Drugabuse.com- Powered by American Addiction Centers

Heroin Addict Before and After

Get Sober Today

AAC is one of the largest substance abuse treatment providers in the US with facilities coast to coast. We have helped thousands get sober and lead a life free from addiction.

Helpline Information
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

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

    ... using methadone than for heroin users in general. Thirty-two (25 percent) of the 130 families in the study experienced the death of an addicted parent, and in 2 cases both parents had died before the 10-year follow ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... , why would a heroin addict switch to OxyContin? Turns out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming misconception about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit the ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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

    ... believe that for treatment to be successful addicts must want treatment. And, before we can want that treatment, we ... plan. Myth #5: There's No Hope for Recovery After This Point Another popular rock-bottom myth is that if ... continue reading
  • You are not alone. DrugAbuse.com is a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers (AAC). Get help with finding the right treatment program when you are ready.

  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... - it is dark brown or black in color. And tends to be sticky like tar or hard like coal. #3 Heroin is More Popular Than Ever Before Over the past decade, heroin use has grown by leaps and bounds. It's now being abused in ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... throughout the years. We created these before and after images as gifs to show the transformations before and after substance abuse. The Faces of Addicts Before and After Substance Abuse The evidence of physical decline ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... 2010 to 2014. In simple terms; heroin's availability, use and consequences are all dramatically increasing. Chuck ... is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... we've already seen, women on average try for the first time four years, four months before men). The percentage difference between men and women who said heroin was easy to acquire was 22.4% in favor of the women (or 3.4 ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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

    ... the Internet. He put out a statement after the event and noted that he was struggling with substance abuse ... out of control, and the court ordered her to go to alcohol and drug addiction rehab before the custody situation ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... the lyrics to Smells Like Teen Spirit? His use of heroin worried people, though, and in 1994, he joined the 27 club: a litany ... must be stressful; being the second one after Lincoln and the civil war must've been even ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

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

    ... the Signs of Addiction? There are many indications of someone being addicted to bath salts. Some of these signs are easy to see, and others only develop after long-term use of the drug. Some signs you might see include ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 were addicted to heroin. 1 With massive increases in opiate-related overdose deaths ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

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

    ... virtually identical effects. Painkillers are often more expensive than heroin and thus, many individuals addicted to opioids end up using heroin as a cheaper and more easily accessible alternative. 2. The United States ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need ... Betty Ford Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the ... 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 ...

    ... are drinking more than ever before and experts worry that they could be putting themselves and their kids at risk. ... s also a socially acceptable and inexpensive way to unwind after a long and stressful day. This habit can ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... NY Magazine in 2008. “My life was an absolute mess, and I was hanging out with very scary and dangerous people and behaving in ways that I was horrified by. And after one particular night of debauchery, where I woke up—I ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... determines whether someone is addicted. Worried someone you love is addicted? Learn the signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Myth #7: Only “Hard” Drugs are Dangerous Drugs like heroin , cocaine, and methamphetamine have a ... 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 ...

    ... time (from 1980 to 2014). We then analyzed a University of Lausanne study of cutting agents for cocaine and heroin which was conducted over nine years. We used this information to uncover the dangers of ingesting these ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... they're pretty warped. Dick took a lot of speed and other substances throughout his writing career to enhance his ... heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife in the head under the influence after ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... inject. The room's door is monitored via camera; after entry, residents are checked on every ten to fifteen ... Institute staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority's ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... The U.S. Drug Administration also issued a nationwide alert back in March as a response to fentanyl and heroin related overdose deaths that took place in other states. Additional Reading: Taking Action: How to Intervene ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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

    ... your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping ... , heart failure, and stroke. Is it worth it? Additional Reading: 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin Image ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... Carter Aaron Carter was pulled over for speeding and possession of two ounces of marijuana in 2008. 23. Ray Charles The legendary Ray Charles was arrested multiple times for heroin possession but managed to avoid jail ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called ... synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... were more deaths due to heroin than painkillers like hydrocodone and OxyContin. Why's Heroin So Popular? According to ... is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... appears that people who are predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who aren't predisposed. However, we found that such people appear ... 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 ...

    ... got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her ... after paying for treatment programs that never seemed to work. There had to be another way. One day Allison was reading online and ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

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

    ... -Functioning Addict As with everyone addicted to drugs and alcohol, high-functioning addicts are not a lost cause. With some understanding and knowledge, loved ones can identify the problem signs and intervene before a ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... year, officials have already seen a noticeable uptick in heroin overdoses, which they attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in the States. And because it's so powerful, officials believe that even multiple ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... 54 still had the highest overall overdose rate. Location Specific When it comes to heroin abuse and overdose rates, the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of ... 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 ...

    ... Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as well as ... men already have depleted levels of testosterone before starting treatment. The very notable side effect ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

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

    ... after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. Like other stimulants , ecstasy speeds ... making the flashing lights and shadows more erratic and blurry than they were before. The drug's ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. Things are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The addiction is the top priority ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... , overdose rates increased about 21 percent. 2015 saw a total of nearly 13,000 people die from heroin abuse. And, heroin use and abuse is spreading. Previously confined to urban areas, it has now reached rural America ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug supporters have hard a ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to avoid, or not acknowledge, the ... successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

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

    ... had become addicted . She didn't know what she should do next - she felt bad both on and off the pills ... new medication , it typically takes a couple of weeks before you can accurately tell how effective it is. Full relief ... 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; ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... 2.3 percent of high school students have ever used heroin , a percentage that has remained steady over the years. ... think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana ... made six Pro Bowls in NFL before being busted for marijuana, earning him two and a half years in a federal ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as a heroin addict . 9 ... until 1996 that he faced his first drug-related arrest. After a troubling period with drug abuse , Downey Jr. ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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

    ... . A strong network of support is critical to your success after a heroin relapse. And don't wait around; seek support immediately after a relapse to redirect and rebuild your recovery. Additional Reading: Here's a Simple ... 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 all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study indicates that occasional IV heroin use after HIV transmission could actually worsen the symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... It essentially speeds you up, providing a euphoric high. Both forms are highly addictive and poisonous to ... cocaine results in a high that kicks in 1-5 minutes after use and peaks within half an hour. The high lasts 1-2 ... 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 ...

    ... no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of ... few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After a week, the pain was much less intense, but Shelly had ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of ... 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 ...

    ... 's eager to pursue a life of crime as a way to fund his heroin habit . While it's common to hear of addicts turning to prostitution, burglary, and car theft as a way to earn drug money, thousands find alternate funding ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... duster. One in four students has abused duster before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the first drug ... Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The number of lives claimed ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... heroin. Painkillers of this type, when taken properly, normally will not cause many side effects and ... term can cause dependency and tolerances to build. First you need to determine whether you're addicted to your pain ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... chemical in opium called thebaine, and it's not as addictive as morphine or heroin . They figured they could ... slope. Of course, it's possible to be addicted to oxycodone and take it legitimately. That's the peril of any ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... gradually spiral into madness after becoming addicted to drugs . Sara Goldfarb, played by Ellen Burstyn, is a widow who wants to regain her lost youth, so she ends up taking amphetamines to lose weight and a sedative at ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... addicted and switching to heroin (both drugs are opiates). Heroin ... after they were hooked on opiates . As a result, heroin is now impacting a completely different segment of the nation - white communities, rich people and ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I drank wine all day, ... problem. I had a good job and lots of friends. After a while though, I lost my job and slowly my friends. Thing is, ... 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 ...

    ... recovered sufficiently. However, many addicts are kept in these centers long after they should have been deemed ... down. “When people arrive they can be very violent, and the only way to respond to that is with violence,” ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be ... more negative emotions?” Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 ... the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... give a negative drug test before she can be released from jail and, by court order, may not ... person in Tennessee to be charged under the new law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What' ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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

    ... strongest prescription painkiller on the market: 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin . And according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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

    ... be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering drunk driving-related deaths and injuries. Take a Deep Breath A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that mandatory in-car ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... wasn't the appropriate place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. ... 10 respondents believed heroin users should be offered treatment instead of being arrested and charged with a ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and ... and-statistics http://cdclv.unlv.edu/healthnv_2012/substanceabuse.pdf http://nypost.com/2015/11/03/how-a-few-drinks-after-work-can-turn-destructive ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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

    ... were likely aware of the plant's effects long before the 19 th century. Contemporary cocaine culture in ... in any year between 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack are considered Schedule II drugs ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... as illegal as abuse of substances like cocaine and heroin . Prescription drug abuse can affect people who never would ordinarily seek drugs. Commonly, the addicted person begins taking a prescription drug for an injury ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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

    ... year, with $33.1 billion being saved among the states and $15.6 billion accrued to the federal government. New Battle ... nearly 15 years after implementation, Portugal is seemingly faring better than it did before. In fact ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... s manufacturer, and they have agreed to provide the first injection between two and seven days before an inmate's ... shots after release. But in some cases, newly released inmates can't get approved for Medicaid and struggle ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only ... these games. In June of 2014, four years after my arrest, I was back before the judge. I had nine months clean when ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... Energy I'm happiest when I'm busy and feeling productive. But I found after having a glass or two (or three ... clear mind and not wake up scrambling to complete what I should have the night before. Looking (and Feeling) ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes become addicted to the drug physically and psychologically, so it is important to take the drug only as directed. You should take Klonopin exactly as it's ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... terms of elation and stimulation. It gained popularity because it was legal to purchase for about 18 months after it was first ... man bit a chunk off a man's face before being repulsed with wasp killer. All of these have ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

