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  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

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

    ... recreate that first high. Why Do People Use Heroin? The intense high and its speed of onset are major attractions for users ... slowing of normal bodily functions. Someone on heroin is likely to experience: Delayed reaction ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... place. The short-term effects will deviate slightly based on the method of delivery into the system, but ... risk of death from overdose is a concern for people using heroin in the short or long term because dosing is ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... in the world. Signs of Heroin Withdrawal When your body has become dependent on heroin, a number of unpleasant withdrawal ... even in the most well-intentioned person. Supervised detoxification not only ensures physical ... continue reading
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  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... is hard to gauge from batch to batch, the potential to overdose on heroin is always a distinct possibility. Why Do People Use Heroin? Heroin is abused for the immediate pleasurable feelings it can elicit, including: A ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... or she stops taking the drug suddenly. Who's Abusing Heroin? Currently available statistics on heroin abuse show a steady increase since the early 2000s in: The number of people using it. The amount of money being spent ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... and symptoms may vary depending on 5 : The amount and purity of the heroin used. Any other substances consumed. The person's age and weight. Risk Factors for Heroin Overdose Overdosing on heroin can be the result of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

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

    ... as of 2012, over 100,000 people were admitted to treatment facilities for heroin usage. However, recovery from heroin addiction is possible. The exact treatment varies depending on the heroin addict, but one of the most ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

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

    ... use is all too prevalent; the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 329,000 people in the US reported using heroin in the past month 1 . This includes women of childbearing age. The survey found ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... of people that use it also use other substances. Heroin-related deaths have nearly tripled since 2002. Heroin is ... skin. Into a muscle. The impact of heroin will vary depending on the quality, the quantity, and the method ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Heroin addiction can negatively impact certain aspects of your life and have dangerous health repercussions. Here, we will help you understand heroin addiction, how addiction is treated, and what you should know about heroin rehab centers, including ...

    ... access to some form of medical care for people withdrawing from heroin due to humanitarian and safety concerns. 6 As ... may work with a counselor on a one-on-one basis to work on underlying issues that can impact addiction ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... . Here's how… Tips For Dealing With a Heroin Relapse Learn From It Admit what happened and why. ... impact. You'll feel better, both physically and mentally. Lean on People Recovery isn't a solo sport. Find a support group . ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... wide range of alcohol use effects based on dosage, speed of ingestion and the resultant concentration in ... unable to easily discontinue the behavior. If a person continues to abuse alcohol, they may quickly find ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... Statistics show theft is common, as is borrowing money, prostitution and burglary. Personality Changes People who are hooked on heroin can often be aggressive and anxious. They tend to isolate themselves or seek out the ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... decided to look at the financial impact heroin has on our society. They developed a cost- ... 2015 saw a total of nearly 13,000 people die from heroin abuse. And, heroin use and abuse is spreading. Previously confined ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... a total of 782 drug overdoses in 2013. Out of all 782 cases, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin . The death toll from heroin has more than doubled over the last three years, presenting a growing challenge for city ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or someone you care about is ...

    ... suffering from being addicted to heroin. To connect more people with the help they need to ... at any time, your call is private and confidential, and the person on the other end of the line only wants to help you and give ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... potential 1 . Depending on how it is made, heroin can be a white or brown powder or a black, sticky substance called “black tar heroin”. There are a number of ways a person can use heroin, including 2 : Injecting ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this medication's prevalence, which has ... 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 ...

    ... those who are not. 4 While prescription opiate abuse may be common among heroin users, it doesn't necessarily lead a person toward heroin. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health also reported that less than 4% of ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with opioid receptors and reinforcing influence on your brain's reward centers, results in such profound feelings of euphoria and pleasure that it sometimes ...

    ... abstinent, a strong aftercare program is an essential component to staying on the path to recovery. Why Do People Relapse on Heroin? Substance abuse expert Terence Gorski believes that relapse is a progressive issue ... continue reading
  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... a wide range of alcohol use effects based on dosage, speed of ingestion and the resultant concentration in the ... unable to easily discontinue the behavior. If a person continues to abuse alcohol, they may quickly find ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... begin to look at “the effects of heroin and other opioids on other aspects of immune function” for future ... users and their sex partners, high-risk youth and people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on ... efforts seemed to help, but now many people assume if the number of meth labs are ... 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 ...

