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  • 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 - ...

    ... profile tragedies also prove that addiction is also a lifelong battle. The following nine quotes are from former addicts who set out to show how difficult - and rewarding - living in recovery can truly be. Jim: Executive ... continue reading
  • Shaming the Sick: Addiction and Stigma

    The concept of stigma describes the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction. Stigma has the potential to negatively affect a person's self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those ...

    ... decreasing stigma around drug use. Recovery Brands conducted a survey of people ... addiction. Their responses help illustrate the importance of remaining kind, compassionate, and human. The image below includes quotes from ... 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
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  • 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 ...

    ... using substances while at work, interferes with attention/concentration Illegal activities at work, especially selling or sharing drugs with other employees Learn more about the side effects of drug abuse and addiction . 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 ...

    ... sleep patterns. Over the last few years, thousands of therapists have been trained in CBT, making it much easier for people to locate a qualified therapist. Learn more about the dangers of Ambien abuse and addiction continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... , the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe rooms” as an ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... 's really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... have wondered that exact thing. Studying Alcohol and Memory Loss Dr. Mark Rose is a licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in our brains when we drink to the point of memory ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... safe drinking level” may still increase the risk for cancer. Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his recommendations based on this study: “People with a family history ... 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 ...

    ... drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, in order to quickly pick up on potential drug epidemics.” Additional Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today? Image Source: Pixabay, iStock continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... classroom, the study shows policies of communication were far more beneficial than policies of mandated punishment. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... them. You're trying to avoid the discomfort of relationships, not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite the opposite. In the end, you end up close to ... 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 ...

    ... over traditional therapies when treating ailments such as depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of gabapentin include: Lack of stability Drowsiness Memory Loss ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... need it. Our admissions navigators are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... in the June 2017 edition of Journal of Addiction Medicine. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers ... warn these drinks can negatively affect people in recovery, believing they can provide a convenient replacement high ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

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

    ... page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social ... continue reading
  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

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

    ... for alcoholism .” The Role of Alternate Hormones Other hormones have also been linked to drug and alcohol addiction in the past. Research out of the University of Adelaide in Australia found that poor development of ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... state adheres to, drug offenses are typically a difficult consequence of the disease of addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, our team has the resources to get them the help they need. You ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional, and physical side effects of addiction. The Symptoms of Withdrawal Symptoms of dope sickness - and their intensity - can vary by person ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

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

    ... , said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should ... a nurse or EMT - and would be easy to unlock from the outside. Very few bathrooms currently fit this model in ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine without opioids,” said Dr. Paul Moore , a dentist and a professor ... 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 ...

    ... t confiscated for testing. However, it's safe to say that the rapper's upcoming shows will generate far more attention from local law enforcement. Additional Reading : Will Diplo's New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture? continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... revolution. Though he became a prominent public figure and solidified a place in history, Jobs never shied away from speaking his mind or discussing his views on drugs. Jobs never hid the fact that he experimented with ... 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 ...

    ... off, women also have a higher likelihood of relapsing after quitting the drug . Study Specifics Data gathered from the Washington State University study was collected by using male and female lab rats. After 10 days of ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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

    ... help them better understand how stimulant drug abuse affects the brain. Developed by a team of researchers from Stony Brook University in New York and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, details of this scientific ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... not, the abuse of alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to fatal injury, alcohol abuse can destroy the heart and its systems. The following list details the ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... 's ingredients often vary, though a lot of club-goers don't realize it. Parker's stash was from a different source. Because several ecstasy ingredients are hard to obtain, makers of the drug often substitute a wide ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

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

    ... users say the substance is “relatively harmless,” recent studies and reports are proving that's far from the case. Just the Facts About Flakka New findings published in the journal Psychopharmacology found that Flakka ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... ; broken in too many pieces to ever be repaired. Our once happy family has been forever changed by addiction . Addiction claimed the life of my youngest son. Gone forever, his demons proved more powerful than a mother's ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... to boost appetite in dogs that won't eat. However, she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly,” said Kelly Conway, the ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... . Is this the New Golden Age? The comprehensive findings , published in BMC Medicine , focused on data from 174,000 alcohol observations that were collected between the years of 1979 and 2013. Researchers found that a ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... .” The more alcohol a student consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes ... 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 ...

