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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 ...

    ... faith, your beliefs may conflict or you may feel pressured to convert, which could affect your recovery process. For a recovery ... spiritual component of addiction, try a secular-based program. There are many secular rehab ... 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 ...

    ... you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling ... that you will fail and not make it to the maintenance phase of recovery. Fear can prevent us from doing what we really want to do ... 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 ...

    ... and wisdom to know the difference. Developing Your Own Kind of Faith Although the word “God” can make non-religious people nervous, developing faith in recovery does not mean adhering to a specific religious doctrine. It ... 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 ...

    ... 's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain ... and the prescription don't meet all the “good faith” criteria, the Walgreens pharmacist cannot - by company policy ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... when combined with alcohol. Read on to learn 8 shocking statistics about drug and alcohol abuse. 1. Those who abuse ... went untreated. Those who don't enter a recovery program are at risk for developing or exacerbating ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... continue to be concerns among this age group. These statistics are not surprising given that most people first try drugs ... has a substance abuse problem, don't be a statistic. Get help and regain control over your life. ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics: Nearly half of the 75 counties in Arkansas are dry, but meth is the state's most commonly abused illicit drug ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... intertwined? Drinking and Dying Each year, the United States sees roughly 7,500 suicide deaths. Of those, statistics show a whopping 25 percent involve alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant , it can increase already ... 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 ...

    ... 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What we're ... , these deaths are typically not counted in overdose statistics. Can Our Healthcare System Survive the Strain? Officials ... 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 ...

    ... addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of ... discipline here.” Although there aren't any statistics on the effectiveness of addiction treatment in Guatemala ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... the thousands more who abuse them illegally. Troublesome statistics include: Every day, on average, 2,500 teens ... the gap between current treatment options and evidence-based practices is more than troublesome. “45 years ... 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 ... teens.” This makes for a concerning mash-up of statistics. People in the age bracket most susceptible to ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... involving prescription opioids nearly doubled, going from 4.5 to 7.8 per 100,000 people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... -related overdoses since 2000. In 2015, 227 million opiate prescriptions were written in this country. With statistics like these, we can easily classify our nation's relationship with opiates as an epidemic. But does ... 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 ...

    ... for a fix, heroin users often resort to illegal activities as a means to pay for the drug. Statistics show theft is common, as is borrowing money, prostitution and burglary. Personality Changes People who are hooked on ... 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 ...

    ... corrections offices are working to improve these statistics. Officials in several counties applied for federal ... assisted treatment and connections to community-based treatment and recovery services.” The county jails will ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... , many people turned to a cheaper, more easily accessible option - heroin. Response From the Top These alarming statistics haven't gone unnoticed in Washington. Congress recently passed the 21st Century Cures Act . It is ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... , 3 out of 4 heroin addicts reported that they were introduced to opioids through prescription painkillers . Statistics like these are alarming to say the least because heroin is a dangerous drug. Deaths from heroin have ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... that all patients prescribed opioid pain medications be monitored closely for signs of addictive behavior. Statistics 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids in 2012. 1 The number of prescriptions written ... 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 ...

    ... from salt form to its base form - referred to as “free-base.” Processed with a base like baking soda, the ... havoc on the body systems. Learn more about the history and statistics of cocaine . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly ... to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision ... recovery resources are available across the country. Don't let yourself or someone you love become an overdose statistic ... 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 ...

    ... all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here are some of the fascinating statistics in the study: Addiction Treatment Admissions Rural rehab admissions were more likely than urban admissions to ... 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. ...

    ... type of home environment required for healthy development. Meth-exposed newborns aren't doomed to become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... a more immediate risk of use — the dangerous Suboxone drug interactions with other substances. According to statistics gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA), there were 30,135 ... 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 ...

    ... number of people ages 54 to 64 who died from opioid overdoses . To put these alarming statistics into perspective, more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics . The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage resulting in severe reactions and deaths across ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... , and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an underestimate due to inherent issues in using statistical estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... also experience increased blood pressure and heart rate, as well as irregular heart palpitations. According to statistics, Adderall is being abused at an alarmingly high rate. Facts of particular concern are: Between ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... and you get rising numbers of overdose deaths . Avalanche Control In response to these crushing statistics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So What's Our Plan B? These alarming statistics are encouraging many to ask: Is there another way? The answer is yes! Medication is not the only ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... , the dangers of these drugs shouldn't be overlooked. While we've been focused on opioids, benzo abuse statistics have exploded: Between 1996 and 2013, benzo overdoses increased more than 500 percent. Xanax is the number ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... users aren't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years from now. But considering the potential effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... between a state's internal PDL policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable Results Despite the statistics, restricting Methadone among Medicaid recipients will, undoubtedly, be a controversial move. Proponents of its ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An ... devices Diagnostics Winning the Funds to Finance Recovery Tools The challenge is open for two ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat yourself to a massage or a new pair or shoes to ... heights. 21. Don't stress over discouraging statistics. You are an individual in control of your ... 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 ...

    ... , an area of the brain that's crucial in self control. 13. Rational Recovery Rational Recovery is an abstinence-based program based on a method called AVRT—the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique. There are no groups ... 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 ...

    ... a tough regimen, but the clinic is good at helping people in their recovery from addiction . The Promises Center is actually two centers: one based in Malibu and the other, Los Angeles. Each center offers a home-like ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... In fact, 88 percent of poll respondents felt this group should be required to participate in community-based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats, and ... 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 ...

    ... their patients - not only because of the legal consequences, but also because there's so little evidence-based information. Despite the lack of proof, some pet owners still swear by medical marijuana for pets. They claim ... 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 ...

    ... synthetic drugs. The website JLF Poisonous Non Consumables sold many types of designer drugs. The business, which was based United States, was shut down by the DEA in 2004. This company tried to circumvent the law by ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... surrender the feelings of guilt and shame that often stand between them and the freedom of recovery.” Crossroads is based in Antigua and allows executives and celebrities to detox and recover in gorgeous surroundings. If ... 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 ...

    ... of Electric Sheep?, was turned into a major film, Blade Runner. Total Recall, Minority Report, and Next were also based on books of his. He was known for taking drugs, particularly amphetamines . He also reportedly had a ... 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
  • 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
  • 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), ...

    ... (Somalia and Kenya), and its use predates coffee. While the DEA banned khat in 1993 by banning cathinone, it didn't ban all chemicals based on this drug. Chemists started experimenting to see what they could do with the ... 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 ...

    ... for teens and adolescents, adults, and senior adults aged 65 and over, all gender-specific and based on the 12-step recovery model. Patients - some famous faces like Steven Tyler and Liza Minnelli - may also participate ... 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 ...

    ... Here are five movies that might drive anyone to sobriety. The Basketball Diaries This classic coming-of-age flick is based on the 1978 book by Jim Carroll, who compiled the story from diaries he kept between the ages of ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... warning. They do this often as a way to keep the drugs “legal.” Current laws prohibit substances based on chemical components, so creators of these drugs simply alter the chemical structure enough to avoid falling under ... 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 ...

    ... unveiled a potential morphine alternative that side-steps all the concerning effects. Scientists engineered a drug based on the neurochemical endomorphin, which is found naturally in our bodies. The new drug targets the ... 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 ...

    ... than teens in larger cities. The most common painkillers of abuse included OxyContin, Percocet and other morphine-based opiate drugs. The research also showed that girls were more likely than boys to abuse prescription ... 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 ...

    ... 's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based on data collected between 2009 and 2013. They also looked at the prevalence of use and the socio-economic ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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