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  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have a shorter acute phase, closer to seven days. Long-acting ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their ... of street drugs altogether. Additional Reading: Benzo Epidemic - A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... alcohol in pill form.” Measuring Benzo Intoxication But while intoxication by alcohol can be easily measured with a breathalyzer, it's harder to determine with Xanax or other prescription medications. Prosecutors ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who are prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like you can pop a benzo and twenty ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on the ... Shockingly Easy Researchers discovered that when you take a benzo, your dopamine levels surge, which floods your ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan) are a hidden killer ... 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 ...

    ... of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine ... about benzo withdrawal: 1. A Long Withdrawal Process For most people, benzo withdrawal isn't a matter of ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... and exercise to calm her anxiety, and decreased her Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, benzo withdrawal can be dangerous and can cause seizures ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) Klonopin (clonazepam) Spotlight on Benzo-Related ... ? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but it's absolutely possible. As a nation, our first step ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... , Percocet, Vicodin, etc.). Alcohol + benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.). Cocaine + heroin. Alcohol + cocaine. Alcohol and Opioids Opioids are a class of drug that includes both heroin, an opiate derived ... 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 ...

    ... Specifics Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a member of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... inmates are systematically cut-off from their methadone program or cut-off cold turkey. However, according to a recent study, this methadone policy may lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her ... 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 ...

    ... where there was increased alcohol availability in the form of bars, restaurants and liquor stores. Those who successfully committed suicide also had a higher blood alcohol content than those who survived suicide attempts ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

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

    ... a place to live, being accepted by those around you. It's no wonder why so many struggle to cope with this new, seemingly hopeless, reality - and oftentimes an unfortunate relapse. Temptation From Behind Bars ... at a time - ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... s friend recognized the signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... Kelly had finally reached an all-time low. She knew she had become physically and psychologically dependent on Xanax . She couldn't get a new job - she couldn't really do much of anything. She knew she needed to stop…she ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... learning to manage our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend feeling our feelings, rather than relying on a crutch. The more Xanax we use, the less we're able to navigate tough situations without them. We start thinking ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... Sun show that alcohol-fueled air rage incidents have jumped a staggering 40 percent in the last year alone. The Civil ... be approved. Additional Reading: Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates Image ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... go right back to abusing once released from prison. A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reports one- ... behind bars in county jail would be able to be released immediately. Although prisons have a responsibility ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

    ... more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip ( ... the liquor store. So my answer is this: It's entirely a personal choice, and I respect your choice. What I don't ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking benzos, they lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax ... effects. However, a relaxing effect isn' ... 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 ...

    ... 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 driver after her sister vomited in the cab, and ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... that rates of bath salts and synthetic marijuana use are much higher than this data showed. Portrait of a Synthetic Drug User Researchers found that the drugs were more commonly used by males, white people, older people ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... , but its DEA classification did. In 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration re-classified tramadol, making it a Schedule IV controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has additional regulations on its use ... 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 ...

    ... quickly travels into the bloodstream, through the lungs, and on to the brain. This process is completed within a few minutes, but the high can last for several hours. Though you might think THC affects everyone the same ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a stroke. Her brain had suffered some damage alright, but it was due to the gram of meth she'd used that ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

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

    ... use it as an over-the-counter sleep aid, while others enjoy the sedative and euphoric effects it provides as a result of dopamine release. However, tolerance can develop in as little as few days, meaning you have to take ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... in each of its metropolitan areas. After 18 months of operation, Denmark's safe rooms seem to have provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - ... 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 ...

    ... court-ordered to take regular drug tests. It's Cheap Experts warn it can cost as little as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of ... 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 ...

    ... craft cannabis.” Like craft beer, this weed is considered an artisan product, carefully cultivated for those with a finer “taste.” Small shops are growing their own products and marketing them as better quality than your ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... resolution in support of these supervised injection sites in 2017. Of course, the idea of legal injection sites as a harm reduction measure is highly debated. On one side, there are people who think it's simply “enabling ... 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 ...

    ... study, is if you smoke and have no back pain, quit before you develop a chronic condition. What Smokers Need to Know If you are a smoker who's been relieving chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not ... 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 ...

