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  • 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 ...

    ... Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth ... and get help. There are effective treatments available. If someone has overdosed or ... 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 ...

    ... users often develop what's known as “ice bugs” or meth sores - that's what we're going to talk about in this ... s so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

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

    ... crystal meth can cause what's referred to as “meth mouth,” when a drug user's teeth begin to crack and decay. Additionally, meth abusers may experience sores ... anyone featured here to discuss treatment options with us by ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Long-term physical effects of methamphetamine may include the following: 2-4 Significant weight loss. Anorexia. Sensation of insects crawling on skin. Skin sores caused by scratching. “Meth mouth” (severe dental problems ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were ... 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 ...

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive ... for wear. Open sores, black and rotting teeth, acne and extremely dry skin are all signs of meth use that can ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have ... Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... ” to contracting the deadly virus. For members of the gay community who are already HIV positive, using crystal meth speeds up the damage to their bodies and minds. Even with the most effective anti-viral drug cocktails ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

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

    ... crystalline form of methamphetamine , which we today know as crystal meth . Friedrich Sertürner - ... please call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to a treatment advisor, any time, day or night, who can point them in ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... . What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be able research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics ... themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... drinking a spiked soda, later revealed he had done crystal meth frequently during his career. 7. Josh Hamilton MLB player ... looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below ... 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. ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... wasn't suffering from a stroke. Her brain had suffered some damage alright, but it was due to the gram of meth she'd used that day. Julie noticed Matt wasn't sleeping much anymore. When she asked him about it, he said ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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

    ... high. (A)gitation: Some drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, can cause irritability and nervousness. If your ... Using hot glass pipes to smoke drugs like crack or meth can leave small burns on the fingers and lips. ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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

    ... some of these signs: Poor hygiene. Poor coordination. Teeth clenching. Bloodshot eyes. Bruises, cuts, and sores (from falling, bumping into things, or scratching oneself). Constant scratching (a common sign of opiate use ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... . Stimulants affect two key areas of the body: the brain and the heart. The effects of cocaine and meth focus on the central nervous system, increasing the production of dopamine. With increased amounts, the cells in the ... 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 ...

    ... thereafter, periodontal disease sets in. Is it Really Worth the Rot? Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users aren't thinking about ... 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 ...

    ... was that their coach would be giving them a drug test after practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and can be detected in your urine for up to 5 ... 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 ...

    ... hand, have been on the rise for several years and are now at their highest levels on record. Additionally, methamphetamine positivity rates have reached their highest levels since 2007. In the U.S. general workforce ... 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 an especially common form of cocaine in inner-city environments; it is characterized by a crystal or rock-like appearance. Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids were originally developed to treat health conditions that ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... like candy and soft drinks. Thanks to the constant sugar exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry mouth and, much like heroin, it sparks a constant ... continue reading
  • 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 , ...

    ... cocaine. Retraining Traditionally, law enforcement agencies taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

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

    ... a safe way to help manage withdrawal under the care of treatment professionals. 3, 4 Causes of Withdrawal The human body strives ... central nervous system stimulants include crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, or crack. Some ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... half of 2015. Synthetic Cathinones: “Bath Salts” These synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting, delusions, seizures, high heart rate and death. What's Next ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

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

    ... of 200 volunteers to pass out more than four million syringes by the end of the year, in addition to clean meth pipes and alcohol swabs. Murphy is trying to raise $150,000 to cover the initial startup costs by obtaining ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... or slow breathing Clammy, pale, or bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking, as overdosing on depressants, it is still very ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects of alcohol, while alcohol dulls the “edge” of stimulants ... 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 ...

    ... New findings published in the journal Psychopharmacology found that Flakka is even more addictive than methamphetamine . Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute conducted a lab experiment with rats to determine ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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

    ... but can be ground up and snorted. Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid: (Street names: GHB, liquid ecstasy, blue nitro, cherry meth, easy lay) GHB is a narcotic sedative that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently ... 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 ...

    ... . Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to ... study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD showed that 83% of those ... 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 ...

