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  • 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 ...

    ... turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... has a “ceiling effect” where, starting at moderate doses, the effects of the drug ... Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

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

    ... , there are none at all for cocaine, methamphetamine and other narcotics. And the fact remains that ... safety warning—on the drug. 10 Naltrexone, an opioid receptor antagonist, can block the intoxicating effects of alcohol ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Terms Effects of Meth Methamphetamine is highly addictive due to its potent action on the brain's “feel ... effect. 3 These higher doses fuel the addiction to the drug. The short-term psychological effects of methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... abuse. Methamphetamine Methamphetamine (“meth”) can cause permanent damage to certain brain cells, ... doses over time to induce the same or more severe negative effects, such as seizures 8 . “Sensitization” may also occur ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

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

    ... , which increases the speed of delivery to the brain. The effects can often be felt within a minute of injecting ... , Narcotics Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous, provide a supportive and encouraging ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination. And the consequences don't stop there. Using meth comes with a few more not-so-awesome side effects: severe paranoia ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

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

    ... Amphetamine (Adderall) and other so-called “study drugs”, Methamphetamine (meth, crystal, ice), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy). The heart-damaging effects of these drugs are mainly due to the fact that ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

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

    ... , benzos slow down brain activity, producing sedative, relaxing, and pleasant effects. After a prolonged ... the same conversations as heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines, and methadone. My attempt at quitting ... continue reading
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  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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

    ... areas.” What Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It causes destructive long-term effects including skin lesions, rotting ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

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

    ... known to cause cancer . Once ingested, the toxic effects of tobacco smoke can potentially damage every organ system in ... : Methamphetamine/crystal meth . Many toxic chemicals are used in the illicit manufacture of meth. One ... 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 ...

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive ... . Here are 6 long-term effects of meth abuse: Cognitive Damage Because meth use releases a surge of dopamine ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research ... buy it on the black market and often find themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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

    ... meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine ... supportive home environment, the negative effects of meth are greatly reduced. The latest ... 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 ...

    ... higher estrogen levels can make women more vulnerable to the effects of certain drugs. Researchers found that estrogen intensifies the brain's dopamine reward pathway, which creates an increase in pleasureable feelings ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... names: GHB, liquid ecstasy, blue nitro, cherry meth, easy lay) GHB is a narcotic sedative that comes ... People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in approximately twenty ... 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 ...

    ... . The resulting hardened, brownish “crystals” are then smoked, reaching the ... brain is almost instantaneously flooded with dopamine, creating an immediate high. This high wears off quickly, but the stimulating effects ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What is a Drug Abuse Hotline Number? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction, alcoholism and treatment. If you are ...

    ... oxycodone, suboxone, fentanyl, GHB, PCP , cocaine , crystal methamphetamine, crack, heroin or any other drug. You may ... Medication is useful in some cases to block the effects of drugs of use , relieve cravings or alleviate ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

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

    ... Third, marijuana users often suffer from another common side effect: the munchies. With an insatiable urge to eat ... 20 years from now. But considering the potential effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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

    ... research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded him a three-year grant of $431,700 to find answers to his questions. Meth Effects on Wound Healing Martinez ... 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 ...

    ... child will eventually consume your life as the addiction progresses. Lying to Others Arguably, addiction's most destructive effect to a family is its ability to create shame within the household. In an effort to try to ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

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

    ... . Most work by reducing the user's sense of pleasure, essentially inhibiting the brain's reward pathways. The resulting effects cause many patients to stop using the medication after short periods. Teenagers and their ... 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 . ...

    ... we'd see if we took a peek into Tony's brain: Tony's brain (and yours) has two types of neurons that are influencing his ... the nicknames, the two neurons have opposite effects. The urge neurons promote feelings of reward ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... on the substance use. Generally, definitions of drug abuse include: Using an illicit drug like cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth ... they belong to will help understand the effects of drugs in those categories. Drug ... 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. ...

    ... Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just ... in cryptocurrency activates our reward center in the brain doesn't mean we can become addicted to it ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... “If they can't put the test kits into people's hands then at least have people there that can spread the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . 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 ...

    ... Vomiting Seizures Muscle spasms Exhaustion Heavy opioid users can also experience a number of side effects related to their mood, behavior and overall psychological state including: Depression Anxiety Mood swings Social ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 substance with a high potential for abuse . ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... fogs your mind as it floods your brain's opiate receptors. As a result, thoughts are ... effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine ... 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 , ...

    ... dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for ... the amount present. They simply alert their handlers when drugs are on the scene. Since possessing a little bit of pot is now ... 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 ...

    ... with equipment designed to detect electrical activity within the brain. What the research group found was no less than ... potential antidote for cocaine addiction could soon be on the way. Researchers at the University of ... 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 ...