    ... time, unaware that the medications are only for short-term use. This destructive cycle has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing medications on the market ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

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

    ... street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a look at the latest numbers, shall we? In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... to it. Yes, it can influence our behavior, but so can anything that is naturally rewarding, from a game of baseball to a clean house to an ocean view. There simply isn't enough proof to regard cryptocurrency addiction as ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... toxicity, it's no surprise that just two milligrams of carfentanil can kill 100 people. Think about that for a minute: two milligrams can kill 100 people. Adding fuel to the already raging opioid epidemic , both of these ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... negatively affect substance abuse treatment success. Let's take a look at those studies now: Study #1 This research ... smokers, 78.7 percent smoked at least half a pack a day and more than 60 percent considered themselves ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... it all off, there's also U-4770 mixed in, which is a synthetic opioid known on the streets as “ Pink .” “Gray ... fentanyl and other fillers. Oftentimes, users don't have a way of telling if the heroin they've purchased is ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... this recent study , getting married tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I Do” Here's why marriage can be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of all, marriage helps keep the other person in check, experts believe. This ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

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

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

    ... drug addiction recovery. And with the number of opioid-related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that could help millions in their fight to permanently kick drugs like ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... Crack, an alternate form of cocaine, is made from a mixture of powder cocaine, baking soda and water. The ... , known as crack rocks, can be smoked and provide a much more intense high. The negative side effects of cocaine ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... U.S. emergency room staff began seeing patients who were suffering from Kratom use. Some end up in the ER as a result of overuse. Others, unaware of the addictive nature of the opiate drug , are seen for symptoms they do ... 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 ...

    ... to accomplish this goal actually harmful to the public? Do they keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. Big Pharma Spends Big Bucks $880 million. That's ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... shooting up . In fact, inmates have gotten pretty creative. Using a pen, a paper clip, the broken tip of a needle, a lighter, dental floss and a bottle of Visine, inmates create shoddy (and contaminated) syringes on the ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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

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

    ... … If you can relate to Allison - or her brother, Alex - it's important to realize that recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. While 12-Step may work for some, it may fail miserably for others. Maybe inpatient rehab ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

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

    ... impact on their job performance. Drugs and Work Just Don't Mix On-the-job drug use creates a long list of problems. In addition to lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft, or low employee morale, drug ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

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

    ... the way to go. In general, one or two kids are generally the leaders, and the others are followers. It sounds a little Lord of the Flies, but that's how most cultures around the world, including our own, are set up. You ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject ... space ready to go this spring. He hopes to mobilize a team of 200 volunteers to pass out more than four ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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

    ... it turns out they might be the key to lowering drunk driving-related deaths and injuries. Take a Deep Breath A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that mandatory in-car breathalyzer tests saved ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... positive effects on mood, motivation, and energy. A cocaine high is a pretty short-lived high, and that means it' ... effects. When the body becomes addicted to cocaine, a constant supply of the drug is needed to avoid ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

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

    ... of whom need help but go untreated, we remain relentless in our pursuit to transform addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated disease.” I can't help but wonder if this company was so concerned ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... absolutely possible. To launch your break out of victimhood, start with these steps: Get Outside Your Own Head As a victim, your default setting is self-centered thinking. How does this affect me? How do I feel? What can ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

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

    ... you were wired. You can fool this cop. Besides, it's not like I'm drunk. They can't just give me a test and haul me off to jail.” The officer approached Steve's window. Steve had his license and registration ready. “Hey ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... daily life. When this mental record-keeping system is tampered with, new information - such as memories - fall into a void and are never processed. Simply put; it's not about forgetting what happened, it's the fact that ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... For opiate-addicted parents receiving treatment via methadone programs, the rate of recovery is dismally low, according to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people ... 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 ...

    ... make people understand that my heart has shut down in an effort to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with grief, I am also drowning in guilt.” - Mary Beth Cichocki Mother's ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... . Now Aiden is docile, quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less personality now, but his parents don't have to work as hard to manage him. In some areas of the U ... 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 ...

    ... There is help out there and I believe that methadone is a safe, effective option. You don't have to suffer in silence ... them are professional, well-run and supportive.” “A methadone program may not be right for everyone, ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... diarrhea, Kathy was more than willing to give Methadone a chance, after all she wanted to get clean. While ... ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What ... 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 ...

    ... spray mass spectrometry , analyzes the molecules in a fingerprint. As your body metabolizes drugs, it ... this method detect specific level of impairment, making it a viable test for drivers? That's something that remains ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... capture and analyze THC molecules in the vapor phase. How Will This Test Improve Driver Safety? Why is this a big deal, you ask? With marijuana now legalized in more than half the states, law enforcement officials are in ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... was found playing with hypodermic needles. She's worked as a prostitute. Three of her children were born addicted to ... in the middle of this epidemic. Most recently a judge in Ohio offered Vivitrol - an opioid-antagonist ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... understand what you're going through. You will be allowed a lot more freedom than with other treatment centers, and the ... with solid programs for addiction recovery. If you book a place in one of these programs, you can be ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... essential that it be considered in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by appropriate use of the drug (e.g., patient ... 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 ...

