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  • 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 ...

    ... was able to find several methadone programs close to home. She made an appointment and made a promise to herself that she'd see this through to the end. She was ready to reclaim her life. The clinic she chose offered ... 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 ...

    ... commit to staying clean. You may not be aware of any methadone clinics in your city, but rest assured they can be found in every state in the U.S. and they are a great option if you've been struggling to put an end to ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... potential of its own; and as a long-acting opioid, methadone can become quite dangerous when misused. Find out more about the potentially harmful effects of methadone use and how to help a methadone addict here. What is ... continue reading
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  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... .S., meaning it's illegal to sell without a DEA license. Therefore, methadone maintenance treatment must be performed in a SAMHSA certified clinic . Buprenorphine is a breakthrough drug because it is the first medication ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... province who don't use opioids. Scientists found that the men receiving methadone had about one-quarter of the testosterone ... Street Clinic, officials said that about 20 percent of men receiving methadone treatment need ... 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 ...

    ... . “Focusing on the differences between state PDLs, a comparative exploratory analysis of states with different methadone drug utilization management policies found an association between a state's internal PDL policy and ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Lortab Methadone Methylphenidate Morphine Norco Opana ... managed under supervision. When you admit yourself to a detox clinic, you stay at the clinic under the care of medical staff as you go ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... the Cause “Methadone Mile” is a section of Boston's Massachusetts Avenue that is lined with methadone clinics and illicit drug ... George Stergios reports , “Residents still find discarded needles in their yards and people ... continue reading
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  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics and manufacturers are part of a billion-dollar industry that has spread to every city, making it much more profitable ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... like methadone, ... finding was this process didn't affect the mice's interest for other things that stimulate the brain's reward centers. Researchers are hopeful these findings will eventually lead to the development of a ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... while minimizing the unbearable withdrawal symptoms. While undergoing methadone maintenance treatment, you will typically visit a specialized clinic once a day to receive a liquid dose, which lasts about 24-36 hours ... 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 ...

    ... upon incarceration. This study questioned that policy to find out what happens.” Setting Inmates Up for Success ... of Corrections, all of whom were working a methadone maintenance program upon entering the facility. The ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... ” when you're serving others. Whether it's formalized or casual, find ways to make an impact in others' lives. Check into community organizations. Find a local church or spiritual center. Ask your family and friends how ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... - an addiction recovery program last fall. Her future seemed bright, and with a couple months of sobriety under her belt, she got a job, found a place to live and was regularly visiting her kids. But then, her roommate ... continue reading
  • Addiction Rehab During the Coronavirus Pandemic Q&A

    Am I Allowed To Leave My House to Go to Rehab for Treatment? Yes! Accessing behavioral healthcare is an “essential” activity, which means you're allowed to leave your home to get treatment when you need it, even if you're practicing social ...

    ... do everything in our power to get you into treatment. American Addiction Centers operates a number of facilities across the U.S. We will help you find a facility that you can travel to and that has available beds. You're ... 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 ...

    ... separated fact from fiction when it comes to considering methadone as a treatment choice: Myth #1 - Methadone Isn't Effective According to a recent article, methadone maintenance has success rates ranging from 60 to 90 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... recovery is dismally low, according to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of ... Researchers found that nearly half (48 percent) of the parents met the criteria for a major depressive ... 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 ...

    ... seeing more potential overdoses than they see at the Insite clinic. Harm Reduction Comes to the U.S. Recently, ... . Of course, the idea of legal injection sites as a harm reduction measure is highly debated. On one side, ... 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 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 ... players. This might seem a tough regimen, but the clinic is good at helping people ... 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 ...

    ... , but its DEA classification did. In 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration re-classified tramadol, making it a Schedule IV controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has additional regulations on its use ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... quickly travels into the bloodstream, through the lungs, and on to the brain. This process is completed within a few minutes, but the high can last for several hours. Though you might think THC affects everyone the same ... 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 ...