    ... fear. Researchers found that the subjects who were on cocaine were 10 percent less likely to recognize negative ... “There are many mental illnesses in which our brains' ability to recognise the emotions of others are ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... happiness and energy by increasing the naturally occurring “happy chemical” ( dopamine ) in the brain. Some party-goers rely on this to overcome initial discomfort in social situations. Alcohol: Of course there's always ... 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 ...

    ... the withdrawal symptoms kick in as your body and brain try to restore balance without the medication. Like ... it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... years off a person's life and even affect overall brain development , and the road to those dire straits can ... problem in the United States, law enforcement is cracking down on it in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... attack and stroke. Stroke: If blood flow to the brain is interrupted, a stroke may occur. This can result ... onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... transitioning to chronic back pain, an effect mediated by corticostriatal circuitry involved in addictive ... quit because, in addition to the number it does on brain cells, “smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen ... 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 - ...

    ... . It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism…I've been the lead in movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can't ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... such as prescription diet pills and medications containing methamphetamine. Some of the most concerning findings include: ... both heightened attention and pleasure. This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with the fact that ... 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 ...

    ... 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 these inmates receive the treatment they ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This synthetic opioid first appeared in Ohio back in July ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... to pay the price, with many shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for this trendy new spin on pot. Shop Owners Target “Connoisseurs” With more states legalizing marijuana , the market just keeps growing. Retailers ... 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 ...

    ... other people thought. It probably would've changed the course of my life. Instead, I suffered in silence, put on a facade that everything was fine and naively believed I could overcome it myself. Of course, I didn't and ... 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 ...

    ... and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose relatively little. It really all depends on you and how much you're willing to suffer before changing your thinking and behavior. Choose to ... 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 ...

    ... . Causing a near-fatal car accident was the wake-up call I desperately needed and I finally saw the writing on the wall: My tendency toward self-destruction and self-pity was keeping me sick. Alcohol wasn't curing my ... 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 ...

    ... drinking steadily increased, until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I ... continue reading
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    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... : Should people in recovery drink it or abstain? To Drink…or Not To Drink? I posted this question on Facebook yesterday and received both positive and negative responses: Yes absolutely; it's a health tonic that helps ... 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 ...

    ... and clear. Joran Leavitt's mother, Robyn, wrote: Leavitt, Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and similar obituaries are written in the hopes of raising ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... to get an appointment with a mental health counselor were unsuccessful. These alarming numbers don't even touch on the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

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

    ... changes. We essentially become different people while we're under the influence. But, is this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say no. The View is Different Out Here To study this phenomenon, researchers asked ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... who really wants those pills can simply smash through the bottle. Others point out that a person who's bent on getting drugs will just find them somewhere else. They say the tamper-proof bottle devices only make it more ... 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 ...

    ... , things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up for family events, and on the rare occasion he did show up, he just didn't seem like himself. The last time Allison could recall seeing ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... drank in social settings. But the others - nearly four in ten - said that they did drink alone at least on occasion. This is higher than the usual estimate of solitary drinking, and the rate of solitary drinking was much ... continue reading
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  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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

    ... law and policy, University of South Florida, who worked on the study. “There has been a shortage of primary ... those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that ... 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 ...

    ... . In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double-whammy” effect on the same cognitive and physical function. Although there ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

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

    ... that Flakka is even more addictive than methamphetamine . Researchers at the Scripps Research ... Strothers, 33, after he stood naked and wielding a gun on the rooftop of his apartment building, yelling “I feel delusional ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... other words, schools needed to be “tough” on drugs - without prejudice. However, many psychologists, ... who brings a Tylenol pill to school. The Dropout Effect Raises Red Flags This level of educational derailment can ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

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

    ... down the alcohol. The Results Researchers examined this effect by manipulating the REG3G levels in mice. The mice ... . They found elevated levels of bacteria. Based on these results, it appears gut bacteria is a ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty ... controlled by Vallerius. Facing life in prison on an indictment, Vallerius and his attorney tried ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

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

    ... about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts Designer ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... is very potent and has effects that are up to ... brain and causes unhealthy re-wiring. It can cause everything from decreased attention span to seizures and strokes. Lung damage: Inhaling this potent poison wreaks havoc on ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... These brain chemicals regulate our mood and keep us balanced. It can produce a euphoric effect, making ... anxiety if the drug cannot be obtained. General side effects of tramadol abuse include insomnia and risk of seizures ... 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. ...

