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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 ...

    ... unable to end use even though you want to. Taking more of the substance or using it for longer periods to achieve the same result ... is often the most effective type of treatment for someone addicted to methamphetamine. ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or allows ...

    ... all things, but his main vice lay in a much darker substance: opium. The man who brought us A Christmas Carol ... stories, many of which dealt with the macabre. “Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore'” is perhaps one of the most well ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

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

    ... of my substance abuse; I can stop whenever I want to. Control is a big deal for most addicts. This statement ... or drug abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the signs and symptoms of addiction. How to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... the mood and perceptions of the user . The substance will impact feelings of love and intimacy. The ... and prevent relapse . After initial treatment, many recovering ecstasy addicts find benefit from joining a recovery group ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ambien Addict

    Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem , a medication prescribed for the management of insomnia . A few other formulations of the same medication with differing delivery methods are marketed under the names: Edluar and Intermezzo —Sublingual zolpidem ...

    ... a while. Tolerance With Ambien, you will need more of the substance as time goes on to achieve the same ... 's Find Treatment tool to search for facilities. Many state government websites will also provide local drug and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Soma Addict

    Help for Soma Addicts Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a prescription muscle relaxer that can be addictive if used beyond the recommended dosage or duration. Taking Soma can also be problematic if it is abused in combination with other ...

    ... as directed, especially if the user has a history of substance abuse. Soma's potential for abuse and addiction is ... . If you or someone you know might be addicted to Soma, it is extremely important to get treatment ... continue reading
  • How to Help Someone Addicted to Cocaine

    Knowing how to help a friend, family member, peer, or coworker with an addiction to cocaine is difficult. Addiction can take a serious toll on relationships, making a conversation about addiction treatment even more challenging. While this type of ...

    ... , you're not alone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in ... loved one is either on coke or addicted to cocaine, some of the more common signs and symptoms include: 2 High ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Painkillers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... many people take painkillers following a surgery or injury, it can be easy to develop a dependency to the more powerful of these drugs. Having an understanding of whether you're addicted ... (in most cases) response ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Inhalant Addict

    What Is Inhalant Abuse? Inhalant abuse can be defined as the intentional inhalation of vapors through sniffing or huffing from chemical products to become intoxicated, or achieve a high. These chemical products are commonly found in everyday ...

    ... obtain or use inhalants. Needing more and more to get the same effects ( ... most commonly abused drug after marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco. If you suspect that your loved one is addicted to inhaling household substances ... continue reading
  • Are You an Enabler? How to Stop Enabling an Addict

    What Is an Enabler? Enabling is a term that can be thought of in a positive or negative light, but when we talk about enabling in terms of addiction and recovery, it usually has a negative connotation. When someone is struggling with addiction, an ...

    ... can passively encourage their behavior. 1 Substance use disorders (SUDs) affect many people—not just the individual who ... Feeling superior or condescending : Treating the addicted person like a child. Justifying their ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... Is there a bed available immediately? The more you ask ahead of time, the more comfortable you'll feel about the program you ... links provide substance-specific information on how to help a drug addict: Alcohol Bath ... continue reading
  • How to Help a PCP Addict

    What Is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine—commonly called “angel dust” —was developed in the 1950s as an intravenously administered anesthetic. PCP is no longer approved for medical use, and it is now only found on the illicit market. Most ...

    ... has negatively impacted the user's life. The official substance abuse diagnosis in cases such as these would be ... options, cost, and available facilities. Help for PCP addicts Use of PCP can lead to an array of unpleasant ... 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 ...

    ... away. Prescription drug addiction is one of the most common addictions in the United States, and it affects ... , not every person who becomes dependent on a substance is addicted to it. Dependence just means that your body ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

    What Is Crystal Methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine—also known as crystal meth—is a highly addictive white, crystalline drug that can be taken by snorting, smoking, or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names, ...

    ... in binges or “runs” that continue until no more of the substance can be obtained. When looking for the signs of ... indication that your loved one is no longer addicted. Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment Options Crystal meth ... continue reading
  • How to Help a DMT Addict

    N, N-Dimethyltryptamine is the chemical name for the drug commonly known as DMT. This potent hallucinogen , sometimes called “Dmitri,” can be synthesized in labs, but it also occurs naturally in several types of South American plants. The ...

