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  • 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 ...

    ... Can Molly (MDMA) be Snorted? Molly (MDMA) is often snorted (or sniffed) and the snorting of it can cause the effects to come on faster and have a shorter, more intense peak as the drug reaches the brain quicker. Ecstasy ... 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 , ...

    ... , a synthetic amphetamine drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a popular club drug 1 . With both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects , MDMA enhances tactile sensations while producing feelings of increased energy ... 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 ...

    ... Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly ... or brain swelling due to water retention. 8 Long-Term Effects ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... names, such as: Molly. E. X. XTC. Beans. Adam. Though the drug may be called different names, the chemical 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ( MDMA ) is what creates the effects of the drug. Since ecstasy is illegal and ... 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. ...

    ... use will cause brain damage and they will likely develop severe memory problems . While use of ecstasy, real name MDMA (short for methylenedioxymethamphetamine), often produces only mild side effects, it does involve ... 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 ...

    ... mescaline and the stimulant methamphetamine . Ecstasy is a central nervous system stimulant with mild hallucinogenic effects. This means that it can produce a sped up effect on the body while changing the user ... continue reading
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  • 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 ... and adverse effects that you should be aware of. Some potential short-term side effects of MDMA that may ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... set of effects characteristic of both stimulant and hallucinogenic drugs , the name “ecstasy” was coined as a pithy description of the drug's effect on users. Who's Abusing It? Although MDMA was initially associated ... 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 ...

    Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a widely used drug popular among young adults. It is a synthetic, ... substances such as ecstasy while nursing can cause serious harm to you and your baby. Effects on the Mother Ecstasy use can ... 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 use. Effects of Ecstasy During Pregnancy People who take MDMA while pregnant may experience a wide range of effects ... Effects on the Baby After Birth Using ecstasy during pregnancy may have a negative impact on ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... , it can become addictive, and deplete a brain's supply of serotonin. A drug that can produce ... on ecstasy and alcohol, see the following articles: MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) Effects of Ecstasy Use How to Help an Ecstasy ... continue reading
  • Substance Use at Live Music Events

    If you're gearing up for a music festival, there are some things you probably want to ensure you have with you. Most veterans will recommend not leaving the house without comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, something ...

    ... People going to EDM shows were also around the same age, on average, when they had their first experiences with these substances, ... /publications/research-reports/mdma-ecstasy-abuse/what-are-effects-mdma Fair Use Statement ... 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 ...

    ... effects decline rapidly with frequent use, and they have little effect in the ventral tegmental area of the brain ... , W. (2011). Instability of the ecstasy market and a new kid on the block: mephedrone . J Psychopharmacol, ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    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 ...

    ... to the dangers of propoxyphene, as it can have negative effects on the heart. What is Demerol? Demerol is a brand ... Ecstasy and MDMA? Ecstasy is the street name for the drug 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. MDMA ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

    Using drugs or drinking alcohol while pregnant can create a number of health issues for both mother and child. This can affect a growing fetus because substances travel easily from the placenta, leaving the potential for harm. 4 While not all women ...

    ... which substance is responsible for the harmful effects on the fetus. 4 Cocaine can exacerbate the ... low body weight at birth. MDMA (Ecstasy) and Pregnancy Studies suggest that fetal MDMA exposure during the first trimester ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... MDMA (“ecstasy”), can have neurological consequences similar to that of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) 5 . Traumatic brain ... time to induce the same or more severe negative effects, such as seizures 8 . “Sensitization” may ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... as Tylenol), elicit predictable and dose-dependent effects on the liver, others may have unforeseeable results , ... Heroin 13 . Inhalants 14 . Cocaine 15 . MDMA or Ecstasy 16 . Methamphetamine 17 . Symptoms of Liver Damage ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy). The heart-damaging effects of these ... brain. Get Help Today Many popularly abused drugs, both illegal and prescription, have negative effects on the body, and the effects on ... 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 ...

    ... Effects of PCP Classified as a hallucinogen (DEA, 2013), PCP is a glutamatergic NMDA receptor blocker that binds to sites in the brain's cortex and limbic structures—effecting ... drugs including MDMA (Ecstasy). PCP has ... 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 ... symptoms that can occur. The precise effects of bath salts on the brain are unknown; however, these chemicals work ... 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 ...

    ... . The effects of PCP vary depending on the dose, but in general, the user will feel effects within 1 ... in conjunction with cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, or MDMA (Ecstasy) 20 . Users will take ketamine repeatedly in ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... just quit on their own - but drugs have a powerful hold. In fact, substance abuse affects the part of the brain linked with ... meth, heroin, MDMA, and PCP combined. The report notes that the U.S. markets for MDMA and PCP are ... 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 ...

    ... narrator who tells viewers that each time he purchased Molly (MDMA) at a music festival, he used a drug ... education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... ecstasy's purer form, MDMA. The reports range from the silly (like Madonna's spat with Deadmau5 over her, “Has anyone here seen Molly?” comment), to the tragic (like Electric Zoo being canceled following two MDMA ... on ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

    ... comes an increase in demand on the illicit drug market. With ... effects, which increases your risk of overdose. The popular party drug, “Molly,” is marketed to consumers as pure ecstasy (MDMA). However, drugs such as Molly ... 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
  • 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
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music ...

