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  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... professional treatment. 2 Drug use can wreak havoc on the body and mind and may eventually become deadly. When you realize that you or someone ... Gabapentin Hydrocodone Hydromorphone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone ... 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 ...

    ... addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity among certain physicians and clinics when they discovered so many patients abusing OxyContin prescribed to treat ... 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 ...

    ... from the British Columbia medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... fooled into thinking it's something harder, making patients crave more of it. Playing With Fire Gabapentin is not a narcotic and produces little, if any, mind or mood-altering effects on it's own. However, drug abusers ... 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 ...

    ... support came in the form of financial assistance, professional care referrals and/or logistic help meant to ensure access to methadone maintenance treatment facilities. Following Up Post-Incarceration A follow-up survey ... 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 ...

    ... as cravings or the inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it as a treatment modality for ... continue reading
  • 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. ...

    ... 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. Someone told her ... 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 ...

    ... program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you 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 ... 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 ...

    ... is typically a long-term treatment. You'll need to take the drug on a regular basis for months and even years. 2 While methadone can be taken indefinitely, it does not have to be taken forever in order for one to make a ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... of this, it's important that you take these drugs exactly as they are prescribed. So, if both methadone and Suboxone are both opioids used to manage opioid dependence, what's the actual difference between the two? Which ... 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 ...

    ... opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents hooked on opiates like heroin and OxyContin, methadone maintenance programs promise to open the doors of sobriety. What they don't tell you ... 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 ...

    ... does.” “As with any business, there are some “bad apples” in the bunch. Are there poorly run and underfunded methadone programs in operation? Absolutely. Are there clinics that don't have the patient's best interests at ... 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 ...

    ... expensive medication treatment for opioid dependency. A single dose costs around $1,000, whereas methadone is roughly $350 per month and Suboxone is around $400. There's also the issue of accessibility. According to the ... 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 ...

    ... to wean people off opioids by relieving the withdrawal symptoms. It is similar to methadone, yet is harder to abuse and generally less addictive. Advocates believe it would allow prisoners a better chance of avoiding ... 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, ...

    ... addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and abuse, however, many hospitals and clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... if she had become addicted . She didn't know what she should do next - she felt bad both on and off the pills. Proper Protocol Hillary's actions demonstrate what not to do if you want to change your depression medication ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... s wrong for teens to smoke cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but less than ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... isn't the only thing impacted. Your motivation, energy, and stress levels take a hit, too. What's worse, ... woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - ... 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 ...

    ... may feel like you've somehow failed or that you're beyond hope. Therapy will help you deal with these feelings and avoid sinking into a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... ,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... like a 2mg Xanax pill . It even bears the fake “XANAX” label, along with boasting a similar size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell the difference just ... 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 ...

    ... have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent ... all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly turning to substitutes ... 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 ...

    ... . Crack: Smoking crack gives you an almost immediate high, which peaks in 3-5 minutes. The main difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. While coke can be felt up to two hours, a crack high lasts about ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... that will be the case. The Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn't it make sense for other states to try it ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... to be on at least one kind of substance that he's abusing. He has a long history of violent, erratic behavior and a very well-documented history of drug abuse . His meltdown is seen as ongoing by Hollywood, but he has ... 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 very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where would you ... Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted in 2014, more than one-third of the respondents claimed to have ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... of drugs would amount to roughly $48.7 billion per year, with $33.1 billion being saved among the states and $15.6 billion accrued to the federal government. New Battle Lines Though the U.S. is still dragging its feet ... 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 ...

    ... oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then one long breath every five seconds. Not only can ... 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 ...

    ... to isolate. Being around others who are dealing with the same issues can create a sense of camaraderie and a support network that is life-altering. Although there may be times that life seems hopeless or your problems ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... Dr. Julie Beitz, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps Instead of ignoring the problem, leaning to deal with it or putting off ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... do you keep doing this? Can't you see it's killing you? And it's killing me to see you do it?” “Yes, I can see ... back to the cocaine ; his urges have grown stronger and stronger over time, until it feels impossible to do ... 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 ...

    ... It also reduces serotonin in the brain. Sleep Off Anxiety Your sleep schedule has a huge impact on your health and mood. A tired nervous system is more likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... grain breads, pasta, potatoes, peas, beans Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These are the building blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals ... 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 ...

    ... number of first-timers in 2013 was actually much lower than in any year between 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack are considered Schedule II drugs in the U.S. Schedule II drugs have a high ... 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 ...

    ... really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in them ... 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 ...

    ... is no big deal? Well, let's take a good look at the very real consequences of a DUI arrest and see if they might change your tune. Public Humiliation: After getting arrested, you'll have your mugshot taken while getting ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... take another hit to prolong her high. Once she does come down, she will have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, and crave more of the drug. The Same…but Different? Chloe's friend Parker had a different experience while on ... 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 ...

