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  • Ecstasy History and Statistics

    Ecstasy is the popular name for the illicit, recreational drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. It is known by many other terms including “Molly,” “E,” and “X.” History of Ecstasy Anton Kollisch, a chemist at the pharmaceutical ...

    ... of MDMA in the US typically contains 50-150 mg of drug and may cost as much as $50, though prices ranging ... an emergency Schedule I classification for MDMA in May 1985 . This classification was made permanent in 1988 ... continue reading
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse While Pregnant

    Ecstasy is an illicit drug that is frequently abused among young adults. This drug whose chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA for short, is structurally similar to amphetamine and has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. ...

    ... ecstasy. Approximately 166,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44 years old) reported past month use of the drug. 3 With so many women of reproductive age experimenting with ecstasy, it is common for women to have used ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ecstasy Addict

    Help for Ecstasy Addicts The full name for ecstasy is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. It is a synthetic drug that has psychoactive effects on users. It is produced and available in many forms. It is similar chemically to the hallucinogen ...

    ... . If you love someone you suspect of being addicted, it's important to watch for the warning signs of drug abuse , keeping in mind that varying effects may be present due to polysubstance abuse. Am I Addicted to Ecstasy ... continue reading
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  • 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. ...

    ... with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. Like other stimulants , ecstasy speeds up the nervous ... erratic and blurry than they were before. The drug's stimulation gave her a boost of confidence, a sense ... continue reading
  • Snorting Molly (MDMA) and its Side Effects and Risks

    What is Molly (MDMA)? Molly, commonly referred to as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug with both amphetamine stimulant properties and mild hallucinogenic effects. It is the primary psychoactive agent found in many ...

    ... swallowed, the effects of ecstasy can be felt around 30-45 minutes after dosing 1, 4 . Snorting the drug will cause these effects to arise more quickly and to be felt more intensely, increasing the risks associated with ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine ...

    ... . 1 MDMA is known by many names, including: 1,2 X. XTC. Lover's Speed. Adam. Eve. Peace. Clarity. The drug was developed by a German pharmaceutical company, Merck KGaA, in 1912. 3 By the 1980s, ecstasy became a popular ... continue reading
  • Using MDMA (Ecstasy) While Breastfeeding

    Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a widely used drug popular among young adults. It is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with chemical structural similarities to both methamphetamine and mescaline—capable of producing both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects in ...

    ... your child, the best way to ensure your and your baby's safety is to speak to your doctor about your drug use and find an appropriate plan to stop using ecstasy altogether. They will be able to take into account your ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy is an illegal, synthetic drug of abuse that usually is consumed in pill, tablet, or capsule form. The drug is somewhat unique amongst the illicit drugs of abuse in that it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects . Ecstasy's stimulant ...

    ... sexual situations. The rate of ecstasy use has mostly declined over the last few years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse: 12 th grader use has dropped from 5.3% in 2011 to 3.6% in 2014. 10 th grader use ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy and MDMA Overdose

    Commonly used at bars and parties, club drugs are especially popular among teenagers and young adults. MDMA , a synthetic amphetamine drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a popular club drug 1 . With both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects , ...

    ... later. Effects often peak after about 90 minutes and last 4-8 hours 2 . Classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, ecstasy is MDMA taken in pill form, while Molly is more often encountered as a ... 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 ...

    ... . 2 It did not become illegal in the United States until 1988, when it was categorized as a Schedule I drug after illicit use started to become popular in the college “rave” and nightclub scene. 2,3 You Never Know How ... continue reading
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  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... under-financed. So…what changed? One word: Tramadol . The drug itself didn't change, but its DEA classification did. In 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration re-classified tramadol, making it a Schedule IV controlled ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time, but when abused with alcohol , it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more-friendly “Molly,” it does not mean ...

    ... eight-graders have taken Ecstasy, while nearly 6% of 10th-graders and 7% of high school seniors have taken the drug. Usage of Ecstasy has peaked in the 18-25 category, with nearly 13% of adults saying that they had tried ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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

    ... samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), with little restriction on usage due to its drug classification. Then things sort of fell apart. Did the drug change? No; tramadol was and has always been an opiate - so why the ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States Drug use affects all parts of society, and this causes strain on the healthcare system, the criminal justice system, and the economy. In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of ...

