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  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... found in 33%-75% of cases reported to poison control centers in the U.S. and Europe 10 . Heart attacks ... to have mild cardiovascular effects, like the hallucinogen psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”), have been known to cause ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... : Zombie Weed. - Back to List - Psilocybin Psilocybin —Grown in North and South America, these ... the process. If you are seeking more information about treatment options that might be appropriate for your loved one, ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... using these drugs. Groundbreaking Study In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... from OxyContin to heroin is clear to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is worse,” Publicker said . “It's worse because here in ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... doesn't mean it's any less dangerous. Kimberly Young, Psy.D., clinical director of the Center for Internet Addiction says compulsive gaming absolutely meets the addiction criteria. In fact, Young has personally witnessed ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... process continues (and more alcohol is continually added to the mix), plaque and bacteria encounter the soft center of the tooth known as the pulp. The pulp houses nerves and blood vessels that when exposed, lead ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in your brain just isn't cooperating. While all of us get a little tongue-tied every now and then ... 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 ...

    ... are between 16 and 19 should be concerning to those who understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady increase in ADHD diagnoses over the years. In 2011 ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... life” from these experiences. His conclusions came from a study that examined the brains of nuns who used the “centering prayer” in order to achieve “oneness with God” in their lives. “I always use the analogy about me ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... of cases of a syndrome referred to as excited delirium,” said Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University. “This is where the ... 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 ...

    ... no efficacy data…zero safety data in animals,” said Dr. Robin Downing, hospital director at the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management. While the idea of legal medical marijuana for pets is controversial, it could ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... turkey”) Most people need help to beat an Adderall addiction . When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose one that offers a medically supervised detoxification program . Getting Clean and Sober ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... have intently studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked. In the end, the high you feel from ... 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 ...

    ... meditation. That means I had to find a place with both a near by yoga studio and a meditation center. I also wanted to live close to some support group meetings , like Refuge Recovery. While these additional requirements ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... wants to talk about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We Make Restrooms Safer for Everyone? Yet, in the meantime, Walley says there are ways to ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of the 2,221 reported alcohol ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... by smoking, according to another body of research published in October in JAMA Internal Medicine . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also names smoking as the number one cause of preventable deaths. The ... 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 ...

    ... that may involve anesthetics. Crack Cocaine Gaining prominence in the 1980s, especially among low-income urban centers, crack is incredibly cheap and simple to make. Producers mix in water, ammonia and baking soda ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... desired high. They can cause anxiety, agitation, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations, psychosis and death. The Centers for Disease Control reported over 3,500 poison control calls related to synthetic marijuana in ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... -drink at least three times a month, consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... disorder. Dangers of Tobacco There is ultimately no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that children can still suffer ear infections and respiratory issues ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... resistant caps. A recent CDPH report found there has been a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally exposed to e-liquids. Bogus Marketing : Despite initially being touted as a ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

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

    ... Alcohol can also be a catalyst for several types of cancer, liver disease and neurological problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 88,000 people die each year from excessive alcohol use, while ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... with similar issues. When you listen to their stories and practice kindness, you change those old self centered behaviors and commit to a new, positive mindset. Breaking addictive patterns is not always a choice one ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... of insomnia. 1 An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , about 4% of Americans use a prescription sleep aid. 2,3 Ambien ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... forefront of my mind—how to make it, and more importantly, how to spend it. I was selfish, self-centered and rarely thought of anyone else. Once others were affected by my self-destructive actions, however, it caused me ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging ... the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps Instead ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

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

    ... eating or sleeping. Because the brain's reward center is more strongly activated by stimulants than normal, ... pain or fatigue. Medically, opioids are an important treatment for people who have severe pain that cannot be ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... new study published in the journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer attitudes ... drug sales. Community Influence New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) used ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... along with researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... to a moderate amount. Will this Data Help the Treatment Process? “When there is a breakdown in [BDNF ... abuse problems. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center released their findings last month involving 135 pre ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... he didn't have any other incidents in the next two years. Maualuga spent over a month at an inpatient treatment center in Charleston, South Carolina , and has been sober ever since. “My body never felt so great. I never ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... research from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, the more alcohol you consume, the ... drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for alcohol abuse . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... rehab. Check if your Insurance Covers Addiction Treatment Learn more about insurance coverage levels of some ... early 1970s. Wearing only sweatpants, he fled a rehab center in 2002. 10. Robert Downey Jr. Although actor ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... the film is recounted in flashbacks, and they center around Michael Calvess (Chi McBride)—a narc who had ... or has a dual-diagnosis involving both, call our treatment advisors to discuss your options or insurance coverage - ... 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 ...

