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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 withdrawal from certain ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

    Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chronic pain conditions. While Tramadol is similar to other prescription opioid pain relievers such as ...

    ... Tramadol seizure risk? ” The Opiates subreddit, which focuses specifically on opiate and opioid drugs, was a close ... instances of Tramadol in discussions. However, the Kratom section - with about 8,500 readers - places ... 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 ...

    ... . Despite its legal fate, the fact remains that there's still a lot of information we don't know about kratom - and that knowledge could prove to be much more important down the road than the very little we have to go on ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... across this article . Now, not only is there a lot more known about kratom, it's the subject of much debate lately. The Past, Present and Future Kratom is an herbal supplement derived from the leaves of a tree native to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Opiate Abuse

    Prescription opiates are effective in the treatment of pain, but they have the potential to be addictive and, in fact, many people are struggling with opiate painkiller addictions. According to the National Institutes of Health, opioids account for ...

    ... 4 of 5 new heroin users first abused prescription opiates . Teen Drinking and Opiate Abuse Teen drinking and opiate abuse has also increased over the years. Opiate addiction in particular is becoming a problem for teens ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

    Substance abuse experts indicate that it is never safe to mix alcohol and Lortab . Although Lortab is a relatively harmless pain reliever when used appropriately and alcohol is safe in moderation, the combined effects of mixing Lortab and alcohol ...

    ... a relapse . Statistics for Alcohol and Lortab Misuse The growing non-medical, non-prescription use of opiates such as Lortab has become a major public health concern. Opiate-based drugs like Lortab have been responsible ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects and Treatment

    Dilaudid Uses Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or it may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... . It is often used as part of a long-term maintenance plan for opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It is often combined with naloxone (as Suboxone ), which helps prevent ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... substance abuse can be extremely serious. Anti-anxiety medication (such as benzodiazepines) and opiate painkillers (such as hydrocodone and oxycodone) are the most commonly misused types of prescription drugs. Find out ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment

    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... about amphetamines can help you better understand what they are and if you or a loved one needs help for amphetamine ... from co-occurring amphetamine and opiate addiction or amphetamine and alcohol addiction, which can ... 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 ...

    ... 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…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually ... 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 ...

    ... other negative consequences (e.g., blood-borne illnesses). Still, because many people develop tolerance to prescription opiates and need higher doses of the drug, many people choose to transition to heroin in order to ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, morphine, and codeine. Heroin, for example, is made from the ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

    The United States has the highest rate of opioid use per capita in the world. As a nation, we consume 80% of the world's opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a ...

    ... large number of people are sent to jail because of illicit drugs, including opiates. 11 So what happens if you are physically dependent on opiates, get arrested, and then you're sent to jail? One survey found that out of ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates—such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin —are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... of opioid use . What Does It Mean to Be Addicted to Prescription Opiates? Prescription opiates are both psychologically and physiologically addictive. Psychologically, the drugs are addictive because users will crave the ... 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 ...

    ... approach for stemming runaway rates of nonintentional opioid-analgesic-related deaths,” wrote opiate abuse researchers Dr. Mark S. Brown and Marie J. Hayes in a commentary published alongside the study. Getting Down ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use: Short-Term Effects, Long-Term Effects and Treatment

    What Is Demerol Used For? Demerol is a prescription opioid painkiller with effects similar to those of the illicit opiate drug heroin, including the production of a pleasant, euphoric state among those who use it. Demerol is a branded formulation of ...

    ... . Respiratory depression is a characteristic, dose-dependent response to the use of opiates like heroin and, in a similar manner, to that of prescription opioid painkillers . When severe, it can result in inadequate ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Lortab Used For? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to those of OxyContin. Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... have abused or misused Lortab. Consider these other alarming statistics: Lortab and drugs in the same category (opiates) are some of the most prescribed and abused drugs in the U.S. More than 200 prescription medications ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Morphine Used For? Morphine is the primary chemical component of opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Morphine use can create a high that includes ...

