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  • Party Culture and Substance Use

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

    ... “Beer,” “champagne,” “shots,” “wine,” and “liquor” also made the cut, as did “marijuana” with 6 percent. Some partiers even risked mentioning other illicit substances - including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, oxycodone ... 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 ...

    ... . 4. Derek Boogaard NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol led to his May 2011 death. 5. Diego Maradona Midfielder soccer star Diego Maradona struggled ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... supervision -you're heading down that rather oil-slicked slope. Of course, it's possible to be addicted to oxycodone and take it legitimately. That's the peril of any medication, really. If you find that you need more ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... While most people use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to get him through the day. His family eventually staged an intervention, dumping all the evidence ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

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

    ... if she had become addicted . She didn't know what she should do next - she felt bad both on and off the pills. Proper Protocol Hillary's actions demonstrate what not to do if you want to change your depression medication ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... s wrong for teens to smoke cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but less than ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... isn't the only thing impacted. Your motivation, energy, and stress levels take a hit, too. What's worse, ... woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... may feel like you've somehow failed or that you're beyond hope. Therapy will help you deal with these feelings and avoid sinking into a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... like a 2mg Xanax pill . It even bears the fake “XANAX” label, along with boasting a similar size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell the difference just ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

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

    ... that will be the case. The Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn't it make sense for other states to try it ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted in 2014, more than one-third of the respondents claimed to have ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then one long breath every five seconds. Not only can ... 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 ...

    ... ,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent ... all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly turning to substitutes ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... It also reduces serotonin in the brain. Sleep Off Anxiety Your sleep schedule has a huge impact on your health and mood. A tired nervous system is more likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get ... 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, ...

    ... grain breads, pasta, potatoes, peas, beans Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These are the building blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... . Crack: Smoking crack gives you an almost immediate high, which peaks in 3-5 minutes. The main difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. While coke can be felt up to two hours, a crack high lasts about ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... who do use it six months are much less likely to be opiate positive, less likely to be incarcerated and more likely to be working,” Feinstein said. Arguments on Both Sides Despite the success of these programs, there are ... 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 ...

    ... first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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

    ... to be on at least one kind of substance that he's abusing. He has a long history of violent, erratic behavior and a very well-documented history of drug abuse . His meltdown is seen as ongoing by Hollywood, but he has ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

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

    ... a very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where would you ... Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in them ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... is no big deal? Well, let's take a good look at the very real consequences of a DUI arrest and see if they might change your tune. Public Humiliation: After getting arrested, you'll have your mugshot taken while getting ... 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 ...

    ... of drugs would amount to roughly $48.7 billion per year, with $33.1 billion being saved among the states and $15.6 billion accrued to the federal government. New Battle Lines Though the U.S. is still dragging its feet ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... the result of Spice use. These numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... then they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... to isolate. Being around others who are dealing with the same issues can create a sense of camaraderie and a support network that is life-altering. Although there may be times that life seems hopeless or your problems ... 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 ...

    ... Dr. Julie Beitz, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps Instead of ignoring the problem, leaning to deal with it or putting off ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group of friends so you can watch each other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... do you keep doing this? Can't you see it's killing you? And it's killing me to see you do it?” “Yes, I can see ... back to the cocaine ; his urges have grown stronger and stronger over time, until it feels impossible to do ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

    ... worldwide study found that up to 45 percent of injuries involved alcohol. That's a lot of hurt people - and a lot of physical consequences that could have certainly been prevented. The Root of the Problem How are these ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... enough stress in your life. Learn how to let go of what you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you're having a bad day, look at your list ... 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 ...

    ... number of first-timers in 2013 was actually much lower than in any year between 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack are considered Schedule II drugs in the U.S. Schedule II drugs have a high ... 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 ...

    ... was fun for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When The Sopranos ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

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

    ... It's found naturally in khat , a plant that's often grown in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa (Somalia and Kenya), and its use predates coffee. While the DEA banned khat in 1993 by banning cathinone, it didn ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

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

    ... take another hit to prolong her high. Once she does come down, she will have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, and crave more of the drug. The Same…but Different? Chloe's friend Parker had a different experience while on ... 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, ...

    ... prescription opioids nearly doubled, going from 4.5 to 7.8 per 100,000 people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent during the ... 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 ...