    ... adulthood. After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of ... sexual abuse. Learn more about contacting a rehab center in your area. Image Credits: p2srmedia/neontommy/ ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit ... Adderall addiction. When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose one that offers a ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

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

    ... of HIV 11 . Get Help for Substance Abuse If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, call our helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to a treatment support specialist about recovery options. continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

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

    ... at a higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases. HIV and antiretroviral treatment drugs may negatively affect a male's fertility. Fertility — Substance use can lead to fertility ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at ...

    ... their drug addiction including robbery and prostitution. Drug related crimes cost billions of dollars in treatment, crime prevention and support within the criminal justice system. Potential Health Issues Drug addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Articles

    Drug abuse articles can provide you with an incredible amount of valuable information. The drug abuse articles provided on this website offer you insight into drug abuse denial, warning signs of teenage drug abuse, drug abuse prevention techniques ...

    ... the importance of parental involvement and responsibility. It also highlights measures you can take to get treatment for your child if you think there's a problem. “Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug ... continue reading
  • Workplace Drug Abuse

    Using drugs impairs decision-making abilities as well as physically impairs people. This is a deadly concoction when on the job. The Problem of Workplace Drug Abuse Of all drug users, 68.9% are employed and active in the workplace, according to the ...

    ... to the likelihood that an accident will occur. Reporting your suspicions can also prompt an addict to seek treatment . If you feel that you have a substance abuse problem, do not suffer in silence. Please call ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... , insomnia, extreme drug cravings, obsession, anxiety or panic attacks, depression and suicidal tendencies. The treatment for PAWS can also include medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, Suboxone , or methadone . ... continue reading
  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

    New findings suggest that ghrelin, a natural hormone traditionally associated with healthy appetite and food intake, might also increase hunger for alcohol , potentially setting the stage for problem drinking and alcoholism. A research team led by ...

    ... . “In this context, future studies may explore the potential of blocking ghrelin signaling as a new promising treatment for alcoholism .” The Role of Alternate Hormones Other hormones have also been linked to drug and ... 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 ...

    ... for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, learn more about the available treatment options . Elite Images continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... in intoxicated patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... disorders, and strokes. Researchers hope this imaging breakthrough will eventually lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts, improve brain-cancer surgery techniques, and boost tissue engineering ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... products you keep in your home and perhaps even teach your teenager why they might be dangerous. Call our helpline today for more information about the effects of drug abuse and options for drug abuse treatment . continue reading
  • 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. ...

    ... 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. Previous ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... and seek help, your influence can help steer them in the right direction. Knowing they have people who care about them could be all the motivation they need to seek appropriate treatment. Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... effects of heroin and other opioids on other aspects of immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003, the Canadian city of Vancouver opted to take a new ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... in the initial stages of research, scientists say the cocaine antidote would likely be used a supplement to drug treatment , not an overall cure. Many experts say the antidote would work in the same way that methadone is ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... ; it's simply not responsive to each person's health problem. And while the criminal system does offer treatment alternatives , they're usually organized in a way that harshly punishes failures, which isn't an effective ... 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 ...

    ... 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, the more likely you are to get injured immediately ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... . Why? The experience of growing up with an addicted parent has silenced them. While their parent may have gotten treatment, it is likely these victims of addiction did not. As a society, our focus is on getting help for ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... to get more of the drug. This is why it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort experienced during the withdrawal process . ... 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 ...

    ... yourself, it's not going to come to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome ... 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 ...

    ... rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would You Go For a Fix ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for long periods of time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... will help you to choose non-alcoholic drinks in the future. Additional versions have been developed for treatment of anxiety, depression and other issues. The goal is to redirect negative thought patterns so you can ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... our brains differently, a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... of REG3G in our intestines, we could help decrease liver damage. This could be used as a treatment for those with alcoholic liver disease. These results also encourage future studies of bacteria. Researchers note it ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the nation's mental health bill. Clearly, this is a ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... are much higher that he'll remain undiagnosed.Without help, HFA's are usually the last ones to seek treatment for addiction. Additional Reading: When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... Illinois researchers think medical marijuana could be an effective alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at Depaul and Rush universities and consisted of thirty ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

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  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

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  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

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  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

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  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

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  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

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  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

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  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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  • The Prevalence of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

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  • Drug Abuse Prevention

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  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

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  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

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  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

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  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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