    ... one. Positive Communication When approaching someone who is addicted to a substance like DMT , it may be helpful to ... associated with tolerance (i.e. the need to consume more of a drug to produce the same wanted effects). ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... things you should never say to a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't you just ... the many routes you can explore…together. Learn more about helping an addicted loved ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... his handler. The movie is very messed up—but what's even more messed up is that it's based on the author's life, ... real life there's nothing funny about behavioral or substance abuse addictions. If you or someone you know ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Healthy When Someone You Love Is Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

    “Self-care is essential to finding ways to limit the unwanted influence of substance use in your life.” When someone you love is abusing substances like alcohol and/or other drugs, you are likely to focus solely on the damage the addiction is ...

    ... a great way to gain clarity of mind; many people report doing their best thinking during their workout ... one is addicted to a substance may find themselves taking too much responsibility for the actions of the addict. You ... continue reading
  • Advice and Tips for Parents of Addicted Children

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that nearly 1 out of every 4 18-20-year-olds abused an illicit substance in the past month. Furthermore, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) found that more than 20 ...

    ... deceitful tactics to secure and use more of the substance, regardless of the negative outcomes ... your needs a priority and is a valuable tool for parents of addicted children. As you attempt to care for your child's needs ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crystal Meth After the First Use?

    What Is Crystal Meth? Crystal meth is a powerful, synthetically made stimulant. It can be ingested orally, injected intravenously , snorted , or smoked. Crystal meth is notorious for its high addictive potential, and many people suggest that taking ...

    ... many people suggest that taking just one hit will get you addicted. Just how powerful is this substance ... to the number 2 spot, behind only cannabis, as the most widely used drug in the world. Per the 2014 National Survey ... 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 ...

    ... side effects and possibly more seizures. If you're wondering whether you're addicted to Klonopin, consider ... to cut down on your dosage by 10% at a time at most. You should reduce the dosage every 7 to 14 days, depending ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine After the First Use?

    How Addictive Is Cocaine? Drugs like cocaine have reputations for being extremely addictive, but still many people will want to try them “just once.” It's easy to wonder, “just how addictive is cocaine (really)?” Cocaine is a very addictive ...

    ... you really get addicted to cocaine after trying it one time? The Center for Substance Abuse Research is ... most intense and attempts to recreate it are generally less successful. Many drug users will take larger or more ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hash Addict

    How to Approach a Hash Addict It is extremely difficult to watch loved ones or close friends with any type of addiction continue to engage in potentially destructive behaviors. Many struggle with whether to confront their loved one and how to go ...

    ... disorder. Individuals displaying few symptoms are diagnosed with mild substance (hashish) use disorders. Someone displaying more symptoms is diagnosed with a more severe disorder. What are the Signs of Addiction? There ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

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

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the number of ...

    ... most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance ... Do You Get Addicted to Heroin? The ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

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

    ... most common may include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dizziness, tremors, mood changes and paranoia. In high dosages, the risk for more ... and Addiction While substance abuse comes with many side effects, ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e. sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... you love, find out how to help an Ambien addict now. Combined Effects of Ambien and Alcohol Abuse Along ... More Information The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides a scientific overview of many controlled substances ... 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 ...

    ... cans). To help an inhalant addict , please call our 24/7 hotline free at for more information. Video: What Is Huffing ... A few, but not all inhalants—like many abused substances—create measurable tolerance to their effects. ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health but, when the two are used together, the negative effects of each can compound those of the other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage ...

    ... and Alcohol: Combined Effects There are many detrimental effects that can occur when alcohol ... United States, alcohol is the most common substance used by teens. The CDC found that more than 4,000 underage deaths are ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Percocet Abuse

    Percocet is the brand name for a mixture of oxycodone —one of the strongest opioids—and acetaminophen , the main component in over-the-counter fever reducers like Tylenol. An opioid is a synthetic derivative of opium, and opioids are commonly ...

