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  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... as any other cannabinoid substance present) will make its way into the bloodstream and eventually be ... minutes before reaching the brain), the effects felt after consuming edibles will often be more gradual in onset but ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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

    ... than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are a Completely Different Animal You'd be hard pressed to find ... of marijuana. It only makes sense that the same stipulations are now made for edibles in order to avoid ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph ... they've ever been in the past. And pot-infused “edibles” are causing some problems of their own, as the drug' ... continue reading
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  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

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

    ... responsible, some hopeless, some ignored and some infuriated. However, friends and family typically never feel peaceful while affected by addiction. 5. Joy Addiction is an isolating and depressing disease; not only for ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... of marriage. Someone to Lean On As far as marriage goes, maybe people really are stronger together. They feel more loved and have more confidence about themselves. As lead author Kenneth S. Kendler, a professor in the ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... marijuana or cannabis), but may also be laboratory-made ( synthetic cannabinoids, Spice/K2 ). Although illegal ... to take larger and larger doses of a drug over time to feel the same high. This is known as tolerance, and it ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

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

    ... , the ecstasy distorted Chloe's reality, making the flashing lights and shadows more erratic ... boost of confidence, a sense of well-being and a feeling of closeness to the strangers surrounding her. Once those feelings ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And ... could explain why cocaine users, though they might feel good, can often rub people the wrong way ... 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 ...

    ... under the skin, known as formication. Many meth users feel this crawling sensation and start to obsessively pick, scrape ... lead to abscesses, ulcers and septicemia. Just Make It Stop! The good news is, these ... 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 ...

    ... like soothing nerves or falling asleep “easier.” They began prescribing benzos in droves to housewives who were feeling “frazzled” or teens who had trouble falling asleep at a decent hour. Decades later, benzos are being ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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

    ... . Essentially, the vaccine stops the drug before it even gets to the brain, preventing that person from feeling the “reward” or euphoric high of consuming the drug. In further tests, the rodents also appeared less ... 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 ...

    ... reality, my friend's marriage was crumbling, her toddlers' incessant screaming made her feel homicidal and life as a full-time mom felt oppressively monotonous. Like many mothers in the same situation, my friend turned ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, ... educational resources and preventive efforts should be made available at a more age-appropriate time. ... 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. ...

    ... in tobacco smoke. The important thing to remember, however, is that these numbers do not make marijuana a safer option. “Because of its lower combustibility, it contains 50 percent more carcinogenic polycyclic ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... Research indicates that the maintenance of soft and hard teeth tissue is largely determined by the chemical make-up of salivary glands that can which can serve as a protector against periodontitis. However, since heavy ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... , a calming and relaxing neurotransmitter that makes patients feel drowsy. The Drug Abuse Warning Network ... years, thousands of therapists have been trained in CBT, making it much easier for people to locate a qualified ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

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

    ... of the reason synthetic, psychoactive drugs are so difficult to regulate is that drug makers continue to make new ones. And because so little is known about the substances, they can have unpredictable, often dangerous ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... are expensive and hard to get. Also, drug-makers in recent years have stepped up efforts to make painkillers difficult to abuse, developing tamper-resistant pills that cannot be crushed, liquefied or injected . Opiate ... 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 ...

    ... cells in the brain. As a result, users feel more alert and are able to perform complex cognitive ... . But its boost to the working memory is what makes it so particularly appealing. In fact, modafinil is believed ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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

    ... treatment is a key component to helping address a number of the issues that land people in prison and make sure they don't return again. Additional Reading: 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... coloring book and then mailed the “gift” to the prison. They even wrote “To Daddy” on the pages to make the book like harmless. But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. The ... 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 ...

    ... to the meaningful moments in our lives. Experiencing the world through a veil of addiction makes seeing or feeling things we once loved increasingly more difficult. 5. Spirituality Whether it's through religion, nature ... 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 ...

    ... in France to Austin, Texas…where he was set to compete in the world beard-growing championship. (Can't make this stuff up!) He was arrested by U.S. authorities when he flew into Atlanta, Georgia. Special Agent Lilita ... 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 ...

    ... manage their symptoms. This unavailability - and the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms - are often enough to make many people give up and return to opioids for relief. But this could soon change… According to the ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the duo begins using the farmer's barn to cook up what appears to be ecstasy . We later see the ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... , this law essentially prohibits festival goers from knowing whether they are buying (and ingesting) Molly…or rat poison. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, does it? What's In My Baggie is meant to educate the masses and ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... they can be very violent, and the only way to respond to that is with violence,” he said. “It makes me uncomfortable, but it's extremely important to maintain discipline here.” Although there aren't any statistics on the ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... method known as Optical Coherence Doppler Tomography (ODT). Led by biomedical engineer Yingtian Pan, the team made a few minor adjustments to the ODT method, particularly with the image processing technique. In the end ... 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 ...

    ... warning are met in this case and believe incorporating such a warning will make both clinicians and patients generally aware of the dangers. Will it Make a Difference? At a time when consumers want everything right now , ... 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. ...

