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  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... to a higher power. Each faith-based treatment center facility operates slightly differently, but most of ... the spiritual component of addiction, try a secular-based program. There are many secular rehab programs that ... continue reading
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  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

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

    ... , whatever you may believe that to be, can be helpful in focusing on the present and developing faith that things will work out in the future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth Image ... 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 ...

    ... direction. Walgreens now utilizes their “ Good Faith Dispensing Checklist ,” which mandates staff ... and the prescription don't meet all the “good faith” criteria, the Walgreens pharmacist cannot - by company policy ... continue reading
  • 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. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 million people who ... to be the opposite of faith, and at some point you can get the courage to take a leap of faith and believe that what is ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of ... after they should have been deemed fit to leave. These facilities are far from luxurious . A rehab known as Rescatados ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... going to the most luxurious resort-style addiction facilities available. Naturally, these places cost big ... be complete without mention of Passages or Promises, both based in Malibu, California. Both claim to have some of ... 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 ...

    ... outdoor recreation on- and off-campus. Caron offers a sliding scale based on assets and debt for their fee of $32,875 for ... treatment rehab facilities, Prive Swiss is also focused on the client's mental health needs. Prive ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... by any means necessary. Here are six other bizarre things which have been used to try and smuggle drugs into correctional facilities. A Baby A baby with a balloon isn't uncommon, but a baby with a balloon filled with 20 ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... to go elsewhere for addiction treatment , you might want to head to the Cottage at Life Works, which is based in the UK. There you can experience absolute privacy, as no more than three clients are treated at the Cottage ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment of treatment for the painful detox process. The lack of care ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... bastions of information they're billed to be. Though the forums are used to share both science and experience-based information drug use, a bulk of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... of reports for his handler. The movie is very messed up—but what's even more messed up is that it's based on the author's life, albeit rather loosely. This is an adaptation of one of William S. Burroughs' finer works 9 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... Island Department of Corrections, all of whom were working a methadone maintenance program upon entering the facility. The 223 inmates were divided into two groups: 114 inmates received ongoing methadone treatment until ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... confident in your recovery; find a detox facility where licensed medical professionals can help you ... Adderall or other stimulants to be successful. You were hired based on your talent; let your skills and work ethic shine ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... veterinary care in Philadephia, recommends hemp-based supplements for dogs experiencing pain or anxiety ... a burgeoning medical marijuana industry for animals. Seattle-based Canna Companion was launched in March 2014 by ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... may be asked to work with those who visit the facilities looking for a sanitary and supervised place to shoot ... they are at baseline for their vital signs and their mental status. Keep in mind, too, that if someone goes ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... . You can use Skype or another web-based platform to connect with your healthcare provider. During ... the patients only need to get to their nearby facility. Using telemedicine, they can receive treatment locally that ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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

    ... the number from 2010. By 2015, this number had risen to nearly 4,900 deaths for the year. Based on what federal officials have learned from the spread of opioids, they suspect methamphetamine use will grow even more ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... to get help before I died.” After his 2010 episode, Ainge spent four months between two inpatient facilities in Boston, where he was finally given proper medication to treat his bipolar disorder. He now attends regular ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... states of addiction, recovery and relapse, and it's not uncommon for scenes to play out in rehab facilities or 12-step meetings. Falco said in a recent NPR interview that playing a character who struggles with addiction ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... , theft, or drug charges are considered low-risk offenders. They are sent to community corrections facilities instead of state prison. In Georgia, probation officers can impose an administrative sanction, which means ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... sponsored by the Prussia government to study at the University of Berlin and went on to receive a doctorate based on his study of eugenol. Nagayoshi later became a professor of chemistry and pharmacy in 1893, and it was ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. Previous studies revealed ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... . State police, on the other hand, turn to local forging plants, department incinerators, steel facilities, and private contractors for assistance with their disposals. Over the years, local law enforcement agencies ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... . The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised areas of public housing facilities, as opposed to injecting all alone where they could overdose without anyone knowing. A Desperate Need Leads ... continue reading
  • 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 restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... to do drugs has put business owners in a quandary: Do they restrict access or do they continue keeping facilities open to the public? It seems like there's no right answer. While some establishments have resorted to ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... also helps decrease convulsions and nerve pain. It's frequently given to patients in detox facilities and drug treatment programs for different reasons. When prescribed to patients who abuse alcohol or benzodiazepines ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... Basketball Diaries This classic coming-of-age flick is based on the 1978 book by Jim Carroll, who compiled ... Houston, Texas with a schizophrenic mother who visited mental institutions over 100 times in her life. Caouette' ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... treatment because of the safety and relative comfort provided to the patient. Here, professional treatment is based on a slow reduction of dosage rather than complete cessation, and is almost always accompanied with the ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... the drug and now believes it needs the drug to work properly. Over time, you can become addicted to opioid-based pain killers such as Vicodin , morphine , or OxyContin . Opioids, which come from the opium plant, are also ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... Vicodin abuse is becoming when it's illustrated on a very popular TV show. Vicodin is an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on opium, and the main focus of the research was to find a drug that was as effective ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... the way it decapitates its rivals and then mutilates and publically discards of their corpses. 5. Gulf Cartel Based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, the Gulf Cartel is perhaps one of the oldest organized crime groups in Mexico ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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

