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  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect the body and mind over time? Is it safe? Unfortunately, there isn't a lot ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having ... in females and past studies have shown marijuana use affects women's neurological tasks more than men' ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... affect short-term memory and coordination and can bring on anxiety and paranoia. 3,5,7 In general, some characteristic symptoms of marijuana ... may last 1 to 3 hours; edibles take longer to kick in, elicit peak effects more ... continue reading
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  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , drug-sniffing dogs in ... scent of marijuana . Now that it's legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... injuries can take an abnormally long time to heal or even result in long-term and permanent problems. Who is ... bone issues are also the ones more likely to smoke marijuana - which we now know can also lead to bone problems ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    ... . Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure ... marijuana smoke isn't only harmful, it's more damaging than tobacco smoke. To protect the long-term ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... drug. 4 How Does Marijuana Affect the Brain? THC, the main compound in marijuana, interacts and activates brain ... can last for as long as 30 days and tend to be more severe in adults. 3,8 Marijuana Legalization & Public ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... . What's fueling the increase? Two issues: marijuana use and the nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers ... users at risk for dangerous short- and long term health effects. Amphetamines, which are sometimes prescribed ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... -term use of Percocet makes it hard to sleep. Since getting a good night's rest is important to your overall well-being, this affects ... short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... “liquor” also made the cut, as did “marijuana” with 6 percent. Some partiers even risked mentioning ... t stop with a DUI arrest or conviction. The long-term effects of excessive alcohol and drug consumption can be ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... the only example, though. According to NIDA, marijuana use is related to a number of mental ... cure for addiction, though. As mentioned, addiction is a long-term condition, and it is marked by periods of relapse and ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... affecting perception and good judgment, THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has recently been found to negatively affect ... because they help them focus, their long-term use can have serious debilitating effects. ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes ... cause delusions, hallucinations, and psychosis. Long-term use of marijuana can impact brain development and cause problems ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... sickness is. Over time, John's repeated use of heroin has affected his body, causing it to become dependent on the drug. Now ... short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine ... continue reading
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  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... work in different ways. So, for instance, marijuana will mimic the neurotransmitters and trick the brain into ... same feeling as the first time. The brain undergoes long-term changes during drug abuse . If the brain has to ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

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

    ... same “good” feeling over and over again, but it's a useless quest. Truth be told, the effects of long-term meth use are far from glamorous or beneficial. Meth robs people of their physical and mental health, in addition ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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

    ... Study co-author Dr. Cyrus Raji admitted the results even surprised their team. They didn't suspect “just how much marijuana use affected brain blood flow.” Raji stated in an interview, “Prior papers have suggested that ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... pain. The Real Dangers of Weed However, marijuana abuse is not without consequences. Heavy use can impair short-term memory, judgment, thinking and driving, and long-term use has been linked to pulminary issues and ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... . Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth will only worsen. Also in his late ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... him to explain how we should talk to kids about marijuana , now that it's becoming legal across the country ... BSW, is a Certified Youth Recovery Specialist and in long-term recovery from drug problems as a youth. She shared ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... in our culture. Though gender equality has come a long way in our society, there are some undeniable ... responses, we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for Sleep A prime example ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... participants at an average age of 45 years old. At the conclusion of the study, participants said marijuana worked faster to relieve their pain than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... ask? Read on to find out: Tetrahydrocannabinol Otherwise known as “THC,” this is the major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets you high, comprising up to 30 percent of the cannabis plant. THC doesn't naturally ... 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 ...

    ... the foundation for the reliable systems of the future.” With so much work ahead, you probably won't see a marijuana breathalyzer in the hands of a police officer next week - but the concept is much closer to reality than ... 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 ...

    ... the most sense to focus on attaining more evidence-based research. Only with controlled studies that determine marijuana's therapeutic and medicinal properties in veterinary medicine can we legally and safely make this a ... 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 ...

