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  • Addiction and Stigma

    The concept of stigma describes the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction. Stigma has the potential to negatively affect a person's self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those ...

    ... based facts. Speaking up when you see someone mistreated because of their drug use. Sharing ... health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What is a Drug Abuse Hotline Number? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction, alcoholism and treatment. If you are ...

    ... substances, you have more options than you may realize. Someone is available to talk to you and provide assistance at ... an addiction to how to find a drug or alcohol rehab center near you. If you're interested in addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations when someone begins using drugs. Some people become addicted to drugs ...

    ... underscore how important it is to get help for yourself or someone close to you who is struggling ... abuse effects can be physical, mental and emotional. Substance abuse rehab or treatment can help put a stop to the harm ... continue reading
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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... being judged. Using problematic labels—such as calling someone with a SUD an addict—can perpetuate that stigma ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... can feel intimidating, but here's the truth: If you or someone you love needs help with substance abuse, rehab is the best way to go. Don't try to get sober on your own when there is so much help out there and available ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine are abused any time they are used, prescription ...

    ... is Now If you are abusing or addicted to drugs or know someone who is, today is the day to start on the road to ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper detox program . ... a longer-acting sedative. For example, if someone is dependent on a very short-acting benzodiazepine ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... There is also an increased risk of suicide while someone is under the influence, per the Diagnostic and ... insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

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

    ... , who helped pay for part of his inpatient rehab and then got the NFL Players Association to pick up some of ... That's my truth.” Help is Here : If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug abuse , call and ... continue reading
  • Early Recovery : 7 Healthy Habits for Family Members

    Once your family member has successfully completed an inpatient rehab program, she's probably looking forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the dinner table, the family's eager to welcome her back. Despite ...

    ... to make the transition from rehab to home a lot easier for everyone. #1. Get your feelings out during therapy ... great way to strengthen the family bond. For someone who was struggling with an addiction, feeling that they ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

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

    ... your insurance provider may be able to cover all or part of the cost of rehab and associated therapies. Get Help for Substance Abuse If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, call our helpline at to ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... but from overdose itself. 20 Prevention If you or someone you know is an intravenous drug user, there are ... , work, or school responsibilities in order to receive rehab services. They may not be suitable for those suffering ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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

    ... , rock-bottom moments have the power to make someone feel so incredibly uncomfortable that they actively seek out ... on a daily basis. 3 If an addict goes through rehab and relapses a couple months afterward, that doesn't ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... seemed to always have court, so I met with someone different each time. None of them bothered to open my ... I ran back to rehab to escape arrest. Fortunately, the judge saw this as me trying hard to get my life together. ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

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

    ... They Discourage You from Getting Help Whether it's checking into an inpatient rehab program or just casually ... a typical night with your friends mean sitting in someone's living room or basement and using drugs? Does your ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits its effects differently and presents with unique dangers. Compared with oral routes, snorting or ...

    ... head. Finding Help for Substance Abuse If you or someone you know suffers from a drug addiction, help is available ... diagnosis : The concept of dual diagnosis rehab refers to patients who require simultaneous treatment ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... to indicate that naloxone discourages addicts from entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one ... now provide access to naloxone. If you or someone you know struggles with opiate addiction, help is available ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind 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 ...

    ... Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it wrong. Preconceived ... - the user's life. Here are five signs that someone you love may be a high-functioning addict: They Make ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the ... drug trade. She was selling drugs and sex for money to get by; she was also selling to use. A non-violent ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... being traded for drugs, offer your money for rehab instead. 3. Taking Over Their Responsibilities Taking ... end, the desire to change must come from within. When someone suffering from an addiction is enabled, he or she is ... 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 ...

    ... I don't want to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal ... pain Going to multiple doctors to get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding ... 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 ...

    ... Timeline If Bill can convince John to go to the rehab facility and face his dope addiction, he'll receive ... is time and sobriety. Dope sickness typically hits after someone goes without their drug of choice for 6 to 12 ... 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 ...

    ... people's success stories Learning about how someone else found the drive to get and stay sober can be inspiring. You ... as you need to because choosing the right rehab program could be the difference between staying sober ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... it should have been: on their sobriety . Could Smoking Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out, people in rehab have higher rates of cigarette use than the rest of the general population. And according to two recent ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... also seen in the demographics of urban and rural rehab admissions. More than 77 percent of the patients in ... and urban citizens are equally susceptible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... so they can be treated properly. How Do I Treat My Dual Diagnosis? It's important to find a rehab program that will treat both your substance abuse and mental health disorder simultaneously. If you don't find a program ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... … People thought I was killed.” “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used to beat up the girls. He would tie up ... of the internees, acknowledged using violence to get some patients to enter the facility. He ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

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

    ... can play a major role in predicting whether someone develops a drug or alcohol addiction in ... also experienced sexual abuse. Learn more about contacting a rehab center in your area. Image Credits: p2srmedia/neontommy/ ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... to fully recover . A better course of action is to speak with a professional about enrolling in an opiate rehab program that offers smoking cessation classes. Once there, you can work with your doctor to address the back ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below: Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana Aetna Kaiser Permanente continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal thoughts, there are special rehab centers that specialize in this very issue. Trained staff members are on hand 24 hours a day ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BENZO ADDICTION TREATMENT Find out if your insurance coverage includes benzo addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below: Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana Aetna Kaiser Permanente ... 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. ...

