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  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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

    ... yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can you do to feel better? You've probably ... alcohol content spikes, then falls sharply after you stop drinking . When your level hits zero, the ... 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 ...

    ... nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with ... seeking healthy, natural remedies to reduce anxiety (without the risk of addiction), try these: Aerobicise ... 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 lived ...

    ... often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I was trying so hard to stay sober, but my ... Additional Reading: My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me - How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns Image Source: iStock continue reading
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  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... 's advice to be vigilant, and I avoided any trace of it. I stopped using mouthwash; I wouldn't eat foods cooked in alcohol; I refused to have it in my home; I wouldn't go anywhere that served alcohol. For me, living like ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

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

    ... up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep ... more serious issues.For example, breathing may stop, vomiting can cause choking and drops in ... 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 ...

    ... the same situation, my friend turned to wine to take the edge off. A Troubling Trend The drinking habits of stay-at-home moms piqued my interest, so I decided to take a closer look at the “wine-as-reward” culture in our ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

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

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: ... that when they're irritable and they pick up a drink to stop that feeling, they're not learning how to deal with the ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much ... off of. If you or someone you know is trying to stop drinking and get sober, focus on the facts. Pay attention to ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

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

    ... to have diseases and to die, regardless of their drinking habits. The Message: Benefits of Not Drinking The take-home message here is not to start drinking or keep drinking just because you think it may give you some ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... . And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. When they do go out, Becca orders more drinks than she used to. Krista has also noticed Becca ... 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 ...

    ... I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I drunkenly crashed into a car at a stoplight on my way home, injuring two people in the process. Suddenly, prison—a word that had never been in my vocabulary before—was my soon ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... zinc deficiency? Hair loss. Too much alcohol and you may look like grandpa long before your time. Additional Reading: Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now Image Source: Shutterstock continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

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

    ... to get some help . She admitted she was hooked on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Reagan wanted to stop drinking completely. Alcohol had taken its toll - her job, friends, family and health had all suffered - and ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... and if any other natural “good guys” in our system are negatively affected by alcohol abuse . Additional Reading: Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now Image Source: Shutterstock/iStock continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... cup of tomato sauce daily. That's a lot of marinara in your diet. Keep in mind, tomatoes won't stop all of the damage. They also don't prevent alcohol dependency or other negative consequences. Of course, the best way ... 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 ...

    ... prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After ... issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in ... 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 ...

    ... and friends of your plans and removing tobacco products from your home and car. It's also a good idea to talk ... the benefits of living a smoke-free life don't stop at you; your whole family reaps the rewards. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... anesthetic or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other ... percent of injuries identified as “alcohol related” occur at home. Take care; don't become part of these ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad ... drunk girls! “Make a gratitude list,”Jeana thought once home. It was a valuable tool she learned in her SMART ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts note it's much easier to correct meth-related behavior problems if they are noticed and ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

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

    ... up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right ... Dr. Mark Rose is a licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get-together, he sent the leftovers home with them or he just poured them out (it's just as wasteful to drink something you don't need as it ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    ... and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this ... . And, that's just one year. Bringing it closer to home, everyone knows that cancer is the leading cause of death in the ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... m fine. Don't worry. I'm not going to drink us out of house and home. I just like the stuff, okay?” Problem being, I don't know if it ... . Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you feel the need to pour a glass when no ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... Dorit Rob, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UC-San Francisco, and author Emmanuel ... . The resulting effects cause many patients to stop using the medication after short periods. Teenagers ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Big Night In: 1 in 4 Americans admit they have been drinking more since lockdown as it's cheaper than going out, survey reveals We've all heard the saying “Go hard or go home” on a night out on the town but what if instead you choose to go hard ...

    ... don't have to adhere to a closing time. Brittney Morse, MA, LAACC, licensed advanced alcohol and drug counsellor said: “While drinking at home may be cheaper than a night out at the bar, it is also easy to go overboard ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... now you can sit down in front of your computer at home and meet with the doctor. What do you think? Did ... both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

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

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look ... addicted, per se.” “Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. “ ... 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, instant ...

    ... addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric ... Many people find themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve. If you ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... friends and co-workers. The impact doesn't stop there; there are ripples extending from each ... drinking patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know ... 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 project ...

    ... learn coping skills that will help prevent them from continuing it. This life-threatening behavior may be difficult to stop, but it's not beyond the realm of control. It's very possible to join the millions of Americans ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... on other people. His mom, passed out on the couch at home, wasn't there to pick him after school. She had done ... over years of suffering in a household run by addiction, they can be difficult to overcome. Remain sensitive ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital that offers residential treatment for ... come out of left field. Experts in behavioral addiction admit that digital currency trading can result in behaviors ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... snuck into concerts or festivals. “What's to stop a bad individual from sprinkling powdered alcohol into someone ... worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau approves ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... and bloodstream, increasing the likelihood that memory-related activities will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... safe drinking level” may still increase the risk for cancer. Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his recommendations based on this study: “People with a family history ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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

    ... consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different ... with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... 's within our reach. Our admissions navigators are available to provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, . The Bottom Line Despite all the technological advances we've made, there's no ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... about the fact that we're feeling them. We worry we're overreacting, then become more anxious as we try to stop the feelings we believe we shouldn't be having. We begin to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , which ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

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

    ... Of course, I didn't and the decision to stop drinking was made for me - after drunkenly crashing ... ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... are extremely high. Like Tom, many inmates are released from their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and many former inmates don't make it. In Massachusetts, the ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... paired with substance abuse are hard to break on your own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find the the right treatment facility to get your life back on ... 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 ...

    ... on heroin. It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually quite common. So common, in fact, it's almost expected . Relapse is often considered a ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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

    ... commodity in life, our time is forever fleeting, and no one can stop its steady march. Every minute, day or decade that we sacrifice to addiction becomes stolen time we'll never get back. Aside from the life-shortening ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... reports on opioid abuse. But, the dangers of these drugs shouldn't be overlooked. While we've been focused ... is more like taking three or four. That's when breathing stops. Popularity Kills Back in the 50s and 60's, doctors ... 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 to ...

    ... abuse; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from being furious in this moment, because her daughter refused to face her ... 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. ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in a ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... ; broken in too many pieces to ever be repaired. Our once happy family has been forever changed by addiction . Addiction claimed the life of my youngest son. Gone forever, his demons proved more powerful than a mother's ... 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 ...

    ... as a remedy for aching back ... Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted medical professionals must first be willing to acknowledge their disease and actively seek help. With the massive spike in drug ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... find a boyfriend. To deal with this insecurity, she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it's a telltale sign there's a problem. Withdrawing ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... that could be used to help someone taper off prescription painkillers, like OxyContin . Could Marijuana Really Stop the Opioid Epidemic? Previous research conducted at The University of Georgia found areas with marijuana ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... . However, there is little research showing medical marijuana's effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. Veterinarians also find themselves between a rock and a ... 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; ...

    ... who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't you just stop doing drugs? It'd be wonderful if all addicts could instantly stop feeding their addictions, but most need help . You can ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and lethal level. The right amount of drugs slows your breathing; the wrong combination stops your breathing. Big difference. In the U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

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

    ... of its users when they're high on the drug . Experts say users develop a feeling of superhuman ... Example #3 Last February, a SWAT team was called to the home of Lake Worth native Leroy Strothers, 33, after he stood ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... ease the stress I was feeling while dealing with my son's addiction (Oh, the irony!). He told me it would calm me ... immediately decided I wanted to stop taking the drug altogether. I went home from my therapy appointment, ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is “craft cannabis ... -grade cannabis straight from our farms to your home.” Shop owners now see that cannabis users are ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated drugs . The DEA uses EPA-approved incinerators. State police ... to crematories and hospital incinerators for drug disposal . However in Germany, confiscated ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... the cause of these symptoms, the team tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called ... for people on opioid therapy and those attempting to stop opioid use .” The team behind the study plan ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing ... public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... trick anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at ... 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 future ...

