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  • 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 ...

    ... a high-proof liquor. You'll notice an immediate burning sensation as it goes into your mouth and down the ... or triple your risk of developing cancer in your mouth, throat, or voice box. The Effects of Alcohol on the ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... that those who drank four or more drinks per day were more than twice as likely to get mouth and/or throat cancer as those people who did not consume any alcohol. That makes you think twice about that extra glass of wine ... 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, ...

    ... , dark chocolate Fruits, Vegetables and Water: As your brain heals, it's susceptible to damage from the burning of sugar for energy. It needs fruits and vegetables, which neutralize the damage from these brain processes ... continue reading
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  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... over longer periods of time, can have a dramatic, negative impact on the body, particularly the liver, brain and throat. Make no mistake: a high level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... . People who use excessive amounts of alcohol are at higher risk of: 2,5,7 Mouth, esophageal, throat, liver, and breast cancer. Raised risk of heart problems, such as cardiomyopathy. Brain damage. Weakened immune system ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

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

    ... a spoonful of cinnamon in less than a minute, and many have ended up in hospitals after damaging their throat and lungs from choking on the spice. Digital drugs are another major concern. These are digital audio files ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... zinc deficiency? Hair loss. Too much alcohol and you may look like grandpa long before your time. Additional Reading: Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now Image Source: Shutterstock continue reading
  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

    When you think of alcohol you might not immediately associate it with cancer. But think again. There is a growing amount of research that links alcohol consumption to cancer. And the more you drink over time, the higher your risk becomes. When you ...

    ... developing certain types of head and neck cancers. Studies have shown that drinking can cause the following cancers: 1 Oral cavity. Throat. Voice box. If you drink 3.5 or more drinks a day, you have 2-3 times the risk of ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... horrible decisions, DUIs, etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (generally caused by too much alcohol) often develop terminal ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... and if any other natural “good guys” in our system are negatively affected by alcohol abuse . Additional Reading: Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now Image Source: Shutterstock/iStock continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

    Facts on Alcohol and Xanax Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is an anxiolytic prescription medication. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. ...

    ... pressure. Faint heartbeat. Liver cancer. Cirrhosis. Alcoholic hepatitis. Cardiomyopathy. Arrhythmia. Stroke. Mouth and throat cancer. Breast cancer. Pancreatitis. Increased risk of suicide. The combined effects of the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health, but when used together, the negative effects can build upon each other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain ...

    ... : High blood pressure. Stroke. Arrhythmias. Cardiomyopathy. Cardiac arrest. Cancer: Breast. Mouth. Throat. Esophagus. Breathing difficulties during sleep. Bone fractures. Endocrine (hormone) disruption. Impaired decision ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen in chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... : Cardiac myopathy. High blood pressure. Irregular heart beat. Heart attack. Other: Stroke. Mouth and throat cancer. Pancreatitis. Tendon rupture. Yellowing of skin and eyes (secondary to liver injury). Fluid retention ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... . Fulminant hepatic necrosis. Irregular heartbeat. High blood pressure. Stroke. Cardiomyopathy. Pancreatitis. Mouth and throat cancer. Breast cancer. Weakened immune system. Tolerance (needing higher doses or potency to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Opiate Abuse

    Prescription opiates are effective in the treatment of pain, but they have the potential to be addictive and, in fact, many people are struggling with an opiate painkiller addiction. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, opioids ...

    ... , but you continue getting them through other means, while taking them with alcohol. You begin associating pleasurable sensations with opiates and alcohol use. You know the risks of opiates and alcohol abuse , but use ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that produces both an addictive high and a slew of negative effects. When combined with alcohol, the effects may be even more harmful. Meth is a fine, odorless, white powder that is typically smoked, snorted, or ...

    ... liver damage. Liver cancer. Fatty liver. Hypertrophic endocardium. Alcoholic hepatitis. Pancreatitis. Mouth and throat cancer. Breast cancer. Sudden death. Treatment for Co-occurring Alcohol and Meth Addiction There are ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ketamine Abuse

    About Alcohol and Ketamine Ketamine (also called Special K, Kit-kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid and, simply, K) is a dissociative anesthetic that - as a legitimate pharmaceutical agent - continues to be manufactured for both veterinary and human medical ...

