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  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to detox by going “cold turkey” at home. The results could be deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done under medical ... 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 ...

    ... no need to become an herb expert. Just grab some detox tea from a health food store. Probiotics: You'll need ... very much today, they are still a fantastic at-home constipation reliever. The process has been around since ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... on the level of dependence. 9 Medical Detox Since Xanax is associated with significant physical dependence ... if you still need to go to work or live at home. Depending on your program and your individual situation, you' ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... without serious addiction issues would make a fortune. At the moment, though, these drugs have not been ... Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... to pain in the body. It is used during detox because it reduces or eliminates the unpleasant symptoms of ... to take your methadone doses at home. You are recommended to stay on methadone for at least 12 months . However, ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... the pharmacist, who politely provided a medication guide explaining the risks of the drug. Tom went home and looked up the manufacturer's website, curious for additional details. His research revealed that the “ black ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

    ... . It's frequently given to patients in detox facilities and drug treatment programs for different reasons ... prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this trend. ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... buprenorphine on the street more difficult. The implant offers a safe alternative to having medication in your home, where children or pets may accidentally come across it. It removes choice. Once the implant is inserted ... 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 ...

    ... left the hospital, so her doctor wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After a week, the pain was much less intense, but Shelly had ... 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 ...

    ... . What's the drawback? Kratom is physically addictive, 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 ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    ... Truth About Suboxone Suboxone has been proven clinically effective and has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due to widespread misconceptions. Let's address some of ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... the medication. Driving under the influence of benzos can result in DUI charges . How long does it take to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... city, Suzanne was able to find several methadone programs close to home. She made an appointment and made a promise to herself that ... don't have the patient's best interests at heart or focused on money instead of recovery ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

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

    ... diaper stage. Aiden Aiden's parents were frazzled. At nine, Aiden behaved more like a three-year ... Aiden's doctor diagnosed him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a prescription for Ritalin. Now Aiden is docile, quiet ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... - or even years - to “click” - be patient with yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but ... 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 ...

    ... the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The constant tension can drive even our ... Thousands more are working in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes right now - and they're working while impaired. ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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

    ... to discontinue the abuse of opioids without experiencing a painful detox. So what is the big problem? Do we have ... the addiction community. Let's take a look at both sides of this argument. The Pro-Suboxone Movement ... 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 ...

    ... same conversations as heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines, and methadone. My attempt at quitting cold turkey pretty much drove that point home, but I wondered: If benzos are so hard to kick, why didn't my ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... Hendricks, a chemical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that even ... effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, having a qualified medical ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... palpitations. According to statistics, Adderall is being abused at an alarmingly high rate. 5 Facts of particular concern ... experiencing the effects of withdrawal. Once detox is completed, a customized behavioral therapy ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... , headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I using more of the medication ... withdrawal problems. If you feel able to quit at home, a doctor might help you determine a tapering plan ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent ... can! Although benzo withdrawal can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst, many others have successfully done it ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... anyone wearing a fentanyl patch. Sitting in a hot tub or sauna (or even a long, hot bath at home) quickly raises your body temperature, rapidly elevating the amount of medication in your body. If you get the opportunity ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... but the latest use of this drug really hammers that point home. Believe it or not, policy makers have chosen to add ... in for a minute. Beyond the Death Chamber When we look at its potency, it's easy to see why the number of ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... . Doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are generally allowed to prescribe naloxone to patients who are at risk of an opiate overdose. What's more, a variety of community outreach programs now provide ... 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 ...

    ... or aiming to heal pain, people have long since worked to reduce and increase pain. Obviously we'll be looking at the former. Pain takes numerous forms, and there may not be an obvious reason for it. Occasional pain can ... 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 ...

    ... bit more cautious about the drug. It advised doctors not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. The next year, over 20,000 ER visits were linked to tramadol, and 379 overdoses ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... sexuality. It can even be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that delivers the same pain relief without the ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug use. Talk to Us: Have ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... Nelson of the New York University School of Medicine and coauthors in a report accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the rise in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

    ... to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had back then? If so, have many in the working class gone ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... fence regarding this medication's prevalence, which has rapidly increased in availability across the country. Let's look at both point of views: Spotlight on the Critics Critics say that it gives drug users a safety net ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... and discount rates. Partial Prescription Dispensing: If you can't afford to buy an entire month's prescription at once, you can ask the pharmacy for a partial dispensing. Although this doesn't actually save any money ... 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 ...

