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  • 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. ...

    ... for promiscuous behavior and transmission of STD's. Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about ecstasy abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Research, much of the MDMA seized ... controlled study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD showed that 83% of those ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy is an illegal, synthetic drug of abuse that usually is consumed in pill, tablet, or capsule form. The drug is somewhat unique amongst the illicit drugs of abuse in that it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects . Ecstasy's stimulant ...

    ... be quite long-lasting after taking the drug. The harmful effects of ecstasy abuse are real, but treatment is available. Ecstasy Abuse Treatment As mentioned, once someone ends use of ecstasy, they will experience several ... continue reading
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  • How to Help an Ecstasy Addict

    Help for Ecstasy Addicts The full name for ecstasy is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. It is a synthetic drug that has psychoactive effects on users. It is produced and available in many forms. It is similar chemically to the hallucinogen ...

    ... family members and friends of substance abusers the skills to communicate effectively and positively. CRAFT has demonstrated success in helping to encourage loved ones to enter a treatment program. CRAFT helps friends ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine ...

    ... that some MDMA users may essentially be self-medicating for stressful life events, professional substance abuse treatment approaches that integrate especial attention to mental health issues can help individuals address ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... harm reduction measure is highly debated. On one side, there are people who think it's simply “enabling” substance abuse ... say harm reduction may be the only way to keep people alive long enough to get them into treatment. ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Stigma

    The concept of stigma describes the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction. Stigma has the potential to negatively affect a person's self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those ...

    ... , more than 65% of them met the criteria for a substance abuse disorder, yet only 11% of those people received treatment (CASA, 2010). Impact on Harm Reduction Unfortunately, stigma can affect the public's perception of ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... states. “Not all communities have harm reduction or treatment services available, but pharmacies are ... not a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant to ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... part of treatment, they often carry a slew of side effects as well as the danger for abuse and addiction. ... with more ease and less strain, resulting in the reduction and prevention of pain. There are individuals who have ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

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

    ... the Internet as a place to buy their desired substances, and this can be risky as well. The ... abusing illicit drugs, the best means of avoiding potential harm is to get help to stop using. For information on treatment ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

    The Dangers of Alcohol During Pregnancy When a woman uses drugs during pregnancy, it can result in negative health effects for her and her baby, and alcohol is no exception. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ...

    ... . Homelessness. Substance abuse by one's partner. Getting into treatment can help ... J. C. (2014). Determinants of alcohol cessation, reduction and no reduction during pregnancy . Archives of gynecology and obstetrics , 289 ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... substances are found in pharmaceutical formulations in combination with a number of frequently abused ... drugs into the body. You can seek out certain harm reduction programs like sterile needle exchanges if you are an ... 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 ...

    ... happy. Allison knew about their family's history of substance abuse - her father drank all the time. Sometimes she ... about a different kind of rehab - something called “harm reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... with many adulterant chemicals, binders and other toxic substances. Black tar heroin , for example, which is ... treatment programs . Hepatitis A and B vaccinations. These needle exchange programs can aid in harm reduction ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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

    ... lifecycle which can be harmful to the body and brain. Substance abuse of any kind affects people of all ages, genders, ... individual stops taking the drug, although medical treatment may be necessary in cases of excessive ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... such potential reductions will be echoed in the decreased availability of both drugs and, ultimately, the harm they cause to ... 14/delaware-eligible-4m-addiction-treatment-fundng/85883266/ https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/ ... 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 ...

    ... . A new study published in the journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer attitudes around ... illicit drug use to eventually drop. “A reduction in 'open' drug sales will hopefully reduce ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Use During Pregnancy

    Cocaine usage during pregnancy has the potential to harm both mother and baby, and the effects may be long-lasting. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 1,000 pregnant women reported using cocaine in the past ...

    ... '' of drug abuse. After a baby ... treatment and: 16 Decreased substance use. Reduced mental health symptoms. Improved birth outcomes. Employment. Self-reported health status. HIV risk reduction. Engaging in drug treatment ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    ... on mood. 9. HAMS HAMS stands for Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. As the name ... vow, not to use intoxicating substances, along with a herbal medicinal treatment that offers what's worryingly referred ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... reduction of anxiety. That means it does have the potential to be harmful, but this drug usually does more good than harm ... methadone abuse in the future. To find a treatment program, call . A caring treatment advisor ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... as a schedule II substance, which indicates a high potential for abuse and addiction. Merely being ... recovering users safely into recovery. Finding Information and Treatment If myths are the problem, more accurate, ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... in virtually every substance category. This reduction in the use of illegal substances by youth ... treatment of substance abuse. However, the rise in a prescription drug epidemic combined with a decrease in perceived harm ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... sexual abuse, or neglect. To combat addiction, exposure to environmental and internal factors that foster strong motivations to use must be reduced and countered with other motivators (West, 2013). From a harm reduction ... continue reading
  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... treatment for Adderall abuse includes: Educating yourself and those around you about the risks of the substance. Tracking and monitoring use of the substance ... graders seems to show steady reduction in use rates since 2012 ... continue reading
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Drug Abuse

