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  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of two substances: 1,2 Buprenorphine—a partial opioid agonist with a “ceiling effect” that keeps effects ...

    ... feel well and you will feel uncomfortable when you stop using it. One of the key signs of Suboxone dependence is that you start to suffer from withdrawal after ceasing use of the drug. Because it is a long-acting opioid ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be given to people to facilitate detox, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery, as well as be used ...

    ... take inappropriate doses of Suboxone. Signs and Symptoms Generally, signs of Suboxone abuse involve: Random ... feel normally. Effects of Suboxone Abuse The desired effects of Suboxone use include: Feelings of euphoria. ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Withdrawal

    Suboxone is a medication approved for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. As part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) regimen, Suboxone can help return the recovering individual to a life free of the intense highs and lows ...

    ... and get off opioids for good. Signs of Suboxone Withdrawal Suboxone's speed of onset and total duration of ... average dose of Suboxone used. The duration of use. Pre-existing medical conditions. If Suboxone was mixed with ... continue reading
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  • How to Help a Suboxone Addict

    Help for Suboxone Addiction Suboxone is a medication approved for treating opioid addiction. When taken as prescribed, it can be a beneficial pharmaceutical component of a substance abuse recovery program aimed at managing addictions to opioids ...

    ... Suboxone is extremely ill-advised, and can end in: Overdose. Coma. Death. What Are the Signs of Addiction? One predominant sign ... once-enjoyed activities to obtain and use Suboxone. Using Suboxone in situations that pose a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is one brand-name formulation of a medication known as buprenorphine. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, buprenorphine shares some properties with other opioid substances such as: Heroin. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. ...

    ... not to be confused with Suboxone. Both contain buprenorphine, and both are used to treat opioid dependence-the ... place even when the medication is prescribed to you. Signs of addiction are: Taking the substance more often ... continue reading
  • Subutex Abuse

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is the trade name for the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine. It is marketed for medically assisted addiction treatment—more specifically, it is used to treat opioid dependence . Subutex is used to alleviate withdrawal ...

    ... its list of medications that are dangerous and harmful when used incorrectly. Signs and Symptoms In tablet form, Subutex has a higher risk of abuse than Suboxone (buprenorphine combined with naloxone—which is an opioid ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Subutex Addict

    Understanding Subutex Subutex is a partial opioid agonist that is used to treat opioid dependence. It is utilized as a detox and maintenance medication in some cases of opioid abuse . It competes at the same sites of interaction - opioid receptors - ...

    ... Buprenorphine alone is particularly more addictive than the Suboxone preparation of the drug-which is buprenorphine combined ... another sign of Subutex dependence and may occur periodically in between drug use episodes ... continue reading
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  • Medications for Addiction Treatment

    Addiction is a chronic and complex, but treatable disease. Like other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, it can be managed under the guidance of a trained clinician, with a variety of treatment approaches available that are individually ...

    ... is combined with buprenorphine in some formulations, like Suboxone. Naloxone is a drug that blocks opioids from ... they may be allowed to take home doses of methadone to use in-between visits. 10 Part of the reason for the ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Suboxone and Alcohol and Abuse

    About Alcohol and Suboxone Alcohol Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by both teenagers and adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, the CDC found that in any given month, 25% of high ...

    ... of Suboxone abuse . However, some signs may include: Changing moods or behavior. The arrival of random packages at home or work. Taking more than prescribed (requesting refills before their scheduled refill date). Use of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Suboxone

    As an opioid drug used to manage problematic opioid dependence, Suboxone is similar to methadone, one of the most widely used drugs to treat opioid addiction; however, whereas methadone is only available at specialized treatment centers or ...

    ... rolled up bills, etc.). Having residue on their hands, clothes, or face could also be a sign that they are snorting Suboxone. Someone using intranasal drugs may also sniff or wipe their nose frequently. Getting Help for ... 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, ...

    ... activity. Learning to recognize the physical or behavioral signs of drug use can help prevent the problem from progressing further. ... Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tramadol Tussionex Ultram ... 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 ...

