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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 ...

    ... path to recovery and begin leading sober, happier lives. Couples and Substance Abuse Substance misuse ... NA, or Recovering Couples Anonymous, individual and couples' therapy, and sober living homes if living in the home ... 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 ...

    ... of its negative impact on his life and the lives of others.” Such a definition need not be limited ... if medications were not taken as prescribed and are coupled with other behaviors associated with compulsive use or drug ... 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 ...

    ... Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on the streets of the Northeastern city where she ... , let's head back to the house,” she said. A couple of them argued and threatened to make a fuss, but Jeana was ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... -help books, everyone must be open to new ways of living. And it's not a family punishment that has been ... core. She's certainly aware of that now that she's sober…and able to see what a terrible impact her addiction has ... 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 ...

    ... Myth #1: We Have to Hit Rock-Bottom to Get Sober Many people firmly believe that for treatment to be successful ... 3 If an addict goes through rehab and relapses a couple months afterward, that doesn't make him a lost cause ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... It doesn't matter where you live, what color your skin is, what you do for a living, or how much money you have ... irreparable damage. Are sober living homes a good or bad thing? Sober living homes have generated controversy ... 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 ...

    ... in a recovery house in Santa Monica, California. He serves as a mentor and works with children living with autism. He has managed to stay sober ever since reconnecting with Vermeil. “I'm here now, and I'm grateful,” said ... 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 ...

    ... . Tip #1: Define your motivation Why do you want to get sober? Some people find motivation within themselves. They are tired of living in constant cravings, tired of all the time and effort that the substance consumes ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with Benzodiazepines, or ... Klonopin and felt pretty sick—physically and emotionally—for a couple of weeks. Part of me wondered if I should bump ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... in the face When consumed with addiction, we lead lives that are just a big tapestry of lies. We lie ... themselves it's easier to go on living in the lies. But, if our friends suddenly sober up , may not believe the lies ... 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 ...

    ... with support when you need it. You can always add to your sober community later, but it's good to enlist some help right away. ... also last a long time—as long as a couple of years in severe cases—though symptoms generally ... 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 ...

    ... friends are making you feel guilty about getting sober/clean, it is probably because your courage to ... typical night with your friends mean sitting in someone's living room or basement and using drugs? Does your evening ... 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, ...

    ... Additionally, the Fuhrer took nine shots of meth while living out his last days in a bunker. Jodie Sweetin ... because she “didn't want to die” and has been sober since. In a brutally honest interview with People , Valetta ... 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 ...

    ... Addicted to Drugs? Addiction is different for each person living with the disease and can be difficult to identify. ... 12 steps are effective in helping people stay sober. These programs rely on social support, fellowship, ... 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 ...

    ... of level of care, and/or days at one of AAC's Sober Living facilities with concurrent treatment. Eligibility for clients living in the community and attending outpatient sessions will be based on consecutive sessions ... 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 ...

    ... Center showed. Image Source: DEA,gov Coupled with the legalization and decriminalization of certain ... DFC helps support organizations that promote drug-free living for youth with federal funding. Prevention Prevention has ... 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 ...

    ... system. Those rampant bacterial germs make their way 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 ... 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 ...

    ... early stages of the condition. After years of living with chronic pancreatitis, your doctor may suggest ... about how you can get involved in treatment. You can live a sober life without drugs or alcohol and we can help you ... 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 ...

    ... . Inadequate parental supervision. Easy access to drugs. Living at or below the poverty level. If a ... start on the road to recovery. Everyone deserves to live a clean and sober life , and there is plenty of help and ... 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 - ...

    ... set out to show how difficult - and rewarding - living in recovery can truly be. Jim: Executive Marketing ... happiness and heath.” Robert Downey, Jr.: Actor “Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you ... 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 ...

    ... wavelength they did on the street. In fact, being sober appeared to have made no impact on them at all ... themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve. If you find yourself going back ... 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 ...

    ... to OxyContin will ultimately make it easier to get sober. Since knowledge is power, it's important ... is a lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you ... 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 ...

    ... can lead them to make decisions they wouldn't make while sober, such as engaging in unsafe sexual practices, violence, or illicit ... depressants can lead to coma and death. Start living the life you want. Find a treatment ... 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 ...

    ... 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 care doctor. And ... 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 ...

    ... you or someone you love needs help with substance abuse, rehab is the best way to go. Don't try to get sober on your own when there is so much help out there and available to you. Getting professional help can mean the ... 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 ...

    ... for socializing, mating and raising litters. Experiments conducted in Rat Park indicated that rats who were living in a better environment had little appetite for morphine (Alexander, 2001). By report, rats that had ... 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, ...

    ... most people will be unsuccessful in their attempts to remain sober. The process of relapse is sometimes compared to a ... some of the tasks that will help you return to sober life 7 : Accept that you have an addiction Be ... 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 ...

