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  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

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

    ... much less effective for the longer-lasting symptoms of PAWS. Benzodiazepines Similar to alcohol's mechanism of ... Answers? to find treatment now. The pattern of substance abuse. Duration of the addiction. Intensity of the ... 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 ...

    ... when “just one more” doesn't do the trick anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get ... 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 ...

    ... Salter, notes, “This is an exciting study which reveals a new mechanism and a potential therapeutic target for ... ensure its' safety. Their goal is to develop an effective method to treat the millions struggling with pain ... continue reading
  • How can you tell if you have a substance abuse issue?
    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

    More and more states are moving to ban an increasingly popular mechanism used to defeat drug tests. Synthetic urine, otherwise known as fake pee, has come under fire with lawmakers , who say the liquid gives drug users a way to sidestep screening ...

    More and more states are moving to ban an increasingly popular mechanism used to defeat drug tests. Synthetic urine, otherwise known as fake pee, has come under fire with lawmakers , who say the liquid gives drug users a ... 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 ...

    ... liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse ... coping skills, and there are things that aren't worth coping with.” I'd used all my coping skills in an ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

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

    ... relieves some physical symptoms, it does nothing for an addict's state of mind. A psychological dependence ... course of action for lasting sobriety. Skills and coping techniques acquired while in rehab help addicts learn ... 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 ...

    ... lowest dose of opioids including methadone for effective treatment to minimize testosterone suppression. It' ... about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this data, ... that one of our biggest challenges is finding effective ways to inform teenagers that break through their ... 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 ...

    ... be, can be helpful in focusing on the present and developing faith that things will work out in the future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth Image Source: pixabay.com, deviantart.com 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 ...

    ... propelled reaction called decarboxylation. Not much is known about THCA, but experts have found that is an effective therapeutic agent that has been used to reduce pain, relieve nausea and stimulate appetite. Cannabidiol ... 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, ...

    ... have even come to find NSAIDS as being more effective than narcotics. The American Dental Association has gotten on ... that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor ... 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 ...

    ... safer alternative to street opiates or uncontrolled opioid abuse. Methadone is a long-lasting synthetic opioid ... needs, but 60 mg has been shown to be the most effective dose. 2 What Are the Side Effects? While methadone is ... 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. ...

    ... is, are they beyond hope? Recent research offers an emphatic no . A New Hope A previously conducted study ... unless the mothers get clean and learn some vital sober coping skills, it's highly unlikely their babies will have ... 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 ...

    ... risk. Additional gender differences include: Opioids are more effective in women. Some studies have indicated that, if ... are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse during periods of hormonal ... 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 ...

    ... could be deadly, agencies are now instructing officers to wear gloves and masks when handling any type of substance to protect their skin and lungs. After interception, they're advised to bring the evidence directly to a ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... clearly have positive intent, but they raise important questions: Are police qualified to determine who has a substance use problem and who is dealing for other reasons? And should we really be asking them to take ... 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 ...

    ... , but luckily there are some very effective techniques for minimizing stress. First and foremost ... and social media accounts people have these days, it's an obvious productivity killer. If you don't need your phone for ... 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 ...

    ... black tar heroin had visible wounds, difficulty speaking, vision problems, and trouble swallowing. When PWIDs inject the substance under the skin or into the muscles, it can cause wound botulism. In the long run, wound ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... decision. Earlier this month, Florida State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, a Coconut Creek Democrat, filed legislation to add kratom to the controlled substance list. House Bill 183 would add kratom to the schedule of controlled ... 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. ...

    ... . What may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram 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
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... for promiscuous behavior and transmission of STD's. Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about ecstasy abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... - if Kim, Matt and Kristin had known the way things would turn out, would they have even bothered taking the risk to get high? Additional Reading: You've Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... since what could work for males might not be as effective for females. “We need to consider sex as a variable ... more specialized treatment for drug abusers because the mechanisms that are driving the addiction are likely ... 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 depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the ... 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 ...

    ... of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by ... heart failure: As your heart and arteries become less effective, blood no longer travels through the body as it ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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

    ... off. If you continue to take more, it doesn't create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so many stable, low-dose patients don't have to take it ... 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 ...

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

    ... Sites, by sending an email to any address you may have provided, or through other mechanisms. Additionally, if the ... of resolving disputes in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and Company agree that any and ... continue reading
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    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... Sites, by sending an email to any address you may have provided, or through other mechanisms. Additionally, if the ... of resolving disputes in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and Company agree that any and ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present. They simply alert their handlers ... from service. However, buying new K9's isn't cost effective. Training new dogs or re-training old ones can cost ... 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 ...

    ... people in recovery should avoid all mind-altering substances, while others say medications can be very ... severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused. Tapering Off Xanax…Slowly Carol wanted to stop taking ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the ... because too many people still do not get effective substance use disorder treatment. That is why the ... 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 ...

