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  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the wheel quickly ... to feel behind the wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... harmful. Years later, when I started reading up on benzos, I learned that short-term use is generally safe. Used for a few days, a week, or maybe a few months, benzos can be valuable, even lifesaving. But when used long ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at ... can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause these symptoms. ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... and Substance Abuse ( ... for six months or less at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, all of whom were working a methadone maintenance program upon entering the facility. The 223 inmates were divided into two groups ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next ... clearly misinformed. This drug is a high-risk substance that puts all your physical systems in danger. ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... of fentanyl (in the US) is the transdermal patch. Patients place one patch an area of the body and it's worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady pace over those 72 ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain- ... . If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines are ... recommend you avoid the following supplements and substances: Herbs and supplements that work in ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... that they were selling impure drugs, but that the substances weren't even from Canada. That isn't entirely ... , many consumers will continue to shop on the Internet for cheaper alternatives. If it turns out that you need ... 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 ...

    ... it impaired their ability to drive a car. The FDA took immediate action by recommending that the suggested dose for women be cut in half. “That is a textbook example of what is wrong,” said Larry Cahill, a neuroscientist ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... the OxyMonster Vallerius earned the nickname “OxyMonster” for his role as a moderator on Dream Market and ... $500,000 in Bitcoin and profiles/ login details for these websites. The OxyMonster initially hit the authorities ... 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 ...

    ... had just what she needed to pull off good grades for the semester. Turns out Lindsay's confidence was sorely misplaced ... skip more classes and are more likely to use other substances. Not much of a “study drug,” now is it ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard of this beast and the toll it's taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people ...

    ... agent in charge of the Tennessee Bureau Investigation. For those who come into contact with fentanyl , the ... wear gloves and masks when handling any type of substance to protect their skin and lungs. After interception, ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... aim to stop ourselves from burning off our skin. The same goes for inside our bodies. If we've broken a limb, we don't ... is about four hours, and methadone typically lasts for around twelve hours. The body gets used to ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... interactions with other substances. According to statistics gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental ... , Suboxone works to satiate the brain's desire for opioids without offering the rewarding effects. Functioning as ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so many ... as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid use , your body has probably become ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Librium Addiction

    Librium, the trade name for the benzodiazepine chlordiazepoxide, is a tranquilizer that, when misused, may become addictive and cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that only worsen with time. Going through benzodiazepine addiction ...

    ... it, many people attend detox and formal substance abuse treatment, such as that offered from a residential rehab, outpatient treatment program, private therapy, or support groups. What Are the Signs of Librium Addiction ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... of Oxycodone , OxyContin is able to provide pain relief for up to 12 hours consecutively. This further increases the risk ... discontinuing use of an addictive substance. Medicine for OxyContin Withdrawal Withdrawal symptoms ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... , growth stunting, seizures or stroke. Can My Teen Abuse It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical ... So, what's the answer? If a doctor recommends Ritalin for your child, be sure to discuss the risks involved and ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... opioid abuse. Methadone ... group counseling. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Motivational interviewing. Contingency management. Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I Have to Take Methadone for ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Overdose

    Barbiturates - sedative medications that include phenobarbital , pentobarbital, secobarbital, and butalbital - have historically been used as hypnotic (sleep inducing) agents and sedating anesthetics. Though less commonly prescribed today, they ...

    ... users may benefit from ongoing substance abuse treatment in order to deal with the reasons for using and to learn new ... free support groups for people struggling with addiction. Twelve step groups like Narcotics Anonymous ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... feel the initial effects. As dependency develops, desire for the substance increases, as does the time and money spent to ... and motivations that may lead to relapse. Support groups serve to help addicts deal with the day- ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... and it affects people of all social and economic groups. Drug abuse or addiction is a disease, and it is ... Remember, not every person who becomes dependent on a substance is addicted to it. Dependent just means that your ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her neighbor. A Whole New World Living in a ... and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... to the methadone clinic every day. If she didn't, she would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she knew a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. It was so frustrating to feel like a methadone ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose of methadone are physically ... how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... manner, avoiding use in a specific clinical situation) .” The state health officials said both of these conditions for a black box warning are met in this case and believe incorporating such a warning will make both ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... Dispensing: If you can't afford to buy an entire month's prescription at once, you can ask the pharmacy for a partial dispensing. Although this doesn't actually save any money, it may be a way to afford treatment without ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... -classified tramadol, making it a Schedule IV controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has ... room. In 2012, 3.2 million people used Tramadol for non-medical purposes. Two years after the classification change ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , and Vicodin. In its injectable form, Vivitrol lasts for about a month. Quite a few judges, most recently ... Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... order to receive your supervised daily dosage. If you build up trust and show that you are a reliable client, usually for a length of time between 6 months to 1 year, the facility may entrust you with dosages of up to 4 ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Lorazepam Addict

