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  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give ... , it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help,” said Bill Bivens, ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... of her children were born addicted to drugs. It would be hard to argue that she should have another child, but is ordering a woman not to get pregnant an intrusion on women's reproductive freedom? That's a tough question ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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

    ... issue, however, is that little is known about the effects of Vivitrol on pregnant women or fetuses. In a recent article published by Drug and Alcohol Dependence Weekly , Dr. Mishka Terplan, professor at the University ... continue reading
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  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... 2 3. Treatment for an Addiction During Pregnancy Pregnant woman who are battling an addiction should seek a ... when needed. 2 4. On-Site Childcare and Parenting Services On-site childcare services are another important ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... , be given higher doses, and use the drugs longer-term. These statistics are haunting when you consider the potential impact painkiller abuse has on pregnant women and their newborns. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... to remember if you're female— if you're pregnant, heavy marijuana use can be risky as THC can negatively ... psychiatric disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institutes of Health ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 ... the rise of pregnant women and mothers abusing OxyContin . Drug Use Among Ethnic Groups While drug use by ethnicity ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... s never a good idea to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but especially both . Learning and Memory After a ... can cause long-lasting effects on a child . According to the CDC , 3.3 million women are at risk of ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another one of his songs. Stitches has ... people on Instagram saying this sh*t's fake.” He then invites four young women on stage to do the drug, ... continue reading
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  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... . In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users ... it's worth nothing that those benefits seem to hinge on a good family life. The problem, however, is that ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... of 10,211 mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... United States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also ... also cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

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

    ... to studies, when progesterone levels fall, estrogen becomes the dominant hormone, making women more susceptible to the effects of drugs. But researchers also note that when people struggling with chemical dependency are ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help is needed. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Learn more about the available treatment methods for drug addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... you do have options. And keep this one thing in mind: Public opinion is fleeting; your personal life will last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved one . Image Source: pixabay.com, en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... again in the brains of every cocaine user . The cocaine is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to control this urge. Once cocaine is used over a long period of time, the ... 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 ...

    ... researchers found that 48 percent of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped ... did not have any correlation with the increase. Women are equally prone to the STD issue. A ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... services, with the goal of returning them to be productive members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the nation totaling more than 50,000 in 2015 , Americans are ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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

    ... men not using opioids. No changes were noted among women. Low testosterone in men has side effects including mood ... deplete testosterone due to the way they work on the hypothalamus, many men already have depleted levels ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... , no matter what time of day it is. It may be someone on the other side of the world in the wee hours of the morning, ... for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of women attending ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... sudden cardiac arrest and death. However, many cocaine-related fatalities are not a direct result of the drug itself. Rather, it is the astounding impurity of most street-sold cocaine which leads to complications. Purity ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... , light fluid and the phosphorus scraped off a match book - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called Krokodil which mimics the effects of heroin for a quarter of the price. Krokodil's Scary Side Effects ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors don't ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... , North Carolina, are opening spots where you can sit and enjoy the narcotic effects of the tea drink. Since the drug is still legal in the U.S., you can actually order multiple drinks and you may not even know about the ... continue reading
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  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... to sinus infections). The ACA urges smokers to quit because, in addition to the number it does on brain cells, “smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.” The bottom ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your Side These are the shocking results discovered by a group of researchers examining the effects of secondhand marijuana ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... other people thought. It probably would've changed the course of my life. Instead, I suffered in silence, put on a facade that everything was fine and naively believed I could overcome it myself. Of course, I didn't and ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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

    ... hasn't received a prescription starts popping someone else's pills, it's very dangerous. They could be on other medications that create a deadly combination . They may have other health concerns that will be affected by ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose relatively little. It really all depends on you and how much you're willing to suffer before changing your thinking and behavior. Choose to ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

    ... get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... to get an appointment with a mental health counselor were unsuccessful. These alarming numbers don't even touch on the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... strictly off of alcohol, used meditation and exercise to calm her anxiety, and decreased her Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, benzo withdrawal ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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

    ... with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... that decades have passed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released data in March 2012 ... of the women had experienced physical abuse during childhood. What's more, nearly half of the women had also experienced ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... of highly concentrated marijuana are likely more dangerous for women - thanks to the hormone estrogen. Groundbreaking details of their National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study were recently published in the journal ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... it's common to hear of addicts turning to prostitution, burglary, and car theft as a way to earn drug money, thousands find alternate funding routes. Some of these “jobs” are legal; some aren't. Legalities aside, there's ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs. 5.6 percent rural). Demographics Differences were also seen in the demographics of urban and rural rehab admissions ... 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 ...

