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    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... Disulfiram is a medication used to decrease continued drinking and to help maintain abstinence in people with ... Ecstasy and MDMA? Ecstasy is the street name for the drug 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. MDMA ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... and white powder form, both of which mix easily with drinks, though they both have an extreme bitter taste. The powder ... believe the assault happened—even a drinking glass or bodily fluids on the bed can help further the ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... the drug you are taking. Avoiding multiple substance use (e.g., do not drink alcohol if you are using any drug). Starting with a low dose if you ... Cocaine Codeine Clonazepam Crack Ecstasy/MDMA Fentanyl Flexeril Heroin ... continue reading
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  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... extremely common (71% of Americans drank in the past year), and binge or heavy drinking rates are significant (24.6% ... ), and hydrocodone products (124.5% increase). Only ecstasy saw a similar rate of increase in ER visits ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... drink regularly need to consume more and more alcohol in order to get the same effects. These individuals can become dependent on alcohol, where if they stop drinking ... are similar to those of MDMA. Users may feel peaceful, ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... while on ecstasy. This is not surprising, since the drug often affects people differently. Ecstasy's ingredients ... problems . While use of ecstasy, real name MDMA (short for methylenedioxymethamphetamine), often produces ... 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 ...

    ... , chill out, get through a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... use the term Molly to refer to a supposedly pure form of MDMA, while reserving the term ecstasy for tablets thought ... death. 1,2 Most deaths related to MDMA do not occur from an overdose on the drug itself, but from a ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... world's first clinical trial using MDMA (the active ingredient in party-drug ecstasy) to test the theory it could ... struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading: Molly's Secrets - 5 Things You Didn't Know ... 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 ...

    ... heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted in 2014, more than one-third of the respondents claimed to have mothers and/or female friends with a drinking problem. Having it All? Why are all these ... 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 ...

    ... were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to apologize, saying it was just the booze talking. “Drunk Tom is ... under the influence. But, is this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say no. The View ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... to binge drink without knowing you're pregnant. Don't blame yourself. Just make it a point to stop drinking now that ... recommendations on where to receive treatment. This will help you plan how to handle urges to drink and ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a ... now. The problem is that, no matter how much we drink, all those problems are still there when we sober up . ... continue reading
  • 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 generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... could actually have a significant impact on women's drinking habits. Sending a Dangerous Message Health ... of Australia, f or men, the average number of daily alcoholic drinks rose from about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... Data gathered by the CDC indicates teenagers are smoking and drinking less, but seem to be making up for it ... but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the ... 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 ...

    ... electronic diaries for three weeks and report on drinking behaviors and desires. Participants made a ... when trying to motivate a problem drinker to drink less or drink less often,” added Rohsenow. “Drinkers do not ... continue reading
  • 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, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... voice awaits those who call. Drinking to Unwind Or Drinking Problem According to a recent article ... dependent on it? Koob states, “Even if you find yourself feeling irritable or antsy when you miss your evening drink, ... continue reading
  • 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 her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... yes. He says it helps him unwind. He seems to drink more after a stressful day. Does he put drinking before other responsibilities? Other than spending a lot of money on alcohol, I'd have to say no. He still works hard ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... on people who don't believe they will get caught. Will Anything Work? What can we do to combat drinking ... by Mothers Against Drunk Driving showed that interlock devices stop, on average, 1,945 would-be drunk drivers with an ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... . “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem on top of an eating problem, that's a double ... continue reading
  • Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

    Drunk driving can have serious consequences, including injury and death. If you're an underage driver, you will be slammed with a DUI (driving under the influence) charge if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.01% or higher; if you are ...

