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  • 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 ...

    ... powerful product to more thoroughly ensnare repeat business from addicted individuals. The dangers of heroin use are not new ... oxycodone, though, the pills contained “Pink” 13 . Any drug purchased on the street or through ... 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 ...

    ... 10,000 times stronger than morphine. 8 U-47700 (Pink). Pink has no approved use for humans but can be ... , some opioid addicts may be enticed by the gray death's ability to produce a high unlike other drugs out there. 6 ... 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 ...

    ... Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not ... there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... on heroin that you can't afford. Taking risks to obtain the drug. Neglecting your appearance. Am I Addicted to Heroin? A sign that you're addicted to heroin is if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using ... 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 ...

    ... while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and federal ... unintended and devastating consequences. As addicted Americans continued in desperation to feed ... 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 ...

    ... more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has reached the highest level in 20 years. They say it's the deadliest ... 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 ...

    ... like OxyContin mimic the effects of heroin in both the body and mind. The two drugs are virtually interchangeable, leading many addicts to jump from painkillers to heroin and from heroin to painkillers. And that's why ... 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 ...

    ... purity, or strength, is also increasing while the drug's price continues to drop. This deadly combination is fueling ... . Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health, and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is ...

    ... place their children at risk of communicable disease, as well as being addicted to the drug from birth . Additionally, someone addicted to heroin will likely experience numerous personal consequences, such as financial ... 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, ...

    ... that provide protection from arrest for possession of illegal drugs or paraphernalia if emergency help is sought for overdose, ... to be addicted to heroin and that 45% of people addicted to heroin are also addicted to ... 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. ...

    ... 6 . One of the most dangerous side effect of the drug is the way it can slow down a user's breathing ... they need help 10 : Find out how to help a heroin addict Does your loved one take heroin in larger amounts or for longer ... 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 ...

    ... , in which the body has become so accustomed to the drug that the addict will become physically ill if he or she stops taking the drug suddenly. Who's Abusing Heroin? Currently available statistics on heroin abuse ... 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 ...

    ... Looking to the Future It's important to note that most overdose deaths don't just involve one single type of drug . As the N.Y. Health Department notes, 94 percent of the city's overdoses involved more than one substance ... 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 ...

    ... housing is part of the evolution of harm reduction . The primary goal is to reduce the number of drug-related incidences, even if IV users aren't able to become abstinent. Of the fifteen supported housing sites run by ... 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 ...

    ... , or slows, body systems down. Heroin also depresses the central nervous system, including the brain. Combined, these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is ... 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 ...

    ... unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers ... thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The F ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Anyone can develop a heroin addiction—it's not limited to a specific demographic—but once you develop an addiction, it can be difficult to overcome. Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with ...

    ... using. Sometimes, the rise in intensity of these cravings and thoughts leads to a heroin relapse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 2.1% of adults aged 26 and older have used heroin at least once in their ... 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 ...

    ... to isolate themselves or seek out the company of other addicts. Drastic changes in personality often manifest as the first visible indicators of drug use. Additional Reading: Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced ... 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 ...

    ... finds . At the same time, more people are abusing prescription painkillers, getting addicted and switching to heroin (both drugs are opiates). Heroin Comes to Small Town America The mitigating factors are contributing ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? 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 ... get healthy. If you want more information about addiction, drug rehab options near you, or other support services, please ... 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 ...

    ... compel a person to prioritize the drug over important issues like hygiene and proper nutrition, which can give rise to numerous issues during pregnancy. Heroin-addicted mothers also tend to have poor attendance ... 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 ...

    ... lifetime. NIDA estimates also show that 23% percent of these individuals will become addicted, making heroin one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Signs of Heroin Withdrawal When your body has become dependent ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Trying heroin can set into motion a pattern of use that can be dangerous and deadly. 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 ...

    ... to a pattern of withdrawal avoidance, a key indicator of addiction. When you've become addicted, you continue to take the drug even when known adverse consequences result from use. What to Do If You're Considering Trying ... 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, ...

    ... physiologic need for more heroin, drug-seeking behavior and compulsive drug use often begin. More time ... brain. Coma. Death. What Does It Mean to be Addicted to Heroin? Addiction to heroin can be an all-consuming condition ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... using, you may even be able to smell the drug. Signs and Symptoms Signs and symptoms of heroin abuse ... information regarding your substance and treatment options. Am I Addicted? If you're worried about your use of heroin ... 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 ...

