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  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

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

    ... Start living the life you want. Find a treatment center now. Harmful Effects of Prescription Stimulants Prescription ... Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... disorders and mental illnesses hesitate to seek the treatment they so desperately need. While the reasons ... s not uncommon for them to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction lasts, the more stress and strain it puts on the individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have that can easily turn a healthy man or woman into a frail shadow of ...

    ... live at home throughout the program, checking in for treatment sessions on a regular basis. These are an ... environment is often rife with triggers to use. No matter what type of program a person chooses, what matters ... continue reading
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  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction No matter how hopeless the situation seems, it is never too late to turn things around. From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While ...

    ... 12 sought some type of treatment for drug use. The most important thing to remember is that no matter how hopeless the situation ... Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help ... continue reading
  • Shaming the Sick: Addiction and Stigma

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

    ... talk to, they are less likely to reach out for healthcare or treatment. They are also more likely to be depressed and may hide ... , loved ones, and the general public. No matter the situation, no one likes to feel judged or ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... cognitive dissonance, we strive to always justify our actions…no matter what they are. Needless to say, in the throes of ... of active addiction may be imperative before seeking treatment. In reality, we can rebuild our lives ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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

    ... you, rock-bottom could be the loss of a marriage; for me, it might be the loss of a job. It's nearly ... holistic treatments such as acupuncture, drumming circles or pet therapy are the keys to sobriety. 4 No matter when ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... many people have turned to cocaine for a “pick-me-up” and, ultimately, got much more than they bargained ... to drugs and alcohol. She tried multiple attempts at rehab and treatment, but she died at the young age of 27. She ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped ... you may catastrophize the situation by thinking things like “I'm never going to be able to make it through ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... headache, and my body was shaking uncontrollably. I thought I had the flu, but I was wrong. I was dopesick. When I called my psychiatrist and explained my situation, he told me I never should have quit the Klonopin cold ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things Addiction Steals ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... in my vocabulary before—was my soon-to-be future. I ended up spending 3 1/2 years in the Florida state ... include alcohol. How it All Started In the past, I was your quintessential binge-drinker. Whether it was sorority date ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... of destruction . If they don't get help, however, it's only a matter of time. Excuse #5 I don't care about my life and I don't care if my addiction kills me. One of the lowest points an addict can get to is the one where ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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

    ... a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port ... is better than today. Additional Reading: Mind Over Matter - The Psychological Grip of Addiction Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... outside my window at all hours of the day and night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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

    ... reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? ... . It's often referred to as “time traveling,” because no matter how hard you try, you'll never be able to recall ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... drowning in guilt.” - Mary Beth Cichocki Mother's Day has always been my holiday…the one day when I do for everyone else. I do the food and drinks, buy the flowers and transform my gardens into a peaceful place where all ... 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 ...

    ... were locking the door and throwing away the key. Gambling with My Freedom I hired the cheapest non-public-defender I could find. After he forced me to watch the unbearable dash-cam footage, he negotiated a plea deal. The ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... helps you get rid of this hangover? Nope. No matter how cold or hot, the shower doesn't affect the ... the process. But you will smell nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit ... 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 ...

    ... nuns who used the “centering prayer” in order to achieve “oneness with God” in their lives. “I always use the analogy about me wearing glasses,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... d worked so hard for, both professionally and financially, would disappear as I languished in prison for four long years. It Hurts When You Fall I've often wondered how I managed to fall so far, to have hit a rock bottom ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... dinner. Some nights, it's more than one. Our recycling bin is filled with beer cans every week. Is that a bad sign? I've never been a big drinker, so it's hard to know if he's crossing the line. What's Your Definition of ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like “it's wine o'clock!” and “I need a hug…e bottle of wine.” The memes are widely circulated by female users, as well as beauty brands ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... before, she was there, but she wasn't really there . Jane felt like she was talking to a wall. “I'll get therapy ,” Lisa said weakly. Her mother had heard this before, however, and her daughter never followed through ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... as you can remember. With that realization, a little voice in your head might start wondering: Am I an alcoholic? You can rest assured that alcohol addiction hotlines are staffed with compassionate individuals who are ... 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 ...

    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. ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... a waitress, almost always on the go, so that's a pretty impressive feat. More than once, my friends told me I was drooling out of the side of my mouth a little bit. That's not really what people want to see when ordering ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense of ...

