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  • 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 ...

    ... that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental ... Vicodin or OxyContin? It's a scary thought, right? Addicted medical professionals live in a state of constant fear. ... 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 ...

    ... did a little research and came to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't mean you're addicted.” He points out you would feel the exact same way - irritable and antsy - if you normally ate dinner at ... continue reading
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  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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

    ... be an exceptional listener. 5. Don't Be an Enabler It's so easy to become an enabler when your child is addicted. You don't want them to hurt, so making life easier for them is a natural parental instinct. The problem is ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... how it is used. In less than five minutes, see if your loved one—or you—may be addicted to marijuana. Take our online confidential survey . Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if ... 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 passenger on that plane…and I will take care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn More Find out how you can help an addicted loved one before it's too late. Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize normally. Over time, as addicts or loved ones, addiction becomes our most important priority. And in order to continue fueling its ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... it's just as likely you don't know this about them. Why? The experience of growing up with an addicted parent has silenced them. While their parent may have gotten treatment, it is likely these victims of addiction did ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... - the limiter or the abstainer? If you chose Reagan, you're right. An Epic Battle There are experts and ex-addicts on both sides of this fence. To say it's a long-held debate is a gross understatement. Can you handle ... 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 ...

    ... - and tomorrow. Everyone loves a success story; it's never too late to turn over a new leaf and live the life you've always wanted. Additional Reading: 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... spreading in prevalence and intensity. Perhaps these psychologists are onto something? Maybe it really is time we all face our fears. Additional Reading: Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... : Just because trading in cryptocurrency activates our reward center in the brain doesn't mean we can become addicted to it. Yes, it can influence our behavior, but so can anything that is naturally rewarding, from a ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... explained, “We want to do everything we can to make sure that when they get back into the community, they stay clean, and stay sober.” Additional Reading: Released from Prison…and Still Addicted Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's ... 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 ...

    ... . You're also at high risk for the common consequences of these conditions - heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke. Is it worth it? Additional Reading: 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according to this recent study , getting married tops the list. The Perks of ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... be more rudimentary—like where their next fix is going to come from. #5 Guilt People who are addicted to a substance may not have feelings of guilt while under the influence, but during sober periods, the questionable ... 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 ...

    ... a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... refuses to listen; you may even believe that - if he really loved you- he'd stop taking drugs. Whether your loved one is an active addict, in early recovery, or in the middle of a treatment program , you have to re-learn ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. Things are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The addiction is the top priority, not a friend's well-being. Those who are ... 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 ...

    ... Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not ... there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... . From pot truffle oil to gummy bears, edibles are hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are a Completely Different Animal You'd be hard ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So What ... 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 ...

    ... to drunkenness . Plus, if your injury requires anesthetic or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other treatment. Take Care Remember: The more alcohol you consume ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... Contest creators hope to commercialize products in 2020 and 2021 to deliver life-changing solutions to the American public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... the probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... 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, ...

    ... 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 , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain ... 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 ...

    ... 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: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... trick anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

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

    ... by their god, or simply a general disconnectedness from spirituality, perhaps due to the effects of drugs and/or alcohol. To further complicate the relationship between spirituality and recovery, many recovery programs ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... they do hit rock bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 million ... at large has to say about someone who is an “addict” is a strong force that reinforces the defense mechanism to deny ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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

    ... diminishes the ramifications of the person's actions. Rather than pay an addict's bills or give cash that ends up being traded for drugs, offer your money for rehab instead. 3. Taking Over Their Responsibilities Taking ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

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

    ... of Self-Talk If you think of yourself as a “junkie,” “addict” or “abuser,” you probably feel ashamed and embarrassed. This is the ... Medicine The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy One Voice at a Time The ... 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 ...

    ... 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 synapses in the ... 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 ...

    ... them to be uncooperative and unhelpful), were found to be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. Interestingly enough, higher scores for each of these traits were ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

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

    ... . An estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to prescription painkillers . Approximately 25.3 million ... the healthcare providers who prescribe opioids. While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can have ... 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 ...