    ... she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, ... or dead. Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... though someone who is high on cocaine acts very differently than someone who is abusing heroin, both individuals may find ... that lead to tolerance. The brain of a person who abuses sedatives such as alcohol for months or ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... just gets it on their hand and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto. What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... , which can lead to acute kidney inflammation 2 . Heroin users who inject under the skin have an increased risk ... complications, such as 2 : Sped-up progression of kidney disease in people with high blood pressure and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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

    ... you may know if you've ever used it as a disinfectant on a cut. When you take an initial sip of alcohol, the ... conditions. Some are more susceptible than others. A person who drinks as little as 20g or more than 200g ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. On the street, it is ... 55% of people who died from an overdose of fentanyl additionally tested positive for heroin or cocaine, ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... the drug is now kept on-hand. (Chicago leads the nation in heroin-related emergency room visits.) Unfortunately, ... it's taking double and triple doses to bring people back from the brink. Similar events occurred several ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has ... , while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state ... 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 ...

    ... outbreak-met-20151221-story.html http://blog.samhsa.gov/2015/10/06/fentanyl-related-overdose-deaths-on-the-rise/#.Vw4ZVjArK73 http://www.wsj.com/articles/potent-synthetic-drug-exacerbates-heroin-epidemic-in-new-york-city ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... tiny fraction of the estimated 1.2 million people likely to suffer similar damaging effects from meth this ... fact, meth causes more damage to your brain than heroin or cocaine. The permanent damage caused by meth weakens ... 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 ...

    ... afford to buy pills off the streets, they often transition to heroin. On the flip side of that argument, a lot of people who are addicted to heroin believe that switching to OxyContin will ultimately make it easier to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... alcohol and heroin abuser, leaving him/her permanently disabled in some way. Even if a person has not used heroin for a ... indicates a full 23 percent of those who try heroin get hooked on it. The drug appears to be a major ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Effects on the Body: Short-Term & Side Effects

    What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance. Cocaine hydrochloride remains a schedule II controlled substance, as it has some legal therapeutic application as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, useful in association with ...

    ... -term outcomes for both of these scenarios are bleak-people may find themselves tragically ensnared by addiction for what ... other drugs. The combination of cocaine and heroin is particularly deadly. Known as a speedball— ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... she reflected on what she missed out on. Jeana dropped out of college as a freshman after heroin took over her ... but Jeana was firm. She'd certainly stood up to people who much more threatening than these two drunk girls! ... 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 ...

    ... sites as a harm reduction measure is highly debated. On one side, there are people who think it's simply “enabling” substance abuse. On the other side, there are people who believe it's important to place a higher ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... latest research, Monnat and Rigg examined three groups of people who had reported using heroin and/or prescription opiates (via the 2010-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). These participants were broken down ... continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... . These people may intend to purchase heroin but unintentionally consume gray death. 6 Heroin use has ... family members or first responders may not have that amount on hand. Gray death is arguably one of the most concerning ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

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

    ... substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is just as serious, just as dangerous, and just as illegal as abuse of substances like cocaine and heroin . Prescription drug abuse can affect people who ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth on Your Body

    During the past two decades, illicit methamphetamine - also known as crystal meth - has presented one of the largest and most dangerous drug epidemics in America. This extremely powerful stimulant, which can be smoked, injected, snorted, or eaten, ...

    ... can have a permanent impact on a person's health, even after quitting. Read on to see how different parts ... regularly, potentially going days without food. Because meth also speeds up the body's metabolism, this can lead to ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ... be as bad as heroin or alcohol withdrawals , ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... friend. Essentially, if you believe someone has overdosed on opioids, you'll need to take some basic ... heroin or cocaine (NIDA, 2014). The Department of Health and Human Services found that in 2014 alone, 28,000 people ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... 23% will go on to become heroin addicts, making heroin one of the most addictive drugs on the planet . Recent ... from SAMHSA revealed that an estimated 25 million people started nonmedical use of pain relievers between 2002 ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... salt) 5 . Fentanyl is sometimes sought after by people seeking an intense high and sometimes is sold in or as heroin to unsuspecting buyers. Either way, its presence on the street is unprecedented. From 2013 to 2014, the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... opioid drugs can present some of the same risks as illicit heroin sold on the street. While 467,000 people in the U.S. struggled with heroin addiction in 2012, over 2 million were estimated to abuse opioid painkillers ... 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 ...