    ... Heart Problems Weakened heart muscle. Irregular heart beat. High blood pressure. Stroke. Cancer Mouth and throat cancer. Breast cancer. Treatment for Co-occurring Alcohol and Ketamine Addiction If addiction to alcohol or ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... violence, and suicide. Liver cancer. Cirrhosis. Alcoholic hepatitis. Stroke. Irregular heart beat. Mouth and throat cancer. Breast cancer. Dangerously low breathing. Lowered heart rate. Coma. Increased risk of developing ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... loss. Decrease in school or work performance. Interpersonal problems. Stroke. Pancreatitis. Cancer (mouth, throat, and breast). Increased risk of suicide. Withdrawal Symptoms Sweating. Quick pulse. Hand tremors. Seizures ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Treatment

    Should You Consider Treatment for Alcohol Abuse? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors an annual survey, known as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The 2013 report makes notes that an estimated 22.7 ...

    ... heroin addiction. The opiate receptor blockade that results was additionally found to reduce the “reward” sensation that came with drinking, and therefore decreased cravings for it. Topiramate (trade name: Topamax) - ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... . Dehydration : Alcohol dehydrates, taking away the blood and oxygen flow needed to bring greater sensation to the genitals. Erectile dysfunction : Dehydration causes decreased blood volume and increased angiotensin, a ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... constipation Loss of appetite/huge return of appetite Hot and cold flashes Muscle aches and spasms Sensation of bugs crawling on or under skin Hyper-awareness Dry mouth Headaches Insomnia Sweating These physical effects ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

    Substance abuse experts indicate that it is never safe to mix alcohol and Lortab . Although Lortab is a relatively harmless pain reliever when used appropriately, and alcohol is safe in moderation, the combined effects of mixing Lortab and alcohol ...

    ... weakness. Signs and Symptoms of Lortab Abuse Euphoria. Vomiting. Anxiety. Mood swings. Difficulty concentrating. Itching sensation all over the body. Combined Effects of Abuse The combined effects of mixing Lortab and ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

    ... that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... the powder could be snorted by users. “Because of the alcohol in powdered alcohol, snorting it is very painful, it burns, a lot. It hurts,” he said . “It would take about one hour for someone to snort this much powder ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Prevention

    Given the prevalence of alcohol abuse in the adult population, it makes sense that we should focus on early prevention efforts aimed at young people. In today's world, kids are subjected to a number of societal pressures—from advertising, ...

    ... while intoxicated. Physical and sexual assault. Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries including burns and drowning.. Death from alcohol poisoning. Whatever may occur, it is imperative that a blind ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... topic: some people say it doesn't exist. It's the stage of withdrawal after the immediate physical sensations have passed, and it can take many forms; to name a few: irritation, panic, anxiety, trouble sleeping ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... -9-tertrahydrocannabinol), affects how the cells of the brain communicate. It slows things down, alters sensations, produces a feeling of euphoria and reduces inhibitions . Cocaine: This drug creates intense feelings of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Ultram Abuse Abusing Ultram and alcohol together can have harmful effects on one another, leading to increased risk of serious side effects. The prescription drug Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain reliever with ...

    ... . Effects of Abuse The recreational use of Ultram and alcohol together can lead to a number of different sensations in the user. When taken together, users report: Both drugs depress the central nervous system and have ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... be given to: Block the positive impact of alcohol. Relieve withdrawal symptoms. Trigger uncomfortable sensations when alcohol is consumed. Addiction Treatment Following detoxification, the patient will have a number of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Concerta Abuse

    Simultaneous abuse of Concerta, a central nervous system stimulant, and alcohol, a depressant substance, can have numerous effects on the body . Unbeknownst to many users, each substance can effectively increase the dangers of the other. Substance ...

    ... opposing effects. This can lead to the increased potential for overuse of both substances due to the counteracting sensations. Alcohol will continue to have an effect on the body and brain despite the subjective sense of ... continue reading
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  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... methadone may include agitation and hallucinations . Snorting methadone, in particular, is associated with a burning sensation in the nose immediately following use 6 . When abusing opioids, the individual can encounter ... continue reading
  • Inhalant Abuse

    What Are Inhalants? Inhalants cover a phenomenal range of chemicals—anything that can be inhaled without burning or heating. Inhalant abuse can mean sniffing the fumes of: Glue to get a mellow high. Amyl nitrite to get an intense high. Nitrous ...