    ... At first, the drug showed negative effects in the area of the brain that drives goal-directed behaviors. With ... basically rendered ineffective because they focus on retraining the prefrontal cortex. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... a constant craving for sugar. Aside from that, methamphetamine drugs are extremely acidic, creating a detrimental environment for teeth. Cocaine: Cocaine has lethal effects on the body, especially the teeth. Tooth decay ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... , addiction is partially triggered by changes in the brain and alterations to dopamine reward pathways - both of ... 't the catalyst for later addiction, but rather the effects of multiple types of stress added up over time. ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

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

    ... skills! As a depressant, alcohol slows down the brain and affects the body's responses. Your coordination and ... Drank, Fell, Bumped My Head and… Unfortunately, the effects of drinking don't end with accidents. Alcohol can ... 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 after snorting coke . It also interrupts your general brain communications in the process. As a result, your body feels effects from head to toe. Some of those effects include: Dilated pupils A boost of energy Body ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

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

    ... a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use — both due to the ... Do Substances Cause Addiction? Reference to research on self-administration of drugs by laboratory animals ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... drinkers can overtake the normal function of some parts of the brain, and can shut down its control over a person's ... adults report binge drinking four times each month, on average, but pointed out that a great majority ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

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

    ... provided quite damning evidence for the dangerous effects of alcohol. Without question, they identified ... know is trying to stop drinking and get sober, focus on the facts. Pay attention to the warning signs great ... 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 ...

    ... a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned ... Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... by CD4 cell count,” said Edelman. Her team will now begin to look at “the effects of heroin and other opioids on other aspects of immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate ... 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 ...

    ... emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and ... time. 4. Gratitude Addiction rewires the pleasure centers of our brain. Whether it's a sunset, children playing in a ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... discomfort. Fentanyl is the strongest prescription painkiller on the market: 100 times stronger than ... , even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first time. ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... such as headaches, jitters and heart palpitations. It also reduces serotonin in the brain. Sleep Off Anxiety Your sleep schedule has a huge impact on your health and mood. A tired nervous system is more likely to suffer ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    ... Cancer Research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the Global Burden of Disease Alcohol ... many would still be alive if not for the cancer-causing effects of alcohol? It makes you reconsider - Is that drink ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... effect of opioids is influenced by their rate of entry into the brain. Basically, “the faster the drug enters the brain - across the blood-brain ... pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether it was snorted ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... really does help to simply have a shoulder to cry on. Having our feelings heard by a trusted friend, ... healthy diet and regular exercise releases endorphins - your brain's “feel-good” chemical - and strengthens the immune ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some drugs have toxic effects that can kill neurons, ... us get lucky in our teens, it can have a negative effect on our ability to enjoy a healthy, vibrant sex life as adults. ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

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

    ... will be used interchangeably or called “pain pills” or “painkillers” in a generic sense. Though this group produces similar effects of decreased perceptions of pain and a pleasurable “high,” the strength and specific ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have ... with abuse potential became available. LSD, methamphetamine and synthetic opiates are all relatively recent drugs ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... at a couple specific legal drugs on the market and their potential effects: Synthetic Cannabinoids: “K2” “ ... synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting, delusions ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... Lovestead, chemical engineer and one of the brains behind the recent testing development, explains, ... So, if you want to accurately measure blood levels based on breath, you need to know the vapor pressure.” Researchers ... 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 ...

    ... Do you find yourself taking Tramadol for its euphoric effects, release of inhibitions, and feelings of peace and ... the brain and body become accustomed to the drug, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. For ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... Haydar, Jemaa, & Lapoile, 2012). People who abuse methamphetamine may be at an increased risk for having health issues ... as morphine, to relieve pain. Effects of Pancreatitis The effects of pancreatitis can be severe. ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

    ... of methamphetamine and cocaine can lead to erectile dysfunction and delayed orgasm. Effects of Drugs on Pregnancy ... to marijuana's effects on the brain. Alcohol - The negative effects of alcohol on the developing fetus ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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

    ... as Tylenol), elicit predictable and dose-dependent effects on the liver, others may have unforeseeable results , ... 14 . Cocaine 15 . MDMA or Ecstasy 16 . Methamphetamine 17 . Symptoms of Liver Damage If you or someone ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... Data Other recent studies have also confirmed that marijuana has long-term negative consequences on the brain, particularly when used during adolescence. A project released last December in the journal Schizophrenia ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... on the other hand, have been on the rise for several years and are now at their highest levels on record. Additionally, methamphetamine ... have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. ... 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 ...

    ... . Low testosterone in men has side effects including mood swings, fatigue and erectile ... on the hypothalamus, many men already have depleted levels of testosterone before starting treatment. The very notable side effect ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... Police make several arrests a day at airports in Columbia, catching many foreign nationals. Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers and Coverage Levels Visit the links below to find out more about your health ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... on a very popular TV show. Vicodin is an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when ... addictive, and it inhibits the section of the brain that controls pain. Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... to find an appropriate long-term solution. In the cases of certain cancers and other conditions, the emphasis is on management rather than cure. HIV and AIDS HIV and AIDS are often called the same thing, although that's ... continue reading
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