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  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... be as bad as heroin or alcohol withdrawals , but they are nonetheless very real and should be monitored. There aren't currently any known medications that help ease withdrawals from Benadryl. As with most medication used ... 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 ...

    ... drug is great. The main character of the television show “House M.D.” faced issues of Vicodin addiction and withdrawal throughout the series, and you know how serious the epidemic of Vicodin abuse is becoming when it's ... 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 ...

    ... to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there ... continue reading
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  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... munchies. Based on research, this craving is more prominent in men. Psychosis: Women may have a harder time in withdrawal, but men seem to be in greater danger while using. Researchers aren't sure why, but men are more ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... on to describe his personal ibogaine experience. An hour after taking the first dose, he felt like his withdrawals - what he described as “the worst flu you've ever had” - seemingly disappeared altogether. Eight ibogaine ... continue reading
  • 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 and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea Weight loss Cough Shortness of breath “Our findings suggest that heroin withdrawal may be particularly harmful to the immune system, as measured by CD4 cell count,” said Edelman. Her ... 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), ...

    ... Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea, anxiety, sweating and insomnia. Due to its ... 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 ...

    ... visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe Somebody can get on these ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to keep this routine going for months. My probation officer seemed to always have ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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

    ... time with prolonged and increased use . If dependence has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 Sweating Panic Nervousness Nausea and vomiting Uncontrollable shaking ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

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

    ... the rewarding feelings that the substance can initiate in the brain and also due to avoidance of withdrawal symptoms that present when dependence develops. The Brain and Addiction The most complex body organ, the brain ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls certainly ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... butyric acid) to calm nerve impulses, which also helps calm anxiety. The state of wellbeing that results quickly ... as prescribed, you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

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

    ... of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of drugs or alcohol had a negative impact on their job performance. Drugs and Work Just ... After-effects of substance use (withdrawal) affecting job performance Preoccupation with ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... have long pointed out that rates for marijuana dependency are much lower than for alcohol, cocaine, heroin or nicotine,that withdrawal symptoms are less severe, and that death from a pot overdose is nearly impossible ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

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

    ... ideal. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . ... therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... user, which may quickly lead to opioid withdrawal symptoms. Combining cocaine and Suboxone also increases ... — even when it can't. Alcohol Much like benzodiazepines, alcohol is also classified as a depressant, affecting ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... within minutes. Sadly, the onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs startlingly fast and can result ... to so many? Here's a look at five factors that have helped this dangerous synthetic drug earn the “last resort” label: It's ... 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 ...

    ... and other opioids, Suboxone has its own risks, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms. When used in accordance with prescribed parameters, Suboxone helps stabilize and maintain many people in recovery from opioid use ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

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

    ... Pennsylvania. 2 “You want it to take away withdrawal symptoms, you want it to reduce craving and you ... opioid receptor antagonist, can block the intoxicating effects of alcohol and opioids—but again, only for some people ... continue reading
  • 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 also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... Inhalants are often the first drug abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The number of lives claimed by inhalant abuse each year is unknown because these ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... at a younger age (between 15 and 17 years) and abused their drugs of choice intermittently. They abuse alcohol at a much higher rate than their city counterparts (49.5 percent versus 36.1 percent). Rural dwellers were ... continue reading
  • 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 word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... that same time, marijuana use disorder among adults has also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this data, stresses the importance of educating the public know ... continue reading
  • 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 much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... Whether it's from mismanagement of prescriptions, combining painkillers with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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

    ... men and women are released back into society without the tools to avoid returning to drugs and alcohol. Often times, relapse occurs, violations result - and the cycle begins all over again. Criminalizing addiction has ... 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 ...

    ... particularly dangerous, as the signs can be much less apparent than those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that statement. “Some parents don't even know ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Additional Reading: Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol? continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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

    ... to show off your healthy and bright smile…don't do drugs! Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional Reading: Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile Image Source: en.wikipedia.org, pixabay.com continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... it may be the cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just as addictive. Is This Really an Issue? Well, it's widespread enough that ... continue reading
  • 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 again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... were published in the May 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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

    ... else had that I didn't. The constant resentment and injustice I felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of my thinking and recognize all the great things I have going ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... has personally witnessed the severe withdrawal symptoms experienced by game addicts. ... release of endorphins—the same neurochemicals triggered by drugs and alcohol. The resulting endorphin boost makes you feel like 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 ...

    ... a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving dangers, the same cannot be said for the airline industry. Holiday travelers instinctively assume airline ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... even sex. “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and ... continue reading
  • 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 regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to ... agent named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in recovery ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... -related counseling is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), as it changes how patients think and behave, while helping to establish healthy sleep patterns. Over the last few years, thousands of therapists have been trained ... 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 ...

