practices alternative veterinary care in Philadephia, recommends hemp-based supplements ... Dr. Robin Downing, hospital director at the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management. While the idea of legal ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... is the first of its kind. “Supportive care products such as Movantik can lessen the constipating ... the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

    ... result may be delayed surgery or other treatment. Take Care Remember: The more alcohol you consume, the more ... identified as “alcohol related” occur at home. Take care; don't become part of these statistics. Additional ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... during that time. The Tomah, Wisconsin, VA medical center handed out so many drugs that vets started calling the ... vets to use alternative therapies such as chiropractic care, yoga and acupuncture. The VA's new goal ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

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

    ... sit there and stare?” she asked Lisa, exasperated. “You're going to lose your job and your apartment. Do you even care?” Lisa looked at her mom with glazed eyes and a blank expression on her face. Just like so many times ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... statewide initiatives at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He's proposing the addition of ... curriculum. This proposal targets future primary care physicians and recognizes the need for more ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    ... to push them away, accept that they are there and ride them out. 2,3 5. Self Care Practicing good self-care such as eating healthy and exercising regularly can help promote physical health and emotional well-being, which ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... ones suffer as well. Remember, they feel pain because they care about you and don't want to see substance abuse take ... for you. Don't be afraid to call a treatment center and ask about the different options. Ask as many ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... use in any way. Choose people who truly love and care for your loved one and have their best interests at heart ... plan ready. Do the research and find a treatment center that is appropriate and affordable. Ideally, you may ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... and schedule outlined by their prescribing health-care professional. However, the same drugs - ... living the life you want. Find a treatment center now. Harmful Effects of Prescription Stimulants Prescription stimulants ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction lasts, the more stress and strain it puts on the individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have that can easily turn a healthy man or woman into a frail shadow of ...

    ... discussion with the struggling individual and the people that care about them. During the meeting, loved ones share ... hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction The effects are pervasive and carry huge costs to society as a whole. Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations ...

    ... Recovery skills training and relapse prevention. Aftercare services . Dual diagnosis treatment . When someone you care about has drug abuse problems, it can be frustrating and difficult - a situation full of hopelessness ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... help addicts learn to curb and deny the mental desires to use again. Even with proper medical care, many addicts experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome , also known as protracted withdrawal syndrome or PAWS. Symptoms ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get the teen to accept help, it ...

    ... . Doctors are on staff to help manage the physical effects of alcohol withdrawal as well as provide medical care and prescription drugs when appropriate. Though your child may not want to go to treatment at first, it ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... A 2004 report from the Institute of Medicine estimated that 90 million Americans have trouble understanding health care information, while a 2006 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that the ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... levels can cause seizures, .Because of this, alcohol poisoning is life-threatening issue that demands urgent medical care. Save a Life - Follow These 9 Steps If you notice these symptoms, take these life-saving steps ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that delivers the same pain relief without the addictive qualities and ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... and addressed early, rather than when the child is older. Preschool teachers, nurses, doctors and other care providers should be on alert for signs of behavior issues tied to prenatal meth exposure. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... classic warning signs . Those include things like a reduced amount of personal hygiene and overall self-care, a more aggressive and agitated demeanor and insomnia or extended wakefulness that can cause manic behavior. Be ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... and seek help, your influence can help steer them in the right direction. Knowing they have people who care about them could be all the motivation they need to seek appropriate treatment. Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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

    ... with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 billion annually in health-care and criminal justice-related spending. Over 300,000 inmates are currently serving time in state and federal ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... roughly half of boys in grades three to five are on ADHD medication. Several experts in child care and addiction point out that pharmaceutical companies take advantage of desperate parents who are simply looking for ways ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... . It's crucial to forgive yourself and let go of the past. It's also important to take care of yourself physically and emotionally, which involves getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a positive ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... virtually guarantee heavy sugar consumption. Eating a lot of sugary or fatty foods without proper follow-up dental care can quickly result in marijuana mouth. In a matter of months, users can end up with cavities and ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... promptly fired her. When she tried to explain about the Xanax prescription, he either didn't believe her or didn't care. At this point, Kelly admits she didn't know what to do. She didn't want to experience the anxiety ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... are often far from the metropolis where the doctor practices, making it impossible for them to receive care. Telemedicine brings these two parties together - parties who may otherwise never meet. Local Solutions to a ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