    ... Julien, 2011; Kinney, 2009). Find out more about how to help a Percocet addict when you call our helpline free at . ... provides a scientific overview of many controlled substances, including painkillers. Alcoholics Anonymous ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... more susceptible to painkiller addiction. Most ... More Information The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides a scientific overview of many controlled substances, including painkillers. How to Help a Painkiller Addict ... continue reading
  • Police-Related Tweets

    Public opinions on the topic of law enforcement and their controversial methods are sure to be as intense as they are wide ranging. To learn more, we gathered tweets about America's peace officers and analyzed them to investigate public sentiment ...

    ... media has exploded. Although many newsworthy police incidents are racially charged, drug- and alcohol-related encounters impact sentiment as well; interactions between those addicted to substances and law enforcement are ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse: How to Treat LSD Addiction

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... tactile sensations seem real. One of the most commonly used hallucinogens is D-lysergic acid ... More often than not, however, this doesn't happen. In many cases, addicted individuals are in denial about their substance ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... United States, women may be using heroin and other substances without realizing they are pregnant. 2 Heroin can ... for any expectant mother, and it may be even more essential for women using heroin due to the high risk ... continue reading
  • Effects of Marijuana Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, & Side Effects

    Is Marijuana Dangerous? Marijuana may indeed be harmful. There is a link between long-term marijuana use and increased rates of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety . Marijuana also increases a person's heart rate for up to three hours after use, ...

    ... 25-50% of users who take this drug daily will become addicted to it at some point. Marijuana may be used in some ... and '.gov.' Once your state website is located, substance use resources shouldn't be hard to find, and ... continue reading
  • Facts About Krokodil (The “Zombie Drug”)

    What Is Krokodil? Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) or Krokodil, is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine. On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name ...

    ... drug” by the media. Most reports of krokodil use in the media have shown addicted individuals who have gangrene or eschars ... you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use problem, help is available and recovery is ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... If you or a loved one is struggling with your substance use, help is available and recovery is possible. Professional addiction ... Centers (AAC) for free at to learn more about treatment options. You can also check your ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... 16. Edie Falco Known for her role as a painkiller addict on “Nurse Jackie,” Edie Falco's own addiction experiences ... If you or a loved one is struggling with substance misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ketamine

    Ketamine is a drug used in human and animal surgery to induce numbness and sedation without compromising breathing and blood pressure 1 . It is a dissociative anesthetic, and it has been increasingly used as a party drug due to the detached, ...

    ... because it was used together with another intoxicating substance, such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, or ... but that does not mean that someone can't get addicted to it. Ketamine users may find themselves escalating their ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... at seven of the most outrageous methods ever used to fund a drug addiction: Law Breakers Addicts in Baltimore took recycling to ... Kind of Legal, Totally Questionable Many addicts spend hours collecting recyclable items ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone—found in nature in the khat plant. Cathinones ...

    ... Signs of Bath Salts Addiction? There are many indications of someone being addicted to bath salts. Some of these signs ... . Mental health issues occur alongside addiction more frequently than not. Because the two are ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... snorting, or injecting is most common and will make withdrawal more serious in most cases. 2. OxyContin ... overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused many deaths 3. Demerol Demerol is an opioid some patients ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

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

    ... . Now there are a dozen more substances out there that are just as dangerous, if not more so. Let's take a ... spoonful of cinnamon in less than a minute, and many have ended up in hospitals after damaging their throat ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

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

    ... 's split, the Sinoloa Cartel is led by the most-wanted drug trafficker in Mexico, Joaquín Guzmán. With an estimated ... , the Arellano Felix brothers. Although it is now much smaller due to deaths and arrests of its members ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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

    ... and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide ... number of things that make you hallucinate, there are also many things that are supposed to that don't. Absinthe was ... 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 ...

    ... doing so can be life-saving. The use of most substances will produce noticeable signs and symptoms. These may ... Coverage Levels Visit the links below to find out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

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

    ... Substances Which substance is most commonly associated with #party? The generic term “drinks” was mentioned more ... 100 incidents. It's Not Too Late to Find Help For many, the party doesn't stop with a DUI arrest or ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Programs

    When one is struggling with a psychiatric disorders—such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, and depression— and a substance use disorder at the same time, these conditions are known as co-occurring mental health disorders. One who struggles with mental ...