    ... up to 30 percent of the cannabis plant. THC doesn't naturally occur in its active form, but rapidly converts from THC acid (THCA) when burned in a cigarette or heated in cooking, in a heat-propelled reaction called ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... .) Myth #5 If I eat a big meal before I drink, I won't get drunk. Truth: Food does not prevent alcohol from affecting your body. The alcohol still gets in your system. It may be delayed a bit by the food, which will slow ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... drinks and glasses of water or non-alcoholic beverages. This kept her hydrated, filled her up, and prevented her from drinking too much alcohol. She also made it a policy to always say “no” to drinking contests. Donna's ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... responders are finding that even multiple doses of naloxone aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... also trigger asthma symptoms. Catching Your Breath Those with asthma know this condition can be anything from a minor annoyance to a life-threatening illness. Understanding the potential effects of alcohol is essential ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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

    ... ) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience different effects from the same drug. Here's the breakdown on Mary Jane's sexism: Pain Relief: Multiple studies reveal ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... this time was that the owner had purchased new wine glasses since their last visit. The stemware they drank from tonight was larger than the previous wine glasses. It wasn't a change either woman noticed, at least ... 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, ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... for the lowest drunkenness violations is shared by 14 states in total. Because we found so many insights from underage drinking violations by state, we turned our attention to the regions that house them. The region with ... 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 ...

    ... what cannabis does and doesn't do, the difference in products and ingestion methods and dosing, is all kind of a Wild West.” Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... the brains behind the recent testing development, explains, “Vapor pressure describes how a compound behaves when it transitions from a liquid to a gas. That's what happens in your lungs when a molecule leaves the blood ... 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 ...

    ... Video clips that don't paint the entire picture do nothing except provoke the public and take away from the real issue: those struggling with substance abuse need our help, not our judgment. Additional Reading: Virginia ... 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 ...

    ... outside observers “saw far fewer differences between the participants' sober and drunk 'personalities.'” From the outside, participants appeared somewhat more outgoing (extraversion). That was it. No major personality ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal ... 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 ...

    ... or her brother, Alex - it's important to realize that recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. While 12-Step ... Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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

    ... . Heart valve disease: As the heart ages, the valves may not operate fully. This decreases blood flow from your heart. Congestive heart failure: As your heart and arteries become less effective, blood no longer travels ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... behavior, as well as allow the other person to do a little spousal monitoring by preventing the other from developing bad habits. It also helps by creating an awareness of problem drinking patterns. Research also shows ... 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 ...

    ... drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of ... 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 ...

    ... , low doses of baclofen, and placebo. Researchers were surprised by the outcome, considering previous results from other studies. Some say the baclofen use in France is “over-excitement.” However, researchers admit ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

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

    ... , thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical ... often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... it). If they are unconscious, put them in the recovery position . Do not give them coffee (this makes ... make them walk. One person dies each week from alcohol poisoning. Reacting quickly with the proper response ... 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 ...

    ... . It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually ... their use of these medications.” The Study Researchers from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary ... 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. ...

    ... your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road to recovery may be a long one. It usually has a few ... had a negative impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even better, ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

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

    ... alertness. Some of these same students will go on to use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. SAMSHA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health notes that 6.4 percent of all full-time college ... 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 ...

    ... 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 Type B . Type A personalities ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... might not be as effective for females. “We need to consider sex as a variable when talking about addiction treatments , and we need to have more specialized treatment for drug abusers because the mechanisms that are ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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

    ... related to studying, learning and performance in school. In fact, the demographic most susceptible to Adderall abuse and addiction is students between the ages of 18 and 22. 2 Many of these young adults initially turn to ... continue reading
  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural ... 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 ...

    ... that can't be shaken off, such as gambling addiction, porn addiction and binge eating. The bird's sole focus is ... end than the challenge of starting down the road to recovery. Help is waiting for you when you are ready. 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 ...

    ... we strive to always justify our actions…no matter what they are. Needless to say, in the throes of active addiction , we spend a lot of time avoiding cognitive dissonance. Although we have plenty of mental tricks up our ... 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 ...

