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  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and ...

    ... For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox ... years of prescription drug abuse. But ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... durable or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to detox by going “cold turkey” at home. The results could be ... It's also a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. In fact, full resolution ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a ...

    ... 's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind ... one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep ... Learn more

  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the ...

    ... the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the ... other social and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will Safe Rooms Come to America? While ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the user to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug. This is why it's so important to seek outside help. Only ... treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 trip look like? Let's join the ... Learn more

  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but ...

    ... a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how synapses in the ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - ...

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription ... Learn more

  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel ...

    ... calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent ... Learn more

  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin ...

    ... “To Daddy” on the pages to make the book like harmless. But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. The book in question was seized upon arrival; both the prisoners and the ... Learn more

  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is ...

    ... blood throughout your body. As a result, your other organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy can cause fatigue, breathing difficulties and even lead to ... Learn more

  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the ...

    ... dysfunction . Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering the signals that cause an erection. Studies have also shown that prolonged abuse can cause irreversible ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . 7. Hope Once addiction steals everything else, the only remaining thing to steal is our hope for renewal and wellbeing. From recommitting to future goals to mending our broken relationships, the hope of regaining ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you feel the need to pour a glass when no one ... Learn more

  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks ...

    ... with their immediate recovery needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become a secondary priority for everyone, regardless of where they are on the disease spectrum ... Learn more

  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is ...

    ... before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the first drug abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth most ... : A 21-year-old Indiana man was arrested for assaulting his grandmother while high on duster. After ... Learn more

  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this ...

    ... was caused by inhalants. Counseling and psychiatric care will also be a crucial part of recovery in order for patients to understand why they engaged in this behavior and to learn coping skills that will help prevent ... Learn more

  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a ...

    ... a slower rate than your male counterpart. So think twice before challenging your guy to a drink-for-drink kind of night. Additional Reading: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate Image Source ... Learn more

  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity ...

    ... caps. A recent CDPH report found there has been a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally exposed to e-liquids. Bogus Marketing : Despite initially being touted as a method ... Learn more

  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. ...

    ... heart health, a higher alcohol intake has the opposite effect. For example, low to moderate alcohol intake has been linked to ... . British scientists reviewed 53,000 people for a study released last February that found ... Learn more

  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, ...

    ... value of Cannabigerol, or CBG, another ingredient that only amounts to about one percent of cannabis. For instance, studies have shown it to delay the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as reduce cancer ... Learn more

  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get ...

    ... into fights with strangers, making horrible decisions, DUIs, etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (generally caused by too ... Learn more

  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new ...

    ... be left in an unattended motor vehicle unless the vehicle has an active alarm system. Vehicles used for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS device that enables the dispensary to identify the geographic location ... Learn more

  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, ...

    ... realize something. You've been drinking every day for as long as you can remember. With that realization ... every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about ... Learn more

  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the ...

    ... a fitting locale considering the nation is world-famous for whiskey and renewable energy. The journalist behind the ... powered resource will spread worldwide as a replacement for gasoline. They have sights set on their ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 't perceive. You may be using alcohol in unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up emotions already present, it's important to keep one ... Learn more

  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink ...

    ... , a professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, as well as corresponding author for the study. “On average, the time between drinking episodes was extended by only a few hours ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of time. This form of drinking is defined as four or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers can overtake the normal function of some parts of the ... Learn more

  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are ...

    ... - after a flare-up or a diagnosis. We also do our best to mask potential problems, part of the reason for a $55 billion annual cosmetic industry. By the way, studies show that on average, a person uses seven (another ... Learn more

  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds ...

    ... legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ... Anyone who binges on alcohol is at a higher risk for sustaining injuries. We've all seen drunken people stumbling around ... Learn more

  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans ...

    ... . In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, we speed towards wrinkles. Reducing our ... Learn more

  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing ...

    ... actively engages in behaviors but does not create memories for these events as they transpire.” There are two ... first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of wine tonight, doesn't it? Knowing Your Limit One reason the researchers identified as a cause for why lifetime alcohol consumption is dangerous to our health, is that many people likely underestimate how much ... Learn more

  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial ...

    ... Combined with the fact that drinking makes you urinate more often, you've got all the ingredients for a pretty miserable situation. Urinary Tract and Alcohol A study published last November in the journal Alcoholism ... Learn more

  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing ...

    ... to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking altogether. She hoped she didn't need to. When out for a nice dinner or attending a get-together, she still wanted the freedom of having a drink or two. Her ... Learn more

  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than ...

