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  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... Group, meaning it attacks the cells in the liver that detoxify the body. “One way to look at it,” Dr. Colbert said , “ ... Reading: Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile Image Credits: Google Images/artemedica 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 ...

    ... this: the sugar in alcohol combines with the bacteria in your mouth to form plaque. Plaque that builds up eventually softens the ... recovery needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral ... 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. ...

    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 ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs or consequences of drinking in the privacy of your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling to outward appearances and deny deeper issues ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... a plane that's going down; suddenly the oxygen masks drop down. Save yourself first. Place the mask on your face and breathe. Keep breathing and take care of yourself before you take care of the others,” she said. Armed ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

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

    ... drinking. “Just Say No” or “Just Say a Little”? When looking at the research, if you want to increase your odds of success, abstinence is the way to go. And while neither path is easy, the abstinence road seems to offer ... 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 ...

    ... becomes so dependent on a drug that their cells actually require it. If the body doesn't receive it, withdrawal ... Attacking the Problem Because detox doesn't cure mental cravings for the drug, a medically supervised rehab ... 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 ...

    ... over a person's breathing, heart rate and even body temperature. The report also goes on to state that ... this type of drinking can certainly be disruptive in your immune system and potentially lead to problems,” said the ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

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

    ... , or even abstaining altogether, given the now well-established link between moderate drinking and alcohol-related cancers.” Additional Reading: Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker Image Source: Pixabay continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

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

    ... you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... found to act as a bit of a gateway drug. Researchers at the University of Maryland discovered young adults ... students exhibited: Higher rates of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of alcohol abuse We ... 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 ...

    ... of dope sickness usually peak within 3 to 4 days. This period of purging the body of drugs is called detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin ... 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 ...

    ... laws and regulations will come into play. What do you think? What's next on the agenda? And, are these policies a good use of time and resources? We invite your comments below. Additional Reading: True or False - Test ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to ... social and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will Safe Rooms Come to America? While ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

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

    ... , or memories. Our motor skills may still be totally intact, i.e. you weren't stumbling all over your friends or falling off your stool at the bar, right away at least. You may be panicked about how badly you embarrassed ... 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 ...

    ... too late to introduce healthy habits and practices into your day-to-day. There are tools that have proven ... is needed. Call us at . Learn more about the available treatment methods for drug addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... no psychiatrist. There's no couch (unless that's where you sit while you use the tool.) You don't pour out your deep, dark secrets or work through any steps. Here's how it works: First, the site tests to see if you have ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand ... s frequently given to patients in detox facilities and drug treatment programs for different reasons. ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin and much more. Not only does it represent ... continue reading
  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

    New findings suggest that ghrelin, a natural hormone traditionally associated with healthy appetite and food intake, might also increase hunger for alcohol , potentially setting the stage for problem drinking and alcoholism. A research team led by ...

    ... Hormones Other hormones have also been linked to drug and alcohol addiction in the past. Research out ... that newborn babies already have levels of oxytocin in their bodies, and this helps to create the all-important bond ... 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 ...

    ... .” The more alcohol a student consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes ... 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 ...

    ... for the lowest drunkenness violations is shared by 14 states in total. Because we found so many insights from underage drinking violations by state, we turned our attention to the regions that house them. The region with ... 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 ...

    ... ? If the latter is the problem, we can start to do hormonal replacement therapy and see if that helps.” Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus - How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: Shutterstock, iStock continue reading
  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    ... a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how synapses in the ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the ... continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and ... 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 ...

    ... solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for long stretches of time, unaware that the medications are only for short-term use. This ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

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

    ... ADHD prescription is now rising much faster than the number of children and teenagers getting the same drugs. How ... Adderall, educating yourself about the drug needs to be at the top of your “to-do” list. For example ... 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 ...

    ... the bodies of dead birds, which would then be thrown over jail walls and into the exercise yards. Vaginally A Michigan woman by the name of Stacy Lynn Youngs pleaded guilty last August to concealing 80 prescription drugs ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

    Half of Americans are concerned about increased substance use in their community due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, survey reveals. There was no way that Americans could anticipate, let alone be prepare for, the aftermath of the global ...

    ... us-job-losses-unemployment-coronavirus [theguardian.com] ** https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/drug-addiction/news/covid-unemployment-abuse/ [therecoveryvillage.com] *** https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/07/15 ... 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 ...

    ... Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not ... for me. The main takeaway is to do your research; there are a lot of different treatment ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... 't know the risks, how can you educate and protect your child? We know that young people are drawn to Adderall for ... ADHD prescription is now rising faster than the number of children and teens getting the same drugs. Is ... 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 ...

    ... , and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers found that 48 percent of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up to 79 percent if alcohol and erectile dysfunction ... 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 ...

