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  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem ...

    ... the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When ... . One day Allison was reading online and found an article about a different kind of rehab - something called “ ... Learn more

  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public ...

    ... a different route. One business quoted in the NPR article installed a blue light to make it difficult for ... drugs, it has become a problem no one wants to talk about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction ... Learn more

  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings ...

    ... prepare against relapse. Read this article to learn how you can kick drugs and cravings to the curb for ... time that doesn't involve using drugs. Engage in a Support System Addiction can be an isolating illness, ... Learn more

  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

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

    ... when exposed, lead to great pain and dental abscess. The Science of Your Mouth A recent article in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research indicates that the maintenance of soft and hard teeth tissue ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... to drunkenness . Plus, if your injury requires anesthetic or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other treatment. Take Care Remember: The more alcohol you ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in ... Learn more

  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

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

    ... to Unwind Or Drinking Problem According to a recent article in Men's Health, George Koob, Ph.D., ... , per se.” “Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. ... Learn more

  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg ...

    ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications ... Learn more

  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

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

    ... harms of marijuana use. The NIAAA reports that 3 in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in mind, these percentages indicate we're going to see a ... Learn more

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

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

    ... bloodstream, increasing the likelihood that memory-related activities will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as ... Learn more

  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol ...

    ... meta-analysis completed by the reporting research group, Bagnardi and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this study, alcohol caused 5.8 percent of cancer ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... our reach. Our admissions navigators are available to provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . The Bottom Line Despite all the technological ... Learn more

  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure ...

    ... the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can ... Learn more

  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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

    ... watch for these warning signs and see if things get worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for guidance and encouragement. Additional Reading: Is My Loved One ... Learn more

  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study ...

    ... your life and relationships. Alcohol abuse is when your drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction.” In addition to the possibility of alcohol poisoning, binge drinkers could also compromise their immune ... Learn more

  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... confidential survey . Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below ... Learn more

  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

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

    ... extremely high. Like Tom, many inmates are released from their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and many former inmates don't make it. In Massachusetts, the ... Learn more

  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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

    ... paired with substance abuse are hard to break on your own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find the the right treatment facility to get your life back on ... Learn more

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

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

    ... on heroin. It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually quite common. So common, in fact, it's almost expected . Relapse is often considered a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Trade Bureau, but that decision was eventually reversed. It's worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau approves if they believe the safety risks are too great ... Learn more

  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. ...

    ... 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications ... Learn more

  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving ...

    ... ; it's important: “Overdoses involving prescription opioids” - what does this mean, exactly? The word choice means other drugs were likely involved in the overdose. In 30 percent of opioid-related deaths , it's the ... Learn more

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

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

    ... she can't find a boyfriend. To deal with this insecurity, she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it's a telltale sign there's a problem ... Learn more

  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

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

    ... of his alcohol abuse; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from being furious in this moment, because her daughter ... Learn more

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

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

    ... on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked ... Learn more

  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was ...

    ... that is behind the causes of people's harmful drinking patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know when help is needed. Many people have lost ... Learn more

  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... in too many pieces to ever be repaired. Our once happy family has been forever changed by addiction . Addiction claimed the life of my youngest son. Gone forever, his demons proved more powerful than a mother ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second ...

    ... it's impossible to deny your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others ... Learn more

  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means ...

    ... it is important to be aware of these potential barriers. Built over years of suffering in a household run by addiction, they can be difficult to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And ... Learn more

  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen ...

    ... like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego ...

    ... hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve ... Learn more

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

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

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

    ... at all. It's Time to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually lead to relapse. So, it's important ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat ... is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Additional Reading: Take My Breath ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... it. Our admissions navigators are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional ... Learn more

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

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

    ... handful, there's nothing that compares to the challenge of parenting a teenager — especially one who is struggling with addiction or other issues. Many parents don't know what to do or how to react when their lives are ... Learn more

  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options ...

