Call American Addiction Centers for help today.

(888) 744-0069

symptoms of liver damage from painkillers

The following articles on DrugAbuse.com are brought to you by American Addiction Centers (AAC) who are the largest substance abuse treatment provider in the US with facilities coast to coast. We have helped thousands get sober and lead a life free from addiction.

Call us to discuss how we can help you or your loved one find recovery

(888) 744-0069
Helpline Information
  • 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 ...

    ... the brain that controls pain. Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever, chills, anxiety, suicidal ... pain from serious injuries or major surgeries. This painkiller also includes acetaminophen, which can damage the liver in ... 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 ...

    ... months (even years); during that time, the patient's severely damaged brain chemistry is given the chance to heal. It turns ... no buprenorphine. You Can't Take Prescription Painkillers While on Suboxone Again, this is a ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... . Patrick wanted Darren to realize he was also at risk for hallucinations, seizures, heart damage, liver damage, brain damage, psychosis and depression. Finally, he suggested that Darren seek treatment. Do Intervene: His ... continue reading
  • We help thousands of people change their lives with treatment programs across the nation.
    American Addictions centers help information logoHelpline Information
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... the body can forget to breathe. Oxygen is vital to the brain; without it, the organ becomes hypoxic and damage ensues quickly . A hypoxic brain injury occurs when the brain receives inadequate oxygen, and an anoxic brain ... 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 ...

    ... opioids , this drug has drawbacks. While offering relief from pain, morphine also delivers the following side effects. ... collapse. Liver Damage - Processing the potent drug over time can deteriorate the liver. Endocarditis ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines ... body creates a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that increases the ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... also have a habit of over-prescribing. Often times, dentists prescribe 20 to 30 tablets of a narcotic painkiller in situations where only a handful of pills are required, according to Dr. Brian Bateman , associate ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to prescription painkillers . ... is risk of organ toxicity, kidney or liver failure and ulcers. Cortiosteroids Steroids inhibit injured nerves ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... Baby Boomers at the tender age of 19. Marijuana: This generation lived through the 60's, so it's no surprise marijuana was ... 12 percent of Millennials aged 19-20 abused painkillers, compared to fewer than eight percent of ... 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 ...

    ... time or long-time user. Overdose is most common among meth users who administer the drug intravenously. Symptoms of a meth overdose also include violent or erratic behavior, sweating and loss of muscle control. Sedatives ... 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. ...

    ... by an abuser, will then transform into a gel. But do these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical Association Journal ... 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 ...

    ... breathing: Has their breathing become slow, shallow or labored? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax, or ... 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 ...

    ... disorienting and certainly not something you'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 ... 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 ...

    ... lives across the nation, these Illinois researchers think medical marijuana could be an effective alternative to prescription painkillers ... a Wild West.” Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... a compulsion to use Ativan? Tolerance: Do you need more and more of it to feel its effects? Withdrawal symptoms: If you don't take Ativan, do you suffer withdrawal? Work/school/relationship issues: Are other areas of ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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

    ... of three weeks (or more), reduce doses by 10 to 20 percent each week. This will reduce withdrawal symptoms. It also decreases your chance of relapse, since it reduces discomfort. Participate in therapy: As you taper off ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... brain. Percocet is among the millions of painkiller prescriptions written each year by physicians. Used ... other symptoms like depression and anxiety, resulting in a downward spiral. Hallucinations: These vary greatly from ... 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 ... While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... 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 ...

    ... from the opium plant, are also the basis for certain illegal drugs, such as heroin. Painkillers ... feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven ... 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 ...

    ... an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is claiming more lives in Northern ... related to tramadol misuse has more than tripled in 2011 from 2005, to 21,649. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay ... 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 ...

    ... gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ... see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... The era saw a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans ... the real winner in this bill, rather than those suffering from opioid addiction . Will new funding be able to turn ... 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 ...

    ... areas are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than teens living in big cities. Small Town Addiction ... child is drunk, and it's even different from marijuana use because there are behavioral differences that they ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By ... have indicated that, if women become addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. Women are ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... rate - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan ... there are simply a lot of injuries. This leads to painkillers, which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a ... the one to blame with limiting access to opioid painkillers. “If something is prescribed for a legitimate medical ... 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 ...

    ... , including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned that it ... cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to start living. A therapist recommended ... 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 ...

    ... brain's opioid receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause ... long-term basis. It has not been shown to damage any major organs or systems of the body. The ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... in this group are considered a step-down in risk from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse ... issues. Schedule IV substances include: Tramadol (painkiller) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) Xanax ... 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 ...