    ... as the gold standard of pain relievers. Morphine use can create a high that includes feelings of euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can be addictive. This means that: The body develops a tolerance to the drug ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... . Lead to mental health problems. In the above cases, someone with an opiate addiction will commit more time, effort, and resources to obtaining and using the desired drug. This will leave fewer resources to manage the ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    Overview of Codeine Abuse “Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.” Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a ...

    ... addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.” Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

    It is never safe to mix alcohol with other medications. Morphine—an opiate—can be particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, given its ability to intensify the effects of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol and morphine facts and information ...

    ... programs will generally be able to assist with multi-substance withdrawal and recovery. Statistics for Alcohol and Morphine Use The growing non-medical use of opiate drugs such as morphine continues to be a major public ... continue reading
  • Effects of Lortab Use—Short-Term, Long-Term, and Side Effects

    What Is Lortab Used For? Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone —an opiate used to manage pain—and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of hydrocodone . Lortab ...

    ... of ingestion, Lortab abuse poses serious risks to your health. The effects of opiate medications render them highly addictive, and what may begin as recreational misuse can quickly develop into a life-altering drug ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or allows ...

    ... quell his mind initially. However, numerous crashes in experimental aircraft took their toll on his health, and he started injecting opiates into the muscle. There is no doubt he was a genius, however; he helped design ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Norco Used For? Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate-to-severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than ...

    ... cocaine combined cannot compete with. The CDC now touts opiate abuse as an epidemic . Since 1992, the recreational use of opiate drugs has tripled , and the United States is the world's most culpable nation, consuming ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Hydrocodone Used For? Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate-to-severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in ...

    ... painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate-to-severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... . Drink despite the risk of harmful results. Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is the most commonly prescribed opiate pain reliever in the US and is found in many brand name forumulations , like: Hycodan. Lortab. Lorcet-HD. Norco ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse and Addiction in the U.S. and Throughout the World

    What Is the History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation? As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. For as long as drugs have been used, there have been those who have abused ...

    ... development in the 20th century, more drugs with abuse potential became available. LSD , methamphetamine , and synthetic opiates are all relatively recent drugs. To counter the growing tide of addiction, drug laws became ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... robberies Indiana alone reported 68 of those incidents. Pain relievers and other drugs with abuse potential - such as opiates, benzodiazepines, methadone, and oxycodone - were the biggest casualties in these cases . ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs and Addiction Treatment Programs

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise in prescription drug abuse . ...

    ... Others might contain synthetic opioids that, to some degree, mimic the effects of the opiates. These medicines modify pain signaling and are frequently prescribed for a variety of types of moderate-to-severe pain relief ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose Symptoms, Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

    How Is Heroin Consumed? Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin.” In ...

    ... belongs to a class of drug called opiates , which are central nervous system depressants. ... their tolerance level—placing themselves at risk should they relapse and attempt to take the same amount of heroin they were ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Oxycodone Abuse

    If you are concerned about yourself or someone else who has been combining alcohol and oxycodone, it is no surprise. These two substances should never be combined, as doing so heightens the dangers inherent to the use of each individual substance. ...

    ... with more information about oxycodone, alcohol, abuse of the two and the dangers of combining these substances. Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse Effects of Opiates on the Body Oxycodone Overdose To learn more about rehab ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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

    ... naltrexone. They are used to help you stop abusing harmful opiates (like heroin) and prescription opioids (like OxyContin) and return to a more stable and productive life. Though these drugs that treat opioid dependence ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... important to stress to teens that prescription drug abuse , such as opiate use , can be enormously dangerous, and it can evolve into a full-fledged addiction and the use of other drugs. In fact, NIDA reports that almost ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Dilaudid Used For? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used ...

    ... euphoric effects. Its euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur when Dilaudid is taken in high doses or when it ... continue reading
  • Effects of Ativan Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Is Ativan Harmful? Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for the short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It is sometimes used to manage intractable insomnia, and as a sedative for ...