    ... than this data showed. Portrait of a Synthetic Drug User Researchers found that the drugs were more commonly used ... than 95 percent of subjects who reported use of a synthetic drug reported that they also had used alcohol, ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a stroke. Her brain had suffered some damage alright, but it was due to the gram of meth she'd used that ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... study, is if you smoke and have no back pain, quit before you develop a chronic condition. What Smokers Need to Know If you are a smoker who's been relieving chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... time, unaware that the medications are only for short-term use. This destructive cycle has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing medications on the market ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... in each of its metropolitan areas. After 18 months of operation, Denmark's safe rooms seem to have provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a look at the latest numbers, shall we? In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose ... 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 ...

    ... craft cannabis.” Like craft beer, this weed is considered an artisan product, carefully cultivated for those with a finer “taste.” Small shops are growing their own products and marketing them as better quality than your ... 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 ...

    ... to accomplish this goal actually harmful to the public? Do they keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. Big Pharma Spends Big Bucks $880 million. That's ... 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 ...

    ... when breathing stops. Popularity Kills Back in the 50s and 60's, doctors discovered benzos were useful as a “quick fix” for things like soothing nerves or falling asleep “easier.” They began prescribing benzos in droves ... 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. ...

    ... to it. Yes, it can influence our behavior, but so can anything that is naturally rewarding, from a game of baseball to a clean house to an ocean view. There simply isn't enough proof to regard cryptocurrency addiction as ... 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 ...

    ... toxicity, it's no surprise that just two milligrams of carfentanil can kill 100 people. Think about that for a minute: two milligrams can kill 100 people. Adding fuel to the already raging opioid epidemic , both of these ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... it all off, there's also U-4770 mixed in, which is a synthetic opioid known on the streets as “ Pink .” “Gray ... fentanyl and other fillers. Oftentimes, users don't have a way of telling if the heroin they've purchased is ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject ... space ready to go this spring. He hopes to mobilize a team of 200 volunteers to pass out more than four ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... Air Rage Trend New figures obtained by The Sun show that alcohol-fueled air rage incidents have jumped a staggering 40 percent in the last year alone. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that there were 271 incidents ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... of whom need help but go untreated, we remain relentless in our pursuit to transform addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated disease.” I can't help but wonder if this company was so concerned ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... history of substance abuse . How do you know if you or a loved one may be addicted? Find out here . Your Brain on Diphenhydramine According to a JAMA Internal Medicine study , excessive use of anticholinergic drugs, like ... 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 ...

    ... you were wired. You can fool this cop. Besides, it's not like I'm drunk. They can't just give me a test and haul me off to jail.” The officer approached Steve's window. Steve had his license and registration ready. “Hey ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... segments of society. According to reports, it can be found in local smoke shops and even on the Internet. It ... Cheap Experts warn it can cost as little as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “ ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more accessible, increasing its usage, a new Penn State University study finds . At the same time, more people are abusing prescription painkillers, getting addicted and ... 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 ...

    ... decided to drive over to her friend's house. Once there, they had a few drinks while catching up. Suddenly, Shannon found herself feeling extremely sleepy, weak and confused. It was getting hard to breathe… Fortunately ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... spray mass spectrometry , analyzes the molecules in a fingerprint. As your body metabolizes drugs, it ... this method detect specific level of impairment, making it a viable test for drivers? That's something that remains ... 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 ...

    ... ) of them reported smoking an average of 10 cigarettes a day upon completion of their stay in rehab . Study #2 Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that, out of the one million Americans in Alcoholics Anonymous ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... was grateful to be the Maid of Honor, being the only one sober while everyone else got drunk wasn't a lot of fun. An Attitude of Gratitude When two of the bridesmaids started talking to some sketchy looking dudes, Jeana ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... When all the data was compiled, researchers found some interesting results. Patients who reported lower ... related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that could help millions ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... addictive qualities . Although it is not believed to cause physical dependence, many people find cocaine to be highly addictive on a psychological level , making it extremely difficult for heavy or frequent users to quit ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... suffering from Kratom use. Some end up in the ER as a result of overuse. Others, unaware of the addictive nature of the ... you or a loved one is struggling with Kratom use, you're not alone. Several studies have found high ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. ... stop their cocaine shipments have forced many smugglers to find some creative hiding places: In July of 2016 ... 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 ...