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

    ... alcohol This program approaches addiction from a disease perspective. It's designed to support a recovery-oriented systems of care model for addiction treatment . “It's a new approach that they're taking in the area of ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... 'd planned to say. Try writing it all down. Compose a letter to your friend, telling him or her how much you care and why you're concerned for them. Talk about the changes you've seen, your desire to help them, and your ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... met with someone different each time. None of them bothered to open my file, and I was too self-absorbed to care. The time came to complete probation, but I forgot about that not-so-fine print — the conditions I had yet ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... be terribly afraid of hospitals, because once something very bad happened to me in one. Now, after years of avoiding medical care even when I needed it, I can go to the hospital and stay calm. Here are some tips I picked ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... ? Other than spending a lot of money on alcohol, I'd have to say no. He still works hard and takes good care of me and the kids.) Has he become isolated and distant from friends and family? (He works a lot, so it's ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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

    ... needs. Helping someone should never be a threat to your own well-being, so make sure you're taking care of yourself first. Helping Helps, Enabling Hurts. It's important to stop and ask yourself whether your actions are ... continue reading
  • The American Addiction Centers Brand Promise

    Brand Promise Terms and Conditions: In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc. will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no ...

    ... combination of consecutive inpatient days regardless of level of care, and/or days at one of AAC's Sober ... forfeiture of any remaining balance of days. American Addiction Centers, Inc. will not cover the cost of travel to ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction No matter how hopeless the situation seems, it is never too late to turn things around. From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While ...

    ... in one or more support groups. Follow-up medical care, if necessary. It will also address any professional ... addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... the difference between life and death. Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard ... that was caused by inhalants. Counseling and psychiatric care will also be a crucial part of recovery in ... 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, ...

    ... a harmful lifestyle . On the other hand, if healthcare professionals, treatment centers and society as a whole view you as someone who is sick and needs care, you're more likely to seek treatment. You no longer feel like ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... moving, or getting a new job. Tip #4 - Take Care of Yourself Eat well and get enough sleep. When you're ... stories and practice kindness, you change those old self centered behaviors and commit to a new, positive mindset. ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It ... suffer from sleep disorders and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , about 4% ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... available stimulants in one sitting, often neglecting eating or sleeping. Because the brain's reward center is more strongly activated by stimulants than normal, healthy activities, the brain prioritizes drug use over ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Only a fraction of those who need treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction actually receive it. Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, ...

    ... Addiction, by some accounts, begins as a result of using a substance (drugs or medications) that have a measurable impact on the reward center of the brain - but it doesn't end there. The repeated stimulus of this reward ... 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 ...

    ... and compares them to the perceived frequency of drug use and drug sales. Community Influence New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) used renowned data from the University of Michigan's annual ... 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, ...

    ... 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 Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. “It opens the door to a lot ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... using these drugs. Groundbreaking Study In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... illness and a pressing need to hide the disease, addicted healthcare workers face a unique set of challenges. Caring for Others Takes a Toll If you watch the news, you've undoubtedly noticed an increase in the number ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, is the first of its ... Just because trading in cryptocurrency activates our reward center in the brain doesn't mean we can ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... drug from early development to market costs $2.6 billion, according to the most recent survey from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. [22] Drugs for medical conditions that affect large numbers of people ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... doesn't mean it's any less dangerous. Kimberly Young, Psy.D., clinical director of the Center for Internet Addiction says compulsive gaming absolutely meets the addiction criteria. In fact, Young has personally witnessed ... 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 ...

    ... there's a problem. Pancreatitis Symptoms Symptoms of acute pancreatitis usually begin with pain in the center part of the upper abdomen with a characteristic radiation of pain towards the upper back. Other symptoms ... continue reading
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