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

    ... anesthesia or in the recovery room. What is Suboxone? Suboxone is an FDA-approved combination drug used as ... , after consistent use, abrupt tramadol discontinuation is associated with a somewhat different side effect ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... in behavior, such as the following, are sometimes associated with problematic substance use: 4,6 Increased aggression or irritability. ... Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tramadol Tussionex Ultram Valium ... 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 ...

    ... drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used for treating opiate ... and mental health issues. Schedule IV substances include: Tramadol (painkiller) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) ... continue reading
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  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... the drug's risk, especially the dangers of mixing Suboxone with other substances. How Suboxone Works A combination of the drugs buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone works to satiate the brain's desire for opioids ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... could no longer take opiate detox patients. Tramadol 101 Tramadol is an opiate, but it's often used ... them to offer safe opiate detox without violating regulations. With our nation's opiate epidemic showing no signs of ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... that uses a prescribed medication, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone), in conjunction with counseling and behavior therapies. When undergoing MAT, specifically Suboxone, the prescribed medication performs several functions ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... released, they'd pick up right where they left off with pills or heroin - proving forced abstinence to be an ... Plus, it would cut down on the amount of Suboxone being smuggled into prisons and jails. Buprenorphine is ... 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 ...

    ... Benckiser conducted and ultimately provided the FDA told only part of the story. 5 As was the case with OxyContin, Suboxone was initially promoted as a non-threat. 6 However, time seems to have proven otherwise. In fact ... 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 ...

    ... that allows practitioners to obtain a waiver for prescribing Suboxone to a lot more of their patients. According ... problems associated with their drug use . Additional Reading: Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... I can't help but wonder if this company was so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid use disorder, why is Suboxone prohibitively expensive to some? And why are millions of American's still ... 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 ...

    ... . Buprenorphine is available in 2 forms: the uncombined, generic form of the drug and Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine with naloxone. Why the combination? One reason is that if you inject ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... . It poses a serious threat to the myriad Americans abusing it today. If you or someone you know is struggling with tramadol abuse, the battle is not lost. You are not alone in your fight to break free from the cycle of ... 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 ...

    ... established stricter dispensing rules, which led to thousands of complaints by Suboxone users . And now we can add Wal-Mart to the list, with a North Wilkesboro, NC, store location recently refusing to fill buprenorphine ... 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 ...

    ... dose of 75 mg. It acts as a stimulant, but recreational users are quick to point out that tramadol doesn't come with the cognitive impairment of OxyContin and other opioids. Its effects can also last for up to 12 hours ... 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 ...

    ... 's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've been prescribed Suboxone , don't stop taking it without talking to your doctor first ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to ... 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 ...

    ... to look out for if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol. #1. Physical dependence. Physical dependence on Tramadol can develop over time with prolonged and increased use . If dependence has developed, you may notice ... 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), ...

    ... tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), with little restriction on usage due to its drug classification. Then things sort of fell apart ... 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 ...

    ... may have an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with our confidential survey . Suboxone Side Effects The buprenorphine in Suboxone has several potential side effects. Common minor side effects include: 1,3 ... 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 ...

    ... also selling to use. A non-violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug possession, Katrina was sent to ... section below. Additional Reading: Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons? Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... to recognise the emotions of others are impaired and this new study shows that cocaine may interfere with this process too,” said Dr Michael Bloomfield, of the University College, London. Dr Bloomfield also questioned ... 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 ...

    ... can skyrocket the dosage released. Using a heating pad on other parts of your body (especially if you fall asleep with it on) can also raise your overall body temperature. To play it safe, avoid the use of heating pads ... 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 ...

    ... the heroin they've purchased is pure or if it's laced with something else before using it. That's how gray death has ... lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... and logical reasoning. Fear of Losing it All If you're a successful professional who's forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that your professional abilities will be questioned. In truth ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... , possession of drugs in Costa Rica can land you in jail for a lengthy stay. Columbia If you get caught with drugs in Columbia , you will spend a long time in a very unpleasant prison. Police make several arrests a day ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... loved one feels are the same emotions someone battling addiction feels. We're Not So Different Even though a person with addiction and their loved one may seem to be polar opposites, the truth is they're not so different ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... a handful, there's nothing that compares to the challenge of parenting a teenager — especially one who is struggling with addiction or other issues. Many parents don't know what to do or how to react when their lives are ... 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 ...