    Lorazepam addiction can be extremely dangerous. Fortunately, a multitude of programs exist for those suffering to find help. How to Approach a Lorazepam-Addicted Loved One Few things are more difficult than watching a friend or family member suffer ...

    ... there are things you can do to help them stop abusing drugs and lead healthy lives . Show support: Let your ... may have a substance use disorder. If you think you have a problem with lorazepam, you should look for some of ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... are the path to addiction. Excess leads to abuse. Abuse leads to tolerance. Tolerance leads to suffering.” It ... partially to the addiction. Consider attending regular group meetings, preferably Narcotics Anon , not your ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... and OxyContin. 1 The naloxone is added as an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates ... devastating results … both physically and mentally. For this group, Suboxone is nothing short of a looming ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... New York, along with neighboring Pennsylvania. Let that sink in for a minute. Beyond the Death Chamber When we look at ... skyrocketing. Just a dusting of the powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... t provide a single medication or a moment of treatment for the painful detox process. The lack of care leaves ... is similar to methadone, yet is harder to abuse and generally less addictive. Advocates believe it would ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ambien Addict

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

    ... abuse and addiction . Help for Ambien Addicts People addicted to Ambien alone or in combination with other substances ... groups. Whether used alone or in combination with other treatments, support groups are helpful for ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... . In response, Attorney General Eric Holder has called for a serious expansion of prevention efforts. Heeding the call ... has shown that naloxone does not encourage more substance abuse . In fact, if anything, it decreases ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... , so it doesn't matter if you wear gloves when you come into contact with the powdery substance. Click Here for the Answer False. Fentanyl can be rapidly absorbed through the skin. Ohio police officer Chris Green learned ... 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 ...

    ... to get off a prescription pain medication: ” Contact a medical provider to discuss your options for inpatient or outpatient therapy for drug abuse or misuse. ” Taper the medication until the body no longer requires it to ... 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 ...

    ... for people who have struggled with other substances, benzos are considered especially dangerous. When people start taking them to get high instead of to manage severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms and Getting Treatment

    What Is Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are central nervous system depressants commonly prescribed to manage a variety of conditions, including anxiety, panic disorders, muscle spasm, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia 1 . ...

    ... given the serious medical complications that may arise from abusing this type of drug. Between 2004 and 2011 ... plan for coping with negative thoughts and feelings without turning to substances for relief. Recovery groups ... 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. ...

    ... life. Polydrug abuse : Drug users commonly abuse multiple substances. Those seeking treatment for benzodiazepines are often ... recovery month events and education. Peer/mutual support groups. This site has a number of links ... 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 ...

    ... meeting, which involved observing 81 men who took opioids for at least three months. She found that those who ... medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid ... 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 ...

    ... II drug. What that means is that the drug does have medicinal purposes…along with a high potential for abuse and dependency. Recognizing a Problem If you're using Adderall without a prescription, it can quickly lead to ... 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 ...

    ... Although it does have the potential to be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when ... them millions after violating federal rules for dispensing controlled substances. As a result, both pharmacy giants ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepines (benzos) are commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In 2017, there were over 120 million benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed throughout the country. 1 Benzos belong to a larger group of medications known as ...