    Many people believe that using medication in the treatment of substance use disorders is trading one addiction for another. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), use of FDA-approved medications ...

    ... , according to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). In order to prevent abuse, methadone is administered in a clinic ... out as a harm reduction measure in communities hit hard by heroin abuse. Automatic naloxone ... continue reading
  • Specialized Treatment

    Drug and alcohol abuse entails the repeated and excessive use of a chemical substance and, frequently, a disregard for the negative consequences associated with it (National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], 2016). With some insight, a person will ...

    ... treatment modalities / philosophies: harm reduction / 12-step programs/ alternative therapies / holistic or non-traditional rehab . Medically assisted care / medically assisted recovery. Treatment for specific substance ... 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 ...

    ... aged 15 to 34. Researchers weren't shocked to learn these rates dropped - they expected to see some reduction in accident rates. But they were amazed at the numbers. They didn't expect such a significant difference. The ... 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 ...

    ... purified Lycopene for three and a half hours prior to alcohol exposure showed significant damage reduction. Whole tomatoes mitigated the harm done by alcohol to liver cells. What Does This Mean for You? The study authors ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... problems, and trouble swallowing. When PWIDs inject the substance under the skin or into the muscles, it can ... effects. Fortunately, there are a number of harm reduction strategies such as needle exchanges and using sterile ... 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. ...

    ... , executive director of the nonprofit People's Harm Reduction Alliance, wants to have the mobile safe consumption ... site really be? Additional Reading: Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... that sound like a “good” time? Kenneth Anderson, harm reduction expert says, “Alcohol and benzos both bind to the ... on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. Work ... 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 ...

    ... tests saved an estimated 915 lives between the years 2004 and 2013, representing a 15 percent reduction in drunk-driving related deaths (compared to states without legislation requiring the ignition locks for DUI ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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

    ... effects on pain differ between the sexes. Recent research found men who smoke marijuana experience a significant reduction in pain sensitivity, but there's no decrease in women. These findings are especially important to ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... learning and memory. It's also the first region of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. We notice the reduction in blood flow is greatest in this part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... States, women may be using heroin and other substances without realizing that they are pregnant 2 . Heroin can cause serious harm to a woman's body, and it can also significantly harm her baby. If you are a woman of ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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

    ... minutes they're going to be sustaining significant brain damage.” What About Harm Avoidance? Proponents of safe injection sites often tout harm avoidance in support of the sites. Hersch commented about the damage done ... 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 ...

    ... , but in some situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is ... Breastfed babies need fewer prescriptions and less medical treatment. Other benefits include: A sense of warmth, ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... that have been proven to cause serious problems like cancer, birth defects and other forms of reproductive harm. Easy Access for Children : E-cigarette cartridges and other related products don't have child resistant ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... is not easy. However, in cases of addiction, “helping” can actually be doing more harm than good . Before an addict seeks treatment, they must first understand the consequences of their actions. If these consequences are ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... varies from the prescription may constitute substance abuse. Abuse of oxycodone-containing medications is surprisingly ... supplies. This paired with employment struggles can harm income and financial status. Legal status . ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... As marijuana use has declined, the perceived risk of harm in using marijuana has also decreased, which could ... , however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about ... 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 ...

    ... one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in ... treatment proven itself successful in preventing opioid abuse, research has also shown that methadone maintenance treatment ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... a lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, ... alcohol is considered to cause the most harm . A study on marijuana use and intimate ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Anxiety Medications

    Anxiety disorders are some of the most commonly encountered mental health conditions. Approximately, 28.8% of adults will experience some type of anxiety in their lifetime (Kessler et al., 2005). Oftentimes, the first line of treatment for anxiety ...

    ... of substance or drug abuse and addiction and are worried about taking medications with a potential for abuse and ... it is important that you discuss your symptoms and treatment plan with a professional . You may also want ... 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 ...

