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  • 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 ...

    ... Using problematic labels—such as calling someone with a SUD an addict—can perpetuate that stigma. 3 Repeated use of dangerous drugs ... can be life-threatening. 17 Cocaine/Crack Cocaine is a stimulant drug that causes ... 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 ...

    ... don't dream of becoming prostitutes who trade sex for crack rocks. And you'll never find a little boy who ... Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe. Some addicts have gone so far as to dog-nap a family's ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... life, drug abuse can also cause physical effects to addicts. For example, continued abuse of crystal meth can ... mouth,” when a drug user's teeth begin to crack and decay. Additionally, meth abusers may experience sores on ... continue reading
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  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... he's a rising star in the world of crack cocaine . Characterized by brutality and murder, Snipes' ... consequences of drugs Of course, who better to play an addict than Robert Downey Jr.? The character of Rip (James ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they ... addicted to cocaine may experience symptoms like psychosis, depression, and an inability to sit still. Crack ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... 1996 and 2001. He admitted to smoking crack , trying heroin, and pretty much doing every ... for drinking whisky, although to say that he was an addict might be a misnomer. He did, however, take amphetamines repeatedly ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... . In the 2000s, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on “pill mills” that had sprung up in ... transition into adulthood with a higher likelihood of becoming addicted to opioids. 4. The price tag is hefty. ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... revealed her lifelong struggle with drugs, specifically crack cocaine and heroin. Although she did enter ... , Elton John was, in his own words, “a drug addict and self-absorbed.” Although he came out HIV-negative, he ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... stated that, “The Ryan Haight Act was enacted to crack down on illegal online pharmacies, and we supported it…But ... Additional Reading: Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... police to have the ability to force drug addicted individuals into treatment. Programs such as the ... criminals off the street,” says Julie, a former heroin and crack user who had many run-ins with law enforcement before ... continue reading
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  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... we need to know about this illicit drug in Your Brain on Crack Cocaine . Or, in their own words: “Is it really ... , who many people blatantly refer to as the “crack-smoking mayor of Toronto” shocked Canada and the rest of ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... , it turns an off-white or pinkish hue. Crack: Crack rocks are off-white nuggets that look like hard brittle ... high lasts 1-2 hours, depending on purity. Crack: Smoking crack gives you an almost immediate high, which peaks ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... , but the stimulating effects remain for a much longer period, causing an intense craving in the user. Crack cocaine can cause irregular or aggressive behavior, and has been linked to increased crime rates. Biological ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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

    ... though it can also be injected or orally ingested. Crack, an alternate form of cocaine, is made from a ... 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack are considered Schedule II drugs in the U.S. Schedule ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... arise. 3 Illicit central nervous system stimulants include crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, or crack. Some prescription stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) are ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... a lab to mimic popular drugs. Because they are chemically different, though similar, from drugs like heroin , crack , and others, up until 2012 many could be sold legally in the United States. This was because designer ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug supporters have hard a time putting pot on equal footing with heroin. In ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... feel from snorting a line of cocaine only lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, yet your brain is altered forever. Is it really worth it? Additional Reading: Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... each of these traits were linked to higher likelihood of using “hard” drugs like heroin , amphetamines or crack. But don't worry; you aren't automatically doomed just because you have these certain traits; personality ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... painkiller craze as “the worst drug addiction epidemic in the country's history, killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine.” In the wake of a media nightmare, VA pain experts were forced to admit that they had ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... , like heroin, meth and cocaine. Retraining Traditionally, law enforcement agencies taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... , an unexplained bloody nose is often caused by snorting drugs. Using hot glass pipes to smoke drugs like crack or meth can leave small burns on the fingers and lips. Injecting drugs intravenously causes track marks. (S ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... spies, street gangs, and politicians. The series goes on to divulge the CIA's connection to the crack epidemic , the CIA's unintentional popularization of acid and the psychedelic counterculture, and the negative effect ... 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 ...

    ... behavior throughout the night. Jeana wondered, “Is this what I got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a ... 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. ...

    ... 're in control. Almost. Lie #4 But, I'm not like so-and-so…he/she's really in bad shape. Addicts like to use other addicts as a way to gauge their level of substance abuse . They'll say things like “Bob's been busted for ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... treatment program voluntarily or under the pressure of family members. Substances of Abuse Around 21.8 percent of city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... when they are not in a fit state, but must be released once they have recovered sufficiently. However, many addicts are kept in these centers long after they should have been deemed fit to leave. These facilities are far ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... normal activities. While methadone causes physical dependence like other opioids, it is not the same as being addicted to illegal opiates, such as heroin. Your chances of avoiding infections, like HIV, are lower, you are ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

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

    ... drug use to be gradually tapered. While the taper relieves some physical symptoms, it does nothing for an addict's state of mind. A psychological dependence is loosely described by the DEA as “a compulsion that keeps ... 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 ...

