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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... You can easily find and attend meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART Recovery, ... some concern has been raised over the safety of 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people ... 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 ...

    ... facilities may require you to attend religious services or prayer groups at certain times ... non-denominational spiritual services. Programs may include the option of yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual counseling, 12-step ... continue reading
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  • 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 ... out of the one million Americans in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), approximately 56.9 percent were smokers. ... 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 ... of Faith Although the word “God” can make non-religious people nervous, developing faith in recovery does not ... 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 ...

    ... settled into some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling ... need to lose 30 pounds. A lot of people in AA want to jump straight to Step 8: “Made a list of all persons we had ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... groups that exist for almost any addiction, and most of them are free to join. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are a great way to meet others in similar situations to you and ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... decks with views of the nearby coast and mountains. Treatment approaches are diverse - patients can use 12-step and non-AA alternatives, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is provided. The price tag - about $45,000 a ... 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 ...

    ... urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking Holiday Buddy With You A ... also increase your attendance to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous . Members will often organize sober holiday ... 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 ... anti-drug pressure from peers and stronger religious beliefs. “Religious beliefs and the fact that their friends ... 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; ...

    ... . Never give up hope. You're doing it all wrong. Recovery has to be done this way! Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped usher thousands of people into recovery, but they aren't right for everybody ... 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 ...

    ... sober living homes. Some are owned by businesses or religious groups, but the majority of homes are run privately ... to continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there. As a resident ... 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 ...

    ... people, however, once stating that Jews were only one step above cannibals. By Abode of Chaos 2. Charles Dickens ... particularly amphetamines . He also reportedly had a religious experience while on Darvon. Either way, his ... 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 ...

    ... is no state-run treatment center for addicts in the country, roughly 200 Christian rehabs throughout Guatemala have stepped in to fill the void. However, it's unclear why many of them use aggressive practices to bring ... 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 ... He now attends regular therapy sessions plus four or five AA and NA meetings per week. “I still have a lot ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... Stanly: College Professor “I had been drinking since I was 12 or 13-years-old, and I actually managed okay as a ... the community I've found in recovery and through AA has been incredibly supportive. I've regained my ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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
  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... limited to, Sections 1, 4, 7, 8, and 12 - 21. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration a. Generally. In ... of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (ii) through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing; or (iii) by an in-person ... 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 ...

    ... 10,000 overdose reversals with naloxone by non-medical bystanders. Despite the recent push, however, ... Naloxone The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss what steps would be needed in order to increase access to naloxone ... 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
  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... limited to, Sections 1, 4, 7, 8, and 12 - 21. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration a. Generally. In ... of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (ii) through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing; or (iii) by an in-person ... 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 ...

    ... of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017 ... can be used and displayed by all commercial and non-commercial websites without charge. However, use is only ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

    ... on the pharmaceutical industry to increase transparency in three steps: #1 - List suggested retail prices of drugs in ... drug's price by more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on ... 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 ...

    ... Haley, Simon, and Jenny, you can find out. When you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things. Revisit old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've been ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . In fact, about $75 billion was spent nationally on corrections that year. Fortunately, some states are stepping forward to help the United States combat the prices of incarceration. It has been determined that reducing ... 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
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... dietary and lifestyle changes, be proactive with your health . The following suggestions are just a few of the steps you can take to get your bowels moving regularly once opiates are no longer in the picture: Exercise : ... 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 ...

    ... and reflected a dose-response pattern after a 12-month follow-up with participants. Given the ... (2012). A systematic review of amnestic and non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment induced by anticholinergic, antihistamine, ... 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
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... 90 percent within three years. This approach is drastically different from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive ... 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
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... be Afraid to Talk About It You can take control of your health today and take the difficult but necessary steps to quit using. When you are considering quitting opioids, it may be helpful to talk to someone who has gone ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... to get by; she was also selling to use. A non-violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug possession ... While such training programs represent a clear step toward treating people who use drugs with ... 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 ...