    ... the case of mixing benzodiazepines with alcohol, illicit opiates or prescription opioids . For instance, according ... with other drugs of abuse—especially alcohol and/or other sedatives . Because the drug reduces anxiety ... 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 ...

    ... Behaviors, marking the first time researchers were able to establish a connection between a patient's positive mood and lower-than-usual drug cravings. The Importance of Getting Some ZZZ's When you think about it, these ... 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% are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study. However, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or moment of ...

    ... our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15% are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 ... which could ultimately cut addiction rates, reduce crime, and limit the spread of infectious diseases. How to Find ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, sold in the United States under the brand name Soma , is a centrally-acting skeletal muscle relaxant that is prescribed to relieve discomfort related to painful musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle injuries and spasms. ...

    ... , it was not subject to the stringent controls that apply to many other prescription drugs, such as opiates and sedatives. More recently, though—on January 11, 2012—the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) named carisoprodol a ... continue reading
  • Effects of Alcohol and Drugs on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    How Do Drugs Affect the Reproductive System? Substance misuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in several ways. It may contribute to serious health problems, such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and ...

    ... withdrawal shortly after birth. This is common in infants exposed to heroin and other opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines , barbiturates , and caffeine. Drugs that may have negative effects on infants during pregnancy ... continue reading
  • Steps to Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Addiction

    Addiction is a strong, negative force in the U.S. and around the world. Signs and symptoms of addiction may begin slowly and without the individual's awareness but, in a short amount of time, someone can find themselves unexpectedly in the depths of ...

    ... . This is the best to way to learn about the type and length of addiction treatment you may need. Your physician can talk ... producing the dramatic effects and withdrawal symptoms that come with opiates like heroin. Another ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Demerol Used For? Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a ...

    ... for abuse or dependence on using the drugs. Overdoses from opiate painkillers quadrupled between 1999 and 2007. Teen Demerol Abuse Prescription opiate painkillers are one of the most frequently abused classes of drugs ... continue reading
  • Effects of Ultram Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its incidence of abuse and dependency ...

    ... was initially hailed as a safer pain treatment option. It was seen to be less potent than more typical opiate painkillers and, as a result, to have a lower abuse potential. However, the longer that the drug is on the ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin: Side Effects, Dangers, and Addiction Treatment

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers: 1 Hydrocodone —an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... into the bloodstream , but it will be quicker and more powerful than oral consumption. 5 When Vicodin is ... suddenly stopping use can bring about a severe opiate withdrawal syndrome that may trigger relapse . Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... that encourage continued use 2,3,4 . With time and continued use, the standard dose of tramadol will begin to ... types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked by flu-like symptoms and strong cravings ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse Symptoms, Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Fentanyl Used For? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after they have undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also ...

    ... rehab programs are an effective way to treat fentanyl abuse. However, opiate dependency is a tenacious condition with a high relapse rate, and not all treatment centers are equipped to handle fentanyl addiction. Before ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Hydromorphone Used For? Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant ...

    ... of reduced oxygen can result in lasting brain damage and/or coma . 3 Long-term opioid abuse is also potentially ... of opioid withdrawal , many users keep taking opiate drugs even when they want to quit. Hydromorphone ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Effects, Overdose, and Treatment

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The drug derives from opium from the poppy plant before it is refined to morphine, then further chemically modified to become heroin. Despite its ...

    ... neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) , which involves the child being born dependent on the substance and enduring withdrawal effects. Opiate Overdose Perhaps the most serious effect of heroin use is the risk of overdose . ... 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 ...

    ... Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months are much less likely to be opiate positive, less likely to be incarcerated and more likely to be working,” Feinstein said. Arguments on Both Sides Despite the success of ... continue reading
  • The Rise and Fall of The Silk Road

    Ross William Ulbricht, known as Dread Pirate Roberts, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013 and charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. This is the story of the rise and fall of the silk road, the online drug marketplace he ...

