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  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... like she was doing all the right things to get her life back on track. Yet, the high cost of her medication was ... there are ways to lower the overall cost of Suboxone - and we've got seven tips to help you do just that: ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... Suboxone as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid use , your body has probably become physically dependent on ... key to successfully stopping buprenorphine use is to get help. Don't go cold turkey and don ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... Suboxone is buprenorphine-naloxone. Suboxone films tend to run about nine or ten dollars per strip - added together, a month of this medication gets ... also a financial impact on the revenue of Suboxone once the generic ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... rumor. In truth, there's just no data to indicate the efficacy of Suboxone is hampered by smoking cigarettes. You Can't Get High on Suboxone Not true. Drug abusers have learned a few tricks when it comes to working ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... are able to remain abstinent for a full year).Suboxone, on the other hand, offers a less traumatic way to get and stay sober. As such, success rates for Suboxone, as measured by retention in treatment and one-year ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... dispensing rules, which led to thousands of complaints by Suboxone users . And now we can add Wal-Mart to ... legitimate medical purpose, we're certainly not going to get in the way,” Payne told the National Pain Report . ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... of treatment pharmaceuticals available on the market, including methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine, and ... reduce your risk for exposure to HIV. How Do I Get Them? A doctor must prescribe methadone and you can only ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the Ryan ... same thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, ... 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 ...

    ... face up to five years in prison if convicted on the charge. Smugglers Get Creative…and Busted But while a Bible may seem ... - letters that just so happened to contain Suboxone-laced stamps - which were worth far more than ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... or in the recovery room. What is Suboxone? Suboxone is an FDA-approved combination drug used as ... out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... professional treatment. 2 Drug use can wreak havoc on the body and mind and may eventually become ... more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab ... continue reading
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  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... , that's the goal. But it doesn't always happen that way. The Scoop on Suboxone Like heroin and other opioids, Suboxone has its own risks, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms. When used in accordance with prescribed ... 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 ...

    ... and physical health risks, including abuse and overdose. Third, physicians who prescribe ADHD medications have to get on board. Researchers say doctors must make it clear that selling these medications is illegal, as is ... continue reading
  • 7 Famous Stoners Who Got Sober

    Throughout the years, tons of famous names have been connected with marijuana use . And while a number of celebs continue abusing weed, plenty of them have chosen to leave the drug behind. For some, having children and growing older served as ...

    ... hip injury. “I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was,” she said . After ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

    ... science and experience-based information drug use, a bulk of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of ... 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 ...

    ... of your biggest triggers so you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. Make a Plan of Attack Once you've identified what causes you to stumble, make a plan ... 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 ...

    ... proposal that allows practitioners to obtain a waiver for prescribing Suboxone to a lot more of their patients. According to ... be increased, but with the same limit on the number of patients. This could be accomplished ... 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 ...

    ... the pleasurable effects of the buprenorphine. Since Suboxone does include an opioid, taking other drugs while on the medication can be life-threatening. If you are on a Suboxone regimen, it's vital to avoid the ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... when they're released and help them stick to a treatment plan. Plus, it would cut down on the amount of Suboxone being smuggled into prisons and jails. Buprenorphine is currently the most common contraband drug found in ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows that more than half of these users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse ... , like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and ... 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 ...

    ... : Should people in recovery drink it or abstain? To Drink…or Not To Drink? I posted this question on Facebook yesterday and received both positive and negative responses: Yes absolutely; it's a health tonic that helps ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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

    ... ridiculous amounts of money for this trendy new spin on pot. Shop Owners Target “Connoisseurs” With more ... their appeal to more consumers. Specifically, they want to get away from the “stoner” stigma and market to the type ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... within a year “the number of tests that you would carry out would pay for itself.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse tells us 10 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2013 (and that ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... realizes that it will receive large amounts of feel-good chemicals, it also learns to want more of them to get the same feeling. This is normally referred to as a tolerance, and the danger and effects of drug abuse that ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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

    ... who faked an alcohol-related tremor could replicate the same frequency. However, the app has only been tested on 80 patients so far. The scientists have acknowledged that further research is required in order to validate ... 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 ...

