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  • How to Help an Ecstasy Addict

    Help for Ecstasy Addicts The full name for ecstasy is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. It is a synthetic drug that has psychoactive effects on users. It is produced and available in many forms. It is similar chemically to the hallucinogen ...

    ... with cravings and prevent relapse. After initial treatment, many recovering ecstasy addicts find ... a loved one. You or your loved one can obtain sobriety, with the right information and treatment options to assist this ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Inhalant Addict

    What is Inhalants Abuse? Inhalant abuse can be defined as the intentional inhalation of vapors through sniffing or huffing from chemical products to become intoxicated, or achieve a high. These chemical products are commonly found in everyday ...

    ... to prevent relapse and live a healthy life of sobriety. Are Inhalants Addictive? Many of the volatile ... into a bag, allowing the gases to become more concentrated before inhaling. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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

    ... are more recovery tools and therapy options available to us than ever before. 2 ... relapsed multiple times; maybe adding in holistic treatments such as acupuncture, drumming circles or pet therapy are the keys to sobriety ... continue reading
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  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

    What is Crystal Methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth is a highly addictive white cystalline drug that can be taken by snorting, smoking or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names such as ...

    ... most often multiple relapses are a normal part of the process. Someone in recovery has the best chances of long-term sobriety ... be used casually or recreationally for long before the scales are tipped toward addiction. With ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Withdrawal

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nearly 5 million people 12 and older abused cocaine within the year prior to the 2012 survey. Cocaine abuse is associated with numerous risks that include, but are not limited to 1 : Increased ...

    ... poison control. As reported by the DEA, in 2011, more than 500,000 people visited an emergency department for cocaine- ... education on substance use. Establishing sobriety. Preventing relapse. At the conclusion of detox, ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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

    ... many people in recovery, this step made the difference between that final, successful attempt at sobriety and all the failed ones that came before ... a good way to tip yourself into relapse. You'll probably feel ready to ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... of the drug to experience the same effect as they did before—this is known as tolerance. 5,6 When a person ... the initial steps of sobriety. How to Find Help for Substance Abuse While many people across the country ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Cocaine Addict

    Help for Cocaine Addicts If you're battling an addiction to cocaine, also known as coke, blow, and snow, you're not alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013, there were 1.5 million current cocaine users in the US. It's ...

    ... relapse prevention, and self-help groups. You will also take regular drug tests to guarantee sobriety. Many ... cost of rehab and associated therapies. Am I Addicted? Before you decide what type of treatment program you want ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... before seeking treatment. Fortunately, most meth withdrawal symptoms alleviate within a couple weeks. For most people, the depressive and psychotic symptoms will alleviate within about a week of sobriety. Most ... relapse, ... 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 ...

    ... relapse, as well as active addiction. When someone feels that their life is now more manageable — perhaps, due to a period of sobriety ... of active addiction may be imperative before seeking treatment. In reality, we can ... continue reading
  • How to Help a DMT Addict

    N, N-Dimethyltryptamine is the chemical name for the drug commonly known as DMT . This potent hallucinogen , sometimes called “Dmitri,” can be synthesized in labs, but also occurs naturally in several types of South American plants. The ...

    ... been used for hundreds of years during religious ceremonies before making its way into recreational use. The substance may ... DMT use and develop new skills to promote sobriety. Group counseling . This will help to foster ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... many will seek and enter treatment programs. With the presenting symptoms, they may begin sobriety in an inpatient mental health facility before ... symptoms and may help prevent relapse. Successful completion of a ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... sacrificed too much to ever revert back to the person I was before. That's not to say the recovery process has been easy. ... Limit Maintaining your sobriety requires work. In order to guard against relapse, you must ... 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 ...

    ... their focus on where it should have been: on their sobriety . Could Smoking Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out ... basis and may actually increase the chances of relapse. So, how can the prevalence of smoking ... 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 ...

    ... relapse. So, it's important to change those old destructive thoughts and behaviors to maintain your sobriety. ... simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits that stop them ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants , and bladder-control medications, cause an increased risk of dementia in many patients. Before even getting to that point, long-term Benadryl use is linked to short-term memory ... 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 ...

    ... 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 everything you built up ... 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 ...

    ... t overload my body anymore with empty late-night calories. More Time for Hobbies In my past life, my nights ... bar stool with a bunch of strangers. Attitude is Everything Before prison, self-pity was my best friend. I had ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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

    ... last year, researchers found that instituting a policy mandating the universal use of car breathalyzers could save more than 59,000 lives and prevent 1.25 million non-fatal alcohol-related crash injuries. This translates ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

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

    ... The risk of relapse increases without treatment. Driven by their addictions, many drug users engage ... ones identify signs of possible drug abuse in users. Before and After Using Drugs The consequences of substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... $31,514 to $57,897 and was four times most costly than non-NAS infants. The high costs are due ... who receive treatment for their addictions afterwards end up relapsing; their children are often placed in the foster care ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... at much greater risk of new HIV infections than ever before.” In fact, the opiate crisis has had such ... on these communities that whites who inject drugs now have more HIV diagnoses than any other racial population - for ... 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 ...

