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    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... you can experience digestion problems, pancreatitis, and, in some cases, diabetes. What Happens When the Pancreas Is ... Jemaa, & Lapoile, 2012). People who abuse methamphetamine may be at an increased risk of experiencing ... continue reading
  • Meth Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment

    Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric “high” it provides. Some signs of meth abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully addictive drug ...

    ... users are also at increased risk of blood-borne diseases like hepatitis B and C and HIV. This is because abusers who inject methamphetamine often share needles. Even those who do not inject meth may still be ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Crystal Meth? Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive properties . Crystal meth is the illicit, crystalline form of methamphetamine. Legally manufactured methamphetamine is ...

    ... , infrequently, in the treatment of cases of severe obesity. The crystal form of methamphetamine—the street drug crystal meth—has no medical applications, and it is exclusively abused as a recreational substance. Signs ... continue reading
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  • How to Help a Meth Addict

    Methamphetamine (“meth”) is a substance that has very limited medical use. The drug is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited therapeutic application for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a ...

    ... a project , since the substance can create long periods of focus and energy . Am I Addicted to Methamphetamine? With methamphetamine being so powerful and intoxicating , addiction can begin quickly. Signs of an addiction ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose Symptoms, Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

    What Is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine—most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice”—is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense, euphoric rush. 1 Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, ...

    ... in some cases. A chronic overdose refers to the cumulative, negative health effects of ongoing methamphetamine abuse . Both acute and chronic meth overdoses can have disastrous consequences. Common signs of an acute meth ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Drug Abuse: Side Effects and Addiction Treatment

    Stimulants—both illicit and prescription—are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... ( Concerta , Ritalin ). Common illicit stimulants include methamphetamine and cocaine . 1 Unfortunately, many illicit and prescription stimulants are prone to misuse and are highly addictive, due in part to the rush ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth and Pregnancy | Effects of Smoking Meth While Pregnant

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

    ... 6 Another study found that meth was the primary substance requiring treatment during pregnancy between 1994 and 2006. 6 Effects of Methamphetamine Use As a stimulant , meth is extremely potent. 7 When a person uses this ... continue reading
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    Is Meth Harmful? Meth—the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine—is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly become dependent on its effects, which present a number of health risks. The illegal production and ...

    ... increase their dosages over time. This may lead to more severe side effects and a higher risk of death. Assess Your Level of Addiction Methamphetamine assessment Test Long-Term Effects of Meth Use There is a lengthy list ... continue reading
  • MDMA/Ecstasy Dangers of Use, Addictive Potential, and Treatment Options

    Ecstasy is an illicitly manufactured, synthetic drug used by many people for different reasons, such as to increase feelings of well-being or feel emotional closeness to others. Although ecstasy initially became popular for use at raves or parties, ...

    ... are often cut with other substances . These include MDA, methamphetamine, ketamine, caffeine, amphetamine, cathinones (bath salts), synthetic cannabinoids, and/or opioids, such as fentanyl . 2,3 People are often unaware ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs and Addiction Treatment Programs

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

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise in ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction: Stages, Dependence, Symptoms, and Treatment

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

    ... a relatively inexpensive to produce, yet potent final product. The majority of methamphetamine is manufactured and distributed illegally in the U.S. and sold at a low cost. Crystal meth is often manufactured in home labs ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, & Side Effects

    What Is Methamphetamine Used For? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on the body. This is a man-made substance that—with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants—now has limited ...

    ... further promotes its addictiveness. What Are the Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse? People who use crystal meth are looking for the immediate and long-lasting high for which the drug has gained notoriety. When ... continue reading
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    ... at any other time in history. 7 Major heroin busts are distributed very differently to marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine seizures. Unlike the other three drugs, only 1 of the 10 states with the highest rates of ... continue reading
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    ... What Is Speed? Speed is a slang term applied to illicit amphetamine and methamphetamine drug use. These drugs are central nervous system stimulants, and their misuse can result in a short-lived euphoric feeling, as well ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

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    ... , smoking, or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names, such as 'ice' and 'glass.' Crystal Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Methods In 2012, 1.2 million people in the U.S. reported using ... continue reading
  • Effects of Alcohol and Drugs on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

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    ... infant, they are at risk for showing signs of increased irritability, hyperactivity, and tremors. Methamphetamine —Women who use methamphetamine while pregnant have a greater risk of premature delivery, separation of the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Desoxyn Used For? Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions: 1,2 Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years ...