    ... the result of Spice use. These numbers are ten times 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 ... 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, ...

    ... then they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The constant tension can drive even our best and brightest providers to the brink, prodding them to seek out some kind of escape …an escape that often comes ... 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 ...

    ... server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group of friends so you can watch each other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in ... 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 a nuisance at times, it turns out they might 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 ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

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

    ... worldwide study found that up to 45 percent of injuries involved alcohol. That's a lot of hurt people - and a lot of physical consequences that could have certainly been prevented. The Root of the Problem How are these ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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

    ... causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common ... 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. ...

    ... enough stress in your life. Learn how to let go of what you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you're having a bad day, look at your list ... 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 ...

    ... was fun for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When The Sopranos ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... Whitney Houston, cited by the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female act of all time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her addiction. 8. Bobby Brown Singer ... 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), ...

    ... It's found naturally in khat , a plant that's often grown in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa (Somalia and Kenya), and its use predates coffee. While the DEA banned khat in 1993 by banning cathinone, it didn ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... that come from long-term use. For example, using just once can result in a fatal overdose, brain damage, and/or infect someone with diseases that will stay with them for the rest of their life. It Hurts Your Job No ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... avoid the scenarios in which you used to take drugs and where you suspect drug use will be happening. Steering ... a friend's house to making a phone call. Cravings rise and subside in waves, so if you're able to ride the ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... of a job. It's nearly impossible to know what anyone else's rock-bottom is. There's not a tried-and-true method of predicting what your personal rock-bottom moment will be or how it will feel. The important thing is not ... 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 ...

    ... credit card—this increases the likelihood of toxic reactions and dependency. 3 3. Nearly 17 million adults ... death typically occurs due to cardiac arrest or a stroke and doesn't only affect those who use the stimulant long ... 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 ...

    ... period of time. This gives your body a chance to adjust to the lower levels of the drug in your body and minimizes the risk of complications like seizures that may be brought on by abrupt cessation of use. In some cases ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... him to use drugs. 8. River Phoenix Promising actor River Phoenix , known in the '80s for his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as a heroin addict . 9. David ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... finished a week's worth of assignments in one night.” The guy had been talking about Ritalin. Darren decided to give him a call and see if he could get some - just this once. Of course, it wasn't just once. A List of Dos ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

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

    ... drug at many of these festivals, but as you can see, that's only true of EDM festivals such as EDC and Ultra. But the sheer volume of posts coming from these two festivals is largely responsible for MDMA's position as a ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... Agassi, who failed an amphetamine drug test in 1997 and claimed his drug usage was the result of drinking a ... in NFL before being busted for marijuana, earning him two and a half years in a federal prison. 18. Jon Daly ... 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, ...

    ... he wasn't well at the time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved a white powdery substance. Philip K. Dick Anyone who knows sci-fi will recognize this writer; if you've read ... 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 ...

    ... vice lay in a much darker substance: opium. The man who brought us A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and David Copperfield would retire at the end of a long day writing to puff on a hookah filled with poppy latex ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... that could play a significant role in leading a young person toward or away from drugs. For instance, the 8th- and 10th-grade respondents were asked how many nights a week they had dinner with their parents. 33.6% of the ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

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    ... 78.9% vs. 78.6%) said it was given to them by a friend, while more men got it from a stranger and more women got it from a relative or family member. Staying with family members, more than twice as many women as men said ... continue reading
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    ... install an ignition interlock devices in every car they drive, reported 3,653 DUI arrests, with 2,018 #party mentions and 55 posts per 100 incidents. It's Not Too Late to Find Help For many, the party doesn't stop with ... continue reading
  • Holiday Highs and Lows

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  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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    ... _in_TN_July_2015.pdf http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug http://krwg.org/post/summit-examines-prescription-drug-abuse-problem ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Narcotics Hotline Numbers and Resources

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    ... helpline number , you can get answers to your questions and find an appropriate solution. As a concerned loved one ... medications as part of your treatment (e.g. methadone or Suboxone )? What Should I Prepare When Calling ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... get a response. Ask the person questions to assess their level of alertness and to calmly keep them engaged, if possible. 3 If the person is ... Lorazepam LSD Marijuana Meth Methadone Morphine Opioids Oxycodone Painkillers ... continue reading
  • The Rise and Fall of The Silk Road

    Ross William Ulbricht, known as Dread Pirate Roberts, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013 and charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. This is the story of the rise and fall of the silk road, the online drug marketplace he ...