    ... range of chemicals—anything that can be inhaled without burning or heating. Inhalant abuse can mean sniffing the ... depression . You might also notice a loss of sensation and severe nosebleeds . As with many drugs, the ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music ...

    ... ) and Tomorrowland (14.57 percent). When it came to posting about psychedelic drugs such as mushrooms and LSD, Burning Man was the top festival for both. The weeklong Nevada event was also the top festival for posting ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... . Marijuana Finds a Powerful New Purpose On the day of the burning, armed customs officers delivered the marijuana to the factory. Plant operators then burned the bud at temperatures between 1,652 and 1,832 Fahrenheit ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... include: Moderate to severe depression Extreme anxiety Body tremors Migraine Heart palpitations Burning sensations going through the brain Muscle twitching Though the withdrawal symptoms related to benzoidazepines ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... or accidentally using an excessive dose—they may present with any number of symptoms 1 : Burning/itchy skin. Agitation or psychosis. Convulsions. High blood pressure. Muscle and bone weakness. Nausea or vomiting. Extreme ... continue reading
  • Ambien Overdose

    Ambien, also known by the generic name zolpidem, is a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic medication frequently prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia. Ambien works by slowing certain brain activity, encouraging sleep in those who take it 1 ...

    ... in the neck or back. Lack of balance. Lightheadedness. Muscle aches or severe cramps. Nausea or vomiting. Pain, burning, or numbness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. Ringing or pain in the ears. Sleepwalking or doing ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ritalin

    Ritalin is sold as both an immediate-release and extended-release medication 2 . Extended-release Ritalin is designed to gradually release methylphenidate into the bloodstream throughout the day, rather than all at once. Ritalin is classified as a ...

    ... . Muscle pain. Problems falling and staying asleep. Restlessness. Drowsiness. Uncontrollable bodily movements. Numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet. Decreased libido. Anger. Paranoia. Psychosis. High body ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we aim to stop ourselves from burning off our skin. The same goes for inside our bodies. If we've broken a limb, we don't want to run on ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    ... health of our heart and lungs, we need to avoid exposure. Interestingly, studies show it's the burning of plant material that causes impairment to our blood vessels, not the THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... forward to entering treatment. The important thing to remember, however, is that our resistance isn't based on a burning desire to stay shackled to drugs … our resistance is based on fear. We're afraid of the physical ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... to higher levels of 5,6 : Liver cancer. Esophageal cancer. Head and neck cancers, especially of the mouth, throat, and voice box. Breast cancer. In the body, heavy use of alcohol is known to cause cancer in several ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ambien

    The sleep-aid Ambien (generic name: zolpidem) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia in adults 1 . It works by slowing down brain activity to help users fall and stay asleep. Zolpidem is similar in structure and effects to ...

    ... 1 : Skin problems like rashes and hives. Swelling of the face or throat. Trouble breathing and swallowing/feeling that the throat is closing. Shortness of breath. Chest pain and pounding heartbeat. Vomiting. Problems ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... treat excessive mucus buildup and sore throats, but also psychosomatic conditions like nervousness ... to opioid receptors in the brain, which reduces the sensation of pain - the risk of respiratory depression and death ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... molecule-and important in mediating feelings of pleasure that are rewarding to the user. It's these sensations of reward that can kickstart and later reinforce a growing addiction, as the user continually seeks to ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... easily become addicted to the feeling and use it over and over again to reproduce that rewarding, pleasurable sensation. Many people that use or abuse the substance will report a range of pleasurable effects produced by ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Meth Addict

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a substance that has very limited medical use. The substance is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited indications for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a substance of abuse , ...

    ... dopamine activity may play a role in mediating a pleasurable, rewarding sensation whenever methamphetamine is used. This rewarding sensation compels the user to continue taking methamphetamine even in the face of ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... 14,15 When someone consumes alcohol, the brain releases dopamine and endorphins, which influence motivation and the sensation of pain. Over time, people who drink regularly need to consume more and more alcohol in order ... 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 ...

