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  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... lead to serious potential health effects and/or a substance use disorder (SUD). 1,2,3 A 2019 survey of substance use ... other substances and experience a range of polysubstance use associated health effects. 2, 20 ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Overdose

    Vyvanse is a medication prescribed to manage ADHD and the compulsive behaviors associated with binge eating disorders 1 . However, as with any medication, taking too much Vyvanse can have serious side effects. Furthermore, people have become ...

    ... treatment, which depends on many factors, such as the presence of polysubstance abuse, underlying health issues, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, and the severity of your addiction to Vyvanse. Both inpatient and ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases ... a problem with other drugs and/or alcohol (polysubstance abuse or cross addiction). When the user leaves an ... continue reading
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  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... or Adderall are typically prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or certain sleep disorders. Many young people who abuse stimulants initially do so with good intentions. They've likely ... continue reading
  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... or delirium. Vertigo. Loss of consciousness. Coma. Effects of Adderall Abuse Long-term Adderall abuse can lead to the hallmark signs of a substance use disorder. These problems are most likely to occur when the drug is ... continue reading
  • Concerta Abuse

    [quizBuddy quiz=”Concerta Abuse” question=”1″] What Is Concerta? Concerta is the brand name for an “extended-release” version of methylphenidate. Methylphenidate is also prescribed under the brand name Ritalin and is most often used to ...

    ... . Although Concerta may be useful in treating disorders such as ADHD when used as intended, its potential for abuse is a cause for great concern. [quizBuddy quiz=”Concerta Abuse” question=”2″] Signs and Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Trazodone Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Each individual in recovery is likely to have had a somewhat unique substance abuse program experience. There are a number of therapeutic variables, including treatment center setting and program duration. However, many commonly encountered ...

    ... , the use of trazodone in treatment for substance abuse may not always be helpful. For example, among ... that, among people who were recovering from alcohol use disorder, trazodone did help improve their sleep. 3 A 2008 ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse

    Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions 1,2 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years old or older (on a ...

    ... than 1.6 million people in the U.S. admitted to abusing stimulant substances like Desoxyn in the last month 4 . Short-Term ... induce major mood episodes in someone with bipolar disorder 1 . Other users may experience an ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... bupropion, there has been some evidence of this drug being abused 2 . Bupropion (Wellbutrin) Abuse Bupropion's versatility in treating depressive disorders and its successful track record as a smoking cessation aid make ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... has also approved it for treatment of binge eating disorder in adults 1 . Vyvanse is a stimulant medication ... seizures or heart failure if large amounts of Vyvanse are abused, and sudden death can occur in those who have a ... continue reading
  • Ritalin Abuse

    Ritalin is the trade name for methylphenidate, a stimulant of the central nervous system used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It can be very addictive, especially when misused or taken via ...

    ... deficit hyperactivity disorder. It can be very addictive, especially when misused or taken via alternate methods, such as by injection or snorting. [quizBuddy quiz=”Ritalin Abuse” question=”1″] Ritalin Abuse The Drug ... continue reading
  • Dexedrine Abuse

    Dexedrine is the brand name for an extended-release formulation of dextroamphetamine, a central nervous system stimulant prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is also one of the active ...

    ... , potentially carrying serious consequences, including future onset of substance use disorders and other mental health issues. To prevent your teen from abusing stimulants, talk to them early about drugs and explain the ... continue reading
  • Dextroamphetamine Abuse

    Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance is also known by specific brand names such as Dexedrine, ProCentra or Zenzedi. The ...

    ... the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance ... then begin to tingle and throb as they warm up. Dextroamphetamine abuse and addiction can also take a toll on the user's ... continue reading
  • Desoxyn Abuse

    What Is Desoxyn? Desoxyn is a prescription stimulant medication that contains methamphetamine hydrochloride . It is available in 5 mg tablets that are intended for oral use 1,2 . It is prescribed for the treatment of 1 : ...

    ... for the treatment of 1 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years and older. Obesity ... safe and secure from those that would abuse it. Remember, Desoxyn abuse can occur even if there is an ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... love. It can be even more difficult to get a loved one to accept they have a problem with substance abuse when that substance is a prescription drug. Dexedrine, e.g., is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse

    Overview of Steroid Abuse Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are steroids that can be incredibly damaging to one's health ...