    ... his parents - and an even briefer exam of the child - Aiden's doctor diagnosed him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a prescription for Ritalin. Now Aiden is docile, quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on ... 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, ...

    ... …the list goes on and on. Jean-Paul Sartre This French genius did pretty much everything that was possible with a pen and a typewriter. Including chopping up amphetamine. Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and ... 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 ...

    ... also runs a drug reporting system to ensure that drugs do what they say they're supposed to do with the side effects reported by the drug company. Effectively, the US market is heavily regulated, and pushing addictive ... 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 ...

    ... treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months - or even years - to “click” - be patient with yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... the very reason they are caught up in the criminal justice system is related to their addiction to begin with,” said Rich. Although this study was relatively small, its findings are potentially huge. In fact, this may be ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... of DXM and alcohol. Codeine is an opioid like heroin and morphine, and when taken in excess, especially with alcohol, it can cause the heart to stop beating and lead to death. Ephedrine and Caffeine Many athletes use ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... possession. 26. Lawrence Taylor One of the most feared players in NFL history, Lawrence Taylor admits to having struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only bright spot in my future,” he has said ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... earlier this month from the British Columbia medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using ... 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 ...

    ... to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's a good possibility you'll develop some ... 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 ...

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But ... such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Prescription Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin ... occurs when a chemical dependency to a drug is combined with an overwhelming urge to use the substance. Drug Withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... we have a lack of consistency; some VA locations pass out plenty of painkillers like tramadol, while others totally slam the door on opiates. With a lack of solutions, vets in chronic pain face an uncertain future. A ... 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, ...

    ... people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent ... like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to ... 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 ...

    ... you experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse or chronic use, you're not alone. As of 2014 ... PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Demerol ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... Buprenorphine, more commonly known by its brands name Suboxone, blocks opioid receptors in the brain and prevents ... dollars would come from the city's general fund, with $900K reimbursed to the city by Medi-Cal each year ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... and deny the mental desires to use again. Even with proper medical care, many addicts experience post-acute ... also include medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, Suboxone , or methadone . Medical specialists may ... 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 ...

    ... the brain in some way to help with heroin addiction. Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be 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 ...

    ... the symptoms of dope sickness, it's best to deal with dope sickness in a medically supervised setting. It's also ... Addictive Substances Crystal Meth Crack Cocaine Tramadol Lorazepam Kratom Additional Reading: Will These ... 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 ...

    ... can also be taken by humans - the only difference being dosage. One such painkiller is Tramadol . It not only helps aid animals with arthritis and other ailments, it's also the same drug prescribed to human patients to ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... . Stamps A Florida woman was charged last October with smuggling drugs underneath the stamps affixed to the envelopes ... - letters that just so happened to contain Suboxone-laced stamps - which were worth far more than ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... of phone calls placed to get an appointment with a mental health counselor were unsuccessful. These alarming ... epidemic . Additional Reading: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... the night, he's blackout drunk and gets in an argument with his cousin, Ted. Things get heated, and he takes a ... not committing one. Additional Reading: Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken ... . It is always a good idea to equip yourself with as much information as possible. This way, you have ... 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 ...

    ... Farley David, has called for amendments to be made to increase access to Suboxone treatment . She first noticed problems with this law - when some psychiatrists in Texas had difficulties prescribing controlled substances ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotline to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and confidential, so ...

    Hotline to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll- ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... Among Peers Report findings also showed lower peer disapproval of marijuana and cocaine use when associated with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and lower disapproval toward drug ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage gimmics of ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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

    ... - after ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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

    ... to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... -specific, rural and urban citizens are equally susceptible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... , such as depression and schizophrenia, can be aggravated by LSD. In rare cases, LSD may cause people with no known pre-existing conditions to spontaneously develop psychosis . Though nearly any addictive drug can cause ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... parts of the fish that are hallucinogenic, though, such as the head and liver. Toads have long been associated with witchcraft and hallucinations since the first millennia AD, so it's odd to think that the first actual ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the potential risks with long-term use. Do We Need Another Warning Label? The petition comes on the heels of a recently published six ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... . According to a 2006 Texas Department of Transportation survey , the total costs of a first-time drunk driving offense with no accident involved ranges from $9,000 to $24,000. It's Never Okay to Drink and Drive In short ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are plenty of inpatient rehab facilities in your area with medical staff who are trained to address this issue. Licensed medical staff will address existing physical damage to ... 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 ...