    ... is the potential harm associated with its use. Desoxyn contains the active ingredient methamphetamine hydrochloride, which carries a high risk of abuse and dependence (as indicated by the drug's status as a schedule II ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

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    ... . Stimulants & The Brain Central nervous system (CNS) stimulants , such as cocaine and methamphetamine, speed up brain activity, blood pressure, and heart rate. 1,2 Stimulant users may experience strokes as a result of ... continue reading
  • Health Effects of Drug Misuse and Addiction

    Substance misuse and addiction can have serious short- and long-term effects. 1 The physical effects of drugs and alcohol vary according to the type of substance, duration of use, and method of administration. 1 Recovering from addiction can be a ...

    ... snorted by crushing the pill or emptying the tablet. 8 Commonly snorted drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and other opioids. 8, 19 Injection Injecting drugs intravenously can produce a relatively more rapid ... continue reading
  • Common Street Names for Drugs

    People actively misusing legal or illicit substances use slang terms for many reasons—ranging from avoiding detection by law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you suspect that someone you love is misusing ...

    ... . Slang names include: Peyote Buttons Cactus Mesc Street Names for Methamphetamine Methamphetamine —This powerful stimulant increases energy and activity levels while decreasing the need for sleep. This substance is ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Cancer Risk

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    ... meth . Many toxic chemicals are used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine. One of these chemicals is the same carcinogen found in cigarettes and gasoline, benzene. 15 Cocaine . It is a common for cocaine dealers ... continue reading
  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Are Stimulants Used For? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated ...

    ... 2005 to 2011, the number of emergency department visits involving legal stimulants more than quadrupled, 3 and the number of visits involving methamphetamine in 2011 was more than 1.5 times the rate in 2007. 4 These high ... continue reading
  • Effects of Bath Salts Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

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

    ... salts on the brain are unknown. However, these chemicals work similarly to other psychostimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, which makes it likely that the effects of bath salts on neural pathways is similar. This ... 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, ...

    ... his study of eugenol. Nagayoshi later became a professor of chemistry and pharmacy in 1893, and it was this year he became the first to synthesize methamphetamine, which came from ephedrine. It was Nagayoshi's work that ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction Quiz

    The drug addiction quiz is designed to provide you an idea of whether a drug addiction or drug abuse problem exists. The drug addiction quiz is not perfect and the drug addiction quiz should only be seen as a guide. Take the drug addiction quiz ...

    ... to help determine the level of your cocaine dependence and abuse. Heroin Test A short test we've created to help determine the level of your heroin dependence and abuse. Methamphetamine Test A short test we've created to ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose Signs, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

    What Are Bath Salts? Synthetic cathinones —commonly referred to as “bath salts”—belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances.” These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs ...

    ... stimulants , so using other stimulants, in particular, can be very dangerous. For example, using bath salts and methamphetamine could worsen many of the unwanted symptoms of bath salts use, like agitation, paranoia ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Use: Signs, Dangers, and Treatment

    Injection is a method used by individuals who misuse drugs to obtain a quick and powerful effect. 1 Intravenous (IV) injection, or injection into a vein, is the practice referred to throughout this article as IV drug use. Injection into a vein or ...

    ... Intravenous Drugs of Abuse Intravenous drug abuse is largely limited to 3 main drug types: heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. 2 However, nearly any type of drug—particularly those that come in tablet or pill form ... continue reading
  • What Are Hallucinogens? Short- and Long-Term Side Effects and Treatment

    Hallucinogens are drugs that alter the user's thinking processes and perception in a manner that leads to significant distortions of reality. To many, the influence of these drugs represents experiences of new and even expanded consciousness and, ...

    ... 9 LSD was a very popular drug in the 1960s and early 1970s, and its use was partly responsible for the drug culture ... It is often used in conjunction with cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, or MDMA (ecstasy). 20 Users ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Detox, Withdrawal Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many stimulant drugs elevate physiological processes ...

    ... processes such as heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. 1 Some common stimulants include: ADHD medications (amphetamine, methylphenidate). Cocaine/crack cocaine. Methamphetamine (including crystal meth). Signs of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... More Information For more information, visit these pages on crystal meth addiction treatment and alcohol abuse: Methamphetamine History and Statistics Mixing Alcohol With Drugs Treatment for Alcohol Addiction If you are ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms and Quitting Adderall Use

    What Is Adderall Used For? Adderall—a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine —is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription ...