    ... . Producers mix in water, ammonia and baking soda with the cocaine. The resulting hardened, brownish “crystals” are then smoked, reaching the bloodstream even faster than injecting or snorting more traditional cocaine ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... may not be right for everyone, but you won't know unless you try. Don't let stigma or innuendo rob you of the chance to find recovery.” Learn more about the addiction treatment options in your area . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows ... , or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the ... 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 ...

    ... that the DEA will focus primarily on “the biggest and most important cases,” which commonly involve opioids, cocaine and methamphetamines. “Let me say it this way: I'd rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

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

    ... “jacking up,” “shooting up” or “slamming” and is typically identified with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh track marks are identified as non-healed puncture ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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

    ... because she had to get to the methadone clinic every day. If she didn't, she would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she knew a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. It was so frustrating to ... 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 ...

    ... menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased feelings ... the energy or motivation to complete your treatment program , or feeling stressed out at the ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered ... woman not get pregnant is like mandating drug treatment. The severity of the opioid crisis makes ... 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 ...

    ... , the rate of recovery is dismally low, according to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another 14 ... 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 ...

    ... is a huge benefit to people who decide to get clean “cold turkey,” as well as people who leave treatment programs early or incarcerated environments. Methadone has helped many people stay on track in recovery - but it's ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

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

    ... in the house. It also means seeking drug abuse treatment if another drug is affecting your ability to work or ... it's unlikely that your kid will become addicted to meth this way, your child might look at taking poppers ( ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... clinics might be the only place for someone to receive treatment in a rural area.” There are a small number ... those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... few weeks with a final dosage goal of anywhere from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to outpatient treatment, you'll need to return to the clinic everyday in order to receive your supervised daily dosage. If you build ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... drugs, and they're named bath salts as the crystals resemble Epsom salts. Brand names include Ivory Wave, ... bath salts. You can call our toll-free addiction treatment helpline to speak to a trained advisor who can help ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... The law allows anyone who sought and completed treatment prior to being charged to use that as defense ... law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will ... 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 ...

    ... that the experts may know how to start people in treatment, but they are not always experts in how to ... thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, under the ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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

    ... Gradual reduction is typically recommended when working to break a benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months - or even years - to “click” - be ... 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 ...

    ... protrudes from the anus (rectal prolapse) What Can You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from natural solutions to diet changes and supplements. Interestingly ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... teens and young adults are using that drug. A new study published in the journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer attitudes around drug use in neighborhoods and compares them to the ... 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
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... he didn't have any other incidents in the next two years. Maualuga spent over a month at an inpatient treatment center in Charleston, South Carolina , and has been sober ever since. “My body never felt so great. I never ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, learn more about the available treatment options . Elite Images continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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

    ... disorders, and strokes. Researchers hope this imaging breakthrough will eventually lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts, improve brain-cancer surgery techniques, and boost tissue engineering ... 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 ...

    ... Resources on Drug and Alcohol Rehab Whether you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are some our popular and recommended. Drug addiction hotline ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

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

    ... know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... products you keep in your home and perhaps even teach your teenager why they might be dangerous. Call our helpline today for more information about the effects of drug abuse and options for drug abuse treatment . continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... with drugs at that point could be permanent. If you or your loved one is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, give us a call at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to discuss the possible treatment and recovery options . continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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

    ... sentencing for drug offenders was repealed in 2009. This helped keep nonviolent drug offenders in drug abuse treatment programs and out of prisons. At the same time, Michigan was creating laws that would result in ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... , DUI arrests, jail time, and multiple stints in rehab. Check if your Insurance Covers Addiction Treatment Learn more about insurance coverage levels of some household health insurance brand names via the links below ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... side effects. If you feel you will have a hard time stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical provider every day and also to continue school, work, and other ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... also used as a stimulant in lower doses. The active ingredient, ibogaine, has been used in the treatment of opiate addiction , although clinical trials are still pending. Animals might produce toxins to defend themselves ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... , there are a few places that can help you boldly go into sobriety. These places are drug abuse treatment centers , and they can help you get through withdrawal. They have qualified medical staff who can prescribe ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... abuse addictions . If you or someone you know needs help for either, or has a dual-diagnosis involving both, call our treatment advisors to discuss your options or insurance coverage - 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . 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 ...

