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

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... , is that the rate of recovery among this specific demographic is dismal at best. Parents Receiving Methadone Treatment For opiate-addicted parents receiving treatment via methadone programs, the rate of recovery is ... 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 ...

    ... term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as ... early or incarcerated environments. Methadone has helped many people stay on track in recovery - but it's ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... the need for more progressive action, including recovery and harm- ... that haven't installed such programs. Additionally, access to methadone maintenance programs has been “strongly related” to decreased mortality rates ... continue reading
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    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... analgesic that also used to treat opioid dependence. As an opioid receptor agonist medication, methadone helps stabilize people in acute opioid withdrawal as well as maintain them throughout longer-term recovery. As ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... Learn more about our confidential helpline. You can also use our free and confidential online insurance checker below to see ... treatment can be a beneficial recovery option for those who prefer to focus on treatment ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... by Recovery Brands ... for opioid addiction than those in other parts of the state. Similarly , Little Rock, Arkansas, had some of the highest rates of opioid distribution by grams, but some relatively low rates of methadone ... continue reading
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  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... chronic pain . But soon after, those same doctors and clinics began to suspect their patients were equally abusing methadone. Sure enough, the abuse rates for methadone when used to treat chronic pain had skyrocketed ... 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. ...

    ... Escalator Peter's been in a methadone program for 11 years. After a car accident, he developed an addiction to OxyContin - one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep ... 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 ...

    ... is help out there and I believe that methadone is a safe, effective option. You ... recovery? Absolutely. But the vast majority of them are professional, well-run and supportive.” “A methadone program may not be right for ... 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 ...

    ... associated with using methadone maintenance on ... for months and even years. 2 While methadone can be taken indefinitely, it does not have to be taken forever in order for one to make a full recovery. It is estimated that ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... breakthrough drug because it is the first medication that can be prescribed and given to individuals right ... , you may stay on treatment for years. Once you are ready to stop using methadone you will slowly taper off the ... 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 ...

    ... for methadone maintenance . Don't be scared, methadone clinics strive to foster a welcoming environment for those seeking help for ... treatment with you. If you have been using multiple drugs, opiates at high levels, have ... 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 ...

    ... . A report earlier this month from the British Columbia medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... of that population had not used a condom. Half of those interviewed also reported not using a condom for vaginal ... ” between drug use and STI's among female swingers. “High rates of multiple drug use, as well as ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk of contracting a bacterial infection, common blood-borne viruses can also be contracted from using unsterile needles. The two ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... aren't typically trained to treat chemical dependency, yet they're often the first contacts for people struggling with it. Stern notes that, at times, 80 percent of a practice's patients are affected by substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... . Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did nothing to address the root cause. In fact, a bulk ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... IN opened eyes to the rising rates of injection drug use in our nation. At that time, Congress changed the restriction. Now funds can be used for parts of the program (other than paying for sterile syringes) if there is ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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

    ... 're an introvert, have social anxiety, or if you're new to recovery. It's Always On The Internet is up and running 24/7, ... meetings, especially for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... finding a drug abuse recovery program that meets your individual needs. Call today for a free, confidential ... technique will help minimize the need for drug use. These drug abuse recovery tools will help you find ... 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 ...

    ... the person using it. These may include insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, increased body temperature, faster heart rate and nausea/ ... for heavy or frequent users to quit without professional help . That said, many people who use ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... Fears In Illinois, where marijuana is weeks away from being legalized for medical use, some addiction experts fear that legalization will lead to higher rates of abuse and dependence . “I think we're entering a ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high ... of seized marijuana , hopefully putting all that weed to good use. In need of an alternative solution, officials ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... Rates of drug use did increase about 10 percent for those in “good” health, however. Perhaps those ... you'd like to learn more about the various recovery resources available, explore our content and evaluate your options ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... some of the most common excuses used to justify our substance-driven ... for continued use. Loophole #3 Now I can handle it. This justification is a loophole for relapse, as well as active addiction. When someone feels that ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... AIDS, and Hepatitis B and C, to name a few.Unfortunately, these aren't only consequences that come from long-term use. For example, using just once can result in a fatal overdose, brain damage, and/or infect someone with ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... both the welfare and drug testing programs. “Very few applicants have tested positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue brief last year ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... , tobacco & drugs in a community is directly related to the number of users and abusers created from that community. Family Risks for Drug Use Family violence is one of the highest risk factors among youth. Children ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... take the drug, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before ... -step programs, that can provide support and encouragement to those in recovery. The end goal for any treatment plan ... 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 ...