    ... used ecstasy 79 percent had used opioids (like prescription painkillers or heroin ) 74 percent had used cocaine 74 percent had used LSD One of the reason synthetic, psychoactive drugs are so difficult to regulate is that ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... policies. Zero-Tolerance as a Deterrent For years, zero-tolerance supporters have hailed these policies as strong drug deterrents , ensuring a safer learning environment. In other words, schools needed to be “tough” on ... 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 ...

    ... and sends otherwise shy people like Heather onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is that it's a ... 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 ...

    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. ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

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

    ... service roles can quickly and permanently damage a company's reputation. Employers also have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... are now flooding the market. In 2012 alone, 158 new synthetic substances were identified. What's For Sale? Synthetic drugs come in many shapes and sizes. Taken in pill, capsule and powder form, they are designed to mimic ... 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. ...

    ... defining moment for Jim. He decided right then and there he could no longer expect anything from anyone. Jim wouldn't ask for help from anybody. If he couldn't go to his own mother for support, surely asking anyone else ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... mean we can become addicted to it. Yes, it can influence our behavior, but so can anything that is naturally rewarding, from a game of baseball to a clean house to an ocean view. There simply isn't enough proof to regard ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... ” (TAN). This involves recruiting addiction medicine fellows from the UT campuses to train for one year, ... 25 million in initial funding. Stern plans to seek support from leaders across the state and the nation to gain the ... 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 ...

    ... of overdosing within the first 30 days of release are extremely high. Like Tom, many inmates are released from their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and many ... 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 ...

    ... who already had a genetic predisposition to drink too much. To arrive at his conclusion, Dr. Stephens used data from two studies. The first one asked 142 people - 24 of whom had a family history of problem drinking - ... continue reading
  • Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker

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

    ... use disorder, we will be better able to develop targeted treatment and prevention strategies.” The Cause of Compulsive Drug and Alcohol Use? In the study, researchers were able to return the mice to moderate drinking by ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders ... in the country. Over 50 million Xanax prescriptions are written each year. Since it initially gives ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... the hospital, so her doctor wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home ... medication, the withdrawal symptoms kick in as your body and brain try to restore balance without the ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... of the next highest states. Regardless of where you live or what kind of sentencing standards your state adheres to, drug offenses are typically a difficult consequence of the disease of addiction. If you or someone you ... 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 ...

    ... hard to know if he's crossing the line. What's Your Definition of Alcoholic? My husband holds down a full-time job. ... of me and the kids.) Has he become isolated and distant from friends and family? (He works a lot, so it's ... 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 ...

    ... switch. If a certain level of alcohol is detected in the driver's breath, the device will prevent the car from operating. The research was led by author Elinore J. Kaufman and senior author Dr. Douglas J. Wiebe, who used ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... boss suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to explain about the Xanax prescription, he ... a few weeks longer. Approximately six months from her original doctor's appointment, Kelly had finally ... 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? ...

    ... Some moonshine , maybe? Actually, the gasoline used to run modern cars contains ethanol ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was designed to run on ethanol as ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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

    ... helpless, too. Their substance of choice has hijacked their body and mind, and they are no longer in control. ... rudimentary—like where their next fix is going to come from. #5 Guilt People who are addicted to a substance ... 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 ...

    ... Chicago study researchers used laboratory mice to examine the impact that binge drinking has on the body's ability to properly heal from skin wounds. To do this, they gave half of the mice alcohol in a pattern that ... 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 ...

    ... However, she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I ... . Additional Reading: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA Image Source: pixabay.com, en.wikipedia ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... 25…before continuing to nosedive throughout the rest of your life. Is this the New Golden Age? The ... , published in BMC Medicine , focused on data from 174,000 alcohol observations that were collected between the ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... up to 30 percent of the cannabis plant. THC doesn't naturally occur in its active form, but rapidly converts from THC acid (THCA) when burned in a cigarette or heated in cooking, in a heat-propelled reaction called ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

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

    ... him. Jeff discovered a simple truth: If it's not in your house, it's a lot harder to drink it. He started ... kept her hydrated, filled her up, and prevented her from drinking too much alcohol. She also made it a policy ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... this time was that the owner had purchased new wine glasses since their last visit. The stemware they drank from tonight was larger than the previous wine glasses. It wasn't a change either woman noticed, at least ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... to anyone suffering from depression or at ... prescription is needed. Moving Forward The truth about tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug ... 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 ...

    ... the participants' sober and drunk 'personalities.'” From the outside, participants appeared somewhat more outgoing ... Truth So, you may think that alcohol is changing your personality, but you may be fooling yourself. It's ... 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 ...

    ... program is to remove barriers that prevent people from getting the treatment they need. Jennifer Carpinteri, ... members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the nation ... 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 ...