    ... naloxone. Continue with additional doses of naloxone every 2-3 minutes until breathing returns to normal or help arrives. Additional Reading: New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... more accessible. Although it's not a traditional street opioid, tramadol can produce a euphoria comparable to heroin, even at a single dose of 75 mg. It acts as a stimulant, but recreational users are quick to point out ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... . Ultimately, it's not worth the risk. Hey Doc, How About Lending a Hand? People sharing their extra pills put others at risk, whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... do this,” said Nance. Lawmakers Call for Change Issues with the Ryan Haight Act have been recognized at National Council, where vice president for policy and advocacy, Rebecca Farley David, has called for amendments to ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... monopoly on the drug. The FDA Takes a Stand Against Suboxone Manufacturer Senior writer and Pharmalot columnist at The Boston Globe health and medicine site, Ed Silverman, told Alcoholism and Drug Abuse weekly about the ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... already seen eight fentanyl cases and one carfentanil case in 2017. The drugs have been implicated in at least 26 deaths since the beginning of 2016. Law enforcement officials expect these latest protective measures will ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... aren't about to warn customers that their heroin is laced with fentanyl , which will inevitably put them at a high risk for overdose. True or False: Prescribed fentanyl patches are always safe. Click Here for the Answer ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've shifted our focus. The Internet is our main (and sometimes only) source of information ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told The Associated Press . It's such a lethal mixture that the ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... , or already have, there are people are people out there who can help you. Call one of our admissions navigators at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? so they can provide the support and information you need to get on the path ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only putting their friends at risk by sharing or selling their medication. There are legal and physical consequences. It's not going to help ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... , its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a treatment option. Setting the Record Straight Below, we've separated fact ... 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 ...

    ... bottles. The latest ideas include: Med-O-Wheel SECURE: This locked pill box dispenses the prescribed dose of medication at pre-set times. TimerCap: This cap is equipped with a built-in timer. When the bottle is opened ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... point to existing drug testing programs already implemented by several states which yielded underwhelming results. At least 15 states currently have legislation on the books regarding drug testing or screening for public ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive from the bench. The woman at the core of this issue is the mother of four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who Takes the Lead? It's this kind of sad story that ... 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 ...

    ... 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 vaccine that appears to significantly lower the risk ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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

    ... . Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square Garden. What is even more alarming is that the number of deaths from overdose continues to climb steadily ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... misused or abused these drugs to improve work performance at a job. One in five college students reported ... -campus providers. Recognize the Problem and Get Proactive at Home If you believe that your child might be abusing ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to do. Mrs. Miller ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... Can Impair Your Thinking Without a clear head, stay home or call an Uber. Whether you're flying down the highway at 70 miles per hour or cruising through a neighborhood at 30, your faculties have to be in tip-top ... 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 ...

    ... being an overwhelming misconception about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit ... to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad ... 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 ...

    ... and the stigma in town is still there. But, now you can sit down in front of your computer at home and meet with the doctor. What do you think? Did your odds of getting treatment just go up? Telemedicine: Revolutionizing ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... prescribed Taking someone else's Ativan All of these actions put you at risk for Ativan addiction. How Do I Know if I'm ... . This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision at a treatment ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant ... alcohol poisoning or stimulants, call 911 immediately. Home intervention will be inadequate in these cases. ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... Physical Therapy This requires more work from the patient (attending sessions as well as following up at home with recommended exercises) but is often essential to improving physical healing and relieving pain long-term ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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

    ... you can't imagine completing charts or reports without Adderall at the helm it could be a red flag for larger ... and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility where licensed medical professionals can help you ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

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

    ... were private, not commercial pilots. The purpose of the NTSB study was two-fold: to take a look at the prevalence of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as illicit drugs found in toxicology panels and ... 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 ...

    ... taken excessive amounts to produce euphoria. Those who take large amounts over a long period of time are most at risk for heart problems. 5. Darvocet Darvocet is an opioid used to ease the pain from serious injuries or ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... such a warning will make both clinicians and patients generally aware of the dangers. Will it Make a Difference? At a time when consumers want everything right now , are they really even likely to stop and read the label ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered to release the pain killer all at once. As a result, abusers receive a much faster “high.” Trying to Prevent Addiction and Overdose In an effort ... 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 ...