    ... many mental health conditions, some of the most common disorders seen in those with co-occurring mental health and substance ... coverage for treatment to see what and how much will be covered. You can contact AAC free ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... a drug user can be driven to take more and more of the drug, even though it is dangerous . Some people do not become addicted as quickly as others, and this is due to many factors. However, it is important to understand ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

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

    ... can be just as prevalent and is often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction ... take place that include nausea, headaches or restlessness. Many addicts looking to get clean will go through a detox ... continue reading
  • Risks of Using Cocaine While Breastfeeding

    Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is easily absorbed into the bloodstream. It has a high milk-to-plasma ratio, meaning a significant amount of the drug may pass from a mother's blood into her breast milk. 1 Cocaine is the ...

    ... into her breast milk. 1 Cocaine is the third most abused substance in the United States. According to the 2020 ... to breastfeed, and mothers who use cocaine are more likely to not breastfeed compared to non-using mothers ... 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 ...

    ... Salvation Army official. Shocking Facts About Inhalant Abuse More than 2.6 million children between the ages of ... abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The ... 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 ...

    ... effects may last for as few as 4 hours and as many as 48 hours depending on the amount used. Like its chemical ... or illegal behaviors to acquire and use more of the substance. Physiologic dependency becomes an issue with ... 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 ...

    ... study of meth-related emergency room visits found that more than 400,000 reproductive-aged women reported using meth ... . 12 Since 2003, meth has been the most common substance that women who are admitted to treatment at U ... 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 ...

    ... and kidney damage. And levamisole, the second-most-common substance in cocaine, is a veterinary pharmaceutical used to ... the drug reaching epidemic levels , many are getting much more than they bargained for. The Average ... 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 ...

    ... more drug-related arrests than any other state. In 2014 alone, there were over 700 drug-related arrests per 100,000 people. Due to the rural nature of many ... have shown that most controlled substances are simply lost in ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music festival appearances serve as a way ...

    ... Also, certain festivals lend themselves to Instagramming more than others. Burning Man, for instance, ... smidge behind) with 3.61 percent. Alcohol was the most-posted substance in the study , with 31,149 mentions. Coming ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... is why programs like the 12 Step program say that addicted individuals need to take recovery one day at a time ... step to accepting drug treatment. There are many steps to recovery beginning with detox and continuing ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... in the same way, and all drugs are not equally addicting. The addiction potential of any drug is related to the ... in the same manner it will a grown man. Although many of the symptoms will be the same, the severity and ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

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

    ... program, relapse is a central concern. Many aftercare programs provide group and individual sessions. ... abuse program is day treatment. This format includes most of the inpatient treatments but lacks the residency feature ... 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 ...

    ... to hang out and party,” she said. “They make it look like fun. And it was fun for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I ... 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 ...

    ... new brain mapping technology allowed researchers to capture a much wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the ... drug addicts, improve brain-cancer surgery techniques, and boost tissue engineering. Learn more about ... 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 ...

    ... ? Yes No Have you participated been in any type of treatment for drug use? Yes No If you answered yes to more than five of the questions on the drug addiction quiz, you may have a problem. See a professional and bring a ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... that of non-marijuana users. Even more compelling, the gap was much more significant in those who started smoking ... using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have ... continue reading
  • Treating Zolpidem Dependence

    It can be difficult to figure out whether someone you care about is struggling with an addiction and, if so, how you can best help them. If your loved one has a prescription for zolpidem, it can be even more difficult to identify whether there's a ...

    ... loved one has a prescription for zolpidem, it can be even more difficult to identify whether there's a problem and how to ... beginning an outpatient treatment program that offers many of the same benefits as inpatient ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... is your third or fourth arrest for driving under the influence in the last 10 or so years, you may be in more trouble than in any other case. Jail time is likely to be part of your sentence, and you might have to deal ... 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 ...

    ... rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might rob ... Betty Ford Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... apparent from a social and behavioral standpoint. Most drug abusers avoid friends and family, at least ... also demonstrate extreme mood swings and are involved in more domestic disputes than any other group of people. ... continue reading
  • Drug Recovery | Programs

    Understanding Drug Recovery Programs Drug recovery is an ongoing process of denial and acceptance. The body is denied its cravings for drugs, and the mind begins to accept the reasons why drug abuse occurred in the first place. Drug recovery ...

    ... a continuing effort to return to a more productive lifestyle. Comprehensive programs combine counseling ... Medication therapies Revolutionary holistic programs Drug detox Most drug recovery programs are based upon the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Ketamine Use: Short-Term, Long-Term, and Side Effects

    Is Ketamine Dangerous? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative ...

    ... Many experience hallucinations that can last longer than the anesthetic effects. Higher doses can produce more ... urinary tract, and this can force some long-term addicts to have their bladders removed as the walls are too ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish research team adds. A Look at Use Among Teens In the meantime ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father Is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children ... Ask questions like: When did you first start using [drug]? How much do you reckon you get through in a day? Where do you ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... . Find out about how to help an Adderall addict when you call our helpline free at . Treatment ... is rising in the United States, with college students more likely to abuse stimulants such as Adderall than other groups ... continue reading
  • Xanax Addiction Treatment

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now ...

    ... repeatedly to the point of overdosing. More often than not Xanax Addicts will combine multiple other drugs along with ... take away the things in life that you love most - your family, friends and happiness. Let Recovery ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... . Teenagers and twenty-somethings tend not to be the most communicative of creatures, but if your kid starts looking ... money on an addiction rather than eat. Your child is more likely to get ill if he or she takes drugs, ... 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 ...

    ... depending on the number of pieces chewed daily and how much nicotine is derived from each piece 6 . Will It ... the issue of smoking while breastfeeding, many suggest that the many gains made by the feeding outweigh the ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication Is a Big Problem

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

    ... often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for long stretches ... zolpidem-related ED visits involving overmedication. More than 57 percent of zolpidem-related ED ... continue reading
  • Infographic: Top 5 Deadliest Drugs

    The top 5 deadliest drugs may not be the first that come to your mind. In fact, several of them are legal and commonly used! View our infographic below to learn ...

    The top 5 deadliest drugs may not be the first that come to your mind. In fact, several of them are legal and commonly used! View our infographic below to learn more. continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... the study concluded that smokers are as much as three times more likely to develop chronic back pain than ... Association (ACA) estimates that back pain is the main reason most people call in sick to work and is the second ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70% of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite wine, or a mixed drink might seem like harmless fun, do you really know how it's affecting your body? Like all ...

    ... various head and neck cancers . Drinking 5 drinks or more a day can double or triple your risk of developing ... and amino acids. Alcohol abuse can negatively impact so many aspects of your life, including the health and ... 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 ...

    ... conditions in their life due to an addiction to drugs. Most centers use a variety of therapies to help rebuild a ... or the person close to you who needs help. Many factors will come in to play when selecting the best ... continue reading
  • The Explosion of Hash Oil

    Much like any other area of our culture, the illicit drug market experiences trends in the rise and fall of new products, from crack cocaine to OxyContin to methamphetamine . Drug manufacturers and dealers are continually producing and selling the ...

    ... of highly potent hash oil; Google searches for hash oil or its nicknames have more than tripled since 2004. And these searches have been the most frequent in states with the least restrictions on marijuana use , such as ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs | Examples of Drugs That Are Abused

    Find Drug or Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, help is available and recovery is possible. Treatment can start anyone battling a substance use problem on the path to a healthier and happier ...

    ... is possible. Treatment can start anyone battling a substance use problem on the path to a healthier ... 's Find Treatment tool to search for facilities. Many state government websites will provide local drug and alcohol ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... that it cannot be solved without assistance. Many people who are addicted to drugs either don't know or ... best approach. The closer the person is to the addict, the more effective his or her statements will be. Another ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Ketamine Addiction

    About Ketamine Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic—a chemical cousin of PCP. Its use as a recreational drug can increase a person's risk of developing addiction and hasten the emergence of long-term psychological effects, including: Memory ...