    ... that has been the basis for existential questions such as who am I, how did everything come to be, why am I here, and how do I fit into the world around me? These are questions that most, if not all people, have asked ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

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

    ... of people's choices and journeys. What I mean is that my eyes were opened: I saw people in recovery using non-psychoactive marijuana for anxiety , I learned about other treatment modalities such as Refuge Recovery, and ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... . Historically, there has been an ongoing debate concerning the use of Suboxone for addiction treatment. The truth of the matter is that Suboxone helps thousands of people overcome their addictions. But there's a flip ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

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

    ... can make all the difference for your mood and state of mind. It's important to remember that everyone needs a little “me time” once in awhile. Go for a walk, take a nap, explore a new area, dance to music, or simply put ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they know, or have experienced.” But what happens when we aren't ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

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

    ... people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher ... of the two or three most important things I have done in life.” Sigmund Freud Sigmund ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... drunk you get. (The order of the drinks doesn't matter either.) Your blood alcohol content determines how drunk you are. ... a lot more nauseous.) Myth #5 If I eat a big meal before I drink, I won't get drunk. Truth: Food ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... up. Tip #3: Bring a buddy. That's what I did when I went to hospitals and doctors' offices. Bring a friend and ... way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain respect by doing what you need to do ... line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... progression through addiction. It's a Slippery Slope I reached Stage 2 after trying to numb my emotions ... alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting ... 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 ...

    ... friends and say, “I love you guys! Seriously, this is the best night ever! I literally mean it…best ... better and we want it now. The problem is that, no matter how much we drink, all those problems are still there when we ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... all it took, we'd be able to eradicate addiction in a matter of days. We need your support, but that in itself will ... rob you of the love you have for her. #6: I'm Willing to Support Your Recovery While it's important to ... continue reading
  • The Prevalence of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

    Substance abuse permeates every aspect of life for those suffering from addiction, and that behavior doesn't get put on hold during a 9-5 job. Employees engaging in substance abuse during work hours is a more common occurrence than most people ...

    ... know someone struggling with addiction, contact us here. Can I use this information? The information and graphics in this blog ... looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... . The study showed that how much a person drinks is often a sign of their lifestyle choices, which can certainly matter more than the amount of alcohol in a person's diet. Those who exercised more, smoked less and ate ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, ... three times stronger than morphine, classified as a Schedule I Drug and has no medical use. #2 Identifying the ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed something else (in addition to my brain power) to help me focus and stay alert. ... down the road, but some in the treatment industry warn these drinks can negatively affect ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... down, but another will go up. And unfortunately, I think (heroin abuse) is going to grow,” ... to get your life back. No one is a lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your ... 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 ...

    ... you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are ... number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it keeps me in a manageable size.” Victoria: Stay-at-Home Mother “Seeking treatment was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

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

    ... to physicians and clinicians at this point in time are less than ideal. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, Suboxone , ... 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 ...

    ... . “The results suggest increases in connectivity, both structural and functional, that may be compensating for gray matter losses,” said study co-author Sina Aslan, a faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... , circle of friends and genetic makeup all play a role in whether you'll develop chemical dependency issues down the road. Additional Reading: Mind Over Matter - The Psychological Grip of Addiction Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... sugary or fatty foods without proper follow-up dental care can quickly result in marijuana mouth. In a matter of months, users can end up with cavities and, shortly thereafter, periodontal disease sets in. Is it Really ... 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 ...

    ... effective alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at ... I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... following in mind: * You aren't responsible for your friend's decisions. * You can't make them change. * No matter what you say, you can't “fix” them in a day. Gather Reinforcements Do you have any mutual friends? Do you ... 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 ...

    ... possible for veterinarians to prescribe cannabis to pets with chronic illnesses. Regardless of personal opinions on the matter, it would make the most sense to focus on attaining more evidence-based research. Only with ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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

    ... someone with diseases that will stay with them for the rest of their life. It Hurts Your Job No matter the type of drug you take, abusing that drug can have serious consequences when it comes to landing and maintaining ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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

    ... that your teenager has a substance abuse problem, you will be angry. It's a perfectly normal reaction. But no matter how hard it is, you have to keep your anger in check. Yelling at your child, using profanity, calling ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

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

    ... only ended up serving a year in California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran. In 2001, while on ... Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a ... 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 ...

    ... crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had back then? If so, have many in the working class gone this ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your life. The Choice Really is Yours When I was released from prison, I knew I had a choice: Go back to my old way of thinking and living, or continue going down a ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... decided to take a closer look at the “wine-as-reward” culture in our society. Within minutes of Googling, I found books like “Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay” and websites like “Moms Who Need Wine.” Drinking within the ... 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 ...

    ... position of the Department of Justice currently to support legalization, nor would it be the position should I be confirmed as attorney general.” Comparing Substances Those who say alcohol is more dangerous than pot are ... 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, reach out and get help. There are effective treatments available. If someone has overdosed or if it is ... number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... control and we've forgotten her past drunken antics. Unfortunately, she's wrong on both accounts. Problem with Limiting Alcohol: “I'm just going to have one.” This is a phrase we're all familiar with…and one that Candace ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... . In it, Stitches brags about his coke-dealing past and says things like “Better have my money when I come to collect” and “I love selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another one of ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... She spent the next two years going back and forth to the dentist. “As I started taking care of my teeth - flossing and brushing - I realized I was learning again how to take care of myself emotionally as well,” says Lisa ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... There a “Safe” Sleeping Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen evidence for it yet. Our understanding of the brain is still so basic that putting in ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