    ... as Dread Pirate Roberts, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013 and charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. This is the story of the rise and fall of the silk road, the online drug marketplace he ... continue reading
  • Roxy Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Roxicodone Used For? Roxicodone (often called “roxies,” “roxy,” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone —a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed ...

    ... pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine, 2 Roxicodone produces effects ... dependent on or addicted to prescription opioids . 5 Signs and Symptoms of Roxy Abuse When it is taken as prescribed ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Norco Abuse

    Norco, which is the brand name for hydrocodone , is a narcotic pain reliever. If you are misusing Norco, your body may be dependent on the drug, ultimately resulting in addiction. Concurrent alcohol and Norco abuse occurs when someone is using both ...

    ... opiate misuse . Teen Drinking and Norco Abuse If you have found your teen abusing Norco and ... for. Talk to your teen if you have any suspicions and bring them to a treatment facility right away. Prescription drug ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Misuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

    What Is Alcohol Misuse? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol is the most commonly used and misused substance in the United States. 1 Those who misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted or ...

    ... alcohol use disorder . 8 According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 138.5 million people who had used alcohol in the ... Methylphenidate Morphine Norco Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    If you or a loved one abuses opioids, you should know that opioid addiction treatment can be a beneficial and potentially life-saving intervention. 1 It can be challenging and uncomfortable to stop using opioids on your own. 2 Opioid rehab can help ...

    ... want to know how to help someone with an opiate addiction, you should be aware of the options for opioid addiction treatment. Keep reading to learn more about opioid treatment programs and how you or a loved one can get ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

    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 ...

    ... can lead to dangerous levels of sedation and respiratory depression, increasing side effects and the risk of a fatal overdose . 8 ... when use is stopped. 3 While opiate withdrawal symptoms aren't typically life-threatening ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Assessment Test

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems , and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body . Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only ...

    ... abusing it. This is especially true of illegal drugs and alcohol , though it can also be true of prescription ... you than paying your bills or taking care of yourself and your family . You engage in risky behavior while on ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug and Alcohol Use on Weight Change

    Over time, the problematic use of both drugs and alcohol may have a detrimental impact on an individual's nutritional status—causing either unhealthy weight gain or weight loss depending on the specific substance used. This guide examines some of ...

    ... either unhealthy weight gain or weight loss depending on the specific substance used. This guide examines some of the metabolic pathologies and other processes that contribute to substance abuse related weight changes. continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism and Finding Teen Alcohol Treatment Help

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

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get ... continue reading
  • Magic Mushroom Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms? Psilocybin is a psychoactive substance contained in over 100 species of mushrooms. A number of these mushroom species produce other psychoactive substances, which act as hallucinogens in a similar manner to ...

    ... depression . As mentioned above, individuals who use magic mushrooms typically eat them or brew them in tea, and they may often use them in conjunction with other drugs of abuse. In order to prevent younger individuals ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction Symptoms and Treatment

    Vicodin is a readily available narcotic drug and is prescribed by doctors to alleviate all types of pain. Vicodin addiction can have a variety of negative consequences for every person who struggles with it. The consequences of Vicodin use can be ...

    ... desire to enhance one's mood or, at the very least, get to a place where the user is comfortable and relaxed. A Vicodin addiction—one of the many prescription drug addictions—involves abuse of the drug with or without a ... continue reading
  • Oxycontin Addiction Signs, Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    OxyContin addiction occurs from abusing an OxyCodone prescription for pain relief. Drugs are commonly used in the medical field to treat chronic pain and other ailments of patients. Unfortunately, as is human nature, substance abuse becomes ever ...