    ... as much as 10 percent, through its influence on a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Questions About Safety ... that there is no way of being sure they are getting authentic modafinil from the black market or from abroad, as ... 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 ...

    ... Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen ... powerful chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it ... down what we need to know about this illicit drug in Your Brain on Crack Cocaine . Or, in their own words: “Is it really ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... be hard to argue that she should have another child, but is ordering a woman not to get pregnant an intrusion on women's reproductive freedom? That's a tough question. Women's rights advocates argue that the government ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... glasses,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly ... , meaning they need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant ... 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 ...

    ... policy efforts need to be implemented to warn young adults about the dangers of regular consumption of energy drinks. Additional Reading: Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won't Get You on the Dean's List Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... enjoyment and therefore making them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment ... further understand female subjects, as most research on addiction has been conducted in male subjects,” ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... cost for that year's testing program was $336,297. The data didn't improve as time went on. In 2015, a survey of the 10 states that implemented drug testing programs for those seeking assistance, including Mississippi ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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

    ... new brain mapping technology allowed researchers to capture a much wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching for better ways to understand drugs and their effects ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... common spice is roasted before it is sold, which gets rid of most of the active ingredient inside it: ... think that the first actual psychoactive toads are found on the American continent. The Colorado River toad contains ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

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

    ... of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more ... available. Working together, the two of you can decide on the best method of pain control and treatment. Additional ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... designed to make you sleepy. If a driver gets behind the wheel while under the influence of ... safe driver. Reason #2 Benzodiazepines Relax Your Muscles Acting on the central nervous system , benzos cause muscle relaxation. ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents worried. Stitches, who claims to be a former cocaine dealer, certainly ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... The permanent damage caused by meth weakens your ability to get excited and happy, reduces your ability to learn and ... Difficulty learning Lack of rational thinking Delusions What's on Your Mind? Meth is one of the most ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

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

    ... track several incoming payments, and monitor outgoing deposits from accounts controlled by Vallerius. Facing life in prison on an indictment, Vallerius and his attorney tried to keep his laptop out of evidence. When that ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse ... manage your symptoms. If you go from doctor to doctor to get the drug and conceal how much of it you are taking, this ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

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

    ... same results. Sound familiar? Thanks to Benadryl's effects on the central nervous system, abuse and dependency becomes possible, ... the central nervous system and cause you to get sleepy. In doing this, the drugs lower ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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

    ... Most importantly, realize that you don't need Adderall or other stimulants to be successful. You were hired based on your talent; let your skills and work ethic shine through. In the end, being your sober self will help ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... country. Let's look at both point of views: Spotlight on the Critics Critics say that it gives drug users a safety ... . They feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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

    ... risen to nearly 4,900 deaths for the year. Based on what federal officials have learned from the spread of opioids ... into inner cities…It used to be the only way we got meth patients was when they came to the hospital from ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... and minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses as a means to deter people from getting involved with drugs. The War on Drugs continued well into the 1980's, when Nancy Reagan famously created the “Just Say ... 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 ...

    ... t received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body ... 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. ...

    ... 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. Fresh ... 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 ...

    ... 23 now, and it felt like she was waking up from a long sleep. She sipped on her sixth Diet Coke while the bridesmaids got progressively drunker. They were ordering shots and she couldn't help but be annoyed. Her sister ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... go from here? Planning for a sober life can be daunting, but there is always help available to get you on the right track, whether it be from professional therapists, support groups, or your family and friends. There are ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... not to say that you shouldn't place restrictions on your kids-that's an integral part of parenting. ... around the world, including our own, are set up. You get one or two who are willing to stand out and express dissent ... 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 ...