    ... the system serving out lesser sentences, whether in the county jail, on probation, or participating in court-ordered rehab programs. The recidivism rate remains so high in our society because a one-size-fits-all punitive ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... . His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

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

    ... , 2010). CHECK YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT Find out if your insurance coverage includes addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below: Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana Aetna Kaiser Permanente continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... the links below to find out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... the links below to find out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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

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

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

    ... You can take your life back from addiction. Call now to get help. Can't Stop Using Why can't many people ... the watch of a professional. In an inpatient rehab center, various methods of addiction counseling and treatment ... 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 ...

    ... , headaches or restlessness. Many addicts looking to get clean will go through a detox process to ... lasting sobriety. Skills and coping techniques acquired while in rehab help addicts learn to curb and deny the mental ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... the links below to find out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield ... 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 ...

    ... blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? Her parents retained a lawyer and were trying to get him released to a rehab. A few years later, Allison dialed the phone to wish Alex a happy birthday. He didn't answer ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... Brain damage Death Treatment for Inhalant Abuse Getting medical help to treat an inhalant abuse ... may be hard to find, there are plenty of inpatient rehab facilities in your area with medical staff who are trained to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... to prescriptions or buying pills off the street gets too expensive, heroin becomes a much cheaper option ... 2014 survey revealed that 94 percent of people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

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

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

    ... an Adderall addiction. When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose one that offers ... rising faster than the number of children and teens getting the same drugs. Is Adderall Dangerous for Everyone? ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get the teen to accept help, it ...

    ... consequences may be more severe. Intervention Unless your teen is willing to go to a detox and rehab facility and get help recovering from alcohol dependence, you may need to stage an intervention. Intervention is when a ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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

    ... At the very least, you'll want to be proactive by getting familiar with the dangers these confections pose. And on that note, ... your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the ... 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 ...

    ... now rising much faster than the number of children and teenagers getting the same drugs. How Can You Help? If you're ... Adderall addiction . When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose one that ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of both prescription and illicit drugs. From the classification of drugs according to their potential for abuse to the legalization or ...

    ... many changes over the years. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, drug courts send someone to treatment instead of prison every four minutes . Approximately $6,120 is spent in the United States ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at . ...

    ... is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at . There is always someone available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Signs and Effects of Drug Addiction Addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Vs. Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

    ... who need treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction actually receive it - when it is affecting you or someone close to you, there are many things you can do to help address the burgeoning problem of drug abuse . ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... in the liver that detoxify the body. “One way to look at it,” Dr. Colbert said , “is to ask what does someone look like who is dying of liver failure? They're sallow, they're pasty, they're cold, their pores are huge ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

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

    ... component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through the lungs, and on to the brain. This ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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

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

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

    ... closure and enhanced infection severity observed in intoxicated patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... the city. After a day of deliveries, addicts are generally compensated not with money but with drugs. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction , call our toll-free helpline at and talk to a recovery ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... ; authorities say there are about 100,000 people addicted to the drug. But it is hard to accurately diagnose someone who also abuses heroin because of the similar symptoms. In the U.S. there was a major health scare ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... results will be unique, thanks to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... : Depression Anxiety Mood swings Social isolation Decreased performance at work or school Hallucinations If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... Amphetamines are often used by those who would like to stay awake longer, so you might see someone with narcolepsy taking them. These drugs cause euphoric effects similar to cocaine when taken incorrectly. An amphetamine ... 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 ...

    ... its popularity and broad acceptance, alcohol may present the most danger to an uninformed Suboxone user. When someone begins Suboxone, he or she may not consider the risks of drinking alcohol . However, the combination ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    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 ... 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, ...

    ... painkillers The rate of non-medical use of opioids, which means using a prescription not as directed or using someone else's prescription, actually fell according to a study in the October 13 issue of the Journal of the ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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

    ... for a long time,” said Monnat. “Often, emergency rooms or urgent care clinics might be the only place for someone to receive treatment in a rural area.” There are a small number of factors set up to prevent painkiller ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... anger and high-intensity sadness compared to when they were sober. In other words, they could tell if someone was extremely angry or slightly sad, but not when they were seriously sad or just a little angry. Researchers ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning ... 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 ...

    ... Now I can handle it. This justification is a loophole for relapse, as well as active addiction. When someone feels that their life is now more manageable — perhaps, due to a period of sobriety or fixing certain problems ... 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 ...