    ... U.S., Rhode Islanders topped the at-home happy hour charts with 43% admitting they are drinking more now than before lockdown due to it being cheaper than going out. Comparatively, only 16% of Oregonians admitted to this ... 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 ...

    ... in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, ... greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down ... 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 ...

    ... in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day to 3.4. The US has seen a ... women, instead of promoting “wine-o-clock.” “We need more people in society, women, saying it's OK to go ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... in new legislation - a proposal that allows practitioners to obtain a waiver for prescribing Suboxone to a lot more of their patients. According to a press release issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... his wife and ends up writing lots of reports for his handler. The movie is very messed up—but what's even more messed up is that it's based on the author's life, albeit rather loosely. This is an adaptation of one of ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

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

    ... , it would certainly create its own set of issues and consequences. The change would also heighten the need for more scientific and controlled studies to be done on both the efficacy and dangers of the drug . For those ... 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 ...

    ... that children exposed to secondhand d tobacco smoke were more than three times as likely to suffer from ... do it. Although some try to quit cold turkey, most people have greater success by putting together a plan and ... 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 ...

    ... likely to go to the emergency room than visit a primary care doctor. And ER doctors are more likely to prescribe painkillers than primary care doctors, said Khary K. Rigg, assistant professor of mental health law and ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

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

    ... loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... have taken excessive amounts to produce euphoria. Those who take large amounts over a long period of time are most at risk for heart problems. 5. Darvocet Darvocet is an opioid used to ease the pain from serious injuries ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... conditions as an over-the-counter remedy up until the late 1920s. It was especially popular during prohibition, when many saw it as a safe and sane alternative to alcohol . It was one of the original ingredients in Coca ... 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 ...

    ... it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought it off the internet from unreliable sources. In 2013 alone, 9,610 illegal websites around the world ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... , Tijuana Cartel, Juárez Cartel, and Gulf Cartel remain and will be known for a long time as five of the most famous drug cartels in the world. If you or someone you love has become tangled up in a drug addiction, please ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... Cocaine has a reputation as a “rich man's drug.” At approximately $60 per gram, it is one of the most expensive party drugs , yet 1.5 million Americans are regular users. Each year, Americans spend a shocking $37 billion ... 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 ...

    ... rather the effects of multiple types of stress added up over time. Some Things Never Change Not surprisingly, most of the early 90s findings still hold true today…despite the fact that decades have passed. The National ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... a clinical team with over 300 years of collective sobriety, and the direction of founder Joe McKinsey, sober ... at the top levels. CEO Dr. David Sack has more than 30 years of experience in addiction treatment, and writes ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... that will ensure you do not have to hit rock bottom before you get help. What Prevents People from Seeking Help Before They Hit Rock Bottom? There are many reasons why people who are dealing with substance abuse do not ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... individuals who start using marijuana before they are eighteen are even more likely to develop a ... opioid withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant and may lead to relapse, which can easily result in a fatal overdose. ... 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 ...

    ... into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps for each and every medical provider who's serious about traveling the road to sobriety. Learn more about how you can help an addicted loved one find ... 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 ...

    ... Do you even care?” Lisa looked at her mom with glazed eyes and a blank expression on her face. Just like so many times before, she was there, but she wasn't really there . Jane felt like she was talking to a wall. “I'll ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... foods like fries, in the hopes of avoiding hangovers. More than two-thirds of the students drank water while drinking, and half drank water right before bed. Although these groups reportedly felt slightly better in the ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... variety you drink. (But throwing down a mix of different drinks could make you a lot more nauseous.) Myth #5 If I eat a big meal before I drink, I won't get drunk. Truth: Food does not prevent alcohol from affecting your ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy is an illegal, synthetic drug of abuse that usually is consumed in pill, tablet, or capsule form. The drug is somewhat unique amongst the illicit drugs of abuse in that it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects . Ecstasy's stimulant ...

    ... manufactured in laboratories overseas and in Canada before being smuggled into the US. Makers of ... his or her everyday environment, thus increasing the risk of relapse. If you're not sure which option will work for ... continue reading
  • Risks of Smoking While Breastfeeding

    The numerous health hazards associated with smoking tobacco are well researched and documented. There is no safe time to smoke , but in some situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is smoking before and ...

    ... situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is smoking before and during pregnancy. Before pregnancy, doing so makes conception more difficult. Continuing to smoke while pregnant ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... increased demand, cartels are producing more cocaine and developing even more innovative tactics to get it ... the coast of Key West, Florida. Just a month before that, smugglers used a false compartment in a tractor trailer ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... to the brain where enzymes convert it back into morphine before it attaches to sites on the surface of neural ... so that relapse can be avoided. Treatment frequently begins with detoxification . In many formal treatment ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... through the lungs (in some cases, as long as 30 to 60 minutes before reaching the brain), the effects felt after consuming edibles will often be more gradual in onset but my last much longer. 7,8 Consuming a drink brewed ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

    ... consuming an apertif - an alcoholic drink before a meal - stimulates appetite and heightens activity ... of the study group went on to eat more - most of them significantly more - after they being administered an alcoholic ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... fact, previous research shows that college students who practice NPS have lower overall GPAs . They also skip more classes and are more likely to use other substances. Not much of a “study drug,” now is it? How Do We Get ... 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 ...

    ... and, in some cases, deadly. While it's difficult to break the cycle of enabling, many cases require doing so before any productive, meaningful solutions are found. In other words, if the safety net is always available ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... part where your immune system is fried, and HIV is the disease that causes this. While it has been highly publicized-in many cases to the point of paranoia-it's not nearly as bad as it is made out. The reason is AZT . ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them sold legally over the counter. They were described as “bath salts” or “plant food” to avoid issues with the ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

    A significant amount of people suffering from substance abuse and addiction meet the criteria for having additional psychiatric disorders as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The phenomenon of co-existing ...

    ... to the psychiatric condition, treating dual diagnosis patients provides a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. Many treatment centers are equipped to handle the issue or even specialize in dual diagnosis rehab. If ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... by the FDA in 1983 due to increased risk of cancer and kidney damage. And levamisole, the second-most-common substance in cocaine, is a veterinary pharmaceutical used to deworm livestock; when it's mixed with cocaine, it ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... compulsion to use Ativan? Tolerance: Do you need more and more of it to feel its effects? Withdrawal symptoms: ... level you have been taking. (Higher dosage requires more treatment.) The first step is to admit there is ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... then asked our survey participants whether they had ever brought up concerns about other people's substance abuse habits. More than half said they had, while just under 4 in 10 said they hadn't. (Another 7 percent said ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in the 1995 season. ... Nate Newton Nate Newton made six Pro Bowls in NFL before being busted for marijuana, earning him two and a half ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... and may be more so due to the inability to sense the full effects of heroin and quit before the dose ... to someone can be the engine that drives your treatment, sobriety, and long-term health. If you need assistance, call ... 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, ...

    ... 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, however, getting hooked on opioids through a ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... best playwrights America has ever seen. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is perhaps his best contribution, and it includes many of the major elements of his life, including mental illness and a love of drink. Dylan Thomas A Welsh ... 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 ...

    ... to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for ... way to maintain your sobriety. Another way to maintain your sobriety is reaching out for ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

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

    ... strongly - even after years of sobriety. Questions abound, many of which are simple variations of ... “I've been in recovery for 23 years, and I've relapsed seven times. But, the support I get in the recovery community has ... continue reading
  • What Is Crack Cocaine?

    Crack cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that is the rock crystal form of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be smoked, which provides an immediate high. 5 The name ...

    ... of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be ... 12 The goal of CBT is to prevent relapse so that you can maintain sobriety. 9 This is accomplished by: 9, ... continue reading
  • Snorting Cocaine

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with highly addictive properties that is derived from the coca plant 1 . Also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow,” cocaine is a white, crystal-like powder that provides a euphoric high. Cocaine is ingested in a ...

    ... to increased risk of future relapses 2 . Animals who have been given cocaine in the past are more likely to seek it out ... that are aimed at helping them to maintain sobriety while living at home, attending to personal ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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

    ... at 10 pm. As he debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so focused, I finished a week's worth of ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

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

    ... the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to enter your brain. Now we've come to the point when your body reacts. But before we get to the euphoria, let's take a look at what happens when the coke crosses that BBB line. Rest assured ... 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 ...

    ... , which then bind to the drugs' molecules and removes them from circulation. Essentially, the vaccine stops the drug before it even gets to the brain, preventing that person from feeling the “reward” or euphoric high of ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... . 8. Don't live in fear of relapsing. Worrying about slipping back into old destructive patterns ... stay in rehab. It takes more than 30 days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you'll ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    ... just as effective as a traditional relapse-prevention program, if not more so. Here's one particularly ... of your Beast. 14. Women For Sobriety Women for Sobriety is another sobriety support group and program. Its “New ... 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 ...