    ... street drugs are known to be dangerous, such as heroin and crystal meth, prescription drugs are often viewed in ... It is important to note that just because a person is dependent on a drug does not necessarily mean they are ... 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 ...

    ... twice as many men said they'd tried it. Heroin, although it has one of the lowest overall lifetime ... most places. Therefore, the four main ways for a person to get their hands on some is to be given it for free, illegally ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... perception about the criminalization of drugs? What about viewpoints on the correct measures to solve the opioid and heroin crisis? We surveyed more than 2,000 people, including 1,000 Democrats, 1,000 Republicans and 200 ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Long Branch, NJ

    Heroin is a problem all over the state of New Jersey, including Long Branch. Heroin, like other drugs, impacts not only the user, but their friends, family, and children. Of those people admitted to substance abuse treatment in Monmouth County ...

    ... those people admitted to substance abuse treatment in Monmouth County during 2016, 49% were admitted for heroin ... The baby is then born physically dependent on heroin and experiences withdrawal. Symptoms of NAS include ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Jersey City, NJ

    Jersey City is currently experiencing a severe addiction crisis—more so than many other cities in Hudson County. In 2016, Jersey City admitted 49% of all substance abuse treatment admissions in the entire county. 1, p. 5 Most of those seeking ...

    ... listed heroin as their primary drug of abuse. Heroin is notoriously addictive, 2 and for many people, it ... be able to put an end to your physical dependence on heroin safely. Some of the medications used as part of ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Paterson, NJ

    Drug and alcohol addiction in Paterson, New Jersey is a serious issue, as evidenced by its high treatment admission numbers. Paterson drug treatment admissions made up 49% of all admissions in Passaic County in 2016. 1 Mirroring other cities’ ...

    ... every day to support a heroin addiction. 2 People who may otherwise feel ready for treatment may hesitate to reach out for fear of the cost if they’ve used all of their financial resources on heroin. But truth is that ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Vineland, NJ

    Residents of Vineland, New Jersey are no stranger to the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. Statistics show that in 2016, Vineland had the highest number of substance abuse admissions in all of Cumberland County (660). 1 Of those 660 admissions, 301 ...

    ... County (660). 1 Of those 660 admissions, 301 were for heroin. 1, p. 6 If you're suffering from addiction to ... prior to signing up for a program. 3 For people on Medicare, substance abuse treatment may be covered if it ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Concerta Addict

    When you love someone with an addiction, it can be hard to understand why he or she can't just stop using overnight. Addiction can take over an individual's life and produce an all-consuming desire to continue use despite wanting or needing to stop. ...

    ... addiction will dictate the “best” type of treatment. Some people, on their own, are able to cut back from their excessive ... Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Hashish Heroin Inhalant LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... is frequently administered in a hospital setting, people with easier access to the drug (those working ... times more likely to abuse or become dependent on heroin. Teen Fentanyl Abuse Teens are rarely prescribed fentanyl ... continue reading
  • Addiction Recovery

    Recovery Is Possible Addiction recovery is possible, attainable, and available if you know where to find it and have expectations that are realistic and practical. For those struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, recovery could mean the ...

    ... Western medicine model's concept of illness has many people on the hunt for an absolute cure to all that ... not necessarily dangerous) withdrawal syndromes, such as heroin and prescription opiates. Detox can cost anywhere ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be given to people to facilitate detox, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery, as well as be used ...

    ... sensations of physical pain. Reduced cravings for other opiates. Because of the last effect, people that are on heroin or painkiller medications may seek out Suboxone illicitly to manage the unwanted results that occur ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What is Cocaine Addiction? Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that can hook users with its rewarding high and eventually lead them down a dangerous path toward addiction. 1 The hallmark of any addiction is that a person continues to use their ...

    ... you have at hand, the better prepared the person on the other end of the line will be to help you help the person you love. Drug-Specific Hotline Numbers Heroin Marijuana Meth Opiates All other drugs There are also ... 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 ...

    ... of the heart valves/lining, and more. Overdosing on heroin can be fatal. 21 The route of administration may impact heroin dependence. A study found that people who inject heroin have more severe dependence than those who ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Narcotics Hotline Numbers and Resources

    Call Now What Are Narcotics? Narcotics, commonly referred to as opioid pain relievers, are only used for severe pain if other pain relievers do not help. 1 The drugs not only help relieve severe pain but also produce euphoric effects, giving them ...