    ... black box warning sign should be more effective at providing a clear-cut message and helping to reduce the preventable medication errors sustained each year. Additional Reading: Are Benzos Overprescribed? Image ... continue reading
  • 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 picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... a long and stressful day. This habit can quickly progress since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs or consequences of drinking in the privacy of your own ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

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

    ... a pistol, officers were able to negotiate him off the roof before arresting him. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm in public. Learn more about helping a bath salts addict . continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

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

    ... her adult life. In fact, these traumatic experiences are directly related to problem drinking in adolescence and drug/alcohol addiction in adulthood. So, what is it that puts these kids at risk for addiction in adulthood ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with ... alcohol. “There is clear evidence that in some people, marijuana use can lead to withdrawal ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

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

    ... may be more consistently stressful than financial uncertainty. In active addiction, we use whatever means necessary to maintain our alcohol and/or drug use and its inherent lifestyle. Whether it's money to buy drugs or ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... chemical structure. In his opinion, the only major difference between crystal meth and Adderall is public perception. Helping or Harming? With an allure of gaining energy, a sharpened focus and a sense of euphoria, users ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

    ... the Old While some older studies show that Type B's are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to becoming overwhelmed by stress and more likely to use substances as ... continue reading
  • 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 ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    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 ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much ... continue reading
  • 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 the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... people? Experts suggest we've developed a fear of fear . In truth, fear is a healthy emotion. It helps keep us safe and provides the adrenaline rush we need to either flee dangerous situations or stay and fight. Here ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going ...

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going out continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

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

    ... these tests before, mainly because the levels are so difficult to capture. Unlike the ethyl alcohol measured with an alcohol breathalyzer , THC has a complex chemical structure that makes testing a person's breath much ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... reported less stress than those who received the placebo. This result fits with the widespread belief that marijuana helps reduce stress. But here's the kicker - those who received the higher dose of THC experienced more ... 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, ...

    ... of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This prescription-writing culture has helped contribute to the opioid crisis - and health officials are taking action. Now, some states are ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

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

    ... such as vodka and then using them, which apparently results in a long-lasting intense high because the alcohol is absorbed directly by the bloodstream. Even if you don't have a daughter, be wary. Your son might be ... continue reading
  • 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 unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... at the prevalence of use and the socio-economic backgrounds of survey-takers. The findings, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence , show that the drug's use steadily increased over those four years. Of the “new” or ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort experienced during the withdrawal process . Additional Reading: The Damage Done ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... wasn't pleasant either. Kelly was hoping for help with this ongoing struggle. Her doctor prescribed 4mg ... a prescription when all it offers is temporary relief and a painful withdrawal in the end. It's just not worth it. ” ... continue reading
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  • 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 tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... 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 tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine ... 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 ...

    ... ? Click Here for the Answer Opioids and alcohol. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, ... take to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven to ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

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

    ... higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings ... continue reading
  • 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 boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... . I was sick and tired of only focusing on myself—the time had come to start serving others and give back. Without alcohol in my life, I've been able to do this, and as a result, I'm a much happier and fulfilled person ... 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 ...

    ... pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking ... switching from one drug to the next. Instead, reach out for help and fight to get your life back. No one is a lost ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... A recent report published in the same journal found that men who drank 9.9 grams or more of alcohol per day had a significantly higher rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The number of sexual partners they had ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females, effects ... abuse and dependence than men. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased ... continue reading
  • 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 devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... heart failure. Arrhythmia: Your heart relies on an internal pacemaker to keep it pumping at the right speed. Alcohol interferes with this pacemaker, causing the heart to beat too quickly or irregularly. This is called an ... continue reading
  • 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 puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... In addition, women tend to be more susceptible to blackouts. Females have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water in their bodies. As a result, a larger amount of ... continue reading
  • 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 moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Alcohol Consumption and Gender Professor Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... animal's owner lives in the state and a veterinarian can vouch that the pet has an illness which might be helped by pot. The only problem? There's no proof that marijuana is a viable option for treating illnesses in pets ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... marijuana use has the opposite effect: it actually increases insomnia. Tons of marijuana users claim the drug helps them sleep better. While they may believe this, researchers found daily marijuana users scored higher on ... continue reading
  • 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. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... edge.) Of course, choosing non-alcoholic beverages would be the safest and surest route to avoid an alcohol-related asthma attack. Each person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best ... continue reading
  • 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 device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... a dent in the drunk driving problem on our roads. To do this, they examined the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the ... continue reading
  • 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 abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... a person drinks is often a sign of their lifestyle choices, which can certainly matter more than the amount of alcohol in a person's diet. Those who exercised more, smoked less and ate better were all less likely to have ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... is the most common medical problem. And what kind of “help” have we provided our brave veterans? First we drugged them, ... spike in depression, panic attacks and other withdrawal problems - all thanks to the sudden stoppage ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

