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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... by 200% since 2000. 2 The numbers underscore, perhaps today more than ever, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so you can get the help you or a loved one needs—and possibly save a ... 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, ...

    ... the problem from progressing further. Illicit Drugs Click on any substance below to find out some characteristic signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction for that substance. You can also learn how to find help for ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... -term memory and coordination and can bring on anxiety and paranoia. 3,5,7 In general, some characteristic symptoms of marijuana use are likely to be experienced regardless of how THC enters the bloodstream. Still, there ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... aren't your friends. Be a good friend to yourself do what's best for you. Here are 7 warning signs that your friends are making your addiction worse . 1. They Help You Justify Bad Behavior Are your friends cheering for ... 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 ...

    ... of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were pretty severe, but there were also warning signs of addiction along the way. 1. David Hasselhoff One of the better-known meltdowns, this incident is ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... important to take only as directed by your doctor. Here are 7 signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol ... developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 ... 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
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... work and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ... 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
  • 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
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one ... 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
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... Ongoing substance use despite the problems it causes. All mental illnesses have their own set of symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Signs and symptoms can vary by individual and condition. However, some of the more common ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... . [quizBuddy quiz=”Bath Salts Abuse” question=”1″] [quizBuddy quiz=”Bath Salts Abuse” question=”2″] Signs and Symptoms As with most stimulants, bath salt use leads to: Rapid heart rate. High blood pressure. Dilated ... 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
  • 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
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... hard and fast rule that determines whether someone is addicted. Worried someone you love is addicted? Learn the signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Myth #7: Only “Hard” Drugs are Dangerous Drugs like heroin , cocaine, and ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... libido. The negative effect profile also overlaps with other, more commonly abused stimulants and includes signs and symptoms such as: Jaw clenching. Dilated pupils; sensitivity to light. Reduced appetite. Increased body ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Spice Abuse

    What Is Spice? “Spice” is a term commonly used to refer to a blend of dried plant material that is laced with a synthetic cannabinoid. It is also regularly referred to as “synthetic marijuana.” Other names include “K2,” “Moon Rocks” ...

    ... likely fueled their rise in popularity. Signs and Symptoms of Use Symptoms of Spice abuse vary and can include physical and cognitive symptoms. Physical Signs and Symptoms Other adverse effects can include: Excessive ... 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
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

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

    ... or stay awake. In fact, taking too many caffeine pills can lead to an overdose. Signs and symptoms of a caffeine overdose include: Increased thirst. Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Rapid heartbeat. Vomiting. Dizziness ... 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 ...

    ... issues, 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 ... 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... 18 to 25 said they'd been approached at least once in the past month, compared with roughly one in 10 women (21% vs. 11.9%). However, when 18- to 25-year-olds were asked how difficult they thought it would be for them to ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

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

    ... rest of the country. Drug Convictions: State vs. National Statistics Calculating the number of convicted drug ... imprisoned for crack use, and in 2010 President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act in hopes of remedying the ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... was more than double that of the group that was not currently treated for mental illness - 25.8 percent vs. 12.1 percent. This data raises the importance of quality dual diagnosis treatment . In any case, the numbers ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that typically ... the elderly sharply rose (31.4% of people ages 65-80 prescribed vs. 14.7% of people, ages 18-35), 7 so too did ... 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
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... and schizophrenia - Tourette's syndrome and various symptoms of autism. The drug works by changing ... the compulsive behaviors stop, too. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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

    ... 't know if it is okay . If he is an alcoholic, wouldn't it be typical for him to deny it? What are the Warning Signs? My friends tell me I'm being paranoid. They don't know him as well as I do, though. They don't see him ... 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
  • 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
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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

    ... short-term memories were never stored in the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when or if someone is experiencing a blackout. In fact, many outsiders won't ... continue reading
  • 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
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

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

    ... you on edge, but that's not an indication you have a use disorder,” Koob adds. A Few Warning Signs There are certain situations that should cause concern, such as: A family history of alcoholism Slamming down your first ... 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
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs or consequences of drinking in the privacy of your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling ... continue reading
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

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

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

    ... com/local-news/2015-05-19/breaking-down-drinking-patterns-georgia http://matadornetwork.com/life/10-signs-grew-drinking-louisiana/ https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/driving-while-impaired-alcohol-and-drugs http://www ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... , which they do at a faster rate than heroin. Signs of overdose from speedballs include: Bluish skin or fingernails. ... including heart attack and cardiac arrest. Other symptoms of overdose include: Extreme stomach pain or ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... 't used medically, so any use of the drug is unsafe. If you've taken the drug and crave it, this is a potential sign of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug and a growing tolerance to it are both ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... effects that compound when taken together. Signs of being roofied include extreme drowsiness ... fault. Fuzzy memory of the night before and extreme hangover symptoms may indicate that you were drugged. Here are some things ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... for alcohol, cocaine, heroin or nicotine,that withdrawal symptoms are less severe, and that death from a ... and who are more susceptible to addiction. Potential signs of a marijuana use disorder include craving the drug ... 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
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... those aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly, if ... time. Additional Reading: Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It's Time to Get Help Image Source: en ... 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 cause ... behind the wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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

    ... for the Addict Making excuses for someone with an addiction denies the reality of the problem, and is a sure sign of enabling is denial or avoidance. If you're an enabler, you choose not to confront the addict because ... 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
  • 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 - ...

    ... One of the telltale signs that a physical drug addiction has developed is the presence of an associated withdrawal syndrome. When long-term Spice users attempt to quit, serious withdrawal symptoms can occur as mentioned ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

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

    ... can also happen after one single use of a drug. Symptoms of a drug overdose may include: 10,11 Agitation. ... . Violent or aggressive behavior. Coma. If any of these signs are present, or if you believe a person might be ... 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
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