    ... do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors don't ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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

    ... the end. You're not alone. Every recovering addict goes through this mourning phase and emerges into a ... most empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... in.” Myth #7: It's Best to Wait for Rock-Bottom Before Seeking Treatment When people spend years addicted to drugs or alcohol, the situation can feel consumingly dark and hopeless. Many are waiting for that “aha” moment ... 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 ...

    ... Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as well as ... of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also ... dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... member of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The ... Cold Turkey Detox Can be a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally ... 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 ...

    ... . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to avoid, or not acknowledge, the ... 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Learn more about the available treatment methods for drug addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... aware of a problem…until it's too late. Spotting a High-Functioning Addict As with everyone addicted to drugs and alcohol, high-functioning addicts are not a lost cause. With some understanding and knowledge, loved ones ... 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 ...

    ... you do have options. And keep this one thing in mind: Public opinion is fleeting; your personal life will last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved one . Image Source: pixabay.com, en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

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

    ... ahead. 1. You don't have to be an addict to become addicted. Benzos are sedative hypnotics that work on the body' ... also said, “Unwarranted long-term use of these drugs should be considered as a public health concern.” ... 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 . ...

    ... is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to control this urge. Once ... use and addiction. Hope for Tony Does this mean cocaine addicts are beyond help, as Sean suspects? No. Far ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... can eat with chopsticks like a true boss. The same rule also applies if your friends are really into using drugs or drinking. It's better to use with someone than to use alone. Right? After all, misery loves company. It ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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

    ... and Trade Bureau, but that decision was eventually reversed. It's worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau approves if they believe the safety risks are too great ... 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 ...

    ... 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... calling the shots in life; they don't want to admit they're chained to their drug(s) of choice. Deep down, most addicts are desperately searching for some kind of justification and - if they can just convince themselves ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... 17 abuse duster. One in four students has abused duster before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the first drug abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... harmful. Next year's survey results will be unique, thanks to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

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

    ... gives me my life today.” Russell Brand: Actor, Comedian, Author “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction ... 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 ...

    ... fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in a ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... , others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is “craft cannabis.” Like craft beer, this weed is considered an artisan ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

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

    ... find a boyfriend. To deal with this insecurity, she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it's a telltale sign there's a problem. Withdrawing ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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

    ... they passed peacefully? This is a common struggle for thousands of families across the nation as overdose from drug abuse claims the lives of more than 140 people every day. Trying to Find Meaning For many parents ... 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 ...

    ... of his alcohol abuse; her baby brother died from 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . However, there is little research showing medical marijuana's effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. Veterinarians also find themselves between a rock and a ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... a needle or a liquor bottle. This debate will no doubt continue for a very long time. If you're addicted to drugs, you're a bad person. There are many people who view addiction as a moral failing, something that only bad ... 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 ...

    ... on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked ... 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 ...

    ... ) are a hidden killer, overshadowed by the massive reports on opioid abuse. But, the dangers of these drugs shouldn't be overlooked. While we've been focused on opioids, benzo abuse statistics have exploded: Between 1996 ... 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 ...

    ... of the golden nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin ... walk be aimless? These are some of the questions an addict or even a first-time substance user asks. It's ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

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

    ... do yourself to keep you focused on living a drug-free life. These 7 tips will help you start your ... how your struggle affects those around you, but often an addict's loved ones suffer as well. Remember, they feel pain ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... 't mean marijuana use is safe, though. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 9 percent of those who use marijuana will become addicted. The British Medical Journal also notes that those who use marijuana ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... go-to prevention tool in the fight against opiate-related overdose deaths. Myth #1: Naloxone Encourages Addicts to Take More Drugs Truth: Research has shown that naloxone does not encourage more substance abuse . In fact ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. ... 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 ...

