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  • Meth Abuse

    Summary Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric “high” it provides. Some signs of abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully addictive ...

    ... a powerful, temporary boost to energy and mood. Short-term effects of methamphetamine use can include the following: Street Names Ice. Crystal. Meth. Crank. Speed. Increased energy and mania. Increased blood pressure and ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... methamphetamine abuse. Both acute and chronic meth overdoses can have disastrous consequences. Common signs of an acute meth ... self-help groups like Narcotics Anonymous , Crystal Meth Anonymous , and SMART Recovery provide ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Meth Addict

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a substance that has very limited medical use. The substance is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited indications for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a substance of abuse , ...

    ... ) or choose use over other pleasurable activities or responsibilities. What are the Signs of Methamphetamine Addiction? Someone under the influence of methamphetamine may exhibit the following signs of a meth high ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... seek treatment for meth abuse. Addictive Properties of Methamphetamine Using methamphetamine, regardless of method ... becomes more common throughout this period of extended use. Other signs you may notice in someone who is “ ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... meth abuse recovery. Signs of Methamphetamine Withdrawal Detoxification (detox) and withdrawal from methamphetamine ... and leave you better prepared to cope with future temptations to use. To find a program, call us at . We ... 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 ...

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a ... rotting teeth, acne and extremely dry skin are all signs of meth use that can make the user look much older than their ... continue reading
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  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth Use

    Is Meth Harmful? Meth, the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine, is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly develop a dependency on its effects, which themselves exert a number of health risks. The illegal production ...

    ... derived. The main drug that is used on the streets of this form is crystal meth, which can provide a high for ... Assess Your Level of Addiction Methamphetamine assessment Test Long Term Effects of Meth There is a lengthy ... 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. ...

    ... meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine ... on alert for signs of behavior issues tied to prenatal meth exposure. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... “fast track” to contracting the deadly virus. For members of the gay community who are already HIV positive, using crystal meth speeds up the damage to their bodies and minds. Even with the most effective anti-viral drug ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can fade as quickly as it ... continue reading
  • Meth and Pregnancy

    As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In 2012, meth ranked first in drug-related treatment admissions in Hawaii and San Diego. 4 Females have also been found to start using meth at a younger age and use ...

    ... lead to fetal alcohol syndrome , which is irreversible. Effects of Methamphetamine on a Baby Meth use during pregnancy can harm the way a child develops in utero. Meth use can put a woman at risk for having a baby that ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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

    ... response to wounds caused by meth use. What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be able research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - the National ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

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

    ... among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics: ... themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... 't suffering from a stroke. Her brain had suffered some damage alright, but it was due to the gram of meth she'd used that day. Julie noticed Matt wasn't sleeping much anymore. When she asked him about it, he said he was ... 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 ...

    ... 't able to pump blood as well as it used to. Since amphetamine affects the entire cardiovascular system, ... stroke. Is it worth it? Additional Reading: 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin Image Source: iStock continue reading
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  • Crystal Meth Abuse

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive ...

    ... of severe obesity. The crystal form of methamphetamine - the street drug crystal meth - has no medical applications, and is exclusively abused as a recreational substance. Signs and Symptoms Crystal meth is a powerful ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

    What is Crystal Methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth is a highly addictive white cystalline drug that can be taken by snorting, smoking or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names such as ...

    ... 2012, 1.2 million people in the U.S. reported using methamphetamine in the previous year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse . With this rate of crystal meth use, there are doubtless many people in need of ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... use and is only very rarely indicated for intractable ADHD and severe obesity. The illicit drug crystal meth is methamphetamine ... . Stroke. Coma. Severe crystal meth abuse can also cause outward signs of aging in users. ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction

    Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine -a substance that is widely abused throughout the country. Its widespread illicit production dwarfs that of its pharmaceutical counterpart - marketed as Desoxyn - a stimulant medication with very limited ...

    ... Methamphetamine is a white powder that can be used orally, snorted, smoked, or injected. Crystal meth ... ., chronic exposure to toxins). Signs and Symptoms of Addiction Once used, traces of crystal meth can stay in the body ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crystal Meth After the First Use?

    What is Crystal meth? Crystal meth is a powerful, synthetically made stimulant. It can be ingested orally, injected intravenously, snorted or smoked. Crystal meth is notorious for its high addictive potential and many people suggest that taking just ...