    ... much higher dosages just to have the same effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and symptoms classically related to benzo addiction include: Headaches Weakness ... 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 ...

    ... , making them almost impossible to crush and administer via injection or snorting. The Unintended Fallout With all the opiate pill reformulations and stricter prescription drug policies, heroin, in many cases, is ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

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

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

    ... injected into its place. One of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... what edibles are and what they aren't. At the very least, you'll want to be proactive by getting familiar with the dangers these confections pose. And on that note, let's look at five very real problems and/or outcomes ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... . Greg Copas. They don't advertise their product as a cure-all, but rather as an aid to assist with ongoing therapies. Canna grinds up an entire hemp plant to make their capsules, which contain minor amounts of THC. “We ... 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 ...

    ... use of both prescription and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, people often see pearly white teeth turn black in color, a crumbling of the entire tooth ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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

    ... harder to hold onto. In its insidious nature, addiction promises us happiness, but simply supplements our discontent with short-term escapes. As we begin to lose our happiness, it also becomes easier to steal our hope ... 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 ...

    ... . Prevalent in hemp varieties of cannabis , it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease any of its psychoactive effects. If taken by itself, CBD is a pain reliever that ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... of insomniacs? As marijuana legalization and usage continues to grow, will the number of Americans struggling with sleep issues also increase? It's certainly possible. Though experts suggest additional research on the ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

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

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    ... a supplement is “all natural,” it doesn't cause adverse effects . Many drugs and supplements interact poorly with each other and can negatively impact your health. Be sure to consult your physician before taking anything ... 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 ...

    ... severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination. And the consequences don't stop there. Using meth comes with a few more not-so-awesome side effects: severe paranoia and delusions. And as a result of that ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... that were a significant part of my “old” life. But even more so, I had to learn how to deal with the personal and professional stigma society places not only on convicted felons, but drunk drivers. The Sky's the Limit ... 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, ...

    ... create the brain chemicals that stabilize mood and behavior. Eating high quality proteins provide your brain with the ingredients needed to create these “happy” or “reward” chemical neurotransmitters. Sources : Lean meat ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... , has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, Suboxone , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen ... 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 ...

    ... to ensure its' safety. Their goal is to develop an effective method to treat the millions struggling with pain management and opioid dependency across the nation and around the world. These results have already lead to ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever ... 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 ...

    ... people alive long enough to get them into treatment. We've always been told to avoid enabling someone who's struggling with an addiction - that the person should be allowed to hit “rock bottom” in order to seek help . ... 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 ...

    ... due to drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with drug abuse, find additional resources to support them here . Additional Reading: 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... smoking rates have declined substantially in the general population, they remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease burden and mortality and may contribute to difficulty ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... “high” cocaine produced was stronger and lasted longer, leading the female mice to associate the drug with greater enjoyment and therefore making them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... or ramps up emotions already present, it's important to keep one thing in mind. We have to live with whatever personality we choose to display. Ultimately, we're the ones responsible for our actions - so choose carefully ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... immediately overdose or return to prison a few months later with a new drug offense. Thankfully, the prison system ... ,000, whereas methadone is roughly $350 per month and Suboxone is around $400. There's also the issue of ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using ... 's not a miracle cure. Only with the correct mindset, coupled with the determination to get and stay clean ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ate once a week, but my body was constantly swollen and puffy. I weighed about a ... 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, ...

    ... We've found that a combination of Advil and Tylenol provide a lot of relief. It's pretty remarkable with that combination.” Some dentists have even come to find NSAIDS as being more effective than narcotics. The American ... 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 ...

    ... 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 opioids like carfentanil ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about combining it with alcohol . When your head starts pounding in the morning, you can take some ibuprofen if needed. Just ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the Vivitrol that's already in my system had ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... for Disease Control and Prevention , about 4% of Americans use a prescription sleep aid. 2,3 Ambien comes with its own set of risks. While the sleep-inducing effects of Ambien are highly desirable to millions of people ... 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 ...

    ... medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit the market and exploded ... , people are forced to start buying pills off the street . And with black market pills going for up to $90 a piece, the money ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... you're helping or enabling someone suffering from an addiction. 1. Making Excuses for the Addict Making excuses for someone with an addiction denies the reality of the problem, and is a sure sign of enabling is denial or ... continue reading
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