    ... the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The constant tension can drive even our best and brightest providers to the brink, prodding them to seek out some kind of escape …an escape that often comes ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering drunk driving-related deaths and injuries. Take a Deep Breath A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that mandatory in-car ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... whatever drugs they could find to relieve their pain and discomfort. The prison facility we were in did nothing ... a better chance of avoiding relapse when they're released and help them stick to a treatment plan. Plus, it ... 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 ...

    ... Whitney Houston, cited by the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female act of all time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her addiction. 8. Bobby Brown Singer ... 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 ...

    ... him to use drugs. 8. River Phoenix Promising actor River Phoenix , known in the '80s for his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as a heroin addict . 9. David ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... finished a week's worth of assignments in one night.” The guy had been talking about Ritalin. Darren decided to give him a call and see if he could get some - just this once. Of course, it wasn't just once. A List of Dos ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... that come from long-term use. For example, using just once can result in a fatal overdose, brain damage, and/or infect someone with diseases that will stay with them for the rest of their life. It Hurts Your Job No ... 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 ...

    ... avoid the scenarios in which you used to take drugs and where you suspect drug use will be happening. Steering ... a friend's house to making a phone call. Cravings rise and subside in waves, so if you're able to ride the ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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

    ... of a job. It's nearly impossible to know what anyone else's rock-bottom is. There's not a tried-and-true method of predicting what your personal rock-bottom moment will be or how it will feel. The important thing is not ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... credit card—this increases the likelihood of toxic reactions and dependency. 3 3. Nearly 17 million adults ... death typically occurs due to cardiac arrest or a stroke and doesn't only affect those who use the stimulant long ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

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

    ... patients. When looking for a program, be sure to clearly communicate your needs so that all of them can be met and you can follow the best recovery course. For help finding the right care for you, call us for free at . ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

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

    ... 78.9% vs. 78.6%) said it was given to them by a friend, while more men got it from a stranger and more women got it from a relative or family member. Staying with family members, more than twice as many women as men said ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... he wasn't well at the time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved a white powdery substance. Philip K. Dick Anyone who knows sci-fi will recognize this writer; if you've read ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... that could play a significant role in leading a young person toward or away from drugs. For instance, the 8th- and 10th-grade respondents were asked how many nights a week they had dinner with their parents. 33.6% of the ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... Opioids. Benzodiazepines. Sleep aids. Barbiturates. Stimulants like ADHD medication. Prescription opioids like oxycodone , hydrocodone , and fentanyl are well known to cause addiction. In fact, prescription opioid abuse ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

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

    ... professional treatment. 2 Drug use can wreak havoc on the body and mind and may eventually become deadly. When you realize that you or someone you ... Methadone Norco Opioids Opana Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkillers Percocet ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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

    ... ; Indiana alone reported 68 of those incidents. Pain relievers and other drugs with abuse potential - such as opiates, benzodiazepines, methadone, and oxycodone - were the biggest casualties in these cases . Hospitals ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... of a mental health disorder as a result. If this is something you're suffering from, you have a “dual diagnosis” and it's vital that you find the right treatment for it. You may also hear a dual diagnosis referred to as ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... re programmed to believe that, if you leave the safety of the group or buck the rules, you'll be shunned and destined to fail. “By the end of your second year, you are definitely cured of your physical addiction, but not ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

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

    ... beyond. Sources https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/ndcs_data_supplement_2014.pdf http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073815004053 http://blog.samhsa.gov/2015/10/06 ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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

    ... symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a tablet and a dissolvable film that is placed under the tongue. Despite the fact that many people view MAT as just substituting ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... it. So before you reach for that bottle or that pipe, don't forget about these harmful effects of alcohol and drugs. Brain Chemistry The human brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Although it may weigh less ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

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

    ... alcohol as a form of escapism. When they are sad or depressed they see these substances as a way to forget and feel happier. It's their attempt to self-medicate. You may see a sullen attitude as “just being a teenager ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... drug abuse statistics that report that 52.9 million people aged 18 or older had a past year mental illness, and 17 million of these people had a co-occurring substance use disorder. 9 NAMI reports that 1 in 5 American ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… ... 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 ...

    ... Dependence, Abuse, and Addiction Prescription opiates, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, are synthetic ... States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 3 times as many people suffer from ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... are prescription pain medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol. Opioids , including heroin and painkillers like OxyContin and Dilaudid , relieve pain and create a sense of euphoria and well-being in the user ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... this week. Every shopping trip, I know I need to grab the essentials: formula for the baby, milk for our toddler, and beer for my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think ... 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 ...

