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  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... family upbringing and past trauma. Psychological and personality factors, such as distress tolerance, impulsivity, emotion regulation, and executive functioning. Addiction is marked by observable and predictable changes ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... Abuse Many Americans are affected by mental illness and addiction. The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides mental health and drug abuse statistics that report that 52.9 million people aged 18 or older ... 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, ...

    ... progressing further. Illicit Drugs Click on any substance below to find out some characteristic signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction for that substance. You can also learn how to find help for chemical dependence ... continue reading
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  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... might otherwise. [quizBuddy quiz=”Drug Abuse Statistics Quiz” question=”1″] Drug Abuse Statistics and Addiction Research Drug abuse results in behavioral and biological health issues that affect individuals, families ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... statistics show a whopping 25 percent involve alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant , it can increase already existing depression and ... health and addiction issues, going on to lead fulfilling, sober lives. And you ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... most susceptible to Adderall abuse and addiction is students between the ages of 18 and 22. Many of these young ... blood pressure and heart rate, as well as irregular heart palpitations. According to statistics, Adderall is ... continue reading
  • Holiday Highs and Lows

    For many Americans, the end of the year brings images of happy families gathered around a Christmas tree, big dinners of turkey and stuffing, holiday music, and cozy fires. For others, the holidays can be a much darker and more difficult time - a ...

    ... http://www.recovery.org/topics/alcohol-and-drug-addiction-recovery/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/246963/christmas-spending-in-the-us-during-november/ http://www.theminimalists.com/gifts/ http://wonder.cdc ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

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

    ... a long period of time, the imbalance becomes sustained. Cocaine use takes over the brain and results in uncontrolled use and addiction. Hope for Tony Does this mean cocaine addicts are beyond help, as Sean suspects? No ... 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. ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... son. This apparently led to Downey becoming a daily drinker. A Rising Star in Hollywood Despite his active drug and alcohol addiction, Downey Jr. made a name for himself as a young actor in the mid to late 80s. After a ... 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 ...

    ... treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are some our popular and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... studies have linked marijuana use with psychosis, though it remains unclear which causes the other. And addiction counselors warn that marijuana use may be particularly risky for teens whose brains are still developing ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full ... 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 ...

    ... First? At the heart of this issue, one has to wonder if it really matters which opiate addiction came first and which came second. Both drugs have the very real ability to destroy lives, making them equally dangerous ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... data are difficult to obtain. Some important statistics about these drugs include: The Monitoring the ... designer drug use may ultimately require hospitalization or treatment, and addiction to a “legal high” can be just as ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... , the person can seek help. Seeking substance abuse treatment if you think you have an addiction. Treatment for substance abuse and addiction issues can help prevent an overdose, as well as help you start on the path to ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... A poignant article from The Atlantic suggests that any reforms in the way state and federal governments see addiction will produce institutional competition on behalf of the criminal justice institutions. This means that ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... affect his or her adult life. In fact, these traumatic experiences are directly related to problem drinking in adolescence and drug/alcohol addiction in adulthood. So, what is it that puts these kids at risk for ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... avoiding the emotional pain, the root cause of the trauma tends to grow and eventually overcomes whatever relief the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of addiction . The bottom line is this: Whatever the ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage resulting in severe reactions ... 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 ...

    ... involved alcohol. That's a lot of hurt people - and a lot of physical consequences that could have certainly been ... Take care; don't become part of these statistics. Additional Reading: Flawed Research: Proof That Social ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... that about 20 million people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol went untreated. Those ... and Statistics. (2015). Alcohol Facts and Statistics . 5. Morentin, Benito, Javier Ballesteros, Luis F. Callado, and ... 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, ...

    ... 7.8 per 100,000 people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder ... center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... 3-5 minutes. The main difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. ... and high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on the body systems. Learn more about the history and statistics ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat yourself ... you to be better and reach new heights. 21. Don't stress over discouraging statistics. You are an ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... 10 percent increase from the year prior. These startling statistics are reflected in the city's binge drinking rates ... ://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/driving-while-impaired-alcohol-and-drugs http://www.madd.org/drunk ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

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

    ... if she had become addicted . She didn't know what she should do next - she felt bad both on and off the pills. Proper Protocol Hillary's actions demonstrate what not to do if you want to change your depression medication ... 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 ...