    ... Symptoms Anabolic steroids tend to be used by men in their 20s for bodybuilding purposes/muscle gain. Signs of abuse usually involve rapid lean muscle gain within a 10-week period. You might notice that your loved one is ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... to use of these drugs, such as body dysmorphic disorder . A structured treatment program can also help you deal ... with the extreme mood swings brought on by the abuse itself. Suicide is a major risk factor for recovering ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dexedrine Use

    Understanding Dexedrine Dexedrine is a brand name for the prescription drug dextroamphetamine and is used to treat pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in both children and adults. By increasing neural signaling ...

    ... used to treat pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in both ... the heart rate 3 . Long-Term Effects of Abuse Long-term Dexedrine abuse is associated with a wide range of ill effects to ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... typically used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. People also use ... 3, 5 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the short-term effects of amphetamines can include ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... use or a dual diagnosis (co-occurrence of a mental health disorder with a substance use disorder ). Does the program specialize in stimulant abuse treatment? Finding a program that has experience helping people addicted ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Ritalin Addict

    Help for Ritalin Addicts Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a highly addictive prescription stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a widely prescribed medication, making its abuse a common ...

    ... addictive prescription stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a widely prescribed medication, making its abuse a common problem across the US. Addiction to Ritalin often ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . ... non-medical users. If you or someone you know is abusing Adderall or has experienced an overdose, consider seeking help. ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

    ... -term Effects The long-term effects of Ritalin abuse may include: Disorientation and apathy. Delusions, hallucinations, and other signs of a psychotic disorder. Frequent seizure activity. Anorexia and marked weight loss ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Concerta Use

    Concerta is the trade name of a central nervous system stimulant known as methylphenidate . It is prescribed mainly for the treatment of: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a stimulant, ...

    ... Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a stimulant, it can help patients to pay attention, stay focused and limit behavior issues relating to hyperactivity. However, Concerta abuse leads to harmful ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

    ... treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This ... Improve concentration. Increase energy. Rates of prescription amphetamine abuse rose sharply from 2008 to 2012 among 18-25- ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

    How to Approach an Addict If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into ...

    ... a stimulant use disorder, as outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V ... If you or a loved one is dealing with dextroamphetamine abuse or addiction and would like to learn more about ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... drug for the treatment of ADHD and binge-eating disorders when it is prescribed and monitored by a physician. ... to using Vyvanse for academic reasons, many people also abuse Vyvanse for weight loss or merely to get high 5 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in ... . 2 Adderall can be addictive and dangerous to those who abuse it. 3 Adderall Short-Term Effects When used for short ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... drug in the treatment of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy . Patients with narcolepsy ... the periods of inattention caused by the condition. Abuse of the drug is common with students for two ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine ... and energy-boosting stimulant effects, this substance is often abused to enhance performance in school or in sports. There's ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy 2 but regularly ... II controlled substance because of its high potential for abuse and dependence 1,2 . This stimulant is prescribed ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Amphetamine Use

    While amphetamines have clinical use, their potential for abuse and dependency is high. Legitimate use may turn into addiction. Amphetamines such as Adderall , and non-amphetamine stimulants such as Ritalin are gaining in popularity as recreational ...

    ... are gaining in popularity as recreational drugs, often abused for their euphoric and energy-producing effects. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. Are Amphetamines Harmful? While amphetamines ... continue reading
  • History and Statistics of “Study Drugs”

    What are “Study Drugs?” The colloquial term “study drugs” typically refers to prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin and Concerta) that are used to enhance aspects of a user's mental functioning, such as: Memory. Concentration. ...

    ... primarily in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. All ... that would be longer-lasting and have lower potential for abuse. It received FDA approval for use in adults in 2008 ... continue reading
  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated with ...

    ... long-lasting in extreme cases, but any amount of stimulant abuse can cause damage to the user . From 2005 to ... of a stimulant addiction (technically called a stimulant use disorder ). If you believe you or someone you love ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Amphetamine Addict

    Amphetamine addiction is a serious issue; stimulants have the potential to adversely affect the personality and behavior of the individuals abusing these drugs. Some methods of amphetamine abuse may also be related to increased risks of bloodborne ...

    ... maintain alertness. Manage some sleep disorders. The amphetamine class of drugs encompasses ... prescribed to you, check yourself for the following signs of abuse: You regularly increase your dose of amphetamines to get the ... 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. ...