    ... J. Hayes in a commentary published alongside the study. Getting Down to the Numbers Researchers looked at medical marijuana laws and death certificate data in all 50 states between the years of 1999 and 2010. During that ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... month with The New Yorker , in which he stated that pot is less harmful than alcohol and that marijuana legalization should move forward in Colorado and Washington. Leonhart resigned from her position, in part due to her ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... from the opposition include: Frequent use can impair cognitive ability and short-term memory Insufficient evidence to support medical marijuana as an effective pain relieving agent Children would have easier access to a ... 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 ...

    ... . But in Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe it or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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

    ... and/or outcomes caused by the use, quantity and sale of marijuana edibles. A Longer-Lasting High Marijuana edibles produce a much longer-lasting and potent high than smoking, which can prove detrimental for novice ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... during the first few weeks of pregnancy can cause long-lasting effects on a child . According to the ... taking sides, we can all agree that both alcohol and marijuana have their risks. The overall take-home message may be ... 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 ...

    ... offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it will affect her. With the next day off work, she's assured it will be long gone by the time she starts her next shift. Wrong. Ecstasy, or MDMA ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... stuff into the brain that's not supposed to be there, there are long-term implications for their development.” Looking to the Future Although marijuana use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... ://healthcare.utah.edu/paincenter/risks-long-term-opioid-use.php http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ ... statistics/infographics/abuse-prescription-rx-drugs-affects-young-adults-most http://www.governing.com/topics/health ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

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

    ... throw off our intricate chemical balances and negatively affect our physical, emotional and psychological well-being ... abuse include insomnia and risk of seizures. Long-term use also results in physical tolerance. More and ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

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

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even ... predicting emotional loss become severely impaired through long-term cocaine use. The findings were published in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term use of drugs can have major effects on your body ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... of the population. 1 Although many states have legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes, it remains ... of an overdose in 2019. 4 Short- and Long-Term Effects Drugs work by stimulating various parts of ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... with our system, our emotions are often erratically affected. Poor Performance - The combination of all ... can be deadly. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to Us: Have ... 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 ...

    ... of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ... if they are able to get clean and maintain long-term recovery. Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... addiction. Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... its risks. While critics express concerns over the long-term risks of Suboxone, namely dependency, there is ... benzodiazepines, alcohol is also classified as a depressant, affecting the body's central nervous system. Due to ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... This includes a range of usually lifelong disorders that affect a person's inherent sense of self and impacts ... helps prevent relapse and increases your chances of long-term recovery success . 22 Aftercare can be any form ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... makes you between 12 and 15 times more likely to have an accident. In addition, those on painkillers long term are several times more likely to be fired from work and even injure themselves again because they cannot ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... , nurses, doctors and other care providers should be on alert for signs of behavior issues tied to prenatal meth exposure. Additional Reading: The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use. While standard doses of these benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... similar effects. The FDA found that evidence was lacking related to the effectiveness of ephedrine as a long-term weight-loss supplement and, furthermore, that use of the drug could result in severe health consequences - ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... quickly, but the stimulating effects remain for a much longer period, causing an intense craving in the user. Crack ... crime rates. Biological complications include long-term cardiovascular and respiratory problems, weight ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

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

    ... 8,000 and $40,000 a week, that place had better deliver results. Consequently, these places are more likely to offer longer-term plans as well, such as six-week and nine-week plans. The benefit for many of the people who ... 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 ...

    ... , benzos are being prescribed at an alarming rate and, many times, for conditions that don't require long-term pharmaceutical therapy. Drugs like Xanax , Klonipin, Ativan and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... case. The fact is, that while it may seem that drugs are making you feel better, they're actually causing long-term damage, and you're likely better off without it. So before you reach for that bottle or that pipe, don ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... 5 Sudden death typically occurs due to cardiac arrest or a stroke and doesn't only affect those who use the stimulant long-term. Whether it's your first, fifth, or hundredth time trying cocaine, you put yourself at risk ... 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 ...