    ... written for narcotics has more than tripled - that includes prescriptions for oxycodone and methadone, two extremely powerful (and often fatal) opiates. By 2011, the American Public Health Association reported that ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... with organic wines, which do not have preservatives added. Or it might be wise to avoid wines and beers altogether, since these usually contain sulfites. Another option is to carefully limit alcohol intake. Drink only ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

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

    ... aged 12 or older abused these medications at least once in 2017. 3 Opioids—including morphine, OxyContin (oxycodone), and Vicodin (hydrocodone)—killed almost 50,000 Americans as a result of an overdose in 2019. 4 Short ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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

    ... , such as hydrocodone or immediate-release oxycodone . Testosterone supplementation is a safe option ... showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... driving drunk ? I certainly never did. When I used to read about drunk driving accidents, I would shake my head and think to myself, “I'd never do something like that.” The thing is, we never think it will happen to us ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the Vivitrol that's already in my system had harmed my baby.” It has long been a principle of ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... told the New Yorker in January 2014 that, while he didn't condone marijuana use, he saw pot “as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my ... 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. ...

    ... their addiction. If we really want change in this arena, we have to change our views about substance abuse. And the Surgeon General's report is a great first step in a journey toward that change. Additional Reading: New ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... from a powder to a solid. The new solid resembles a rock, hence the term “crack rock.” Why do people smoke crack, and how does the drug interact with the body when it's absorbed through the lungs? Because crack has a low ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... man as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended punishment? A recent study in the International Journal on Drug Policy is one of many highlighting the ... 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 ...

    ... to be involved in a car crash. Those who only used alcohol were 40 percent more 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 ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... Whether it's career- or family-related, taking a few minutes to unwind can make all the difference for your mood and state of mind. It's important to remember that everyone needs a little “me time” once in awhile. Go for ... continue reading
  • Risks of Smoking While Breastfeeding

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

    ... that the nicotine from NRTs will also be transmitted from mother to child . The amount will vary based on the type and dose of NRT. For example, use of a 21 mg nicotine patch will transfer an amount of nicotine into the ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... other types of alcohol. Truth: The alcohol content of a drink is what makes you drunk. A beer, a large glass of wine, and a double vodka all have nearly three units of alcohol each. Whatever you consume, in large enough ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular doses of oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... Schedule II controlled substance. What is Percodan? Percodan is a prescription medication that combines aspirin and oxycodone—the latter an opioid painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. What is Peyote? Peyote ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... over the past few months - so had his drinking, time in front of the TV and general feelings of sluggishness. To prevent a full beer-belly look, Mike got in the habit of exercising. As he built muscle, trimmed fat ... 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 ...

    ... as better quality than your average “dank,” run-of-the-mill marijuana. Like craft beer and organic food, craft cannabis also costs more. And marijuana users are apparently willing to pay the price, with many shelling out ... 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 ...

    ... identify and cope with withdrawal symptoms. What is OxyContin? OxyContin was introduced in 1995 to help control or relieve moderate to severe pain. It's classified as a narcotic analgesic. The Oxycodone in the medication ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I was trying so hard ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... , the first of these sites in North America. Institute staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority's attempt to integrate these injection sites into public housing ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant ... response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - are detected. As a result, ... continue reading
  • Infographic: Top 5 Deadliest Drugs

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

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

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... 's almost $1,000 in 6 months to support this habit. Now switch out the $5 beer to a more expensive drug like, cocaine or heroin and the cost skyrockets. Some people can easily spend more than $10,000 each year to support ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

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

    ... Transmitted Infections evaluated data from 1,300 U.S. men and found those who drank more than 9.9 grams of ... among women. Those who drank three or more glasses of beer in one setting were three times more likely to test ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... people are forced to start buying pills off the street . And with black market pills going for up to $90 a ... at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is worse,” Publicker said . “It's ... 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 ...

    ... - after ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . 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. ...

    ... and can ... and overdose of these pain relievers, companies have recently developed tamper-resistant drugs, which are more difficult to crush, snort or inject. One such example is Oxecta, an immediate release oxycodone ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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

    ... Morphine Norco Opana Opiate Oxycodone OxyContin Painkiller Percocet Phenobarbital ... to a drug relatively quickly. What this means is that it takes more and more of the drug for the user to feel the same effects. In seeking ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about ... cousin offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it will affect her. With the next day ... continue reading
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