    ... play a huge part in determining outcomes. Simply put; with the right home life, these kids can make normal progress and flourish. Lingering Questions While it's certainly encouraging to know that meth-exposed newborns ... 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 ...

    ... that has specific tastes or potency. And thanks to some pretty slick branding practices, shop owners are making their way to the bank off these “cannabis connoisseurs.” Of course, this new branding campaign includes ... 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 ...

    ... “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming another dependence.” Researchers want to continue their investigation to ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... stronger and lasted longer, leading the female mice to associate the drug with greater enjoyment and therefore making them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will ... 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 ...

    ... observation of the couple triggered questions about the body's immunological response to wounds caused by meth use. What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be ... 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 ...

    ... (snorting), though it can also be injected or orally ingested. Crack, an alternate form of cocaine, is made from a mixture of powder cocaine, baking soda and water. The resulting hardened pieces, known as crack rocks ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a ... be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent during the same time. Making Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and ... 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 ...

    ... is difficult, and many former inmates don't make it. In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health ... Darling explained, “We want to do everything we can to make sure that when they get back into the community, they ... 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 ...

    ... used to be the only way we got meth patients was when they came to the hospital from rural areas.” What Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more ... 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 ...

    ... took over her life. She was 23 now, and it felt like she was waking up from a long sleep. She ... specifically asked her to be the designated driver and to make sure everyone made it back to the house okay. While she was ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

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

    ... individuals become addicted and others will not? (West, 2013). Canadian psychologist, Bruce K. Alexander, argues the disease model makes one of two claims : Claim A: All or most people who use heroin or cocaine beyond a ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... these negative consequences, Spice is more popular than ever - often coined the drug of “last resort.” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here's a look at five factors that have helped this ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... tolerance quickly builds up. That means, if Ted wants to feel the same high, he has to do more and more ... attention deficit issues, to name just a few. And if you think things get back to normal once the cocaine leaves Ted ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... on cigarettes. The Bottom Line: Smoking is Bad For You These results should cause an increase in concern, considering smoking led the participants to feel less depressed, anxious, and irritable - all feelings more ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... management. Behavior regulation. Ability to make decisions. Although more research is necessary ... substance user will find less pleasure from natural rewards . If you're unable to stop using drugs or alcohol and need help, ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... Research shows that treating only one addiction at a time can make the other get worse (Mee-Lee et al., 2013). ... ” is regardless of how they feel (Yau, et al.). Let us help you find effective eating disorder treatment to ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... like the perfect solution, due to the immediate feeling of relief. However, the feelings of comfort and ... to be treated directly, not suppressed and ignored. If you're using drugs or alcohol to deal with something in your ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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

    ... on the brain's “feel-good” chemicals: dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine gives you feelings of pleasure, ... euphoria, excitement and a heightened sense of well-being—can make the user want more and more of the drug. Short ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... and illicit. “The key take-away from this study for every pilot is to think twice about the medications you're taking, and how they might affect your flying,” said NTSB acting Chairman Christopher Hart. “Many over-the ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... Suboxone does include an opioid, taking other drugs while on the medication can be life-threatening. If you are on a Suboxone regimen, it's vital to avoid the following substances due to their dangerous interactions ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

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

    ... ultimately destroys dopamine receptors and makes it impossible to feel pleasure. Although some PET ... ? Looking for support? Curious what others are saying? You're not alone; head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum 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 ...

    ... found in bath salts. However, what's truly making headlines around Flakka is the bizarre conduct of its users ... the drug . Experts say users develop a feeling of superhuman strength and experience psychotic behavior. “ ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make ... syringomyelia, a serious neurological disorder. “I feel like I have a whole new dog. ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... Researchers at Yale and Boston University teamed up with Russian collaborators for this ground-breaking project . You can find detailed information by reading the published research paper in the journal AIDS and Behavior ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... in predicting whether someone develops a drug or alcohol addiction in adulthood. Childhood Problems Stick with You Utilizing data from a wide range of other research projects, scientists concluded that mistreatment or ... 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 ...

    ... or distracted happens to everyone, especially when you're barely past the diaper stage. Aiden Aiden ... to help them focus, why not try something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed or outgoing? Simply put; when drugs ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... the country in 2017. Again, South Dakota makes the shortlist for the most violations giving to ... to take this problem seriously. If you or a loved one has an alcohol dependency, please feel free to reach out today to learn ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... ? I truly hope so - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading: Molly's Secrets - 5 Things You Didn't Know About MDMA 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 ...

    ... with complimentary toilet-paper socks I made to combat the arctic conditions. Hours felt like days. In my sick head ... forget. Do you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... services will be brought to a treatment facility or program, and not jail. We're here for you.” The Morris County Sheriff's Office Community Services Unit has partnered with the Morris County Center for Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... state penitentiary, and though it was more difficult than you could ever imagine, it changed my life—for ... often feel sleepy and dazed, able to justify putting off work that needed to be done. I'd miss deadlines, make ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what ... 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 ...

