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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 ...

    ... married. Drug and alcohol rehab for couples is crucial for recovery, the well-being and health of both ... related to substance use, such as financial problems, not meeting responsibilities at home, staying out late, or not ... 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 ...

    ... a structured outpatient treatment program or 12-step meetings in the community, can help recovered addicts remain ... drug prevention policies, interventions, and treatment and recovery plans that can deal with the effects of ... 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 ...

    ... , let's head back to the house,” she said. A couple of them argued and threatened to make a fuss, but Jeana was ... It was a valuable tool she learned in her SMART Recovery meeting - a tool she used often. “I'm grateful, ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... ; just keep reading all the information you can find about recovery and be honest with yourself. It's both a humbling ... some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling ... 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 ...

    ... to the scientists, were defined as “heterosexuals who, as a couple, practice mate swapping or group sex, and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers found that 48 percent of the swingers used recreational ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... medications were not taken as prescribed and are coupled with other behaviors associated with compulsive use or ... AA, alternative self-help groups, such as Smart Recovery, are available. These group-based support programs ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... all schools was associated with a 50 percent decrease in the likelihood of drug use - student/teacher meetings to discuss drug consequences. While young students continue to learn inside—and outside—of the classroom, the ... 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 ...

    ... . If you try to quit cold turkey, you'll be sorry. After a couple years of taking Klonopin, I began struggling with depression. After meeting with a therapist, I was shocked to hear that I was being grossly overmedicated ... 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, ...

    ... oneself Not going to treatment or meetings Going to meetings but not sharing Bottling up ... relapsed on drugs, ask for help. Relapse is part of the recovery process, but it can feel like failure. Negative thoughts are a ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour vodka into her coffee every morning. Unfortunately she wasn ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... regular therapy sessions plus four or five AA and NA meetings per week. “I still have a lot of work ... s my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery house in Santa Monica, California. He serves as a mentor and ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... traditionally passed around at narcotics anonymous meetings and church services. Kind of Legal ... -free helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? and talk to a recovery professional today. Image Source: Keith Cooper/Flickr continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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

    ... An occasional all-nighter is sometimes necessary. Board meetings, performance reviews and tax season requires a ... truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility where licensed medical ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

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

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your ... rehab program or just casually attending 12-step meetings, if you bring up the mere possibility of ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... yoga studio and a meditation center. I also wanted to live close to some support group meetings , like Refuge Recovery. While these additional requirements made it challenging to find an apartment, staying sober made it ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... it has a huge impact. You'll feel better, both physically and mentally. Lean on People Recovery isn't a solo sport. Find a support group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor. (And if you don't have one, get one ... continue reading
  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

    The spread of myths is an incredibly problematic issue in the world of substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. Misinformation around addiction can result in missed opportunities for treatment, worsening conditions, and significant injury. Consider ...

    ... rewarding individuals in treatment for activities that are congruent to recovery like: Attending therapy. Participating in support group meetings. Providing drug-free urine screens. Maintaining healthy coping skills like ... 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 ...

    ... meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to do whatever it takes to get ... 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 ...

    ... s always hope. If an addict goes through rehab and relapses a couple months afterward, that doesn't make him a lost cause … he needs to try something different. Recovery isn't on a time schedule and there's never a point ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... a high risk of overdose , partly due to their mystery contents. Let's take a look at a couple specific legal drugs on the market and their potential effects: Synthetic Cannabinoids: “K2” “Spice” These imitate marijuana ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... dopamine - the neurotransmitter responsible for both heightened attention and pleasure. This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with the fact that roughly 6.4 million young people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... and let a little loose. But the consequences of my irresponsible behavior were steep—a killer migraine the next day, coupled with a day's worth of nausea and misery. Looking back, I don't know why I put myself through ... 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 ...

    ... far better than other approaches and those positive effects lasted for at least 1 year. Myth #6. A Couple Glasses of Wine or Smoking Pot Are Good Anxiety Solutions Self-medicating is a common problem among people with ... 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 ...

    ... reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed ... detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would ... 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 ...

    ... to. I slowly registered, after weeks of knocking back a couple cans of Red Bull every night, I was becoming dependent on ... these drinks can negatively affect people in recovery, believing they can provide a convenient ... 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 ...

    ... nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit the mattress to sleep it off won' ... , you want to speed up the process of recovery. You want to feel better - now. Unfortunately ... 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 ...

    ... looking forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the dinner ... group—especially their family—can be extremely powerful in recovery. Some would even argue that addiction stems for a ... 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, ...

    ... that the substance is having on the user. A strong craving or desire to use the substance in question. Meeting two or three of these categories is enough for a diagnosis of moderate substance use disorder. Four or more ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... providing the overdose antidote for free. Myth #5: Only Doctors Can Prescribe Naloxone The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss what steps would be needed in order to increase access to naloxone on a national level ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... kits. They're actually the inspiration behind the What's In My Baggie documentary. After a chance meeting, filmmaker Jeff Chambers immediately recognized the group could give festival-goers an insight into what kind of ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... similar findings. Dr. Andrea Rubenstein presented her research last April at the American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting, which involved observing 81 men who took opioids for at least three months. She found that those ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... The number of high school students smoking cigarettes dropped to an all-time low at 15.7 percent, meeting the Healthy People 2020 objective to reduce adolescent cigarette use to 16 percent or less. High school sexual ... 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 ...