    ... of a car . Driving after drinking, even after just a couple drinks, impairs your reaction time, sense ... death for teens in the U.S., 4 and compiling intoxication on top of the already high risk is flirting with disaster. ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent ... promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... What we mean by this is that if you regularly drink to excess, your child has a much greater chance of ... need to model sensibility and moderation. This means not drinking during the day and only keeping a small amount of ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... registered, after weeks of knocking back a couple cans of Red Bull every night, I was becoming dependent on that little “buzz” the drink gave me. The effect was similar to a glass of wine, and it almost made me want to ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... that the first actual psychoactive toads are found on the American continent. The Colorado River toad ... campaign-you'll only see the green fairy if you drink it while watching Disney's Tinkerbell. The vast majority of ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

    ... , modafinil is believed to enhance the short-term memory by as much as 10 percent, through its influence on a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Questions About Safety But is modafinil safe in the long-term? Doctors are ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to know about this illicit drug in Your Brain on Crack Cocaine . Or, in their own words: “Is it really as whack as it's portrayed to be?” Cocaine comes ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... we think about addiction research to emphasize the need to further understand female subjects, as most research on addiction has been conducted in male subjects,” Calipari said in a statement. This, in turn, will affect ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

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

    ... and physical health risks, including abuse and overdose. Third, physicians who prescribe ADHD medications have to get on board. Researchers say doctors must make it clear that selling these medications is illegal, as is ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... ?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these ... friends from college were now, she reflected on what she missed out on. Jeana dropped out of college as a ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... who faked an alcohol-related tremor could replicate the same frequency. However, the app has only been tested on 80 patients so far. The scientists have acknowledged that further research is required in order to validate ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is just as serious, just as dangerous, and just as ... 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 ...

    ... scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly ... dose of either meth, Adderall or a placebo on separate days under double-blind conditions. This process ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... drug unleashes a host of dangerous effects on the brain, including the following: Aggressive ... Paranoia Difficulty learning Lack of rational thinking Delusions What's on Your Mind? Meth is one of the most dangerous ... 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 ...

    ... Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen ... powerful chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... If you're a drowsy driver, you're not a safe driver. Reason #2 Benzodiazepines Relax Your Muscles Acting on the central nervous system , benzos cause muscle relaxation. In fact, this is one of their most desired effects ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... you have to take more and more to achieve the same results. Sound familiar? Thanks to Benadryl's effects on the central nervous system, abuse and dependency becomes possible, though it's much more common in those with a ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... glasses,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

    ... . Let's look at both point of views: Spotlight on the Critics Critics say that it gives drug users a ... to further perpetuate the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of the medication beg to differ ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

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

    ... was doing all the right things to get her life back on track. Yet, the high cost of her medication was now ... Manufacturer's Copay Cards: Patients can get discounts on out-of-pocket brand-name product costs, such ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... cost for that year's testing program was $336,297. The data didn't improve as time went on. In 2015, a survey of the 10 states that implemented drug testing programs for those seeking assistance, including Mississippi ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... important to note that just because a person is dependent on a drug does not necessarily mean they are addicted. 5 ... in the treatment of SUDs. 14 CBT focuses on awareness of your thoughts, actions, and the consequences ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents worried. Stitches, who claims to be a former cocaine dealer, certainly ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... new brain mapping technology allowed researchers to capture a much wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching for better ways to understand drugs and their effects ... continue reading
  • 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 of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... to negative habits, take the chance to get back on track today. Call one of our admissions navigators today at ... and support you need as to help you get back on the road to recovery. Additional Reading: Refusing to Give ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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

    ... the number from 2010. By 2015, this number had risen to nearly 4,900 deaths for the year. Based on what federal officials have learned from the spread of opioids, they suspect methamphetamine use will grow even more. The ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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

    ... t received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... substance dependence is now over twenty-one million . The new administration is taking different standpoints on drug policies. On one hand, the Trump administration has convened a panel to study ways to better combat the ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... (29.9). Per 2016 presidential election results , 68.7 percent of West Virginia voters cast a ballot for Donald Trump. On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being a crisis), West Virginians ranked the drug problem in their state as a ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

