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  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... deaths has actually increased. Non-Medical Abuse vs Prescription Abuse Between 2003 and 2013, the proportion ... can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... in medical marijuana states (40 percent in medical states vs. 26 percent in non-medical states in the last ... marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/ ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... into its place. One of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain' ... increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a ... continue reading
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  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... or under the pressure of family members. Substances of Abuse Around 21.8 percent of city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... of other illicit drugs. In the end, the chicken vs. the egg debate centers on one question: Is OxyContin ... transitions off the drugs with little to no withdrawal symptoms experienced. It's the promise of a painless ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for Sleep A prime example of male vs. female biology is seen when using Ambien - a prescription sleep aid. Studies released last year showed that ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... into the bloodstream and eventually be delivered to the brain of the user. In general, some characteristic symptoms of marijuana use are likely to be experienced regardless of how THC enters the bloodstream. Still, there ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... it helps to alleviate nerve pain and restless legs, both of which are associated with opiate withdrawal. Risk vs Reward In recent years, gabapentin has been prescribed for off-label conditions (reasons it wasn't intended ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... , co-author of the study. For 2014, when it comes to marijuana use, neighborhood perception of risk vs. actual use is slightly different on the national level. In the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey results released ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... is needed — one that has real potential to curb opioid-related harms at a population level,” the authors conclude. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: Pixabay 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 ...

    ... of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium ... on these three combinations. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... prescribed, you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that typically ... elderly sharply rose (31.4% of people ages 65-80 prescribed vs. 14.7% of people, ages 18-35), 7 so too ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... one in four diagnoses of adult ADHD involved faked symptoms - and this was before the diagnostic criteria were ... Can we expect anything but disaster? Risks vs Results With the trending increase in prescriptions, emergency ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... ? If the latter is the problem, we can start to do hormonal replacement therapy and see if that helps.” Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus - How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: Shutterstock, iStock continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... noted that “without meaningful public health efforts, the number of heroin users is likely to continue to grow.” Additional Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... takeaway is to do your research; there are a lot of different treatment options out there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... One reason is that if you inject Suboxone, the naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a tablet ... 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 ...

    ... 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 heart rate, loss of coordination ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... and alcohol are involved - it's likely a sign that there is a bigger underlying issue. Appearing Ill ... she could regularly be suffering from hangovers or withdrawal symptoms. Losing Interest in Hobbies If you notice your ... 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 ...

    ... in your life suffering from drug addiction or exhibiting the signs of drug abuse, find out more about how you ... that most occasional users would not display these symptoms of deterioration, it is worth considering that any ... 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 ...

    ... re addicted? Here's a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe how tired ... experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin , for example. Identify the pill and see what comes up. Alternatively, ask your teen. Odd smells are another sign. It could be a new interest in deodorant or a heady smell of marijuana-laced smoke. If you don't ... 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 ...

    ... , it's best to choose caution over discernment. Simply put; if you feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant ... 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 ...

    ... end of the work day or start to lose a significant amount of weight, this is a definite warning sign. Changes in Personality : Stimulants can often alter your mood and emotional state. If you find yourself more agitated ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty of help available to you to break the addiction. Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction to prescription drugs can help you determine what kind of help you need ... 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 ...

    ... . If 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 ... 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 ...

    ... you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: Do they seem unreasonably ... ? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... opposite of what is going on inside a heroin injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse to do that.” What do you think about Hersch's stance on safe injection sites? Do you ... 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 ...

    ... these situations. If you suspect someone is high, look for the following signs of D.R.U.G. A.B.U.S.E. (D)isorientation ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with ... 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 ...

    ... 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 may ... 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 ...

    ... to take only as directed by your doctor. Here are 7 signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to ... . If you regularly experience any of the above physical symptoms, you may be addicted to Tramadol. Call 1-888 ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... . Furthermore, those who quit using pot as adults did not recover these IQ points. 7 Warning Signs & Withdrawal Symptoms For those concerned about whether they or a loved one are addicted to marijuana, there are some ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

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

    ... meaningful life they've missed out on for so long. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the signs and symptoms of addiction. Roman Skovich Image 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 ...