    ... are millions of people battling much more serious addictions. However Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, has been ... currently any known medications that help ease withdrawals from Benadryl. As with most medication used for long ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... the substance, and addiction typically is a product of continued drug abuse . Addiction is a persistent urge ... abusing crystal meth can develop sores on their skin from scratching. Crack users may show burn marks on their ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... their development.” Looking to the Future Although marijuana use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still ... 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 ...

    ... with breast cancer. Alcohol may also increase the breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells, triggering a response from the body to develop cancerous cells. Compared to women who don't drink at all, females who consume ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... . But, did you realize this dehydration wrinkles our skin? When we're dehydrated , our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after ... could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain. Researchers hope to begin human trials in ... 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 ...

    ... don't have a handle on local alcohol abuse. Data from Kentucky State Police also showed that wet counties had lower rates ... methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from this, it might be that letting people make ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... with all other substances of abuse, the only way to prevent adverse physical and mental effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse signs and symptoms no longer contribute to poor sexual ... 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 ...

    ... Dr. Kim Kuypers of the Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Stimulant Drugs and Emotional Cues This latest data from the Netherlands' study could explain why cocaine users, though they might feel good, can often rub ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... alcohol poisoning or stimulants, call 911 immediately. Home intervention will be inadequate in these cases. Saving someone from an opiate overdose, however, requires quick reaction. According to the CDC, over half of all ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day to 3.4. The US has seen a similar trend. Between 2007 and 2012, heavy drinking by Americans increased by 17.2 percent, due ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... it. This might include setting a quit date, telling family and friends of your plans and removing tobacco products from your home and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... 't the only negative outcome caused by alcohol . Your kidneys are tasked with filtering harmful substances from the blood and alcohol consumption makes them work significantly harder. Heavy alcohol consumption also dries ... 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 drugs. Don't leave your drink unattended and never accept a beverage from anyone besides a bartender or server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group of friends so you can watch each other's drinks ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... for sugars like candy and soft drinks. Thanks to the constant sugar exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry mouth and, much like heroin, it sparks a ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in the previous month. A study from the British medical journal Lancet Psychiatry found that 8.4 million Americans use marijuana on a daily basis ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    ... for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next ... 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 ...

    ... gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 involving prescription ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the ... drug testing breakthrough consist of individuals from: Surrey University in England The ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... and handlers are in disagreement about the potential success of this training. Some dogs might have to be retired from service. However, buying new K9's isn't cost effective. Training new dogs or re-training old ones can ... 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 ...

    ... heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from being furious in this moment, because her daughter refused to face her own drinking problem . Frightening ... 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 ...

    ... have been: on their sobriety . Could Smoking Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out, people in rehab have higher rates ... remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease ... 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 ...

    ... Gallup poll , 13 percent of Americans stated they're marijuana users. This is nearly double the percentage of users from 2013. In the same poll, 43 percent of U.S. adults reported they've tried the drug. With marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... meth has on white blood cells, which play a key role in wound healing. Using images of cells in wounds from meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of a particular protein gene called ... 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 ...

    ... the same day. The researchers analyzed data culled from 2,276 drinking episodes, including 463 episodes that ... Back To the Drawing Board So what's the takeaway message from this study? “It is probably a waste of time to ... 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 ...

    ... who already had a genetic predisposition to drink too much. To arrive at his conclusion, Dr. Stephens used data from two studies. The first one asked 142 people - 24 of whom had a family history of problem drinking - ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain and inflammation, more and more people are ... our four-legged companions. Additional Reading : Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image ... 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 ...

    ... glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink and thus hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you simply just bored? Whatever the reason, drinking ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

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

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn ... 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 ...

    ... their entire way of life” from these experiences. His conclusions came from a study that examined the brains ... deal of uncertainty in the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing ... 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 ...

    ... directly related to alcohol. A high proportion of deaths from falls, fires and burns are linked to drinking. Alcohol ... immune system and circulation, the body's natural recovery processes can be hampered. Alcohol can also ... 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 ...

    ... find themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve. If you find yourself going ... as to help you get back on the road to recovery. Additional Reading: Refusing to Give In - 8 Ways ... 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 ...

    ... simply not true. It's just as effective as the practice from which the saying originated: An ancient therapy for rabies was ... , you want to speed up the process of recovery. You want to feel better - now. Unfortunately ... 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 ...

    ... in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades. For the purposes of this 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 ... continue reading
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