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  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... someone you love is abusing drugs, watch for repeated use of odd, unrecognized, or seemingly slang terms. Examples of these are included below for many of the more commonly abused substances ... of substances with tremendous ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

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

    ... Dope sickness typically hits after someone goes without their drug of ... Help to Fight Opioid Addiction? For help with alcohol or drug addiction, you can contact American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at . Substance ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

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

    ... should never say to a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't ... way! Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped usher thousands of people into recovery, but ... continue reading
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  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

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

    ... of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, ... details of their National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study were recently published in the journal ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next ... 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 ...

    ... helping or enabling someone suffering from an addiction. 1. Making Excuses for the Addict Making excuses for someone with ... This doesn't help the person in question, it allows the problem to persist. To truly help, it's ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... 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 created in labs and meant to ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... After years of struggling, she decided to get some help . She admitted she was hooked on alcohol and ... abstinence was a good solution and they took steps to help Reagan achieve this goal. Guess whose drinking problem was ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to multiple doctors to get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional ... 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 ...

    ... 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 . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... body's dopamine receptors - and the ability to experience pleasure. Here are 6 long-term effects of meth abuse: Cognitive Damage Because meth use releases a surge of dopamine nearly four times the level that cocaine use ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... t humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . ... do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug ... 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 ...

    ... helps to form an atmosphere or support system that's conducive to the addict's detrimental behaviors . It's incredibly hard to love someone unconditionally, know there is an issue, and resist helping ... when dealing with a ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... drink, but rather how quickly you consume it. Essentially, when someone drinks too much too fast, a wall goes up in the ... helping us form and hold on to new memories. Alcohol, researchers have found, can interfere with ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the potential risks with long-term use. Do We Need Another Warning Label? The ... providing a clear-cut message and helping to reduce the preventable medication errors sustained ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage gimmics of ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... them more alcohol. Do not make them walk. One person dies each week from alcohol poisoning. Reacting quickly with the proper response could save your loved one's life. Additional Reading: I Did What??? The Anatomy of ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... what edibles are and what they aren't. At the very least, you'll want to be proactive by getting familiar with the dangers these confections pose. And on that note, let's look at five very real problems and/or outcomes ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... . Prevalent in hemp varieties of cannabis , it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease any of its psychoactive effects. If taken by itself, CBD is a pain reliever that ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... or ramps up emotions already present, it's important to keep one thing in mind. We have to live with whatever personality we choose to display. Ultimately, we're the ones responsible for our actions - so choose carefully ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... its most common targets. 1. Relationship Watching someone suffer from addiction can be both heart wrenching and ... promises us happiness, but simply supplements our discontent with short-term escapes. As we begin to lose ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms ... per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs ... 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 ...

    ... risk behaviors among students in an effort to help communities and their young people by reducing high- ... the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll- ... 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 ...

    ... have you feeling better in no time. #1. Talk to someone about how you feel. It's not always easy to ... selflessly - feeding the homeless or spending a few hours helping out at your local hospital - can build self-esteem ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... even more so, I had to learn how to deal with the personal and professional stigma society places not only on ... to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... Surely a brisk shower will send a shock to your system that helps you get rid of this hangover? Nope. No matter how cold ... has warnings on the label about combining it with alcohol . When your head starts pounding in the ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of all, marriage helps keep the other person in check, experts believe. This “checking ... evidence of the protective effect of marriage. Someone to Lean On As far as marriage ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from ... . They were ordering shots and she couldn't help but be annoyed. Her sister specifically asked her ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... can vouch that the pet has an illness which might be helped by pot. The only problem? There's no proof that ... a cure-all, but rather as an aid to assist with ongoing therapies. Canna grinds up an entire hemp plant to make ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... Social Policy, developed an “Attention Training Program” that helps retrain your brain to “just say no.” It' ... it a try? Additional Reading: 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... change… According to the results of a recent study, help for intense withdrawal symptoms might be on the horizon, ... effective method to treat the millions struggling with pain management and opioid dependency across the ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... most promising ideas will receive cash prizes meant to help bring their innovations to life. The Birth of Innovation ... overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... to look at it,” Dr. Colbert said , “is to ask what does someone look like who is dying of liver failure? They're sallow, they're ... skin cells. Vitamin C levels also decrease with alcohol consumption, so that bruises on the ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause ... effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... for bail, legal expenses or money for hospital bills, someone has to pay the financial toll of our addiction, ... ones we love most. The time we used to spend with our children, our spouse or our friends is quickly replaced ... 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 ...

