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  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... have been a small number of reports of hepatitis and other liver-related illnesses with kratom use, mainly involving kratom extracts. If you thought that was bad, kratom is also known to cause psychotic symptoms in some ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... pot “as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of ... , marijuana use can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety and nausea,” ... 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 ...

    ... off and ties them around his head.” Physical Appearance Symptom including “meth face” and “meth mouth” are ... in drastic changes in appearance that make the user look worse for wear. Open sores, black and rotting teeth, ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it affects ... or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to start living. A therapist recommended ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... with little to no withdrawal symptoms experienced. It's the promise of a painless withdrawal process that appeals ... Both drugs have the very real ability to destroy lives, making them equally dangerous . When you factor in ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data compiled by the ... field sobriety tests and identifying physiological symptoms, including pupil dilation and body temperature ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th ... one does.” “As with any business, there are some “bad apples” in the bunch. Are there poorly run and ... 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 ...

    ... a morning person.” But, in truth, he or she could regularly be suffering from hangovers or withdrawal symptoms ... they appear remorseful over bad behavior…not while they are inebriated or recovering from a hangover. If you ... 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 ...

    ... cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an underestimate due to ... designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit, ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... : you might experience withdrawal symptoms, or perhaps have a terrible hangover or comedown from ... the full beauty of every day. It won't be perfect, and bad things will happen because that's life. But if you stay present ... 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 ...

    ... . When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a batch of bad heroin was involved. Deadly Heroin Hits the Streets What made this heroin so particularly deadly? Turns ... 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 ...

    ... . Choose to Take a New Direction Hitting rock bottom doesn't always have to be a bad thing. In my case ... and tomorrow. Everyone loves a success story; it's never too late to turn over a new leaf and live the life you've ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... gets her hands on some of those deadly barn-cooked drugs and, unfortunately, things go from bad to worse. The video ends on a sobering message: “Drugs are not worth the risk.” What viewers are seeing is the tragic ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... was 5.5 percent in 2005. Homelessness Homelessness was also a problem for many of the parents. More than a third (36 percent) reported at least one year not having a place to live, in the past decade. Men and women were ... 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, ...

    ... to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent ... medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

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

    ... with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small percentage of teenagers try drugs and ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... on the decline, the falling numbers could be linked to a significant shift in thinking. For example, 71 percent of ... cigarettes is bad for your health, but less than half see weekend binge drinking as a dangerous behavior. ... 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 ...

    ... taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came to the conclusion ... Shelly, most people react to withdrawal by making bad decisions. Instead of enduring the process, it seems ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

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

    ... smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. ... He will likely need dentures before he turns 45. A recent study revealed that Kim and Mark most likely ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... that drugs are bad without offering any information. You need to have a frank conversation with ... drug is affecting your ability to work or generally live life. A child of an addicted parent is eight times more likely ... 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 ...

    ... 'd want to feel behind the wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of benzos . A dizzy, unsteady driver will likely be unable to maintain ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

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

    ... die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get ... Oftentimes, addicted family members or friends are taking a pet's medication. Ryan and Curtis also are ... 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 ...

    ... a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living ... . All in all, she realized, not a bad deal. Additional Reading: 21 Powerful Tips to ... 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 ...

    ... second chances - especially since a liver transplant can save those who've made a conscious decision to stop ... such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not patients have a strong support system, ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... got the NFL Players Association to pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery house in Santa Monica, California. He serves as ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal Collapsed Veins - Injecting morphine into veins repeatedly can irritate the vein and cause collapse. Liver Damage - Processing the ... 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, ...

    ... . Try to consume at least 120 grams of carbohydrates a day to give the brain the energy it needs to ... poultry, non-citrus fruits. Vitamin B3 - liver, fish, chicken. Iron - Clams, liver, sunflower seeds, beef, lamb, spinach, ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

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

    ... entering society and fighting substance abuse problem. Just how bad is the need? At the Bristol County House of ... awarded. Now five Massachusetts county jails will receive a total of $500,000 in federal funding. Governor ... 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 ...

    ... the lasting consequences of our carefree teenage lives. Unfortunately, by the time we've figured ... be fully recovered. But replacing an unhealthy lifestyle with a healthy one can enhance both your brain and behavior. ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... so-and-so…he/she's really in bad shape. Addicts like to use other addicts as a way to gauge their level of substance abuse ... available. Start by learning more about the signs and symptoms of addiction. Roman Skovich Image continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice ... 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 ...

    ... , we don't always get these hours. All kinds of things interfere: crying babies, work schedules, barking dogs, a bad mattress. For many, however, the problem is insomnia . Between one-third and one-half of Americans have ... 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. ...

    ... . Things have gotten so bad on what has become known as “Methadone Mile” that students are starting to rally for their own safety. Elementary Students Rally for the Cause “Methadone Mile” is a section of Boston's ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... enjoy the sedative and euphoric effects it provides as a result of dopamine release. However, tolerance can develop in ... in the lowest therapeutic dose possible. Symptoms of Benadryl Withdrawal The effects associated with ... 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 ...

    ... cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... soon. A Live Performance Goes ... a bag of white powder inadvertently dumped on his head. An Unhealthy Atmosphere For most parents, scenes like the one that went down at Stitches' performance are beyond unacceptable. It's bad ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

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

    ... how painful it is. Instead, we're talking about a relatively new sort of drug that's been taking the market ... various bromine compounds might remain. These compounds smell bad and have the potential to cause serious burns ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... for Tony and discourage activities that are bad for him. Enter Cocaine Researchers discovered that ... suspects? No. Far from it. It simply means it will be a hard road ahead as they work to rewire their brains. Loved ones ... 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 ...

    ... in boyfriend had just unexpectedly called it quits, sending me into an emotional downward spiral. Filled with all-consuming grief and loneliness, I soon developed a ... day. I started making bad decisions, putting myself in ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... drugs over a long period of time will also eventually damage your kidneys and your liver. Infections When ... physical injury or be involved in car accidents. Even worse, you also have an increased risk of death through ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... . And you'll never find a little boy who's eager to pursue a life of crime as a way to fund his heroin habit ... back and trade the “gifts” for drugs. Talk about Bad Santa! Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her addiction. 8. Bobby Brown Singer and bad boy Bobby Brown has faced several arrests, including for DUIs and drugs . He blames ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

    ... feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also ... Pain relief without respiratory arrest and thousands of lives saved each year. Talk to Us: Have ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... 't seem so bad. Everyone is so caught up in deceiving themselves it's easier to go on living in the lies. But, if our friends suddenly sober up , may not believe the lies any more. It's much harder to fool a sober person ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks ... is short lived - lasting for only 10 minutes. Despite its reputation for being a poor man's ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... - and more money to be made. Once cut, the powder takes on a brown or off-white color. “Black tar” is another form of heroin and ... Reading: Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and ... to be terribly afraid of hospitals, because once something very bad happened to me in one. Now, after years of avoiding ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are ... statistic. Additional Reading: Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... to it. It was very classy. They had coolers, drinks and Gatorades, a snack bar. It was a well organized event,” said Zachary. Making things worse, most—if not all—of the sexual intercourse that took place that night was ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... abuses heroin because of the similar symptoms. In the U.S. there was a major health scare last year ... test positive for desomorphine. Instead, it was likely a bad staph infection or use of unsanitary needles. The reports ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... of Flakka For all those who are under the misguided assumption that Flakka is safe or “isn't that bad,” it'd be a good idea to do some research into the ugly and often brutal results of this synthetic. For example, here ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... a dynamic surface that responds to various signals. It's job is basically to let good stuff in and keep bad ... get hooked. In the end, the high you feel from snorting a line of cocaine only lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, yet ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... . He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused ... another. Additional Reading: Methadone Programs - A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents? Image ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... mind and center yourself. 8. Don't live in fear of relapsing. Worrying about slipping back ... . Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you're having a bad day, ... 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 ...

    ... maintenance treatment—good or bad, moral or immoral—hopefully you've learned some of the facts: methadone is a safer alternative to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that often cause people ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... lost in drugs at a young age . His death in 2010 was attributed to a bad prescription medication concoction. 7 ... in 2008 of a toxic combination of six prescription drugs. 14. Jason Cook “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... kids end up taking drugs and getting caught, they could end up facing a trail for their errors. Bad puns aside, it's clear that drug education does a lot for some and little for others. Indeed, government-sponsored drug ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of ... 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 ...

    ... awhile. I'd stay sober for months, but something bad would eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I lived in a cheap part of town which made it easy to pay ... 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 ...

    ... pools up in areas of the body like the lungs, liver, arms, and legs. Downward Spiral These serious heart conditions ... people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature onset ... continue reading
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    ... , along with being a cultist, poet, and mountaineer. He was Victorian England's bad boy, and he ... Sigmund Freud was a great proponent of cocaine, recommending its use for numerous diseases and symptoms. Freud was aware ... continue reading
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  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

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  • Drug Abuse Signs

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  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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    ... challenge hope to generate new solutions that will save lives and change the trajectory of our nation's ... of participants - the general public and professionals. A panel of subject matter experts will choose five top ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

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

    ... a social perspective, track marks can further stigmatize PWIDs. In a study, injection drug users (IDUs) living ... needles or works . Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). In ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

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

    ... stages you may also re-experience past traumas—a symptom that is actually considered to be an important part ... such as cardiac arrhythmias, 8 as well as liver and kidney conditions. These along with certain mental ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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

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    ... desire to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms, stigma, and fear. Cravings ... a strong force that reinforces the defense mechanism to deny a substance abuse problem. You may ask: but if I have a heart condition, diabetes, liver ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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    ... many problems, such as trouble sleeping, constipation, liver disease, kidney disease, lung problems, infection of the ... a cannabis use disorder. Stopping marijuana may cause withdrawal symptoms. 29 4-MTA 4-MTA is a ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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    ... This period of purging the body of drugs is called detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional, and physical ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

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  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

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  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

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  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

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  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

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  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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