    ... paper in the journal AIDS and Behavior . Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as at six and 12 months. According to lead author E ... continue reading
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    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... most empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you ... one of the most empowering parts of recovery. #6. Pink Clouds In the first few months of sobriety, when you ... continue reading
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse While Pregnant

    Ecstasy is an illicit drug that is frequently abused among young adults. This drug whose chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA for short, is structurally similar to amphetamine and has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. ...

    ... to 44 years old) reported past month use of the drug. 3 With so many women of reproductive age experimenting with ... Ecstasy While Pregnant If you are pregnant and addicted to ecstasy, the safest choice you can make ... 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 ...

    ... 14. Syd Barrett Syd Barrett, without question the founder Pink Floyd, became one of the British rock scene's ... , Elton John was, in his own words, “a drug addict and self-absorbed.” Although he came out HIV-negative, he ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a ...

    ... heaven. Blues. Mrs. O. New blues. Octagons. Pink lady. Signs and Symptoms The most noticeable signs and ... is for you to learn how to live without using the drug. You may attend support groups while in treatment, and this ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... their pinky fingernails to scoop up the powder, then snort the drug through a nostril. How Can You Protect Your Teen From Pink? According to a press release on pink from CBS affiliate KUTV, here's what you need to know ... 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 ...

    ... fairy if you drink it while watching Disney's Tinkerbell. The vast majority of toads will merely croak at you, not make you see pink elephants. And most mushrooms will make you feel like arse, not make you hallucinate. continue reading
  • Ambien Overdose

    Ambien, also known by the generic name zolpidem, is a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic medication frequently prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia. Ambien works by slowing certain brain activity, encouraging sleep in those who take it 1 ...

    ... 3 . If an individual who has been using Ambien over a significant period of time builds a tolerance to the drug, he or she may be motivated to take increasingly larger doses and, in doing so, may be at greater risk of ... continue reading
  • Trafficking Statistics

    Although law enforcement fights every day to keep our streets free of drugs, the problem of drug supply and demand remains. This page will provide information and statistics to illustrate the magnitude of the movement of drugs into and throughout ...

    ... of morphine—is a huge threat to public safety. Another dangerous drug on the market is the synthetic, designer drug U-47700, nicknamed “pink.” The effects of pink mimic other opioids such as heroin and, in 2016 it had ... 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 ...

    ... system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, ... friends just played their last game. Coke-Laiden Pink Slip After six months of searching, Kevin finally landed ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... in, which is a synthetic opioid known on the streets as “ Pink .” “Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I ... how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you' ... continue reading
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    Crack cocaine is a highly addictive drug of abuse that has intense stimulant properties. Typically, the user will feel a rush of excitement and energy that accompanies the euphoric delivered by the substance. Crack is a type of cocaine. This means ...

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    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 ...

    ... did a little research and came to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't mean you're addicted.” He points out you would feel the exact same way - irritable and antsy - if you normally ate dinner at ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... be an exceptional listener. 5. Don't Be an Enabler It's so easy to become an enabler when your child is addicted. You don't want them to hurt, so making life easier for them is a natural parental instinct. The problem is ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... how it is used. In less than five minutes, see if your loved one—or you—may be addicted to marijuana. Take our online confidential survey . Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if ... 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 ...

    ... the actual treatments offered. Moving back to the US, the Betty Ford Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy for the whole family as well as medically assisted detox ... 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 ...

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  • How to Help an Opana Addict

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    ... What happens when they're forced to stop using drugs (e.g. physical and psychological effects). The cost ... help get them to accept the help they need. Sometimes, addicts are unwilling to take even this initial step. A type ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Healthy When Someone You Love Is Addicted

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

    ... you love is abusing substances like alcohol and/or other drugs, you are likely to focus solely on the damage the ... the following ways: Do you love someone who is addicted? Hear from others who understand and get support. ... continue reading
  • Family Therapy: A Vital Part of Addiction Treatment

    The effects of addiction aren't limited to the addicted person, and the causes of substance abuse can be varied and complex - family issues can contribute to and perpetuate the illness of addiction. In fact, addiction is sometimes referred to as a ...