    ... workplace accidents. I Drank, Fell, Bumped My Head and… Unfortunately, the effects of drinking don't end with accidents. Alcohol can affect how your injuries are treated, as well. Since alcohol affects your immune system ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... . If you drink wine - especially in restaurants or clubs - you'll want to read on. Wine Sales Increase with Glass Size Research conducted over a four month period showed that increasing the size of wine glasses led to a ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... a truck in Serbia at the end of 2016. Current laws in Germany permit the medical use of marijuana with a prescription. (Obviously, this mountain of weed went far beyond the amount allowed for personal use.) Authorities ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... longer, leading the female mice to associate the drug with greater enjoyment and therefore making them more likely to get ... pills can help female substance abusers , since the medication can help stabilize the fluctuations ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 2014. While many of the young users say the substance is “relatively harmless,” recent studies and reports are ... with possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm in public. Learn more about helping ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, ... stands and jell-o shots. Learn how you can help an alcoholic loved one . Image credits: Source: ... 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 ...

    ... the consequences don't stop there. Using meth comes with a few more not-so-awesome side effects: severe ... is why it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... Medical School. This prescription-writing culture has helped contribute to the opioid crisis - and health ... provide a lot of relief. It's pretty remarkable with that combination.” Some dentists have even come to find ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking help ... your personal life will last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved one . Image Source: pixabay.com ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... insomnia. Tons of marijuana users claim the drug helps them sleep better. While they may believe this ... of insomnia.” As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ... identity and substance use are both captured in the sample. This eliminates dishonest practices, like using someone else's ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out ... no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present. They simply alert their handlers ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: ... it pumping at the right speed. Alcohol interferes with this pacemaker, causing the heart to beat ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... stop that feeling, they're not learning how to deal with the feeling or with the underlying problem,” she says. “It's the easy ... media to blame? Well, they certainly aren't helping anything. Last month, a study by UK think ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your Medications When taking prescription medications, it's important to talk with your doctor about any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... 's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving forward. And ... 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 ...

    ... juice to the problem will only make it worse. Seeking Help It's essential to find out all you can about the ... mass marketed,” concluded Dr. Smith. If you know someone who uses E-cigarettes, educate them about the dangers ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... prescription and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, people often see pearly white teeth turn black in color, a crumbling of the entire tooth structure ... 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 ...

    ... get the same high. Men, on the other hand, don't develop a tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, it's a little more complicated ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... some of the problems they felt were clouding previous results. Sure enough, many studies, they found, were flawed, with designs suggesting benefits were iffy at best. As a matter of fact, the team found no evidence that ... 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 ...

    ... reduce the harmful effects of alcohol on the body. Now, that doesn't mean you can do a tequila shot with a tomato chaser and escape the consequences. This fruit won't save you from the headache and other horrors of a ... 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 ... drug selling and lower disapproval toward drug use may help explain drug use among these teens,” said Dr. Joseph ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... Diego, says the “only other legally available drug with a comparable risk to the zolpidem drugs is cigarettes ... it changes how patients think and behave, while helping to establish healthy sleep patterns. Over the last ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... of is that some level of risk is always certain with synthetic cannabis. We also know that Spice causes serious ... clearly misinformed. This drug is a high-risk substance that puts all your physical systems in danger. ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... to be a bad thing. In my case, it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such ... continue reading
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    ... tobacco/dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew breathalyzer tests . So, ... my own bubble and try Kombucha. Here's why: I've suffered with acne and IBS my entire life. The stress of moving to a ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

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

    ... around the city. After a day of deliveries, addicts are generally compensated not with money but with drugs. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction , call our toll-free helpline at and talk to a ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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    ... What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a blackout as “a period of ... Also known as “brownouts,” memory can be triggered if someone else reminds you of the night's events. En bloc ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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    ... medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only ... tendency to isolate. Being around others who are dealing with the same issues can create a sense of camaraderie and ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... point in my life, I had definitely developed a problem with wine, but the thought of telling anyone about it ... bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, ... 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 ...

