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  • 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 ...

    ... times stronger than morphine, classified as a Schedule I Drug and has no medical use. #2 Identifying the Forms of ... ; so there's more product to go around - and more money to be made. Once cut, the powder takes on a brown ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... You might have little money even though your parents seem to be doing reasonably well job-wise. You need to treat ... alcoholism and drug abuse vary, but no one sits down and thinks: “Today, I am going to become an addict ... 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 ...

    ... her SMART Recovery meeting - a tool she used often. “I'm grateful, tonight, to be sober,” she said silently to ... to spend a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... program is the best course of action for lasting sobriety. Skills and coping techniques acquired while in rehab help addicts learn to curb and deny the mental desires to use again. Even with proper medical care, many ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... of drug use so you can give your children the help they need in a timely manner. If you are concerned that your teen ... , cigarettes, etc. Missing cash or other resources (i.e., valuable items which may be pawned for drugs ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... dependence on OxyContin can be severe, making effective detoxification difficult. Detoxing from OxyContin There is no official, standard method for treating addiction to OxyContin. However, IV therapy Medical Detox is a ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... handle the powerful effects of certain combinations. Although mixing any alcohol and drug combination is dangerous, no one should pull the trigger on these three combinations. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does ... 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 ...

    ... cannabis users are willing to pay extra money for marijuana that has specific tastes or potency. And thanks ... change their packaging: “Same product. New look.” But what changed? Not much really, except they increase their ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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

    ... to predict how anyone will respond to trauma, but many who experience it ultimately turn to drugs or ... few weeks, my drinking steadily increased, until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... interview , Hesch described one of the many problems he has with the safe injection site scenario. “As a critical ... injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse to do that.” ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... penalize - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't the appropriate place ... Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. This Issue Has Bipartisan Support Brian Moran, Virginia's secretary ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... H. received fentanyl instead. The switch-up proved fatal. But here's the question: is Chandler to blame for the ... Should the money drug dealers make be used to pay for the funerals of their customers? This seems to have a ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing (or not doing) isn't working. We need some new ideas, and we need them fast. Creators of this challenge hope to generate new solutions that will save lives and ... 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 ...

    ... Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe. Some addicts have gone so far as to dog-nap a family's pooch, ... deliveries, addicts are generally compensated not with money but with drugs. If you or someone you love ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... energy powerhouses. Try to consume at least 120 grams of carbohydrates a day to give the brain the energy it needs to heal. Spread this throughout the day, making sure there's still some in your system by bedtime, since ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... of our lives. Not everyone experiences addiction the same, but the disease is relatively predictable in terms of what ... replaced by addiction. More than a job or making money, true success is the quality of our efforts ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... abuse signs for heroin are somewhat similar but are usually accompanied by dilated pupils, watery ... members, friends or associates showing these drug abuse signs need professional care. The Drug Abuse Helpline at 1-888- ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull ... this category because kratom has a “high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medicinal use ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... television. “He asked me how they could just use his video like that, without his permission, but since it happened in ... be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue the compassion. Video ... 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 ...

    ... moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system ... shouldn't matter as much as the value the drug would have on each person. Advocates state that those who continue drug ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... simple response to that is this: Money. The first company to come up with ... rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Aetna Humana Kaiser Permanente Ciga Rehab insurance coverage Rehab ... 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 ...

    ... at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying all of the participants, ... you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744 ... 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 ...

    ... other, combining Suboxone and cocaine produces two dangerous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has shown to reduce the amount of buprenorphine in the bloodstream of a Suboxone user, which may quickly ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. However, once this threshold has been breached, the drug's side effects begin to harm users both physically and mentally. The Dangers ... 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 ...

    ... 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 takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a ... , it might be only five percent, but it's still there. Clearly, doctors need to be prepared to properly treat this issue ... 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 ...

    ... ' money isn't being wasted on those wanting to use their benefit money on drugs . Previous Results Have Been ... drug testing requirement may completely drive away those in need. Ultimately, however, it's the taxpayers who ... 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 ...

    ... a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos ... 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 ...

    ... and need higher doses of the drug, many people choose to transition to heroin in order to save money ... 207 million in 2013. 2 In the past decade, heroin use has more than doubled in young adults between the ages of 18-25 ... 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 ...

    ... and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as an alternative to opioids but participants ... I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re 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 ...

    ... but Bill was committed to helping his friend through this. “Let me tell you about a place we can go…” The Dope Sick Timeline If Bill can convince John to go to the rehab ... detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... debauchery, where I woke up—I won't get into it. But I realized, Okay, I'm done.” Although Falco had worked with ... it's not uncommon for scenes to play out in rehab facilities or 12-step meetings. Falco said in a recent ... 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 ...