    ... that of illicit stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine . People also abuse Adderall as ... 2004. 2 The misuse of Adderall is tied to numerous physical and mental risks; unfortunately, Adderall users who want to stop may ... continue reading
  • Effects of PCP Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is PCP? PCP is an abbreviation for the powerful dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is sold on the street in many forms, including as: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. PCP tablets can be found in multiple colors. Like ...

    ... —intent on purchasing ecstasy or MDMA —are deceived and given pills that combine PCP and other substances, including ketamine, caffeine, and methamphetamine. PCP Dependence Like many drugs with sedating or tranquilizing ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose Symptoms and Treatment

    What Does Adderall Do? Adderall—the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine—is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. 1 When ...

    ... young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 using amphetamine drugs like Adderall or methamphetamine. 8 Being aware of the signs and symptoms of an Adderall overdose and taking preventative strategies can minimize the ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ecstasy Addict

    Help for Ecstasy Addicts The full name for ecstasy is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. It is a synthetic drug that has psychoactive effects on users. It is produced and available in many forms. It is similar chemically to the hallucinogen ...

    ... available in many forms. It is similar chemically to the hallucinogen mescaline and the stimulant methamphetamine . Ecstasy is a central nervous system stimulant with mild hallucinogenic effects. This means that it can ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    MDMA Drug Information Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine and ...

    ... pills are adulterated with other substances like methamphetamine, caffeine, or ketamine. MDMA users ... potential programs. If you do have insurance, have your card and ID number handy. You can call the number on the back ... continue reading
  • Ways of Helping Someone With Drug or Alcohol Addiction

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    ... with alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, crystal methamphetamine, or any other addiction, recovery is possible. Signs You May Need to Get Help for Addiction There are signs and symptoms to look for that could indicate ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse and Addiction in the U.S. and Throughout the World

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

    ... drug development in the 20th century, more drugs with abuse potential became available. LSD , methamphetamine , and synthetic opiates are all relatively recent drugs. To counter the growing tide of addiction, drug laws ... continue reading
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly Drug and Alcohol Rehabs

    Research shows that members of the LGBTQ+ community experience higher rates of substance misuse and substance use disorder (SUD) than people who identify as heterosexual. 1, 2 Marginalized groups often face discrimination and stigma, which can ...

    ... stimulant in the past year (e.g., cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription stimulants). Bisexual females were 3 times as ... for these treatments as they do for other medical and surgical types of care. 8 The extent of your ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

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

    ... ) followed by crashes, where use is stopped and withdrawal symptoms arise. 3 Illicit central nervous system stimulants include crystal methamphetamine , cocaine , and crack . Some prescription stimulant medications such ... continue reading
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    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... Some partiers even risked mentioning other illicit substances - including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine. Drug use is on the rise, according to the National Survey on Drug Use ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ritalin Side Effects, Dangers, and Addiction Help

    What Does Ritalin Do? Ritalin is sold as both an immediate-release and an extended-release medication. 2 Extended-release Ritalin is designed to gradually release methylphenidate into the bloodstream throughout the day, rather than all at once. ...

    ... to get high. Misusing Ritalin, such as by crushing and snorting it, is dangerous because at high doses it can ... program and their personal needs. Treatments proven to be effective for cocaine and methamphetamine addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks: How Do Drugs Affect the Heart?

    What Are the Dangers of Drug Use? Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who misuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to unpredictable, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, ...

    ... drugs, such as: 2 Cocaine (coke, crack ). Amphetamines (prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin ). Methamphetamine (meth, crystal, ice). The heart-damaging effects of these drugs are mainly because stimulants ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Dextroamphetamine? Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra, as ...

    ... substances, such as methamphetamine, to avoid uncomfortable and unpleasant stimulant withdrawal ... . Many state government websites will also provide local drug and alcohol resources to those in need. To find your state ... continue reading
  • What Recreational Drugs Cause Liver Damage? Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: Liver cells—or hepatocytes—are able to process dietary and stored ...

