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  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... airport to detain Vallerius for questioning immediately upon arrival. Security asked Vallerius for the passwords ... . Additional Reading: Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client's Funeral Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Prevention

    Many teens give in to peer pressure because they want to feel accepted and liked by their peers. While this is a natural tendency among many young people, there are preventative measures parents can take to help protect against teen drug abuse . ...

    ... the types of common consequences of use and addiction, which can include: Harsh legal penalties for ... should ask themselves with regard to positive parenting and the prevention of drug abuse. 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Am ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease burden ... recovery? Researchers emphasized the need for targeted efforts and individualized attention against smoking. “Clients ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... of Health (NIH) recently awarded him a three-year grant of $431,700 to find answers to his questions. Meth Effects on Wound Healing Martinez will conduct his research with three NYIT students, along with scientists from ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... clearly have positive intent, but they raise important questions: Are police qualified to determine who has a ... is dealing for other reasons? And should we really be asking them to take on such a complex vetting process? ... continue reading
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    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What Is a Drug Abuse Hotline? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug and alcohol addiction and ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I moved to a new city. It wasn't an easy decision to make and required careful contemplation. Here are some of the questions I asked myself to figure out: Should I stay ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... a city bus.” The man's attorney, Eugene Bonner, told The Daily Beast his client was shocked after seeing his own image on television. “He asked me how they could just use his video like that, without his permission, but ... 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 ...

    ... partnered with the Morris County Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success, the Morris County ... will be effective because it is a client-driven service. “We travel to the client; they do not come to us,” ... 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. ...

    ... are also at a much higher risk of being anxious, aggressive and depressed - even as preschoolers. But the question is, are they beyond hope? Recent research offers an emphatic no . A New Hope A previously conducted study ... 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 ...

    ... study, they focused on data collected from 10,050 senior students who had completely answered each of the questions related to peer disapproval and neighborhood drug sales. Dr. Dustin T. Duncan, a CDUHR researcher and an ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... the short-term memory by as much as 10 percent, through its influence on a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Questions About Safety But is modafinil safe in the long-term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this ... 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 ...

    ... drugs and forming relationships, the questions you need to ask yourself are: Are these interactions ... not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite the ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... a journal can also help you stay on your path to recovery . Write down any time you feel like using and why you ... call a treatment center and ask about the different options. Ask as many questions as you need to because ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

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  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... the cells in the liver that detoxify the body. “One way to look at it,” Dr. Colbert said , “is to ask what does someone look like who is dying of liver failure? They're sallow, they're pasty, they're cold, their pores ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... 1980. The War on Drugs Why the increase, you ask? Blame it on the “War on Drugs” - an ... addiction as a health issue rather than as a crime. By decriminalizing possession and investing in treatment and aftercare services ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... One-to-two hours later, the participants were asked to complete a facial recognition test that measured ... cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this process so that ... 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 ...

    ... structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What are some of the other components, you ask? Read on to find out: Tetrahydrocannabinol Otherwise known as “THC,” this is the major psychoactive ingredient ... 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 ...

    ... choice one can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old ... need as to help you get back on the road to recovery. Additional Reading: Refusing to Give In - 8 Ways to Beat ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... molecules in the vapor phase. How Will This Test Improve Driver Safety? Why is this a big deal, you ask? With marijuana now legalized in more than half the states, law enforcement officials are in need of a simple but ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... resources, but it's good to be prepared if/when they ask you for help. With the right preparation, you'll be ready ... your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road to recovery may be a long one. It usually has a ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... lives of those around you.You are asking yourself questions about whether or not substance abuse is a ... will fail and not make it to the maintenance phase of recovery. Fear can prevent us from doing what we really want to ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... time to the next drink? A recent study tackled this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. ... Participants made a diary entry each morning and were asked to rate their likelihood of drinking later the same ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... Dr. Stephens used data from two studies. The first one asked 142 people - 24 of whom had a family history of ... stating: “We started off this research by questioning whether hangovers might impact on problem drinking, ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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

    ... parenting a teenager — especially one who is struggling with addiction or other issues. Many parents don't know what to ... to comfortably share their thoughts. Ask open-ended questions so they elaborate more. Validate their ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction No matter how hopeless the situation seems, it is never too late to turn things around. From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While ...

    ... is an issue, it's only a matter of time before addiction takes hold. It's important to get help before an ... who is, today is the day to start on the road to recovery. Everyone deserves to live a clean and sober life , and ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... /dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew breathalyzer tests . So, this poses an interesting question: Should people in recovery drink it or abstain? To Drink…or Not To Drink? I posted this ... 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 ...

    ... health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study ... researchers met with the patients to answer (and ask) questions, and to help manage any technical difficulties ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you feel the need to pour a glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need ... 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 ...