    ... providers who ask for help and participate in the recovery process are usually allowed to return to work after finishing a designated treatment program and meeting certain terms. Of course, the rules vary from state ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... outcomes. (Jeff's wife is stuck in traffic…her meeting ran long…she didn't answer the phone because she' ... of sobriety , it's especially significant. For successful recovery, you need to learn to manage these thoughts and ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... wasn't about abstinence only. It was just about meeting people where they were. It sounded like a great ... or her brother, Alex - it's important to realize that recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. While 12-Step ... 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, ...

    ... behavior is enabling; and doing things to help them with their recovery is acceptable support. So giving your teenager money is not okay, but driving them to an AA meeting is perfectly fine. 6. Act as a Team and Rely on ... 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 ...

    ... is an Intervention? An intervention is a formal or informal meeting of friends, family, and/or professionals in hopes of ... order to finally take the initial step toward recovery. An intervention may be necessary if your ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... Mail states that Hitler abused crystal meth before a 1943 meeting with Mussolini, where he ranted for two hours. ... died from a heroin overdose , despite being in recovery for more than two decades. Reports indicated that ... 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 ...

    ... the people that care about them. During the meeting, loved ones share changes they have seen or ... for help; reach out and get started on the recovery journey today. Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers and ... 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 ...

    ... roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the ... The goal is to enlist at-risk individuals, meeting them where they are. Hope One welcomes anyone ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... struggling with drug use. There is no reason to gamble on your health any longer; call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? today to learn more about your available treatment options and how you can start the journey to recovery. continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... of HIV 11 . Get Help for Substance Abuse If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, call our helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to a treatment support specialist about recovery options. continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

    ... . You can lead a healthy life that does not include using any type of drug. Give us a call today to learn more about available recovery options and resources. We can help you find a program that will meet your needs. 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 ...

    ... to find and should provide further phone contacts for assistance. Are you ready to take the first step towards recovery? American Addiction Centers (AAC) may be able to help. Call us now at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers ... continue reading
  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

    Drug prevention programs are designed to provide the education and support necessary to diminish drug dependency in communities, schools and the workplace. Drug abuse prevention has become an important first step in informing specific individuals ...

    ... important first step in informing specific individuals about the dangers of addiction, prevention techniques and where to find recovery help if it should be deemed necessary. The Drug Abuse Helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines). Medically-assisted treatment. Therapy (individual or group). Recovery skills training and relapse prevention. Aftercare services . Dual diagnosis treatment . When someone ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

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

    ... viewed as toxic, Downey now finds himself in a place where studios and directors are seeking him out. Now in recovery for more than 15 years, he fact that Robert Downey Jr.'s career seems to improve the longer he stays ... 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 ...

    ... sitting position. Give them water (if they are able to drink it). If they are unconscious, put them in the recovery position . Do not give them coffee (this makes dehydration worse). Do not lie them on their back. Do not ... 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 ...

    ... a patient that was caused by inhalants. Counseling and psychiatric care will also be a crucial part of recovery in order for patients to understand why they engaged in this behavior and to learn coping skills that will ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to consistently abstain from substance use and having ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... With time and treatment, Tony can restore the balance to his brain. He can quiet the urge neurons and enjoy a life in recovery. Additional Reading: Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... are treated, as well. Since alcohol affects your immune system and circulation, the body's natural recovery processes can be hampered. Alcohol can also make it difficult for doctors to diagnose serious conditions when ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

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

    ... in time are less than ideal. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, Suboxone , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... : Software/apps Health information technology Pharmaceuticals Medical devices Diagnostics Winning the Funds to Finance Recovery Tools The challenge is open for two categories of participants - the general public and ... 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 ...

    ... 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? so they can provide the information and support you need as to help you get back on the road to recovery. Additional Reading: Refusing to Give In - 8 Ways to Beat Cravings Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... meth treatment in 2016. In 2005, that number was around 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What we're seeing is that the use of methamphetamines has recently moved ... 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. ...

    ... your “speech” for the real thing. Be Realistic If your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road to recovery may be a long one. It usually has a few false starts, setbacks, and disappointments, as well as ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... the symptoms. But this just continues the cycle of addiction and poor health. If you're struggling with Ritalin addiction, find help here . Additional Reading: The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... fear that treatment won't work or even fear that you will fail and not make it to the maintenance phase of recovery. Fear can prevent us from doing what we really want to do. Fear is said to be the opposite of faith, and ... 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 ...

    ... due to drug abuse. Social security and retirement benefits can also be affected, so even after recovery, you could continue to experience the financial impact of your addiction for years. Over a lifetime, addiction ... 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 ...