    ... second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... a handful, there's nothing that compares to the challenge of parenting a teenager — especially one who is struggling with addiction or other issues. Many parents don't know what to do or how to react when their lives are ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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

    ... addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs ... driven to help, so stopping enabling behaviors is not easy. However, in cases of addiction, “helping” can actually ... continue reading
  • Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker

    Jessica has tried time and again to limit her drinking. “I'll just have one glass of wine tonight!” she tells herself, night after night. But one leads to two leads to a whole bottle, followed by shots at a bar, and she wakes up the next day ...

    ... the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that drives compulsive drug and alcohol use. Also, by administering a pharmaceutical drug, researchers were able to stop compulsive drinking behaviors in the mice. Both the compound ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up ... providers. Recognize the Problem and Get Proactive at Home If you believe that your child might be abusing ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... news is, these hallucinations and delusions of “ice bugs” end after they've stopped using the drug, or if they've been on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... managed to track him down when he traveled from his home in France to Austin, Texas…where he was set to ... ? The DEA also found evidence supporting his online drug business, including the Tor browser that allowed Vallerius ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... then assigning them to practice in areas of need across Tennessee. Graduates would agree to work in the addiction program for three years and, in exchange, they would receive a stipend to cover training plus student loan ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... may be right. But is that really an excuse not to try? If tamper-proof bottles stop only some of our loved ones from developing or continuing a drug habit - or save some of our loves ones from overdose - isn't it worth ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's - and ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction ... want everything right now , are they really even likely to stop and read the label? Experts say yes. However, the problem ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... in. Is it Really Worth the Rot? Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users aren't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... extent people will go to in order to satisfy their drug habit.” It's Time to Change the Channel Treatment ... For an actual solution to be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue the ... 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 ...

    ... role in wound healing. Using images of cells in wounds from meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of a particular protein gene called IL-6. Those results will be compared with mice ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine ... 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 ...

    ... “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up for family events, and on the rare occasion he ... with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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

    ... on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... This does not cure what is causing the pain, but stops the pain signals before they reach the brain. It can be ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly ... was home when he overdosed and administered a life-saving dose of naloxone when Gary stopped breathing. ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

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

    ... Back to List - - Back to List - - Back to List - - Back to List - Prescription Drugs Prescription Opioids (Painkillers) This segment covers a large amount of substances with tremendous variability. Some of the terms will ... 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 ...

    ... emergencies; that's certainly true in the case of a drug overdose. If you find a loved one has overdosed, or ... alcohol poisoning or stimulants, call 911 immediately. Home intervention will be inadequate in these cases. ... 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. ...

    ... are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The addiction is the top priority, not a ... confront us about our behaviors. They will most likely stop hanging around us. These actions can cause guilt, and ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... on the charge. Smugglers Get Creative…and Busted But while a Bible may seem like an extreme way to smuggle drugs into a jail, prisoners desperate to get a fix will try to get contraband in by any means necessary. Here ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... 2017, at the age of 32 after a long battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going ... problem; we need to come together and stop some of this. If we can stop one family from having this kind of ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... are millions of people battling much more serious addictions. However Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, has been linked ... for long periods of time. Benadryl is an anticholinergic drug. Some people use it as an over-the-counter ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Prevention

    Many teens give in to peer pressure because they want to feel accepted and liked by their peers. While this is a natural tendency among many young people, there are preventative measures parents can take to help protect against teen drug abuse . ...

    ... of use and addiction, which can include: Harsh legal penalties for possessing and using drugs. Physical health ... challenge to help families combat painkiller abuse in their home. The AMCC advises you to: Take inventory of ... 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 in ...

    ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications and ... continue reading
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