    ... -existent sounds. It's also possible to smell things or feel things that aren't there, such as an itching sensation…like things are crawling on your skin. It's Just Not Worth It Have you experienced any of these symptoms ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... similar to a bug crawling on or under the skin, known as formication. Many meth users feel this crawling sensation and start to obsessively pick, scrape and dig at their skin to get rid of the “bugs.” Some even resort ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... about any other drugs you are taking. What Does It Mean to Be Addicted to Xanax? The pleasant sensation that results from many types of drug use is attributed to a surge of neurotransmitters, including dopamine. While ... continue reading
  • What Does Acid do to You? The Effects of LSD (Acid)

    What is LSD (Acid)? D-lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or “acid,” is a hallucinogenic drug made from lysergic acid, a natural chemical found in a fungus that grows on rye called Claviceps purpurea . LSD was first created in 1938 ...

    ... unreality are commonly called a “trip” and may result in 3 , 7 : Visual hallucinations. Amplification of sensations like sounds and smells. Distorted sense of time. Blending of senses, such as “seeing” sounds or “hearing ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . The sedating effects can be intense and risky for the user, even sending them to the ...

    ... but are not limited to 1,2,6 : Headache. Joint pain. Muscle aches. Dry mouth or throat. Appetite changes. Nausea. Abdominal pain. Gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation or diarrhea. Uncontrollable body movements ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... libido. Chest pain . Rapid heartbeat. Fever. Agitation. Hallucinations . Swelling of mouth, eyes, lips, throat, etc. Difficulty swallowing or breathing . Hives. Itching. Those who experience any of the aforementioned ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... Confusion. Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Fever. Constipation. Constricted pupils. Dizziness. Dry throat. Euphoric mood. Impaired thought or judgment. Coordination problems. Itching. Nausea or vomiting. Shallow ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... . Agitation. Fear and/or paranoia. A distorted sense of time, distance, and body image. Restlessness. A sensation of being near death. Muscle incoordination. Nausea. Vomiting. MXE Overdose In some cases, MXE use may lead ... 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, ...

    ... to as the “death rattle”, which, upon the victim's exhalation, sounds like a distinct labored sound coming from the throat. Administer naloxone if you have it on hand and have been trained to do so. ( Naloxone is a pure ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... his or her breathing. If when the victim is exhaling, you hear a very distinct labored sound coming from the throat, that could be an indication of what medical experts refer to as the “death rattle,” a potential sign of ... continue reading
  • Hash Addiction

    Hashish is a product extracted from the trichomes (fine hair-like outgrowths) of the cannabis plant as well as from the flowers and fragments of leaves and stems. Hashish contains essentially the same active ingredients found in marijuana , ...

    ... signs and symptoms that may include: Feelings of intense well-being. Increased relaxation. Hunger. Sore throat. Panic. Paranoia. Anxiety. Tachycardia (rapid heart rate). Hypertension (elevated blood pressure). Impaired ... continue reading
  • Snorting Molly (MDMA) and its Side Effects and Risks

    What is Molly (MDMA)? Molly, commonly referred to as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug with both amphetamine stimulant properties and mild hallucinogenic effects. It is the primary psychoactive agent found in many ...

    ... the potential damage done to the user's nasal passages, sinuses, airways, and oropharynx (i.e., mouth and throat). Can Molly (MDMA) be Snorted? Molly (MDMA) is often snorted (or sniffed) and the snorting of it can ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... . Diminished appetite. Constipation. Stomach pain. Back pain. Headache. Ringing in ears. Dry mouth and throat. Skin problems (itchiness, rash). Problems urinating. Depending on the individual and the magnitude of drug ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Inhalant Use

    Are Inhalants Harmful? There are a huge number of inhalants available for abuse, and they're fairly easy to obtain. It's unsurprising that teens in particular are susceptible to inhalant abuse, simply because these compounds can be obtained from any ...

    ... effects can manifest as sudden muscle weakness and/or spasticity as well as signs of prolonged central nervous depression. Sensation on the hands and feet can diminish, and the drugs may possibly cause pins-and-needles ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... alertness. Fast or slow heartbeat. Chest pain. Uncontrolled vomiting. Hives or rash. Swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, face, eyes, hands, feet, or ankles. Difficulty breathing or swallowing. Seizures or convulsions ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... its ability to temporarily numb mucous membranes. These membranes include the lining of the mouth, nose or throat. In rare circumstances, cocaine can be used to numb these areas in preparation for certain minor surgical ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... of heart muscle. Irregular heart beat. High blood pressure. Weakened immune system. Cancer (breast, throat/mouth, liver) Cirrhosis of the liver. Alcoholic hepatitis. Pancreatitis. Stroke. Harmful Effects of Spice/K2 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Flakka Use

    Is Flakka Harmful? Flakka is as potent as methamphetamine, yet with an even higher propensity for addiction development in those who abuse this substance. Flakka is a street drug with origins in South Florida. One of the newer chemicals in the ...