    ... result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new brain imaging tool that can help ... the brain to receive a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... facilities available. Naturally, these places cost big bucks, but the executives and celebs who attend them clearly feel it's worth the extra money. Resort-Style Rehab Exclusivity These places offer extra perks for the ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... an anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain receives no oxygen. The extent of brain damage is largely dependent ... Importance of Rescue Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing, it ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... than ever say they're simply grossed out by the habit. NOLA is Snuffing out Tobacco Most states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon by most people ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... anything she hadn't tried? During her most recent rehab stay, one of the other patients mentioned Ibogaine. ... the amazing claims made about it. Feeling like she had no other options left, she decided to turn to Ibogaine in ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... 000 yearly total each user is spending on their habit (money that isn't going back into the economy in other ... The total cost for diabetes treatment is over $248 billion, but that breaks down to just $11,148 per person. At ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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

    ... day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there ... -month implant, as it prevents users from having to remember take medication on a daily basis ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... a safe sleeping medication on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen evidence for it yet. Our understanding of ... putting in powerful chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... cure to counteract his addiction to morphine, which he had been using as a painkiller . After experimenting with coca ... his death in 1841. If you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call 1-888 ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

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

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... survive a holiday forged in her honor? The Deafening Silence of Loneliness There are no Hallmark cards for moms like me. Though I still have my own mother, sister and daughter-in-law, there is nothing happy about Mother ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

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

    ... be enough to deter drug use in the non-addicted, but for cocaine addicts, these events simply don't register as ... game and predict whether they would win or lose money during each turn. They also monitored the participants ... 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 ...

    ... for those on high doses of the medication, withdrawal has led to seizures and psychosis. What's more, even ... the cognitive impairment studied here fell short of dementia. But this is not always the case… 4. Developing ... 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. ...

    ... jail, on probation, or participating in court-ordered rehab programs. The recidivism rate remains so high in our ... money to deal with addiction through the criminal justice system. Still, as more time has gone on, it has ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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

    ... . It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The ... dispensaries can deliver MJ. Decades ago, no one would have fathomed this ruling would need to be made. Businesses didn't ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... 12 to 17 abuse duster. One in four students has abused duster before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the ... you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744 ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... lots of reports for his handler. The movie is very messed up—but what's even more messed up is that it's based on the ... . If you or someone you know needs help for either, or has a dual-diagnosis involving both, call our ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... illness much more than regular IV heroin use . But how is this possible? HIV and Occasional IV ... . Jennifer Edelman, M.D., those who sporadically used heroin had lower counts of CD4 (which signals a weaker immune system) ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... had substance abuse issues , which eventually led to their crimes. But interestingly enough, a vast number of these women had ... consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched ... 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 ...

    ... this, so let's see what happens when I try it…) Researchers noted that, while they ... more weight on the validity of online information than we should, but here's something important to keep in mind: Just because someone ... 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 ...

    ... amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the ... can offer people a chance to stay out of jail, but I'd want to be sure that mental health professionals made the ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... their pregnancy without any negative outcomes. But this is not the same thing as ... rehab . Now Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... It Hurts Your Job No matter the type of drug you take, abusing that drug can have serious consequences when it ... money you need to spend to support the habit. Combined with the aforementioned detriment drug abuse can have ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... market pills going for up to $90 a piece, the money runs out in the blink of an eye. Eventually, someone ... for. “One substance will go down, but another will go up. And unfortunately, I think (heroin abuse) is going to ... 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 ...

    ... my money when I come to collect” and “I love selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another one of his songs. Stitches has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... is quite common throughout the teenage years, but it could have a more sinister implication. If your ... be related to medical issues or even bullying. Items or money going missing around your house might mean that your kid ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

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

    ... , if Ted wants to feel the same high, he has to do more and more cocaine. The repeated damage to ... a link that totally circumvents the brain's prefrontal cortex. But, what does that mean in plain English? The prefrontal ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be ... to overcome. In fact, tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... , 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of ... methadone maintenance are costly, there's no denying that repeat incarceration carries an incomparably ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... as a Deterrent For years, zero-tolerance supporters have hailed these policies as strong drug deterrents , ensuring ... a safer learning environment. In other words, schools needed to be “tough” on drugs - without prejudice ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

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    ... safe. It does contain dried plant materials, but the active ingredients are actually man-made chemicals ... the plants. The resulting substance is very potent and has effects that are up to ten times stronger than natural ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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    ... of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. Someone told her ... like fun, but Hillary had to say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn't leave town because she had to get ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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    ... unimportant when driving. The concept is simple: You need to see the road! Under the influence of benzos ... per hour or cruising through a neighborhood at 30, your faculties have to be in tip-top shape. At any given moment, ... 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 ...