    ... the show was shut down because a bouncer had a bag of white powder inadvertently dumped on his head. An Unhealthy Atmosphere For most parents, scenes like the one that went down at Stitches' performance are beyond ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users can suffer from a number of physical symptoms including: Vomiting Seizures Muscle ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... cause serious burns. Amines are not the nicest of substances (that's why we are generally repulsed by the ... drug anyone wants to mess with, and its drug abuse effects are poorly understood. This creates a dangerous ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... say it's time rethink our assumptions and treatment options for cocaine addiction. If it's not an issue of self-control, treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy are basically rendered ineffective because they focus ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and ... ” is where opioids interfere with the breathing mechanism, slowing it down - often too much - ... 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 ...

    ... infections, such as cysts, abscesses and ulcers. Sharing Needles Can Spell Disaster Shared and recycled needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk of contracting a bacterial ... 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 ...

    ... 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 percent in 2013. Not only that, more Americans than ever say they're simply ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... . This situation is seen again and again in the brains of every cocaine user . The cocaine is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to control this urge. Once cocaine is used ... 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 ...

    ... , marijuana causes a spike in testosterone shortly after smoking, increasing sex drive. However, this only lasts about an hour, and in high doses, lasts only 20 minutes. After these time periods, testosterone levels dip ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 life. The Choice Really is Yours When I was released from prison ... 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 ...

    ... 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 didn't want anyone to think that person was me . At that point in my life, I had definitely ... 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 ...

    ... 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 “change of heart.” I was knee-deep in self-pity and mistakenly thought my life had hit rock ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... . Discarded Needles: Clean, new needles can be hard to come by. Despite knowing that sharing needles is an extremely risky option, it happens all the time. As fewer needle exchange operations become available, some IV ... 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. ...

    ... on what to do if they encounter a needle. The pamphlet informs them to stop, turn around and tell an adult. School officials worry this won't be enough. During fall and winter, leaves and snow easily hide needles ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... the quick results and determining what substances have caused an overdose Routine drug monitoring in ... be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing ... 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 ...

    ... become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic opioids like carfentanil are cheap to purchase, making them an ideal ingredient to add in baggies of heroin . Just this year, officials have already seen a ... 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 ...

    ... the Maid of Honor, being the only one sober while everyone else got drunk wasn't a lot of fun. An Attitude of Gratitude When two of the bridesmaids started talking to some sketchy looking dudes, Jeana made the executive ... 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 ...

    ... or their dogs are suffering from pain and inflammation, more and more people are looking to marijuana as an alternative medication. Cannabis and Sick Pets The cannabis plant is a complex botanical with more than 400 ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... many people overdose on benzos in the US each year? Click Here for the Answer The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports nearly 9,000 people in the US died of benzodiazepine overdose in 2015. This figure has more than ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... isolating illness, which is exactly why surrounding yourself with people who support your recovery is such an effective defense against cravings and relapse. Being open with the people you trust about your struggles and ... 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 ...

    ... ” label, a bigger part wanted the world to know that that label didn't define me. So, I wrote an article that revealed everything: my drunken car crash, my prison stint, my struggles living life as a convicted felon. The ... 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. ...

    ... a challenging goal in the back of your mind; something that pushes you to be better and reach new heights. 21. Don't stress over discouraging statistics. You are an individual in control of your own success in recovery. 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 ...

    ... their team. They didn't suspect “just how much marijuana use affected brain blood flow.” Raji stated in an interview, “Prior papers have suggested that marijuana can damage the brain. What surprised [us] was how low ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... A lack of coping skills can lead them to seek out an artificial method of coping with stress. ... educated. If there is a family history of addiction, be honest and open a dialogue about the real risks of substance abuse. continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... of pain. Pain and the Effects of Drugs Moving onto an aside, pain releases endorphins. The idea is to warn ... which means that you end up needing more to be as effective. You take more, and eventually the body demands even ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... they were selling impure drugs, but that the substances weren't even from Canada. That isn't entirely ... health risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... means that while it may be more effective than other forms of treatment for substance addiction, ibogaine will not help everyone ... a symptom that is actually considered to be an important part of ibogaine [4]. Testimonials ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

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

    ... OxyContin can be severe, making effective detoxification difficult. Detoxing from OxyContin ... professional treatment when discontinuing use of an addictive substance. Medicine for OxyContin Withdrawal Withdrawal symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... signals a weaker immune system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that ... people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and HIV infection. The goal of this community-level ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

