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  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... groups to ... support group. If you are reading this page it is because you are not in the precontemplation stage! You are ready to be more informed. You are starting to ask yourself about the impact of your substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... a Co-occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for ... support groups , like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Sober living homes , which provide a supportive, substance-free ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

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

    ... support payment and saw his daughter regularly, they'd struggled financially. Jane also knew her daughter had experienced some tough things as an adult. Like many others with substance abuse ... on a support group for parents ... continue reading
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  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol ... Substance abuse and its patterns of behavior thrive in the dark, so it's beneficial to bring your struggles to light. Find a support group ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... especially beneficial for those who have turned to substance use to self-medicate symptoms of depression and ... . Clients who join a long-term support group for victims of sexual abuse may find the most success. Call ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... .” It's a behavioral change program and network of support groups for people looking to make positive lifestyle changes, and ... range of mental health problems, including substance abuse. Plenty of studies have shown that a ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... If there is a connection between religious belief and substance abuse, we would expect to see clear differences between ... or - more likely - the religious students' peer groups don't tend to include many drug users, and ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

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

    ... it's impossible to list every myth associated with substance abuse, we've listed 10 of the most common ... It is not a failure of the previous treatment attempts, the supports in place for the person, or the person. In fact, ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew ... therapist recommended she continue counseling and attend support groups. Why Doesn't Everyone Get Treatment? ... continue reading
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  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

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

    ... life, the compulsion to abuse substances habitually often overcomes any ... support groups , therapies, and 12-Step programs —both religiously based and alternative —that may provide support in the recovery of substance ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... or sleeping too much. Signs will vary based on the substance and the method used (i.e., smoking, injection, etc.). What are Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse? Drug use tends to significantly alter a person's behavior ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

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

    ... Drunk Driving Statistics Youth Substance Abuse Substance abuse by individuals under 18 continues ... The incidence of drug use in this group was more than double that of the group that was not currently treated for mental ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... medical professional to talk about detoxification and drug abuse treatment . If you have been suffering from ... treatment options . Klonopin is a known addictive substance, so professional addiction centers that can help you ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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

    ... feel like you're not recovering fast enough, or that you're lagging behind compared to others in your group. But online support groups and meetings allow you to recover at your own pace. If you prefer to move slowly, the ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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

    ... a New Outlook After years of being clean, I can now look back with a different perspective; one where I can appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the life I have today. I've Realized Who My True Friends Are When ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I practically fell out of my car crying and exclaiming that I was drunk. In fact, I blew a .32 and was ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... Many aftercare programs provide group and individual sessions. Sometimes a drug abuse program will include family ... abuse program. While a typical modern day program includes the principles of the 12 step support groups, ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... I need to take the painkiller because I am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I ... options for inpatient or outpatient therapy for drug abuse or misuse. ” Taper the medication until the ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... out, there has already been damage done. Teenage substance abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some drugs ... other means (e.g., exercise, diet, social support) can improve your well-being and overall functioning ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... event and noted that he was struggling with substance abuse . 2. Martin Lawrence A chronic marijuana user ... drugged moments was when he was found screaming at groups of tourists while carrying a gun on Ventura Boulevard. ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... see whether you might have a problem. If you think you are abusing drugs, the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor ... to go to a 12-step group meeting or other support group for people recovering from drug addiction. ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

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

    ... , pharmacists and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not patients have a strong support system, in order to determine whether they're good candidates for ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... I-dosing, or “Internet overdosing,” on digital drugs. Bath salts are one dangerous teenage substance ... ,” but not just your keyboard! “Dusting” in the substance abuse world is snorting the gas of keyboard dusters to get ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

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

    ... is just as serious, just as dangerous, and just as illegal as abuse of substances like cocaine and heroin . Prescription drug abuse can affect people who never would ordinarily seek drugs. Commonly, the addicted person ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... addressing the prescription opioid crisis ,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She said there was a rise in high ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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

    ... their friends are more disapproving of substance abuse appear to be protective factors against painkiller abuse,” said Monnat. Recognizing Teenage Opioid Abuse Teenage opioid abuse is particularly dangerous, as the signs ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... Only about 11% of those addicted to drugs or alcohol in 2009 actually received treatment for their substance abuse disorder. 8 This means that about 20 million people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol went ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

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

    ... , such as alcohol and MDMA , according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR). Teenagers and those looking for a cheap and easy way to get high may abuse DXM because it is commonly found in the house and can ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... in my vocabulary before—was my soon-to-be future. I ended up spending 3 1/2 years in the Florida state ... include alcohol. How it All Started In the past, I was your quintessential binge-drinker. Whether it was sorority date ... 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 ...

    ... pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) to see a doctor. You think, “I have those pills just sitting there. I'll give him two or three to help him get through the pain.” Or maybe your spouse gets a ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... of the opioid crisis makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance abusers from getting pregnant is one of the only ways to stop the cycle of babies being born ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

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

    ... voice in your head might start wondering: Am I an alcoholic? You can rest assured that ... same things,” he explains. “You can become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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

    ... trust me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ... In the best-selling memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget , Sarah Hepola even recounts a ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... and it affects people of all social and economic groups. Drug abuse or addiction is a disease, and it is ... Remember, not every person who becomes dependent on a substance is addicted to it. Dependent just means that your ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... are life-changing experiences and can range from child abuse to losing a family member. It's hard to ... tends to grow and eventually overcomes whatever relief the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of addiction ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... standard doses of these benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause these symptoms. Developing a Dependence After prolonged use, the body develops ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... , she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to ... much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... need outside persuasion. A drug intervention allows a small group of friends and family to approach the person. It ... altogether. The interventionist provides moral and psychological support in the hopes that the addict will ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... also skip more classes and are more likely to use other substances. Not much of a “study drug,” now is it? ... drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... reasons for alcoholism and drug abuse vary, but no one sits down and thinks: “Today, I am going to become an ... , whether it's from a lack of money, food, support, or guidance or because you're afraid of violence from your ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... are the path to addiction. Excess leads to abuse. Abuse leads to tolerance. Tolerance leads to suffering.” It ... partially to the addiction. Consider attending regular group meetings, preferably Narcotics Anon , not your ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is ... academic issues, such as study groups or free tutoring services. Abusing these stimulants may provide short- ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... legal problems, should be able to go to the local jail instead. If you or a loved one has an alcohol abuse or addiction, call our helpline at and get ready to learn more about how to help an alcoholic and the possible ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and ...

    ... to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... and individual triggers that support the addictive behavior patterns. Drug abuse centers have better program efficacy ... counseling sessions, participate in individual and group therapy, and be educated in methods to ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... pleasure. Here are 6 long-term effects of meth abuse: Cognitive Damage Because meth use releases a surge of ... to Us : Have something to add about meth abuse? Looking for support? Curious what others are saying? You're not ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers ... country's already ailing healthcare system. Johnson also noted, “I don't think what we've done to scale up ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... to support their suspicion. And - surprise, surprise - results confirmed that amphetamine abuse does ... Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by reduced ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... get the same effect, and therefore, the more money you need to spend to support the habit. Combined with the aforementioned detriment drug abuse can have when it comes to maintaining a job, persisting with this habit can ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... recovery beginning with detox and continuing with addiction treatment programs, on-going support and relapse prevention. During the drug abuse recovery process, an individual will discover new life skills and learn how ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs ... into the equation. The recreational substances commonly used by the group of swingers included marijuana , ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... dosage you take to get the same feeling as the first time. The brain undergoes long-term changes during drug abuse . If the brain has to try to compensate for the loss or alteration of glutamate, a chemical that helps ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... of these cases, the teeth cannot be saved and must be extracted. So, let's look at a few commonly abused drugs and what they can potentially do to ruin that gorgeous smile. Drugs and Your Teeth Love Drugs: These include ... 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 ...

    ... is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them ... , cigarettes, etc. Missing cash or other resources (i.e., valuable items which may be pawned for drugs ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... help that covers a range of addictions to various substances. There are recovery programs for prescription drug abuse and addiction to street drugs. Drug abuse help to stop smoking marijuana or using mushrooms and peyote ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... reduces the risk that they'll rebel by experimenting with even harder substances. Talk to Us : Have something to add about meth abuse? Looking for support? Curious what others are saying? You're not alone; head to the ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... with the fact that roughly 6.4 million young people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need to see more interventions that ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... , it's time to stop. Social Use : Adderall might have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus life. Seek help if your Adderall use extends beyond the ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... , people are able to spot these questionable substances before ingesting them. Abusing Date Rape Drugs Let's take a look ... other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... Island held an average 9.8% rate of alcohol dependence or abuse from 2010 to 2012 (second only to the District of ... ://www.dsm5.org/documents/substance%20use%20disorder%20fact%20sheet.pdf Methodology We reviewed Instagram ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... drug use can quickly become drug abuse , which eventually leads to a ... support you need to beat your addiction and regain control of your life. The first step to drug addiction recovery is ridding your body of the substance ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... room and they face you down,” he said. Too Little, Too Late? International regulators now realize tramadol is heavily abused in some places, but they are in a tight spot. When a drug comes under regulation, it can become ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