    ... the study , with 31,149 mentions. Coming next was MDMA, or Molly, with 25,605 posts, followed by marijuana with 9, ... a problem in addition to the other physiological effects created by substance use. Unfortunately, it's ... continue reading
  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

    Drug and Alcohol Self-Assessment Quizzes Use the following self-assessment quizzes to better understand common signs, symptoms, and behavioral changes related to substance misuse and addiction. The questions used in the following self-assessments ...

    ... whether you may have a dependence on ecstasy, also known as MDMA or molly, an illicit stimulant with hallucinogenic ... a dissociative anesthetic that may have hallucinogenic effects. While this assessment does not replace a ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... the equation. The recreational substances commonly used by the group of swingers included marijuana , cocaine , MDMA and alkyl nitrates (poppers). The scientists also discovered high rates of risky and unprotected sexual ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... designed to alleviate or at least lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for ... people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA ... continue reading
  • 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 there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... Sound familiar? Does your brain go down similar disastrous paths? Cassie, Jeff, and Molly are catastrophic thinkers . ... help you work through. If you're trying to stay on a path of sobriety , it's especially significant. ... continue reading
  • 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 a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid: (Street names: GHB, liquid ecstasy, blue nitro, cherry meth, easy lay) GHB is ... People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in approximately twenty ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... Among these substances are: Heroin . Cocaine . MDMA (ecstasy) . Inhalants. Alcohol . Tobacco. Painkillers . ... Effect of Liver Disease Individuals with liver disease are at increased risk of experiencing adverse effects on ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... because these preparations are similar does not mean that the effects of taking drugs are known. Even a very tiny change ... and death. The active ingredient in ecstasy is a compound called MDMA. Because it is one of the ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... ,” are created in labs and meant to mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana or LSD. Though their potential ... tobacco or other illicit drugs like cocaine or ecstasy /MDMA. Other drug-related results included: More than ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... or that their body is not their own. Dosage and PCP's Effects A low dose of PCP between 1 and 5 mg will lead ... using the drug. Some people - intent on purchasing ecstasy or MDMA - are deceived, and instead given pills that ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... . Most work by reducing the user's sense of pleasure, essentially inhibiting the brain's reward pathways. The resulting effects cause many patients to stop using the medication after short periods. Teenagers and their ... continue reading
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    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 countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... we'd see if we took a peek into Tony's brain: Tony's brain (and yours) has two types of neurons that are influencing his ... the nicknames, the two neurons have opposite effects. The urge neurons promote feelings of reward ... continue reading
  • 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 good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... child will eventually consume your life as the addiction progresses. Lying to Others Arguably, addiction's most destructive effect to a family is its ability to create shame within the household. In an effort to try to ... continue reading
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    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... study also smoked, compared to just two percent of the non-drinkers. Find out more about the harmful effects of alcohol use and how to help an alcoholic by calling our helpline. The Role of Other Factors Statistics ... continue reading
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    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... Vomiting Seizures Muscle spasms Exhaustion Heavy opioid users can also experience a number of side effects related to their mood, behavior and overall psychological state including: Depression Anxiety Mood swings Social ... continue reading
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    ... Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules drugs based on: Accepted medical use in the U.S ... for clinical use. Schedule I drugs include: Heroin LSD Ecstasy Bath salts Schedule II Substances in this group are considered ... continue reading
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    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... the mesolimbic “reward” system in the brain is almost instantaneously flooded with dopamine, creating an immediate high. This high wears off quickly, but the stimulating effects remain for a much longer period, causing ... continue reading
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    ... you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ever wondered what actually went on with your brain to cause you to lose all memory of your crazy night of drinking? Many researchers have wondered that ... continue reading
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    ... higher estrogen levels can make women more vulnerable to the effects of certain drugs. Researchers found that estrogen intensifies the brain's dopamine reward pathway, which creates an increase in pleasureable feelings ... continue reading
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    ... the kidneys and cause renal failure . The unknown effects of Flakka have many alarmed about its use and popularity ... what exactly the drug can do to the body and brain in the long term. The following video brings attention ... continue reading
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    ... t taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I using more of the medication over time to feel the same effects? If you take pain killers even when you aren't in pain, this is a psychological (in most cases) response to ... continue reading
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    ... hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms. Kratom takes effect within 5 to 10 minutes after you take it and you can feel the effects for 2 to 5 hours. Although it's most commonly consumed ... continue reading
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    ... combined with other substances, such as alcohol and MDMA , according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research ... use ephedrine as a substitute for ecstasy. Among the negative side effects are: The sale and purchase of ... continue reading
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    ... of chronic or heavy substance abuse may develop considerable tolerance to the effects of a drug, allowing them to take more than someone who ... Cocaine Codeine Clonazepam Crack Ecstasy/MDMA Fentanyl Flexeril Heroin ... continue reading
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    ... fear. Researchers found that the subjects who were on cocaine were 10 percent less likely to recognize negative ... “There are many mental illnesses in which our brains' ability to recognise the emotions of others are ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... with equipment designed to detect electrical activity within the brain. What the research group found was no less than ... potential antidote for cocaine addiction could soon be on the way. Researchers at the University of ... continue reading
  • 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 intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... happiness and energy by increasing the naturally occurring “happy chemical” ( dopamine ) in the brain. Some party-goers rely on this to overcome initial discomfort in social situations. Alcohol: Of course there's always ... continue reading
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  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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    ... the withdrawal symptoms kick in as your body and brain try to restore balance without the medication. Like ... it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... years off a person's life and even affect overall brain development , and the road to those dire straits can ... problem in the United States, law enforcement is cracking down on it in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... a hospital that offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, ... in cryptocurrency activates our reward center in the brain doesn't mean we can become addicted to it ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... attack and stroke. Stroke: If blood flow to the brain is interrupted, a stroke may occur. This can result ... onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical ... continue reading
  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    ... 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 nervous system respond to different classes of ... continue reading
  • Xanax Addiction Treatment