    ... substances, meaning they have known abuse potential and are available only by prescription. 1 With the potential for ... sedative effects of benzos . Benzos are often grouped according to their duration of action, which can ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Clonazepam Addict

    Help for Clonazepam Addicts Clonazepam (brand name: Klonopin ) is a prescription tranquilizer used to treat seizures and panic disorder. It falls within the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines , which are known for their sedating effects. Taking ...

    ... Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). Fortunately, recovery is possible. Treatment for clonazepam abuse ... scheduled counseling and therapy sessions . Recovery groups, such as 12-step programs or SMART ... 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 ...

    ... might be abusing Adderall, educating yourself about the drug needs to be at the top of your “to-do” list. For example, ... for the drug and any underlying issues behind the drug use. This typically involves attending group ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency ... commonly used them to be alert, help concentration or for a study aid. Among sedative misusers, the most common ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Barbiturate Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Knowing how to approach a loved one who you believe is addicted to barbiturates can be a difficult and daunting task if you do not fully understand addiction. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help you to ...

    ... indicators of abuse. Reinforce positive behaviors and extinguish substance abuse-related behaviors. Communicate ... program that provides group therapy and expects that you have an outside provider for medication management. ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

    Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative-hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a ...

    ... ? Ambien dependence occurs more rapidly in those who abuse the drug, but it can also affect those ... most importantly, monitor you for any of the potentially life-threatening symptoms. Substance Side Effects Learn about the ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... developing major depression. One study reported anyone taking opioids for 90 to 180 days has a 25 percent increased ... abuse or chronic use, you're not alone. As of 2014 , nearly two million Americans had a substance use ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... in the brain and spinal cord of a group of neurotransmitters called monoamines , especially dopamine ... abuses a drug for an extended period of time, their body often begins to adapt and develop tolerance to the substance. ... continue reading
  • Finding Help for Benzodiazepine Addiction

    Many people become addicted to benzodiazepines or “benzos” as they are often called. Common types of benzos include: Xanax . Valium . Klonopin . These anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant sedatives are effective at managing the conditions for which ...

    ... This is even more important for those addicted to multiple substances, as abusing more than one drug can ... returning home to their daily lives. Group assistance and therapy . Groups such as NA and SMART Recovery provide ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... and other opioids. Its effects can also last for up to 12 hours - far longer than other ... Little, Too Late? International regulators now realize tramadol is heavily abused in some places, but they are in a tight spot. ... 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 ...

    ... result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs as Valium, Xanax ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for ... to taking a certain medication. Many other substances - such as coffee or sugar - can ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... potentially save countless lives, because many people suffering from substance abuse don't have insurance, or if they do, ... that the Company has in its intellectual property for Suboxone Film…We will appeal the ruling and ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

    Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chronic pain conditions. While Tramadol is similar to other prescription opioid pain relievers such as ...

    ... abused-relationship-with-their-doctor-in-taking-prescription-drugs http://www.u.tv/News/2016/05/03/Funeral-held-in-west-Belfast-for-Aaron-Strong-58380 http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tramadol-abuse-in-the-cycling-peloton ... 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 ...

    ... and group therapy, and are given the opportunity to attend ongoing support groups related ... you thought. Many rehabilitation centers operate separate teen substance abuse programs—please call if you think your teen may ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Klonopin, known commonly by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure disorders. Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system ...

    ... the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system depressants that includes ... IV controlled substance, meaning that while there is a medical benefit, there is potential for abuse and dependence. ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

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  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

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  • Treating Zolpidem Dependence

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  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

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  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

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  • Valium Addict: How to Help

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  • How to Help a Klonopin Addict

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  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

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  • The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

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  • Alternatives to Anxiety Medications

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  • Bath Salts Overdose

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  • How to Help an Ativan Addict

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  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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  • Benzodiazepine Overdose

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  • The Effects of Valium Use

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  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

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  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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  • Snorting Ambien

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  • Klonopin Abuse

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  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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  • Zolpidem Abuse

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  • Diazepam Abuse

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  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

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  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

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  • Barbiturates’ Side Effects

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  • Valium Abuse

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  • The Effects of Ativan Use

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  • Barbiturate Abuse

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  • Ativan Abuse

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  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

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  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

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