    ... played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

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

    ... cause a person to turn to inhalants over other substances. It was also unclear whether any of these ... death. Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are plenty of ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... physical, emotional and psychological well-being. No, It's Not a Safe Drug When abused, this potent, chemical-altering substance poses many risks. Topping this list is dependence - both psychological and physical. Over ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... which is the reason it's often abused. Abused, it can be life-threatening. Signs of ... I Know if I'm Addicted? Consider how important Ativan is in your life. Where does it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

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

    ... such as 4 : Poor family relationships. Substance use disorders (SUDs). Poor discipline. High ... today to talk to others and get support. If you need help with drug abuse or addiction, contact American Addiction Centers ... 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
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew breathalyzer ... me. I took the group's advice to be vigilant, and I avoided any trace of it. I stopped using mouthwash; I wouldn't eat foods cooked in alcohol; I ... 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 ...

    ... or uncontrolled opioid abuse. Methadone is a ... group counseling. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Motivational interviewing. Contingency management. Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... 28. Bob Probert Hockey's Bob Probert has been fighting substance abuse since 1989. He was banned by the NHL for some ... number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

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

    ... addiction through: Family therapy and communication . Support groups like Nar-Anon . Community Reinforcement and ... one is, suffering from dangerous outcomes due to the abuse of bath salts , seek help today. Our 24-hour ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... addict and what are some of the signs people in this group would likely display? With a high-functioning addict, you ... stopped playing soccer, it could be because his substance abuse is starting to take over his life. ... 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 ...

    ... 't find that here. A support group is going to do just what they claim: support you. Tip 4: Write About it When I got out of prison, I was surprised by how insecure I was at admitting where I'd been the last four years ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... stop drinking come up to me and say, ' Can you help me? ' And I can say, 'Yes.'” Bill: Military Veteran “I've been in recovery for 23 years, and I've relapsed seven times. But, the support I get in the recovery community ... 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 ...

    ... groups: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I ... future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth Image Source: pixabay.com, deviantart ... 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 ...

    ... I walked in weird routes to avoid bars and liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I ... and a meditation center. I also wanted to live close to some support group meetings , like Refuge Recovery ... 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 ...

    ... places and build up. Tip #3: Bring a buddy. That's what I did when I went to hospitals and doctors' offices. Bring a friend and lean on them for support. Tip #4: Forgive yourself. You're not weak for getting freaked out ... 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 ...

    ... same time, our finding that participants in the higher THC group reported small but significant increases in anxiety and negative mood throughout the test supports the idea that THC can also produce the opposite effect ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... a hundred pounds, and drank roughly two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been my daily routine for four ... 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 ...

    ... for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain respect by doing what you need to do to get healthy. After all, if you don't seek out ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... one drug and progressing to others, using drugs to escape the pain of their pasts. But like Bear, the women I knew and lived with were good people. They cared about others, loved their family and wanted so much more out ... 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 ...

    ... out of hand. There are plenty of over-the-counter anti-smoking products to help you quit and free support groups within most cities. Additional Reading : Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous than You Think Image Source ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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

    ... out of the situation or enjoy the feeling of being needed. If you find yourself enabling your loved one, you can attend support groups such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon to address your codependency and learn how to provide ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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

    ... alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered a few warning signs of alcohol abuse . I used them as a ... worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for guidance and ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

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

    ... abstain from substance abuse outside of the recovery environment. Aftercare provides ongoing support and helps ... to consider what type of aftercare programs and support groups the treatment center has available to you after ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    ... you may catastrophize the situation by thinking things like “I'm never going to be able to make it through ... If you feel a craving coming on, attend a support group where you can talk with other recovering addicts about ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... me want to break out a bottle and continue the party, rather than return to my studies. The Strange Link Between Energy Drinks and Substance Abuse ... assessed for past-year substance use. In the groups with consistent or ... 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 ...

    ... heroin abuse ... group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor. (And if you don't have one, get one.) Look to any other trusted sources of support available - family, friends, a mentor, pastor or other community groups ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one ... AA), approximately 56.9 percent were smokers. Among this group of smokers, 78.7 percent smoked at least half ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 ... release, the members of both groups were offered support. That support came in the form of financial ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... plan how to handle urges to drink and learn how to say no. You should also consider joining a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous. If not for yourself, then quit drinking alcohol for the sake of your child. Make the ... continue reading
  • 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 “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal ... be a friend, a relative, a doctor or an online support group. Most people find it essential to talk to someone about ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... and OxyContin. 1 The naloxone is added as an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other ... root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” if you're ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... the Chicago Tribune that cannabis helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of ... I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me ... continue reading
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