    ... member or doctor, reaching out to someone can be the engine that drives your treatment, sobriety, and long-term health. If you need assistance, call us for free at to speak with someone confidentially today. You can ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

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  • FDA Raids Juul Headquarters as First Step in E-Cig Crackdown

    Spare a thought for the forgotten world of nicotine addiction. With countless studies being released eroding the stigma of alcoholism as a failure as opposed to a disease, and with the bulk of media attention focused on the ongoing opioid epidemic, ...

    ... 's product out of the hands of minors, only strong federal regulation of the industry is likely to produce long-term results. Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about nicotine and tobacco ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    ... medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid use disorder. When you factor in that heroin use ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... experts may know how to start people in treatment, but they are not always experts in how to maintain long-term recovery.” She feels it's important for patients to be connected with good quality counselling ; and, once ... 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 ...

    ... or under a stamp. There's Another Way Despite the benefits to a prisoner's short and long-term future, officials are still dragging their feet on making buprenorphine available in correctional systems, citing funding and ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... greater if you combine it other drugs that affect the central nervous system. Signs of methadone ... Methadone for the Rest of My Life? Methadone is typically a long-term treatment. You'll need to take the drug on a regular ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... . Loss of libido. There are several long-term risks associated with prolonged or frequent use ... from a single night of MDMA use. Large doses of MDMA can affect your body's ability to regulate its own temperature. 2 Taking ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... to erratic behavior. [quizBuddy quiz=”Bath Salts Abuse” question=”3″] Effects of Bath Salts Abuse Long-term abuse of bath salts appears to result in effects similar to amphetamines : Psychosis. Dizziness. Heart problems ... 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 ...

    ... it. These may include insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, increased body temperature, faster heart rate and nausea/vomiting. Long-term users who snort cocaine run a high risk of damaging cartilage and mucosa in the nose, which ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... will experience the most success in building a foundation into their new standard of living. Clients who join a long-term support group for victims of sexual abuse may find the most success. Call our helpline at to get ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... a well designed balance between the physical and psychological being. Drug Abuse Program Options For severe cases, long-term inpatient care is the best solution. The range of this drug abuse program averages from 2 to ... 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. ...

    ... addicted to bath salts. Some of these signs are easy to see, and others only develop after long-term use of the drug. Some signs you might see include: Psychosis. Dizziness. Ulcers. Hallucinations. Paranoia. Confusion ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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

    ... between the therapist and the patient, and it allows us to dig down and get to the heart of the problems that drive long-term mental illness.” I'm in support of building connection in a therapeutic relationship , so ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... pharmaceutical heroin product for children, for one, seems shocking, but highlights an industry naïve to the long-term consequences of these substances and their potential for abuse. At this point in time, we should know ... 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 ...

    ... But this is not always the case… 4. Developing Alzheimer's Disease Is Far More Likely As numbers of long-term-use benzodiazepine prescriptions for the elderly sharply rose (31.4% of people ages 65-80 prescribed vs. 14.7 ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... difficult to kick Suboxone without professional help. Suboxone was also marketed as a safe treatment for long-term maintenance. According to Reckitt Benckiser, doctors can keep patients on the drug for months (even years ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... 2 Research has indicated that at least 50% of the brain's cells that produce dopamine can be damaged from long-term use of even low doses of meth . 2 In addition to damage to dopamine-producing cells, studies have shown ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... threatening. Marijuana: The active ingredient in marijuana, THC (delta-9-tertrahydrocannabinol), affects how ... time you're tipsy enough to engage, you're no longer in a state to develop meaningful relationships. When you're ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... other two generations. Use peaked between the ages of 18-20, with around 50 percent of Boomers using marijuana in the past year. Stimulants: At age 22, Baby Boomers' use of stimulants peaked. Their frequency of stimulant ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