    ... class as five bottles of wine a day - relapse at a rate of 90 percent within three years. ... hope so - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • What Does It Mean to Be Dope Sick?

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

    ... However, the only cure for this sickness is time and sobriety. Dope sickness typically hits after someone goes without their drug ... to stay sober long-term and prevent relapse. Additional Reading: Will These New Tools ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

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

    ... the sober life.” Erik Ainge (New York Jets) Shortly before training camp began for the 2010 season, Ainge, 28, ... helped him get sober. “I've been able to maintain (sobriety). It's going good,” he said last July. “(It) ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What Is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... adapt to a drug-free life and avoid future relapses. How to Get Rehab Treatment for Kratom Addiction ... , you can reach out for help free of charge today. Before you call, try to have some information ready, including your ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... , injected, or consumed orally by users. Meth is the second most popular illegal drug in the world 2 . In 2014, almost ... program, or those who have been able to maintain sobriety for a period of time. In addition to ... 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. ...

    ... for him - and for her entire family - but his current sobriety didn't fully heal the past. No matter how much he was ... be common, but they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently ... very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more negative thoughts, and before you know it, you're less likely to ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crack Addict

    Crack is a form of the stimulant cocaine and is sold as white or off-white crystals called rocks. Crack first gained popularity in the 1980s as a cheaper alternative to powdered cocaine and is smoked to produce a quick, intense, and short-lived ...

    ... especially when you're not sure where to begin? The first, and most important, thing that you can do is show your support. Make sure ... for sobriety and clean drug tests. Preventing crack cocaine abuse relapse involves ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before going out with his friends. Suddenly, he meets lots of women ... is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is that it's a ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... hold. They kept me in that hospital for two weeks before inevitably giving me the ultimatum that it was either rehab or ... I was dumbfounded, excited, scared, apprehensive, but most of all…I was hopeful. I was hopeful for ... 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 ...

    ... most surprising response was an indirect implication that one should question their understanding of Step One and reconsider their sobriety ... saw people drinking Kombucha who didn't relapse, and I saw different concepts of ... 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, ...

    ... more likely outcomes. (Jeff's wife is stuck in traffic…her meeting ran long…she didn't answer the phone because she's driving…this has happened multiple times before ... on a path of sobriety , it's especially significant ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... increased dramatically. Now there are online meetings, addiction/recovery discussion forums, Twitter chats, Facebook groups, sobriety apps, and more. In today's world, if you have access to a computer or smart phone, a ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

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

    ... - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even though the initial prescription was received just days before. A Swift Response From Officials Although this form of doctor shopping is ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... not drink. Here are a few tips to help you navigate sobriety during the holidays. Create a Plan If you know that you ... to drink, plan ahead. You can create a relapse prevention map that you can refer to throughout the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug — otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic, but when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    ... the access . Alcohol also continues to be the most popular drug for both the adult population and for ... 're working to help you get back to living a life of sobriety, and we'll help you to choose a rehab program that fits ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... decreasing the chance of a relapse. 2 “Buprenorphine is the most important advance certainly in heroin ... re continuing to give someone a narcotic.” 4 A Quest for Sobriety…and the Truth One of the best ways to ensure your ... 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 ...

    ... pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I was trying so hard to stay ... a million trivial details before I realized achieving lasting recovery was more important than any of ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

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

    ... that most imbalances are treatable. If you find yourself frequently relapsing, ... lacking the energy or motivation to complete your treatment program , or feeling stressed out at the thought of long-term sobriety ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and ... the help you may need? 4. They Push You to Use More Do you ever go shot for shot? Line for line? Do they ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... is vital for any expectant mother, and may be even more essential for women using heroin due to the high risk for ... a term used to define babies who are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are categories ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to ... The cocaine is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    ... or prevent disease. Medications must pass clinical trials before being released to the public and the tests need ... natural,” it doesn't cause adverse effects . Many drugs and supplements interact poorly with each other and ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do ... treating hormonal issues) Ketamine (anesthetic used before surgery) Schedule IV Drugs classified under ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... an unfortunate relapse. Temptation From Behind Bars There's also the temptation factor to account for. Being behind bars, it's easier to maintain sobriety. Sure, there is still access to drugs, but for the most part, the ... 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 ...

    ... far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on ... . She'd certainly stood up to people who much more threatening than these two drunk girls! “Make a gratitude ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

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

    ... What is Kratom? Kratom was a word I'd never heard before; a quick Google search didn't reveal much, other than ... kratom - and that knowledge could prove to be much more important down the road than the very little we have ... 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 ...

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a ... and potentially medical marijuana for animals will come before the research does. Additional Reading: Smoking Weed ... continue reading
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