    ... an anesthetic—most notably in surgical procedures for animals. Like with many other psychoactive ... pain, anguish, sadness, loss, and alienation. Am I Addicted to Ketamine? The following questions will help you to determine ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... the meet-and-greet afterwards, Stitches now owes ticket holders more than $600 in refunds. Shockingly, some fans were upset ... drugs to fans - many of which appeared to be underage - is most certainly taking things too ... 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 ...

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that ... marijuana use is known to cause among women. What's more, according to Craft, it can take several months of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone: Long-Term Effects & Dangers

    Oxycodone is an opioid prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. 2 It is available in immediate-release forms as well as extended-release formulations (known by brand names like OxyContin). 2 Misuse of oxycodone, particularly at high doses, can ...

    ... oxycodone can be a dangerous method of using the substance. Using an amount of oxycodone exposes people to ... be temporary, so people who receive it may require more than one dose and still require prompt emergency medical ... 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 ...

    ... have become more permissive, this drug does have the potential to cause harm. There are many negative side effects ... Marijuana withdrawal may last longer than that of most other drugs because the main chemical that ... 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 ...

    ... known as crack rocks, can be smoked and provide a much more intense high. The negative side effects of cocaine use are ... century, when many physicians began marketing it as a cure-all “wonder drug.” The most famous early ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

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

    ... the effects, as in general, most drugs are not actually as bad as many information sources make out. You ... live life. A child of an addicted parent is eight times more likely to end up an addict. So, if you're living life ... continue reading
  • Holiday Highs and Lows

    For many Americans, the end of the year brings images of happy families gathered around a Christmas tree, big dinners of turkey and stuffing, holiday music, and cozy fires. For others, the holidays can be a much darker and more difficult time - a ...

    ... Having strained family relationships was the third-most-common stressor during the holidays. Adult children are ... and addiction under control. If it all gets to be too much, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. ... continue reading
  • Spice Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is Spice? “Spice” is a term commonly used to refer to a blend of dried plant material that is laced with a synthetic cannabinoid. It is also regularly referred to as “synthetic marijuana.” Other names include “K2,” “Moon Rocks,” ...

    ... cannabinoids encompass a large category of man-made substances that, while structurally diverse, all function ... among this population. Moreover, Spice may appear more attractive because it is not readily detected on ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse Symptoms, Side Effects, and Addiction Treatment

    What Is MXE? Methoxetamine—also known as MXE—is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties. 1 MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold ...

    ... An overdose can occur when a person consumes too much of a drug, or more than his or her body can handle. In ... with other drugs. Many reported cases of fatal MXE intoxication involved other substances, making it extremely ... 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 ...

    ... is still a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, as it produces psychoactive effects and no ... psilocybin . Many drug users choose DMT as an alternative to LSD because the duration of the trip is much shorter, ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous?

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

    ... to cause serious burns. Amines are not the nicest of substances (that's why we are generally repulsed by the smell ... behavior, so much so that those taking such drugs can end up in serious trouble. In many ways, it' ... 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 ...

    ... more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is metabolized into a substance ... not be directly life-threatening, most classic hallucinogens like psilocybin can ... 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 ...

    ... uphold your privacy rights. Because there are so many different types of drugs, the drug abuse help ... help that covers a range of addictions to various substances. There are recovery programs for prescription drug abuse ... 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 (STDs) 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 ...

    ... drugs were factored into the equation. The recreational substances commonly used by the group of swingers included ... journal found that men who drank 9.9 grams or more of alcohol per day had a significantly higher rate of ... continue reading
  • Inhalant Overdose Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment

    Can You Overdose on Inhalants? Inhalants are a group of chemicals that users inhale to create a mind-altering experience. Many of these substances are household items—easily obtained from the local hardware store, if not your garage or kitchen ...

    ... to create a mind-altering experience. Many of these substances are household items—easily obtained from ... or style of therapy has been proven to be more effective than others in treating inhalant use. 7 Preventing ... continue reading
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