    ... “He tears his clothes off and ties them around his head.” Physical Appearance Symptom including “meth face” and “meth mouth” are classic signs of long-term meth use, all of which results in drastic changes in appearance ... 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 ...

    ... . Along with respiratory depression, two additional signs of an opiate overdose include small, contracted pupils and unconsciousness. Respiratory depression, being the most alarming symptom, is the last to occur in the ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... or didn't use it all. Symptoms that Accompany HIV As the HIV virus multiplies and destroys more disease-fighting cells, symptoms develop and worsen. Those signs and symptoms include: Fever Fatigue Swollen lymph nodes ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... - after ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... your child might be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those include things like a reduced amount of personal hygiene and overall self-care, a more aggressive ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... is in your life. Where does it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance has become central to your day ... more and more of it to feel its effects? Withdrawal symptoms: If you don't take Ativan, do you suffer ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... haven't yet hit rock bottom and b) that you are showing signs of motivation to change. Continue reading to learn why you don' ... , denial, desire to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms, stigma, and fear. Cravings are one ... 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 ...

    ... 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/DEA continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

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

    ... with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... remember is that the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication via syringe is a better option. Myth #4 ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... (Delta-9 THC) Cannabidiol (CBD) Cannabinol (CBN) Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) Learn more about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse . Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers and Coverage Levels ... 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. ...

    ... the child is older. Preschool teachers, nurses, doctors and other care providers should be on alert for signs of behavior issues tied to prenatal meth exposure. Additional Reading: The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... . Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and symptoms classically related to benzo addiction include: Headaches Weakness Tremors Memory problems Swelling in hands and ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... abuse,” said Monnat. Recognizing Teenage Opioid Abuse Teenage opioid abuse is particularly dangerous, as the signs can be much less apparent than those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. ... ://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/kratom-signs-symptoms.html http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_ ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... cocaine mess up this process so that when cocaine users are off the drug they feel like other people have more negative emotions?” Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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

    ... a desirable emotion, we will do whatever we can to avoid it. In the end, it's just easier to keep a group of using friends around. Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

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

    ... be at the top of your “to-do” list. For example, you'll want to know the common signs and symptoms of Adderall addiction . These include: Weight loss General loss of appetite Difficulty sleeping Noticeable changes in sex ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... reliever. The process has been around since Biblical times, but most people favor over-the-counter anti-constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... , he had a better understanding of his roommate's Ritalin use and the risks it posed. He knew what signs to look for in case of serious side effects. He also discovered what recovery programs were available in the area ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... allow them to offer safe opiate detox without violating regulations. With our nation's opiate epidemic showing no signs of slowing, there's simply no time to waste. We need all hands on deck. Additional Reading: Don ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... and psychological effects. If you suspect a loved one might be abusing heroin , look for the following signs: Drowsiness Heroin produces a state of drowsiness that typically lasts for several hours. It's accompanied by ... 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 ...

    ... she stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came ... 've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking ... 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 ...

    ... enough to respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep can ... feel behind the wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... and support for this issue. Young children stood outside chanting “Safe students, safe schools” and holding signs reading “United for Safe Schools” and “Safe Schools = No Needles.” Too Little, Too Late? Already aware ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... of Withdrawal Symptoms of dope sickness - and their intensity - can vary by person, drug of choice, and the amount of drugs used on a regular basis. However, common signs of dope sickness include: Nausea, vomiting ... 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 ...

    ... While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... failure, and stroke. Is it worth it? Additional Reading: 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in ... opioid pain medications be monitored closely for signs of addictive behavior. Statistics 259 million ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... brain's opioid receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause ... drugs that affect the central nervous system. Signs of methadone overdose include: 2 Nausea. ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

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

    ... slew of negative health consequences, including respiratory depression, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms. Kratom takes effect within 5 to 10 minutes after you take it and you can ... 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 ...