    ... nearly all areas of his brain) is reduced. Compared to someone who doesn't use marijuana, Bill's brain is getting ... region. This is the part of Bill's brain associated with learning and memory. It's also the first region of ... continue reading
  • Drinking Heavyweights

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    ... who can't “handle” their liquor. While describing someone as a 'lightweight' may be in jest, a 2016 ... the highest proportion of hefty drinkers in the country with 1 in 3 declaring themselves in the heavyweight category. ... 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. ...

    ... smoking of 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes ... cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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    ... in those who started smoking at a younger age. With pot smokers experiencing deficits in decision-making brain volume, ... beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

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    ... solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol on a regular basis does place you at ... per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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    ... towards wrinkles. Reducing our alcohol consumption can help us avoid the following alcohol aging effects ... appliances. Spider Veins So, the stereotype of the wino with the big red nose? It actually has some basis in ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... compared to most of the world, the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness among this population is comparable to ... and help them become productive citizens. Drug treatment is a key component to helping address ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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    ... physical and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal” ... to talk to someone about what's been going on. It keeps you accountable and provides you with support when you ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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    ... the progression through addiction. It's a Slippery Slope I reached Stage 2 after trying to numb my emotions with alcohol . In addition to my parents' recent divorce, my live-in boyfriend had just unexpectedly called it ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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    ... could be the beginning of a trend to serve these individuals. The group-centered treatment allows those struggling with cryptocurrency to connect and share their stories. The first step at the facility is to get patients ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

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    ... in the vapor phase. How Will This Test Improve Driver Safety? Why is this a big deal, you ask? With marijuana now legalized in more than half the states, law enforcement officials are in need of a simple but reliable ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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    ... to two recent studies, these higher rates negatively affect substance abuse treatment success. Let's take a look at those studies ... , they remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

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    ... naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can use drugs, it has become a problem ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported ... violent, and the only way to respond to that is with violence,” he said. “It makes me uncomfortable, but it ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... voluntarily or under the pressure of family members. Substances of Abuse Around 21.8 percent of city addicts say heroin ... equally susceptible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

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    ... I didn't remember it, I was completely disgusted with myself and sought treatment. In recovery, I am now ... can't stop drinking come up to me and say, ' Can you help me? ' And I can say, 'Yes.'” Bill: Military Veteran “ ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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    ... Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with grief, I am also drowning in guilt. “How do I ... Recently, a very wise mom - a mother like myself - helped me by sharing some incredible advice. “Imagine you are on ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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    ... is “craft cannabis.” Like craft beer, this weed is considered an artisan product, carefully cultivated for those with a finer “taste.” Small shops are growing their own products and marketing them as better quality than ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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    ... technology coming on the market every week, legislators stay busy establishing new laws in an attempt to keep up with an ever evolving world. Staying a Step Ahead California legislators are hoping to stay a step ahead of ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

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    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road ... designed to run on ethanol as well as gasoline. With this history in mind, the latest development is less ... 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 ...

    ... Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell. You can take it in the bathroom ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

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    ... And as an added bonus, I have an easier time maintaining my weight, as I don't overload my body anymore with empty late-night calories. More Time for Hobbies In my past life, my nights and weekends were usually spent at ... 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 ...

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  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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    ... drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and ... crystal meth and Adderall is public perception. Helping or Harming? With an allure of gaining energy, a sharpened ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

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    ... a night out at the bar, it is also easy to go overboard with binge drinking since access to alcohol may be conveniently located in your home. If you or someone you know is confined to your home during this pandemic, it's ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

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    ... from the effects of anxiety, but in the end these substances will work against you . It's just not worth it ... with anxiety or chemical dependency to hand out advice in the form of “just get over it.” Dismissing someone's ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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    ... He felt that it would be too easy to abuse , consume dangerous levels of the product and could easily ... ,” he said . “It would take about one hour for someone to snort this much powder. Why would anyone choose to spend ... continue reading
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