    ... living the life they deserve. If you find yourself going back to negative habits, take the chance to get back on track today. Call one of our admissions navigators today at so they can provide the information and support ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... s really behind the drug epidemic? The History Channel decided to get in the trenches and find out. The new documentary series , “America's War on Drugs” offers first-hand accounts from gang members, insiders, major drug ... 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 ...

    ... important to note that just because a person is dependent on a drug does not necessarily mean they are addicted. 5 ... in the treatment of SUDs. 14 CBT focuses on awareness of your thoughts, actions, and the consequences ... 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 ...

    ... Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell. You can take it ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... relaxing their marijuana laws, it's still illegal in most places. Therefore, the four main ways for a person to get their hands on some is to be given it for free, illegally buy it from someone, trade for it, or grow it ... 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 ...

    ... it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's ... upfront about the fact that 30 percent of its members go on to abstinence-based programs, if moderation didn't work for them ... 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 ...

    ... . Fear is said to be the opposite of faith, and at some point you can get the courage to take a leap of faith and believe that what is waiting on the other side of addiction is a path to a more fulfilling future. It is a ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... delusions of “ice bugs” end after they've stopped using the drug, or if they've been on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... help you. Call one of our admissions navigators at so they can provide the support and information you need to get on the path toward recovery. Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction problem? Find out in less ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... of alcohol. A liver transplant is the only known cure, yet many ALD patients are unable to get on a list for one of these donated organs. This is because transplant hospitals commonly require patients waiting for ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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    ... or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, however, getting hooked on opioids through a valid prescription is a chilling reality. Once hooked, as a means to fuel that addiction ... continue reading
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    ... I desperately needed and I finally saw the writing on the wall: My tendency toward self-destruction and self ... d met weren't quite in the same head space. Once I got to prison, I saw first-hand how many women were still ... continue reading
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    ... there, a fellow officer pointed out a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply ... for concern. The first is heat. When a person gets hot, their skin dilates and absorption increases. A ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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    ... , as well as remain free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid Supplement Overload: Based on the reactions of benzo-dependent patients, experts generally recommend you avoid the following supplements and substances ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

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    ... of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is ... that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it wrong. Preconceived notions and “one size fits all” ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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    ... light, sound, and touch. However, THC can also adversely affect short-term memory and coordination and can bring on anxiety and paranoia. 3,5,7 In general, some characteristic symptoms of marijuana use are likely to be ... continue reading
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  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look ... “anything that disrupts your normal routine is going to put you on edge, but that's not an indication you have a use ... continue reading
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    ... giving your teenager more responsibilities or extra-curricular activities to get involved with so that he or she doesn't ... The media, bullies, and often family put pressure on teenagers to act and look a certain way, and ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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    ... a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab ... the point that withdrawal resumes. 3 6. Getting Clean is Possible You can! Although benzo withdrawal ... continue reading
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    ... 1 Don't Stock It Some people always have milk on hand; others keep plenty of OJ stocked in the refrigerator ... him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get-together, he sent the leftovers home with them or he just ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

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    ... bath salts may vary between different users and also depend on the dose taken and the method of ingestion. The common ... uncomfortable process and encourage the patient to continue on to a long-term program of recovery. The ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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    ... ” policy tend to drive addicts further underground, ultimately increasing annual drug-related deaths. Safe rooms, on the other hand, encourage them to come forward. Denmark Introduces Safe Rooms Denmark opened its first ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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    ... comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the child's birth. The Department of Corrective Services data ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

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  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

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    ... that makes you feel good right? Over time, your mind gets so used to the extra dopamine that you can't ... Drug and alcohol abuse not only has negative effects on your health but can also have legal consequences that ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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    ... to take a substance regardless of the serious consequences its use entails — consider getting help. It can be extremely difficult to quit using on your own, especially if you are using multiple substances, but there is ... continue reading
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  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

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