    ... methamphetamine was $23.4 billion in 2005 alone. Overdose Acute overdose of crystal meth is extremely dangerous and can be fatal. Someone overdosing on crystal meth may present with the following signs ... using crystal meth ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... experienced during crystal meth use. Since crystal meth isn't regulated and, over time, may be obtained from constantly changing suppliers, the user never knows precisely what each dose contains. Methamphetamine can ... continue reading
  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated with ...

    ... ) and Ritalin (methylphenidate). Methamphetamine (including crystal meth). Cocaine (including crack cocaine ... continued seeking out and using of a substance despite negative consequences. Here are some signs that a person ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... include: ADHD medications (amphetamine, methylphenidate). Cocaine/crack cocaine. Methamphetamine (including crystal meth). Signs Withdrawal When a person stops using stimulants, they may experience a series of unpleasant ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time, but when abused with alcohol , it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more-friendly “Molly,” it does not mean ...

    ... researchers as MDMA, short for 3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine . It's a synthetic drug that is also ... . A drug that can produce such a rush that the person using it can stay awake for days at a time will be harmful ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... -trafficking http://kfdm.com/news/local/fighting-the-meth-epidemic http://health.hawaii.gov/substance-abuse/files/2015/09/ADTreatmentServices2014.pdf http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/authorities-report-increase-in-meth-use ... continue reading
  • Free National 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What is a Drug Abuse Hotline Number? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction, alcoholism and treatment. If you are ...

    ... , suboxone, fentanyl, GHB, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, crack, heroin or any other substance ... If you or a loved one has experienced 2 or more of these signs within the last 12 months, it may be time to seek help ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... , and nearly 2 million people reported using methamphetamine in the last year. 5 Considering ... What stimulant abuse is. How stimulants are abused. The signs and symptoms of stimulant abuse. The side effects of stimulants ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... For example, continued abuse of crystal meth can cause what's referred to as “meth mouth,” when a drug user's ... the ongoing use of various substances like these of meth can help loved ones identify signs of possible drug ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

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

    ... Learning to recognize the physical or behavioral signs of drug use can help prevent the problem from progressing ... withdrawal . Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth Date Rape Drugs DMT Ecstasy Hallucinogens Hashish ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... aneurysm. Meth is especially dangerous when injected. Due to the chemicals that are used to produce meth, a toxic ... user being incoherent and taking labored breaths. If the signs are ignored, the user can go into shock, ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

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

    ... choice and the amount of drugs used on a regular basis. However, common signs of dope sickness include: Nausea, ... on the Effects of Other Addictive Substances Crystal Meth Crack Cocaine Tramadol Lorazepam Kratom Additional ... continue reading
  • Ways of Helping Someone with Drug or Alcohol Addiction

    Seeking Drug Addiction Help If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to watch them. You may be wondering how to help them with their substance abuse issues. They might be ready to quit and ...

    ... drug addict. Here, we will talk about the signs of drug and alcohol use disorders, what you can expect when your loved one ... Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Hashish Heroin Inhalant LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... an alcohol use disorder in the future. 12 Signs and Health ... use outpatient treatment have a strong system to rely on outside of treatment. Consuming Alcohol with Illicit Drugs Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

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

    ... years old used prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed. Knowing the warning signs of abuse creates ... use. Generally, definitions of drug abuse include: Using an illicit drug like cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse In the mid-1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

    ... had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting having used it in the past year (Ehieumua, 2014). Although it ... in some cases, can result in sudden death. Signs And Symptoms Crack speeds up the body's metabolism ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... population. 1 Prescription Drug Abuse While street drugs are known to be dangerous, such as heroin and crystal meth, prescription drugs are often viewed in a more favorable light, since they are prescribed by a physician ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... eyes, can all be signs of drug use. (U)nusual Actions: ... using heroin or other opioids. If they're having trouble communicating, there's a good chance your friend is high. (A)gitation: Some drugs, such as methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... . Using it in combination with other drugs. Taking methadone via other methods, such as injecting it. If any of these signs sound familiar, you likely need help, and there's no reason why you cannot seek help to get well ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... you are not completely honest about other drugs you are using, you could be placing yourself at risk for an accidental ... signing that you understand the facility services, procedures, rules and expectations. By signing ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... to lead to psychosis and other mental health problems. Some signs that a person may be abusing DMT include 3,4,5 : Financial problems due to spending money obtaining DMT. Using DMT on a regular basis and having trouble ... continue reading
  • How to Help a DMT Addict

    N, N-Dimethyltryptamine is the chemical name for the drug commonly known as DMT . This potent hallucinogen , sometimes called “Dmitri,” can be synthesized in labs, but also occurs naturally in several types of South American plants. The ...