    ... disorder. So What's Our Plan B? These alarming statistics are encouraging many to ask: Is there another way? ... and anxiety. For those seeking healthy, natural remedies to reduce anxiety (without the risk of addiction), ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... ,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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

    ... like a 2mg Xanax pill . It even bears the fake “XANAX” label, along with boasting a similar size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell the difference just ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... that will be the case. The Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative promoted the law as a method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn't it make sense for other states to try it ... 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 ...

    ... is no big deal? Well, let's take a good look at the very real consequences of a DUI arrest and see if they might change your tune. Public Humiliation: After getting arrested, you'll have your mugshot taken while getting ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted in 2014, more than one-third of the respondents claimed to have ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, ... permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... then they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group of friends so you can watch each other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in ... 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 ...

    ... urban addicts and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here are some of the fascinating statistics in the study: Addiction Treatment ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... take another hit to prolong her high. Once she does come down, she will have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, and crave more of the drug. The Same…but Different? Chloe's friend Parker had a different experience while on ... 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 ...

    ... be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering drunk driving-related deaths and injuries. Take a Deep Breath A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that mandatory in-car ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... that could play a significant role in leading a young person toward or away from drugs. For instance, the 8th- and 10th-grade respondents were asked how many nights a week they had dinner with their parents. 33.6% of the ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems. Interestingly enough, ADHD prescriptions have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ... 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 ...

    ... to seek emergency assistance if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this ... 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, ...

    ... grain breads, pasta, potatoes, peas, beans Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These are the building blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

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

    ... and used to help recover from addictions. ... and auditory hallucinations and a loss of control over bodily movements for approximately 3 to 5 hours. During these hallucination stages you may also re-experience past traumas ... 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 ...

    ... to quit without professional help . That said, many people who use cocaine do so without experiencing addiction and other severe problems, as researchers like Dr. Carl Hart of Columbia University have pointed out in the ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in them ... 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), ...

    ... often grown in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa (Somalia and Kenya), and its use predates coffee. While ... bath salts. You can call our toll-free addiction treatment helpline to speak to a trained advisor who ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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

    ... a healthy plan of attack to prevent future relapses. Get Therapy Thinking and behavior patterns are intricately woven into heroin addiction. Destructive patterns are what lead to relapse. Underlying issues often drive ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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

    ... her baby brother be in jail? Her parents retained a lawyer and were trying to get him released to a rehab. A few ... Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... results will be unique, thanks 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 ... 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 ...

    ... it a potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects - increased alertness, stamina, and sociability. Larger doses produce sedative effects. Regular use typically ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... mother, Robyn, wrote: Leavitt, Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June 13, 2017, at age 32. This and similar obituaries are written in the hopes of raising substance abuse awareness , ... 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 ...

    ... , that's only true of EDM festivals such as EDC and Ultra. But the sheer volume of posts coming from these ... you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction or is worried about potential substance abuse problems ... 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 ...

    ... 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 psychological dependence can be just as ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... pretty severe, but there were also warning signs of addiction along the way. 1. David Hasselhoff One of the ... was out of control, and the court ordered her to go to alcohol and drug addiction rehab before the custody ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... a work-release facility . She was much less discreet than my former boss, as she carried a flask in her purse and had liquor on her breath when she came to pick us up from work. One time, in the middle of the afternoon ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking Behaviors ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... duties you'd otherwise excel at. In the long run, desperation from addiction can lead to stealing, lying, excessive absences, and other undependable behaviors that an employer will find unacceptable. It Hurts Your Mental ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose relatively little. It ... 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 ...

    ... receptors back to their pre-heroin state. Called an “addiction interrupter,” Ibogaine simply interrupts the chemical addiction, so it removes withdrawal and craving symptoms. Holly thought this sounded like an answer to ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... memory is one that I will never forget. Do you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences in the comments section below. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... to potentially unhealthy places. Practice Self-Compassion It's common for people struggling with addiction to be self-critical and hard on themselves, especially when they feel the urge to use. Know that cravings ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... in imprisonment on drug-related charges, alongside a surge in visits to health clinics that deal with addiction and disease, according to a study published in 2010 by the British Journal of Criminology . The bottom ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... detox services. This is particularly troubling when prisoners are released back into society and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back to abusing once ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What you're eventually left with is chronic ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... Findlay. Laying the Groundwork The executive director of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services approached the University's social work department about three years ago regarding ... 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 ...