    ... , simply click on the associated link. “Millions of Americans in denial about drug abuse.” This article poses the question, how can we stop a drug abuse problem when millions of Americans don't even recognize they have a ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... bad individual from sprinkling powdered alcohol into someone's lunch or dinner when they're not looking?” he asked . “This can be really dangerous.” Too Much Risk Involved? Lipsmark came under fire for claiming that the ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... and the University of Melbourne have provided quite damning evidence for the dangerous effects of alcohol. Without question, they identified a direct link between alcohol use and getting cancer. Even with such a strong ... 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 ...

    ... percent. And there are fears that, just like cigarettes, store clerks are not doing their due diligence by asking to see photo ID. Without that oversight, these E-cigs can easily fall into the hands of underage smokers ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... . But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. The book in question was seized upon arrival; both the prisoners and the family member faced charges. Dead Birds Apparently, New ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims into question and it seems there's a proverbial fly in the ointment, so to speak. Let's dig into the facts. Clues ... 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 ...

    ... 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, Klonopin ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... and emails from Candace the morning after, promising never to act that way again. If deep-down you're questioning your self-control and concerned about your own drinking habits , you may want to rethink your relationship ... 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, ...

    ... spreading in prevalence and intensity. Perhaps these psychologists are onto something? Maybe it really is time we all face our fears. Additional Reading: Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... this appointment, you can discuss concerns, ask questions, and receive recommendations for treatment - ... at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... her brain began working overtime. The Definition of Insanity “Are you just going to sit there and stare?” she asked Lisa, exasperated. “You're going to lose your job and your apartment. Do you even care?” Lisa looked at ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... 7.5 milligrams. The moderate-dose group received 12.5 milligrams. The placebo group received none. Researchers asked participants to complete tasks and rate their stress levels. They also monitored the groups' heart rate ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... recent study, researchers say no. The View is Different Out Here To study this phenomenon, researchers asked participants to consume alcohol , measured their personalities at two points during the study, and had outside ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

    What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not ...

    ... of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not this drug is effective in treating alcohol dependence . Just the Facts, Please Baclofen ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Couples Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Addiction Treatment

    Substance misuse is a serious issue when it affects just 1 member of the family, but it can be even more problematic when it affects 2 people who are in a relationship, live together, or are married. Drug and alcohol rehab for couples is crucial for ...

    ... sobriety together. An aftercare plan is designed to guide you in early recovery by helping you abstain ... your insurance against all treatment centers in the American Addiction Centers network to see if you are covered for ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... couldn't help but be annoyed. Her sister specifically asked her to be the designated driver and to make sure ... home. It was a valuable tool she learned in her SMART Recovery meeting - a tool she used often. “I'm grateful, ... 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 ...

    ... allows businesses to get an estimate of how much addiction may be costing their company. This tool can help ... be comfortable with the material and able to answer questions pertaining to it. Supervisors should also know the ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... behind with nothing but a mountain of unanswered questions. Over the past several years, EDM festivals have ... the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image 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 ...

    ... dangerous,” said Dr. Palamar. “We need health surveys to ask about use of new drugs, in addition to traditional drugs such ... Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today? Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

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

    ... practice while you are in recovery from an addiction can be an extraordinarily powerful ... into the world around me? These are questions that most, if not all people, have asked since the dawn of time. The historical ... 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 ...

    ... named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in recovery , Lisa says her dentist discovered 14 cavities and severe periodontal disease. She spent the next two ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... sitting position. Give them water (if they are able to drink it). If they are unconscious, put them in the recovery position . Do not give them coffee (this makes dehydration worse). Do not lie them on their back. Do not ... 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 ...

    ... a patient that was caused by inhalants. Counseling and psychiatric care will also be a crucial part of recovery in order for patients to understand why they engaged in this behavior and to learn coping skills that will ... 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 ...

    ... , then good things will happen to you. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, whatever you may believe that ... 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 ...

    ... are treated, as well. Since alcohol affects your immune system and circulation, the body's natural recovery processes can be hampered. Alcohol can also make it difficult for doctors to diagnose serious conditions when ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and ... 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 ...

    ... less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to spot her a few Adderall ... if this practice actually helps. Their question: Does non-medical use of prescription ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... other myths have circulated over the centuries. When you feel terrible, you want to speed up the process of recovery. You want to feel better - now. Unfortunately, scientists tell us there is really only one cure for a ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... as it is continually exposed to cocaine, eventually leading to addiction. With Ted's first few uses, taking the drug is ... grows by the day. New Discoveries, New Questions With the discovery of a neurological backdoor to ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a ... Plan B? These alarming statistics are encouraging many to ask: Is there another way? The answer is yes! Medication ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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

    ... through a phase.” This doesn't help the person in question, it allows the problem to persist. To truly help, ... bailing them out takes away the negative consequences of addiction. While it can be difficult to see a loved ... continue reading
  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

    The spread of myths is an incredibly problematic issue in the world of substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. Misinformation around addiction can result in missed opportunities for treatment, worsening conditions, and significant injury. Consider ...

    ... the client, and other factors such as the quality of treatment may be ignored. In actuality, the National Institute on Drug abuse characterizes addiction as a chronic condition that is associated with periods of recovery ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... maintaining sobriety. Some examples of drug addiction recovery programs include: Inpatient treatment : ... therapy, group counseling, medical maintenance, and aftercare planning. Outpatient treatment : These programs work ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits its effects differently and presents with unique dangers. Compared with oral routes, snorting or ...

