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  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... are that men report stealing sedatives from a clinic, hospital, or pharmacy at 4.3 ... recent treatment through their employers. The most common method, which is using one's own savings, also showed a significant difference: ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

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

    ... re caught taking drugs. Rather than going to a low-end clinic where they share a bathroom with other people and have small ... luxury, however, and it uses a one-on-one treatment method, rather than the usual twelve-step ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... that can last from 6-12 hours depending on the method of use. Find out more about the harmful effects of ... is a narcotic pain reliever typically given in a clinic or hospital to relieve relatively severe pain. What are ... continue reading
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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... rehab centers and a growing number of psychological clinics. Neurofeedback is still relatively new and the ... to drink or use drugs—and vanquishing it, alone. The method's simple but smart ideology has you taking joy in the ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... this is still a problem. However, local hospitals and clinics can set up internet connections to distant locations. So, ... Osteopathic Medicine, admits , “It's really probably one of the few ways we can increase access.” ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... began gravitating toward the detox method known as “tapering.” Essentially, one drug replaces another and the ... or coming up short on mandatory pill counts at pain clinics. Eventually, they're cut off by doctors or kicked ... continue reading
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  • 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. ...

    ... are addicted to opiates - heroin and OxyContin for example. Patients need just one dose a day in order to avoid withdrawal. But some methadone clinics don't have a solid taper-down protocol, which means your treatment ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... This specialized knowledge will equip more professionals to fill the unmet need for treatment in our society. Graduates of one program won't completely meet the need, but it's a start. Additional Reading: Addiction is an ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring the ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... her valuable advice, on this Mother's Day, I will be a passenger on that plane…and I will take care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn More Find out how you can help an addicted loved ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... addiction, we are often neglectful and end up distancing the ones we love most. The time we used to spend with ... , the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... like this.” At safe injection sites, the situation is quite different. Hersch noted, “I'm going to be one-on-one with this patient until they are at baseline for their vital signs and their mental status. Keep in mind ... 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 ...

    ... to staying clean. You may not be aware of any methadone clinics in your city, but rest assured they can be found in ... you have used in the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... he did have some success in giving up drink thanks to therapy. Tennessee Williams Another alcoholic , Williams is one of the best playwrights America has ever seen. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is perhaps his best contribution ... 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 ...

    ... emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock Ellis Known for keeping the San Diego Padres hitless one 1970 afternoon, pitcher Dock Ellis later admitted to having taken LSD earlier that day. He even thought he was ... 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 ...

    ... lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says ... development of a clinical trial at the Calgary Pain Clinic. Additional Reading: I'm Having Opiate Withdrawals - ... 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 ...

    ... the end. She was ready to reclaim her life. The clinic she chose offered everything she needed…and then some. In ... option. You don't have to suffer in silence; no one does.” “As with any business, there are some “bad ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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

    ... When you admit yourself to a detox clinic, you stay at the clinic under the care of medical staff as ... ensure your safety during the process so you and your loved ones don't need to worry about adverse effects of your detox ... 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 ...

    ... abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the STI Clinic of the South Limburg Public Health Service of the Netherlands interviewed 289 swingers between the years of ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... began craving the drug once she didn't have that bottle of “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax. When he wouldn't refill the pills, she simply went to a different ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... and the recipe of waiting for addicts to come into a clinic voluntarily is not working. Plain and simple. So, we're ... clinics, buprenorphine can be distributed immediately at a pharmacy. The user can also receive a one-week ... 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 ...

    ... ,000 cost covers therapy for the whole family as well as medically assisted detox . It is one of the strictest rehab clinics as it makes people do their own chores. This helps people to take responsibility for their own ... 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 ...

    ... more potential overdoses than they see at the Insite clinic. Harm Reduction Comes to the U.S. Recently ... sites as a harm reduction measure is highly debated. On one side, there are people who think it's simply “enabling ... 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 ...

    ... are always searching for better ways to understand drugs and their effects on the brain. With these new imaging methods, Pan and his team of neural experts were able to observe exactly how cocaine affects the tiny blood ... 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 ...