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    ... guidelines for slowly weaning off the benzo was most effective — if still painful. For those on high ... Substance Abuse Research. (2013). Benzodiazepines. 2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Well-Known Mechanism ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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    ... more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional ... nature, philosophy, art or anything else, spirituality is an important aspect of our human experience. It could be ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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    ... procedure takes about 15 minutes and is completed in an outpatient setting. The device then releases buprenorphine into your ... throughout your body, it can be very effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms. This also lowers ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

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    ... . The “DEA has filed to have U-47700 listed as a banned substance, but that order hasn't gone into effect yet.” What is Pink ... drugs like fentanyl in the deadly market of opioid abuse. The drug creates a “sense of euphoria, ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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    ... well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body's inflammatory response ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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    ... stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 ... , innovators are producing what they hope to be “effective” solutions. Since manufacturers finally realized the 1980's ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

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    ... they are. Hope One welcomes anyone affected by substance abuse and behavioral health issues to look out for ... 2011. Hope One proponents believe this program will be effective because it is a client-driven service. “We ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... for Sensible Drug Policy , an organization dedicated to implementing innovative public health initiatives with the goal of empowering families to increase access to effective substance use disorder treatment and reduce ... 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 ...

    ... charged emotions, and people may turn to alcohol to cope with feelings such as: Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Loneliness ... reward yourselves with. This could be a nice brunch, an exercise class, or a walk around the park or the ... 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 ...

    ... in order to fully recover . A better course of action is to speak with a professional about enrolling in an opiate rehab program that offers smoking cessation classes. Once there, you can work with your doctor to address ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... and more employees are turning to drugs as a way to cope. Evaluating the Dirty Drug Screens For their study, Quest Diagnostics ... morale, drug abuse can cause problems at work including: After-effects of substance use ( ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have ... no evidence that these centers represent a favorable or effective environment for the treatment of drug dependence.” Learn ... 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 ...

    ... by smoking, eating an edible, or another method, THC (as well as any other cannabinoid substance present) will make ... of the effects. Smoking is a very rapidly effective route of administration. Joints, bongs, and other ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

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    ... manufactures a nonaddictive opiate that is as effective as morphine will control the drug market for up to twenty years. After all, why would a doctor prescribe an addictive substance when he or she could prescribe a ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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    ... that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of cortisol, ... know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this process ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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    ... that secondhand smoke kills 42,000 non-smokers 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 ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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    ... a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They also believe that naloxone ... and dissipate entirely after 90 minutes, leaving behind an opiate withdrawal that is so brutal, it leaves ... 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 ...

    ... . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid. When someone who hasn't received a prescription starts popping someone else's pills, it's very ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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    ... weekend with her friends. They were going camping, which sounded like fun, but Hillary had to say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn't leave town because she had to get to the methadone clinic every day. If she didn ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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    ... it could be deadly. Fact Two: Even the FDA has gone out of its way to convince people NOT to abuse fentanyl. When Tom picked up his fentanyl prescription, he noticed something different on the label this time. On the box ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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    ... Marijuana Bust Customs officials took 60 boxes and nearly 500 bags of marijuana to a power plant in Olching, an area northwest of Munich. There, they burned the marijuana in a way that produced energy - namely heat and ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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    ... conscious sedation, there are three providers - a doctor, an RN, and also a respiratory therapist - while I ... . It will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back from a situation like ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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    ... 's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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    ... John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash and hadn't ... unpleasant symptoms typically drive users to continue abusing drugs; going back to using can feel ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

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    ... , and the negative effect of NAFTA on the drug scene in America. “America's War on Drugs” concludes with an episode examining the terror attacks on September 11th. This final chapter explores how the War on Drugs and the ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... quite the opposite: smoking marijuana can actually cause an increase in stress. Let's Look at the Study ... They struggled more with their tasks and had an overall more stressful experience. Researcher Emma Childs explains ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

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    ... according to him, would be well-lit with stainless-steel surfaces and be stocked with naloxone in case of an overdose occurrence. It would have a biohazard box for needles and bloodied swabs. It would also be monitored - ... 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 ...

    ... of grocery stores. As far as I know, I've never been assaulted by an eggplant. Recognizing and addressing your triggers is an important way to maintain your sobriety. Another way to maintain your sobriety is reaching ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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    ... higher than usual drug cravings. On the flip side, the ones who got enough sleep and were in an upbeat mood reported less cravings. These findings were recently published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, marking the ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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    ... have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred ... medication in combination with therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat addiction. 5. Relapse is Common Your ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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    ... face with people, which may be extremely hard if you're an introvert, have social anxiety, or if you're new to recovery ... of addiction and recovery. By tapping into an online network, you expand your ability to learn ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that ... need to eat half your bodyweight in parsley to feel an effect. Tobacco is cured before it is delivered-and for ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back to abusing once ... compared to most of the world, the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness among this population is comparable to ... continue reading
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