    ... when looking for a recovery program. Some examples of drug addiction treatment programs include: Inpatient ... and group therapy, medical maintenance, and aftercare planning. Outpatient treatment : Outpatient programs are ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction The effects are pervasive and carry huge costs to society as a whole. Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations ...

    ... the host of issues that can arise or be worsened by an addiction as co-morbid medical conditions - and the list is quite ... individual or group). Recovery skills training and relapse prevention. Aftercare services . Dual ... 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. ...

    ... could no longer expect anything from anyone. Jim wouldn't ask for help from anybody. If he couldn't go to his ... over years of suffering in a household run by addiction, they can be difficult to overcome. Remain sensitive ... 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 ...

    ... there's shame and stigma surrounding the concept, leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... Study: Participants between the ages of 30 and 42 were asked to compare how they felt when they were drinking versus ... provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... addiction? Will the walk be aimless? These are some of the questions an addict or even a first-time substance user asks. ... than the challenge of starting down the road to recovery. Help is waiting for you when you are ready ... continue reading
  • Drug Dependence

    The previous edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), a diagnostic reference text that many in the health care field use to help typify and define mental health issues such as substance abuse, included separate ...

    ... drug addiction. Drug Dependency Recovery Awareness of a strong biological component to dependency and addiction ... for drug dependency is their commitment to aftercare relapse prevention programs . Treatment centers analyze ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... women. Is There a “Safe” Sleeping Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the market, ... much easier for people to locate a qualified therapist. Learn more about the dangers of Ambien abuse and addiction continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a ... - be offered to patients seeking relief. The question then becomes: Are there any suitable options available ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... from complications related to ADHD drugs since 2013. One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... overhaul are fighting an uphill battle. Many common addiction terms are literally and figuratively ingrained in our society. Many of the professionals asking for language changes belong to well-respected organizations ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... sure what this “black box” thing meant, he asked the pharmacist, who politely provided a medication guide ... , and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... she couldn't function. Her boss suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to ... “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax. When he wouldn't refill ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people battling much more serious addictions. However Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, has been linked to serious mental complications when used in excess and ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... Treatment Outside the Box The silence and unanswered questions are always worse for family members and loved ... or her brother, Alex - it's important to realize that recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. While 12-Step ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... Conditions for Further Study.” 3 What is the Definition of Addiction? Addiction can be defined as both a brain disorder and a ... -occurring mental health or medical disorders, and aftercare. 9 It's important that a person's ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back ... Approximately 10,000 inmates across the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... ibogaine cures; I've seen it for 20 years,” says Edward Conn, an addiction counselor. “How many official clinics exist? None. Ask yourself why.” Even with the associated risks, Conn believes ibogaine can be an effective ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... edition of Journal of Addiction Medicine. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers asked 1,099 college students ... these drinks can negatively affect people in recovery, believing they can provide a convenient replacement ... 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 ...

    ... hopes and dreams of a person who is incredibly important to them. Just like the person suffering from addiction, they may ask themselves, “Why me?” After all, nobody wants to see a loved one suffer. However, no one wants ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... of sobriety. Questions abound, many of which are simple variations of one inquiry in particular: If someone was successful in recovery, why start doing drugs or drinking again? Understanding the Addiction Process In ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... provider's addiction. There is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted ... Medical professionals spend their lives caring for others; asking for help and admitting there's a problem doesn ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... ; just keep reading all the information you can find about recovery and be honest with yourself. It's both a humbling ... of your addiction, you might need medical supervision during your detox. When in doubt, ask for ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... 2 Continue reading to learn more about the link between addiction and mental health disorders. Why Turn to Drugs or ... your recovery may be quite difficult and you may find yourself relapsing. Make sure you ask your ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... substance-induced addiction. The closing of Rat Park left unresolved questions as to the cause of addiction and the ... is an excellent recovery rate, not accounted for by treatment. It begged the question: Is a substance ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... which psychotic symptoms like paranoia get worse with continued cocaine use. Need Help Understanding Your Addiction Treatment Options? Call 1-877-310-9512. Alcohol Chronic alcohol consumption, particularly when combined ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... cancer grows 10 . Your health can't wait. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get help for addiction now. Khat Khat is a plant native to Eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and used by 10 million people worldwide ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... taking drugs containing acetaminophen or phenytoin (Dilantin), and consult with your doctor about any other contraindicated pharmaceuticals. If you abuse drugs or alcohol, seek addiction treatment to help you get clean. continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... to quit without professional help . That said, many people who use cocaine do so without experiencing addiction and other severe problems, as researchers like Dr. Carl Hart of Columbia University have pointed out in ... 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 ...

    ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications and ... 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 ...

    ... published in Molecular Psychiatry involves the work of Dorit Rob, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UC-San Francisco, and author Emmanuel Darcq, PhD, a former post-doctoral fellow currently ... continue reading
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