    ... behavior, as well as allow the other person to do a little spousal monitoring by preventing the other from developing bad habits. It also helps by creating an awareness of problem drinking patterns. Research also shows ... continue reading
  • The American Addiction Centers Brand Promise

    Brand Promise Terms and Conditions: In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc. will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no ...

    ... per session daily credit. To apply for your complementary 30-days of treatment you must ... detox clearance, emergency room visits, urgent care visits, hospital admissions, and outside lab work. Prescription medications ... 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 ...

    ... Brain Slow Reaction Time - Morphine in our body slows our central nervous system, making our reactions ... Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about prescription drug ... 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 ...

    ... and prescription opioids ... your body creates a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs ... 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 ...

    ... recent studies and reports are proving that's far from the case. Just the Facts About Flakka New ... bizarre conduct of its users when they're high on the drug . Experts say users develop a feeling of superhuman strength and ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

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

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

    ... Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could ... ? Or when you're in an anxious panic and you know your thoughts don't make sense, but you can't make them ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

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

    ... . Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. ... marijuana's effectiveness, they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states where marijuana is illegal ... 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 ...

    ... to top it off, women also have a higher likelihood of relapsing after quitting the drug . Study Specifics Data gathered from the Washington State University study was collected by using male and female lab rats. After ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... jail or losing a job might be enough to deter drug use in the non-addicted, but for cocaine addicts, these ... that methadone is used to treat heroin addiction. Findings from the Danish study were published in the Journal of ... 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 ...

    ... is relatively predictable in terms of what it steals from us. Addiction is a thief of our time, ... most common targets. 1. Relationship Watching someone suffer from addiction can be both heart wrenching and infuriating. ... 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 ...

    ... I eat a big meal before I drink, I won't get drunk. Truth: Food does not prevent alcohol from affecting your body. The alcohol still gets in your system. It may be delayed a bit by the food, which will slow the rate of ... 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 ...

    ... are called antihistamines.) They are produced naturally in your body; they're also found in some food and ... symptoms. Catching Your Breath Those with asthma know this condition can be anything from a minor annoyance ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... practices in these rural communities that currently suffer from a lack of resources. Less-populated areas ... opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

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

    ... : light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

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

    ... am. Perception Alters Reality Many people suffering from chemical dependency think asking for help shows ... By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any ... 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 ...

    ... in this study reported a deep dissatisfaction with prescription medications. Bruce said, “One of the most ... kind of a Wild West.” Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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

    ... a Heroin Relapse Learn From It Admit what happened and why. What triggered your relapse? Was there ... Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body ... 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 ...

    ... got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me ... time maintaining my weight, as I don't overload my body anymore with empty late-night calories. More Time for ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, ... what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

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

    ... ) Passing out Hypothermia (drop in body temperature) Pale or bluish skin Vomiting ... One person dies each week from alcohol poisoning. Reacting quickly with the proper response could save your loved one's life. Additional ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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

    ... skin? When we're dehydrated , our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. ... bloodshot eyes. Over time, excessive drinking repeatedly robs your body of the nutrients it needs for eye health . ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to fatal injury, alcohol abuse can destroy the ... as it should to pump blood throughout your body. As a result, your other organs don't get the blood they ... 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 ...

    ... five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day to 3.4. The US has seen a ... show me why I am drinking.” Additional Reading: Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker Image Source: ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... in state and federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or approximately ... problem does gain more traction. A poignant article from The Atlantic suggests that any reforms in the way ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

    ... be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. Interestingly ... pushes people towards substance abuse . Experts say your environment, circle of friends and genetic makeup all ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically ... for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From the outside, it may seem like he's got it all ... 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, ...

    ... to help you find the the right treatment facility to get your life back on track. Give us a call at Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques! Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

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

    ... the need to pour a glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink and thus hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you simply just bored? Whatever ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... by damaging DNA in cells, triggering a response from the body to develop cancerous cells. Compared to women who ... not mean you will get breast cancer; it means your risk of developing the disease goes up. Experts agree it ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

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

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look ... become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't mean you're addicted.” He ... 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 ...

    ... may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants ... doing so. Incorporating smoking cessation interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

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

    ... Oxygen Mask on First Consider finding support for yourself, too. If your friend's choices have had a negative impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even better, as you work ... 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 ...

    ... of cells in wounds from meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of ... cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body's inflammatory response and ability to heal. His goal, then ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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

    ... , though, they will test you in ways you never could have imagined. It's easy to think that it's okay to take a break from loving your child while they're putting you through hell. But it's not. A troubled child needs ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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

    ... or festivals. “What's to stop a bad individual from sprinkling powdered alcohol into someone's lunch or dinner when ... worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau ... 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 is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and ... alcohol is also classified as a depressant, affecting the body's central nervous system. Due to its popularity and broad ... continue reading
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