    ... 's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults are using that drug. A new study published in the journal of Substance Abuse Treatment ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

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

    ... the recovery process. Research has shown that ... for women should address. These include: 2 Low self-esteem in relationships. Previous childhood trauma. Previous sexual assault. Eating disorders associated with drug use ... continue reading
  • Substance Use at Live Music Events

    If you're gearing up for a music festival, there are some things you probably want to ensure you have with you. Most veterans will recommend not leaving the house without comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, something ...

    ... with EDM festivals in the last 10 years - and that number is only expected to climb. Sixty percent or ... disturbances . EDM shows were also popular places for cocaine use (nearly 9 percent) and hallucinogens (almost 10 ... 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 ...

    ... up survey showed that every inmate who received methadone throughout incarceration ... returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these people ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... to determine an ideal individualized dose that could be used to help someone taper off prescription ... reported a 25 percent lower annual average opioid death rate . The Chicago Tribune reported all of the participants in ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... users often develop what's known as “ice bugs” or meth sores - that's what we're going to talk about in this blog post. A Literal Hot Mess Meth use increases body temperature and blood flow to the skin, which results in ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that you might cross the line, or already have, there are ... and information you need to get on the path toward recovery. Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone ... physicians must jump through. Some of those include: Completion of mandatory training Limitation ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... , you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the ... What triggered your relapse? Was there something specific that took you off course? Start by making a ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers also have higher rates of attempted suicides. So, ... you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being ... 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 ...

    ... inhibitions and sends otherwise shy people like Heather onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

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

    ... sold, the rates of meth use are twice as high , with 80 incidents per 100,000 residents. Compare that number to wet ... dry and the state is ranked third in the U.S. for meth production. Linking Booze and Meth So, how does a ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... digits. Amphetamine positivity rates, on the other hand, have been on the rise for several years and ... In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of drugs or alcohol had a ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

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

    ... the best place to “come out” is to a recovery group who understands what you're going through. They' ... voicing your revelation is what you fear, you won't find that here. A support group is going to do just what they claim ... 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. ...

    ... offers an emphatic no . A New Hope A previously conducted study followed meth-exposed newborns for several years and found that home environments can make a big difference in both the emotional and behavioral outcomes of ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... a bouncer had a bag of white powder inadvertently dumped on his head. An Unhealthy Atmosphere For most parents, scenes like the one that went down at Stitches' performance are beyond unacceptable. It's bad enough to have ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... addictive. Is This Really an Issue? Well, it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital that offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, is the first ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... also linked binge drinking in women to an increased risk of STD's. For example, a 2008 study involving 678 STD clinic patients found that rates of gonorrhea were nearly five times higher among female binge drinkers than ... 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, ...