    ... it is possible to achieve a life free from the abuse of concerta . Help for Concerta Addicts Recovery from the ... addiction. You may also be facing a substance use disorder if you feel withdrawal symptoms when you're not ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription ... -2 weeks 8 . However, those recovering from stimulant abuse may also experience a post-acute withdrawal syndrome ( also ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Desoxyn Addict

    You may be surprised to learn that Desoxyn is actually methamphetamine. It is the only remaining marketed pharmaceutical containing methamphetamine 1 . Stimulant abuse is a major problem in the U.S. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. admitted ...

    ... react strongly without a plan. Learn About Stimulant Abuse People abusing Desoxyn may refer to it in street terms like ... of mental health disorders like manic symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, depression, and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ritalin

    Ritalin is sold as both an immediate-release and extended-release medication 2 . Extended-release Ritalin is designed to gradually release methylphenidate into the bloodstream throughout the day, rather than all at once. Ritalin is classified as a ...

    ... the negative physical or mental consequences that may occur over time 3 . Side Effects Ritalin users may abuse the drug hoping to enhance its pleasurable effects. However, in doing so, they also subject themselves to a ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Steroid Addict

    Help for Steroids Addicts People who are addicted to steroids may need professional help to stop taking the drug. While the dependency that develops may be different from other, more commonly abused substances, anabolic steroids can indeed be ...

    ... the body and what may have led your loved one to abuse steroids. Express understanding and genuine concern for their health. ... Muscle and joint pain. Anorexia. Mood disorders. Depression with suicidal ideation is the most ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... that they are not addictive because they do not create a euphoric feeling commonly found in other drugs of abuse . Addiction to AAS is shown in spending excessive amounts of money and efforts to acquire, hide, and use ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Stimulant Addiction

    The stimulants are a broad class of substances that affect the nervous system in a way that leads to increased activity across a number of mental and physical processes—serving, in varying degrees, to boost energy and attention but also capable of ...

    ... or addicted to it will likely resist your attempts to point out the problem or change their behaviors . Drug abuse can, in some cases, change the brain of the user in ways that may diminish self-control and judgment , ... continue reading
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  • Drug Abuse Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

    ... (DSM-5) introduced some new changes to the “Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders” sections. Gone are the separate categories of ' substance abuse ' and 'substance dependence' - they've been superseded by a singular ... 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 ...

    ... Only about 11% of those addicted to drugs or alcohol in 2009 actually received treatment for their substance abuse disorder. 8 This means that about 20 million people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol went ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... integrate treatment of co-occurring substance abuse disorders along with any mental illnesses such ... Below are a few troubling statistics for alcohol and cocaine abuse: Over 38 million people 18 years and older engage in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... , alcohol is still classified as a drug with a high potential for abuse. Alcohol abuse is one of the most common and costly substance abuse disorders in the United States. Regular use of alcohol is extremely common (71 ... continue reading
  • Neurontin Abuse

    Neurontin misuse is a growing public health concern—especially among opioid-abusing populations. The Neurontin high can produce desirable effects in users, such as feelings of euphoria and calmness. Users may take Neurontin recreationally to get ...

    ... part of a more comprehensive inpatient drug rehab program. If you are struggling with a Neurontin abuse disorder alongside other drugs such as opioids or alcohol, withdrawal may be even more complicated and dangerous ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... appropriate use is critical for all prescription drugs to avoid abuse and misuse, especially for those with a history of substance abuse disorders. Whenever possible, medications which do not have an addiction potential ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... that offer open membership to individuals suffering from different forms of mental and substance abuse disorders. Successful programs often encourage a combination of therapy, skills training, relapse prevention, and ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... activities. Unhealthy peer norms and social pressures (Yau, et al., 2014). The best type of drug abuse and eating disorder treatment is a dual diagnosis program . Dual diagnosis programs treat both conditions at the same ... continue reading
  • Anxiety and Substance Abuse

    It can be difficult to manage an anxiety disorder or a substance use disorder, and it can be even more difficult to manage both disorders when they co-occur together. When a mental health disorder, such as an anxiety disorder, and a substance use ...

    ... them. The reason it is important to receive treatment for substance abuse and anxiety disorders at the same time. What to expect from treatment for substance abuse and anxiety. How you can help a loved one who is ... continue reading
  • Depression and Substance Abuse

    Depression and addiction often go hand in hand. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that in 2020, an estimated 17 million American adults experienced both substance use conditions and mental health concerns. 1 Having more than one ...

