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  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication to treat other chronic ... body has become accustomed to taking a certain medication. Many other substances - such as coffee or sugar - can ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... than having to hoof it to a medication-assisted treatment program multiple times per month, like ... number of questions before filling a new controlled substance prescription. If the patient and the prescription don ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... . Allison knew about their family's history of substance abuse - her father drank all the time. Sometimes ... . Maybe inpatient rehab works for you, while medication assisted therapy works for me. The main takeaway is ... Learn more

  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's ...

    ... countless lives, because many people suffering from substance abuse don't have insurance, or if ... medication gets pricey, especially without insurance. This unaffordable sum blocks access to medication assisted treatment ... Learn more

  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    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, ...

    ... there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present. They simply alert their handlers when ... . Recent court rulings could make dog-assisted prosecutions harder to stick. Concerns about ... Learn more

  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. ...

    ... of Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments ... of the 68 had recently completed medically-assisted opioid withdrawal and had been clean for about ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... t create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so many ... been using Suboxone as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid use , your ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Dr. Greg Copas. They don't advertise their product as a cure-all, but rather as an aid to assist with ongoing therapies. Canna grinds up an entire hemp plant to make their capsules, which contain minor amounts of THC ... Learn more

  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid ...

    ... via the spinal cord. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA ... main one being an overwhelming misconception about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... treatment when discontinuing use of an addictive substance. Medicine for OxyContin Withdrawal Withdrawal symptoms can be treated with a variety of medications ... for medically-assisted opioid detox treatment. If you ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... vacation. If you'd prefer to go elsewhere for addiction treatment , you might want to head to the Cottage at Life ... therapy for the whole family as well as medically assisted detox . It is one of the strictest rehab ... Learn more

  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid ...

    ... “ opioid detoxification ,” and as medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually ... Learn more

  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although ...

    ... of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid ... interactions with other substances. According to statistics gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... often contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). A large 2002 study found that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more likely to have hypertension ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... her vagina and smuggling them into a correctional facility. An inmate reportedly overdosed on that very medication just two months later. Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the ... Learn more

  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to ...

    ... . You might be familiar with some of the popular brands - Lunesta, Ambien and Sonata. Though these new medications appear to pose less of a threat, they still have risks. Even over-the-counter sleep aids aren't ... Learn more

  • 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' ...

    ... 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 known natural ... Learn more

  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of ...

    ... last year, Moschino introduced its controversial Capsule clothing line , a collection inspired by the packaging of medication. The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... prepared so that you can calmly reply and avoid temptation. For example, responses could include: “I am on a medication and I can't drink alcohol,” “I have early plans tomorrow morning (could be an early hike or meeting ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... chronic condition. What Smokers Need to Know If you are a smoker who's been relieving chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not a good idea to simply quit the meds cold turkey. If you've already developed a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... products from your home and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... them. Your Pills Aren't Candy A recent study revealed that twenty percent of people with leftover pills share their medications. And it's pretty easy to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from ... Learn more

  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With ...

    ... break a benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months - ... avoid the following supplements and substances: Herbs and supplements that work ... Learn more

  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 ...

    ... eventually lead to the development of a medication-assisted treatment for cocaine dependency - a drug that ... harnessed to reduce drug taking while ostensibly having no abuse potential on its own - a known confound in ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... treatment. Programs such as the Law Enforcement Assisted ... treatment and succeed. These programs clearly have positive intent, but they raise important questions: Are police qualified to determine who has a substance ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 Learn more

  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of ...

    ... the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of the medication beg to differ. They feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They ... Learn more

  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    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 ...

    ... the sound. I walked in weird routes to avoid bars and liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for ... Learn more

  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    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 ...

    ... -1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that's fairly cheap and has few side effects. ... insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... who haven't received the drug, as 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 ... Learn more

  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among ...

    ... , they take a “normal” dose of the drug, which has a high potential for causing an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more than one type of drug at a time also increases the risk of overdose. For example, combining ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not ... you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source ... Learn more

  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our ...

    ... body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ... Learn more

  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and ...

    ... in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause the most harm . ... Learn more

  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a ...

    ... the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal”; and somewhere in there, work on the difficulties that ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of ...

    ... easy to see why the number of fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing. Just a dusting of the powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can cause death. Voluntarily consuming a dose of fentanyl is like walking ... Learn more

  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of ...

    ... While there, a fellow officer pointed out a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply ... patients). In need of continuous pain medication, these patients receive a transdermal patch ... Learn more

  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According ...

    ... good reason. The AMA reports that prescription medications advertised directly to consumers saw price increases of ... communities are struggling to afford this life-saving treatment. Sunlight is needed to help respond to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 ... that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really Work? Not everyone is ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... recipients and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There's already a huge ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even though the initial prescription was received just ... Learn more

  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than ...

    ... . Unrestricted: W-18 is not (yet) widespread. Due to its obscurity, it's not even listed as a controlled substance under U.S. law or “on the DEA's radar as a drug of concern.” No Antidote: Because of its ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school ...

    ... is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... peace? If you struggle with an addiction to pain pills, you can find help in and around your area simply by calling the addiction treatment specialists on our toll-free help line: 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Learn more

  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as ...

    ... become tangled up in a drug addiction, please get help. Talk to someone at our toll-free addiction treatment hotline 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find what services are available in your desired area. Feel ... Learn more

  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The ...

    ... bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are created in labs and meant to ... Learn more

  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction ...

    ... of using opioids is removed. This could be a great treatment option for incarcerated patients. What Are the Cons? As with most medications and procedures, the use of Probuphine includes some health risks ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , it's not going to come to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so ...

    ... these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would You Go For a Fix ... Learn more

  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law ...

    ... As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. With such a high level of toxicity, it's no surprise that ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... at work and never get caught. It's a legally prescribed medication, so it can't be bad… right? What about when ... benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on the streets of the Northeastern city where she grew up. As she listened the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good ...

    ... , in cases of addiction, “helping” can actually be doing more harm than good . Before an addict seeks treatment, they must first understand the consequences of their actions. If these consequences are not felt, then the ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... can be a tremendous tool, even for people who attend regular meetings, therapy sessions, or outpatient treatment. Sometimes there can be a strong need to stay active in your recovery between meetings or appointments ... Learn more

  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces ...

    ... is kratom and how does it affect the body? Here are 5 pieces of information about the mind-altering substance. #1. Kratom Has a Long History of Use Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , New Questions With the discovery of a neurological backdoor to habitual behaviors, researchers say it's time rethink our assumptions and treatment options for cocaine addiction. If it's not an issue of self-control ... Learn more

  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported ...

    ... as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the young users say the substance is “relatively harmless,” recent studies and reports are proving that's far from the case. Just the Facts ... Learn more

  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - ...

    ... lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases, leading some to turn to street dealers ... warning to anyone who's tempted to buy prescription medications from street dealers or shady websites. The only ... Learn more

  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ...

    ... calm because they no longer need to engage in self-stimulating behavior. The number of young people abusing ADHD medication has been steadily increasing over the last five years, with almost 9 percent of high school ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following ... much Xanax, or more likely, combined it with other substances, there's no time to waste. Call 911 immediately ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... d tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over ... recovery should avoid all mind-altering substances, while others say medications can be very helpful. But ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... 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 Learn more

  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow ...

    ... the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image Learn more

  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative ...

    ... they can't put the test kits into people's hands then at least have people there that can spread the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Learn more

  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, ...

    ... drug until it has started to make people sick or cause problems . It is difficult to monitor every new substance that comes on the market, especially when some stores import from suppliers who are out of the country and ... Learn more

  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of ...

    ... time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved a white powdery substance. Philip K. Dick Anyone who knows sci-fi will recognize this writer; if you've read his books, you'll ... Learn more

  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug ...

    ... in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that the written instructions and illustrated warnings on medications have a tendency to confuse patients. This is troublesome, as most patients rely on their own ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... same time, marijuana use disorder among adults has also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this data, stresses the importance of educating the public know on ... Learn more

  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people ...

    ... last year, many people began asking one very important question: Just how safe can a safe injection site really be? Additional Reading: Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 Learn more

  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation ...

    ... more popular than ever - often coined the drug of “last resort.” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here's a look at five factors that have helped this dangerous synthetic drug earn the “last ... Learn more

  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a ...

    ... Law According to the DEA, weed is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . ... Learn more

  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an ...

    ... Additional Reading: Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed? Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab and ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... “unmasked.” As a result, that fear causes some of the most talented and successful individuals to resist treatment . In reality, addiction only overshadows a person's capabilities and potential. For example, the merit ... Learn more

  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on ...

    ... the brain and a person's susceptibility to psychiatric disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a major longitudinal study that will track ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk up their batches of heroin for greater profit. So far, carfentanil has ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , which in turn may have exacerbated the severity of insomnia.” As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in the previous month. A study from the British ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... more than “just saying no.” Those struggling with cocaine addiction need the right treatment and support to break free from this cycle. With time and treatment, Tony can restore the balance to his brain. He can quiet the ... Learn more

  • 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 continued increase in marijuana use across the country. A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in the previous month. As of late ... Learn more

  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately ...

    ... but the active ingredients are actually man-made chemicals that are sprayed onto the plants. The resulting substance is very potent and has effects that are up to ten times stronger than natural marijuana . Spice ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 Learn more

  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these ...

    ... Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These ... and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level , you're actually ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years from now. But considering the potential effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    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 ...

    ... are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing (or not doing) isn't working. We need some new ideas ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... “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 ... Learn more

  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. ...

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It ... Learn more

  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often ...

    ... CR, Edular, Intermezzo, and Zolpimist. The medication works by mimicking GABA, a calming and relaxing neurotransmitter that makes patients feel drowsy. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report presents evidence ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. ... is that taking sleeping pills on top of opioid medications can kill you. Watching the Brain Channel The high ... Learn more

  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has ...

    ... Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. ... difficult, having a qualified medical team on hand to assist can help you break free of your addiction and ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected ...

    ... You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from ... new drug for opioid-induced constipation last September. The medication is called Movantik and is the first of its ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, ... steal the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems ... Learn more

  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for ...

    ... ? When the doctor's knee-jerk reaction is to medicate, children get the impression that self-medication is no big deal. Additional Reading: Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her ...

    ... dose. Knowing she's firmly shackled to yet another medication, Kathy's asking herself a really tough question: ... If she didn't, she would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she knew a ... Learn more

  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really ...

    ... it's a powder, cocaine is usually snorted, but it can also be melted or injected. Crack: People who abuse crack usually smoke it. When heated, it makes a crackling sound, which is where the drug got its name ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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