    ... the team found no evidence that moderate drinking (people who have up to two drinks per day) was better for a person's health than those who abstained from alcohol altogether. However, a key issue with the past studies ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... REG3G in our intestines, we could help decrease liver damage. This could be used as a treatment for those with alcoholic liver disease. These results also encourage future studies of bacteria. Researchers note it would ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... more than half the states, law enforcement officials are in need of a simple but reliable roadside test for marijuana intoxication. (It's legal to use recreationally or medicinally, but it's still illegal to drive under ... Learn more

  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold ...

    ... to remember their hangovers more lucidly. “It may be possible to exploit this lucid memory for hangovers to curb excessive drinking. Reminding problem drinkers of the negative consequences of incapacitating hangover ... Learn more

  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to ...

    ... off, and keep building. Here's how… Tips For Dealing With a Heroin Relapse Learn From It Admit what ... down ways to deal with tempting situations. Set goals for the future so you're always working toward at least ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... stem cell functioning and healthy cell division, inhibiting tissue repair and increasing tissue injury. What Does This Mean for Your Body? In short, older hearts simply aren't as strong. As the heart ages, it isn't ... Learn more

  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many ...

    ... When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and ... can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old ... Learn more

  • The American Addiction Centers Brand Promise

    Brand Promise Terms and Conditions: In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc. will provide qualified ...

    ... . Eligible clients must not have any delinquent balances for previous treatment episodes, including travel costs, that are ... community including, but not limited to, detox clearance, emergency room visits, urgent care ... Learn more

  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has ...

    ... go of the golden nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin and ... the challenge of starting down the road to recovery. Help is waiting for you when you are ready. Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 135 pre-teen and teenaged boys and girls. They found that participants with a higher risk rate for alcohol abuse had significantly lower connectivity in the Executive Control Network (ECN) region of the brain, which ... Learn more

  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the ...

    ... put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a horrible hangover to show for it the next morning. But what if Kerry doesn't simply “sleep it off?” What if he was actually unconscious as a ... Learn more

  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that ...

    ... form of verbal memory problems. What Can We Do? As use of marijuana continues to grow, it is important for people to know the risks involved. With changes in legislation making weed more widely available, the need ... Learn more

  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a ...

    ... at least three times a month, consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a ... Learn more

  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which ...

    ... of Australia, f or men, the average number of daily alcoholic drinks rose from about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day to 3.4. The US has seen a similar trend ... Learn more

  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects ...

    ... to secondhand smoke. Once all the data was examined, scientists found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than three times as likely to have ADHD , compared to ... Learn more

  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news ...

    ... 's a lot harder to drink it. He started filling his fridge with other drinks - ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get-together, he sent the leftovers home with them or he just ... Learn more

  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. ...

    ... at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others ... me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences ... Learn more

  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ...

    ... recommend “avoiding the use of larger wine glasses could reduce the amount that people drink.” These results are important for you to keep in mind. If you're trying to cut back, be wary of trophy-sized goblets ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, Nicole demanded that Kate return her dog. Kate did sometimes dog-sit for Nicole, but hadn't in months. After a few confusing moments, Kate realized Nicole wasn't actually awake . ... Learn more

  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's ...

    ... until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, ... but I do know she's going to cause a scene. For instance, one time at a wedding, she punched my boyfriend when ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... why let them go to waste? A short 30 days later, Shelly's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the ... Learn more

  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    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 ...

    ... minors and the Midwest had the fewest with 2.57 violations. Underage drinking is an epidemic and it's important for all of us to take this problem seriously. If you or a loved one has an alcohol dependency, please ... Learn more

  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried ...

    ... work through. If you're trying to stay on a path of sobriety , it's especially significant. For successful recovery, you need to learn to manage these thoughts and develop healthier patterns of thinking. Break the ... Learn more

  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You ...

    ... , it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can you do to feel better? You've probably heard of hangover cures that some ... Learn more

  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of ...

    ... has hijacked their body and mind, and they are no longer in control. Because they feel powerless, it's not uncommon for them to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them ... Learn more

  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't ...

    ... co-author, sees these results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research demonstrates ... general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications and is also one of the ... call in sick to work and is the second highest reason for visits to the doctor (second to sinus infections). The ACA ... Learn more

  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more ...

    ... that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. have all legalized marijuana for recreational use, while all the previously mentioned states plus 19 others have legalized forms of marijuana ... Learn more

  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to ...

    ... how much you drink on average each day over a lifetime. Alcohol, on its own, is not solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol on a regular basis does place you at a higher risk ... Learn more

  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol ...