    ... analyzed data from 240,000 respondents aged 12 to 21. Along with ADHD medications, the study looked at other stimulant drugs, such as prescription diet pills and medications containing methamphetamine. Some of the most ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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

    ... not going to get in the way,” Payne told the National Pain Report . Instead, he points the finger at the doctors and pharmacists. Bottomline: Is This Legal? The laws that govern whether pharmacists are obligated to fill ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... 's office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping ... “held a waiver to treat 100 patients for at least one year without interruption and possess a subspecialty ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... s the big deal? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk of addiction , which is especially concerning when we look at the frequency and duration of their use. Here's a couple stats to put that ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... planned his partying around it. Kevin now assumes he's in the clear, as long as he doesn't use cocaine at work. Cocaine stays in your system for 48 hours. After a late night of Wednesday debauchery, a Friday morning drug ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... to housewives who were feeling “frazzled” or teens who had trouble falling asleep at a decent hour. Decades later, benzos are being prescribed at an alarming rate and, many times, for conditions that don't require long ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ... But a new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, Nicole ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... one day, slowly taper off the treatment drug itself entirely. At least, that's the goal. But it doesn't always ... they no longer receive it, they may be at risk of developing withdrawal symptoms similar to those associated ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... the nation and around the world. These results have already lead to the development of a clinical trial at the Calgary Pain Clinic. Additional Reading: I'm Having Opiate Withdrawals - Am I Addicted? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... avoidance Overdose response Each idea must include at least one of the following components: ... idea phase is complete, the “challenge phase” begins. At this point, the state will seek worldwide businesses and innovators ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

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

    ... taken last December. It was conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, in partnership with the office of the Virginia ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking ... 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 ...

    ... 're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common consequences of these conditions - heart attacks, heart failure, and ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... instructed by to take Vivitrol by local authorities while attending an inpatient rehab . Now Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... app developed by the Dynamic Real-Time Ecological Ambulatory Methodologies (DREAM) program in the Survey Research Center at Penn State. “A preset alarm notified patients to complete a survey four times each day, with the ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... for opioid use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... If you think that you have an addiction to opioids, quitting could save your life. In fact, worldwide, opioids are at the top of the list when it comes to drugs that cause the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... duration of action. That is a fancy way of saying that methadone mimics heroin in the brain, but does a better job at allowing you to feel and act “normal.” As long as you take it orally and as prescribed, i t does not ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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

    ... living in big cities. Small Town Addiction Sociologists at Penn State looked at the 2011 and 2012 National Survey on Drug ... professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology at Penn State. “With this number of ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... . With that in mind, let's take a look at what happens to your body during an overdose situation when one ... not addressed by a medical professional, the user is at the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... are systematically taking people off it,” said study lead author Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine at Brown University. “It's the only medication that is summarily stopped upon incarceration. This study questioned ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills from someone off the street may seem like a fast and ... 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 ...

    ... scientists can't tell the difference just by looking at them. That's just how good these counterfeiters have become at manufacturing Xanax dupes. Late last year, at least nine people in the San Francisco area fell ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of Medicine, points out that many employees in this region are blue-collar ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. Big Pharma ... to increase profits? Are they making money at the expense of American lives? OxyContin manufacturer ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already feeling sleepy at 10 pm. As he debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said a week or so before ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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

    ... and she knew a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. It was so frustrating to feel like a methadone prisoner , but at least she could function enough to hold down a job. Is it All About the Money? With over 250,000 Americans ... 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 ...

    ... illegal, Holly traveled to a facility in Mexico to try Ibogaine treatment. What is Ibogaine? When she arrived at the facility, Holly learned more about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In ... a six-month period after the prescription is written. At this point, a new prescription is needed. Moving ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... wildfire we have today. Big Pharma Denies Being at Fault The companies named in the lawsuit make contrary ... these claims are true or not, the companies did succeed at growing sales and profits. And, as their numbers grew, ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back from a situation like this.” At safe injection sites, the situation is quite different. Hersch noted, “I'm going to be one-on-one with ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... patients get along just fine without opioids,” said Dr. Paul Moore , a dentist and a professor of pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh. “We've found that a combination of Advil and Tylenol provide a lot of relief ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... accurate. According to a 2014 study , drug users most at risk of overdose are white, middle-aged, suburban men. ... heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you or a loved one fit any of these ... 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 ...

    ... , it seems doctors just give them out like candy on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to ... continue reading
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