    ... drug treatment in jail are more likely to return to treatment once released, which could ultimately cut addiction rates, reduce crime and limit the spread of infectious diseases. What do you think? Is it worth a try ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... temptations when they arise. Depending on a person's treatment plan, they may engage in addiction education, family counseling, and aftercare as well. Why Should I Enter a Sedative Detox Program? Attempting to detox from ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... allow us to compare other treatment-related data points, including how men and women paid for their most recent treatments. Although paying for addiction treatment through one's employer is the least used method of the ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

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

    ... . He has managed to stay sober ever since reconnecting with Vermeil. “I'm here now, and I'm grateful,” said Tautolo. “It's such a bad word, addiction, alcoholism, but it really isn't. That's my truth.” Help is Here : If ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same can't be said of other ... 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 ...

    ... opiate-free 90 percent of the time, said Emily Feinstein , the director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months are much less likely to be opiate ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

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

    ... . 11. Genetics If there is a family history of drug addiction or alcoholism, teenagers may be genetically predisposed to experiment with drugs and alcohol and become addicted. Although poor choices are part of being a ... 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 ...

    ... inevitably become a matter of public information. Keeping it Quiet Famous athletes and celebrities are good examples of what publicized addiction looks like, but not all public knowledge comes from tabloid headlines. In ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... . In addition, it's believed that, while Type B's get bored easily and chase the rush of stimulants, Type A's leaned towards addiction, thanks to an inability to live up to their own unrealistic expectations. These tests ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... We Rewrite the Culture? Advocates pushing for an addiction language overhaul are fighting an uphill battle. Many common addiction terms are literally and figuratively ingrained in our society. Many of the professionals ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... at life like I had a second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have no control. By ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... they're not? Do they become distant if you talk about getting help for your addiction? Is the fear of losing your friends and social life one of the main reasons why you haven't pursued getting the professional help you ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... part” of her life. “All that stuff is of tremendous interest to me,” she said. “The helplessness around [addiction], and learning to deal with that, and all the various 12-step programs I've been a part of over the years ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... London for everything from alcoholism to stress-based disorders, Promis has 25 years of addiction experience with a strong and positive vibe. It states it has helped over 5,500 people (over 200 a year) in its tranquil ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... it deals with all sorts of issues other than the classic addiction-based conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and anger management. A very therapy-heavy option is the Meadows in Phoenix, Arizona, where the team ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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

    ... ignore - or even cover-up - the side effects of a provider's addiction. There is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted medical professionals must first be willing to acknowledge their ... 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 ...

    ... has become more manageable, it's easy to grow complacent. The disease of addiction requires constant vigilance, and one of the best ways to avoid relapse is to recognize “prelapse,” the conditions that generally ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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

    ... shoulder to cry on. Don't Remain In The Dark: Patrick realized how little he knew about Ritalin and Ritalin addiction . He was going at this blind. He didn't know what side effects were possible, what his roommate might ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... access the drugs he took. 11. Yoko Ono Musician Yoko Ono has openly admitted to heroin addiction. She has even claimed that she and John Lennon were kept from receiving deadly quantities of it due to a greedy dealer. 12 ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress Mary-Kate Olsen suffered with anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have since designed a $55,000 pill-covered handbag ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... charmed us on screen, although it's a bit of a departure from Hugh Laurie's usual roles. Alcohol and drug addiction certainly won't make you a genius, but getting help for substance abuse may be the smartest thing you ... 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 ...

    ... no one wants to isolate someone they love, our behaviors and mentality during active addiction often force family and friends to leave us. Addiction quickly steals our most cherished relationships. 2. Success Whether it ... 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 ...

    ... most capable person feel helpless. Sure, Al-Anon tells loved ones that they didn't cause the addiction, they can't control it, and they can't cure it, but that doesn't really make anyone feel less helpless. #3 Sadness ... 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 ...

    ... within hours of leaving. They mistakenly place themselves in situations that are just too tempting, and the addiction wins out in the end. Making it through rehab successfully does not grant us superpowers. Recovering ... 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, ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... everything, loved ones may need to take a proactive step back from the destruction of addiction. If interventions and pleas to attend treatment have been unproductive, removing yourself from the situation may be wise ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... addicted to drugs may end up with a loss of income. Let's look at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for the poor. If you're at the poverty level, a pack of cigarettes ... continue reading
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