    ... anti-inflammatory drugs: Naproxen. Ibuprofen. Anabolic steroids. Recreational and illicit drugs: Heroin . 13 Inhalants . 14 Cocaine . 15 MDMA or Ecstasy . 16 Methamphetamine . 17 Symptoms of Liver Damage If you or ... continue reading
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    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... drug leading to a conviction in the United States: methamphetamine. Meth topped the list in 27 states, including all ... year to house male inmates who cite a meth problem, and 75% of offenders who admit a problem say meth is ... continue reading
  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

    Misinformation and myths surrounding addiction are incredibly problematic in the world of substance misuse, addiction, and recovery. Misinformation and myths can result in missed opportunities for treatment, worsening conditions, and significant ...

    ... stimulant use). Transmission of blood borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis from injection use . Dental and skin deterioration (common among methamphetamine users). Respiratory depression (common to users of depressants ... continue reading
  • How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Relationships

    Addiction and Relationships Many discussions surrounding addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. The effects of drug addiction, however, extend beyond these issues and also encompass a person's social ...

    ... even more dangerous. Drugs known to increase anger, irritability, and violence include: 1 Alcohol. Cocaine . MDMA . Methamphetamine (crystal meth) . Ritalin and other prescription stimulants . Steroids . Living with an ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ecstasy Abuse

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    ... researchers as MDMA, short for 3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine . It's a synthetic drug that is also ... , with nearly 13% of adults saying that they had tried it and 4% saying that they had done so within the past year. ... continue reading
  • Klonopin Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    An Introduction to Klonopin Klonopin is a prescription sedative medication useful as an anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to control or prevent seizures and reduce anxiety from panic attacks. Also known as clonazepam ...

    ... like clonazepam, or Klonopin. Alarmingly, this rate is seven times the rate of heroin use and about 4 times the rate of methamphetamine use . To prevent abuse, it's essential to stress to your teen the dangers of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Adderall Used For? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are ...

    ... are available for Adderall abuse. These follow a similar path as treatments for cocaine and methamphetamine addictions. Treatments may include: Contingency management . This therapy provides tangible rewards for clients ... continue reading
  • What Is Addiction? Drug Abuse Information and Treatment Help

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that is characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... , or illicit drugs regardless of the consequences. While addiction is a chronic illness—like diabetes and cancer—there are various evidence-based addiction treatment approaches that are generally just as successful ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehab

    Drinking alcohol is a common and often problematic occurrence throughout the United States, where approximately 17 million people were classified as heavy drinkers in 2020. 1 In that same year, more then 28 million people in the U.S., ages 12 and ...

    ... in mind that AUD is a brain disease that requires life-long management, just like hypertension or diabetes. Detox and rehab in a hospital or licensed treatment facility represent only the first few steps of longer-term ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse Side Effects, Signs, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is a Steroid? Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are different types of steroids. Some steroids can be incredibly ...

    ... effects of steroid use for both sexes include increases in cholesterol and elevated blood pressure . Steroid use also increases the likelihood of developing diabetes . Testosterone tends to result in extra acne due to ... continue reading
  • Effects of Alcohol Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    While alcohol is widely used in the United States, it can have an array of harmful effects. A 2019 survey reported that 85.6% of Americans aged 18 and over had consumed alcohol at some time in their life, nearly 70% of people had consumed alcohol ...

    ... of dementia. 9 Digestive system: Alcohol can raise the risk of gastric (stomach) bleeding and digestive issues. 1, 9 It can also make diabetes more difficult to manage. 1 Breaking down alcohol also causes the pancreas to ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Assessment Test

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    ... abusing it. This is especially true of illegal drugs and alcohol , though it can also be true of prescription ... you than paying your bills or taking care of yourself and your family . You engage in risky behavior while on ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors ... continue reading
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) Side Effects and Treatment Options

    Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication with a high potential for misuse and addiction. 1 Hydromorphone is intended for use in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic pain, though it is often misused due to its abilities to produce a euphoric ...

    ... , but the best place to start might be the primary care physician. They have access to healthcare information and are aware of any circumstances that may complicate them. Additionally, you may want to reach out to our ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid: Addiction and Treatment Programs

    Dilaudid is a prescription opioid that is sometimes misused. 1 When Dilaudid is used in ways other than prescribed, and even when it is used as prescribed, there can be a risk of dangerous side effects and addiction. 1 Read on to learn about ...