    ... 1 to 3 hours; edibles take longer to kick in, elicit peak effects more slowly, and may be felt for many hours. 8 The most important factor to remember, however, is that THC is present with both methods of marijuana ... Learn more

  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of ...

    ... me. Though I still have my own mother, sister and daughter-in-law, there is nothing happy about Mother's Day for this mother. How do I explain the unrelenting urge to close my eyes and disappear? How do I make people ... Learn more

  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. ...

    ... attack. Each person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best for their health. As for Tracy, she'll be sipping Perrier on her next date. Additional Reading: This is NOT a Drill ... Learn more

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

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock ...

    ... in the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the number of ... deaths in the 32 states without mandatory interlocks for all offenders. “Our findings show that by ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... How many of these deaths were preventable? It makes you think - How many would still be alive if not for the cancer-causing effects of alcohol? It makes you reconsider - Is that drink worth the risk to my body ... Learn more

  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an ...

    ... site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for four days using the training tool to change this bias. You'll see images and practice “pushing away” the alcoholic ... Learn more

  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in ...

    ... to kids, with anxiety disorders affecting about 12 percent of our nation's young people. What Have You Done for You Lately? As a society, what have we really done to cope with our anxieties? A whopping number of ... Learn more

  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made ...

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

  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on ...

    ... , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I moved to a new city. It wasn't an easy decision ... Learn more

  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development ...

    ... 7. Don't Hesitate to Ask a Professional Being the parent of an addicted child isn't something you can prepare for. Unfortunately, there's no owner's manual with all the right answers. You do the best that you can with ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... users . Researchers found that persistent marijuana use for up to 20 years was associated with greater ... teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users aren ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... wounds from meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of a particular protein gene called ... also hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted ... Learn more

  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

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    ... who tend to use alcohol to cope are more likely to experience alcohol-related problems and meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder,” he said . “Thus, students who use alcohol excessively to reduce anxiety related to ... Learn more

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    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what ...

    ... common genes and childhood environment, specifically monozygotic twin pairs. Sure enough, they found the risk for alcoholism increased for these twins by about 3.5 times, further suggesting that marriage itself - and not ... Learn more

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    ... out the help yourself, it's not going to come to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you ... Learn more

  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and ...

    ... funds will be used to assist inmates who have been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder and scheduled for release within 60 days. The inmates will receive: A case manager A clinical assessment A treatment and ... Learn more

  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes ...

    ... who had my best interests at heart. I Ditched the Self-Pity Prior to my car crash, I always felt sorry for myself. Even though I had a great life, I focused on what everyone else had that I didn't. The constant ... Learn more

  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just ...

    ... north Bronx and eastern Queens have also become hot spots for heroin, a result of heavy opioid pill and heroin ... most overdose deaths don't just involve one single type of drug . As the N.Y. Health Department notes, 94 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... remember and function. Ted's now at risk for stroke, seizure and - if too much constriction occurs ... weighs whether or not it's a good idea to take the drug. This new pathway (or backdoor) means that, once Ted is addicted ... Learn more

  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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    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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and sends otherwise shy people like Heather onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is that ... Learn more

  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who ...

    ... .com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically ... is that he's successfully managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... A previously conducted study followed meth-exposed newborns for several years and found that home environments can ... should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is that most meth addicts began using the drug because they were desperately seeking pleasure, but ... in drastic changes in appearance that make the user look worse for wear. Open sores, black and rotting teeth, acne and ... Learn more

  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even ...

    ... the best way to avoid the damage alcohol does to your body is to not drink any of it. But for anyone who does occasionally imbibe, the tomato might prove to be a helpful friend. Additional Reading: 3 Life Changing ... Learn more

  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in ...

    ... Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get ... done. I'd miss deadlines, make excuses, and request for extensions. Now, I can accomplish what I need to with ... Learn more

  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about ...

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? ... Learn more

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    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, ...

    ... , claims , “There really isn't any condition that you couldn't potentially apply it to.” The Cure for Rural America? Across the country rural areas have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic . These ... Learn more

  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's ...

    ... , okay?” Problem being, I don't know if it is okay . If he is an alcoholic, wouldn't it be typical for him to deny it? What are the Warning Signs? My friends tell me I'm being paranoid. They don't know him as ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... your mood and state of mind. It's important to remember that everyone needs a little “me time” once in awhile. Go for a walk, take a nap, explore a new area, dance to music, or simply put up your feet and take a breather ... Learn more

  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The ...

    ... In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based on data collected between 2009 and 2013 ... Learn more

  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    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 ...

    ... Well, it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital that offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, is the first of its kind, but it likely ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... supposed to be there, there are long-term implications for their development.” Looking to the Future Although marijuana use ... pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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