    ... 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 called track marks. What are ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... needs, doctors can weigh the many options available. Working together, the two of you can decide on the best method of pain control and treatment. Additional Reading: Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely ... 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 ...

    ... remains to be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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

    ... viewed by some as the mere replacement of one drug dependency for another . Another reason is ... ” at an OTP, you will continue to show up at the clinic daily until your doctor thinks you are stable enough to take your ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... Dental issues. Skin changes. Problems sleeping or sleeping too much. Signs will vary based on the substance and the method used (i.e., smoking, injection, etc.). What are Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse? Drug use tends to ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... OxyContin can be severe, making effective detoxification difficult. Detoxing from OxyContin There is no official, standard method for treating addiction to OxyContin. However, IV therapy Medical Detox is a common type of ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... body, but you will still receive it, so it will help you stop taking it over time. Basically, this method substitutes a weaker drug for the Klonopin. A titration taper is another option. This is a smooth taper used for ... 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 ...

    ... the drug each time you take it until your body no longer needs it. This can take weeks or months, but many patients can successfully stop a drug with this method. It will also allow a patient to face fewer side effects . continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... settings.” The Truth About Naloxone Kits Although drug treatment and education are the most ideal method of preventing tragedies related to opioid overdoses, life-saving medications like naloxone should be as accessible ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the promotion of new formulas that make ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... Those who drank three or more glasses of beer in one setting were three times more likely to test positive for ... . For example, a 2008 study involving 678 STD clinic patients found that rates of gonorrhea were nearly five ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... found that the men receiving methadone had about one-quarter of the testosterone level of men not using opioids ... erectile dysfunction. At Hamilton's John Street Clinic, officials said that about 20 percent of men ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... Rally for the Cause “Methadone Mile” is a section of Boston's Massachusetts Avenue that is lined with methadone clinics and illicit drug use . People come to this strip to get high and get sober. Treatment providers hope ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

    In the U.S., there are an estimated 42 million people (nearly 18% of the total population) who currently smoke 1 . Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S. In fact, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in ...

    ... breaths to center yourself. Talk to friends and loved ones. Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal ... for individuals looking to quit. For example, this virtual clinic is free for those looking for help to stop ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

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

    ... from drug to drug, but generally, you or a loved one may have a drug abuse problem if you have any of ... from an intoxicated state. Assess Yourself According to the Mayo Clinic, drug abuse causes the user to center his or ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... maintenance treatment, you will typically visit a specialized clinic once a day to receive a liquid dose, ... , it does not have to be taken forever in order for one to make a full recovery. It is estimated that around 25% ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... addiction has been conducted in male subjects,” Calipari said in a statement. This, in turn, will affect treatment methods, since what could work for males might not be as effective for females. “We need to consider sex ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales ... The Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... of intake. Here, we explore two of the more common methods. Smoking a Joint Historically, smoking has been one of the most common methods of using marijuana. After inhaling, THC enters the lungs and then passes from ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help is needed. Call us at . Learn more about the available treatment methods for drug addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly overdosing on methadone-soaked underwear. Michael ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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

    ... we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that can come from using the drug. Methods of Use Methamphetamine users have several means of taking the drug to achieve a “high.” They may take the ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

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

    ... in EMDR. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a method for trauma resolution that focuses on discharging trapped ... other trauma symptoms. Key Elements of Successful Treatment One essential element in the treatment of sexual abuse ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... , sexual arousal and increased focus. The most common method of abuse is through insufflation (snorting), though it ... to patients. This, however, is very rare. One of the drug's few practical applications in contemporary ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

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

    ... just made it that much worse,” he tells the Chicago Tribune . One day, after a marijuana-induced “freak out,” Joseph, now 19, was ... much of the drug they consume and their method of consumption, said Dr. Joshua Straus, a ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... this month that warn residents about the dangers of e-cigarettes. One ad, titled “What Could Go Wrong,” calls them “a ... Marketing : Despite initially being touted as a method to help traditional cigarette users quit, there ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have ... : Aerobicise Anxiety Away Exercise is a proven method for managing anxiety. It has been clearly linked ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

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

    ... Issues with side effects, potential for abuse, and method of delivery are just a few of the obstacles ... might not be the case for much longer… According to one recent study, a group of doctors from Mount Sinai Medical ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... . However, it's not the only wrong way to go about this. The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all method to switching medications. That's why it is critical to consult with your doctor. By working closely with them ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... to 2008 there were 19 deaths associated with ibogaine therapy. 5 That is roughly one per year. In comparison, Methadone—a common method of treating opioid addiction—accounted for nearly 40% of single-drug opioid pain ... 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 ...

