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  • 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 ...

    ... addict can no longer afford to buy pills off the streets, they often transition to heroin. On the flip side of that argument, ... toward the detox method known as “tapering.” There are some serious misconceptions about ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... withdrawing patient. Methadone maintenance therapy requires users to regularly visit methadone clinics for administration. Methadone is available in a number of doses, and in most cases, will be slowly tapered off ... speed ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Trying heroin can set into motion a pattern of use that can be dangerous and deadly. Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very ...

    ... the method of administration in an attempt to recreate that first high. Why Do People Use Heroin? The intense high and its speed of onset are major attractions for users. Curiosity about the drug is a reason that people ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health, and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is ...

    ... acts quickly in the body to elicit its dramatic results. In short, heroin is very harmful. The speed and intense effects of the substance are main contributors to its harmful nature. They are also factors that lead ... 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 ...

    ... to go around - 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 - as the name implies - it is dark brown or black in color. And tends to be ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... revive or the symptoms alleviate, as overdose symptoms may return when naloxone wears off. Understanding the Heroin Epidemic The recent surge of heroin use in the U.S. has prompted scientists and politicians to search ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after ... continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. 8,9 An amount as small as 0.25 mg can ... . Later in his shift, the officer brushed the powder off with his hand. Unaware that he touched fentanyl, he ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Anyone can develop a heroin addiction—it's not limited to a specific demographic—but once you develop an addiction, it can be difficult to overcome. Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with ...

    ... Engage in positive activities that take your mind off using. You might consider exercise, getting out of ... plan can help you identify and manage the signs of heroin relapse before things get worse. You can implement some ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... on Staten Island, overdoses from opioid pills leveled off during the same time period, with 215 ... it or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012 ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... innovative way to save lives? Or are they just another way to advocate for drug use? Sound off in the comments section below! Additional Reading: Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic Image Source ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... in the future 8 . Since the drug is a white powder, it may be easily disguised in a batch of heroin or cocaine 5,8 . Pink A particularly deadly combination of opioids has been seen in certain states such as Georgia and ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or ...

    ... Rehab Near Me Taking the first steps toward treatment for you or a loved one starts with finding the right heroin rehab near you—and it can be as simple as making one phone call to American Addiction Centers (AAC). With ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... crave the drug several hours after your last dose. Yawning and perspiration can last 8 to 15 hours after the last heroin use and may get worse over the course of a couple days. Within 16 to 24 hours after your last use ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... of Robbie, the lead singer of Vokab Kompany, who has watched his brother struggle with heroin addiction. Heroin Addiction Treatment Heroin can be extremely addictive, and as of 2012, over 100,000 people were admitted to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... your teen is using, you may even be able to smell the drug. Signs and Symptoms Signs and symptoms of heroin abuse will depend on how much, how often, and how long it has been abused. Immediate Symptoms Some users report ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately ... 11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... when they want to stop. The New Face of Heroin Heroin epidemics are popping up in the most unlikely of ... vein. Under the skin. Into a muscle. The impact of heroin will vary depending on the quality, the quantity, and the ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... the first time in 2013—this number has not changed much over the last decade. More than 680,000 people used heroin at some point during the last year in 2013—a number that has steadily risen from over 370,000 in 2007. A ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 329,000 people in the US reported using heroin in the past month 1 . This includes women of childbearing age. The survey found that approximately 79,000 ... 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 ...

    ... . Combined, these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... They were also more likely to have gotten in trouble with the law. Group #2 Those who used both heroin and prescription painkillers reported more mental health problems and were more likely to visit the ER than either of ... 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 ...

    ... strength, is also increasing while the drug's price continues to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of accidental overdose . If you or someone you love is abusing ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... research paper in the journal AIDS and Behavior . Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as at six and 12 months. According to ... 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 ...

    ... opioid deaths . It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... Did Everything Go Wrong? It was just a few months later when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the window was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How ... 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 ...

    ... to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Xanax So Addictive?

    Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. For some people, Xanax can be an effective treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax users are at high risk for ...

    ... cases be fatal. It is highly recommended that users taper off of the medication under the supervision of a doctor ... Xanax use during the process of the benzodiazepine tapering. Since many people who become addicted to ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... problematic users are at high risk of progressing towards heroin abuse should they lose access to a steady ... They can help patients through a process of drug tapering , or slowly decreasing the dose they take over several ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... use. Sudden withdrawal from long term use can cause problems. As such, many medical professionals advise tapering off gradually. Short Term Effects The primary short-term effect of lorazepam use is relaxation. As a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Stop suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all ...

    ... and confidentially. Withdrawal from an alprazolam addiction typically involves a process of weaning, or tapering the body off the drug. Weaning is when a medical professional continues to provide the substance to you ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

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  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... heroin overdoses—can occur once the effects of cocaine wear off, which they do at a faster rate than heroin. ... can increase the risk of addiction and the speed at which addiction develops. Secondly, particular combinations ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol with Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... 11 Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth Ecstasy Heroin Ketamine Marijuana Meth Steroids Getting Drug and Alcohol ... is available on an ongoing basis, with services tapering down as a person progresses in their recovery. ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... , step-by-step. This process is referred to as tapering, and it works by letting your body adapt to decreasing ... quite as intense an effect profile as that of heroin and other shorter-acting, more potent opioid receptor ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths have increased five-fold over the ... each nostril. Injectable Naloxone : Pry the orange top off the naloxone vial. Draw 1cc of naloxone into syringe and ... 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 ...