    ... , then assigning them to practice in areas of need across Tennessee. Graduates would agree to work in the addiction program for three years and, in exchange, they would receive a stipend to cover training plus student ... Learn more

  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine ...

    ... as a moral failing, rather than an incurable disease. For an actual solution to be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue the compassion. Video clips that don't paint the entire ... Learn more

  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

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

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

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

    ... to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's - and ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana ... Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab ... Learn more

  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - ...

    ... a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a ... nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine ... Learn more

  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - ...

    ... increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look ... Learn more

  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. ...

    ... single system in your body. Due to its synthetic nature and its unregulated manufacturing, one batch of this drug usually contains very different ingredients from the next. What that means is that users can never be sure ... Learn more

  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your ...

    ... handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this trip look like? Let's join the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... that females develop a tolerance to weed more quickly. This means, over time, women have to use more of the drug to get the same high. Men, on the other hand, don't develop a tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC ... Learn more

  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - ...

    ... develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... healthcare providers who prescribe opioids. While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a ...

    ... really is. There is no therapeutic level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk up their batches of heroin for greater ... Learn more

  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, ...

    ... of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug. This is why it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and ... Learn more

  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids ...

    ... But do you really want to lug around a pill bottle made from airplane parts?? As for those who note that drug seekers can get their pills elsewhere, they may be right. But is that really an excuse not to try? If tamper ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... THC are worse when a woman is ovulating. During this time, there's a very clear spike in drug sensitivity that occurs when estrogen levels have already peaked and are beginning to decline. Craft believes this spike is ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... truly making headlines around Flakka is the bizarre conduct of its users when they're high on the drug . Experts say users develop a feeling of superhuman strength and experience psychotic behavior. “We're starting to ... Learn more

  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. ...

    ... cues, even when they are no longer under the influence. “We know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this process so that when cocaine users are off the ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... are millions of people battling much more serious addictions. However Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, has been ... for long periods of time. Benadryl is an anticholinergic drug. Some people use it as an over-the-counter ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... treatment and prevention strategies.” The Cause of Compulsive Drug and Alcohol Use? In the study, researchers ... genetic alteration could have a major impact on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention in humans, say ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... as the age of airline pilots increases. It also implies the problem could be spurred on as more and more drugs are introduced to the market - both legal and illicit. “The key take-away from this study for every pilot ... Learn more

  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been ...

    ... friends so you can watch each other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in approximately twenty to thirty minutes after taking the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing like those of the other drugs I've mentioned.” Additional Reading: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming ... Learn more

  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she ...

    ... to get by; she was also selling to use. A non-violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... more erratic and blurry than they were before. The drug's stimulation gave her a boost of confidence, a sense ... her. Once those feelings kicked in, Chloe knew the “love drug” was in full effect. If we could see Chloe's ... Learn more

  • 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? ...

    ... what's the bottom line? Well, if you want 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 ... Learn more

  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and ...

    ... is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to control this urge. ... “just saying no.” Those struggling with cocaine addiction need the right treatment and support to break free ... Learn more

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

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

    ... drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically ... to extreme lengths to both feed and hide his addiction. And since he's convinced himself that he simply ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... each substance over the past year. The NSDUH results give us a glimpse into each generation's overall drug preferences, as well as the age at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And ... Learn more

  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle ...

    ... If your teen's friends have been in trouble for alcohol or drug use recently, that could mean that your teen is either using ... the emotional and behavioral causes of their addiction. Doctors are on staff to help manage ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... : Over 19,000 people have suffered from complications related to ADHD drugs since 2013. One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forum Specifically speaking, drug forums might not be the helpful bastions of information they're billed to be. Though the forums are used to ... Learn more

  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of ...

    ... anxiety, depression and other mood disorders in adulthood. #6. Sexual Impotency and Infertility As much as alcohol and drugs may have helped us get lucky in our teens, it can have a negative effect on our ability to ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... use is “just for fun” but this usually isn't the case. The fact is, that while it may seem that drugs are making you feel better, they're actually causing long-term damage, and you're likely better off without it. So ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... almost every day' were 11 times more likely to report 30-day use of more than one illicit drug… -Dr. Dustin T. Duncan Perception Among Peers Report findings also showed lower peer disapproval of marijuana and ... Learn more

  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you ...