    ... beauty of the poppy flowers fool you, heroin is made from the opium poppy flower. These flowers thrive in warm, dry ... related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote 259 million narcotic painkiller prescriptions in ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the ... the next 5 years after abusing opioid painkillers. 4 Although prescription opiates may arguably ... 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 ...

    ... Whether it's from mismanagement of prescriptions, combining painkillers with other sedating ... painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory arrest and thousands of lives ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick- ... nerve damage resulting from the procedure. Serious but rare complications including nerve damage and ... 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 ...

    ... mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good ... anyone who might be struggling with an addiction to painkillers. Nothing makes me happier than being able to ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... compared to cocaine, heroin takes twice the number of lives per year from overdose. People often turn to heroin when painkillers become too expensive or too difficult to get from a doctor. Heroin is easier to get, it's ... 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 ...

    ... of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in ... new heroin users are former abusers of prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, the fastest growing demographic of new ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... on the millions suffering from chronic pain. Researchers ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... accounted for a whopping 30 percent of the entire painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate Industry Looking back, ... increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... expense of American lives? OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma made $2.4 billion in profits from opiates last ... prevent abuse through the snorting or injection of painkillers. These efforts seem to demonstrate the drug ... 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 ...

    ... regular doses of oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot of discomfort ... stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... system, while analgesic simply means “painkiller.” In short, tramadol binds with opioid ... Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... injection sites often tout harm avoidance in support of the sites. Hersch commented about the damage done to the body from injecting fentanyl and other opioids . “One of the most shocking things when you start taking ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... - and also prevents any controlled substances from being prescribed or purchased through online pharmacies. ... Nance attributes this startling number to prescription painkillers being a starting point for opioid dependency. ... 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 ...

    ... by humans - the only difference being dosage. One such painkiller is Tramadol . It not only helps aid animals with arthritis ... received just days before. A Swift Response From Officials Although this form of doctor shopping ... 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 ...

    ... many addicts to jump from painkillers to heroin and from heroin to painkillers. And that's why ... one is a lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... there are dozens of painkillers available. For mild pain, painkillers such as aspirin, ... The reason is AZT . AZT is a drug that prevents HIV from replicating. Viruses are parasites in many ways-they burrow into a cell ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... realize that we all possess the power to help save lives. Awareness is the key to survival during most medical ... of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and ... 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 ...

    ... on the streets have steered users away from prescription painkillers and towards heroin, which is often ... gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... time for your body to readjust. Sign #2 Heart Damage Darren was in the middle of this third double-shift this ... of pills two days ago. He hoped to get more from his cousin this weekend. Darren figured he could stop using ... 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, ...

    ... the proportion of people illicitly using opiate painkillers The rate of non-medical use of opioids ... years. But during the same time, the rate of use disorders rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was also an increase in ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you ... from overdose. Because methadone is a long-acting opioid, its effects can build up in your body. According to the CDC , in 2009, 30% of all painkiller ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... and Opana. Users be warned: Kratom is like jumping from the fire into the frying pan. You will survive ... six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. ... 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 ...

    ... by Yourself If you're looking to beat your Adderall addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility ... 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 ...

    ... their pills. Even further, George Mason and William and Mary colleges have forbidden school clinicians from prescribing stimulants , instead choosing to refer students to off-campus providers. Recognize the Problem and ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... paying for sterile syringes) if there is an HIV or hepatitis outbreak risk. So far, the CDC has approved requests from 15 states and counties asking for federal HIV funds to be used for syringe programs. It's a start ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... when you aren't wearing the patch. Fever: In some cases, the rise in body temperature might not come from an outside source. When you're ill, your body temperature increases internally due to fever. Let your doctor know ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... (SAMHSA), practitioners can now obtain a waiver to prescribe Suboxone to up to 275 patients, an increase from 100 patients. To be eligible to treat up to 200 patients, practitioners must have “held a waiver ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... to go in and confiscate the remaining drugs. The problem, however, was there was nothing “simple” about it. Covered from head to toe in a hazmat suit, Officer Harrison was about to come into contact with a huge stash of ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... as their numbers grew, so did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 ... including civil penalties, payment for punitive damages and consumer restitution. Additional Reading: The ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... confidential survey . CHECK IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS ADDICTION TREATMENT Learn more about insurance coverage levels from some household health brand names for addiction rehab and treatment: Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana ... 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 ...

