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  • 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 ...

    ... The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of ... addiction is, in fact a disorder of the brain, and just like other physical disorders there is help and healing—but only if you move beyond the stigma and ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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

    ... gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The ... from the “stoner” stigma and market to the type of person who pays for rare vintage wines and all-natural meals. ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

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

    ... a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the ... productive members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the ... continue reading
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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and ... deal with the personal and professional stigma society places not ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... -run and supportive.” “A methadone program may not be right for everyone, but you won't know unless you try. Don't let stigma or innuendo rob you of the chance to find recovery.” Learn more about the addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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

    ... the nation as overdose from drug abuse claims the lives of ... addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and similar obituaries are written in the hopes of raising substance abuse awareness , reducing stigma, and ... 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, ...

    ... options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and abuse, however, many hospitals and clinics refuse to carry ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... publicly, at least in a professional capacity. Unfortunately, many professionals and executives feel that the stigma of addiction will overshadow their training and talents once “unmasked.” As a result, that fear causes ... 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 ...

    ... to take the drug on a regular basis for months and even years. 2 ... Stigma with Scientific Evidence Despite the stigma associated with it, methadone has been used safely and effectively for the treatment of opioid addiction ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted medical professionals must first be willing to acknowledge their disease and actively seek help. With the massive spike in drug abuse among ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... Should welfare recipients undergo drug testing in order to continue receiving benefits? Give us your input and ideas in the comments section below. Additional Reading: The Financial Toll of Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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

    ... carries with it a certain shame-laden stigma, and many people do not seek help ... and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... continue reading
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  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... still three hours away. You still don't have a ride, and the stigma in town is still there. But, now you can sit down in ... of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... think asking for help shows weakness. They believe there's shame and stigma surrounding the concept, leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 Americans died due to complications of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD), a ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... sure does keep policymakers busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... The primary goal is to reduce the number of drug-related incidences, even if IV users aren't able to ... been told to avoid enabling someone who's struggling with an addiction - that the person should be allowed to hit “rock ... 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 ...

    ... build up on the valves of the heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if working at a safe ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others had grown up visiting their loved ones in jail. The majority had substance abuse issues , ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly,” said Kelly Conway, the owner of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who uses the ... 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 ...

    ... also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub-culture . The use of unsanitary needles can lead to serious skin infections, such as cysts, abscesses and ulcers. Sharing Needles ... 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 ...

    ... White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, also spoke out against the new law and said it was important “that we create environments where we're really diminishing the stigma and the barriers, particularly for ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... ever to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill would ban the sale, use and possession of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to anyone under that age. First-time offenders would receive a $10 fine, while second-time ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease ... heat. Though it lacks the strong psychoactive and medicinal qualities of THC and comprises less than one percent of cannabis ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... then they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... family. Ultimately, I picked a place close to my family, as it allowed me the privacy to have quiet alone time and the close proximity to help if I'm tempted to use again. The Work is Worth It While moving wasn't an easy ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... unwanted health issues that affect their bodies and their overall health. And because of the illegal status of most drugs that are injected and the perceived stigma of injection drug use, many PWIDs do not seek medical ... 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 ...

    ... easier to start taking the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... wondered, “Is this what I got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... friends you are more prone to drink. By staying active and moving around, you will feel less inclined to reach ... avoid seeing friends who you used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, broken and bleeding. Molly's daughter loved to play softball. It ... own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find the ... 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. ...

    ... Michigan's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among ... 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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

    ... much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it as a treatment modality for decades without harm. However, methadone - ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat ... you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... is common in the Bwiti religion, and it's also used as a stimulant in lower doses. The active ingredient, ibogaine, has been used in the treatment of opiate addiction , although clinical trials are still pending. Animals ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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

    ... Round The Suboxone uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining them millions after violating federal rules for dispensing controlled ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

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

    ... , many inmates are released from their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and many former inmates don't make it. In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a healthy plan of attack to prevent future relapses. Get Therapy Thinking and behavior patterns are intricately woven into heroin addiction. Destructive patterns are what lead to relapse. Underlying issues often drive ... 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 ...

    ... s in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What ... of overdose is more common than you think. Xanax and other benzodiazepines were involved in 31 percent of all ... 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 ...

    ... lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by 60 to ... body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    ... : Suboxone is Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is ... often serves as a great weapon in the fight against the opioid epidemic. And let's be honest, we need all the weapons we can get our ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You ... so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you' ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience different effects from the same drug. Here's the breakdown on Mary Jane's sexism: Pain Relief: Multiple studies ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... . Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan) are a hidden killer, overshadowed by the massive reports on opioid abuse. But ... 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 ...

    ... two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one ... controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has additional regulations on its use. ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... we shouldn't be having. We begin to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , which makes us more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to our interpretation of ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped ... a peaceful existence, one without 2 a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... . When people start taking them to get high instead of to manage severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused. Tapering Off Xanax…Slowly Carol wanted to stop taking them with her doctor's help, but every ... 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. ...