    ... the effective time-release properties of the drug. Often the OxyContin addict will ingest the large dose of OxyContin and when the drug's time-release begins to affect the body, it will lead to a dangerous overdose which ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction: Stages, Dependence, Symptoms, and Treatment

    What Is Crystal Meth? Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine —a substance that is widely abused throughout the country. Its widespread illicit production dwarfs that of its pharmaceutical counterpart—marketed as Desoxyn —a stimulant ...

    ... can harm or kill others in the home immediately (e.g. an explosion) or over time (chronic exposure to toxins). Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction Once the drug is used, traces of crystal meth can stay in the body for a ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Montana

    Addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause an incredible amount of mental, emotional, financial, and physical suffering. Substance abuse can lead to a number of negative experiences in your interpersonal relationships, career, or schoolwork. Whether ...

    ... 're from Montana or considering the state as a destination for your treatment, finding the right rehab center and enrolling in a program is your best chance of overcoming these obstacles to live a sober life in recovery ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Arkansas

    Addiction has the potential to damage your health, destroy your relationships, and even kill you. But it doesn't have to be a life sentence—there is a way back from addiction. With treatment, you can discover the joy that a life free from ...

    Addiction has the potential to damage your health, destroy your relationships, and even kill you. But it doesn't have to be a life sentence—there is a way back from addiction. With treatment, you can discover the joy ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in West Virginia

    It may seem daunting to begin the process of finding help for addiction, but there are many resources available to help. You can browse through our directory to find programs in West Virginia and read reviews of specific facilities. If you're home ...

    ... . You can browse through our directory to find programs in West Virginia and read reviews of specific facilities. If you're home situation is too triggering and you wish to travel to another WV city or even another state ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... isn't the only thing impacted. Your motivation, energy, and stress levels take a hit, too. What's worse, ... woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... to be on at least one kind of substance that he's abusing. He has a long history of violent, erratic behavior and a very well-documented history of drug abuse . His meltdown is seen as ongoing by Hollywood, but he has ... 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 ...

    ... a very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where would you ... Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole ... continue reading
  • Diazepam Abuse Side Effects, Overdose, and Addiction Treatment

    Diazepam is the generic name for Valium . It is one of many benzodiazepine substances that affect the central nervous system (CNS) by amplifying the depressant effects of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, to subsequently decrease brain activity. ...

    ... on the illicit market. 3 Diazepam is prescribed in tablet form, as an oral liquid, as an injectable solution , and as a rectal gel. Taking diazepam in each form can be helpful when it is used as directed, but when use ... continue reading
  • Librium Abuse Side Effects, Withdrawal, and Addiction Treatment

    Librium—which is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide—is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of controlled substances called benzodiazepines. It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it slows down brain activity. ...

    ... . Sudden weight loss or weight gain. Lethargy. As a parent, it's important that you're aware of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse so that you can help your adolescent get the help he or she needs to prevent or ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose Symptoms and Treatment

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... cope with your compulsions to use this damaging substance and may address any mental health issues that may be ... Many state government websites will also provide local drug and alcohol resources to those in need. To find ... continue reading
  • Effects of Psilocybin Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is metabolized into a ...

    ... which may include: 1,2,5 Impaired judgment and feelings of detachment while under the influence of psilocybin ... The effects of taking psilocybin can vary and often depend on the person and the context in which the drug is ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse Effects, Symptoms, and Treatment Programs

    What Is DMT? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration. 1 DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized ...

    ... drug can also be synthesized in a lab. DMT first became popular as a drug of abuse in the 1960s and has regained popularity among drug users within the last decade. 1,2 The history of human consumption of DMT dates back ... continue reading
  • Short-Term Effects, Long-Term Effects, and Side Effects of DMT Misuse

    Is DMT Harmful? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic compound found naturally in a variety of plant species and produced endogenously in the human brain. Although the brain produces it naturally, the compound itself is still a Schedule 1 ...

    ... DMT is commonly taken by users seeking a psychedelic “trip” similar to those produced by the ingestion of LSD and psilocybin . Many drug users choose DMT as an alternative to LSD because the duration of the trip is much ... continue reading
  • Effects of Phenobarbital Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Phenobarbital Used For? Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed for patients suffering from seizures, tics or repetitive motor disorders, and Tourette's syndrome. It ...