    ... is an easy-to-use method of finding the right rehab for you. Simply enter your location into the search bar, and you will be presented with a list of nearby rehabs. There may be other questions you have in the search for ... continue reading
  • Magic Mushroom Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

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

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

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

    ... the effective time-release properties of the drug. Often the OxyContin addict will ingest the large dose of OxyContin and when the drug's time-release begins to affect the body, it will lead to a dangerous overdose which ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism and Finding Teen Alcohol Treatment Help

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

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

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid medication that is used for moderate to severe pain relief. 1 Even though oxycodone can treat certain types of pain, it is a schedule II substance with a high potential for misuse and addiction. 1,2 This page will ...

    ... may also need to perform CPR. The 9-1-1 operator may have you assess the person's pulse and breathing. Follow the dispatcher's directions for performing CPR or any other medical care while waiting for emergency medical ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use, Overdose and Addiction Treatment

    Klonopin —known commonly by its generic name clonazepam —is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure disorders. Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system ...

    ... Term Effects of Klonopin Use As a CNS depressant, Klonopin slows down certain processes in the body and mind and, when it is taken as prescribed, may induce effects like: Reduced worry. Decreased physical tension. Slowed ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction Symptoms and Treatment

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

    ... desire to enhance one's mood or, at the very least, get to a place where the user is comfortable and relaxed. A Vicodin addiction—one of the many prescription drug addictions—involves abuse of the drug with or without a ... continue reading
  • Effects of Steroid Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types of steroids are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but these are categorized as corticosteroids . ...

    ... like cocaine, it can create changes to the brain over time . These changes can impact the production and supply of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters . These changes in the brain can lead to changes ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Are Bath Salts Used For? The drugs widely sold as bath salts and under other similar names are alleged to produce dramatic effects in their users. Perhaps one of the most famous incidents of apparent bath salts abuse involved a spate of ...

    ... of bath salts use, however. If a loved one is using bath salts, you might notice that they have lost their appetite and no longer eat as much as they did. If your loved one is at school, you may notice that their grades ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose Symptoms and Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ... DMT is commonly taken by users seeking a psychedelic “trip” similar to those produced by the ingestion of LSD and psilocybin . Many drug users choose DMT as an alternative to LSD because the duration of the trip is much ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Health Issues

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

    ... aspects of these anxious, depressed, or psychotic conditions and begin using alcohol or drugs as a means to ... tend to have out-of-pocket costs that range between $200 and $900 per day. This cost will vary depending on the ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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

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

    Roxicodone, one of the brand names for oxycodone, is a powerful prescription opioid painkiller that may be prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. 1 2 Despite its legitimate medical uses, it has a high potential for misuse and addiction. 1, 2 ...

    ... treat moderate to severe pain. 1 2 Despite its legitimate medical uses, it has a high potential for misuse and addiction. 1, 2 If you or a loved one are struggling with Roxicodone addiction, you should know that evidence ... continue reading
  • Diazepam Abuse Side Effects, Overdose, and Addiction Treatment

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

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

    Tramadol is a somewhat atypical prescription painkiller, with both opioid and monoamine reuptake inhibiting pharmacological properties. 1 In the U.S., tramadol is approved for use in managing moderately severe pain and has historically been marketed ...

    ... partnership with a large group of insurance companies at our addiction treatment facilities. Start the journey to recovery and find out instantly if your insurance provider may be able to cover all or part of the cost ... continue reading
  • Snorting Molly (MDMA) Side Effects, Risks, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Molly (MDMA)? Molly, commonly referred to as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug with both amphetamine and stimulant properties and mild hallucinogenic effects. It is the primary psychoactive agent found in many ...

    ... on how it was taken. 3 The faster a drug reaches the brain , the faster the rewarding effects are induced, and the more likely the user is to develop an addiction. 3 When swallowed, the effects of ecstasy use can be felt ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Overdose Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

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

    ... dangerous doses to achieve a high. However, their bodies may not be able to handle the amount of the drug, and an overdose may result. Also, a person's tolerance may decrease after going through a period of cessation. An ... continue reading
  • Librium Abuse Side Effects, Withdrawal, and Addiction Treatment

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

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

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

    ... taking over a set period of time. This gives your body a chance to adjust to lower levels of the drug and minimizes the risk of complications like seizures that may be brought on by abrupt cessation of use. In some cases ... continue reading
  • Effects of Inhalant Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    What Are Inhalants? There is a huge number of inhalants available for abuse, and they're fairly easy to obtain. It's unsurprising that teens in particular are susceptible to inhalant abuse, simply because these compounds can be acquired at any ...

