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  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... bath salts . Drug Use Among Young Adults Drug use also continues to be high among young adults, aged 18 to 20; in 2011, ... . If you or someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, don't be a statistic. Get help and ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... a medically supervised detox and supportive care to minimize the discomfort experienced during the withdrawal process . Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 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 know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... 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. Appearance ... continue reading
  • How can you tell if you have a substance abuse issue?
    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... 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 ...

    ... patient (who wasn't in the study) told the Chicago Tribune that cannabis helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

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

    ... ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that ... 12 months, while 2.3 million children and young adults started smoking in 2012. If you're a new smoker ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

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

    ... to already staggering numbers. The Illinois Department of Health reported rises in statewide heroin overdose deaths for the past four years. Heroin overdose resulted in 633 Illinois deaths in 2014 alone. Efforts continue ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... and ulcers. Sharing Needles Can Spell Disaster Shared and recycled needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk of contracting a bacterial infection, common blood-borne viruses ... continue reading
  • 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 his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... 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 his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used ... continue reading
  • 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 overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... Sephora responded not long after the petition started gaining steam, with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback to our PR department so they are aware of the ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... In the same poll, 43 percent of U.S. adults reported they've tried the drug. With marijuana use so ... as mellow as we once believed. What does all this mean for marijuana users? The bottom line is you should be cautious. ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users has also nearly doubled among ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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

    ... much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional ... , the only remaining thing to steal is our hope for renewal and wellbeing. From recommitting to future goals to ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... meetings, patients have access to yoga, t'ai chi, expressive arts, and rocks and ropes courses. Admission for adults to Cottonwood is $39,000 for 30 days , and their 90-day adolescent girls program is priced at $65,000 ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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

    ... . Examining the Maternal Link to Early Incarceration Recent research examined the correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in ... continue reading
  • 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 such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... less surprising to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? ... recommend you avoid the following supplements and substances: Herbs and supplements that work in GABA ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... a peak frequency of seven cycles per second. Using an iPod's built-in accelerometer to measure tremor frequency for 20 seconds on each hand, initial studies reported that 17 percent of those who faked an alcohol-related ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

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

    ... ability to think, remember and function. Ted's now at risk for stroke, seizure and - if too much constriction occurs - death ... s time rethink our assumptions and treatment options for cocaine addiction. If it's not an issue ... continue reading
  • 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 unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... .S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as ... demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid ... is small, it could have further implications for the research of people with mental illnesses, ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. ... and meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

    ... dangerous and decidedly unhealthy consequences. One of those consequences comes in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m. and quickly raid the kitchen, sitting down to three ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

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

    ... and other forms of reproductive harm. Easy Access for Children : E-cigarette cartridges and other related ... a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally exposed to e-liquids. Bogus ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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

    ... value of Cannabigerol, or CBG, another ingredient that only amounts to about one percent of cannabis. For instance, studies have shown it to delay the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as reduce cancer ... 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 ...

    ... a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of ... too much Xanax, or more likely, combined it with other substances, there's no time to waste. Call 911 immediately. ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... fact, this is one of their most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the wheel quickly or slam on the brakes in an instant. Fractions ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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

    ... be left in an unattended motor vehicle unless the vehicle has an active alarm system. Vehicles used for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS device that enables the dispensary to identify the geographic location ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... . Drug Conspiracies and Alliances With so many parties vying for power in this war, it's hard to sift ... 's drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs.” The four-part series is ... continue reading
  • 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 to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... was banned in the U.S., and it's still illegal in almost every other country. Perhaps that's for a good reason. The AMA reports that prescription medications advertised directly to consumers saw price increases of 34.2 ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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

    ... to be affected by Alzheimer's.” Dr. Daniel Armen, study co-author, sees these results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have significant negative effects on brain ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

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

    ... use disorder among adults has also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ... 3 in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in ... continue reading
  • 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 eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All ... continue reading
  • 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 intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These ... conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level , you're actually ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults. They also worked to discover potential ... . If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on ... 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 ...

    ... in the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, ... future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth Image Source: pixabay.com, ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... memories of childhood - teen years that morphed into adult years and changed women into mothers. Addiction Ripped ... Day has always been my holiday…the one day when I do for everyone else. I do the food and drinks, buy the ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    ... What does this tell us? Middle aged and older adults are more likely to smoke marijuana than teens. The ... findings, including abuse rates, ages of first use and opinions regarding appropriate punishment for breaking drug ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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

    ... others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been ... hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... to children, young adults, and adults to treat Attention Deficit ... for cocaine when snorted or injected. This drug can cause increases or decreases in blood pressure and can even cause psychotic episodes when abused ... continue reading
  • 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. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    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. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep moving forward. I promise…it's worth the effort. Additional ... continue reading
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

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

    ... that has been fortified with a mix of chemicals (such as creatinine), salts, and yellow coloring. It typically retails for about $17 to $40 at head shops, truck stops, and on the internet. Going by names such as “Monkey ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in with the legitimate cargo - a load of shaving kits headed for Pennsylvania. How Cocaine Kills On its own, cocaine is deadly. A potent stimulant, it causes a dangerously high heart ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

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

    ... gets it on their hand and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... herself. This wasn't her ideal way to spend a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake up sick, and she would wake up ready to meet the day. All ... continue reading
  • 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. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings for people hooked on opioids . Researching the Connection Between Sleep and Recovery It all started when Bo Cleveland ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... pamphlet informs them to stop, turn around and tell an adult. School officials worry this won't be enough. During fall ... of the community to create a safe place for recovery…and recess. Additional Reading: Public Restrooms ... 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 ...

    ... struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that ... makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance abusers ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... to secondhand smoke. Once all the data was examined, scientists found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than three times as likely to have ADHD , compared to peers ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    ... friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your Side ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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

    ... -needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who knows where I'd be now? So, if you ... continue reading
  • 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 powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... get high is a very real part of developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... cocktails,” said Russ Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on the street and lose your life in a few seconds.” Learn More about the most common lethal ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... give them out like candy on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who are prone ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and young adults. The Students' Drug of ... need help to beat an Adderall addiction . When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose ... 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 ...

    ... 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 adjustment to life without the substance ... topic: ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

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

    ... from the Centers for Disease Control. Their data revealed that “middle aged and older adults are more likely ... . A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 million Americans ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

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

    ... . He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then ... filed legislation to add kratom to the controlled substance list. House Bill 183 would add kratom to ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to treat you if you don't have a consenting adult and you're considered a minor. What Will the Assessment Entail ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... that back pain is the main reason most people call in sick to work and is the second highest reason for visits to the doctor (second to sinus infections). The ACA urges smokers to quit because, in addition to the number ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... were observed, 100 of whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no ... 48 percent of the addicts were seeking treatment for sexual dysfunction partly due to their opioid addiction. ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

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

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  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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