    ... certain short-term effects that users may consider favorable and which can be addictive to some. These short-term ... should begin. This may include inpatient drug rehab and/or outpatient therapy , where you will learn the ... continue reading
  • Phenobarbital Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Phenobarbital Used For? Phenobarbital is a barbiturate that depresses the central nervous system . It is used as a sedative-hypnotic often prescribed for the treatment of seizures. Additional uses for this drug include the treatment of ...

    ... drug abuse in your teen : Lock up your prescriptions. Monitor how much of your prescription has been used and take action if you notice significant changes. Talk to your teen about the dangers of addiction. Explain that ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

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

    ... ,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth and Pregnancy | Effects of Smoking Meth While Pregnant

    As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In 2012, meth ranked first in drug-related treatment admissions in Hawaii and San Diego. 4 Females have also been found to start using meth at a younger age and in ...

    ... of another human may lead some women to stop their drug use. If you are currently using meth and you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about your options for meth addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Overdose Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

    What Are Barbiturates? Barbiturates —sedative medications that include phenobarbital , pentobarbital, secobarbital, and butalbital—have historically been used as hypnotic (sleep-inducing) agents and sedating anesthetics. Though less commonly ...

    ... dangerous doses to achieve a high. However, their bodies may not be able to handle the amount of the drug, and an overdose may result. Also, a person's tolerance may decrease after going through a period of cessation. An ... continue reading
  • Effects of Soma Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... Term Effects of Soma Use The long-term effects of Soma are typically reserved for those exhibiting prolonged abuse of and/or dependency on the drug. An addict of Soma—like someone addicted to any other drug—will begin to ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Health Issues

    A significant amount of people suffering with substance abuse and addiction meet the criteria for having additional psychiatric disorders, as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The phenomenon of ...

    ... aspects of these anxious, depressed, or psychotic conditions and begin using alcohol or drugs as a means to ... tend to have out-of-pocket costs that range between $200 and $900 per day. This cost will vary depending on the ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... re programmed to believe that, if you leave the safety of the group or buck the rules, you'll be shunned and destined to fail. “By the end of your second year, you are definitely cured of your physical addiction, but not ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in South Dakota

    Many South Dakota residents know firsthand the devastating effects that drug and alcohol addiction can have on a person's life. From broken ties with family and loved ones to the risk of overdose or other serious health complications, the negative ...

    ... alcohol addiction can have on a person's life. From broken ties with family and loved ones to the risk of overdose or other serious health complications, the negative impact of substance abuse can be overwhelming. Rehab ... continue reading
  • Mississippi Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers

    Deciding to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction is one of the most important decisions you or a loved one may ever make. That decision could save your life, restore your health, and bring renewed happiness to you and your loved ones. But ...

    ... addiction treatment center in Mississippi by browsing the facility listings below. You'll find contact information, program details, and reviews from program alumni to help you may a decision that could change your life. continue reading
  • North Carolina Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Center

    Having an addiction to drugs or alcohol poses serious challenges to your health and wellbeing, but trying to detox and fight the urge to use again can be overwhelmingly difficult. For North Carolina residents who know this struggle all too well, ...

    Having an addiction to drugs or alcohol poses serious challenges to your health and wellbeing, but trying to detox and fight the urge to use again can be overwhelmingly difficult. For North Carolina residents who know ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in North Dakota

    If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, know that there is help available. North Dakota has almost 60 different substance abuse treatment centers1 located all over the state. You can browse our listings below and read ...

    ... help available. North Dakota has almost 60 different substance abuse treatment centers1 located all over the state. You can browse our listings below and read reviews from people who have experiences with the programs. continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Oregon

    Addiction leaves destruction in its wake in all the lives it touches—from the abuser to those they love and interact with every day. Contrary to previously held beliefs, struggling with substance abuse is not a lack of willpower or some personal ...