    ... A whopping number of us reach for Xanax, a benzodiazepine that is officially the number one prescribed anti ... rather than relying on a crutch. The more Xanax we use, the less we're able to navigate tough situations without ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... Who Gets to Decide? This begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those who've not ruined theirs with excessive drinking ? This is a controversial issue, as some ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a ... breaks, or do anything else that'll make your work experience during recovery a bit easier, consult your ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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

    ... pretend they passed peacefully? This is a common struggle for thousands of families across the nation as overdose from drug ... child's tragic death. Some choose to use phrasing that leaves the cause of death less clear. ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... is pure or if it's laced with something else before using it. That's how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some ... NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on the street and lose your life in ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... Reward In recent years, gabapentin has been prescribed for off-label conditions (reasons it wasn't intended) ... restrictions on gabapentin? If so, what should those restrictions look like? Sound off in the comments ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... the United States population - had used an illicit substance in the past month, a figure that is up from 8.3 percent ... a famous haven for party schools, though the state's 22.3 percent binge drinking rate falls below the ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... in trouble with the law. Group #2 Those who used both heroin and prescription painkillers reported more mental health ... for stricter regulations on their distribution, and establishing drug-monitoring programs. But for ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... but it was due to the gram of meth she'd used that day. Julie noticed Matt wasn't sleeping much anymore. When ... out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you wonder - if ... 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, ...

    ... as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended ... is the kind of negative self-talk that makes you less likely to ask for help and more likely to continue a ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... FAQ for guidance. The top question addressed by the ABC is whether or not an establishment that holds ... after-hours use of the establishment, such as private parties, as well. But…what about drinks that contain cannabis? ... 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 ...

    ... to something that helps you to connect with your innermost being can also be helpful in developing and maintaining a spiritual practice if religion is something that is difficult for you at this point in your recovery. continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... in various states of addiction, recovery and relapse, and it's not uncommon for scenes to play out in rehab ... embarrassment of riches” that she never expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... use and the risks it posed. He knew what signs to look for in case of serious side effects. He also discovered what recovery ... would no longer engage in any activity that promoted his use of Ritalin. Darren was upset the ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... blending equipment, and a handgun. Is Chandler's punishment a new trend that the courts should continue? Should the money drug dealers make be used to pay for the funerals of their customers? This seems to have a ring of ... 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 ...

    ... experts feel that people in recovery should avoid ... that was the best option - certainly better than reaching for a drink. Carol eventually worked with her doctor to make a plan. She stayed strictly off of alcohol, used ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... Date Rape Date rape drugs are typically used in the commission of a sexual assault. Although there are different definitions for the term “sexual assault,” it is widely accepted that these assaults occur when anyone is ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality types: Type A and ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

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

    ... seen in the parts of the brain that control hormones. However, for women, this specific neurological area also ... lowest dosage anyone in the scientific community has ever used to induce tolerance. And, when it was all said ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... them stop. I was used to the whole body shaking and cold sweats. I was used to the insomnia and ... hold. They kept me in that hospital for two weeks before inevitably giving me the ultimatum that it was either rehab or the ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want ... 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. ...

    ... create an emotionally charged situation. That makes it easy to get ... use it as a guide while practicing your “speech” for the real thing. Be Realistic If your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road to recovery ... 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 ...

    ... healthy ones can be one of the most empowering parts of recovery. #6. Pink Clouds In the first few months of ... things will happen because that's life. But if you stay present and use whatever tools work for you, you'll ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means using whatever is handy in order to “get well.” In that moment, the fear of withdrawal is so great ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... government-sponsored drug education programs tend to be somewhat weak. It's therefore vital that you watch for the common signs of drug use in your kids. Possession of the drug itself is a dead giveaway. While marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... you could schedule an online appointment. You can use Skype or another web-based platform to connect ... patients to drive several hours for what could be a 15-minute visit. That's simply not realistic. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make sure you are always placing yourself in the safest and most comfortable situations possible. Tell Those You Trust That You're in Recovery ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Spice Use

    Is Spice Harmful? “Spice” (synthetic marijuana) has grown in popularity in recent years. Synthetic marijuana is sold under a variety of names other than “Spice,” including: K2. Skunk. Moon rocks. Potpourri. Substances like Spice and K2 - ...

    ... , and can produce severe withdrawal symptoms in those who discontinue use. In fact, many countries, states and ... continuity of care as you progress through your recovery. Some of these aftercare options include: Weekly ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... like police instead of a warden. You will need to get a court order for this, but some people, usually those with no history of violence, drug use, or other legal problems, should be able to go to the local jail instead ... 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 ...