    ... a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for months, but something bad would eventually happen, and ... 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I lived in a cheap part of town which made it easy to pay the ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot ... to keep one thing in mind. We have to live with whatever personality we choose to display. Ultimately, ... 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 ...

    ... , particularly in the electronic music world. Viewers follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set ... go from bad to worse. The video ends on a sobering message: “Drugs are not worth the risk.” What ... 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 ...

    ... refused to have it in my home; I wouldn't go anywhere that served alcohol. For me, living like that was like living in a bubble. Breaking From the 12 Step Mold Moving to Portland changed all my perceptions. I discovered ... 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 ...

    ... explained, “We want to do everything we can to make sure that when they get back into the community, they stay clean, and stay sober.” Additional Reading: Released from Prison…and Still Addicted Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... poverty abuse substances in order to avoid the serious problems they may be facing in their lives. When you're living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet, drugs can provide an instant gratification that ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 80s. After a season in the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” he scored film roles in movies including John Hughes' Weird ... programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping him sober. His career didn't pick up again until ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... of the liver (generally caused by too much alcohol) often develop terminal liver cancer. Alcohol ... quantities, it's going to make you drunk. Myth #3 You can “sober up” with a pot of coffee or a cold shower. Truth: Time ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... of these scenarios will not only help keep you away from temptation, but it will support a clean and sober lifestyle adjustment going forward, conditioning you to find new ways to have fun and spend free time that doesn ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... alcohol use is linked to higher levels of 5,6 : Liver cancer. Esophageal cancer. Head and neck cancers, especially of the ... forms of cancer 20 . Meth lab exposure . Anyone living in or visiting a meth lab is at risk of ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted ... 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 ...

    ... 's Day is now a day I will dread forever. Though most of my friends are mothers, their children are all living. Now, rather than sharing joy for the day, I'm jealous that their children are here…and mine is not. There ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving forward. And remember, the benefits of living a smoke-free life don't stop at you; your whole family reaps the rewards. Additional Reading: California ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... . The Community PROMISE initiative specifically targets IV drug users and their sex partners, high-risk youth and people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and HIV infection. The goal of this community-level ... 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 ...

    ... to mending our broken relationships, the hope of regaining our lives is continually taken as we remain in active addiction. To rediscover our hope of living a fulfilling life, we must first recognize the culprit that ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... a median household income that is half of the national rate - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of ... 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 ...

    ... When I was released from prison, I knew I had a choice: Go back to my old way of thinking and living, or continue going down a much happier, healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several years at ... 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 ...

    ... weeks, Kelly didn't experience any anxiety, but she discovered this “relief” didn't come without a price. “I was living in a fog. Then I started falling asleep at work! I'm a waitress, almost always on the go, so that ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated with the drug trade. She ... 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, ...

    ... what to do or how to react when their lives are turned upside down by their teen's behavior ... Instead of becoming addicted to your child's addiction, continue living your life and doing things that make you feel better. ... 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 ...

    ... substances the individual may have consumed 1 . The liver's job is to detoxify these drugs and remove the ... months of beginning the drug, but it can vary from a couple hours to a year after drug initiation 4 . Drug-Induced ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... addition to my parents' recent divorce, my live-in boyfriend had just unexpectedly called it quits, sending ... reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed me ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Wrong. The alcohol is still in your system. Your liver still has to process it. It does so at roughly ... nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit the mattress to sleep it off won ... 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 ...

    ... my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when ... behavior were steep—a killer migraine the next day, coupled with a day's worth of nausea and misery. ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the drug bypasses the digestive tract and, later, the liver - where the drug would otherwise be subjected to an ... opposed to one-on-one therapy. Patients build sober social skills and utilize coping strategies during the ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol treatment facilities require a person to live at the center during treatment. These ... Give your child the best chance at life by getting clean and sober once and for all. If you need help finding treatment for drug ... 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 ...

    ... MDMA, ketamine, and other dangerous drugs. 6 ?The liver. Liver failure is a well-known consequence of alcoholism, but ... allows the patient to stay in a 100% sober treatment facility for the duration of the treatment ... 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 ...

    ... abuse more seriously, more community groups and sober houses began appearing. Today, thousands of ... civilization, and people during that time generally lived much shorter lives thanks to disease and, presumably, drunkenness ... 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 ...

    ... has prior to discharge and design individualized treatment plans to assist in keeping each patient clean and sober. Whatever recovery tools they have learned in drug dependency treatment, become necessary to use after ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... Network (ECN) region of the brain, which helps process self-control and emotions, as well as lower connectivity between cortexes. Learn how you can best help an alcoholic get sober . Photo credit: superstyle, Google continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... , the same cannot be said for the airline industry. Holiday travelers instinctively assume airline pilots are sober, alert and of sound mind. Unfortunately, that's a frighteningly inaccurate assumption. The National ... 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. ...