    ... costs , and organizations including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and U.S. Department of Health and ... family, you can make a difference in the life of the addict while improving your own well being . Call 1-888-744- ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse

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    ... can also lead to infertility. In women, the drug is converted into testosterone, which can lead to increased ... ways to exercise can be extremely valuable. To help a Steroid addict , call our 24/7 hotline at 1-888-744-0069 ... continue reading
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

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    ... have experienced trauma during their use . For example, an addict may have been sexually assaulted while under the influence. In ... to alcohol, legal drugs like tobacco, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs. Anger. Co- ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

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    ... as “freebasing” ). This produces a form of the drug that creates a more intense, but shorter “high” for ... the Facts on Alcohol Abuse How to Help a Crack Addict For professional help to free you from your dangerous crack ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ambien Addict

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

    ... abuse and addiction . Help for Ambien Addicts People addicted to Ambien alone or in combination ... experience an unpleasant withdrawal syndrome when you haven't had the drug in a while. Tolerance . With Ambien, you will ... 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 ...

    ... in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two ... worth the risks. Learn more about helping a loved one who's addicted marijuana . Image Source: en.wikipedia.org, pixabay.com continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What ... to waste. Call 911 immediately. Additional Reading: Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles ... According to Wilson's writings, we are brain-damaged addicts who will never be able to recover…without the support ... continue reading
  • Overdoses Visualized

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000. ...

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have ... continue reading
  • New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps only 8% of people will stick to these resolutions, lots of folks still express a great interest in ...

    ... more, or giving up certain substances. It's common to hear people committing to quitting smoking, drinking, or drugs. But how many people are intent on reducing their substance use - or, surprisingly, even using more? To ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... victims and addiction. Because sexual abuse is such a traumatic experience, many victims turn to self-medication/drug abuse as a simpler option to seeking professional help. It may be embarrassing for victims to ask for ... 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 ...

    ... An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... . From pot truffle oil to gummy bears, edibles are hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are a Completely Different Animal You'd be hard ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

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

    ... The estimated cost is $55,000 per month . The Meadows The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex, as well as mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The Meadows offers a 45-day ... 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 ...

    ... we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So What ... 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 ...

    ... to drunkenness . Plus, if your injury requires anesthetic or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other treatment. Take Care Remember: The more alcohol you consume ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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    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
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... 't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, safe driving decisions necessary to navigate these great ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... Contest creators hope to commercialize products in 2020 and 2021 to deliver life-changing solutions to the American public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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    ... the probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... educate themselves by taking classes on prescribing, and new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... trick anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at ... 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 ...

    ... got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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

    ... with them. If you are going home, you can try to avoid seeing friends who you used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make sure you are always placing yourself in the safest and most ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense of ...

    ... by their god, or simply a general disconnectedness from spirituality, perhaps due to the effects of drugs and/or alcohol. To further complicate the relationship between spirituality and recovery, many recovery programs ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... they do hit rock bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 million ... at large has to say about someone who is an “addict” is a strong force that reinforces the defense mechanism to deny ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... diminishes the ramifications of the person's actions. Rather than pay an addict's bills or give cash that ends up being traded for drugs, offer your money for rehab instead. 3. Taking Over Their Responsibilities Taking ... continue reading
  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

    Underage drinking presents a wide range of dangers to your teen's health and well-being. In 2018, just over 42% of American 10th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past year. 1 The numbers rise with age—jumping for the seniors in high school ...

    ... keep an open line of communication when it comes to any questions or concerns that have about alcohol and drugs. Studies show time and time again that parents who are actively involved in the lives of their children are ... 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, ...

    ... of Self-Talk If you think of yourself as a “junkie,” “addict” or “abuser,” you probably feel ashamed and embarrassed. This is the ... Medicine The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy One Voice at a Time The ... continue reading
  • Interventions: Frequently Asked Questions

    What is an intervention? An intervention will have an established goal that is concrete and easily defined. An intervention is a planned meeting directed at someone with an addiction to enable change towards recovery and healthier choices. The ...

    ... defined. What are they used for? Interventions are primarily used to encourage someone that is addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, whether they are illicit or prescription, to seek treatment. However, the process can also ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

    A significant amount of people suffering from substance abuse and addiction meet the criteria for having additional psychiatric disorders as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The phenomenon of co-existing ...

    ... because they often emerge simultaneously. For instance, when some people abuse alcohol or drugs to the point of becoming addicted, changes in the brain occur. These changes might secondarily give rise to psychological ... continue reading
  • The Myth of the High-Functioning Addict

    Today's high-functioning addict can be tomorrow's nonfunctioning addict. Regardless of the extent, addiction is a problematic force in the lives of the addicted and their social networks. Some will excuse or minimize their own behavior or the ...

    ... e.g., go to work. Someone who is still performing at sufficient level while addicted to one or more drugs is labeled a “high-functioning addict.” The media and popular culture have numerous images of the high-functioning ... continue reading
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