    ... are: Baby Boomers - born 1943-1962 Generation X - born 1963-1982 Millennials - born 1983-2002 The stats provide a comparison based on how many individuals used each substance over the past year. The NSDUH results give us ... 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 ...

    ... had to be another way. One day Allison was reading online and found an article about a different kind of rehab - something called “harm reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't about abstinence only. It was just about ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... it in the bathroom at work and never get caught. It's a legally prescribed medication, so it can't be bad… right? What ... provider honestly. Find out what your options are. Work with your provider, map out a treatment plan ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of drugs or alcohol had a negative impact on their job performance. Drugs and Work Just Don ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... drink, then overeat” behaviors. Researchers at the Indiana School of Medicine found that consuming an apertif - an alcoholic drink before a meal - stimulates appetite and heightens activity throughout brain regions that ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with ... a passenger on that plane…and I will take care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn More Find ... 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 ...

    ... right back to abusing once released from prison. A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reports ... a team that examined the 47,326 prisoners released in Sweden between January 2000 and December 2009. What they found ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... The Perks of Saying “I Do” Here's why marriage can be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of all, marriage helps keep the ... . Secondly, the authors of the study found that there was something intangible about marriage ... 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 ...

    ... this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. Veterinarians also find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Though some hear personal stories of marijuana's effectiveness, they yet aren ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... generally the leaders, and the others are followers. It sounds a little Lord of the Flies, but that's how most ... dissent, but that's relatively rare. So, you've found out which of your kids friends are most likely to ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget , Sarah Hepola even recounts a drunken night where, once emerging from a blackout, she finds herself naked in bed with a man she's never seen before. Again, this is just one more ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... of the signs people in this group would likely display? With a high-functioning addict, you can toss aside the archetypal image of an “addict.” You won't find these people pushing shopping carts up and down the sidewalks ... 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 ...

    ... as binkies, are made from items that aren't found in every cell, the DIY needles are usually shared. Frantic Filters: Cotton is generally used as a filter when drawing a cooked or liquefied drug into the syringe. If ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... , this is one of their most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For ... vision should serve as a big, bright red anti-driving flag. You aren't likely to find anyone to argue that ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... foreign countries (i.e. Canada) prohibit admittance even for a first-offense misdemeanor. So, even if you can obtain a visa, you may find yourself detained and deported. A Hefty Price Tag: Expect to pay through the nose ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... The high number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has spurred researchers to find ways to make these drugs safer. And a recent study conducted by the University of Toronto has provided an encouraging breakthrough ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... one. Almost all of them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of students with a BAC of 0.08 or higher had hangovers the next day. To put it in perspective ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... be the key to lowering drunk driving-related deaths and injuries. Take a Deep Breath A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that mandatory in-car breathalyzer tests saved an estimated 915 lives ... 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 ...

    ... food stores, its demand has grown so much that Kombucha can now be found at most grocery stores in the U.S. But what is it exactly? It's a probiotic drink that contains healthy bacteria and yeast - known as SCOBY and it ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... her doctor's help, but every time something triggered the panic and she found herself nailed to the bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was the best ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... study tackled this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. A Surprising Conclusion “Our main finding is that hangovers appear to have a very modest effect on subsequent drinking,” said Thomas M. Piasecki ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... around social media in hopes of scaring people into abstinence. Her oldest son was found playing with hypodermic needles. She's worked as a prostitute. Three of her children were born addicted to drugs. It would be hard ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... methamphetamine . The public also used PCP at substantially lower rates in 2016 than in 2004, a very positive finding given the drug's potential to inspire acts of violence. Inhalant use decreased substantially during ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... of US veterans analyzing the relationship between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in ... 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 ...