    ... as Dread Pirate Roberts, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013 and charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. This is the story of the rise and fall of the silk road, the online drug marketplace he ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... of a mental health disorder as a result. If this is something you're suffering from, you have a “dual diagnosis” and it's vital that you find the right treatment for it. You may also hear a dual diagnosis referred to as ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... re programmed to believe that, if you leave the safety of the group or buck the rules, you'll be shunned and destined to fail. “By the end of your second year, you are definitely cured of your physical addiction, but not ... 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 ...

    ... try to hide the smell in their rooms by covering it up with incense. Small burns on the ends of the thumb and forefinger can be a sign of frequently smoking a marijuana joint to the very end. It's never to late to help ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

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    ... beyond. Sources https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/ndcs_data_supplement_2014.pdf http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073815004053 http://blog.samhsa.gov/2015/10/06 ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... alcohol as a form of escapism. When they are sad or depressed they see these substances as a way to forget and feel happier. It's their attempt to self-medicate. You may see a sullen attitude as “just being a teenager ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

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    ... it. So before you reach for that bottle or that pipe, don't forget about these harmful effects of alcohol and drugs. Brain Chemistry The human brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Although it may weigh less ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... drug abuse statistics that report that 52.9 million people aged 18 or older had a past year mental illness, and 17 million of these people had a co-occurring substance use disorder. 9 NAMI reports that 1 in 5 American ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

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    ... just stop. Thoughts like “If she loved me, she'd stop” and “He's choosing the drugs over me” prevail the thinking of ... higher than men. People making between $20,000 and $49,999 are showing rates of use increasing faster ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... must be written to prohibit each new drug, or related group of drugs. This has led to a cat-and-mouse game in which no sooner have governments prohibited the latest batch of legal highs than illicit chemists produce new ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... U.S., we've compared the distribution of opioids in cities with some of the highest concentrations of methadone and suboxone distribution - drugs used to help treat the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids . Of the top ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

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    ... chronic or severe pain. Examples of synthetic opiates include Dilaudid, Demerol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl and Methadone. Whether natural or synthetic, opiate substances are highly addictive . How Do Opiates Work ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... have proven otherwise. In fact, many recovering opiate addicts say that Suboxone was harder to kick than methadone - and methadone is no joke. At higher doses over long periods of time, it becomes extremely difficult to ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... wrong, not to cripple you. If you have a twisted ankle and a tiger is coming at you (whether saber-toothed or not), ... Morphine's half-life is about four hours, and methadone typically lasts for around twelve hours. The body ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... written for narcotics has more than tripled - that includes prescriptions for oxycodone and methadone, two extremely powerful (and often fatal) opiates. By 2011, the American Public Health Association reported that the ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... driving drunk ? I certainly never did. When I used to read about drunk driving accidents, I would shake my head and think to myself, “I'd never do something like that.” The thing is, we never think it will happen to us ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the Vivitrol that's already in my system had harmed my baby.” It has long been a principle of ... 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 ...

    ... told the New Yorker in January 2014 that, while he didn't condone marijuana use, he saw pot “as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

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    ... from a powder to a solid. The new solid resembles a rock, hence the term “crack rock.” Why do people smoke crack, and how does the drug interact with the body when it's absorbed through the lungs? Because crack has a low ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... their addiction. If we really want change in this arena, we have to change our views about substance abuse. And the Surgeon General's report is a great first step in a journey toward that change. Additional Reading: New ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... man as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended punishment? A recent study in the International Journal on Drug Policy is one of many highlighting the ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

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

    ... to be involved in a car crash. Those who only used alcohol were 40 percent more likely to get a ticket and 24 percent more likely to be in a car crash than their non-substance using peers. In addition to greater levels ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... Whether it's career- or family-related, taking a few minutes to unwind can make all the difference for your mood and state of mind. It's important to remember that everyone needs a little “me time” once in awhile. Go for ... continue reading
  • Risks of Smoking While Breastfeeding

    The numerous health hazards associated with smoking tobacco are well researched and documented. There is no safe time to smoke , but in some situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is smoking before and ...

    ... that the nicotine from NRTs will also be transmitted from mother to child . The amount will vary based on the type and dose of NRT. For example, use of a 21 mg nicotine patch will transfer an amount of nicotine into the ... 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 ...

    ... are the most abused prescription drugs in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 3 times as many people suffer from prescription opiate addiction than heroin addiction . 1 This ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... etc.). Alcohol + benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.). Cocaine + heroin. Alcohol + cocaine. Alcohol and Opioids Opioids are a class of drug that includes both heroin, an opiate derived from the opium poppy ... 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 ...

    ... another advantage that is highly relevant 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 ... 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. ...

    ... is a section of Boston's Massachusetts Avenue that is lined with methadone clinics and illicit drug use . People come to this strip to get high and get sober. Treatment providers hope programs can turn the tide for this ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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    ... 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 Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant with a ... continue reading
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