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  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... marks on the face such as sores or scabs. The morphing gifs below show that the physical changes of drug use ... anyone in your life suffering from drug addiction or exhibiting the signs of drug abuse, find out more about ... 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 ...

    ... addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help is needed. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Learn more about the available treatment methods for drug addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... the professions in which individuals may need to face an addiction publicly, at least in a ... work at repairing your name. However, your decision to recover from addiction is a personal one; public opinion is for others ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... , and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers found that 48 percent of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up to 79 percent if alcohol and erectile dysfunction ... 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 ...

    ... a plane that's going down; suddenly the oxygen masks drop down. Save yourself first. Place the mask on your face and breathe. Keep breathing and take care of yourself before you take care of the others,” she said. Armed ... 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
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... . Opioids, which come from the opium plant, are also the basis for certain illegal drugs, such as heroin. ... pain killers. This will require you to take less of the drug each time you take it until your body no longer needs ... 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 ...

    ... the country rural areas have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic . These remote locations suffer from a perfect storm of variables that not only increase the risk of substance abuse but hinder access to ... 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 ...

    ... to-face with people, which may be extremely hard if you're an introvert, have social anxiety, or if you're new to recovery. It's Always On ... groups and meetings, which you can attend from the comfort of your own home, are ... 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 ...

    ... program is to remove barriers that prevent people from getting the treatment they need. Jennifer Carpinteri, ... members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the nation ... 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. ...

    ... , it's worth nothing that those benefits seem to hinge on a good family life. The problem, however, is that, ... , nurses, doctors and other care providers should be on alert for signs of behavior issues tied to prenatal ... 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 ...

    ... not perfect human beings, and chances are, the person on the receiving end is battling something themselves. Tip 3 ... spiel alone—in front of the mirror or in the car on the way to work—the better it got and the more ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... -related fatalities are not a direct result of the drug itself. Rather, it is the astounding impurity of ... 4 percent in their 2000+ cocaine seizures for 2013, down from 45 percent in 2005. Here we will highlight some of ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... cocaine is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to control this urge. Once ... addicts are beyond help, as Sean suspects? No. Far from it. It simply means it will be a hard road ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... drop out of school, have health problems, and face unemployment as adults. #4. Emotional Immaturity Teens ... as alcohol and drugs may have helped us get lucky in our teens, it can have a negative effect on our ability to ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What ... above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax, ... 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 ...

    ... had all but stopped showing up for family events, and on the rare occasion he did show up, he just didn' ... lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is ... 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 ...

    ... difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that ... up to the chemical dependency, removing blame from the addict allows their actions to continue without ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... we'll see next. Who knows what laws and regulations will come into play. What do you think? What's next on the agenda? And, are these policies a good use of time and resources? We invite your comments below. Additional ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... . The primary goal is to reduce the number of drug-related incidences, even if IV users aren't able to become ... place a higher priority on saving lives rather than focusing solely on abstinence. In the face of an opioid ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up ... and Mary colleges have forbidden school clinicians from prescribing stimulants , instead choosing to refer ... 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, ...

    ... 'll have an anxiety attack , which makes us more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety ... ? Maybe it really is time we all face our fears. Additional Reading: Asking Yourself: Am ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... into oncoming traffic in the opposite lanes. Let's face it: If you're a drowsy driver, you're ... driver. Reason #2 Benzodiazepines Relax Your Muscles Acting on the central nervous system , benzos cause muscle relaxation. ... 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 ...

    ... a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... general go-to for insomniacs; Americans spent over $40 billion on sleep aids in 2015. So, what's the big deal ... concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... of my life. Instead, I suffered in silence, put on a facade that everything was fine and naively believed I could ... am. Perception Alters Reality Many people suffering from chemical dependency think asking for help shows ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) to ... pills, it's very dangerous. They could be on other medications that create a deadly combination . ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to multiple doctors to get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking ... 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 ...

    ... alarming numbers don't even touch on the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential ... million in initial funding. Stern plans to seek support from leaders across the state and the nation to gain the ... 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 ...

    ... her anxiety, and decreased her Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. ... needed to use it. Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques! Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... valves may not operate fully. This decreases blood flow from your heart. Congestive heart failure: As your heart ... of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... to prostitution, burglary, and car theft as a way to earn drug money, thousands find alternate funding routes. Some of these “jobs ... to snatch these huge fixtures, many from affluent neighborhoods. At college campus parties ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... where it is much easier to smuggle in narcotics from Middle Eastern poppy farms. Around 2002, it was ... book - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called Krokodil which mimics the effects of heroin for a ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem on top of an eating problem, that's a double whammy.” Additional Reading: 7 Tips to Boost Liver Health After ... 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 ...

    ... allowed to register. This not only gives doctors the opportunity to see if the patient's liver restores function on its own in the absence of alcohol, but it also proves to them that the patient is serious about staying ... 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 ...

    ... similar research projects conducted in the United States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... 18 months after it was first released. Drug Ban on Bath Salts To ban a drug, the government has to know about it ... . Yet another man bit a chunk off a man's face before being repulsed with wasp killer. All of these have ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As ... oxygen. The extent of brain damage is largely dependent on the amount of time the brain is without adequate ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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

    ... escape that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental ... higher standard than most - and rightly so. Let's face it; how safe would you feel going under the knife with ... 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 ...