    ... into consideration. 1 By screening and assessing for co-occurring disorders, the outcome of treatment has been shown to improve. 10 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) promotes a “no ... 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 ...

    ... range of factors can play a role in the development of both disorders. 1, 11 How to Identify a Co-occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of reasons, such as: 1, 3, 11 ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse FAQs

    What is addiction? There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today's age , acquired from prior positive experience engaging in ...

    ... associated with compulsive use or drug-seeking, then a diagnosis of a substance use disorder may be appropriate . Unfortunately, abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) is the fastest growing drug problem in the ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... individuals ages 12 and up had a substance use disorder (SUD) involving prescription pain medications in the past ... . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance. 2, ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, you may be considering potential drug and alcohol treatment options. Seeking treatment is a courageous choice and an important first step in the recovery process, but it might not always ...

    ... programs, including: Local substance abuse programs and addiction treatment services. How to seek drug addiction help. Factors to consider when selecting a substance use disorder treatment program. Considering treatment ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... or self-harm. Accidents, such as vehicle collisions. How is Alcohol Use Disorder Diagnosed? Abuse of alcohol has the potential to lead to an alcohol use disorder. An AUD is a chronic disease in the brain that is defined ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines . Clonazepam is known also by the brand name Klonopin . It is the third most prescribed ...

    ... attempts at recovery. Many struggling with clonazepam and other sedative use disorders are helped immensely by enrolling in a professional substance abuse treatment program. As part of a treatment program, you're likely ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Oxycodone Abuse

    If you are concerned about yourself or someone else who has been combining alcohol and oxycodone, it is no surprise. These two substances should never be combined, as doing so heightens the dangers inherent to each individual substance. Alcohol and ...

    ... . More than 2 million people in the US have a substance use disorder involving prescription opioids. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism : In 2013, more than 16 million adults age 18 years ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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, ...

    ... accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the rise in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients are progressing from prescribed opioid use to frequent use or misuse, according ... 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, ...

    ... it. 1 When a full-blown substance-use disorder (SUD) develops, it can be extremely difficult ... smoking, injection, etc.). What are Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse? Drug use tends to significantly alter a person's behavior ... continue reading
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

    ... professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use order. You ... are the qualities that the best drug abuse treatment facilities will possess: Qualifications : ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... to those seen with more commonly recognized drugs of abuse (such as cocaine or heroin). LSD addiction—or, in this case, what's known as a hallucinogen use disorder —is a real, diagnosable entity, and it is treatable ... 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 ...

    ... ailments such as depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of ... dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them ... a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder). Runny nose. Shakes or tremors. Accidents ... 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 ...

    ... traditional psychotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, the ... trauma, including uncovering assumptions. For example, a woman who was abused as a child may assume that all men are going to ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotline to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and confidential, so ...

    Hotline to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll- ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse. Contrary to popular opinion, it's also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people. Psychological dependence ... 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, ...

    ... hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment ... done to scale up access to treatment for opioid disorders is going to be that helpful for methamphetamines.” Treatment ... 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 ...

    ... of professionals such as surgeons, pharmacists and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not patients have a strong support system, in order to determine whether ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... not positive benefits 6,7 . Side Effects People that use and abuse ACTIQ are at risk of many unwanted side effects, even if the ... use disorder, withdrawal is a major driver of continued, compulsive drug abuse and addiction ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... treated in emergency departments for problems associated with its abuse in 2011 2 . There were 19,000 deaths due ... substance could develop worsening symptoms of an anxiety disorder as use continues. Also, people that use ... 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 ...

    ... signals a weaker immune system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that ... people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and HIV infection. The goal of this community-level ... 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 ...

    ... simply to see what the drug high is like. No matter the reason, drug use can quickly become drug abuse , which eventually leads to a chemical dependency to the drug. This happens because the body can become tolerant to ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... focus on the other affected family members. Addiction causes problems for everyone, not just the person abusing the drugs. In the event of a failed intervention, the professional helps the other participants follow ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the STI Clinic of the South ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... dosage you take to get the same feeling as the first time. The brain undergoes long-term changes during drug abuse . If the brain has to try to compensate for the loss or alteration of glutamate, a chemical that helps ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... of these cases, the teeth cannot be saved and must be extracted. So, let's look at a few commonly abused drugs and what they can potentially do to ruin that gorgeous smile. Drugs and Your Teeth Love Drugs: These include ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or antianxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited uses, barbiturates are used to ...