    ... involves the laws that control the distribution and use of both prescription and illicit drugs. From the classification of drugs according to their potential for abuse to the legalization or decriminalization of certain ... continue reading
  • History and Statistics of “Study Drugs”

    What are “Study Drugs?” The colloquial term “study drugs” typically refers to prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin and Concerta) that are used to enhance aspects of a user's mental functioning, such as: Memory. Concentration. ...

    ... Romania, meaning “mind-affecting.” Other popular terms used to describe this loosely defined classification of drugs include: Smart drugs. Neuro enhancers. Cognitive enhancers. Such terms may also be used to refer to ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... imminent hazard to public safety.” Under this new classification, then, possessing or selling kratom would become ... The DEA has also requested the Food and Drug Administration expedite its scientific research and relay the ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

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

    ... and unsure. Should she really put her child on drugs? How do they work? What are the benefits? ... s classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - the same classification as cocaine. When ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... also be addictive when misused or abused . It is classified by the FDA as a Schedule 2 drug, the classification given to prescription medications that have high potential for abuse and addiction 4 . Vyvanse Abuse Misuse ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it's approved. Nektar Therapeutics hopes to secure a Schedule III classification for NKTR-181 under the Controlled Substances Act, one category ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... recovery options for those struggling with abuse of the drug. Help for Ultram Addicts Ultram (generic name: tramadol ... of abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed Ultram's classification to a controlled ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... dangers of abusing drugs they weren't prescribed. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) asserts that 3% of adolescents are addicted to a sedative (the broad classification which includes the ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... . VA Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram, with little restriction on usage, due to its drug classification. But the perception of tramadol was far from accurate: Tramadol-related ER visits skyrocketed. Abuse rates ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... the treatment of severe, acute, or chronic pain. Because of its potency, the drug is a Schedule II controlled substance. Drugs in this classification come with a high risk of chemical dependency and abuse. This high risk ... continue reading
  • Marijuana History and Statistics

    History Marijuana has roots as far back as 2737 B.C. It has been referenced in ancient Chinese medicine, and soon spread from China to India, North Africa, and Europe by 500 A.D. Historically reported medicinal uses included treating rheumatism, ...

    ... 600 new users each day. 6% of them were introduced to the drug prior to age 18 (NSDUH, 2013). The Market The market for ... . Many states that abide by the federal classification will use similar charges for possession, sale, ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... a high potential for abuse and dependence 3 . Schedule II is the highest cautionary classification given to prescription drugs, and these drugs are only to be used under the strict supervision of a physician. Is Vyvanse ... continue reading
  • What Are Hallucinogens?

    Hallucinogens are drugs that alter the user's thinking processes and perception in a manner that leads to significant distortions of reality 1 . These drugs affect one's perception far differently than many other types of drugs do. To many, the ...

    ... 13 . Peyote may be one of the oldest known hallucinogenic drugs . It was used in Mexico by the Aztecs and by ... to use peyote in religious services despite its classification by the DEA 14 . Others have used mescaline ... continue reading
  • PCP History and Statistics

    “Angel Dust”, “Animal Trank”, “Rocket Fuel” - these are only some of the street names used to reference the drug PCP (Phencyclidine) , an infamous hallucinogenic (more specifically a dissociative drug ), often sought for it's ability to ...

    ... in the United States in 1978 . Today, PCP in classified as a Schedule II substance ; drugs under this classification have a high probability for abuse as well as the possibility that the user may become physically or ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... to monitor and restrict tramadol by classifying it as a schedule IV drug on the national level . The schedule IV classification means: The drug serves a medically necessary purpose. It has a low risk of abuse compared ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... filtering CDC's mortality data using International Statistical Classification of Diseases codes (ICD) 1 , we ... of the top 10) with the highest rate of prescription drug deaths were in West Virginia (which only has 55 ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... (Methylphenidate) Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) Ritalin (Methylphenidate) Abused Medications by Classification While all of the prescription drugs mentioned here are beneficial to many as prescription medications, their ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... relapse, but simply a reflection of how deeply the drug-taking compulsion can be ingrained in the mind. Cognitive ... of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard classification of mental disorders used by all mental health ... 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 ...

    ... to 49% in 2014. 16 NMS Labs, a private drug testing company, reported that in 2014, the top 3 ... , C., & Ungless, M. A. (2006). The mechanistic classification of addictive drugs . PLoS Med, 3 (11), e437. Prozialeck, W. C ... continue reading
  • Overdoses Visualized

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000. ...

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have ... continue reading
  • New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps only 8% of people will stick to these resolutions, lots of folks still express a great interest in ...