    ... 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, the CDC Answered Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

    The spread of myths is an incredibly problematic issue in the world of substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. Misinformation around addiction can result in missed opportunities for treatment, worsening conditions, and significant injury. Consider ...

    ... will be a focus in reinvesting time and energy towards productive actions and positive people. If you are interested in learning more about effective treatment options for any stage of addiction or recovery, consider ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... described by the DEA as “a compulsion that keeps drawing you back to something.” Positive feelings of happiness, euphoria or sexual stimulation naturally make the user want to experience those emotions time and again ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

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

    ... the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly ... but the high can last for several hours. Though you might think THC affects everyone the same, research ... 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 ...

    ... nervous system. As it suppresses pain, it also makes you tired. Inattentiveness - With morphine in our system ... feel our normal amount of desire. Difficulty with Conception - Morphine can interfere with reproduction, making ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers ... other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that statement. “Some ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... death. Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one ... taking more than your body can handle. Also, when you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body creates a byproduct ... continue reading
  • Drug Dependence

    The previous edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), a diagnostic reference text that many in the health care field use to help typify and define mental health issues such as substance abuse, included separate ...

    ... experiencing drug dependence, it means that the individual feels he needs to use drugs in order to function ... one is successful in quitting at the outset, the changes made to the brain during the period of active drug use ... 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 ...

    ... between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and ... University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “The study makes the point that one episode of this type of ... 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 ...

    ... which is the region of the brain associated with decision making. As BDNF levels dropped, there was also an ... as well as lower connectivity between cortexes. Learn how you can best help an alcoholic get sober . Photo ... 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 ...

    ... with cocaine because it adds weight to the powder, making the cocaine more valuable. It is also nearly impossible ... the chances of overcoming a cocaine habit. If you are looking to transition back into a healthy, ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... norms” of everyday social life. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, closing ... successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

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

    ... is still being affected, according to the study. Decision-making could also be a problem for up to 30 days ... finals over keg stands and jell-o shots. Learn how you can help an alcoholic loved one . Image credits: Source: ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, ... sleep disorders . Will this prevalent marijuana use make us a nation of insomniacs? As marijuana ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... a minor annoyance to a life-threatening illness. Understanding the potential effects of alcohol is essential. If you have asthma and are sensitive to sulfites and/or histamines, approach alcohol with caution. Be aware of ... 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 ...

    ... purposes. Generally, when this determination is made, confiscated cannabis is scheduled for incineration ... a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... business quoted in the NPR article installed a blue light to make it difficult for people who shoot up to find a ... places of business. Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would You Go For a Fix? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... peak of 80 percent alcohol use at age 22, making it the top drug choice for this generation. Marijuana: ... for thousands of Millennials. Additional Reading: Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually influence the time to ... this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. A Surprising Conclusion “Our main finding is that ... 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 ...

    ... unhappy if a case of his favorite brew didn't make its way into my grocery cart this week. Every ... up to him…once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an alcoholic because I like to have a beer now and ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... of jail, but I'd want to be sure that mental health professionals made the final decision in who gets into treatment.” What do you think about these programs? Sound off in the comments section below. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... 't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with the President's ... able to share,” she said . “But I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... a few of the additional ongoing problems that make it hard for many working veterans. Veterans also ... fixed. As U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn noted , “You've got to be offering these guys more than one yoga class a week.” ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... my entire life. The stress of moving to a new city made those conditions worse. I'd done some research into gut ... that my choice gives me less of a recovery. Have you ever tried Kombucha? Why or why not? Tell us about ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the ... traditional fermentation process called ABE, and it makes the chemical called biobutanol.” In addition to ... 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 ...

    ... . While you're undoubtedly grateful your life was saved, being Narcan famous isn't something you signed up ... Channel Treatment professionals see the situation differently. They feel the video clips are exploitative. “It's ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How You Remember Hangovers Dr. Richard Stephens, a psychologist at Keele ... to whether hangovers - described as unpleasant effects felt the morning after drinking alcohol - had an ... 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 ...

    ... is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from ... Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “And if you throw stuff into the brain that's not supposed to ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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

    ... -fold since 1980. The War on Drugs Why the increase, you ask? Blame it on the “War on Drugs” - an ... Journal of Criminology . The bottom line is, prisons are making America's drug problem worse. It's time to change course ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... have fathomed this ruling would need to be made. Businesses didn't sell marijuana . They didn ... knows what laws and regulations will come into play. What do you think? What's next on the agenda? And, are these policies ... 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 ...

    ... who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not going to make it out alive? The ... the number. For the first time in years, she felt hopeful… If you can relate to Allison - or her brother, Alex - ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

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

    ... on the study, and it typically occurs in advanced stages of HIV 11 . Get Help for Substance Abuse If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, call our helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, learn more about the available treatment options . Elite Images continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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

    ... - after ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... wound closure and enhanced infection severity observed in intoxicated patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... Kirsten Dunst has been caught with drugs and checked in and out of rehab for alcohol and drug abuse. How do you know if you or a loved one may be addicted? Find out here . The world has lost far too many bright stars to ... continue reading
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