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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    ... it's been incorporated into a few rehab centers and a growing number of psychological clinics. ... to use intoxicating substances, along with a herbal medicinal treatment that offers what's worryingly referred to as “very ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... street price is fairly low and its purity is high, making it much more appealing than the risk of ... treatment for opioid disorders is going to be that helpful for methamphetamines.” Treatment providers will have to focus ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research ...

    ... over a period of time, had the highest rates of traumatic experiences and mental illness diagnoses ... the difference between life and death. Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support ... you. Meditation will help you quiet your mind and center yourself. 8. Don't live in fear of relapsing ... 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. ...

    ... don't realize a bulk of these life problems would go away if they'd only commit to a recovery plan and focus on personal growth. Lie #3 I'm in control of my substance abuse; I can stop whenever I want to. Control ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

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

    ... community organizations. Find a local church or spiritual center. Ask your family and friends how you can help them this week. Focus on Long-Term Consequences Victims are focused on their short-term needs. I want ... 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 , ...

    ... . Now that it's legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them to focus on this drug. Instead, police departments in Oregon and Washington are training their dogs to search for harder drugs, like ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising ...

    ... Now, I can look back at the fallacy of my thinking and recognize all the great things I have going - and focus all my energy there instead. I Have Gratitude for My Life For as long as I can remember, I took my ... 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 ...

    ... help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of popping the “smart drug,” my focus sharpened, my motivation increased and my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... have the strength to address these things, but try not to rush it. Getting sober is a big enough job - focus on that in the early stages. Overwhelming yourself with other tasks when you're not ready is a good way to tip ... 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 ...

    ... 's the big deal if they try some other meds too? And if it's okay to take narcotics to help them focus, why not try something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed or outgoing? Simply put; when drugs are the first ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... . Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise ... so are its side effects. Meth creates the euphoric high that its users seek by forcing the release of ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to ...

    ... not making sense? Dizziness: Are they dizzy, despite lack of movement? Blurred vision: How is their focus? Weakness: Are they lacking muscle strength? Slurred speech: Have they become hard to understand ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted ...

    ... Jane's, do what she did: Forgive yourself when you find these “crazy thoughts” running through your mind, and focus on doing what you can to help them get help . Additional Reading: Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... pulmonary bacterial infections. But after a family vacation in southern California, a chance encounter shifted his focus to another well-known side effect of meth: skin lesions. While at a restaurant, Martinez saw ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... . He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed tobacco during the day to give him a buzz ... 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 ...

    ... #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe how tired she felt. Her energy was completely zapped. She found it hard to focus. All week, she had been zoning out during class. Why couldn't she pay attention? Why was she so worn ... 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 ...

    ... stimulation. This, in turn, allows users to become more focused and calm because they no longer need to engage in ... last five years, with almost 9 percent of high school seniors abusing and approximately 35 percent of ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, ...

    ... and build your self esteem. Tip #5 - Shift the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely ... and practice kindness, you change those old self centered behaviors and commit to a new, positive mindset ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, ... the heart. The effects of cocaine and meth focus on the central nervous system, increasing the production of ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... in our system, it is harder to stay alert and focus our attention. Mood Swings - With this strong drug ... to cause seizures, especially if abused in higher than prescribed amounts. Effects on Our Psyche ... 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 ...

    ... classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words ... .” He also confirmed that the DEA will focus primarily on “the biggest and most important ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... as a study aid. That's because it can help improve focus and boost alertness. Some of these same students will go on ... Adderall addiction . When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose one that offers ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, ...

    ... everything now at our fingertips, we've shifted our focus. The Internet is our main (and sometimes only) ... on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... “mind-bending” psychoactive response (giving you that “high” feeling), and cannabidiol (CBD), which has several ... the matter, it would make the most sense to focus on attaining more evidence-based research. Only with ... 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 ...

    ... to extreme euphoria, sexual arousal and increased focus. The most common method of abuse is ... the course of the previous 12 months. This figure may seem high, but NHADA points out that the number of first-timers in ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... , Adderall is a tool that helps people focus…people who would normally have trouble concentrating otherwise ... If you believe Adderall is essential to performing at a high level at work, talk to a trustworthy co-worker ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed ... scale. Interestingly enough, higher scores for each of these traits were linked to higher likelihood of using “hard ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

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

    ... lose confidence in themselves if they don't meet those high standards. Drugs and alcohol seem like an easy way ... and Adderall are commonly used to enhance energy and focus when they feel like they can't do something ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... marijuana use has been on the rise for five years. Of high school seniors, 6.5 percent smoke marijuana on a daily basis, ... these drugs as harmless because they help them focus, their long-term use can have serious ... 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 ...

    ... like baking soda, the hydrochloride is removed. Focus on Use Because of their different physical forms, ... same euphoric effects. This results in frequent and high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... drug not requiring prior authorization - were significantly higher than those in South Carolina, which doesn't ... publication of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly. “Focusing on the differences between state PDLs, a ... 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 ...

    ... reduce the idle time that so often poses challenges to recovery. Doing so ensures that you keep busy and focused on other things besides using. Often cravings arise when people are feeling bored, lonely, or depressed, so ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. ...