    ... more, or giving up certain substances. It's common to hear people committing to quitting smoking, drinking, or drugs. But how many people are intent on reducing their substance use - or, surprisingly, even using more? To ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... of Poly-Substance Abuse Another research project published last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances were more likely to display unsafe driving than those ... 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 ...

    ... . From pot truffle oil to gummy bears, edibles are hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are a Completely Different Animal You'd be hard ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... The estimated cost is $55,000 per month . The Meadows The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex, as well as mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The Meadows offers a 45-day ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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    ... we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So What ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

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

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  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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    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 ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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    ... 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 process that spans ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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    ... saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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    ... 't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, safe driving decisions necessary to navigate these great ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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    ... Contest creators hope to commercialize products in 2020 and 2021 to deliver life-changing solutions to the American public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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    ... the probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... continue reading
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    ... educate themselves by taking classes on prescribing, and new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain ... 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 ...

    ... you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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    ... didn't know if he was alive or dead. Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not going to make it out alive? The phone continued to ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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    ... trick 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 ... continue reading
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    ... got 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 some ... continue reading
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  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

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    ... by their god, or simply a general disconnectedness from spirituality, perhaps due to the effects of drugs and/or alcohol. To further complicate the relationship between spirituality and recovery, many recovery programs ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

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    ... AA.” To active AA members, however, the Big Book serves as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants are ... continue reading
  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

    Underage drinking presents a wide range of dangers to your teen's health and well-being. In 2018, just over 42% of American 10th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past year. 1 The numbers rise with age—jumping for the seniors in high school ...

    ... keep an open line of communication when it comes to any questions or concerns that have about alcohol and drugs. Studies show time and time again that parents who are actively involved in the lives of their children are ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Kingman, AZ

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    ... 10 or more doctors for opioid prescriptions prior to the overdose. 2 While opioids aren't the only drugs of abuse by any measure, the quickly rising numbers of opioid overdose deaths illustrates both the all-consuming ... continue reading
  • The Science Behind Addiction

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

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  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

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    ... seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when they're caught taking drugs. Rather than going to a low-end clinic where they share a bathroom with other people and have small beds ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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    ... for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. Things are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The addiction is the top priority, not a friend's well-being. Those who are ... continue reading
  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

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    ... hot topic in their short animation, Your Brain on Drugs: Alcohol . They ask: “How could the ingestion ... while. Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs across the globe. When we drink alcohol, we're able to ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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    ... as mascots. Of all the dangers, however, the most concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed in combination with alcohol; it can be a lethal combo ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

    ... them to be uncooperative and unhelpful), were found to be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. Interestingly enough, higher scores for each of these traits were ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

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

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  • How to Stay Healthy When Someone You Love Is Addicted

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  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

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  • Depression and Substance Abuse

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  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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  • How to Help an Opana Addict

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    ... : What people will think of them when they enter treatment. What happens when they're forced to stop using drugs (e.g. physical and psychological effects). The cost of treatment. That treatment hasn't worked in the past ... continue reading
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

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  • Hydrocodone Overdose

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  • Infographic: Top 5 Deadliest Drugs

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in La Mesa, CA

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  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

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

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    ... . And many believe this change needs to start with the healthcare providers who prescribe opioids. While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can have such severe consequences that alternatives can - and ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

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  • Opioid Overdose

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Camarillo, CA

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  • Alcohol Overdose

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    ... 744-0069 Who Answers? . Alcohol Treated Most Often Ethanol, or alcohol, is abused more than any other drug among those engaged in treatment, as Recovery Brands revealed with a 2017 survey. Out of all the survey responses ... continue reading
  • Contact Us

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  • Alternatives to Painkillers

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    ... guidelines for the prescription of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new warning labels to caution against the dangers of those commonly prescribed medications ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they would ignore social distancing rules to see friends on NYE.

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  • Drug and Alcohol Use with Diabetes

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    Maintaining good health takes effort from all of us, but can require even more attention from those with diabetes. This guide details some of the potentially disastrous results to arise when continued substance abuse ... continue reading
  • 10 Years of Meth Lab Explosions

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    You've probably heard about the dangers of methamphetamine - an addictive stimulant drug used by 569,000 people in the U.S. in 2014. Meth ravages the bodies of the people who use it, and long-term use can lead to a host ... continue reading
  • The Rise and Fall of The Silk Road

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  • Trazodone Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

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  • Infographic: Tramadol Timeline

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  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

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  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

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  • Alcohol Intervention Programs

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  • Steroid Abuse

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  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

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  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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  • My Teen Son is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

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