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

    ... internal changes that were real to them but imperceptible to observers.” Revealing Truth So, you may think that alcohol is changing your personality, but you may be fooling yourself. It's possible you're playing some ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... -depressive disorders). This use peaked around age 20, with about 10 percent of Gen Xers using these drugs. Millennials Alcohol: Alcohol hasn't lost its appeal over the decades. Millennials also saw a peak of 80 percent ... 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 ...

    ... name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication which also helps decrease convulsions and nerve pain. It's frequently ... alcohol or benzodiazepines, gabapentin works to prevent seizures and convulsions during the withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... . Yet, 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 ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... loved ones are left feeling confused and powerless to help. Talking to one another can be extremely difficult. ... it sounds. The physical and mental effects of withdrawal are excruciating and, in many cases, life-threatening ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

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

    ... 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 brain, and can shut down its ... continue reading
  • 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 aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... study reported nine) skincare products each day. Prevention is key. So, for example, reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption are relatively easy ways to prevent pesky skin problems and create a first line of defense ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... of liquor. He also slammed Schumer's claims that the powder could be snorted by users. “Because of the alcohol in powdered alcohol, snorting it is very painful, it burns, a lot. It hurts,” he said . “It would take about ... continue reading
  • 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 answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... study conducted by Oxford University and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that increasing alcohol intake by as little as one extra glass of wine, beer or hard liquor a day can increase ... continue reading
  • 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 car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... doesn't simply “sleep it off?” What if he was actually unconscious as a result of alcohol poisoning? What Causes Alcohol Poisoning? Your liver can only process about one drink every hour. If your drinking gets ahead ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

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

    ... more than twice as likely to get mouth and/or throat cancer as those people who did not consume any alcohol. That makes you think twice about that extra glass of wine tonight, doesn't it? Knowing Your Limit One reason ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

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

    ... is “we want what we can't have.” In this case, when members of a community can't legally purchase alcohol, they set out to buy it on the black market and often find themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... of these benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these ... The results could be deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done under medical supervision. In carefully ... continue reading
  • 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 likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... to prevent adverse physical and mental effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse signs and symptoms no longer contribute to poor sexual performance. It's also important to mention that ... continue reading
  • Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker

    Jessica has tried time and again to limit her drinking. “I'll just have one glass of wine tonight!” she tells herself, night after night. But one leads to two leads to a whole bottle, followed by shots at a bar, and she wakes up the next day ...

    ... in the mice. Both the compound and the genetic alteration could have a major impact on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention in humans, say researchers. There are currently an estimated 16.6 million adults in the ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... hazardous, the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double-whammy ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

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

    ... the body's responses. Your coordination and response times are…not so great. What's the result? Under the influence of alcohol, you think you can do more than you normally can, when the truth is you can do less than you ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

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

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

    ... up and return to opioids for relief. But this could soon change… According to the results of a recent study, help for intense withdrawal symptoms might be on the horizon, thanks to the discovery of a new drug. “Opioid ... continue reading
  • 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 good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... . What Does This Mean for You? The study authors noted to achieve the same level of “botanical” defense from alcohol exposure, you would need to eat four medium-sized tomatoes or one third cup of tomato sauce daily. That ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... drugs could end up making you unemployed, which comes with even more issues. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to a suspended driver's license, usually for 6 months to 2 years. You'll also need to ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... their arguments include: Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, which is legal Medical marijuana provides a safe ... for many types of chronic pain Medical marijuana helps reduce or control symptoms associated with a variety ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... addiction causes fatigue. It's one of the top signs of withdrawal. Once you've misused Ritalin for a period of time, ... college. He always felt like he was behind. To help him keep up, he started taking Ritalin. He figured ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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

    ... a psychological level , making it extremely difficult for heavy or frequent users to quit without professional help . That said, many people who use cocaine do so without experiencing addiction and other severe problems ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... to simply quit the meds cold turkey. If you've already developed a tolerance, you'll likely need professional help in order to fully recover . A better course of action is to speak with a professional about enrolling in ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and lower disapproval toward drug use may help explain drug use among these teens,” said Dr. Joseph Palamar, co-author of the study. For 2014 ... continue reading
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