    ... use in cinematic history. Inspired by Noe's experience with magic mushrooms and ayahuasca, this movie centers on a seedy Tokyo drug dealer named Oscar. Following several unsettling hallucinogenic visions , depicted from ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers that were based on opium, and the main focus of the research was to find a drug that ... go into sobriety. These places are drug abuse treatment centers , and they can help you get through withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... . Dangers of Tobacco There is ultimately no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that children can still suffer ear infections and respiratory issues ... 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 ...

    ... resistant caps. A recent CDPH report found there has been a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally exposed to e-liquids. Bogus Marketing : Despite initially being touted as ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... bones due to osteoporosis. Now, let's combine these osteoporosis concerns with a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. Their data revealed that “middle aged and older adults are more likely to smoke ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All ...

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or ...

    ... 's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an ... 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 ...

    ... Fingerprinting, a private company The primary focus of their research was cocaine , but ... testing in locations like workplaces, hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results ... 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 ...

    ... He eventually became a recluse. 6. Lilly John Lilly focused on the emerging science of consciousness in the 1950s, ... s drug use: he created psychoanalytic theory while high, which explains a number of his assertions. ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... people used Tramadol for non-medical purposes. Two years after the classification change, both Alaska detox centers realized they had been operating in violation of the new federal standards. Hoping to avoid huge ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to their pets. ... pet's medication. Ryan and Curtis also are focused on the importance of educating veterinarians on how ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... . Maualuga spent over a month at an inpatient treatment center in Charleston, South Carolina , and has been ... 10 or 12 plays without being incredibly tired. All my focus is on my body and how much stronger I can get ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

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

    ... might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in your brain just isn't cooperating. While all of us ... from 2012 revealed that 6.5 percent of high school seniors use marijuana daily. At this age ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

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

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

    ... a study that examined the brains of nuns who used the “centering prayer” in order to achieve “oneness with God” in ... control to a higher power, whatever you may believe that to be, can be helpful in focusing on the present ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... , too many people are still picking up the habit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled within 12 months, while 2.3 million children ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published ...

    ... October in JAMA Internal Medicine . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also names ... most people call in sick to work and is the second highest reason for visits to the doctor (second to sinus infections). ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred ... headaches Disorientation and confusion High temperature without sweating ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... cancer, liver disease and neurological problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 88, ... is hard to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks ...

    ... . That means I had to find a place with both a near by yoga studio and a meditation center. I also wanted to live close to some support group meetings , like Refuge Recovery. While these additional requirements ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... “Very few applicants have tested positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's ...

    ... Americans suffer from sleep disorders and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , about 4% ... Ambien because the potential for abuse may be too high. According to a research study by the British ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers in hopes of transferring to a “safer” high? The Danger of Opiates To understand the debate, ... oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is ... 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” ...

    ... chopping up amphetamine . Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and he was certainly flying high on LSD when he wrote this. He became a lifelong psychedelic drug advocate. John Cheever A Pulitzer Prize ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

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

    ... Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: Injection drug users represented ... 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. ...

    ... perceived risk of harm in using marijuana has also decreased, which could signal a future spike in usage. Among high school seniors, only 36.1 percent say that regular use puts the user at great risk compared to 52.4 ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ's are far more likely to use drugs than a person with an average IQ. Here's a look at ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

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

    ... on the rise for several years and are now at their highest levels on record. Additionally, methamphetamine positivity rates have reached their highest levels since 2007. In the U.S. general workforce, methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... in the 1980s, especially among low-income urban centers, crack is incredibly cheap and simple to ... flooded with dopamine, creating an immediate high. This high wears off quickly, but the stimulating effects ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... to sell drugs for research purposes only, though in fact they were meant to be consumed for a high. More recent legislation has given the DEA more tools to prosecute sellers of synthetic drugs. Now any synthetic ... 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 ...

    ... , was arrested in 1989 in Dublin for marijuana possession. 25. Donovan Donovan was the first high-profile British pop star to ever face arrest for marijuana possession. 26. Brian Wilson Talented songwriter ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... to those in need of major pain relief after surgery or serious injury. However, it can provide a high when injected, snorted, or crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

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  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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    ... killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is responsible for multiple overdose deaths across several states including Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

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    ... struggled with other substances, benzos are considered especially dangerous. When people start taking them to get high instead of to manage severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused. Tapering Off ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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    ... . An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind to opioids, making it impossible to get high off of drugs like heroin, OxyContin, and Vicodin. In its injectable form, Vivitrol lasts for about a ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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    ... to address this major public health issue, the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) recently issued a ... to get, it's cheap, and it produces a similar high. Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

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  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

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    ... When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome change. It Produces Results Users report that the ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

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  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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    ... However, she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle ... Downing, hospital director at the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management. While the idea ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

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  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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    ... : Tetrahydrocannabinol Otherwise known as “THC,” this is the major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets you high, comprising up to 30 percent of the cannabis plant. THC doesn't naturally occur in its ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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  • 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 ...

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  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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