    ... include: Fever Fatigue Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea ... function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003, the Canadian ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

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

    ... so that they are not using the same part of the body to inject into every time. Skin Popping One method of injecting is called “skin popping.” Skin popping is another name for injecting drugs underneath the skin or into ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

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

    ... . About 48 percent have been on painkillers for between one week and one month. When it comes to chronic pain, though, ... to curb drug abuse. In fact, more than 250 clinics were shut down in Florida in 2015. Finally, of ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... nonmedical prescription opioid users. Providing New Resources One new resource, developed by the Substance Abuse ... to stigma and abuse, however, many hospitals and clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications. “The ... 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 ...

    ... these opioids.” The Rise of Rural Opiate Dependency One reason for the rising rate of opioid abuse ... ,” said Monnat. “Often, emergency rooms or urgent care clinics might be the only place for someone to receive treatment ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... are caught. Thousands more are working in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes right now - and they're ... to sobriety. Learn more about how you can help an addicted loved one find sobriety . Image Source: en.wikipeida.org 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 ...

    ... for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity among certain physicians and clinics when they discovered so many patients abusing OxyContin ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

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

    ... to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a ... and also depend on the dose taken and the method of ingestion. The common “positive” short-term effects ... 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 ...

    ... usage, the elderly seem to be turning to this method of treatment more and more. (Use among adults over ... away from all this information? Well, the first significance is one we've mentioned. If we want to protect our youth ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... in Germany, confiscated pot is fueling the economy - literally. Recently, one giant stash of impounded weed was used as a source of energy. This unique method of disposal was designed by customs officials in Munich. They ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... today, but the dangerous trend is not that simple or one-sided. In order to understand us, you have to put ... coping skills can lead them to seek out an artificial method of coping with stress. They then turn to drugs such ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

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

    ... where and how to get help. Your friend has to be the one to decide to use these resources, but it's good to ... friend. You can partner with other loved ones to apply the CRAFT method or hold an intervention . Put Your ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... is no right or wrong way to meditate. Choose the method that appeals to you. Meditation will help you quiet your ... [ebook_insert] 11. Don't put too much pressure on one short stay in rehab. It takes more than 30 days to ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    ... so many treatment methods are ineffective - such as quitting cold turkey. This method of total abstinence ... . Even though recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution - what works for one person may not work for the next ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... with interactive effects. While the best prevention method is not to take any drugs, using ... slip a drug into someone else's drink—it only takes one moment of distraction. Even though it can be inconvenient, keeping ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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

    ... are measured by recovery program retention rates and one-year sobriety post-treatment. 7 Smoking Cigarettes Prevents ... abuse of buprenorphine is not a very popular method of abuse, it does happen. Supposedly, the ... 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 , ...

    ... dogs through “extinction training” or desensitization. This method changes what drugs the K9's will alert to ... cost effective. Training new dogs or re-training old ones can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Some agencies ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

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

    ... duration of treatment. Treatment lengths may vary, but can last from one month, to 60- or 90-day programs (or for extended ... and group therapy, and be educated in methods to make sustainable life changes and skills that ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... . Here's a look at seven of the most outrageous methods ever used to fund a drug addiction: Law Breakers Addicts ... In just a few weeks, 130 poles vanished, each one weighing about 250 pounds. Police and local residents are ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... or illness has gone away. Prescription drug addiction is one of the most common addictions in the United States ... to prescribed alternative medication or look into other methods of getting you pain relief. Getting Help Some ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... and make it impossible to wake up. What's more, the opioids found in painkillers are the same ones found in heroin, which caused over 8,000 overdose deaths in 2013. Deadly and Complicating Circumstances Whether it ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... drug. But taking larger amounts will not increase the pleasing effects - it will only up the undesirable ones. Meanwhile, their continued use will cause brain damage and they will likely develop severe memory problems . ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

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

    ... experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one scientist has suggested that there are some pretty ... Making Smart Choices If it's true that both methods can produce similar experiences and results, most would ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... Benefits However, some pet owners and vets swear that marijuana has helped their furry loved ones. Dr. Cynthia Graves, who practices alternative veterinary care in Philadephia, recommends hemp-based supplements for ... 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 ...