    ... to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the U.S. With these anxiety-related ... you are off benzos. Avoid Supplement Overload: Based on the reactions of benzo-dependent patients, ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... not able to explain exactly why instances of mental illness and traumatic experiences would cause a person ... hard to find, there are plenty of inpatient rehab facilities in your area with medical staff who are trained to ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues shouldn't be one of them. Based on the research, it looks like daily marijuana use has the opposite effect: it actually increases insomnia. Tons ... continue reading
  • 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 extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... with ADHD than their older classmates. This strengthens the argument that ADHD diagnoses are often based on non-pathological, normal human imperfections. Being forgetful or distracted happens to everyone, especially when ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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

    ... , testosterone levels dip lower than normal. Appetite: Marijuana is known for inducing strong cases of the munchies. Based on research, this craving is more prominent in men. Psychosis: Women may have a harder time in ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... this growing epidemic, doctors have the option of utilizing medication-assisted treatment (MAT), an evidence-based form of treatment that uses a prescribed medication, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone), in conjunction ... continue reading
  • 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 this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your most vulnerable moments and judging your whole life based on just a few humiliating seconds. While you're undoubtedly grateful your life was saved, being ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... rates ranging from 60 to 90 percent, with long-term outcomes improving the longer someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... force in every demographic, it's particularly damaging within the gay community. The most pressing concerns are based on data that indicates crystal meth can potentially help promote a virulent strain of HIV (dubbed the ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... price of $6 per test kit. While somewhat steep, the new cost is about a tenth of the price of lab-based systems used for this kind of testing. Plus, developers note that within a year “the number of tests that you would ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... the fact that 30 percent of its members go on to abstinence-based programs, if moderation didn't work for them. If you' ... , mindfulness has emerged as a hot ticket in mental health care, and a fact long known by followers ... continue reading
  • 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 high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree. Our tour of Bill's brain is based on the results of a recent study . Experts examined the blood flow and brain activity of people with a marijuana use ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

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

    ... the recovery process. How Much Do They Cost? The cost of living in a sober living home can vary based on location; however, the rates are typically similar to those of moderately priced rental apartments. In many homes ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... , but also because there's so little evidence-based information. Despite the lack of proof, some pet ... first-hand the noticeable effects marijuana made on the health of their animals and believe, if given the opportunity ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... . Psychiatric history , including mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression ... usually for a length of time between 6 months to 1 year, the facility may entrust you with dosages of up to 4 weeks at a time. Source ... 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 ...

    ... from short-term behavioral side effects of long-term mental health side effects. K2 is a hallucinogenic that is ... many types of designer drugs. The business, which was based United States, was shut down by the DEA in 2004 ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

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

    ... begins taking a prescription drug for an injury or health condition. Eventually, the person's body becomes ... a stay at a rehabilitation center. Many drug treatment facilities accept insurance , and cost is not a reason to ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... cocaine. Crack: A lower-purity product, crack is converted from salt form to its base form - referred to as “free-base.” Processed with a base like baking soda, the hydrochloride is removed. Focus on Use Because of their ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... group should be required to participate in community-based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars ... In addition to asking about substance abuse and mental health issues, the survey also touched on police- ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... residential rehab facility. These ... Based Guide . 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2009). Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another one of his songs. Stitches has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for ... More than 77 percent of the patients in rural facilities were of non-Hispanic and white origins. They ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... a drug to minimize its continued negative health impact, but symptoms like agitation, anxiety, ... a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper detox program . This ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

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

    ... , but crack is a different form of cocaine that is created by mixing powder cocaine with a weak base, such as baking soda (Gahlinger, 2004). During this chemical reaction, the substance changes shape from a powder to ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to a facility in Mexico to try Ibogaine treatment. What is Ibogaine? When she arrived at the facility, Holly learned more about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... : Loss of muscle control Low blood pressure Mental confusion Slow breathing Coma Is Ativan Addictive? ... , find help at an Ativan addiction treatment facility. Additional Reading: Are Benzos Overprescribed? Image Source ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... Timeline If Bill can convince John to go to the rehab facility , he'll receive professional treatment to help him through the ... and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional, and physical side effects of addiction ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... , Ph.D. a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University, discovered smoking rates among those in treatment facilities continue to be high, despite significant national declines in ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... , which can trigger a relapse. Correctional facilities partnered with Alkermes, the drug's manufacturer, ... of the time, said Emily Feinstein , the director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and ... continue reading
  • 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 bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... Morris County Department of Human Services, and the Mental Health Association of Morris County to bring this new approach ... arrange for immediate transportation to treatment facilities. The program is designed to further ... continue reading
  • 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 innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... the drugs “legal.” Current laws prohibit substances based on chemical components, so creators of these ... as addictive and can lead to organ failure, mental health problems, nervous disorders and sometimes death (just like ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... a year in the program, slowly tapering her dosage down under the guidance of her counselor and facility physician. Putting any lingering worry to bed, she successfully and completely tapered off the methadone without ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... . The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules drugs based on: Accepted medical use in the U.S. ... U.S. to treat a variety of physical and mental health issues. Schedule IV substances include: Tramadol (painkiller) ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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