    ... discontinuation of Benadryl may not be as bad as heroin or alcohol withdrawals , but they are nonetheless very ... most medication used for long periods of time, tapering down is always the safest and least uncomfortable ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... enter the bloodstream immediately, which increases the speed of delivery to the brain. The effects can ... Brain. Because chronic, repeated injection of drugs such as heroin may lead to venous sclerosis, or a loss of veins ... continue reading
  • Lorazepam Overdose

    Lorazepam, a benzodiazepine also known by the brand name Ativan, is a drug commonly prescribed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Due to its ability to produce feelings of calmness and relaxation, lorazepam has a high potential for abuse . It is ...

    ... body of the drug. The initial step is to taper the drug dose or, in some cases, use a longer-acting benzodiazepine to first replace the lorazepam before tapering it. Medications help to minimize the risks of dangerous ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... be consuming heroin ( or other drugs) 1,6 . The speed of onset. Intensity. Duration of effects. Speed of ... frequently laced with other drugs, such as cocaine or heroin. In these situations, the user is unprepared for the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous ...

    ... Medically-assisted detoxification allows for the careful and tapered removal of the drugs from the body ... diazepam (Valium) may be administered during the tapering process to manage withdrawal symptoms. Following detox, ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... high on cocaine acts very differently than someone who is abusing heroin, both individuals may find it close to impossible to give ... . Stimulants are also sometimes referred to as “speed,” “uppers,” or “study drugs”. Well- ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... their mechanism of action is similar to that of heroin . Examples of opioid pain medications include: Hydrocodone ... your discomfort temporarily. When the previous dose wears off, you must take more to maintain your relief. ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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

    ... ” like speed or ecstasy . They cause severe tooth decay, jaw-clenching and dry mouth. Heroin: Heroin belongs to ... what's the bottom line? Well, if you want to show off your healthy and bright smile…don't do drugs! Let's ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... , which, when in crystal solid form, is referred to as base, crystal, d-meth, fast, glass, ice, meth, speed, whiz, pure, or wax. Methamphetamine , which, when in liquid form, is referred to as leopard's blood, liquid red ... continue reading
  • Meth Abuse

    Summary Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric “high” it provides. Some signs of abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully addictive ...

    ... on Drug Abuse also reports that methamphetamine may speed up the progression of HIV/AIDS and worsen ... and crystals. The smell can vary, but typically gives off the odor of the substances of which it composed, often ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... depends on how quickly the substance enters the bloodstream. In the case of tramadol, snorting will increase the speed at which the substance's effects are felt compared to ingesting the medication in pill form 6,7 . ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... abuse include: Using an illicit drug like cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth. Taking a prescription medication ... substances like cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. They generally speed up the body, making one feel awake, ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Librium Addiction

    Librium, the trade name for the benzodiazepine chlordiazepoxide, is a tranquilizer that, when misused, may become addictive and cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that only worsen with time. Going through benzodiazepine addiction ...

    ... withdrawal. As part of a medication-assisted treatment approach, a safe withdrawal will often begin with a slow tapering of Librium rather than abrupt discontinuation of the drug. In this manner, and with the use of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

    Are Benzodiazepines Harmful? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control anxiety and seizure disorders. They are central nervous depressants, which means that they slow brain activity. Some commonly prescribed benzos ...

    ... the comfort of mind that medical complications will be quickly addressed. Detoxing from benzodiazepines usually involves a tapering of the dose until the drug is completely removed from the body 4 . This may take many ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... or reduce their impact. Withdrawal Treatment Steroid withdrawal treatment is usually done through a tapering program to minimize the withdrawal symptoms that can include: Apathy and depression. Difficulty concentrating ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... , while others are classified as enzyme inhibitors, which reduce the speed in which a drug is broken down. In many cases, ... . Anabolic steroids. Recreational and illicit drugs: Heroin 13 . Inhalants 14 . Cocaine 15 . ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... mind and reduction of anxiety. People with sped-up or racing thoughts will report slowed thinking ... , seek out the needed help. It is possible to get off clonazepam and live a productive and happy life without the drug. continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... with your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed up your recovery; working gives you a sense of purpose and keeps your mind off of unhealthy thoughts. By integrating yourself back into a working ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... , or even smoked in the form of “ice.” They speed up the body systems, which can cause a host of ... been the driving force behind this unfortunate upward trend. Heroin deaths have also skyrocketed. Tragically, in around 8 ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... CNS) stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, speed up brain activity, blood pressure, and heart ... well as illicit drugs, such as heroin . Research suggests that long-term heroin use can cause the white matter in ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard ... wide range of alcohol use effects based on dosage, speed of ingestion and the resultant concentration in the blood ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug ... provided by a treatment center does more than just get you off Adderall, it also teaches you the skills you need to live ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70 percent of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite vino, or a mixed drink might seem like harmless fun, do you really know how it's affecting your body? Like ...

    ... heart rate, disrupting its rhythm by causing it to speed up or beat irregularly. Worse, it can lead to ... have adverse effects on the body's ability to fight off illness or infection, because it diminishes white blood cells ... continue reading
  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard ... wide range of alcohol use effects based on dosage, speed of ingestion and the resultant concentration in the blood ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... eventually, the brain at different rates—affecting the speed of onset and peak intensity of the high. ... to bring about a euphoric high is similar to that of heroin, which helps to explain why it can be so addictive. The ... continue reading
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