    ... a go-to prevention tool in the fight against opiate-related overdose deaths. Myth #1: Naloxone Encourages Addicts to Take More Drugs Truth: Research has shown that naloxone does not encourage more substance abuse . In ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... facility in 2003. InSite is North America's first legal injection site and caters to intravenous (IV) addicts in the Vancouver area. The establishment provides a safe place to inject drugs and connect to health care ... 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 - ...

    ... manageable size.” Victoria: Stay-at-Home Mother “Seeking treatment was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I drank wine all day, but nothing really seemed to be wrong. One day, my ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

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

    ... Appearing Ill in the Morning A high-functioning addict may chalk up constant headaches or lethargic energy to ... where a small group of loved ones can let the addict know how their behavior makes them feel. This should be ... 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 ...

    ... in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as well as 783 people in the province who don't use opioids ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... what is the big problem? Do we have to pick a side? Do We Have to Pick a Side? Among addicts and addiction experts alike, the practice of using Suboxone for maintenance therapy is a hotly contested issue. And, in truth ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

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

    ... Is the next generation becoming dependent on medications they don't need? Possibly. Will they all become addicts? Probably not. But when children grow up taking narcotics every day, they easily become desensitized to the ... 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 ...

    ... a patient's access to legal opioid painkillers or an addict can no longer afford to buy pills off the streets, ... ages—even children. By the 1920s, thousands were addicted to the legal opiate, prompting its removal from the ... 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; ...

    ... by while a loved one slowly destroys his life. You want to help , but you're not sure what to say to an addict. You don't understand why he refuses to listen; you may even believe that - if he really loved you- he'd stop ... 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. ...

    ... 's a look at some of the most common: Irrational Fear #1 The common ground will disappear An active addict's “friends” are often simply fellow users. The only real bond that exists between them is the substance abuse. We ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men receiving ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... going to jail or losing a job might be enough to deter drug use in the non-addicted, but for cocaine addicts, these events simply don't register as “significant.” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom abused cocaine and ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... Beyond responding to urges, tapping can also address the root causes of addiction. 5. Online Support Groups For addicts, meetings in church basements used to be the only surefire way to find people who knew what you were ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... Round The Suboxone uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining them millions after violating federal rules for dispensing controlled ... 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 ...

    ... being aware of recurring physical and psychological problems Cold Turkey Detox Can be a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... excuses used to justify our substance-driven behaviors . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to avoid, or not acknowledge, the consequences of our actions - at least until these consequences ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... pain of each and every American patient was adequately treated. 2 Unfortunately, thousands of those patients became opiate addicts in the process. In the last about 10 years, there's been a huge increase in the amount ... 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 ...

    ... you miss out on promotions or bonuses, a cut back on shifts, or you could even lose your job . Many addicts lose their jobs and remain unemployed as a result of their addiction. Others end up in jails, prisons, or long ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... as directed by your doctor. Here are 7 signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol. #1. Physical dependence. Physical dependence on Tramadol can develop over time with prolonged and increased use . ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... find that nothing seems fun or interesting anymore - even activities they used to enjoy. Anxiety : For addicts and patients alike, cessation of a drug or medication is a major life change. Therefore, it is understandable ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... . Researchers hope this imaging breakthrough will eventually lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts, improve brain-cancer surgery techniques, and boost tissue engineering. Learn more about the risks ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... driven to take more and more of the drug, even though it is dangerous . Some people do not become addicted as quickly as others, and this is due to many factors. However, it is important to understand that taking drugs ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... of Meth The cruel irony is that most meth addicts began using the drug because they were desperately ... are bugs inside his face,” said the mother of one meth addict to The Spokesman-Review . “He tears his clothes off and ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... cause it to bind to opioid receptors. Because of this, it has been promoted as a potential cure for opiate addicts. The idea is that Kratom, a “mild” drug, can help wean people off these “harder” drugs. What's the ... 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 ...

    ... lessen symptoms of stress and anxiety while you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being around others who are dealing with the same issues can create a sense ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... . The boyfriend reportedly instructed her via coded phone conversations about how to send the drugs, but she confessed when confronted by jail officials. Additional Reading: 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... a spiritual point of view. Spirituality is at the forefront of the treatment model, in which addicts surrender their addiction to a higher power. Each faith-based treatment center facility operates slightly differently ... 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 ...

    ... on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize normally. Over time, as addicts or loved ones, addiction becomes our most important priority. And in order to continue fueling its ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... are growing and we don't have enough syringe programs to fight them. Specifically, needle-sharing by opiate addicts has put rural white communities “at much greater risk of new HIV infections than ever before.” In fact ... 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 . ...