    ... -scale addiction mode . They were willing to risk everything to use - their health, their visits with loved ones, their good behavior days. Their need to get high was their first priority, and with drugs being readily ... 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 ...

    ... a deep dissatisfaction with prescription medications. Bruce said, “One of the most compelling things to come out of ... and doesn't do, the difference in products and ingestion methods and dosing, is all kind of a Wild West.” ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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

    ... bottom is. There's not a tried-and-true method of predicting what your personal rock-bottom moment will ... wait for a sign; you deserve a life in recovery. Call one of our admissions navigators at to get the help you need. ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... heart muscle damage. In fact, it's estimated that one in 400 people die from taking the drug, mainly ... says Edward Conn, an addiction counselor. “How many official clinics exist? None. Ask yourself why.” Even with the ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... crowded prisons with non-violent offenders year after year. One solution to reducing the number of drug offenders swept ... , alongside a surge in visits to health clinics that deal with addiction and disease, according ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you respond? It ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... decline in opioid prescriptions at VA hospitals and clinics; however, the number of veterans seeking ... and they don't understand the pills are addictive. On one hand, the VA still faces criticism about the number of ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... designed to discourage users from abusing Suboxone by methods such as dissolving the drug in solution for injection ... 's the good news. Wondering if you or a loved one may have an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... a perfect sample of this law-making domino effect. One of the most recent examples comes out of California. ... policy, they'll have to find other creative methods of marijuana distribution. The official policy states “ ... continue reading
  • Risks of Smoking While Breastfeeding

    The numerous health hazards associated with smoking tobacco are well researched and documented. There is no safe time to smoke , but in some situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is smoking before and ...

    ... amount of research into the use of sprays or gum as methods of NRT during breastfeeding, but it is reasonable to think that ... to wean their babies earlier than nonsmoking mothers. One study found that only 5% of smoking ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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

    ... West North Central and the Southwest were at greater risk for hospital drug theft and loss. The one state that stands out is Wisconsin, the only state with excessive reverse-distributor inventory shortages. According to ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... both conditions. Providers may need to adapt these methods depending on your unique needs, which can ... or longer. Outpatient treatment might last 2 months to one year. 3, 14 Inpatient Treatment NAMI explains that people ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... per day, seven days per week. We offer a toll-free drug abuse helpline and confidential, professional support. Call one of our counsellors at or complete our quick form for drug abuse help. We care what happens to you. continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... use is known to cause among women. What's more, according to Craft, it can take several months of THC abstinence for the menstrual cycle to return to normal. Learn more about helping an addicted loved one Google Images continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... possibilities. “The exciting thing about our app is that the implications are global,” said Bjug Borgundvaag, one of the app developers. “Alcohol-related illness is commonly encountered not only in the emergency room ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most affected industries. That's exactly what prompted a group of young filmmakers to create the ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... about their descent into addiction for seven hours every day, with no psychologist or doctor present. Carlos, one of the internees, acknowledged using violence to get some patients to enter the facility. He has spoken ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... , and I was hanging out with very scary and dangerous people and behaving in ways that I was horrified by. And after one particular night of debauchery, where I woke up—I won't get into it. But I realized, Okay, I'm done ... 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 ...

    ... Facts About Inhalant Abuse More than 2.6 million children between the ages of 12 to 17 abuse duster. One in four students has abused duster before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the first drug abused by children ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... in the psychiatry department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in total were observed, 100 of whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... to 210 - the lowest in 19 years. Canadian Supervised Injection Site The safe room concept is not a new one. In fact, Canada launched a similar facility in 2003. InSite is North America's first legal injection site and ... continue reading
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