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

    ... you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are ... number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... he stood naked and wielding a gun on the rooftop of his apartment building, yelling “I feel delusional and I'm hallucinating!” After an unsuccessful suicide attempt with a pistol, officers were able to negotiate him ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly,” said Kelly Conway, the owner of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who uses the ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... killing me to see you do it?” “Yes, I can see that. What I can't do is stop myself. The cocaine keeps pulling me back. I ... the right treatment and support to break free from this cycle. With time and treatment, Tony can ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... such a small amount of liquid in that big goblet. We look at our glasses and think 'I haven't had very much. It won't hurt if I order another.' It's this type of thinking that boosted wine sales for The Pint Shop; it ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

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

    ... at her subordinates, and pour vodka into her coffee every morning. Unfortunately she wasn't the only person I've known who used in the workplace. Substance Abuse in the Workforce During the last year of my prison ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... clean. “Yes, you're sick - dope sick,” Bill started, “and I'm here to help you get better, but not that way.” It ... to the rehab facility , he'll receive professional treatment to help him through the detox process. This ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. “I know all the bathrooms that I can and can't get high in,” said Eddie, 39, a self-proclaimed drug user in the ... 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 ...

    ... $7 is saved in law enforcement costs . Drug abuse treatment not only saves lives—it saves billions of dollars as well ... number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

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

    ... by 55 percent. What Does This Mean for Employers? For employers who place workers in safety-sensitive roles (i.e. driving or production lines), impaired workers pose a risk, not only to themselves, but everyone around ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... One person dies each week from alcohol poisoning. Reacting quickly with the proper response could save your loved one's life. Additional Reading: I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout Image Source: Pixabay/Shutterstock 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 ...

    ... of our biggest challenges is finding effective ways to inform teenagers that break through their cynicism and “I'm indestructible” thinking. Additional Reading: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA Image Source: Shutterstock ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

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

    ... to go when we drink too much is our cognitive skills, or memories. Our motor skills may still be totally intact, i.e. you weren't stumbling all over your friends or falling off your stool at the bar, right away at least ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... people who use cocaine are less capable of reading social cues. Researchers contend that using the Schedule I drug, even just once, may affect your ability to recognize other people's negative emotions, like sadness ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... has the resources to get them the help they need. You can contact us here for more information . Can I use this information? The information and graphics in this blog post can be used and displayed by all commercial and ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... are written in the hopes of raising substance abuse awareness , reducing stigma, and saving lives. Robyn notes , “I need to do this because people need to understand this is a problem; we need to come together and stop ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... and body as a personal lab for medical experiments. (User1978 tried this, so let's see what happens when I try it…) Researchers noted that, while they might be designed to prevent harmful drug use and exchange knowledge ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... He called Chris to apologize, saying it was just the booze talking. “Drunk Tom is angry Tom,” he told Chris. “I had too many…and that usually makes my temper flare.” Laura and Tom make the same assumption that many of us ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... addicted to alcohol ? Well, according to this recent study , getting married tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I Do” Here's why marriage can be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of all, marriage helps keep the ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... says Young. “Even with alcohol, it's not just physical. There's a psychological component to the addiction, knowing 'I can escape or feel good about my life.'” 5 6. Exercise Addiction For many people, the idea of being ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... like Ambien , Lunesta and Sonata: Forget-me Pill Mexican Valium R2 Roche Prescription Stimulants This ... the process. If you are seeking more information about treatment options that might be appropriate for your loved one ... 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 ...

    ... constipation can be much more than uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, this condition can cause serious harm to ... Can You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... together is more than additive. It's like 1 + 1 = 4.” Look, I get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to ... on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. ... 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 ...

    ... , insomnia, extreme drug cravings, obsession, anxiety or panic attacks, depression and suicidal tendencies. The treatment for PAWS can also include medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, Suboxone , or methadone . ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... completely out of it on the streets, and they just grabbed me,” said Marcos, who was forcibly put into a Guatemala City treatment center for six weeks. “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used to beat up the ... 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 ...

    ... in an edible form at get-togethers. But for those I know who have used it for pain management, they can' ... whether or not medical marijuana's really the best pain treatment option for you. Additional Reading: Weed Gets a “ ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

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

    ... after seeing his own image on television. “He asked me how they could just use his video like that, without ... habit.” It's Time to Change the Channel Treatment professionals see the situation differently. They feel the ... continue reading
  • Couples Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Addiction Treatment

    Substance misuse is a serious issue when it affects just 1 member of the family, but it can be even more problematic when it affects 2 people who are in a relationship, live together, or are married. Drug and alcohol rehab for couples is crucial for ...

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  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... causes the brain to receive a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of ... breakthrough will eventually lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts, ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... Process For most people, benzo withdrawal isn't a matter of days but months or even years. Withdrawal for ... grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow- ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... of acquiring and sustaining sobriety - no matter who's watching. Lawyers, judges, business ... some of the most talented and successful individuals to resist treatment . In reality, addiction only overshadows a person's ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... of immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003, the ... like condoms and bleach. Additional Reading: Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction . continue reading
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