    ... the myth that NPS is helpful. Since 57 percent of college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only putting their friends at risk by sharing or selling their medication ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, ... needed to use it. Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques! Image Source ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... to reduce methadone prescribing among persons in this population might further reduce injuries and deaths from methadone,” according to a recent publication of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly. “Focusing on the ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... the same way about prescription drug abusers. Citizens of Virginia also voiced support for nonviolent offenders suffering from mental illness, believing that they, too, deserved a treatment-based approach rather than an ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying benefits.” So, what do you think? Should welfare recipients undergo drug testing in order to continue ... 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 ...

    ... and Family Studies, along with researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the ... 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 ...

    ... as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can ... assist can help you break free of your addiction and live a sober life. Learn more about the effects of ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... ? It's a scary thought, right? Addicted medical professionals live in a state of constant fear. If exposed, they're ... meeting certain terms. Of course, the rules vary from state to state; you can get detailed information ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with Benzodiazepines, or ... in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. 3. ... 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 ...

    ... medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people ... divisive issue. Some users choose to turn their lives around on the second chance this medication gives them ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With ... the U.S. It has already taken dozens of lives. What Precautions Can You Take? Compounds containing carfentanil can ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... one in four diagnoses of adult ADHD involved faked symptoms - and this was before the diagnostic criteria were ... children's behavior, can we expect anything less from the children? When the doctor's knee-jerk reaction ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... and environmental - can play a role. But a new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is ... and schizophrenia - Tourette's syndrome and various symptoms of autism. The drug works by changing chemical ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... “relief” didn't come without a price. “I was living in a fog. Then I started falling asleep at work! ... through withdrawal first.” She experienced the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I was anxious - ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... use of these medications.” The Study Researchers from the University of Calgary's Faculty of ... the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of ... Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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

    ... charges . How long does it take to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has ... Syndrome (PAWS) - can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety and insomnia. How ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... the risk of an overdose from prescription opioids. Using laboratory mice, the researchers found that the opioid vaccine triggers an immune system response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - ... 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 ...

    ... last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past). Try to ... next few weeks with a final dosage goal of anywhere from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to outpatient treatment ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... negative consequences. What ultimately separates addiction from dependence is compulsively using the drug despite ... If you regularly experience any of the above physical symptoms, you may be addicted to Tramadol. Call 1- ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases ... with fentanyl , a highly addictive synthetic painkiller commonly prescribed to cancer patients to treat ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... than commonly-abused drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone. 2,3 In other words, ... solution for injection since they will not achieve a high from the drug. That's the good news. Wondering if you ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... are currently prescribed to put a bottle of painkillers in every household across the country. With ... But do you really want to lug around a pill bottle made from airplane parts?? As for those who note that drug seekers can ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken away from the whole painkiller experience - would Americans stop abusing them or becoming addicted to opiates altogether? Nektar Therapeutics ... 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 ...

    ... has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the ... are no other serious side effects that would stop it from being used. A drug that kills pain is useless ... 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 ...

    ... begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but it's ... the recovery process as painless as possible. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, while the tapering process ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a ... such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... from benzos may be extremely unpleasant and potentially dangerous. Benzo withdrawal may include symptoms ... successfully done it and gone on to live healthy, sober lives. American Addiction Centers accepts many insurance ... 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 ...

    ... diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems. Interestingly enough, ADHD prescriptions have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent during the same time ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... has a huge impact on your health and mood. A tired nervous system is more likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get the rest you need. Keep a regular sleep schedule. Don't sleep too much or too ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses involving prescription ... 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. ...

    ... protocol, which means your treatment could go on forever. One missed dose and you're sick from withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics and ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... Ritalin is so commonly prescribed, it's easy to get and fairly cheap. Teens often steal it from a sibling or buy it from peers. In fact, the DEA includes Ritalin on its list of most-stolen medications. What Should I ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... if they have a fever. Secondly, fentanyl patches must be disposed of carefully to protect children and pets. Dug from the garbage and mishandled, these patches can be lethal. True or False: As long as I have some Narcan ... 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 ...

    ... E)xcessive Sweating/Chills: If your friend's suffering from chills or sweating that don't match the surrounding ... use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... do if you want to change your depression medication. In her case, she stopped her medication too abruptly and suffered from new symptoms as a result. This is a common mistake. However, it's not the only wrong way to go ... 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 ...

    ... Reaching the U.S.? Carfentanil “normally comes in - we're told - by the U.S. mail system, usually from China,” Ohio Senator Rob Portman said . “Some laboratory in China producing it, and then shipping it to the United ... 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 ...

    ... 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 and ... continue reading
Show More Results

We are in-network with top insurance providers

Check Your Coverage Online