    ... . Cocaine use takes over the brain and results in uncontrolled use and addiction. Hope for Tony Does this mean cocaine addicts are beyond help, as Sean suspects? No. Far from it. It simply means it will be a hard road ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... prohibitive and users turn to street versions, such as meth, because they are cheaper, stronger and more accessible. Additional Reading: Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... can often be aggressive and anxious. They tend to isolate themselves or seek out the company of other addicts. Drastic changes in personality often manifest as the first visible indicators of drug use. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... number of these women had one thing in common: They all came from a long line of addicts, specifically their mothers. Examining the Maternal Link to Early Incarceration Recent research examined the correlation between a ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... over alcohol (and that your life has become unmanageable), you can overcome that self-deception that keeps so many addicts sick. So, go ahead: kick that denial to the curb. It is only by accepting your powerlessness that ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... If you are using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you, that is a strong sign that you may be addicted. If you have been prescribed the drug you are taking but are now using it in larger quantities than you ... 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 ...

    ... Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug Addict State-Funded Rehab Centers Near me How do you know if you or a loved one is ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... . there was a major health scare last year after an Arizona man was hospitalized. He was an opiate addict who had injected himself with a homemade batch of Krokodil. Although there were numerous reports of the new “flesh ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... for alcoholism and drug abuse vary, but no one sits down and thinks: “Today, I am going to become an addict.” Instead, it tends to be a slippery slope. Be prepared for a fairly long story when your parent is able to ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... Strawberry has tainted his resume with cocaine and alcohol use. 4. Derek Boogaard NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol led to his May 2011 death. 5 ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... . Edie Falco Known for her role as a painkiller addict on “Nurse Jackie,” Edie Falco's own addiction experiences ... How do you know if you or a loved one may be addicted? Find out here . The world has lost far too many ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... into addiction . If your kid understands the risks of taking drugs (especially glue-the average age of a solvent addict is 12), he or she is likely to have the power to say no. However, friends can be powerful influences ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... have a tolerance or dependency that needs attention. If you've tried stopping the drug unsuccessfully, you might be addicted to Klonopin . Be sure to discuss how to withdraw from the drug with a medical provider, because ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... be easy to develop a dependency to the more powerful of these drugs. Having an understanding of whether you're addicted can help you determine the right way to get the help you need. Even if you take drugs as recommended ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... it you are taking, this is referred to as “shopping” and there is a good chance that you have become addicted to the drug and need help. If you are prioritizing obtaining or taking the drug above things that used to be ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... without medical supervision -you're heading down that rather oil-slicked slope. Of course, it's possible to be addicted to oxycodone and take it legitimately. That's the peril of any medication, really. If you find that ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... of control. William S. Burroughs Most famous for his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife in the head under the influence after persuading her that a William ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... attempts to come up with nonaddictive alternatives. When a patient is prescribed morphine, that patient runs the risk of being addicted to the opiate . It's not much of a win-win situation for the doctor. On the one hand ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... users in general. Thirty-two (25 percent) of the 130 families in the study experienced the death of an addicted parent, and in 2 cases both parents had died before the 10-year follow-up interview. This compares to a ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... year. Even if they're placed with relatives, this means the children can't be fully shielded from their addicted parents . Having a healthy and happy child starts with you. If you're a new parent battling drug addiction ... 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 ...

    ... knife with a surgeon who's high as a kite on Vicodin or OxyContin? It's a scary thought, right? Addicted medical professionals live in a state of constant fear. If exposed, they're afraid the fallout and resulting stigma ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing criminal charges for using drugs ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... , these stories are becoming more and more common. Methadone maintenance programs are designed to help people who are addicted to opiates - heroin and OxyContin for example. Patients need just one dose a day in order to ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... did a little research and came to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... dependence to these medications, then, is a natural progression, and isn't the same thing as being addicted. Being dependent on them means, if you stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... oldest son was found playing with hypodermic needles. She's worked as a prostitute. Three of her children were born addicted to drugs. It would be hard to argue that she should have another child, but is ordering a woman ... 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 ...

    ... be more rudimentary—like where their next fix is going to come from. #5 Guilt People who are addicted to a substance may not have feelings of guilt while under the influence, but during sober periods, the questionable ... 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 ...

    ... stimulant ADHD medications. The question is, with thousands of Americans taking Ritalin, how do you know if you're addicted? Here's a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single ... 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 ...

    ... The result of craving is that a person who is addicted to a substance may: Lie, manipulate and steal to ... at large has to say about someone who is an “addict” is a strong force that reinforces the defense mechanism to deny ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... the clinic will be able to do for you . For example, some clinics may only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to treat you if you don't have a consenting ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... to keep in touch, acting out of fear (not love) helps define the problem of enabling. Prioritizing the Addict's Needs While it's natural to love your child and feel compelled to “help” however you can, addiction quickly ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... . Diarrhea. Even with this long list of physical effects, most of them negative, users may still become addicted to meth due to the perceived beneficial psychological effects listed above. What users need to be aware of ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... IQ points. 7 Warning Signs & Withdrawal Symptoms For those concerned about whether they or a loved one are addicted to marijuana, there are some clear warning signs to look out for. These include an inability to stop ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 were addicted to heroin. 1 With massive increases in opiate-related overdose deaths and ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... , you may find that you end up being dependent and addicted to kratom, which comes with it's own host of ... problems (see above). You don't want to be addicted to kratom. The withdrawal symptoms you'll experience won't ... continue reading
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