    ... the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past). Try to remember ... signing that you understand the facility services, procedures, rules and expectations. By signing ... continue reading
  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... access to the Sites, and except as expressly permitted above may be amended only by a written agreement signed by authorized representatives of all parties to these Terms. You may not assign or transfer these Terms or ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... usually began the process of adding it to the list of illegal substances. In 2012, President Obama signed into law an act that made synthetic drugs illegal. Designer drugs have been around since the prohibition, when ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... found on pill bottles. Taking all this information into consideration, having an unambiguous black box warning sign should be more effective at providing a clear-cut message and helping to reduce the preventable ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... pleasant. Weight Loss - While to some this may seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal Collapsed Veins - Injecting morphine into veins repeatedly can ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible a large percentage of all emergency room visits in 2013. Just ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... sparked controversy, driving many to question the law's ethical issues. Last May, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law which gives law enforcement officials the ability to arrest and charge pregnant women ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea, anxiety ... prescription pads, the prescribing doctor must personally sign and date all prescriptions the day they are ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... in which the facility itself is not registered with the DEA.” In fact, the National Council is organizing a sign-on letter to the DEA about this issue. David believes the DEA needs to move more quickly, “We're frustrated ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... few humiliating seconds. While you're undoubtedly grateful your life was saved, being Narcan famous isn't something you signed up for. When Your Life Becomes Reality TV A very similar scenario happened to a young man in ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... to get it. This kind of thinking has to change. Start thinking more long-term. Delaying gratification is a sign of maturity. It involves a bigger perspective and healthier responses . It results in better choices for a ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... controversial shade. To date, the petition has received over 1,300 signatures. One supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a national epidemic, where we are losing a generation ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... haven't gone unnoticed in Washington. Congress recently passed the 21st Century Cures Act . It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a total sticker price of ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... completed a treatment program and/or detox . In addition, many homes will require you to agree to sign a contract stating your commitment to recovery. This is all to safeguard the recovery process for everyone else ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... concentration are usually temporary and not a sign of permanent brain damage. Depression and fatigue ... to be extremely rare. It is important to remember that symptoms of PAWS come and go . The vast majority of people ... continue reading
  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... access to the Sites, and except as expressly permitted above may be amended only by a written agreement signed by authorized representatives of all parties to these Terms. You may not assign or transfer these Terms or ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    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 ...

    ... being used. 1, 3, 4 They also depend on how long and how heavily you've been using. 1, 5 Withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to deal with and may lead people back to using the substance in an effort to alleviate the ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... Caouette develops a frightening dissociative disorder. The scary and surreal imagery used to illustrate his drug-induced delirium will stick long in your mind. Learn more about the symptoms and side effects of drug use . continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

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

    ... and lasts about a week, allowing drug use to be gradually tapered. While the taper relieves some physical symptoms, it does nothing for an addict's state of mind. A psychological dependence is loosely described by the ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... have already shown that women are more prone to cannabis abuse and dependence than men. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food intake are more severe in women. And to top ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

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

    ... addicted to the drug. But it is hard to accurately diagnose someone who also abuses heroin because of the similar symptoms. In the U.S. there was a major health scare last year after an Arizona man was hospitalized. He ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... hormones, and also cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users can suffer from a number of physical ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

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

    ... that dealers today dilute their products with other anesthetics to mimic some of the drug's symptoms. Common anesthetics used in cocaine include benzocaine, lidocaine and procaine. The combination of increased anesthesia ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and cope with withdrawal symptoms. What is OxyContin? OxyContin was introduced in 1995 to help control or relieve moderate to severe pain ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... longer period of time, the addiction sets in and you no longer can refuse drugs without withdrawal symptoms. What causes these symptoms, and why is it so hard to quit taking drugs? When you take drugs, your brain changes ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... , or school because I'm taking this drug in excess? 5. Do I have withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop this drug? 6. Do I get withdrawal symptoms when I have not taken the drug at a regular time or in a high dose ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... I am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients may have trouble stopping the drug once they've started it. Abuse by crushing, snorting ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... the drug than was prescribed. Your doctor may be able to switch you to a different drug to help you manage your symptoms. If you go from doctor to doctor to get the drug and conceal how much of it you are taking, this is ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... of cocaine can cause hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and depression. Those addicted to cocaine may experience symptoms like psychosis, depression, and an inability to sit still. Crack cocaine is an especially common ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... these aren't nice in the way that sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows are nice. If you do suffer from these symptoms, though, you've developed a tolerance and likely an addiction . At some point, you're going to have to ... continue reading
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