    ... in their profession. They may also justify it as a reward for their hard work or career success. Drinking ... it is up to the individual to admit they have a problem and seek help, your influence can help steer them ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... this reflects the fact that drinking behavior is determined by a host of factors, like the day of the week, ... to be bothered that much by the temporary discomfort of a hangover, since it does not get them to delay their ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... while driving drunk. But even if you manage to avoid causing a tragic car accident, you're still not home free. Let ... typically have to pay an installment fee, plus a monthly fee to have it recalibrated (anywhere from ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... interventions for patients recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name brand of the generic drug alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine. It is available as an immediate release and extended ... 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 ...

    ... drugs occurs when someone attempts to maintain or achieve a certain high. Stimulants affect two key areas of ... Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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

    ... down by their teen's behavior. Their parenting becomes a constant cycle of trial and error as they try to ... how the situation should be handled. You have to present a unified front and let your child know that mom and dad ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... between the drug rehab facility and home. These may be used to help prevent the chance of relapse as a person gets back on his or her feet. Aftercare may also include group assistance and support programs like Narcotics ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... addicted to Klonopin, consider these questions: 1. Do I have a prescription for this drug? 2. Am I taking this drug as ... the drug, so you might need to start a detoxification program under your doctor's supervision. Once ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

    ... these meds because: The demand is so high It's easy to obtain in large quantities It doesn't show up in a drug screen With all this in mind, do you think there should be additional restrictions on gabapentin? If so, what ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... if our friends suddenly sober up , may not believe the lies any more. It's much harder to fool a sober person. Sober friends represent a glaring truth that we don't want to see. So, we prefer that our friends stay in the ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... , such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for nearly a fourth of drug-related deaths in 2015. Heroin is ... to back alleys and poor neighborhoods. In fact, a growing number of overdoses now occur in suburban and non ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world of the writer or poet is a minefield. Robert Louis Stevenson In just six days, Stevenson wrote 60,000 words. The reason was cocaine , and he ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... offers them the best shot at recovery. Other prefer to work through treatment while living in the comfort of a familiar home environment. Another question to ask is whether you want to involve your family in treatment . ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... way out of drug abuse or addiction. 14. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas was arrested in 2004 at a hotel because guests smelled his marijuana. 15. Rob Van Dam Rob Van Dam was suspected from the WWE for ... 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 ...

    ... states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon ... children and young adults started smoking in 2012. If you're a new smoker, it's best to quit before the habit ... 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 ...

    ... Link to Early Incarceration Recent research examined the correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... Thailand for sale in countries like the U.S. #2. It's Easy to Obtain Kratom “bars” are popping up and serving the drug as a brewed beverage. States like Colorado, New York, North Carolina, are opening spots where you can ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I moved to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 spent nationally on corrections that ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

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

    ... she realized she can find healthier, non-alcoholic ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars Well, duh! This one might seem a bit obvious, but it was very difficult for Michelle. She wanted to hang out with co-workers ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... telling us to stay safe, like when we feel a wave of panic as we walk past a dive bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among residents and business ... 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 ...

    ... be offered treatment instead of being arrested and charged with a crime. Seven out of 10 felt the same way about ... treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... long time. This slower processing can surprise many people - especially if a drug test is looming in the near future. Benzo Boost Kate had a stressful weekend. She took a few Valium to get through the family reunion (and ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... almost immediately overdose or return to prison a few months later with a new drug offense. Thankfully, the prison ... who have used it, the drug does give people a fighting chance - providing them with the ability to think ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are released back into society without the tools to avoid returning ... 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 ...

    ... 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 suffering ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... your own Having someone watch or photograph you in a sexual manner Being exposed to someone else's body ... It is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims become ... 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. ...

    ... impact a variety of policies in the future, but what if this new approach was applied to the criminal justice realm? Would it significantly impact all those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance ... 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 ...

    ... history of arrests for drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain ... 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 ...

    ... in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers ... percent of California's 40,000 licensed druggists participate in a PDMP, while only 15.5 percent of licensed prescribers ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... can see that there does appear to be some correlation between a state's level of religiosity and its drug use, at least ... between the religious and nonreligious rates (purple bars). Right away, we can see that across ... continue reading
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