    ... this substance despite mounting negative repercussions 1 . What Are the Signs of DMT Addiction? Addiction is the continued use of a substance even when unwanted or dangerous outcomes are likely. Someone abusing DMT may ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... for illicit methamphetamine. It is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with effects that can last from 6-12 hours depending on the method of use. Find out more about the harmful effects of Crystal Meth use and ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... …It used to be the only way we got meth patients was when they came to the hospital from rural areas.” What Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... in general can each be highly addictive. Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth that can resemble glass or shiny, bluish ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... counteract his addiction to morphine, which he had been using as a painkiller . After experimenting with coca and coca ... the crystalline form of methamphetamine, which we today know as crystal meth . Friedrich Sertürner - ... 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, ...

    ... , nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, methamphetamine and other narcotics. ... labs of Weill Cornell Medical College's Dr. Ronald Crystal and Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Thomas Kosten' ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... threat from meth use in recent years. Meth-related deaths increased 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, with more than 55 percent of all drug-related deaths associated with methamphetamine. 16 The use and availability of ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

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

    ... handle the chemicals. There are several examples of this, including: Methamphetamine/crystal meth . Many toxic chemicals are used in the illicit manufacture of meth. One of these chemicals is the same carcinogen found in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Flakka Use

    Is Flakka Harmful? Flakka is a street drug with origins in South Florida. One of the newer chemicals in the booming category of synthetic or designer drugs, Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the ...

    ... methamphetamine, yet with an even higher propensity for addiction development in those who abuse it. Short-Term Effects of Flakka Similar to other stimulants, Flakka use ... some of the strongest crystal meth and cocaine . ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

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

    ... risks associated with abuse. Methamphetamine Methamphetamine (“meth”) can cause permanent damage ... less pleasure from natural rewards . If you're unable to stop using drugs or alcohol and need help, don't hesitate to call ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

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

    ... commonly injected include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, opioid painkillers, and prescription stimulants ... , Narcotics Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous, provide a supportive and encouraging ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... so-called “study drugs”, Methamphetamine (meth, crystal, ice), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ... Scottish study of patients who visited an emergency department after using the popular bath salt, mephedrone (4-MMC, “meow ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. ... about in this blog post. A Literal Hot Mess Meth use increases body temperature and blood flow to the skin, which ... continue reading
  • How Drug Addiction Hurts Relationships

    Many of the discussions surrounding addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. The effects of drug addiction, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one's social health and well-being. ...

    ... 1 : Alcohol . Cocaine . MDMA . Methamphetamine (crystal meth) . Ritalin and other prescription stimulants. Steroids ... you. Remember, if you love someone with a substance use disorder, it is important not to neglect your own ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... were over 500,000 emergency room visits due to cocaine use (SAMHSA, 2013). #5 Marijuana Marijuana is legal in ... diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. #7 Methamphetamine Meth users spend over $17 billion per year in the ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... a spiked soda, later revealed he had done crystal meth frequently during his career. 7. Josh Hamilton MLB ... in the late 80s, but soon tested positive for cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

    ... usually take the form of a white or brown crystal-like powder and are sold with packaging that make their purchase ... , using bath salts and methamphetamine could worsen many of the unwanted symptoms of bath salt use, like ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug ... While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term use of drugs can have ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just as addictive. Is This Really an Issue? Well, it's ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... 3 Significantly severe signs of withdrawal are ... use (known as binges) followed by crashes, where use is stopped and withdrawal symptoms arise. 3 Illicit central nervous system stimulants include crystal methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... , even detailing how to make and take them. While it's unlikely that your kid will become addicted to meth this way, your child might look at taking poppers (amyl nitrate) , solvents, or even mild hallucinogens that can ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects of alcohol, while alcohol dulls the “edge” of stimulants ... 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 ...

    ... relaxing, and pleasant effects. After a prolonged period of use, it doesn't take long for your body to ... in the same conversations as heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines, and methadone. My attempt at quitting ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    ... it. This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move by the CDC will ... continue reading
  • Support Groups and 12-Step Programs

    All of us have heard this type of statement, if not in our own experience then through popular media portrayals of recovery groups. Support groups and 12-step programs are integral parts of the process of recovery from substance abuse for many ...

    ... only requirement to participate is a desire to stop using. Find Meetings Near You Adult Children of Alcoholics Al-Anon/Alateen Cocaine Anonymous Crystal meth Anonymous Co-Anon Co-Dependents Anonymous Emotions Anonymous ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... on the particular dose taken as well as the route of administration used. As an example - when the drug is smoked - the ... substances including ketamine, caffeine, or methamphetamine. Dependence Like many drugs with sedating ... continue reading
  • Therapy for Addiction Treatment and Recovery

    How Can Therapy Help Me? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) outlines several principles of addiction treatment based on data the organization has collected for the past 40 years. 1 These principles aim to improve the odds of success in ...