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now ...

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and ...

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls ... continue reading
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  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... transitioning to chronic back pain, an effect mediated by corticostriatal circuitry involved in addictive ... quit because, in addition to the number it does on brain cells, “smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen ... continue reading
  • My Teen Son is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

    If you are living at home with a teen son who has become an alcoholic , you have many options for helping your child. Until your child is eighteen, you have guardianship powers and can make many medical decisions for him, and hospitals will ...

    ... , and if your teen wants help, the doctor can present options and refer you to a service you can all agree on. Working with a medical provider will also put your teen in charge of his own health, and when a child feels ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... . It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism…I've been the lead in movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can't ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is steadily on the rise in America. Tragically, this trend means that heroin-related deaths are also climbing in staggering ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of these inmates receive the treatment they ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... greater risk of new HIV infections than ever before.” In fact, the opiate crisis has had such an impact on these communities that whites who inject drugs now have more HIV diagnoses than any other racial population - for ... continue reading
  • 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 tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This synthetic opioid first appeared in Ohio back in July ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining them millions after violating federal rules for dispensing controlled substances. As ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... delivery systems.” Others believe the number of prescribers should be increased, but with the same limit on the number of patients. This could be accomplished by allowing nurse practitioners or physician assistants in ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... to pay the price, with many shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for this trendy new spin on pot. Shop Owners Target “Connoisseurs” With more states legalizing marijuana , the market just keeps growing. Retailers ... continue reading
  • 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 aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... other people thought. It probably would've changed the course of my life. Instead, I suffered in silence, put on a facade that everything was fine and naively believed I could overcome it myself. Of course, I didn't and ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... hasn't received a prescription starts popping someone else's pills, it's very dangerous. They could be on other medications that create a deadly combination . They may have other health concerns that will be affected by ... continue reading
  • 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 at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose relatively little. It really all depends on you and how much you're willing to suffer before changing your thinking and behavior. Choose to ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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

    ... . Causing a near-fatal car accident was the wake-up call I desperately needed and I finally saw the writing on the wall: My tendency toward self-destruction and self-pity was keeping me sick. Alcohol wasn't curing my ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... drinking steadily increased, until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... of a needle, a lighter, dental floss and a bottle of Visine, inmates create shoddy (and contaminated) syringes on the inside. And since these inventions, known as binkies, are made from items that aren't found in every ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... or labored? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax, or more likely, combined it with other substances, there's ... continue reading
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  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Allergan. It claims the companies have been on a decades-long mission to persuade patients and doctors to believe lies. While knowing opioids are ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... Modeled After McDonalds? In a final twist, prosecutors revealed that Chandler's monstrous actions were caught on video. Self-incriminating evidence showed this local drug dealer servicing a line of cars in broad daylight ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... : Should people in recovery drink it or abstain? To Drink…or Not To Drink? I posted this question on Facebook yesterday and received both positive and negative responses: Yes absolutely; it's a health tonic that helps ... continue reading
  • 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 words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... and clear. Joran Leavitt's mother, Robyn, wrote: Leavitt, Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and similar obituaries are written in the hopes of raising ... continue reading
  • 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 for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... to get an appointment with a mental health counselor were unsuccessful. These alarming numbers don't even touch on the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer enough. To protect and serve, modern police officers must receive new ... 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 ...

    ... changes. We essentially become different people while we're under the influence. But, is this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say no. The View is Different Out Here To study this phenomenon, researchers asked ... continue reading
  • 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 are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... who really wants those pills can simply smash through the bottle. Others point out that a person who's bent on getting drugs will just find them somewhere else. They say the tamper-proof bottle devices only make it more ... continue reading
  • 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 right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... , things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up for family events, and on the rare occasion he did show up, he just didn't seem like himself. The last time Allison could recall seeing ... continue reading
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