    ... aren't doomed to become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts note it's much ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... the realm of control. It's very possible to join the millions of Americans who have stopped abusing inhalants and gone on to lead sober lives. Learn more about the harmful effects of inhalant abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... time was spent sharing the memories of childhood - teen years that morphed into adult years and changed women into mothers. Addiction Ripped My Heart Out Each year, we gathered at my house - grandmothers, aunts, mothers ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... in the U.S. each year, including 900 babies. Those who died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... If you know someone who uses E-cigarettes, educate them about the dangers of these products. Suggest that they quit and offer support in doing so. But if they insist on continuing to smoke, you can at least urge them to ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... country. A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 ... 2016, around 25 states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use - a number that will most likely ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    ... CDC report offers a plethora of findings, including abuse rates, ages of first use and opinions regarding appropriate punishment for breaking drug laws. So what can we take away from all this information? Well, the first ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose relatively little. It ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... to practice in areas of need across Tennessee. Graduates would agree to work in the addiction program for three years and, in exchange, they would receive a stipend to cover training plus student loan forgiveness. Spread ... 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 ...

    ... extent people will go to in order to satisfy their drug habit.” It's Time to Change the Channel Treatment ... be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue the compassion. Video clips ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... that there are some pretty striking similarities in the brains of people who observe prayer and the people who indulge in psychedelic drugs . A Different Kind of Trip Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg , who is the director ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... , local law enforcement agencies have used everything from large steel drums to crematories and hospital incinerators for drug disposal . However in Germany, confiscated pot is fueling the economy - literally. Recently ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing ... . They must then propose a solution, involving technology, and describe how it solves the issue. Finally, the idea ... 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 ...

    ... ? It's Not My Fault… Do you blame everyone and everything for the circumstances you've created? Do you off ... ones catch on. Stay in this role long enough, and you'll likely find yourself alone. Take Responsibility So, how ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... to pain. However, there is little research showing medical marijuana's effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. Veterinarians also find themselves between a rock ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... of learning opportunities. People are always providing links to valuable information or sharing their stories of addiction and recovery. By tapping into an online network, you expand your ability to learn from others ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... “One of the most compelling things to come out of this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of provider ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught ... made from airplane parts?? As for those who note that drug seekers can get their pills elsewhere, they may be right. ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... dosage. One such painkiller is Tramadol . It not only helps aid animals with arthritis and other ailments, it's also the same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these ... 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 ...

    ... causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common ... 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 ...

    ... from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

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

    ... Does Marijuana Do to Your Mouth? Kim, Mark and countless others end up with marijuana mouth for several ... teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users aren ... 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 ...

    ... baby brother be in jail? Her parents retained a lawyer and were trying to get him released to a rehab. A ... with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... at life like I had a second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have no control. By ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... would carry out would pay for itself.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse tells us 10 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2013 (and that's just the ones who were willing to admit it ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has ... He then invites four young women on stage to do the drug, passing a mirror between them as they snort lines of cocaine ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... London for everything from alcoholism to stress-based disorders, Promis has 25 years of addiction experience with a strong and positive vibe. It states it has helped over 5,500 people (over 200 a year) in its tranquil ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ... insomnia.” As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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

    ... meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of a particular protein gene ... for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention and wound management down the road. Additional Reading: Meth ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... yourself back into a working community, you'll find a renewed sense of belonging and purpose, which will do wonders for your addiction on its own. The fact remains, however, that most employers don't want workers ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... of Poly-Substance Abuse Another research project published last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances were more likely to display unsafe driving than those ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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

    ... no one wants to isolate someone they love, our behaviors and mentality during active addiction often force family and friends to leave us. Addiction quickly steals our most cherished relationships. 2. Success Whether it ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually lead to relapse. So, it's important to change those old ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... this part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree. Our tour of Bill's brain is based on the ... impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... . Pain meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... to get contraband in by any means necessary. Here are six other bizarre things which have been used to try and smuggle drugs into correctional facilities. A Baby A baby with a balloon isn't uncommon, but a baby with a ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... you choose has qualified professionals such as medical doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, and addiction counselors. 9. Aftercare and Ongoing Support Aftercare is an essential component of the treatment process. It ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a ... nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard of this beast and the toll it's taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people ...

    ... . A whopping 5554 people overdosed on the synthetic opioid in 2014, and deaths continue to surge into 2017 as street drugs like heroin and cocaine are unknowingly laced with fentanyl. Proceed With Caution But users aren ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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

    ... most capable person feel helpless. Sure, Al-Anon tells loved ones that they didn't cause the addiction, they can't control it, and they can't cure it, but that doesn't really make anyone feel less helpless. #3 Sadness ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... happened over a period of about two years. Moving Forward Officials hope to trace the source of these drugs and get them out of circulation. They hope to prevent these overdoses from turning into the first wave of ... 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. ...

    ... your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. Things are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The addiction is the top priority, not a friend's ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... realize that it wasn't the appropriate place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. One state ... and charged with a crime. Seven out of 10 felt the same way about prescription drug ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in the States. And because it's so powerful, officials believe that even multiple injections of the anti-overdose drug naloxone may not even be enough to prevent a fatal ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... substance abusers from getting pregnant is one of the only ways to stop the cycle of babies being born addicted, poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... developing. Introducing chemicals like THC, the active and intoxicating compound found in marijuana can be ... in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... police officials about the dangers of carfentanil. DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg referred to the drug as “crazy dangerous” and part of that danger lies in the unknown. Ohio coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco points ... continue reading
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