    ... and increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder in the future. 12 Signs and Health Effects of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol abuse ... Painkiller Percocet Phenobarbital Ritalin Soma Suboxone Subutex Tramadol Ultram Valium ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms when use is ceased is a common indicator of dependence. Other signs of Dilaudid dependence ... cravings. It is often combined with naloxone (as Suboxone), which helps prevent misuse and minimizes the risk ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... While critics express concerns over the long-term risks of Suboxone, namely dependency, there is also a more immediate risk of use — the dangerous Suboxone drug interactions with other substances. According to statistics ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

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

    ... for the patient to treat other health issues, as well as address emotional problems associated with their drug use . Additional Reading: Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... if this company was so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid use disorder, why is Suboxone prohibitively expensive to some? And why are millions of American's still dying every year from ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... body becomes accustomed to the drug. When you lower or discontinue its use, you experience fatigue…and it takes time for your body to readjust. Sign #2 Heart Damage Darren was in the middle of this third double-shift ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... addiction in the workplace is the last thing you need on your plate Here are 9 signs your stimulant use has gone too far: Using it Regularly : Unless taken as prescribed, stimulant drugs shouldn't be abused - certainly ... continue reading
  • Signs That You May Need Rehab

    Participation in a structured drug or alcohol rehab program is a necessary first step for many individuals seeking to find recovery from substance abuse. Some people try to quit on their own without the professional care that rehab provides, ...

    ... needs and history with addiction and recovery. If you have tried to stop using drugs or alcohol and have been unsuccessful, this is a sign that you may need rehab or an increased level of rehabilitation services. Rehab ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... , call . Dependency Exceeding the directions of the physician's prescription is a telltale sign that normal use is evolving into abuse. Using their own judgment, patients may perceive a need for higher dosages and adjust ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates ... , and once presented to the pharmacist, can be used to cover all or part of the insurance copay ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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

    ... , like methadone requires. Although it does have the potential to be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when used as prescribed. However, despite its many benefits, an increasing number of pharmacies ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... treatment work for different individuals. One form of treatment proposed is access to buprenorphine (Suboxone), a medication widely used to wean people off opioids by relieving the withdrawal symptoms. It is similar to ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” if you're using Suboxone for long-term maintenance. From this point of view, the lesson is cut-and-dry: As long as opioids ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... misuse . Historically, there has been an ongoing debate concerning the use of Suboxone for addiction treatment. The truth of the matter is that Suboxone helps thousands of people overcome their addictions. But there's a ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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

    ... few decades of its availability on the U.S. market—by the 1960s—it was being used in clinics to treat heroin dependency. Suboxone is much newer to the treatment scene than methadone, having only been approved in 2002 by ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... . Buprenorphine also blocks the effects of “full” opioids, including the high from using and any pain relief. Due to these reasons, Suboxone has a substantially lower abuse potential than other MAT medications, such as ... continue reading
  • Suboxone's Use in Addiction Treatment

    What is Suboxone? Suboxone is an effective tool in the treatment of addiction. Programs use Suboxone to both alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings and to discourage drug misuse. Doctors must meet certain qualifications before they are able ...

    ... only block the desired opioid high but could send the user into precipitated withdrawal. 5 Should I Use Suboxone ? Suboxone may be appropriate for you if: 2 You are struggling with opioid dependence. You are motivated to ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... -dose patients don't have to take it every day. But what happens when you want to quit taking Suboxone? Booting the Buprenorphine If you've been using Suboxone as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid ... 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
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... were pretty severe, but there were also warning signs of addiction along the way. 1. David Hasselhoff ... more prescription amphetamine pills per day. Her prescription drug use was out of control, and the court ordered her ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... out of habit, not merely as a treatment for pain. Norco use can begin on a legitimate basis but quickly take a turn toward ... a medication such as buprenorphine (Suboxone(R)/Subutex(R)), along with medical supervision to ... 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 ...

    ... and everyone knows it…everyone but her. Pay Attention to the Signs If you have a friend like this, then Candace's story ... alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it's a telltale sign there's a ... 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 ...

    ... functioning addict may chalk up their drug and alcohol use to being standard behavior in their profession. They ... drugs and alcohol are involved - it's likely a sign that there is a bigger underlying issue. Appearing Ill in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... swings and are involved in more domestic disputes than any other group of people. Drug Abuse Signs of Repeated and Excessive Use of Illegal or Prescription Drugs Cannabis or marijuana and hashish are the most commonly ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... higher doses, or using the drug in a way other than prescribed. You may be addicted to Tramadol if you find yourself taking the drug without a prescription and obtaining it illegally. Another sign of addiction is taking ... 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 ...