    ... life in peace? If you struggle with an addiction to pain pills, you can find help in and around your area simply by calling the addiction treatment specialists on our toll-free help line: 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... become tangled up in a drug addiction, please get help. Talk to someone at our toll-free addiction treatment hotline 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find what services are available in your desired area. Feel Differently ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

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

    ... Resources on Drug and Alcohol Rehab Whether you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are some our popular and recommended. Drug addiction hotline ... 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 ...

    ... . 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper detox program . This allows a person to detox ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... accidental overdose . If you or someone you love is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... and seek help, your influence can help steer them in the right direction. Knowing they have people who care about them could be all the motivation they need to seek appropriate treatment. Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... effects of heroin and other opioids on other aspects of immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003, the Canadian city of Vancouver opted to take a new ... 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 ...

    ... in the initial stages of research, scientists say the cocaine antidote would likely be used a supplement to drug treatment , not an overall cure. Many experts say the antidote would work in the same way that methadone is ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... traumatized children and their higher risk of becoming alcoholics in adulthood. After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the men and one-third of the women had ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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

    ... . After taking everything else, addiction also tries to steal the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems to be none. Once we begin to regain our ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... ; it's simply not responsive to each person's health problem. And while the criminal system does offer treatment alternatives , they're usually organized in a way that harshly punishes failures, which isn't an effective ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... Advocates of the medication beg to differ. They feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They also believe that naloxone ultimately saves lives, and that ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... reasons . As more and more states legalize usage, the elderly seem to be turning to this method of treatment more and more. (Use among adults over 65 has increased an astounding 333 percent.) The numbers also indicate ... 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 ...

    ... yourself, it's not going to come to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome ... 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 ...

    ... rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would You Go For a Fix ... 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 ...

    ... and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for long periods of time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the nation's mental health bill. Clearly, this is a ... 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 ...

    ... as proposing the exact opposite of the truth. They wanted doctors to believe that effective, compassionate pain treatment required the prescribing of opioids. Ohio officials point out that the opioid trend didn't happen ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... the courts will choose to take it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us what you think about this interesting court ruling in the comments section below! Additional ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... testing in a variety of situations, such as: Drug testing in locations like workplaces, hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining what substances have caused an ... 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 ...

    ... Illinois researchers think medical marijuana could be an effective alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at Depaul and Rush universities and consisted of thirty ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... the study plan to continue their work and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug ... 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 ...

    ... drinks have the potential to lead to substance abuse down the road, but some in the treatment industry warn these drinks can negatively affect people in recovery, believing they can provide a convenient replacement ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

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

    ... lives, some say harm reduction may be the only way to keep people alive long enough to get them into treatment. We've always been told to avoid enabling someone who's struggling with an addiction - that the person should ... 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 ...

    ... …” The Dope Sick Timeline If Bill can convince John to go to the rehab facility , he'll receive professional treatment to help him through the detox process. This is the best option, since dope sickness can cause serious ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... - to these price spikes. In the case of naloxone, communities are struggling to afford this life-saving treatment. Sunlight is needed to help respond to price shifts, because if the pricing trends continue, patients and ... 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 ...

    ... credit, this generation lived through a post-World War II trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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

    ... your own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find the the right treatment facility to get your life back on track. Give us a call at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... of prescribing likely won't change quickly. In the meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor Shopping ... 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 ...

    ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on the streets of the Northeastern city where she grew up. As she listened the girls ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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

    ... dementia. Additionally, benzos should not be used during pregnancy . They can cause birth defects or other problems with the baby. Learn more about Xanax withdrawal and the treatment process here . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... health initiatives with the goal of empowering families to increase access to effective substance use disorder treatment and reduce the harmful consequences of oppressive drug policies. I asked him to explain how we ... continue reading
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