    ... also consider the potential for other co-occurring substance use disorders 2, 6,7 . Teen Barbiturate Abuse According to the and National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2013, approximately 50% of high school seniors admitted ... continue reading
  • Alprazolam Abuse

    What Is Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance better known by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. ...

    ... prescribed to people with anxiety and panic disorders . The substance is prescribed to decrease ... honest conversation with your teen about the risks of alprazolam abuse. Keep medications safe and accounted for in the home. ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... body's dopamine receptors - and the ability to experience pleasure. Here are 6 long-term effects of meth abuse: Cognitive Damage Because meth use releases a surge of dopamine nearly four times the level that cocaine use ... 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 ...

    ... . for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and teenagers are now recreationally abusing these drugs as a way to get high. Defining Date Rape Date rape drugs are typically used in the ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

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

    ... there has already been damage done. Teenage substance abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some ... often lead to anxiety, depression and other mood disorders in adulthood. #6. Sexual Impotency and Infertility ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Careers

    Many careers exist in the field of drug abuse treatment and prevention . The drug abuse treatment field is a rewarding career choice for many people, as it makes a difference in the lives of millions of people annually. Those who work in this field ...

    ... the same time. According to the same study, adults with mental disorders are 25 percent more likely to abuse drugs than adults without mental illnesses. Psychiatrists and psychologists treat underlying mental conditions ... continue reading
  • Lorazepam Abuse

    Lorazepam (brand name: Ativan) is a benzodiazepine drug that is often prescribed to manage a range of anxiety disorders and related issues. This drug is not typically indicated for long-term use—many practitioners will limit prescriptions to ...

    ... . Lorazepam Statistics Lorazepam is one of the most commonly abused drugs because it is so frequently prescribed for anxiety and related disorders. In fact, lorazepam was the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... to experience significantly higher rates of meth use than their “wet” counterparts. The Link Between Alcohol Sales and Meth Abuse In areas where no alcohol can be sold, the rates of meth use are twice as high , with 80 ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... , it's time to stop. Social Use : Adderall might have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus life. Seek help if your Adderall use extends beyond the ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse

    Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic agent found in many prescription sleep aid drugs used to treat insomnia 1 . The most widely known brand name formulation of zolpidem in the U.S. is Ambien. Its pharmacological effects often lead the user to ...

    ... are intended to help manage disruptive sleep disorders, they can be rewarding and pleasurable for ... drug as prescribed, it is especially common in those who abuse it, and they often lead users to escalate their zolpidem ... continue reading
  • Librium Abuse

    Librium, which is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide, is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of controlled substances called benzodiazepines . It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it slow down brain activity. ...

    ... Chlordiazepoxide is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, and to mitigate the symptoms of ... benzodiazepines, Librium can be habit-forming and presents a risk of abuse and addiction 1,2 . Misuse of Librium occurs when it ... 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 ...

    ... of the better-known meltdowns, this incident is even available to watch online. David Hasselhoff has been known to abuse drugs andf alcohol , and when he loses control, he acts crazy. In 2007, a video of David rambling ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

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

    ... the battle is not lost. You are not alone in your fight to break free from the cycle of abuse. Help is available for tramadol addiction . Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand New Bag Image Source ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... could literally mean the difference between life and death. Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are plenty of inpatient rehab facilities in your area with medical ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... with the fact that roughly 6.4 million young people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need to see more interventions that ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... s important people know the truth about these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

    Alcohol and inhalants are two of the most commonly abused substances, especially among a younger population. The Centers for Disease Control logs more than 4,300 deaths per year from underage drinking and abuse . According to the Foundation for a ...

    ... abusers, displaying conduct and personality disorders. They typically suffer from anxiety ... that adults over 26 comprise 70 percent of incidents involving alcohol abuse. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds that ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . As a sedative-hypnotic substance, zolpidem can impart a sense of euphoria and ...

    ... deeply unconscious for a period of time (coma) and slowed or shallow breathing 1 . Long-Term Effects of Abusing Zolpidem When taken over long periods of time, zolpidem's effects can take their toll on the brain. Beyond ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... street price for Dilaudid ranges from $5 to $100 per tablet depending on the dose and region. Teen Dilaudid Abuse A 2011 survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug Free America revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown addiction and the bevy of side effects that come with it. As the physical ... continue reading
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