    ... do what's best for you. Here are 7 warning signs that your friends are making your addiction worse . 1. ... from getting the help you may need? 4. They Push You to Use More Do you ever go shot for shot? Line for line? Do ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

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

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

    ... 10 people. Almost 5% of adults between 18 and 25 years old used prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed. Knowing the warning signs of abuse creates a better opportunity to address the problem. Concerned about ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... of hydromorphone abuse is the potential for life-threatening overdose. Visit our Effects of Hydromorphone Use page to learn the signs. How Dangerous is Hydromorphone? Opioids like hydromorphone can wreak havoc on a user ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... if they already are. It is important that as a parent, you remain aware of the warning signs of drug use so you can give your children the help they need in a timely manner. If you are concerned that your teen might ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

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

    ... of it on their clothes or breath. To know more about the short and long-term effects of alcohol use , the major signs of alcohol abuse and the best treatment options to help someone with an alcohol problem , call us at ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    What is Xanax? Xanax, also known generically as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder 1 . More infrequent, off-label uses for Xanax include managing agoraphobia (fear of open ...

    ... Overdose With it's quick onset of action, some of the early signs of a Xanax overdose may resemble the side effects of regular Xanax use , which may include 1 : Changes in appetite. Constipation. Difficulty concentrating ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Overdose : Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose When a person abuses cocaine, their body experiences a number of sensations and physiologic changes, all relating back to its strong stimulant effects. These effects can spiral out of control when a person uses ...

    ... the purity of the sample, the method in which it is used, and the general health of the user. Make no mistake, ... in Case of Cocaine Overdose If you notice the signs and symptoms of cocaine overdose in yourself or someone ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... Pinpoint (constricted) pupils. Constipation (a telltale sign of opiate abuse). Long-Term Effects of ... is required to function in your daily life, and you use at the expense of other priorities or activities you enjoy ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Phenobarbital Use

    Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed for patients suffering from seizures, tics or repetitive motor disorders, or Tourette's syndrome. It is sometimes indicated in the ...

    ... user's life in a number of ways. Individual signs of long-term abuse of this drug can include ... effects it produces. As with any substance, the longer it is used, the more the body develops a tolerance to it. As this ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

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

    ... today more than ever, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so you can get ... payment plan. Preventing Drug Overdose Of course, not using drugs is the most advisable way to prevent an ... 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 ...

    ... of the substance. For example, even short-term use can elicit erratic and even violent behavior when taken ... Coma. Severe crystal meth abuse can also cause outward signs of aging in users. Since the drug destroys tissues ... continue reading
  • Oxycontin Addiction Signs, Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    OxyContin addiction occurs from abusing an OxyCodone prescription for pain relief. Drugs are commonly used in the medical field to treat chronic pain and other ailments of patients. Unfortunately, as is human nature, substance abuse becomes ever ...

    ... The professional staff can identify the signs of OxyContin addiction withdrawal and guide the ... and the risk of an overdose increases. The “rush” of using OxyContin leads many to constantly abuse the drug and has driven ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Spice Use

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

    ... damage are severe effects that have been reported. Both, obviously, are ominous signs of the potential long-term consequences. Frequent Spice use has also been known to elicit seizure activity in some individuals. Spice ... continue reading
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... of use). Using in combination with prescription medication. What to Do If You Overdose on Marijuana (Weed) It is important to treat a marijuana overdose if you or someone you know are experiencing some of the signs and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Inhalant Use

    Are Inhalants Harmful? There are a huge number of inhalants available for abuse, and they're fairly easy to obtain. It's unsurprising that teens in particular are susceptible to inhalant abuse, simply because these compounds can be obtained from any ...

    ... are compounds that can be breathed in without smoking or using heat to vaporize them. They tend to be gases at ... muscle weakness and/or spasticity as well as signs of prolonged central nervous depression. Sensation on the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Stop suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all ...

    ... should never stop use of this medication suddenly without first consulting with a medical professional; doing so can result in seizures, coma, or death . Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs Headache. Sensitivity to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

    Moderate Drinking vs. Alcohol Abuse It's true that many sources point to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The key word here is moderate. Some studies have shown a connection between light to moderate drinking and decreased heart ...

    ... alcohol use disorder. Signs of an Alcohol Use Disorder Chronic alcohol use can lead to an alcohol use disorder ... dependence. During alcohol detox, medications may be used to keep you stable and decrease the likelihood of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... abuse potential. This was done in an attempt to curb illicit use of the drug, and to make it unlawful if found in ... Ultram addiction may wrestle with the following signs and symptoms of withdrawal which can include ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... marijuana for long periods of time can develop a dependence on it. Signs of dependence in a user include the need to use marijuana to cope with everyday tasks and the experience of cravings and anxiety when marijuana is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It is sometimes used to manage intractable insomnia, and as a sedative for ...