    ... the comedown from Flakka (the period when the drug leaves the body) include fatigue and depression . This sensation often results in users returning to the drug to get rid of the negative comedown feeling, jump-starting ... continue reading
  • Klonopin History and Statistics

    History 6 Alarming Facts About Benzos Benzodiazepines are used to treat certain anxiety disorders and to manage seizure activity. Despite these therapeutic uses, they also have some frightening effects. Klonopin (generic name: clonazepam) is a ...

    ... number of serious side effects : Rash. Hives. Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Hoarseness. Difficulty breathing or swallowing. From 2005 to 2011 almost one million emergency department visits involved ... continue reading
  • Marijuana History and Statistics

    History Marijuana has roots as far back as 2737 B.C. It has been referenced in ancient Chinese medicine, and soon spread from China to India, North Africa, and Europe by 500 A.D. Historically reported medicinal uses included treating rheumatism, ...

    ... Impairment of motor and attention control. Exacerbation of mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Throat damage. Lung damage, including cancer. Chronic bronchitis. During pregnancy, fetal development problems. Marijuana ... continue reading
  • Cocaine History and Statistics

    History Cocaine is a drug derived from the South American coca plant ( Erythoxylon coca ). It is a powerful stimulant and popular recreational drug . However, there are legitimate medical uses for cocaine as a topical anesthetic used in certain ...

    ... as a potent vasoconstrictor to help reduce bleeding of the mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, and throat. Origins of Cocaine Coca, the raw material needed to produce refined cocaine, grows wild in Central and South ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... outbursts. Some users experience psychotic symptoms, including severe paranoia and tactile hallucinations that give the sensation of bugs crawling on their skin. Long-term meth use can also lead to significant weight ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... do so for its desirable short-term effects. The Dilaudid high can produce: Euphoric feelings. A relaxing sensation. Sedation Reduced anxiety. Dilaudid Side Effects Using Dilaudid, even on a short-term basis, can result ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... impairment often requires prescription painkillers; however, it's important to understand that painkillers only reduce the sensation of pain - they don't treat the cause. The best approach to treating your pain may ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... associated with a triggering of the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine offers a rewarding pleasurable sensation that reinforces the drug use behavior that led to the release in the first place, and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ketamine

    Ketamine is a drug used in human and animal surgery to induce numbness and sedation without compromising breathing and blood pressure 1 . It is a dissociative anesthetic, and it has been increasingly used as a party drug due to the detached, ...

    ... to respond to stimuli. Unconsciousness. Amnesia. Bladder problems with frequent use. Like other anesthetics, it reduces the sensation of pain in the user 4 . This means the user may become injured and remain completely ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... the risk of addiction, since crushing and snorting elicits more heightened effects and an intensely rewarding sensation that reinforces continued use 7 . Signs that a person is addicted to oxycodone may include 10 ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed under the brand name Valium. This substance depresses the central nervous system (CNS) to manage 1,2 : Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite ...

    ... of diazepam are heightened and the drug can cause a high marked by 2,3 : A pleasurable or euphoric sensation. A state of intoxication similar to that of being drunk, with slurred speech and lack of coordination. It is ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance ...

    ... is associated with the brain's reward system—meaning that people experiencing this type of dopaminergic activity will value the sensation and try to repeat it in the future . This leads to abuse of the drug and, as ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive ...

    ... . Extreme weight loss. Picking at your skin, resulting in scabs. Tooth decay—or, “meth mouth”. Sensation of insects crawling on/under your skin. Jaw clenching. Seizures. Respiratory disease. Heart disease. Cardiac arrest ... 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 ...

    ... of euphoria when taking clonazepam. Although users may not intend to get high on this medication, the sensation can be extremely pleasurable and rewarding—leading to continued use of the drug and eventually addiction ... 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 ...

    ... . Stimulants Stimulants, such as cocaine and meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, an overdose brought on by either ... 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 ...