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

    ... than men, with some surprising gaps found in drugs one might expect men to try before women. For example, men on average first use marijuana one year before women (18.9 versus 19.9), but women try heroin four years, four ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... where are we headed? The series takes a peek at what lies in store: “Five decades into the War on Drugs, a move to legalize marijuana gains momentum, mega-corporations have become richer and more powerful than any nation ... continue reading
  • 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 recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... your biggest triggers so you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. Make a Plan of Attack Once you've identified what causes you to stumble, make a plan to ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... their lives. What's In My Baggie begins with a narrator who tells viewers that each time he purchased Molly (MDMA) at a music festival, he used a drug kit to test the product. What the narrator discovered was alarming ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

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

    ... coach would be giving them a drug test after practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth ... time she starts her next shift. Wrong. Ecstasy, or MDMA, (a.k.a. Molly) stays with you for up to 72 hours ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... help prevent someone from approaching you and offering you a drink. Decide on a Response People who don't know that you are in recovery may ask you why you aren't drinking. It can be helpful to have a response prepared ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. The intended effects sought by users ... & van den Brink, W. (2011). Instability of the ecstasy market and a new kid on the block: mephedrone . J Psychopharmacol, 25 (11), 1543- ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... a variant of cocaine , methamphetamine, or ecstasy (MDMA)-as their stimulant features are quite similar in ... bath salts may vary between different users and also depend on the dose taken and the method of ingestion. The ... 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 ...

    ... these devices actually made a dent in the drunk driving problem on our roads. To do this, they ... , as well as changing the drinking culture present in our society to reduce binge drinking. Additional Reading: Lock 'Em ... continue reading
  • 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 had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... they're hard on your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about ... stop drinking . When your level hits zero, the symptoms hit their peak. When you take another drink, ... continue reading
  • 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 is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... # 1 Don't Stock It Some people always have milk on hand; others keep plenty of OJ stocked in the refrigerator ... to drink. # 5 Don't Get a Beer Belly Beer bellies aren't really caused by beer, but excessive drinking can ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... , alone. When they do go out, Becca orders more drinks than she used to. Krista has also noticed Becca's kitchen ... shoes? With more than 13 million Americans currently dependant on alcohol , it's likely you have - or will ... 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 ...

    ... be able to recall these periods of time. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can shut down glutamate receptors ... best-selling memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget , Sarah Hepola even recounts a drunken ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem ... or career success. Drinking or Doing More Drugs than Intended Most of us have said “just one drink” and had that one ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts Designer Drugs/Legal Highs ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime Rates When ... . Learning and Memory After a long night of heavy drinking, you may not remember what happened the night before ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... consisted of 10,211 mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 ... with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... behavior. The media, bullies, and often family put pressure on teenagers to act and look a certain way, and they lose ... like they can't do something on their own and need a little help. Ecstasy can be used for a lack of ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... before driving. Excessive binge drinking (drinking more than one eight-ounce beer or a five-ounce glass of wine in one hour.) People who abuse alcohol will frequently have the scent of it on their clothes or breath ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... of his life, including mental illness and a love of drink. Dylan Thomas A Welsh boy who grew up into a ... He died at the age of 39 thanks to his excessive drinking . Stephen King The master of horror and cocaine, King ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... without professional treatment. 2 Drug use can wreak havoc on the body and mind and may eventually become deadly. When ... Crack Crystal Meth Date Rape Drugs DMT Ecstasy Hallucinogens Hashish Heroin Inhalant Ketamine Kratom ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need to ... care Early detection of problem behavior/smoking & drinking Favorable attitude toward wrong-doing/shows no ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... Falco Known for her role as a painkiller addict on “Nurse Jackie,” Edie Falco's own addiction experiences ... of alcohol. 21. Ed Harris Ed Harris had a slight drinking problem at the time he played the lead role in Pollock ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. ... who've made a conscious decision to stop drinking once and for all. However, selection committees ... 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 ...