    ... the stress I was feeling while dealing with my son's addiction (Oh, the irony!). He told me it would calm ... I wrong. 4. They are some of the hardest drugs to quit. More online research revealed that just about ... Learn more

  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and ...

    ... you should never say to a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't you just stop doing drugs? It'd be wonderful if all addicts could instantly stop feeding their ... Learn more

  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the ...

    ... thousands of families across the nation as overdose from drug abuse claims the lives of more than 140 ... Leavitt, Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This ... Learn more

  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. ...

    ... do hit rock bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 million ... faith and believe that what is waiting on the other side of addiction is a path to a more fulfilling future. It is a ... Learn more

  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a ...

    ... when normal teenage experimentation turns into a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one ... Learn more

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

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

    ... most overdose deaths don't just involve one single type of drug . As the N.Y. Health Department notes, 94 percent ... . Learn more about the dangers of heroin abuse and addiction . Image Source: flickr/Cristian C Learn more

  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for ...

    ... of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The ... fact, tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... got worse. Kelly says couldn't carry on a conversation; she couldn't function. Her boss suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to explain about the Xanax prescription, he either didn't believe ... Learn more

  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially ...

    ... a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the ... members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . Learn more

  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, ...

    ... entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one drug that can save addicts from certain death and offer them a ... you or someone you know struggles with opiate addiction, help is available. Start by learning more ... Learn more

  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, ...

    ... re a successful professional who's forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that ... last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved one . Image Source: pixabay.com, en ... Learn more

  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of ...

    ... created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in them…and that's part ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... as an effective pain relieving agent Children would have easier access to a drug that could hurt them Marijuana carries a risk of abuse and addiction Could lead to a lower quality of life, as well as health ... Learn more

  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a ...

    ... FDA's strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly. Gary was looking for a new, more powerful ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... abused. How much do you know about this class of drugs? Take the following quiz to find out. How many people ... who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly ... Learn more

  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a ...

    ... involved alcohol Avoiding a Tragic End If you're seeking treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal thoughts, there are special rehab centers that specialize in this ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... give up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, tolerance can develop after ... — 84% higher for those who took the drug for 6 months or longer . The researchers ... Learn more

  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, ...

    ... pure heroin with substances like sugar, starch, powdered milk or other drugs; so there's more product to go around - and more money ... heroin abuse is directly related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote 259 ... Learn more

  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. ...

    ... you can do yourself to keep you focused on living a drug-free life. These 7 tips will help you start your journey ... are countless support groups that exist for almost any addiction, and most of them are free to join. ... Learn more

  • Early Recovery : 7 Healthy Habits for Family Members

    Once your family member has successfully completed an inpatient rehab program, she's probably looking forward to coming home. And after a couple ...

    ... a family punishment that has been levied as a result of drug use; it's an opportunity to have better - and much ... sober…and able to see what a terrible impact her addiction has had on the whole family. The great thing about ... Learn more

  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain ...

    ... the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine, eventually leading to addiction. With Ted's first few uses, taking the drug is voluntary. However, the use eventually becomes habitual - a compulsion instead of ... Learn more

  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the ...

    ... is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted medical professionals must first be willing to acknowledge their disease and actively seek help. With the massive spike in drug abuse among ... Learn more

  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these ...

    ... Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and ... not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite ... Learn more

  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with ...

    ... place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay ... drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction ... Learn more

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

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

    ... , the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe rooms” as ... Learn more

  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain ...

    ... effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine ... circumstances, it seems, warrant the use of this potentially dangerous drug. Due to its dangers, though, it is important to ... Learn more

  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for ...

    ... His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is ... . Several experts in child care and addiction point out that pharmaceutical companies take advantage ... Learn more

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

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