    ... euphoria. As a result, many begin to use both drugs, relying on the combined effect to produce the desired sensation. The effects on breathing and heart rate are exponential. It's not like taking one dose, plus another ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... Long-term physical effects of methamphetamine may include the following: 2-4 Significant weight loss. Anorexia. Sensation of insects crawling on skin. Skin sores caused by scratching. “Meth mouth” (severe dental problems ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... pinpoint” pupils. Respiratory arrest. Profound obtundation. Loss of consciousness. Coma. Brief, euphoric sensation followed by apathy. Inattention to threatening environmental cues. Impaired judgment. Drowsiness. Slurred ... continue reading
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

    What Is EMDR? Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic style originally developed to address stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms related to traumatic events and memories . It is used to treat posttraumatic stress ...

    ... brain's networks . Video: EMDR Credit: Michael Burns Course of Treatment EMDR has a specific, formulaic approach ... images, thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations while the therapist utilizes stimulation in the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Soma Use

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively to interfere with pain sensation signaling that occur between peripheral pain receptors (nerves) and certain areas of the central nervous system ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate ...

    ... with pleasure. In high doses, methylphenidate can cause the following problems: Excitation. Formication (the sensation of bugs crawling under the skin). Facial flushing. Perseveration (excessive repetition of meaningless ... continue reading
  • Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and anxolytic/anti-anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more ...

    ... in duration. Users may quickly find themselves taking more and more to prolong the pleasurable sensation it elicits, quickly leading them towards dependence and addiction. Carisoprodol Abuse: Key Facts Carisoprodol abuse ... 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 ...

    ... to the environment and to people's health: It can cause eye, nose, and respiratory inflammation and even burns and scarring. Phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) is involved in the manufacture of both meth and amphetamines - and ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... than 2016's total, or it could just be that the problem has become so bad that the media are burnt out reporting it. One hopeful bit of news in Delaware's battle with heroin availability, and the resulting addiction it ... continue reading
  • Effects of Peyote Abuse

    Peyote (or mescaline) belongs to a class of drugs known as hallucinogens. Mescaline is the active hallucinogenic ingredient in peyote , which is a small, spineless cactus 1 . The top, or crown, of the peyote cactus has circular-shaped buttons that ...

    ... which can affect any of the senses - visual, auditory, etc. Illusions. Increased intensity of emotions and sensations. Mood swings 5 . Paranoia. Spiritual experiences. Synesthesia, or a mix-up of senses, such as hearing ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... , is a product of the cannabis plant. Prepared from compressed marijuana buds and cannabis resin, hash is commonly burned and inhaled. Levels of THC may be several times higher than those of unprocessed marijuana buds ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... OTC and prescription medicines. 10,11 It helps with all types of pain—including headache, muscle aches, sore throats, and fever—and is often used for mild to moderate pain. 11 Acetaminophen poses a threat to those who ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crack Addict

    People may become addicted to crack cocaine after trying it only once… Addiction to crack cocaine can be overwhelming, and all but impossible to manage alone. Crack is a form of the stimulant cocaine and is sold as white or off-white crystals ...

    ... pipes. Dilated (enlarged) pupils. Manic activity and very high energy levels. Speaking in an excited, rushed manner. Burns or other injuries to lips (“crack lip”). Paying less attention to their health and appearance ... 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 ...

    ... a sample. Paraphernalia for drug taking include roll-ups and tin boxes. For other drugs, it could be syringes and burnt teaspoons. If you see a tin box, open it and take a sniff. If it smells like tobacco, it probably ... 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), ...

    ... pyrrolidine or various bromine compounds might remain. These compounds smell bad and have the potential to cause serious burns. Amines are not the nicest of substances (that's why we are generally repulsed by the smell ... 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 ...

    ... : Kratom is like jumping from the fire into the frying pan. You will survive the flames, but still get burned. How Does Kratom Make You Feel? Kratom's chemical properties cause it to bind to opioid receptors. Because of ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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

    ... plant. THC doesn't naturally occur in its active form, but rapidly converts from THC acid (THCA) when burned in a cigarette or heated in cooking, in a heat-propelled reaction called decarboxylation. Not much is known ... 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 ...

    ... likely to develop anxiety disorders , and those who do exercise have better mental health. Exercise burns stress hormones that can trigger anxiety. It also tires your muscles, preventing anxiety symptoms. Plus, exercise ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... she had cooked and eaten a midnight breakfast in her sleep. She turned off the stove, grateful she hadn't burned down the house. She then called her doctor to inform him she wouldn't be taking any more Ambien . Other ... continue reading
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