    ... sure to find a way to keep yourself accountable for your progress. Friends and family can be a ... recovery . Write down any time you feel like using and why you feel this way. You may notice some patterns in your life that ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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

    ... teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many parents, it actually is. Many stop parenting and unwittingly become the teenager's enabler ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

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

    ... , some treatment centers may promote or encourage the use of certain medications, whereas you might be seeking ... the recovery process for many people, but other forms of treatment are important as well. Make sure that the ... 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, ...

    ... 't want them to hurt, so making life easier for them is a natural parental instinct. The problem is, ... that allow them to continue their objectionable behavior is enabling; and doing things to help them with their recovery ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... golfer Jon Daly was a heavy drinker off the course. Despite that he had previously won two majors, he went six years ... league's first player to be banned for life due to drug use. 23. Todd Marinovich Football player Todd ... 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 ...

    ... - 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 their own offices ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... that means it's frequently used in what's known as a “binge” pattern. With repeated use, it alters brain chemistry and creates powerful cravings for ... achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... ? Some of the most noticeable symptoms of drug use are those that affect certain physiological processes. For example, your body's tolerance to a drug develops ... Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Norco Opioids Opana ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... the highest success rates in the world. Passages offers the height of luxury, however, and it uses a one-on- ... that have comparable rates of recovery . You may just not get a midmorning massage. Whether you're looking for ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... that slows heart rate and reduces lung function, mixing it with other central nervous system depressants (such as alcohol, Valium, and Xanax) could increase the potential for respiratory and cardiac arrest. Dilaudid Use ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... recent years. Millions of people - including those who use these drugs for medical purposes - have formed a chemical dependence ... gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates http://www.reuters.com/article/us- ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that ... of the U.S. population that use many types of illicit drugs have ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... which they do at a faster rate than heroin. Signs of overdose from ... using on your own, especially if you are using multiple substances, but there is no shame in asking for help. The first step to recovery, whether that's ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... a powerful stimulant. Students or those needing to stay awake long hours for work may use them to get a rush of ... drug addiction continues long after a stay in a recovery or rehabilitation center . As part of the aftercare ... continue reading
  • K2 Knowledge

    For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids - also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names - has been on the rise. In a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, ...

    For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids - also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names ... common side effects, many knew that rapid heart rate and vomiting were likely dangers. ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... beneficial for those who have turned to substance use to self-medicate symptoms of depression and trauma. For clients dealing with addiction withdrawals, medical care is vital during the initial stages of recovery due ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

    In the U.S., there are an estimated 42 million people (nearly 18% of the total population) who currently smoke 1 . Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S. In fact, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in ...

    ... looking to quit. For example, this virtual clinic is free for those looking for help to stop smoking. You can also call 1-800-44U-QUIT, a national quitline for pregnant women seeking to end their tobacco use. If you are ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... found in cases of rape. Etizolam Etizolam (aka “etizzy”) is a tasteless medication related to benzodiazepines that is not approved for medical use in the US. The drug can be obtained in both pill and powder form, and it ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... disorder in the presence of at least one substance use disorder is known as a co-occurring disorder. ... of long-term recovery success. 22 Aftercare can be any form of relapse prevention support that works for your needs. ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... Agitation. Severe confusion. Rapid heart rate. Nausea. Despite these similarities, there ... the most commonly reported reasons that people give for using designer drugs, especially those being supervised by the legal ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... , rather than the typical daily dose of methadone. As with methadone, buprenorphine must be taken regularly to work, but this extended supply can make a huge difference for those living in tents who might not make it ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men receiving methadone maintenance for their addiction reported low testosterone levels. Opioid addiction or using long-acting opioids for over a month can result in ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... rate of use disorders rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was also an increase in the number of people who reported using opioids for ... medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related ... continue reading
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