    ... The Matrix Model of treatment has been found clinically appropriate for people dealing with use of stimulants like cocaine, crystal meth, and ADHD medications. 12 It works by including varied features to account for all ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... avoiding opiate withdrawal Methadone is regulated and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent a year in the program, slowly tapering her dosage down under the ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... to detect the scent of marijuana . Now that it's legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them to ... their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

    ... length. As infants, they are at risk for showing signs of increased irritability, hyperactivity, and tremors. Methamphetamine — Women who use methamphetamine while pregnant have a higher risk of premature delivery ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, ... Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... ). Methadone is not to be confused with mephedrone or meth, which are both in the stimulant class of drugs. ... it can be addictive on its own, even as it is used in the treatment of heroin dependence. The good news is that ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

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

    ... your own vomit. If worse comes to worse, you can fall into a coma and die . What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning? Since it's a potentially life-threatening situation, you need to know what alcohol poisoning looks like ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... short-term memories were never stored in the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when or if someone is experiencing a blackout. In fact, many outsiders won't ... 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 ...

    ... and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: Do they seem unreasonably sleepy? Confusion: Are their thoughts and words not making ... 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 ...

    ... are not felt, then the addiction may only worsen. Willful Ignoring When a teenager begins to display common signs and symptoms of addiction, some parents may try to ignore the problem, hoping it will disappear. Others ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

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

    ... even burns and scarring. Phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) is involved in the manufacture of both meth and amphetamines - and it's typically used as a swimming pool cleaner. It can irritate eyes and skin. Potassium permanganate , ... 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 ...

    ... her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased feelings ... role in curtailing smoking and cocaine use. Unlike estrogen, progesterone reduces a drug ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia ... of babies being born addicted, poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... that used to be ... sign for the medication behind the pharmacy counter. The amount you are allowed to buy is limited as well - this limitation having been put in place due to the illegal production of methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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

    ... Inhalants 14 . Cocaine 15 . MDMA or Ecstasy 16 . Methamphetamine 17 . Symptoms of Liver Damage If you or someone ... injury, it is vital that you be aware of the signs and symptoms of liver damage so that you can seek ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

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

    ... they take the drug, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before ... work similarly to other psychostimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, which makes it likely that the effects of ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for alcohol abuse . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • Alcohol is Addictive… But is it Also Contagious?

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    ... to handle group interactions with friends, family or co-workers. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs or consequences of drinking in the privacy of your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling ... 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 ...

    ... could not be located or contacted. And 34 (24 percent) had died. The remaining 46 percent had either used drugs or were incarcerated. Among the parents who participated in the Washington-area study, 41 percent said they ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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

    ... and soft drinks. Thanks to the constant sugar exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry mouth and, much like heroin, it sparks a constant craving for ... 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 ...

    ... can also serve as a compass of sorts, indicating you might've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to ... 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 ...

    ... 's actually happening is that he's successfully managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From the outside, it may seem like he's got it all together. But dig a little deeper and ... 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 ...

    ... won't be completely aware of the surroundings or awake enough to respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep can cause drifting into oncoming traffic in the opposite lanes. Let ... continue reading
  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

    Before the turn of the century, alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women ...

    ... 7 Getting Older and Drinking Many alcohol-related ailments affecting older drinkers are mistakenly blown off as “normal” signs of aging. In the end, many of these conditions are often missed by doctors - especially among ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... day involving young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 using amphetamine drugs like Adderall or methamphetamine 8 . Being aware of the signs and symptoms of an Adderall overdose and taking preventative strategies can ... continue reading
  • How to Help a PCP Addict

    What is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine - commonly called “angel dust” - was developed in the 1950s as an intravenously administered anesthetic. PCP is no longer approved for medical use, and is now only found on the illicit market. Most commonly, ...

    ... use, and is now only found on the illicit market. Most commonly, the street drug form of PCP is a white, crystal-like ... your use of PCP, it's likely time to seek treatment. For those actively using PCP, signs of dependence ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... their coach would be giving them a drug test after practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and can be detected in your urine for up to 5 days post ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... on their own are in danger of missing or disregarding the warning sign of tolerance. As they continue to seek more and more of the ... based on those used to treat addiction to cocaine and methamphetamine. Because there are ... continue reading
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