    ... were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and ... -744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... slowly regrow, the impact on cognitive abilities damaged by the drug is often permanent. This ... picks and picks at himself, like there are bugs inside his face,” said the mother of one meth addict to The Spokesman-Review ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

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

    ... are facing danger; doctors in several countries are now being harassed and attacked by patients seeking the drug. ... related to tramadol misuse has more than tripled in 2011 from 2005, to 21,649. Additional Reading: Yay or ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. ... your levels checked. Taking your hormones into account from the very beginning could improve your chances of ... 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 ...

    ... , ensuring a safer learning environment. In other words, schools needed to be “tough” on drugs - without prejudice. However, many psychologists, educators, independent researchers and substance abuse professionals are ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

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

    ... The would-be smugglers now face up to five years in prison if convicted on the charge. Smugglers Get Creative ... things which have been used to try and smuggle drugs into correctional facilities. A Baby A baby with a ... 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 ...

    ... blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend ... are affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your Side These are the shocking results discovered by ... 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 ...

    ... ) in the brain. Some party-goers rely on this to overcome initial discomfort in social situations. ... tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... to seek help . It's created by a particular event or from a slow decline over time. Either way, hitting rock bottom signifies ... others lose relatively little. It really all depends on you and how much you're willing to ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... by the DEA - and also prevents any controlled substances from being prescribed or purchased through online pharmacies. But changes are ... He tells Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly, “The face-to-face first visit requirement is ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... . A decade ago, rural areas served as a kind of sanctuary from widespread city drug abuse . Today, rural areas are seeing a flood of drug-related activities and abuse. Though urban areas still see a larger portion of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an ... 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another 14 (9.7 percent) met the ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... Segerblom admitted that pot could have a negative effect on the animals, but said there's no way to ... , she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and ... 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 ...

    ... some of the other components, you ask? Read on to find out: Tetrahydrocannabinol Otherwise known as “ ... 't naturally occur in its active form, but rapidly converts from THC acid (THCA) when burned in a cigarette or heated ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... accessibility. Users can attain it through a prescription from a certified doctor, rather than having to hoof it ... started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... of Vivitrol on pregnant women or fetuses. In a recent article published by Drug and Alcohol ... told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely ... because, in addition to the number it does on brain cells, “smoking impairs blood flow, resulting ... 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 ...

    ... more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on a drug that their cells actually require it. If the body doesn't receive it, withdrawal effects can take ... 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 ...

    ... Educate Yourself Luckily, there are ways that you can protect yourself from 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 ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... . The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue ... protective measures will help to guard their deputies from danger. For their sake (and the public's ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six ... , according to those who have used it, the drug does give people a fighting chance - providing them with ... 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, ...

    ... , some states are requiring dentists to educate themselves by taking classes on prescribing, and new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with withdrawal from certain drugs, like heroin. What you may not realize though, is that kratom can be just as addictive ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

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    ... . Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on opium, and ... lollipops, and rainbows are nice. If you do suffer from these symptoms, though, you've developed a tolerance and ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

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  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

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    ... on July 2, lying face down in a creek - three empty cans of duster were discovered on the ground next to her body. Officials from ... eighth grade. Inhalants are often the first drug abused by children. Inhalants are the ... 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 ...

    ... a “zero tolerance” policy tend to drive addicts further underground, ultimately increasing annual drug-related deaths. Safe rooms, on the other hand, encourage them to come forward. Denmark Introduces Safe Rooms Denmark ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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    ... for a cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to a ... already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it affects the ... 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 ...

    ... mom with glazed eyes and a blank expression on her face. Just like so many times before, she was ... drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from being furious in this moment, because her daughter refused to face ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

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  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

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

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  • 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 ...

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  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

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    ... are extremely high. Like Tom, many inmates are released from their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. ... federal funding to improve services for inmates who are on the verge of re-entering society and fighting ... 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 ...

    ... to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and ... further understand female subjects, as most research on addiction has been conducted in male subjects,” ... 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 ...

    ... published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as ... testosterone due to the way they work on the hypothalamus, many men already have depleted ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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    ... the powerful effects of certain combinations. Although mixing any alcohol and drug combination is dangerous, no one should pull the trigger on these three combinations. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

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    ... . What does this mean? The drug now has additional regulations on its use. Specifically, the DEA ruled ... of Alaska. Staff at both facilities are currently working on plans that will eventually allow them to offer safe ... continue reading
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

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    ... to us a concern that more and more of their employees are using synthetic human urine to cheat on a drug test,” said Dan Gibson, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers. Urine Trouble But it's ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... ensure you're informed, here's the scoop on Ativan. What is Ativan? Ativan is a brand name for the prescription drug lorazepam. It falls under a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . It interacts with chemicals in the ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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    ... what. [ebook_insert] 11. Don't put too much pressure on one short stay in rehab. It takes more than 30 days to ... just feels good. 17. Be willing to walk away from stressful situations. You have enough stress in your life. ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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

    ... to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but it's absolutely ... free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid Supplement Overload: Based on the reactions of ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... , prescription opioids were responsible for roughly 16,000 of the 23,000 overdose deaths that came from prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

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  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... 6 months or more. The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal ... thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and ... 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 ...

    ... into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams ... aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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    ... thousands of families across the nation as overdose from drug abuse claims the lives of more than 140 ... Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and similar ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

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  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... Set up by Eric Clapton in the mid-'90s on the beautiful island of Antigua, Crossroads offers exclusivity ... clinic is good at helping people in their recovery from addiction . The Promises Center is actually two centers ... continue reading
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