    ... an 82-year-old woman inside her own home. Derren Morrison, 26, was reportedly hallucinating and convinced someone was trying to kill him when he attacked Louise Clinton. The grandmother received medical care at a local ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... is steadily climbing and has already reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country. If you or someone you love is abusing Opana , it is crucial to seek professional help as the consequences of continued ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... the fact that these are highly addictive products being mass marketed,” concluded Dr. Smith. If you know someone who uses E-cigarettes, educate them about the dangers of these products. Suggest that they quit and offer ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    ... smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... harmful lifestyle . On the other hand, if healthcare professionals, treatment centers and society as a whole view you as someone who is sick and needs care, you're more likely to seek treatment. You no longer feel like a ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... 's identity and substance use are both captured in the sample. This eliminates dishonest practices, like using someone else's urine to pass a screening. Researchers point out the benefits of fingerprint testing in a ... 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 ...

    ... to continue their investigation to determine an ideal individualized dose that could be used to help someone taper off prescription painkillers, like OxyContin . Could Marijuana Really Stop the Opioid Epidemic? Previous ... 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 ...

    ... But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the same emotions someone battling addiction feels. We're Not So Different Even though a person with addiction and their loved one may ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... fulfilled sense of self. These 8 effective techniques will have you feeling better in no time. #1. Talk to someone about how you feel. It's not always easy to describe how you feel. However, keeping your feelings bottled ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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

    ... or support system that's conducive to the addict's detrimental behaviors . It's incredibly hard to love someone unconditionally, know there is an issue, and resist helping (anyway you feel you can). However, enabling a ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... prescribed. Knowing the warning signs of abuse creates a better opportunity to address the problem. Concerned about someone you love? Talk to a professional treatment advisor at today to discuss your options. What is ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

    ... damage the reproductive system and/or hinder the ability to get pregnant 3 . Women under the influence of drugs and ... to cover all or part of the cost of rehab and associated therapies. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... able to cover all or part of the cost of rehab and associated therapies. #4. How Do I Plan an ... you say it. Take some time to talk it over with the group and get clear on what it is you are going to say to them. Avoid “you ... 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 ...

    ... to associate the drug with greater enjoyment and therefore making them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will change the way we think about addiction research to ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... to the myriad Americans abusing it today. If you or someone you know is struggling with tramadol abuse, the battle ... . Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand New Bag Image Source: Shutterstock, ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

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

    ... up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is ... drink, but rather how quickly you consume it. Essentially, when someone drinks too much too fast, a wall goes up in ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

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

    ... to a bar is that there is no need to worry about getting back once the night is over. This was followed by drinking at ... be conveniently located in your home. If you or someone you know is confined to your home during this ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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

    ... the blood flow (in nearly all areas of his brain) is reduced. Compared to someone who doesn't use marijuana, Bill's brain is getting less of the essential oxygenated blood it needs. A glance around reveals tissue damage ... continue reading
  • Workplace Drug Abuse

    The Problem of Workplace Drug Abuse Of all drug users, 68.9% are employed and active in the workplace, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) . Additionally, 1/3 of all employees are aware of illegal sale of drugs ...

    ... from the National Safety Council allows businesses to get an estimate of how much addiction may be ... What to Do if You Suspect Someone Is Using Illegal Substances If you feel that someone in your workplace is using illegal ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

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

    ... scenes of the dealers cooking up several batches of “bad” drugs. In a cruel twist of fate, the daughter gets her hands on some of those deadly barn-cooked drugs and, unfortunately, things go from bad to worse. The video ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... they're really taking. In an interview with Vice, Chambers said , “Most people were saying they got bath salts because they thought they were buying Molly.” Why Ban Drug Testing Kits? Unfortunately, most music festivals ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... . If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand New Bag Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

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

    ... or even cause death. Parker, however, began to sweat a lot, feet anxious and grind her teeth. She got a headache and felt nauseous. Believe it or not, Parker's symptoms are also considered common effects of ecstasy . ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

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

    ... that most meth addicts began using the drug because they were desperately seeking pleasure, but what they ended up getting is nothing short of a nightmare. long-term use destroys the body's dopamine receptors - and the ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

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

    ... Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome change. It Produces Results Users report that ... 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 ...

    ... down . As a result, experts warn would-be buyers that there is no way of being sure they are getting authentic modafinil from the black market or from abroad, as the mystery pills could be sugar-coated placebos, made ... 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 ...

    ... rising rates of binge drinking among women. “It's like the smoking cigarettes campaign where we've got to the point in advertising drinking, in whatever form, in social media, becomes dangerous,” said alcohol researcher ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... can also cause UTIs. Combined with the fact that drinking makes you urinate more often, you've got all the ingredients for a pretty miserable situation. Urinary Tract and Alcohol A study published last November in ... continue reading
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