    ... from OxyContin to heroin is clear to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is worse,” Publicker said . “It's worse because here ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... with the help of experts at treatment centers. However, neglecting to seek treatment promises a far more tragic end than the challenge of starting down the road to recovery. Help is waiting for you when you are ready. continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... simultaneously. If you don't find a program or treatment center that has an integrated approach, your recovery may be quite difficult and you may find yourself relapsing. Make sure you ask your treatment facility if ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... after returning home, only 5% of those solders considered addicted were still using. This is an excellent recovery rate, not accounted for by treatment. It begged the question: Is a substance intrinsically addicting, or ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... those looking to add muscle mass or aid recovery following exercise. Commonly referred to as: Arnolds Juice ... loved one is abusing can be a great step towards their recovery from drug abuse. If you know or suspect a drug ... 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 ...

    ... . With inpatient treatment, a person resides in the treatment facility 24/7 to focus on their recovery. They also receive constant supervision and highly structured care to address their substance misuse. Depending on ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... programs so that they can work towards achieving and maintaining sobriety. Some examples of drug addiction recovery programs include: Inpatient treatment : These programs require that you live at the facility for the ... 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 ...

    ... is that you want to get clean. These groups provide you with support and encouragement while on the road to recovery. Call our helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to a treatment support specialist about drug ... 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 ...

    ... of drug use on the brain and highlighting the ways that someone battling addiction can find recovery and sobriety in the long term. Recovery Addiction does not have to be the end of the road for anyone. There are many ... 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 ...

    ... the ones listed above, all share the ability to improve outcomes for those that decide to begin their journey toward recovery. 5 Remember, when you're carrying a child, it's not just your own health you need to think ... 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 ...

    ... -Lee et al., 2013). Treating both conditions at the same time helps ensure a more successful recovery. Addicted individuals in a dual diagnosis program within a residential eating disorder treatment center learn to live ... 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 ...

    ... become necessary to use after treatment. The goal is to utilize everything learned in treatment to enjoy a long recovery. For advice on finding the best treatment for drug dependency, call the Drug Abuse Helpline 24/7 at ... 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 ...

    ... you are abusing or addicted to drugs or know someone who is, today is the day to start on the road to recovery. Everyone deserves to live a clean and sober life , and there is plenty of help and support out there to get ... 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 ...

    ... named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in recovery , Lisa says her dentist discovered 14 cavities and severe periodontal disease. She spent the next two ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... if he really loved you- he'd stop taking drugs. Whether your loved one is an active addict, in early recovery, or in the middle of a treatment program , you have to re-learn communication skills. And part of that process ... 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. ...

    ... becomes clouded; they don't realize a bulk of these life problems would go away if they'd only commit to a recovery plan and focus on personal growth. Lie #3 I'm in control of my substance abuse; I can stop whenever I ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... two little girls, my wife and the memory of my son.” Eric Clapton: Musician “My identity shifted when I got into recovery. That's who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... , then good things will happen to you. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, whatever you may believe that ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... careers. Although dealing with addiction publicly may present additional challenges, fears and setbacks during recovery, it's important to recognize the possible life-saving benefit of acquiring and sustaining sobriety ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems to be none. Once we begin to regain our hope of recovery, we can also begin to recover the other stolen parts of our lives. Addiction is a thief, and these 7 ... 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 ...

    ... too far and sacrificed too much to ever revert back to the person I was before. That's not to say the recovery process has been easy. My first year back in the “free world” was plagued by many curve balls and setbacks. I ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... of its own, Suboxone is itself sometimes a target for abuse, which can further an individual's addiction and recovery struggles. No matter where you stand on the issue, it's important to do your research and understand ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... in any way threatened by Kombucha”. In fact, he told me he'd done enough work in his 20-plus years in recovery to know what he was initially going to the liquor store for - and he doesn't drink Kombucha for those reasons ... 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 ...

    ... Drugs and 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 ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... options for those leaving prison under the cloud of substance abuse. Efrain Baez, director of Brockton peer recovery support center, has worked with many inmates and notes , “The more options made available before an ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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

    ... hard to build; it has taken me years to build relationships with therapists over the course of my five years in recovery. After all, we're sharing deep traumas that led us to harm ourselves. We need to be able to trust ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... weren't putting their focus on where it should have been: on their sobriety . Could Smoking Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out, people in rehab have higher rates of cigarette use than the rest of the general ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

    ... An effective vaccine would be a big boost for people with heroin use disorder, who have the lowest rate of recovery. (This is why methadone and Suboxone are essential medicines.) The labs of Dr. Kim Janda and Dr. George ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... - but don't let those feelings rob you of the love you have for her. #6: I'm Willing to Support Your Recovery While it's important to express your love, it's equally important to let him know that you do not condone or ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense of ...

    ... of meaning and purpose from our experiences. Developing or maintaining a spiritual practice while you are in recovery from an addiction can be an extraordinarily powerful tool. It can help you to find meaning in your ... continue reading
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