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

    ... are twice as likely to be in a car crash, when compared to sober drivers. The long-term effects of marijuana are also well-documented and include an increased chance of developing schizophrenia - particularly with those ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... somewhere between $30 and $60 billion on marijuana each year , but this may be changing as marijuana becomes more readily available and legal. The long-term costs of using marijuana include a higher risk of heart attack ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... in part, to its low price, costing buyers much less than marijuana. Claims that Spice is harder to detect on drug screens have ... Due to these characteristics, Spice can have long-term effects on the brain. Side effects of ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... and smoking up on a daily basis. This study is additional proof of the long-term harm marijuana can cause. Make no mistake; the weed problem isn't solely among teens. In fact, over the past decade, the number of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    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 use ...

    ... legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. ... program without going through rehab. Drug abuse affects everyone differently , so it's hard to ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... is one reason why it is very addictive. Cocaine affects the nervous system and can make users feel euphoric. ... used by athletes, though that is controversial because long-term use of steroids can be dangerous and they can ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... behavioral side effects of long-term mental health side effects. K2 is a hallucinogenic that is sometimes called synthetic pot. Its effects are very different from those of marijuana. Vanilla sky is a type of bath salt ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... drugs longer-term. These ... statistics are haunting when you consider the potential impact painkiller abuse has on pregnant women and their newborns. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a condition that affects ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... like you are battling addiction alone. But, opioid addiction affects millions across the country and across the world. The ... medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine ... 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 ...

    ... used to relieve moderate to severe chronic, long-term, noncancerous pain in adults requiring around- ... a product of the cannabis plant. Prepared from compressed marijuana buds and cannabis resin, hash is commonly burned and ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

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

    ... It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal and professional life. Having an addiction ... . Others end up in jails, prisons, or long-term rehabilitation facilities, which can result in years of ... 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 ...

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic ... a better life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... -making, impulse control and behaviors are all affected by how well the brain functions. A ... properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... risk for a number of unwanted health issues that affect their bodies and their overall health. And because of ... sharing needles or works. Unfortunately, HCV can cause long-term health problems, and in some cases, even death ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... In fact, modafinil is believed to enhance the short-term memory by as much as 10 percent, through its ... safe in the long-term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... , yoga or aerobic workouts can also help with the depressive symptoms classically associated with PAWS . Related Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Photo Credit: Google/scholieren.com 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 ...

    ... -end executives. As with the majority of addiction recovery centers, the Betty Ford Center recognizes the value of long-term treatment, and having been around since 1982, it has a lot of experience in this field. All in ... 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 ...

    ... a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the potential risks with long-term use. Do We Need Another Warning Label? The petition comes on the heels of a recently published six-year ... 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 ...

    ... up at home with recommended exercises) but is often essential to improving physical healing and relieving pain long-term. Massage, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care Some report these methods are just as effective, if not ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort experienced during the withdrawal process . Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... is seen in a new study that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but in the long-term, drinking never equates to increased satisfaction with life. In fact, the research - led by social policy ... 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 ...

    ... the energy or motivation to complete your treatment program , or feeling stressed out at the thought of long-term sobriety, get your levels checked. Taking your hormones into account from the very beginning could improve ... 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 ...

    ... and before you know it, you're less likely to care as much about staying clean or about your long-term future. Getting enough sleep is important; these findings demonstrate how sleep disturbance is a risk factor in drug ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... claims the companies have been on a decades-long mission to persuade patients and doctors to believe ... While knowing opioids are addictive and unsafe for long-term use, they allegedly used targeted marketing to convince ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... #1 - Play the Tape All the Way Through Before you make an impulsive decision, stop and consider the long-term consequences. Only through personal awareness and self-evaluation will you arrive at a place to stop your old ... 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 ...

    ... of dementia in many patients. Before even getting to that point, long-term Benadryl use is linked to short-term memory loss. Anticholinergic medicines affect the central nervous system and cause you to get sleepy. In ... continue reading
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