    ... smoking cessation classes. Once there, you can work with your doctor to address the back pain using non-narcotic or holistic options. Additional Reading : Teens are Smoking and Drinking Less Image Credits: crown.king ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... urban and rural rehab admissions. More than 77 percent of the patients in rural facilities were of non-Hispanic and white origins. They also possessed more education and a higher employment rate. By contrast, urban drug ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... companies are sitting on a highly effective pain-relief drug that is nonaddictive. Drug Company Profits & Non-addictive Drug Alternatives Well, the simple response to that is this: Money. The first company to come up ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... take more than prescribed. Fortunately, this recent study unveiled a potential morphine alternative that side-steps all the concerning effects. Scientists engineered a drug based on the neurochemical endomorphin, which ... 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
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done under medical supervision. In carefully managed steps, a supervised detox is achieved by slowly reducing the dosage and frequency of administration. Often ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... The average charge also jumped from $31,514 to $57,897 and was four times most costly than non-NAS infants. The high costs are due to babies with NAS experiencing a multitude of health issues including breathing problems ... 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
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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

    ... addiction. Period. Working with the state and entering into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps for each and every medical provider who's serious about traveling the road to sobriety. Learn more ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... admit to selling and/or sharing their pills The Collegiate Response Luckily, some colleges are taking steps to address this growing problem. Students prescribed stimulants at Marist College and Fresno State are now ... 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
  • 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
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... Hand? People sharing their extra pills put others at risk, whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - mainly by the doctors who prescribe the medications. A few of those ... 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
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

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

    ... reports , “Residents still find discarded needles in their yards and people injecting drugs on their front steps or passed out in alleys behind their homes.” The truth is, change doesn't happen overnight. Efforts ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure its' safety. Their goal is to develop ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... Boston Globe health and medicine site, Ed Silverman, told Alcoholism and Drug Abuse weekly about the next steps for Dr Reddy's (or any other company seeking to make generic buprenorphine-naloxone). He explained companies ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... is labeled a disability. Comparatively, the American Medical Association considers addiction a disease. By treating non-violent addicted persons as criminals, they may never have the chance to rebuild their lives. We'll ... 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 ...

    ... they were locking the door and throwing away the key. Gambling with My Freedom I hired the cheapest non-public-defender I could find. After he forced me to watch the unbearable dash-cam footage, he negotiated a plea ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... -181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it ... 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
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

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

    ... , and personal growth - but it is absolutely possible. To launch your break out of victimhood, start with these steps: Get Outside Your Own Head As a victim, your default setting is self-centered thinking. How does this ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... , so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It might feel discouraging to find yourself craving a ... 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
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... to drug use; other times, the reverse is true: using drugs worsens mental health. Prolonged drug use side-steps the need to address underlying mental health issues; and when these are not addressed early and thoroughly ... 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 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 ...

    ... who abuse opioid painkillers generally tend to use medical services, such as the emergency department, more than non-users. One review found that individuals with an opioid abuse problem generated an additional 5 to 15 ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... these negative symptoms can be discouraging to recovering individuals and tempt them to return to drug use. Steps that can be taken to manage PAWS and improve your well being during recovery include: Educating yourself ... 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 ...

    ... interest to me,” she said. “The helplessness around [addiction], and learning to deal with that, and all the various 12-step programs I've been a part of over the years, and how much they've helped me, and how hard it ... 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 ...

    ... 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 were. It sounded like 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 ...

    ... the risk of a fatal overdose. 8, 11, 12 Though the time of onset may vary, withdrawal symptoms following ... treatment after withdrawal management, or detox, is an important step toward long-term recovery. 9, 13 As you get ... 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 ...

    ... Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) revealed 601,000 people over the age of 12 used cocaine for the first time during the course of the previous 12 months. This figure may seem high, but NHADA points out that the number ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... flick is based on the 1978 book by Jim Carroll, who compiled the story from diaries he kept between the ages of 12 and 16. Needless to say, any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of ... 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 ...

    ... . Apparently, it stuck. According to a 2013 Daily Mail article , the actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping him sober. His career didn't pick up again until Mel ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... dependence. Let's take a look at the 12 addictive drugs ranked highest. 5 Wondering if you or ... . have a disease that is caused by smoking. 12 Nicotine mimics the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and binds to its ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    ... their consumption of pot, the nation as a whole is not. In 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had used marijuana for the first time over the past year. This averages to 7,000 new marijuana users each day. The ... continue reading
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