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  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... and 12-step work. Lucida Located by the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida, Lucida ... rehab offers a long list of amenities as part of a one-on-one, holistic, non-12 step approach to addiction treatment, just steps ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

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

    ... . “The number of arrests involving crystal meth has doubled so far this year over 2013,” said Michael Kasten, a committee chairperson on Florida's No More Meth Task Force. “If you look at the actual arrests by sector [in ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... Illegal And the kratom drama didn't end with the DEA's flip-flopping decision. Earlier this month, Florida State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, a Coconut Creek Democrat, filed legislation to add kratom to the controlled substance ... continue reading
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  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... to obtain their regular painkiller prescriptions. Meanwhile, in Florida the laws were far less strict. To fill the ... such as the emergency department, more than non-users. One review found that individuals with an opioid ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... and prepared ” to recognize doctor shopping and questionable drug use by customers. However, two CVS stores in the Florida town of Sanford were raided by state DEA officials that same year - after ordering three million ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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

    ... on corrections that year. Fortunately, some states are stepping forward to help the United States combat the ... the program. States such as Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, California, Colorado, Kentucky, and Michigan have all ... 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 ...

    ... and it's a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino, he rises to the top of the Florida drug trade by treating human life as valueless as long as he isn't able to use the people around him. He ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... , over 20,000 ER visits were linked to tramadol, and 379 overdoses involving tramadol were reported in Florida alone. With these numbers looming, the Drug Enforcement Administration re-classified tramadol as a controlled ... 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 ...

    ... . The researchers found that teens between ages of 12 and 17 living in rural communities were 35 percent ... professor of mental health law and policy, University of South Florida, who worked on the study. “There has been a ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... mental health law and policy, University of Southern Florida. Prescription painkillers, which are highly addictive opiates, ... Also, drug-makers in recent years have stepped up efforts to make painkillers difficult to abuse ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... to $57,897 and was four times most costly than non-NAS infants. The high costs are due to babies with NAS ... reached record highs last year in southwest Florida. Standard Protocol There are no federally approved ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

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

    ... the ugly and often brutal results of this synthetic. For example, here are three recent, real-life examples out of Florida that just how dangerous Flakka can be - for both the user and those around them. Example #1 Last ... 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 ...

    ... soaked in methadone back into the jail and handing out pieces of it to his cellmates. Stamps A Florida woman was charged last October with smuggling drugs underneath the stamps affixed to the envelopes she mailed to the ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

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

    ... estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a ... arrests.org/ CAN I USE THIS INFORMATION? The information and graphics in this blog post can be used and displayed by all commercial and non-commercial ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... water's surface just off the coast of Key West, Florida. Just a month before that, smugglers used a false ... officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in with the ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... Bushes. In fact, in the early 2000's, a Florida State University Law Review concluded that the threat of harsh ... s plan was to expand treatment options and make rehab programs more accessible to those seeking help. Many ... 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 ...

    ... to methadone. In fact, the rates of fatal and nonfatal methadone overdose among Medicaid enrollees in Florida and North Carolina - which treat methadone as a preferred drug not requiring prior authorization - were ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing ... to get by; she was also selling to use. A non-violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... non-confrontation are central to its ethos, and the organization says it's perfectly acceptable to use SMART alongside other sobriety aids, even including 12-step ... been incorporated into a few rehab centers and a growing ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... ve settled into some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling ... messing up your chemistry. Sadly you'll likely have non-pink cloud days, too, but all of those positive changes ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... program. There are many secular rehab programs that offer non-denominational spiritual services. Programs may include the option of yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual counseling, 12-step programs, and so on, without ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... also fared worse on memory tests that non-users and non-using schizophrenics. “We see that adolescents are ... marijuana use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 ... continue reading
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    ... 's portfolio of websites, including Rehabs.com and Recovery.org, facilitate connections with ... of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (ii) through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing; or (iii) by an in-person ... 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, ...

    ... on cause of death during the same time period. The rate of non-medical use of opioids fell from 5.4 to 4.9 percent over ... of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent during the same period. ... 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 ...

    ... or root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” ... case with OxyContin, Suboxone was initially promoted as a non-threat. 6 However, time seems to have proven otherwise. ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... smoked before treatment, and 87 (7.8 percent) were non-smokers before rehab. However, a whopping 867 (77.9 percent) of ... interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading: California - 5 E- ... 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 ...

    ... version of the original prayer has been adopted by many 12-Step groups: God grant me the serenity to accept the ... Faith Although the word “God” can make non-religious people nervous, developing faith in recovery does ... 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 ...

    ... the method isn't the only difference. This new non-invasive test could change the world of drug testing and analytics ... drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... Association estimates that dentists are responsible for 12 percent of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers - ... of opioids in the U.S. are used for a non-medical purpose, according to the same study. “Dentists don't ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... day Allison was reading online and found an article about a different kind of rehab - something called “harm reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't about abstinence only. It was just about meeting people where they ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... your insurance coverage includes benzo addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links ... (2012). A systematic review of amnestic and non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment induced by anticholinergic, antihistamine, ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... indicate that naloxone discourages addicts from entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one ... Naloxone The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss what steps would be needed in order to increase access to ... 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 ...