    ... , euphoria-inducing opioids such as morphine, oxycodone, heroin and others are misused every day. The result is ... and information. All calls are entirely free. The person on the other end of the line can assist you ... 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, ...

    ... began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people on their opioid use between 2003 and 2012, then examined national statistics on cause of death during the same time period. The rate of ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents worried. Stitches, who claims to ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors in the brain and body to produce their effects. Heroin and prescription opioids may seem like very different drugs, but they are actually remarkably similar in both ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is steadily on the rise in America. Tragically, this trend means that heroin-related deaths are also climbing in staggering numbers. The ... 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 ...

    ... , the new brain mapping technology allowed researchers to capture a much wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching for better ways to understand drugs and their ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

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  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

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  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

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  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

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    ... physicians who prescribe ADHD medications have to get on board. Researchers say doctors must make it clear ... a prescription.” With numbers like that, it's important people know the truth about these so called “study drugs ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... cost for that year's testing program was $336,297. The data didn't improve as time went on. In 2015, a survey of the 10 states that implemented drug testing programs for those seeking assistance, including Mississippi ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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

    ... for its psychoactive effects by the Roman Empire. People would consume small amounts of this costal bream ... that the first actual psychoactive toads are found on the American continent. The Colorado River toad contains ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

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    ... what we need to know about this illicit drug in Your Brain on Crack Cocaine . Or, in their own words: “Is it really ... a rock, hence the term “crack rock.” Why do people smoke crack, and how does the drug interact with the ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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    ... a couple cans of Red Bull every night, I was becoming dependent on that little “buzz” the drink gave me. The effect was ... industry warn these drinks can negatively affect people in recovery, believing they can provide a ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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    ... t received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be ... kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The Deadly Allure of Benzos ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

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    ... 's lives. But the good news is that there are ways to lower the overall cost of Suboxone - and we've got seven tips to help you do just that: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Copay Cards: Patients can get discounts on out ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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    ... during the same time. Making Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly turning to substitutes - like crystal meth ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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    ... sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for long stretches ... Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... about how badly you embarrassed yourself, but the people around you may not have realized just how inebriated ... want to make blacking out a habit something you do on the regular. Damage to your liver and permanent changes ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

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    ... finding something to do. Your child is dependent on you up until the age of eighteen and is reliant on you for support and guidance. While friends change and people move on, their parents remain the same and should only ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for ... and produces little, if any, mind or mood-altering effects on it's own. However, drug abusers say it has the ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits that stop them from ... to negative habits, take the chance to get back on track today. Call one of our admissions navigators today at ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... incarcerations and minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses as a means to deter people from getting involved with drugs. The War on Drugs continued well into the 1980's, when Nancy Reagan famously created the “Just ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... 7,127 people received new livers in 2015, yet more than twice as many sick patients were on the national ... Gets to Decide? This begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially ... continue reading
  • Weed the People

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    ... petitioning system to show it. This means that as well as their feelings on current federal laws regarding marijuana, a person's political affiliation and age might also have played a part in whether they contributed ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... take short, rapid breaths; some people even hold their breath. This reduces the oxygen intake and increases your heart rate. To prevent hyperventilation, many rely on the brown paper bag trick, but studies of its effects ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug and Alcohol Use on Weight Change

    Over time, the problematic use of both drugs and alcohol may have a detrimental impact on an individual's nutritional status—causing either unhealthy weight gain or weight loss depending on the specific substance used. This guide examines some of ...

    ... an individual's nutritional status—causing either unhealthy weight gain or weight loss depending on the specific substance used. This guide examines some of the metabolic pathologies and other processes that contribute ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they would ignore social distancing rules to see friends on NYE.

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    ... Kansans and South Dakotans surveyed say that they plan to be out drinking and celebrating on the last day of what has been, by most people's accounts, a challenging year - certainly one that is worthy of letting off some ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they would ignore social distancing rules to see friends on NYE.

  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

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  • Effects of Drug and Alcohol Use on Weight Change

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  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

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    ... only works if you actually want to be there and are committed to your recovery . To be surrounded by caring people on the same path, to share meals, and to have someone to talk to and go to meetings with can be the ... continue reading
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