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  • 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 ...

    ... addiction on his ex-wife, Whitney Houston. 9. Natalie Cole Natalie Cole's 2000 autobiography revealed her lifelong struggle with drugs, specifically crack cocaine and heroin. Although she did enter rehab once, she ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 's a rising star in the world of crack cocaine . Characterized by brutality and murder, Snipes' ... film about the drug trade in Miami, and it's a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... You could replace the words 'digital currency' with 'crack cocaine,' methamphetamine,' 'marijuana,' or ' gambling, ' and ... 's digital. Some believe the concept of cryptocurrency addiction might be a bit of a stretch. Their ... continue reading
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  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... get their hands on marijuana, cocaine , crack, LSD, or heroin, the story flipped in the other direction. ... -only, female-only or any other type of specialized addiction treatment, visit DrugAbuse.com , or call to speak ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... story. Personal Experience With Drugs We first wanted to get an idea of our survey respondents' personal connections to substance addiction ... each option, PCP, LSD, heroin, crack cocaine, and MDMA are thought to be among ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... , what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap ... addiction doesn't discriminate. Many wealthy and talented celebrities from varying backgrounds have used crack cocaine ... 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, ...

    ... said Linda Lewaniak, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine for Amita Health at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health ... are much lower than for alcohol, cocaine, heroin or nicotine,that withdrawal symptoms are ... 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 ...

    ... injecting or snorting more traditional cocaine. Crack cocaine is particularly addictive because the ... of overcoming a cocaine habit. If you are looking to transition back into a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle, call ... 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 ...

    ... benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users refer to cocaine as coke, snow, blow, nose candy, dust, white lady, ... between 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack are considered Schedule II drugs in the ... 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 ...

    ... euphoria, let's take a look at what happens when the coke crosses that BBB line. Rest assured, this is not a ... intently studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain ... 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 ...

    ... difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. While coke can be felt up to two hours, a crack high lasts ... high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on the body systems. Learn ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... 2010, these numbers have started to climb again, reaching over 6,700 in 2015. Coke Smugglers Do the Darnedest Things In 2016, 92 percent of cocaine seized in the U.S. came from Columbia, with the remainder originating in ... 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 ...

    ... star Diego Maradona struggled with a twenty-year cocaine addiction, leading to three suspensions and multiple failed ... struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only bright spot in my future,” he ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than previous killers. W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 Here are ...

    ... selling fentanyl pills that actually contain W-18, which is 100 times more potent. It can also be cut with cocaine or other drugs in unknown amounts. Pills and powders containing W-18 are created in homemade labs, so the ... 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 ...

    ... a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed ... 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 ...

    ... Rising Star in Hollywood Despite his active drug and alcohol addiction, Downey Jr. made a name for himself as a ... when he was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine. As reported in a 2003 interview with the New ... 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 ...

    ... they were seriously sad or just a little angry. Researchers also found that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that regulates how the body responds ... 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 ...

    ... . Put Your Life in Order Every person struggling with addiction lets certain things slide. Maybe you're behind on ... day than struggle to the corner store for a can of Coke, you'll start to reap the rewards in all areas of ... 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 ...

    ... are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit ... experience to strangers. Tip 6: Cushion the Blow Chances are, your friends and family already know ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The Deadly Allure of Benzos Benzos can kill you. Especially if you mix them with alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers by his senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. He ... pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, ... 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 ...

    ... Mary-Kate Olsen suffered with anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have ... Jeremy London denied his drug use with a ridiculous story about how a guy kidnapped him and forced him ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... A recent study gives us more insight into the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine, eventually leading to addiction. With Ted's first few uses, taking the drug is voluntary. However, the use eventually ... 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 . ...

    ... their brains. Loved ones should keep in mind it's more than “just saying no.” Those struggling with cocaine addiction need the right treatment and support to break free from this cycle. With time and treatment, Tony can ... 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 ...

    ... impairment might underlie disadvantageous decision making in these individuals.” Luckily, a potential antidote for cocaine addiction could soon be on the way. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen recently found ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

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

    ... and Suicidal Thoughts Mood Swings and Irritability Treatment Barriers Slow Progress Successfully treating a cocaine addiction can be difficult. Truth be told, the options available to physicians and clinicians at ... 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 ...

    ... them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will change the way we think about addiction research to emphasize the need to further understand female subjects, as ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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

    ... husband, the window was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? Her ... Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... , and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from ... drinking . Stephen King The master of horror and cocaine, King churned out thousands of pages of work year ... 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 ...

    ... debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ... using “hard” drugs like heroin , amphetamines or crack. But don't worry; you aren't automatically ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... my car crying and exclaiming that I was drunk. In fact, I blew a .32 and was under the influence of a sizable amount of ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share ... 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 ...

    ... much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here ... 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs. 5.6 percent rural). Rural ... 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 ...

    ... cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased feelings of pleasure ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different ... re going to do today - and tomorrow. Everyone loves a success story; it's never too late to turn over a new leaf and ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

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

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... help everyone . Yes, some studies have found that ibogaine might effectively treat morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, alcohol, and nicotine addictions. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is information we ... 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 ...

    ... Let's look at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for the poor ... the $5 beer to a more expensive drug like, cocaine or heroin and the cost skyrockets. Some people can ... 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 ...

    ... , too. The same properties that make it a potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects - increased alertness, stamina, and sociability. Larger doses produce ... 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 ...

    ... , thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical ... often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... effects due to I-dosing, or “Internet overdosing,” on digital drugs. Bath salts are one dangerous teenage substance addiction trend you probably have heard of, so it's a good idea to be wary of what your teens are ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... troubling when prisoners are released back into society and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back to abusing once released from prison. A new study ... 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 ...

    ... alertness. Some of these same students will go on to use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. SAMSHA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health notes that 6.4 percent of all full-time college ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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

    ... of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What you're eventually left with ... 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 ...

    ... , being hungry, lonely or tired simply sets you up for relapse! Because of the intensely personal qualities of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on ... 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 ...

    ... experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing ... ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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

    ... with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in small, rural towns. It's not feasible, unfortunately ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... : Mullin, Patrick Joseph, Irondequoit: Died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the age of 32 after a long battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going to solve this problem by keeping quiet about it ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... take medication on a daily basis. Here's Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute recently developed an experimental ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... for her portrayal of a nurse hiding her drug addiction on the Showtime black comedy Nurse Jackie . For ... interest to me,” she said. “The helplessness around [addiction], and learning to deal with that, and all the ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... long walks and hiking events to really foster a community spirit. These places also tend to have the better addiction treatment doctors—after all, if someone is paying between $8,000 and $40,000 a week, that place had ... 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 ...

    ... to be paid for by someone. So wouldn't it pay the companies to increase profits by effectively advertising addiction? The thing is, though, it doesn't work that way. In general, most doctors are conscientious people who ... 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 ...

    ... What begins as a quest for relief, however, can quickly turn into a raging prescription medication addiction. The Claws of Addiction The public holds medical providers to a higher standard than most - and rightly so. Let ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

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

    ... logical reasoning. Fear of Losing it All If you're a successful professional who's forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that your professional abilities will be questioned. In truth, you ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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

    ... U.S. Surgeon General has declared substance abuse a public health crisis - a huge step forward for the addiction industry. Clearly, this will impact a variety of policies in the future, but what if this new approach was ... 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 ...

    ... for them to quit cold turkey. Feeling like you need to get high is a very real part of developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our emotional or mental system that's far beyond the norm. It produces ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... and future regulations will determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

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

    ... the best way to develop this treatment in the community was to offer coursework in the area of addictions. To prepare professionals to support those in need, the minor includes four core classes: Alcohol and Other Drugs ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things ... 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 ...

    ... good friend to yourself do what's best for you. Here are 7 warning signs that your friends are making your addiction worse . 1. They Help You Justify Bad Behavior Are your friends cheering for you when you try to take 25 ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... — either using, trying to use or thinking about using. Whether it's a week or a decade, the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our morality hinges on ... 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 ...

    ... begin to regain our hope of recovery, we can also begin to recover the other stolen parts of our lives. Addiction is a thief, and these 7 things are its most common targets. 1. Relationship Watching someone suffer from ... 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 ...

    ... to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's - and ... 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 wonder if it really matters which opiate addiction came first and which came second. Both drugs ... cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you know it, ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

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    ... ), anti-convulsants (to help stabilize your mood), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (for anxiety and alcohol abuse), buspirone (for anxiety and alcohol abuse), and topiramate (for cocaine addiction and anxiety). continue reading
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    ... simply using a drug . Addiction is observed through a number of signs like: A study funded by NIDA found that within 10 years of first using the drug: About 15% of people that use cocaine become addicted. About 12% of ... continue reading
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    ... up to a high many people do not wish to give up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, tolerance can develop after just 6 months of use, though it is possible to ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

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  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

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    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

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  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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    ... , and feel naively invincible. So, what happens when normal teenage experimentation turns into a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

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  • Drugs and Devotion

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    ... surprising, though, is that the drug with the smallest gap - smaller even than alcohol - was crack cocaine. 42% of crack users attended a religious service, compared with 38.4% of nonusers. We've added more evidence to ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

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    ... brutal attack has drawn media attention to the drug. Cocaine Cocaine is an illegal, addictive drug that has stimulant properties. ... to sit still. Crack cocaine is an especially common form of cocaine in inner-city ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

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    ... 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
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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    ... . 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 substance or the amount present ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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    ... chime in, labeling the resulting 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 ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

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    ... pattern; whereas, drug abuse help to stop injecting heroin or using crack cocaine places a much greater importance on the physical addiction, initially. Providing us with more details will give us a correspondingly ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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    ... much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the fancy new containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were ... continue reading
  • FDA Raids Juul Headquarters as First Step in E-Cig Crackdown

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    ... . Scientists have confirmed that the teenage brain , still in the midst of developing, is uniquely susceptible to addiction, and doses of nicotine could turn teens into lifelong users. Though the CEO of Juul, Kevin Burns ... continue reading
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    ... false results. In roughly five percent of cases, the test showed positive - even though the person hadn't used any cocaine. That's a pretty small percentage, but I wouldn't want to be one of those five percent, would you ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

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  • Drug Abuse Effects

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    ... Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish ... drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction occurs when a chemical dependency to a drug is ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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    ... heroin have tripled since 2010, and when compared to cocaine, heroin takes twice the number of lives per year ... of 18 , they are more likely to develop addictions in adulthood. From a public health standpoint this could ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

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  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

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  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

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  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

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  • Drug Abuse Statistics

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  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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