    ... on the street. In fact, being sober appeared to have made no impact on them at all. It's Time to Break ... Who Answers? so they can provide the information and support you need as to help you get back on the road to recovery. ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

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

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

    ... a result. If this is something you're suffering from, you have a “dual diagnosis” and it's vital that you find the right ... properly. How Do I Treat My Dual Diagnosis? It's important to find a rehab program that will treat ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... vary in association with different substances, but symptoms may be quite pronounced when people ... needs and the intensity of your withdrawal symptoms. 2, 8 There is a continuum of treatment settings where detox and rehab ... 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 ...

    ... rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Aetna Humana Kaiser Permanente Ciga Rehab insurance coverage Rehab ... Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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    ... medications can kill you. Watching the Brain Channel The high number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has spurred researchers to find ways to make these drugs safer. And a recent study conducted by the University ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

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    ... Surge Nationally, the number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8, ... Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users has also nearly doubled among the U.S. population. ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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    ... Heroin belongs to the opiate drug family and it has an indirect negative affect on teeth. Heroin actually ... bright smile…don't do drugs! Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional Reading: Tooth and Consequences: ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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

    ... have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already feeling sleepy at 10 pm. As he debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said a week or so before. “I ... he would no longer engage ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... out there and I believe that methadone is a safe, effective option. You don't have to suffer in silence; no one does.” “ ... have the patient's best interests at heart or focused on money instead of recovery? Absolutely. But ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

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

    ... as a result of picking at their skin. Having a sense and understanding of the physical effects caused ... diseases, all types of drug addictions can be treated but it's important to find an individualized recovery plan ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... was assigned to an employment supervisor while I was at a work-release facility . She was much less discreet than my former boss, as she carried a flask in her purse and had liquor on her breath when she came to pick us ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But ... using heroin or other opioids. If they're having trouble communicating, there's a good chance your ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been ... it's important to deal with it. You might need professional help to handle these thoughts. They may ... 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 ...

    ... to make it out alive? The phone continued to ring, but no one picked up. Allison hung up; there was nothing more ... others. Maybe inpatient rehab works for you, while medication assisted therapy works for me. The main ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    ... sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too ... And with the number of opioid-related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

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

    ... time, and since it wasn't illegal, I pretty much erased it from my memory. But it came back on my radar last year ... important down the road than the very little we have to go on right know. Additional Reading: Trading ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

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    ... who reported never seeing neighborhood drug sales and reported no 30-day use of illicit drugs,” Duncan said. ... seem to explain the change in use this year, as it has done over most of the life of the study,” said Lloyd ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... of the two or three most important things I have done in life.” Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was ... serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world,” said ... 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 ...

    ... was clear that urban addicts and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are ... also seen in the demographics of urban and rural rehab admissions. More than 77 percent of the patients ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... administrative sanction, which means that they don't need to wait to file for probationary periods through the ... and saves money. Also, early tests of Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has shown 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 ...

    ... there is a good chance that you have become addicted to the drug and need help. If you are prioritizing obtaining or ... up to ninety days (and sometimes longer). Some rehab programs cater to a high-end clientele, are very ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... body in many other ways. Shooting Up is no Laughing Matter Even the most experienced, careful intravenous ... look large, these veins are actually very thin and have a tendency to burst under pressure. In addition, blood ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... neither of which I'm able to share,” she said . “But I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization ... this, it is hard to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... It's certainly no secret that drug companies, like every other company, want to make money. But are their plans ... results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... threshold for experiencing pleasure until natural rewards no longer trigger the sensation. Paranoia: These ... are crawling on your skin. It's Just Not Worth It Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved ... 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 ...

    ... a significant part of my “old” life. But even more so, I had to learn how to deal with the personal ... Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... have a problem. Indicators of Ativan addiction include: Cravings: Do you feel a compulsion to use Ativan? Tolerance: Do you need ... no pharmacological treatments are currently available. This detox process and the rehab ... 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 ...

    ... subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed something else (in addition to my brain power) to help me focus and stay alert. That's when energy drinks soon became ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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

    ... to build; it has taken me years to build ... relationships with therapists over the course of my five years in recovery. After all, we're sharing deep traumas that led us to harm ourselves. We need ... 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 ...

    ... too self-absorbed to care. The time came to complete probation, but I forgot about that not-so-fine print — the conditions I had yet to even begin. Time for a Do-Over I went back to court to request to stay on probation ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

    ... according to Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Stephen Doberstein, yet has one key difference: it's designed to reach the ... and supporters. One thing's for sure, though: We need all the help we can get to beat this deadly ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... As your heart and arteries become less effective, blood no longer travels through the body as it should. In ... birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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

    ... could include: “I am on a medication and I can't drink alcohol,” “I have early plans tomorrow morning ... others out there who are staying sober this holiday season. No matter what stage of recovery you are in, it is ... continue reading
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