    ... your life for the better. You may think that your drinking habits aren't destructive, or your drug use is “ ... Drug and alcohol abuse not only has negative effects on your health but can also have legal consequences that ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... in 1997 and claimed his drug usage was the result of drinking a spiked soda, later revealed he had done crystal meth ... died by driving his car into a wall while drunk. 20. Vin Baker Basketball player Vin Baker was found ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

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

    ... short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts Designer Drugs/Legal ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Narcotics Hotline Numbers and Resources

    Call Now What are Narcotics? Narcotics, commonly referred to as opioid pain relievers, are only used for severe pain if other pain relievers do not help. 1 The drugs not only help relieve severe pain but also produce euphoric effects, giving them ...

    ... of getting my loved one to seek drug help? Remember, the operator on the other end might have questions for you as well. For example, ... Information Nicotine Alcohol Marijuana Ecstasy Crystal Methamphetamine Heroin Opioids ... 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 ...

    ... is certainly not impossible to overcome. In fact, tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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

    ... he returned to police HQ to complete the paperwork. While there, a fellow officer pointed out a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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

    ... part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... more to get your desired effect. To put this into perspective, if you drink a cheap $5 6-pack of beer every day, that's $150 each ... . According to research, excessive drinking alone cost the United States approximately ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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

    ... as U-47700 . It resembles concrete or gravel and is sold cheaply on the streets. In recent years, its impact has been limited to ... effects can make it easier to forget how many drinks you've had or how many pills you've ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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

    ... , as well as remain free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid Supplement Overload: Based on the reactions of benzo-dependent patients, experts generally recommend you avoid the following supplements and substances ... 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 ...

    ... hallucinations and delusions of “ice bugs” end after they've stopped using the drug, or if they've been on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... potential effects. To ensure you're informed, here's the scoop on Ativan. What is Ativan? Ativan is a brand name for the ... treatment center. The length of treatment partly depends on the dosage level you have been taking. ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... only works if you actually want to be there and are committed to your recovery . To be surrounded by caring people on the same path, to share meals, and to have someone to talk to and go to meetings with can be the make ... continue reading
  • 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 (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... adversely affect short-term memory and coordination and can bring on anxiety and paranoia. 3,5,7 In general, ... in onset but my last much longer. 7,8 Consuming a drink brewed with marijuana, such as a tea, will result in ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab ... the tapering schedule. 8 5. Don't Drink Other CNS depressant substances, though they might ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... to you than paying your bills or taking care of yourself and your family . You engage in risky behavior while on the drug or in order to get the drug. Many drug abusers drive while under the influence of the drug, which ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... At the very least, you'll want to be proactive by getting familiar with the dangers these confections pose. And on that note, let's look at five very real problems and/or outcomes caused by the use, quantity and sale of ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... discovered that both substances have an impact on dopaminergic brain processes, making the combined ... getting help. It can be extremely difficult to quit using on your own, especially if you are using multiple substances, ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, ... neglect to eat due to drugs or spend lunch money on an addiction rather than eat. Your child is more ... 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 ...

    ... drug itself entirely. At least, that's the goal. But it doesn't always happen that way. The Scoop on Suboxone Like heroin and other opioids, Suboxone has its own risks, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms. When used in ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    ... it is rather than resisting it and wanting it to go away. To practice urge surfing, when you feel a craving coming on, stop and acknowledge it . Accept it completely for what it is and don't try to make it go away. Sit ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... outbreak-met-20151221-story.html http://blog.samhsa.gov/2015/10/06/fentanyl-related-overdose-deaths-on-the-rise/#.Vw4ZVjArK73 http://www.wsj.com/articles/potent-synthetic-drug-exacerbates-heroin-epidemic-in-new-york-city ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... drug abuse commonly leads people to engage in deceitful behaviors that breach that trust. Dishonesty about money spent on the drug, lying about whereabouts, or not being forthcoming about the use of the drug are some of ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... lower levels of the drug in your body and minimizes the risk of complications like seizures that may be brought on by abrupt cessation of use. In some cases of severe sedative abuse, the recovering patient may forego a ... continue reading
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