    ... appearance and cognitive abilities. The Real Effects of Meth The cruel irony is that most meth addicts began using the drug because they were desperately seeking pleasure, but what they ended up getting is nothing short ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... there was a rise in high-intensity opioid use during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people on their opioid use between 2003 and 2012, then examined ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... spending. Over 300,000 inmates are currently serving time in state and federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or approximately 65 percent - “meet the criteria for substance ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    ... like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated drugs . The DEA uses EPA-approved incinerators. State police ... to crematories and hospital incinerators for drug disposal . However in Germany, confiscated ... 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 ...

    ... its consumers a kick, but they've recently been found to act as a bit of a gateway drug. Researchers at the University of Maryland discovered young adults who regularly drank highly caffeinated energy beverages - and ... 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 ...

    ... at all. It's Time to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually lead to relapse. So, it's important ... 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 ...

    ... said. “This increases disease burden and mortality and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed, 159 (14.3 percent) smoked before treatment, and 87 (7 ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has reached the highest level in 20 years. They say it's the deadliest ... continue reading
  • Early Recovery : 7 Healthy Habits for Family Members

    Once your family member has successfully completed an inpatient rehab program, she's probably looking forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the dinner table, the family's eager to welcome her back. Despite ...

    ... be open to new ways of living. And it's not a family punishment that has been levied as a result of drug use; it's an opportunity to have better - and much healthier - relationships with one another. #3. Make time for ... 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 ...

    ... of its users when they're high on the drug . Experts say users develop a feeling of superhuman ... possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm in public. Learn more about helping a bath salts addict . continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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

    ... these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only ... Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being around others who are ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... . Do not include anyone who supports or condones drug use in any way. Choose people who truly love ... friends and family alone are not sufficient to encourage the addict to seek treatment, ask for the help of a professional ... 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 ...

    ... medical supervision and lasts about a week, allowing drug use to be gradually tapered. While the taper relieves some physical symptoms, it does nothing for an addict's state of mind. A psychological dependence is loosely ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get the teen to accept help, it ...

    ... is a sign that there may be a problem. If your teen's friends have been in trouble for alcohol or drug use recently, that could mean that your teen is either using or being pressured to use. If you discover that your ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... Robert Downey Jr.? The character of Rip (James Spader) is the one who is truly nuts—a violent addicted drug dealer who pushes Downey's character to the limit, ultimately resulting in death from heart failure. 8. William ... 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 ...

    ... cues. Researchers contend that using the Schedule I drug, even just once, may affect your ability to ... . “We know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... prepare professionals to assist those struggling with various types of dependencies, including: Food Sex Gambling Drugs and alcohol This program approaches addiction from a disease perspective. It's designed to support ... 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 ...

    ... For an actual solution to be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue the ... . Additional Reading: Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... for long periods of time. Benadryl is an anticholinergic drug. Some people use it as an over-the-counter ... do you know if you or a loved one may be addicted? Find out here . Your Brain on Diphenhydramine According to a ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

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

    ... productive members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the nation ... Reading: Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... could undergo 100 surgeries and it would never be enough … just like an addict can never get his or her hands on enough drugs. 4. Shopping Addiction A shopping addiction is characterized by excessive time and money ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... anxiety disorder. Before you know it, you've got two very real and very dangerous conditions on your hands. Drugs and alcohol might give you a moment's relief from the effects of anxiety, but in the end these substances ... continue reading
  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

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

    ... (SAMHSA) has identified several factors that are opportunities to increase the motivation of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol to seek treatment. These factors include: Distress levels . Someone experiencing high ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... a quick scan through the history books, you'll find plenty of notable addicts. Even more surprising, you'll find that some of these early drug abusers and addicts are made up of the brightest minds in history . A few of ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... development as well… This discourages funding for potential treatments for addiction medications… Anti-addict stigma extends to drug development as well, says Janda. This discourages funding for potential treatments for ... continue reading
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