    ... Some of these longer-term withdrawal symptoms may continue for several months after last use. These signs and symptoms may include: Worsening anxiety. Worsening depression. Continued insomnia. Withdrawal symptoms vary in ... 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, ...

    ... addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, only his version referred to the man as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended punishment? A recent study ... 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 ...

    ... similar obituaries indicating the role of substance abuse in their child's tragic death. Some choose to use phrasing that leaves the cause of death less clear. The obituary may state their child died “unexpectedly ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

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

    ... not treated , permanently damaged veins can never be healed. The appearance of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

    ... apathy. Delusions, hallucinations, and other signs of a psychotic disorder. Frequent seizure ... addiction often engage in a “binge-crash” cycle, with continual use and no sleep for days, followed by heavy sleeping that can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    Carisoprodol, sold under the trade names Soma and Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant that acts as a strong sedative. The drug is often prescribed clinically for the relief of muscle pain and is typically recommended for use only on a short-term basis. Is ...

    ... you're addicted to prescription drugs? Learn the signs and how to find treatment. Side Effects There ... looking at the long-term effects of carisoprodol use. Long-term opiate use raises the risk of overdose and can ... 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 ...

    ... dependence. Because the effects are so similar to heroin, it can be addictive on its own, even as it is used in the treatment of heroin dependence. The good news is that methadone is relatively simple to get off when you ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have an opioid tolerance is risking ... psychosocial effects of Fentanyl abuse may be showing signs of poor judgment in both work and personal ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... production of a pleasant, euphoric state in those who use it. Demerol is a branded formulation of the generic ... of an opiate overdose, according to the CDC. The signs of a Demerol overdose include: Cold and clammy skin. ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... addiction. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug use and Health, an estimated 1.6 million Americans over ... misuse dextroamphetamine can lead to addiction. Signs of dextroamphetamine addiction include: Craving the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they: Use it for a long period of time. Take larger doses than ... it changes brain chemistry. These symptoms and signs can contribute to a developing tramadol addiction ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... where you would normally stop. 7 This means those individuals using these drugs in combination may experience alcohol poisoning without noticing the warning signs leading up to it. Long-Term Effects Of Adderall Chronic ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... have both opted to decriminalize cocaine, permitting it for personal use without the threat of significant legal ramifications. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse . Image Credits: wired/dailystar ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dexedrine Use

    Understanding Dexedrine Dexedrine is a brand name for the prescription drug dextroamphetamine and is used to treat pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in both children and adults. By increasing neural signaling ...

    ... in the case of narcolepsy. For those 6 and older using the substance for ADHD, dosing starts at 5 mg, with ... . People who use drugs tend to show signs of it in every aspect of their lives. Learn the signs and symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

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

    ... up - or 9.4 percent of the United States population - had used an illicit substance in the past month, a figure that is up from ... http://matadornetwork.com/life/10-signs-grew-drinking-louisiana/ https://www.ncadd.org/about ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... of Opana, there are also multiple potential long-term consequences: If you suffer from respiratory arrest due to Opana use or overdose, you may, in turn, suffer lasting effects of depriving your brain of oxygen such as ... 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 ...

    ... meth may present with the following signs and symptoms: Difficulty breathing. Dangerously ... , consider calling a hotline. What is it that I'm gaining from using crystal meth? Is it the allure of that initial rush, or are ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... forgery. How Do I Know If Someone Is Addicted? Addiction is manifested by signs and symptoms such as: The inability to stop using the drug despite negative consequences. Obsessive preoccupation with the drug. Physiologic ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Valium Use

    Is Valium Harmful? Valium, a popular sedative-hypnotic prescription drug , has numerous effects on the body, many of which can be dangerous when the drug is misused or abused. Valium (diazepam) is prescribed for sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle ...