    ... basis. This study is additional proof of the long-term harm marijuana can cause. Make no mistake; the weed problem isn ... nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than ... your doctor and get recommendations on where to receive treatment. This will help you plan how to handle urges ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

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

    ... the patient. Here, professional treatment is based on a slow reduction of dosage rather than complete ... . Always seek professional treatment when discontinuing use of an addictive substance. Medicine for OxyContin ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. ... naloxone increases the use of opiates, so what's the harm in using it? Naloxone users have also weighed in. They ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... the liver (generally caused by too much alcohol) often develop terminal liver cancer. Alcohol misuse not only harms the individual, it also damages relationships - and society in general - in terms of violence and crime ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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

    ... reduction is typically recommended when working to break a benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments ... recommend you avoid the following supplements and substances: Herbs and supplements that work in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... 1 When ingested, psilocybin is metabolized into a substance known as psilocin, the primary psychoactive component of ... amounts of the drug to feel intoxicated. Addiction Treatment The DSM-5 and NIDA do not recognize a ... 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 ...

    ... known if Vivitrol will harm your unborn baby.” What is known is that Vivitrol crosses the blood-placenta barrier, so women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health ... 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 ...

    ... the list when it comes to drugs that cause the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people die ... treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... stopped taking morphine. The researchers noticed a reduction in drug self-administration within 1 hour and ... may be more effective than other forms of treatment for substance addiction, ibogaine will not help everyone . ... 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 ...

    ... body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. ... been breached, the drug's side effects begin to harm users both physically and mentally. The Dangers of Overdose ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... never safe under any circumstances. However, these three injection sites considerably heighten the risk of irreparable bodily harm and death. Additional Reading: Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track ... 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 ...

    ... the ultimate act of self-harm intertwined? Drinking and Dying ... substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only involved alcohol Avoiding a Tragic End If you're seeking treatment ... 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 ...

    ... As a matter of fact, this condition can cause serious harm to your health . The following complications can occur, all ... You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... there an ultimatum? A backup plan? Ultimatums do not harm your loved ones, but help encourages them to make ... your intervention and your loved one agrees to attend treatment, but they aren't prepared to enroll immediately, ... continue reading
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is how you can best take care of yourself during those 9 months, as there are many factors that can affect your health and the health of your baby. A ...

    ... the Institute of Medicine, “of all substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana ... health of yourself and your child. Call for help finding a treatment center that's right for you both . You and your child ... continue reading
  • Crack Overdose

    Crack cocaine is the term for cocaine that has been processed with weak bases such as baking soda or ammonium salts, resulting in a hard “rock” form 1 . While very similar in nature and effects, it is a much more potent form of cocaine—in ...

    ... the brain grows accustomed to the high levels of the substance. As a result, the user needs more and more ... your life, don't hesitate to seek help. Professional treatment centers can help you learn all about why crack is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... 11,12 They are commonly used for the treatment of chronic health problems—including arthritis and ... 4 In 2017, 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid painkillers. ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... of immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003, the Canadian ... and providing IV drug users with “risk reduction” supplies in the form of things like ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hashish Use

    What is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the same as the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); however, the ...

    ... . A feeling of passiveness. Increased sociability. A reduction in fear and behavioral inhibitions. Hash Side Effects Side ... Drug Abuse and the American Psychiatric Association now consider the development of substance use ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic ... it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... is more likely to prompt them to seek treatment. 6. Codependent Behavior Codependent behavior is almost ... ask yourself whether your actions are helping or harming. Helping empowers an addict to take responsibility rather ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... of use as an herbal medicine in Southeast Asia, kratom abuse is also well known in the region-the drug has been ... about how to get treatment without insurance or free rehab treatment. Substance Side Effects Learn about the ... continue reading
  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

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  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

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  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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  • Can You Get Addicted to Crack After the First Use?

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  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

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  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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  • Alcohol and Breastfeeding

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  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

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  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

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  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

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  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

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  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

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  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

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  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

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  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

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  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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  • 7 Famous Stoners Who Got Sober

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    ... years, tons of famous names have been connected with marijuana use . And while a number of celebs continue abusing weed, plenty of them have chosen to leave the drug behind. For some, having children and growing older ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... can be deadly, but now users have more than just the drug itself to worry about. Cutting agents are substances added by illicit drug manufacturers and dealers to dilute the supply and raise their profits or increase the ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

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

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  • 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 ...

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  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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

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  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

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  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

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  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. “You can become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't mean you're addicted.” He points out you would ... continue reading
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