    ... /alcohol is the largest hurdle that holds them back from leading a productive and meaningful existence. Once clean and sober , they're able to focus and start enjoying life again. They're also able to embrace the love ... 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 ...

    ... them a chance to get professional help. The near-death experience often serves as a catalyst to get clean and sober. Myth #3: Naloxone is Only Given by Syringe Truth: Some people have a serious phobia when it comes to ... 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. ...

    ... that, unless the mothers get clean and learn some vital sober coping skills, it's highly unlikely their babies will have nurturing and positive home lives. How should parents respond to this study? For children exposed ... 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, ...

    ... hopeless and suicidal. He re-entered inpatient treatment, joined a 12-step program and is now seven months sober. Though research suggests that most marijuana users don't become dependent, Joseph's story may be more ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... you know is trying to stop drinking and get sober, focus on the facts. Pay attention to the ... be looking cancer in the face. Additional Reading: 7 Tips to Boost Liver Health After Quitting Alcohol Image Source: iStock 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 realm of control. It's very possible to join the millions of Americans who have stopped abusing inhalants and gone on to lead sober lives. Learn more about the harmful effects of inhalant abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... present in alcohol abusers even when they are sober. Vaginal dryness : Dehydration caused by alcohol ... has also shown: Regularly consuming more alcohol than the liver can break down (one or more standard-size drinks ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... at best and painful at worst, many others have successfully done it and gone on to live healthy, sober lives. American Addiction Centers accepts many insurance plans and can work with you on a manageable payment ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... cocaine had a very hard time identifying low-intensity anger and high-intensity sadness compared to when they were sober. In other words, they could tell if someone was extremely angry or slightly sad, but not when they ... 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 ...

    ... ” in order to achieve “oneness with God” in their lives. “I always use the analogy about me wearing glasses,” Newberg ... is often used in recovery settings to help sober people relinquish control and create a greater sense ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... that plenty of people have successfully overcome mental health and addiction issues, going on to lead fulfilling, sober lives. And you can be one of them. Learn more about finding help to overcome an addiction to ... 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 ...

    ... were hired based on your talent; let your skills and work ethic shine through. In the end, being your sober self will help you become a much more dependable and productive employee. And, when you earn it without chemical ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

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

    ... , you'll want to choose one that offers a medically supervised detoxification program . Getting Clean and Sober Those addicted to Adderall should never abruptly stop taking the medication - known as going “cold turkey ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

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

    ... be a catalyst for several types of cancer, liver disease and neurological problems. The Centers for Disease Control ... to be in a car crash, when compared to sober drivers. The long-term effects of marijuana are also ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... very little alcohol. Thanks to this new source of support, it became easier for Chris to stay sober. Additional Reading: Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking? 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 ...

    ... crazy stunts that land them in the hospital. Others are simply trying to do things they can do when they're sober, but they don't have the physical capacity to do them while drunk (like walking on an uneven or slippery ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... be told there was something wrong with him - that he was sick, too. Clean Slate? Robin's father had been sober for 11 years. He was a totally different person now than he was while she was growing up. She was happy for ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... entirely see greater success. Of the patients studied, 90 percent of total abstinence patients were still sober two and a half years after treatment. Only 50 percent of those who focused on controlled consumption ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... how much we drink, all those problems are still there when we sober up . The solution to a nasty and hateful boss isn't at ... problems are actually less satisfied with their lives. Happiness and Drinking Geiger's study ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

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

    ... and are stable on low-dose methadone, and least effective on individuals still engaged in drug use.” Additional Reading: 17 Ways to Get Sober You Probably Didn't Know About (#8 is Controversial) Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... . An active heroin user, John was low on cash and hadn't been able to get his fix tonight. Six months sober himself, Bill knew all too well what John was going through. He also knew it was necessary in order to get clean ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... checked. Taking your hormones into account from the very beginning could improve your chances of getting (and staying) clean and sober. Additional Reading: Let's Talk Genetics and the “Morning After” Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

    ... . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this trend. Furthermore, those receiving treatment in halfway houses ... 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 ...

    ... them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's ... while under the influence, but during sober periods, the questionable behaviors they've engaged ... 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, ...

    ... and immunology at the Scripps Research Institute, says the aim is to use them as an assist once someone is sober since vaccines would not be helpful for those who do not wish to be abstinent. 4 They don't prevent ... 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 ...

    ... this stage, you have an ongoing commitment to staying sober and not undoing all the work you did during the ... may ask: but if I have a heart condition, diabetes, liver failure or kidney failure and I do not seek help for ... 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 ...

    ... group where you can talk with other recovering addicts about your conflicting desire to use and commitment to stay sober. Consider calling your sponsor when the urge to use arises—he or she may be able to talk you ... 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 ...

    ... situation and how the addictive behavior is affecting their lives, and encourage the person to seek help for their ... difficult, try to approach the individual when they are sober so he or she can truly process what you are ... continue reading
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