    ... years that morphed into adult years and changed women into mothers. Addiction Ripped My Heart Out Each ... helped me by sharing some incredible advice. “Imagine you are on a plane that's going down; suddenly the oxygen masks ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... of product they can sell. In small doses, these items won't kill users. However, the introduction of synthetic drugs created a whole new set of problems - and thousands of unsuspecting users are paying for it with their ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... might help you determine a tapering plan for the pain killers. This will require you to take less of the drug each time you take it until your body no longer needs it. This can take weeks or months, but many patients ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural alternatives to ... 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 ...

    ... Beverages Most date rape victims are unaware that their food or drink has been “spiked.” That's because the drugs are generally added while the intended victim has looked away or stepped out of the room. The good news ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

    ... episodes of alcohol poisoning. “The original concept was when women and girls, or anyone, don't eat all day ... But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem on top of an eating problem, that's a double whammy.” ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... woman every weekend. Of course, the “relationships” never go anywhere. But at least he's getting out there, right? Different Drugs ... in the brain. Some party-goers rely on this to overcome initial discomfort in social ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... . Once I got to prison, I saw first-hand how many women were still in full-scale addiction mode . They were willing to ... cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then ... 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 ...

    ... would you go? The first obvious place is the Crossroads Centre. Set up by Eric Clapton in the mid-'90s on the beautiful island of Antigua, Crossroads offers exclusivity thanks to its $24,000 price tag for a twenty-nine ... 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 ...

    ... the realm of control. It's very possible to join the millions of Americans who have stopped abusing inhalants and gone on to lead sober lives. Learn more about the harmful effects of inhalant abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The ... of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... state agency has made provisions for marijuana use for animals. Even Segerblom admitted that pot could have a negative effect on the animals, but said there's no way to know for sure unless vets can test out the practice ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... . Programs may include the option of yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual counseling, 12-step programs, and so on, without the teachings of any particular faith or religion. 4. Alignment with Your Medical Needs The center ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize normally. Over time, as addicts or loved ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... some of the other components, you ask? Read on to find out: Tetrahydrocannabinol Otherwise known as “THC ... sedating effect. Cannabigerol Recent studies have reported on the potential medicinal value of Cannabigerol, or CBG ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... ? Round and Round The Suboxone uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining them millions after violating federal rules for dispensing ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... show that females develop a tolerance to weed more quickly. This means, over time, women have to use more of the drug to get the same high. Men, on the other hand, don't develop a tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... . It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is “craft cannabis ... ridiculous amounts of money for this trendy new spin on pot. Shop Owners Target “Connoisseurs” With more ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like ... coping with. Additional Reading: My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me - How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns Image ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... thousands of families across the nation as overdose from drug abuse claims the lives of more than 140 people ... Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... federal funding to improve services for inmates who are on the verge of re-entering society and fighting substance ... .” The county jails will focus these efforts on prisoners approaching their release dates. A Step ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... s - and that their life is a disappointment. Or they may be sad about opportunities they've missed out on because of their addiction. Whatever the reasons, their lives can be wrought with sadness. No matter how simple or ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... not perfect human beings, and chances are, the person on the receiving end is battling something themselves. Tip 3 ... spiel alone—in front of the mirror or in the car on the way to work—the better it got and the more ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... 60 Minutes report. “How did it happen that for 20 some years, women, millions of them, were essentially overdosing on Ambien?” Effects of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs ... on ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

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    ... with reproduction, making it hard to get pregnant. Impotence - Studies have linked long-term ... . Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to Us: Have something to share ... continue reading
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    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 ...

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    ... percent, with long-term outcomes improving the longer someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind ... continue reading
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