    ... wanted to sit still. They got tired of finding things to entertain him and were weary of fighting ... eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less personality now, but his parents don't have to work ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... Commonly, an overdose brought on by either of these stimulant drugs occurs when someone attempts to maintain or achieve a certain high. Stimulants affect two key areas of the body: the brain and the heart. The effects of ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... Calm When you find out that your teenager has a substance abuse problem, you will be angry. It's a perfectly normal ... the situation should be handled. You have to present a unified front and let your child know that mom ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. Cathinones ... may be used to help prevent the chance of relapse as a person gets back on his or her feet. Aftercare may ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ... whiskey manufacturer's output is waste. This includes a beer-like byproduct called pot ale and leftover ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... huge impact. You'll feel better, both physically and mentally. Lean on People Recovery isn't a solo sport. Find a support group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor. (And if you don't have one, get one.) Look to ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Narcotics Hotline Numbers and Resources

    Call Now What are Narcotics? Narcotics, commonly referred to as opioid pain relievers, are only used for severe pain if other pain relievers do not help. 1 The drugs not only help relieve severe pain but also produce euphoric effects, giving them ...

    ... part of your treatment (e.g. methadone or Suboxone )? What Should I Prepare When Calling a Narcotics Hotline? If you're calling for ... you might also call a narcotics helpline for assistance in: Finding a drug rehab center . ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list of substances. Alcohol Alcohol is one of the most widely abused legal ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... question to ask yourself is whether you want to work through treatment from home or in a sober facility. Some people find that escaping the original environment in which they abused their drug(s) of choice and staying ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... to this situation: accessibility. While methadone can only be prescribed and given out at methadone clinics, buprenorphine can be distributed immediately at a pharmacy. The user can also receive a one-week supply, rather ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are ... before finding a program that works for them. You may have to try treatment a number of times to find a program that ... 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 ...

    ... caught taking drugs. Rather than going to a low-end clinic where they share a bathroom with other people and have small ... you will likely find a luxury rehab that's suitable for you. While it might take a couple of attempts ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... an intoxicated state. Assess Yourself According to the Mayo Clinic, drug abuse causes the user to center his or ... love has a drug abuse problem, don't give in to despair. Help is available. Call to find a rehab center ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

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

    ... in medical environments. A study by the National Institutes of Health found a patient was mistakenly given ... Of the different types of opioids (heroin, methadone, synthetics, natural opioids, and semisynthetic substances), ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... neighborhood drug sales. Dr. Dustin T. Duncan, a CDUHR researcher and an assistant professor of population health ... at NYU Langone Medical Center, said his team found a “strong association” between the perceived numbers of ... 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 ...

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, ... President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a total sticker price of $6.3 billion, includes $1 billion ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... use will increase your bills as well. Your car and health insurance rates may increase and you will have to find a way to pay for arrest warrants, DUIs, and legal counsel. Injuries and Death If you use drugs and alcohol ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... and it can be more than frustrating to stand idly by while a loved one slowly destroys his life. You want to help , but ... to dictate the recovery plan, offer to help find a program that feels right for him . Modern ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... ” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the duo begins using the farmer's barn to cook ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... consumption.” As we know, alcohol consumption wreaks havoc on both of these organs. With this tomato discovery, we may have found a helpful antidote for some of the damage done by alcohol . Here's the scoop. The Research ... 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 ...

    ... cannabis is scheduled for incineration. However, this batch was too large for normal methods. Marijuana Finds a Powerful New Purpose On the day of the burning, armed customs officers delivered the marijuana to ... 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 ...

    ... its patterns of behavior thrive in the dark, so it's beneficial to bring your struggles to light. Find a support group, share your story with others who understand and can provide some helpful insight. Working alone is ... 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. ...

    ... recent months, others have chosen to take a different route. One business quoted in the NPR article installed a blue light to make it difficult for people who shoot up to find a vein. Another removed the drop ceiling in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... of dependency. Regardless of the type drug abuse program, recovery from drug dependency and addiction is a long-term process. Find a first class drug abuse program by calling or complete our quick form for drug abuse ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... examined longtime marijuana users and their cognitive performance in middle age. And, surprise surprise, they found a link. According to the study results, past and present marijuana use is linked with worsening verbal ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... in the case of a drug overdose. If you find a loved one has overdosed, or even a complete stranger, knowing ... probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... don't dream of becoming prostitutes who trade sex for crack rocks. And you'll never find a little boy who's eager to pursue a life of crime as a way to fund his heroin habit . While it's common to hear of addicts turning ... continue reading
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