    ... be CFCs, but now they're the more environmentally friendly butane or propane. Medical gases tend to be ethers and nitrous oxides, but nitrous oxide is also found in whipped cream as a propellant. These 3 all have effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Valium Use: Side Effects, Short- and Long-Term Effects, and Treatment

    What Is Valium Used For? Valium—a popular sedative-hypnotic prescription drug—has numerous effects on the body, many of which can be dangerous when the drug is misused or abused. Valium (diazepam) is prescribed for sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle ...

    ... to get high from its depressant effects . Many abusers of Valium take it combination with alcohol and/or other substances. Abuse occurs when a user: Takes excess doses. Takes more frequent doses than prescribed. Takes ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

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

    ... a very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where would you ... Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in South Dakota

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

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

    Addiction affects millions of people, and it doesn't discriminate. If it's impacting your life or that of someone you love, you might feel as if you've failed somehow. In reality, however, addiction can happen to anyone and most people need help to ...

    ... you love, you might feel as if you've failed somehow. In reality, however, addiction can happen to anyone and most people need help to recover from it. Professional treatment can make the difference in living with the ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Arkansas

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

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

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

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

    Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition that most people need professional help (often in multiple forms) to overcome. With the right treatment, however, many people move past addiction to lead successful, healthy, and happy lives. You can be ...

    ... forms) to overcome. With the right treatment, however, many people move past addiction to lead successful, healthy, and happy lives. You can be one of them. Check our Alabama addiction treatment listings to take your ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Oregon

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

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

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

    ... . You can browse through our directory to find programs in West Virginia and read reviews of specific facilities. If you're home situation is too triggering and you wish to travel to another WV city or even another state ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Wisconsin

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

    ... to move on to a happier, healthier life without drugs. You can take your first step on the journey of recovery from addiction by browsing treatment listings in Wisconsin and reading reviews to find the right fit for you. continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse—Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

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

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

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

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

    If you or a loved one are misusing the opioid medication tramadol, this article will help you understand: What tramadol is. Signs of tramadol abuse. Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal and overdose. Treatment for tramadol addiction. What Is Tramadol? ...

    ... tramadol abuse may be more likely in people who have a personal or family history of substance abuse and/or mental illness. 4,6 Symptoms of Tramadol Overdose If you suspect a tramadol overdose, call 911 immediately. It ... continue reading
  • Common Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

    How to Tell if Someone Is Using Drugs Drug use affects people across all walks of life and levels of socioeconomic status. Whatever reason a person starts taking drugs for—whether recreationally or as prescribed—tolerance, patterns of increased ...

    ... extremely difficult to stop using drugs without professional treatment. 2 Drug use can wreak havoc on the body and mind and may eventually become deadly. When you realize that you or someone you love has a problem, it's ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

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

    ... heartbeat can occur. 7 A user can also experience seizures or heart failure if large amounts of Vyvanse are abused, and sudden death can occur in those who have pre-existing heart conditions . 7,8 If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Effects of Marijuana on Breast Milk and Smoking Weed While Breastfeeding

    Cannabis (also called marijuana or 'weed') is the most commonly used drug during pregnancy. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 78,000 pregnant women reported past-month marijuana use. 1 While many feel that smoking weed ...

    ... . Could My Breast Milk Harm the Baby? There are few studies to determine the effects of cannabis during lactation and the harm it can cause to a baby. Most studies to date have focused on the adverse effects of cannabis ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    What Are Barbiturates Used For? Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or anti-anxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited ...

    ... abuse—it is important that you take action immediately. Doing so can prevent some of the more severe and/or life-threatening side effects of barbiturate use from occurring. You can speak to a substance abuse therapist, a ... continue reading
  • Effects of Benzodiazepine Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

    Are Benzodiazepines Harmful? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control anxiety and seizure disorders. They are central nervous depressants, which means that they slow brain activity. Taken in small doses over short ...

    ... centers of the brain. 4 However, the subsequent development of tolerance leads to an increased need for more and more of the drug to achieve the same levels of response over time. 2 Side Effects of Benzodiazepines Side ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... you love is struggling with a drug habit, it's time to take the first steps toward controlling your addiction and getting your life back on track. We can help. Start by visiting DrugAbuse.com or calling . Methodology We ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hashish Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, Side Effects, and Treatment

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

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