    ... with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the ... socioeconomic status Being male Having a mental-health diagnosis or child-protection contact Experiencing ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

    ... even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans ... - born 1983-2002 The stats provide a comparison based on how many individuals used each substance over the ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... by banning cathinone, it didn't ban all chemicals based on this drug. Chemists started experimenting to see what ... severe allergic reactions. Health Risks, Effects of Bath Salts Ignoring the general health risk, though, ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... Runner. Total Recall, Minority Report, and Next were also based on books of his. He was known for taking drugs ... and psychoanalysis, which forms the basis of modern mental health. 14. Stephen King By “Pinguino” Stephen King ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that ... the concerning effects. Scientists engineered a drug based on the neurochemical endomorphin, which is found ... 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 ...

    ... the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based on data collected between 2009 and 2013. They also ... can be very dangerous,” said Dr. Palamar. “We need health surveys to ask about use of new drugs, in addition ... 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. ...

    ... according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in ... and cannot solve the opioid crisis. An evidence-based, multifaceted strategy is needed — one that has ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... lungs as cigarette smoking, we cannot make conclusions based on current research. A study conducted by researchers ... on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a major longitudinal study that ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... marijuana at all, they found significant differences. Based on the comparisons, researchers found that heavy ... this dip in density raises the risk of bone-related health problems. When our bones lose density, they aren't ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... After Using Drugs The consequences of substance abuse differ based on the types of drugs used and the frequency ... more evident than on users' faces. The potentially health effects of drug abuse are revealed below in gifs ... continue reading
  • 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 and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... t make it. In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health found their recently-released inmates are “56 times more ... -assisted treatment and connections to community-based treatment and recovery services.” The county ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... be vigilant to ensure that their abilities are in no way compromised before taking to the skies.” Learn more about the mental and physical side effects of drugs . Photo credit: Christophe Launay/intelligent-aerospace continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... psychological dependence can be just as prevalent and is often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on a drug that their cells actually require it ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

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

    ... major concern. These are digital audio files that are proven to alter the brainwaves and disrupt the mental state of listeners, essentially producing the same effects as narcotics. While tracks are available for sale ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... a Hot Tin Roof is perhaps his best contribution, and it includes many of the major elements of his life, including mental illness and a love of drink. Dylan Thomas A Welsh boy who grew up into a poet, Thomas is known for ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... abuse included OxyContin, Percocet and other morphine-based opiate drugs. The research also showed that ... doctors, said Khary K. Rigg, assistant professor of mental health law and policy, University of South Florida, who ... continue reading
  • 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. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... or schizophrenia, who may have a decreased ability to recognize other people's emotions. “There are many mental illnesses in which our brains' ability to recognise the emotions of others are impaired and this new study ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... are cheaper than marijuana. This makes those in poverty a high-risk group for Spice usage. People with mental illness and those living in shelters or group homes are common users. Their ease of access and lower cost ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... Birth A staggering new report from the Ohio Department of Health found that there has been a 750 percent increase since 2004 ... drug-addicted babies being admitted to their facilities in 2013 compared to 2012. Kentucky ... 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 ...

    ... Although Sweden's incarceration rate is low compared to most of the world, the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness among this population is comparable to that of the U.K. and U.S. “Our striking findings show ... 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 ...

    ... unable to move. Overdose symptoms are likely with higher doses and lack of tolerance, requiring immediate and professional medical attention. Learn more about the physical and mental effects of date rape drugs . continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal”; and somewhere in ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... substance effects, peer influences, emotional distress, mental illness, and outside stressors can contribute to the ... emergency, call 911. Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers and Coverage Levels Visit the ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide mental stimulation. This, in turn, allows users to become more focused and calm because they no longer need ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... with a few more not-so-awesome side effects: severe paranoia and delusions. And as a result of that intoxicated mental backlash, users often develop what's known as “ice bugs” or meth sores - that's what we're going ... 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 ...

    ... 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 didn't want anyone to think that person was me . At that point in my life ... 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 ...

    ... end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our emotional or mental system that's far beyond the norm. It produces intensely painful feelings and we look for a way to escape. Drugs ... continue reading
  • 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, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... Heroin produces a state of drowsiness that typically lasts for several hours. It's accompanied by mental sluggishness, slurred speech, confusion and excessive yawning. This drifting state is often referred to as “nodding ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the most common ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... If you find your mind wandering to negative places, then get moving. A regular exercise routine can provide a mental boost and build your self esteem. Tip #5 - Shift the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one ... 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 ...

    ... and the patient, and it allows us to dig down and get to the heart of the problems that drive long-term mental illness.” I'm in support of building connection in a therapeutic relationship , so long as it is safe. In my ... continue reading
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