    ... and overdose. The compulsion to take ever-increasing amounts of Valium is one of the signs of addiction. Side Effects When used properly, Valium does not produce the same effects as it does when abused/misused. Valium ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... , you're not exactly in the condition to have deep conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level, you're actually escaping people, not drawing near them. You're trying ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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

    ... recreationally abusing these drugs as a way to get high. Defining Date Rape Date rape drugs are typically used in the commission of a sexual assault. Although there are different definitions for the term “sexual assault ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

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

    ... and who are more susceptible to addiction. Potential signs of a marijuana use disorder include craving the drug, an inability to stop using or cut back, and pot use interfering with relationships, work or other areas of ... continue reading
  • Substance Use at Live Music Events

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

    ... , there are tools and resources available to provide information and assistance - from knowing the signs and symptoms of drug use to seeking professional help with treatment. To learn more, visit us at DrugAbuse.com . ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Concerta Use

    Concerta is the trade name of a central nervous system stimulant known as methylphenidate . It is prescribed mainly for the treatment of: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a stimulant, ...

    ... abuse are advised to avoid taking Concerta, which is classified as a Schedule II drug with potential for abuse. Using it without the consent and direction of a medical professional is dangerous and can lead to a host of ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

    ... lead to physiologic dependence on the drug, and can ultimately lead to an addiction or Librium use disorder . Warning signs of Librium addiction can include 7 : Combining Librium with alcohol or other drugs to achieve ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... a person who continues to use MXE may start to find their use grows out of their control. Professionals use the term “substance use disorder” to diagnose problematic drug use in clients. Signs and symptoms of a substance ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... the user's life. 8 Below are common signs and symptoms of this disorder: 8 Psilocybin is taken in larger amounts than originally intended. Attempts to quit or cut down on use have failed. An inordinate amount of time is ... continue reading
  • The Side Effects of Xanax: Pill Use and Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a pill that quickly dissolves ...

    ... , is one of many possible signs of a substance use disorder , though it does not indicate that a person has a substance use disorder in and of itself. A substance use disorder is marked by using a drug in a problematic ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... we have plenty of mental tricks up our sleeves, these four loopholes are some of the most common excuses used to justify our substance-driven behaviors . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... Lortab as prescribed. It could be a strong warning sign of impending dependency if, while taking Lortab as ... further discuss your options. Whether or not your Lortab use began while being cared for by a physician, if you ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... effects that can put the user's health in danger and lead to addiction. Methylphenidate should only be used as directed and never taken without a prescription. If abuse of methylphenidate is taking over your life, know ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

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

    ... U.S. was spent discussing the Trump campaign. Clinton received half the amount of media airtime, with 506 minutes. Drug use and other drug-related issues did not appear on the list of the top 20 stories of 2016. Survey ... 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 ...

    ... her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

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

    ... this.” Yet emergencies of this magnitude develop gradually, offering warning signs we recognize only in hindsight. In this project, we studied trends in American drug use between 2004 and 2016, the latest years for which ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... best way to lower your risk is to end all drug use. If you need help, call us today at and we can ... Abuse Help If you are struggling with alcohol or drug use and experiencing symptoms or episodes of pancreatitis, don't ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... doesn't have to result in withdrawal symptoms. If you find that you're in trouble with the law as a result of using ketamine and don't want to give it up, you may well have an addiction. You might find it's causing you ... 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 ...

    ... drug can be toxic to the kidneys and cause renal failure . The unknown effects of Flakka have many alarmed about its use and popularity, as no one knows what exactly the drug can do to the body and brain in the long term ... 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 ...

    ... These can impact a person starting with the first time they take the drug, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before negative side effects occur. Some adverse effects are dangerous ... 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 ...

    ... and injuries. Meth is more addictive and harmful than amphetamine, from which it is derived. The main drug that is used on the streets of this form is crystal meth, which can provide a high for up to 12 hours and allows ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... the ER than either of the other groups. People in this group were also most likely to have started using drugs in their teens and experience more severe substance problems overall, “including greater risk of having a co ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough suppressant is a relatively mild opiate. However, it is still a ...

    ... Like many opiates, withdrawal symptoms from codeine can be quite severe, keeping the user in a cycle of use they find difficult to stop. Opiates affect every body system. See our infographic to learn just how dangerous ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... . 10,11 It helps with all types of pain—including headache, muscle aches, sore throats, and fever—and is often used for mild to moderate pain. 11 Acetaminophen poses a threat to those who drink more than 3 drinks per day ... 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, ...

    ... -Term Effects The short-term effects of PCP vary depending on the particular dose taken as well as the route of administration used. As an example - when the drug is smoked - the effects will begin in as few as 2 minutes ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... addictive, which means those who take them may continue to take them even when side effects become severe or use impacts their life in unwanted ways. Some believe that they are not addictive because they do not create a ... continue reading
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