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

    ... penalties are steep and a DUI, in all likelihood, will follow you around for a long, long time. So the next time you consider getting behind the wheel after having one too many, stop! Take a minute before cranking the ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

    ... found that consuming an apertif - an alcoholic drink before a meal - stimulates appetite and heightens activity throughout brain regions that mediate reward and regulate feeding behavior. The result, in most cases, is ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... instances, people are able to spot these questionable substances before ingesting them. Abusing Date Rape Drugs Let's take ... in approximately twenty to thirty minutes after taking the drug and may last for up to twelve ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... diagnoses of adult ADHD involved faked symptoms - and this was before the diagnostic criteria were relaxed. Wyatt Wyatt was ... don't need? Possibly. Will they all become addicts? Probably not. But when children grow up ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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

    ... something a classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so ... use, or encouraging his use. Do Set Boundaries: After realizing he was enabling, Patrick let Darren know he ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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

    ... after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ... person already had mental health problems before using the drug, those problems are ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to ... up right where they left off with pills or heroin - proving forced abstinence to be an ineffective measure ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

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

    ... that will be the case. The Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn't it make sense for other states to try it ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... one who introduced Kara to the drug in the first place…and she'd used a lot of it to get through this ... addicted to Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

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

    ... 1 to 0.2 years). The biggest difference is seen in crack cocaine and heroin: On, average, believers who try these drugs do so 3.1 years after nonbelievers. Interestingly, there is a smaller gap between when the religious ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... and expects it. If you don't take it, you may experience drug withdrawal symptoms . Dependency can happen to anybody. It is different from addiction because those who are addicted will seek the drug even after detoxing ... 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 ...

    ... , physical withdrawal symptoms manifest somewhere between two and four days after the last use. In addition, there are several behavioral changes seen among benzo addicts, including: “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... ,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, ... and users turn to street versions, such as meth, because they are cheaper, stronger and more accessible. Additional Reading: Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... grain breads, pasta, potatoes, peas, beans Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These are the building blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

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

    ... checked. Taking your hormones into account from the very beginning could improve your chances of getting (and staying) clean and sober. Additional Reading: Let's Talk Genetics and the “Morning After” Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... prescription opioids nearly doubled, going from 4.5 to 7.8 per 100,000 people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent during the ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... the result of Spice use. These numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... why many suicide attempts occur during or shortly after binge drinking sessions. Alcohol Availability A recent ... of stress and anxiety while you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a ... 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 ...

    ... if it caused it in the first place?” New Medicinal Option After years of research and an opiate addiction that has reached epidemic status, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved a new drug for opioid-induced ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each ... brain and results in uncontrolled use and addiction. Hope for Tony Does this mean cocaine addicts are ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication ... Your sleep schedule has a huge impact on your health and mood. A tired nervous system is more likely to ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

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

    ... worldwide study found that up to 45 percent of injuries involved alcohol. That's a lot of hurt people - and a lot of physical consequences that could have certainly been prevented. The Root of the Problem How are these ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the ... , social, and deadly consequences in the State of Ohio.” Ohio Sues Big Pharma Ohio is going after these companies with ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... enough stress in your life. Learn how to let go of what you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you're having a bad day, look at your list ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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

    ... or even cover-up - the side effects of a provider's addiction. There is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted medical professionals must first be willing to acknowledge their disease ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

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

    ... avoid the scenarios in which you used to take drugs and where you suspect drug use will be happening. Steering ... a friend's house to making a phone call. Cravings rise and subside in waves, so if you're able to ride the ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

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

    ... as diazepam and phenobarbital, have withdrawal symptoms that begin after about 7 days and can last ... communicate your needs so that all of them can be met and you can follow the best recovery course. For help finding the ... continue reading
  • Holiday Highs and Lows

    For many Americans, the end of the year brings images of happy families gathered around a Christmas tree, big dinners of turkey and stuffing, holiday music, and cozy fires. For others, the holidays can be a much darker and more difficult time - a ...

    ... /263-271.pdf http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/07/15/drinking-alcohol-may-prolong-not-relieve-stress http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/A-Gift-Free-Christmas http://www.webmd ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

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

    ... Fest, 11.6 percent of its posts involve substances. After Marley Fest, the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off had ... see, that's only true of EDM festivals such as EDC and Ultra. But the sheer volume of posts coming from these two ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Narcotics Hotline Numbers and Resources

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

    ... euphoria-inducing opioids such as morphine, oxycodone, heroin and others are misused every day. The result ... can help to gather info about the addicted person's history before calling, including the following: Any current ... continue reading
Show More Results

We are in-network with top insurance providers

Verify Your Insurance Online