    ... states of addiction, recovery and relapse, and it's not uncommon for scenes to play out in rehab facilities or 12-step meetings. Falco said in a recent NPR interview that playing a character who struggles with addiction ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

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

    ... back to prison, the now-broke actor was ordered to rehab . The Turning Point Downey's wife Susan Downey (née ... Mail article , the actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

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

    ... drug that is nonaddictive. Drug Company Profits & Non-addictive Drug Alternatives Well, the simple response to that ... get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15. About 7 million people age 12 years and older used a prescription drug non-medically in 2009, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... there are likely to be triggers. When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking Holiday Buddy With You A sober buddy can help remind you that in the morning you ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... are truly a godsend. It's Safe In recent years, some concern has been raised over the safety of 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of women attending ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... that you've gone through some level of rehab prior to living in the home. Additionally, many group homes require you to continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there. As a ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

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

    ... withdrawal management, or detox, is an important step toward long-term recovery. 9, 13 As you ... 8 There is a continuum of treatment settings where detox and rehab services are available including: 2, 22 Outpatient : A ... 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. ...

    ... 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two particularly worrisome results of the 2014 ... in medical states vs. 26 percent in non-medical states in the last year). The Future of ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... in the study: Addiction Treatment Admissions Rural rehab admissions were more likely than urban admissions to ... rural rehab admissions. More than 77 percent of the patients in rural facilities were of non-Hispanic and ... 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 ...

    ... is able to provide pain relief for up to 12 hours consecutively. This further increases the risk of addiction ... Mild symptoms can be effectively managed with non-habit forming drugs, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... who were all between the ages of 4 and 12, along with a bulk of supporting data provided by ... California - San Francisco found that secondhand smoke kills 42,000 non-smokers in the U.S. each year, including 900 babies. ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... -users among these specific gene carriers (NIDA, 2016; Caspi et al. 2005). Conclusion More and more people, especially teens, are using marijuana. With an estimated 22.2 million current marijuana users aged 12 or older ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... their cannabis cultivation. Maybe it's possible a toke from an “artisan” shop is a different experience than one from a non-craft cannabis. What's more likely? It's the same old pot, it's just re-branded. It's like those ... 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 ...

    ... the launch of 13 new research projects - with a price tag of nearly $22 million - to study non-drug approaches to treating chronic pain. Enter the DEA By 2014, plenty of evidence had mounted showing the dangers of ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... 60 to 90 percent, with long-term outcomes improving the longer someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014 ... 4% of people who used prescription opiates non-medically started using heroin within the next 5 years ... 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 ...

    ... speak with a professional about enrolling in an opiate rehab program that offers smoking cessation classes. Once there, ... doctor to address the back pain using non-narcotic or holistic options. Additional Reading : Teens ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would she always be addicted ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... Gambling with My Freedom I hired the cheapest non-public-defender I could find. After he forced me to ... dates I missed, or how many times I ran back to rehab to escape arrest. Fortunately, the judge saw this as me trying ... 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 ...

    ... alone, and has over-crowded prisons with non-violent offenders year after year. One solution to reducing ... roughly two dozen other countries have already taken steps away from traditional punitive-oriented drug policies. ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... prisons is even more crucial today. Some states are even taking steps to reduce long prison sentences for those convicted as a result of non-violent drug possession crimes. Last November, Prop 47 in California was ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... . have a disease that is caused by smoking. 12 Nicotine mimics the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and binds to its ... get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... qualities of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... abuse. Haley's a great example. She entered rehab, where she attended art therapy each week as ... When you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things. Revisit ... 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 ...

    ... in the journal Epidemiology and Infection found that female drinkers were three times more likely than non-drinkers to test positive for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses ... 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 ...

    ... user , it's easy to see that blood flow is sluggish and abnormal compared to the brain of a non-user. These abnormalities are thought to bring on memory loss, learning problems, attention deficit disorders, and strokes ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... feel nauseous. Various companies in the United States and overseas make synthetic drugs. The website JLF Poisonous Non Consumables sold many types of designer drugs. The business, which was based United States, was shut ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... treatment. A detox program will help you rid your body of the prescription drug, an important first step in breaking free of addiction. A rehab program will help you get used to living your life without the drug. Some ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... for many of the people who attend these luxury resort-style rehabs is that it takes them away from the “yes people” ... treatment method, rather than the usual twelve-step programs. Promises offers a more regimented ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

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

    ... , bowel, and kidney irregularities; and more. Following temperance legislation, Pemberton was under pressure to create a non-alcoholic version of his medicine and invented Coca-Cola by accident in 1886. It was the result ... 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 ...

    ... drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and lethal level. The right amount of drugs slows your breathing; the wrong combination stops your breathing ... 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 ...

    ... cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh track marks are identified as non-healed puncture wounds. Continued injection in the same area can result in scarring, dark pigmentation at the ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... . Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... likely to get a ticket and 24 percent more likely to be in a car crash than their non-substance using peers. In addition to greater levels of physical impairment, mixing alcohol and pot also negatively impairs judgment ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... example, opioid painkillers often contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). A large 2002 study found that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... . Consequences like going to jail or losing a job might be enough to deter drug use in the non-addicted, but for cocaine addicts, these events simply don't register as “significant.” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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

    ... declared substance abuse a public health crisis - a huge step forward for the addiction industry. Clearly, this will ... on probation, or participating in court-ordered rehab programs. The recidivism rate remains so high ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... researchers found daily marijuana users scored higher on the Insomnia Severity Index and on sleep-disturbance measures than non-daily users. The study also found this effect was greater on women than men. This came as no ... 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 ...

    ... research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... than their older classmates. This strengthens the argument that ADHD diagnoses are often based on non-pathological, normal human imperfections. Being forgetful or distracted happens to everyone, especially when you're ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... to person. You might see lights, colors or other things that aren't really there or you may hear non-existent sounds. It's also possible to smell things or feel things that aren't there, such as an itching sensation ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... (which plays a role in your reward/happy behaviors.) Sources : Vitamin B6 - cereals, beef, poultry, non-citrus fruits. Vitamin B3 - liver, fish, chicken. Iron - Clams, liver, sunflower seeds, beef, lamb, spinach, dark ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... sent over 20,000 people to the emergency room. In 2012, 3.2 million people used Tramadol for non-medical purposes. Two years after the classification change, both Alaska detox centers realized they had been operating in ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... 20,000 ER visits that were linked to tramadol. In 2012, 3.2 million people were using tramadol for non-medical purposes. And by 2014, the DEA had seen enough evidence to classify tramadol as a controlled substance. With ... 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 ...

    ... minor to UF students, the University is opening its classrooms to the community as a workshop. Non-students will receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Those obtaining this certificate or completing the ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

    ... “may lead to overdoses and other risky behavior, and thereby contribute to increased harms related to non-medical use of prescription drugs.” Another danger of the drug forums is they normalize this hazardous behavior ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... process included working with her doctor, being completely honest with him, and engaging in therapy to learn non-medical ways to manage anxiety . Within a year, Carole was Xanax-free. She is maintaining her sobriety ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... back alleys and poor neighborhoods. In fact, a growing number of overdoses now occur in suburban and non-urban settings - often in affluent neighborhoods. Wondering which states have been hardest hit by fatal overdoses ... 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 ...

    ... . As a result, the overlaying skin can become discolored. The most common site for injection is in a person's non-dominant arm. That means that if you are right-handed, you will probably inject in your left arm and vice ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... flow and brain activity of people with a marijuana use disorder and compared them to healthy, non-users' brains. Their discoveries indicate that “marijuana use may increase susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease.” Study ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

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

    ... to last year when I wasn't able to run 10 or 12 plays without being incredibly tired. All my focus is on my body ... 28, went on a two-week bender and ended up in rehab. What came as a surprise to his fans was the extent ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... female act of all time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her ... deadly quantities of it due to a greedy dealer. 12. David Bowie In the 1970s, David Bowie struggled ... 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 ...

    ... , but soon tested positive for cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in ... later was arrested for marijuana possession. 12. Jennifer Capriati Child tennis prodigy Jennifer ... 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 ...

    ... series of tumultuous twists and turns . 12. Nicole Richie Actress Nicole Richie has struggled ... Kirsten Dunst has been caught with drugs and checked in and out of rehab for alcohol and drug abuse. How do you know if you or ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from 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 ...

    ... , however, once stating that Jews were only one step above cannibals. By Abode of Chaos 2. Charles Dickens ... role of Iron Man. Or something equally amazing. 12. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Georgian and Victorian poets have ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... their lips and give two quick breaths into their mouth. Then give one long breath every five seconds. Step #3 Administer Naloxone Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... . According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an extreme ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to help others with similar issues. When you listen to their ... 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 ...

    ... and group counseling. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Motivational interviewing. Contingency management. Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I Have to Take Methadone for the Rest of My ... 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 ...

    ... the country, roughly 200 Christian rehabs throughout Guatemala have stepped in to fill the void. ... … People thought I was killed.” “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used to beat up the girls. He would tie up ... 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 ...

    ... obvious to those outside the family. The first step should be to confide in someone you trust, preferably ... options and your parent's options, whether it's for rehab or other measures . Ultimately, you need to ensure that ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... have a ring of justice to it. Perhaps the courts will choose to take it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us what you think about this interesting court ruling in the ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... currently available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision at ... been taking. (Higher dosage requires more treatment.) The first step is to admit there is a problem. Then, find ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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

    ... has happened multiple times before…the weather is sunny and clear, so the roads aren't treacherous…etc.) Step #3: Remove it. Don't discount your catastrophic thinking. It's a dangerous road to travel, leading nowhere ... continue reading
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