    ... a lack of willpower or some personal shortcoming: It is often a perfect storm of genetics, environment, and life experiences, and it needs to be properly treated. Rehab centers in Oregon are equipped to help you overcome ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Wisconsin

    While there is no “cure” for addiction, it can be treated. With successful recovery, people are able to move on to a happier, healthier life without drugs. You can take your first step on the journey of recovery from addiction by browsing ...

    ... to move on to a happier, healthier life without drugs. You can take your first step on the journey of recovery from addiction by browsing treatment listings in Wisconsin and reading reviews to find the right fit for you. continue reading
  • Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment

    For many, finding a drug rehab center is one of the most difficult parts of entering into recovery. You might be wondering, 'how does rehab work?' or 'is there a drug rehab near me?' When you are in the early stages of recovery, it is important to ...

    ... that you've developed a dependence on the drug. 1 This can lead to poor decision-making, erratic behavior, and difficulty with impulse control as you seek out more of your drug of choice. 1 Risk factors for addiction may ... 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 ...

    ... first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hashish Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as the leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the same as the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, the ...

    ... facilitate the development of a condition known as cannabis use disorder . While many believe that hashish and marijuana are drugs with no potential serious dangers, there is evidence to the contrary. Short-Term Effects ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected, and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset, followed by a high that ...

    ... withdrawal, the recovering user may come to find that there are underlying mental health issues contributing to and/or made worse by their meth abuse that are unrelated to the meth withdrawal symptoms. This is known as ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse What Is Clonazepam Used For? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines . Clonazepam is known also by the brand name Klonopin . It is the third most commonly ...

    ... benzodiazepine withdrawal . At the onset of the program, it will be essential to communicate the dose, frequency, and duration of your clonazepam use to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of care . In addition ... continue reading
  • Ativan Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    Many people in the U.S. struggle with compulsive prescription medication use. Benzodiazepines—including Ativan—are some of the more frequently abused prescription drugs out there. While recovery from benzodiazepines can be tough, it is possible. ...

    ... leading them to take ever-increasing amounts to feel the desired effects. As tolerance develops and the user takes higher and higher doses, their risk of addiction to the drug increases. Symptoms of Ativan addiction vary ... continue reading
  • Ambien Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Ambien Used For? Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate , a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Other brand name formulations containing zolpidem include: Edluar—a ...

    ... to those in need. To find your state government's website, do a web search for your state name and '.gov.' If you need help with drug abuse or addiction, American Addiction Centers (AAC) can assist you. Please contact ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly turning to substitutes—like crystal meth . Though there has been little ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Vyvanse Used For? Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also ...

    ... heartbeat can occur. 7 A user can also experience seizures or heart failure if large amounts of Vyvanse are abused, and sudden death can occur in those who have pre-existing heart conditions . 7,8 If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse—Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed under the brand name Valium. This substance depresses the central nervous system (CNS) to manage: 1,2 Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite ...

    ... 2,3 A pleasurable or euphoric sensation. A state of intoxication similar to that of being drunk, with slurred speech and a lack of coordination. Valium is sometimes used to intensify the highs of other drugs (e.g. opioid ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms, Detox, and Addiction Treatment Programs

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) had used ...

    ... has shown that people who seek help with marijuana addiction have used the drug daily for an average of 10 years and have attempted to quit 6 times, on average. 2 These numbers show how truly difficult it can be to quit ... continue reading
  • Ritalin Abuse Signs, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Ritalin Used For? Ritalin is the trade name for methylphenidate, a stimulant of the central nervous system used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Is Ritalin Addictive? Ritalin can be very ...

    ... For this reason, it's extremely important to talk to your teen about the fact that Ritalin can be addictive and prescription drugs can be as dangerous as street drugs. How to Find Help for Ritalin Misuse or Addiction If ... continue reading
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