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  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    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 ...

    ... symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same ... known confound in many previous trials for psychostimulant use disorders.” Although more testing is required ... Learn more

  • 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; ...

    ... a stroke and doesn't only affect those who use the stimulant long-term. Whether it's your first, fifth, ... or alcohol in 2009 actually received treatment for their substance abuse disorder. 8 This means that about 20 ... Learn more

  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been ...

    ... using marijuana in the past year. Stimulants: At age 22, Baby Boomers' use of stimulants peaked. Their frequency of stimulant use ... as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age ... Learn more

  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of ...

    ... prescription drug use disorder in the past year and about half, or 1.37 million, received treatment. Among ... tension; those who misused stimulants commonly used them to be alert, help concentration or for a study aid. ... Learn more

  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. ...

    ... is a potent stimulant. It causes ... for opioid disorders is going to be that helpful for methamphetamines.” Treatment providers will have to focus on meth-specific strategies if the goal is to curb the rise in use ... Learn more

  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in ...

    ... says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the nation ... than relying on a crutch. The more Xanax we use, the less we're able to navigate tough situations ... Learn more

  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were ...

    ... who were released came right back in a few months later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed to penalize - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to ... Learn more

  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, ...

    ... Issue? Well, it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital that offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, is the first of its kind, but it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 48 tested positive. To make matters worse, the budgeted cost for that year's testing program was $336,297. The data didn ... tested positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended ... abuse disorders” to seek treatment . Can We Rewrite the Culture? Advocates pushing for an ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... reduced by those in recovery? Researchers emphasized the need for targeted efforts and individualized attention against smoking. “Clients in substance use disorders treatment were more likely to quit smoking if it was ... Learn more

  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into ...

    ... of marijuana with a prescription. (Obviously, this mountain of weed went far beyond the amount allowed for personal use.) Authorities commandeered the pot and arrested the driver. The black-market pot was dried and ... Learn more

  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this ...

    ... mental health disorder are also affected by substance abuse. A co-occurring diagnosis isn't a loophole for addiction, ... of active addiction may be imperative before seeking treatment. In reality, we can rebuild our lives, ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it as a treatment modality for decades without harm. However, methadone - like any opiate - can be dangerous if taken ... Learn more

  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique ...

    ... treatment every year, and 32 percent were in methadone treatment every year. For 43 percent, methadone use ... 48 percent) of the parents met the criteria for a major depressive disorder in the last ten years, and 21 percent ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... from alcoholism, more people seek treatment for abuse of pot than any other drug. Legislation Fears In Illinois, where marijuana is weeks away from being legalized for medical use, some addiction experts fear ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - ...

    ... to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted ... dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical ... Learn more

  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these ...

    ... table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you ... deep conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level , you're ... Learn more

  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, ...

    ... my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism ... Learn more

  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at ...

    ... , about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result ... behavioral issues, emotional issues and attention deficit disorders. They are also at a much higher ... Learn more

  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense ...

    ... The appearance of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks ... and recycled needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained ... Type B's get bored easily and chase the rush of stimulants, Type A's leaned towards addiction, thanks to an ... Learn more

  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the ...

    ... in this group were also most likely to have started using drugs in their teens and experience more severe substance problems ... greater risk of having a co-occurring mental disorder, an overdose, and/or HIV,” the authors ... Learn more

  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to ...

    ... This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move by the CDC will ... Learn more

  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and ...

    ... Your Mind? Meth is one of the most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you wonder - if Kim, Matt and Kristin had known the way things would ... Learn more

  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their ...

    ... current California regulations. With new laws regarding cannabis use constantly hitting the books, these regulations could change in the future. But, for now, Californians who want to mix marijuana and margaritas ... Learn more

  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    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 ...

    ... 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 behavioral health professionals in over ... Learn more

  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked ...

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many ... for a drink. Carol eventually worked with her doctor to make a plan. She stayed strictly off of alcohol, used ... Learn more

  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    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 ...

    ... their child's tragic death. Some choose to use phrasing that leaves the cause of death less clear ... common killer, this lingo is often recognized as code for cause of death. For some, however, this isn't enough. They want ... Learn more

  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions ...

    ... to patients in detox facilities and drug treatment programs for different reasons. When prescribed to patients ... treating ailments such as depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the ... Learn more

  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities ...

    ... continue? Should the money drug dealers make be used to pay for the funerals of their customers? This seems to ... it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us what you ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , such as six-week and nine-week plans. The benefit for many of the people who attend these luxury resort-style rehabs ... height of luxury, however, and it uses a one-on-one treatment method, rather than the usual twelve ... Learn more

  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, ...

    ... you don't have a clean bottle of water lying around, you've got to get it somewhere, right? The rationalization for using water straight out of a toilet water goes a little something like this: “Hey, it's clean water. It ... Learn more

  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, ...

    ... how to get help. Your friend has to be the one to decide to use these resources, but it's good to be prepared if/when they ask you for help. With the right preparation, you'll be ready (with solid advice and resources ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... make them stop. I was used to the whole body shaking and cold sweats. I was used to the insomnia and complete ... were depicted in the media, I assumed treatment centers were either for the rich and the famous or the ... Learn more

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    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, ...

    ... - just like you would in person. This innovative method could be used for psychological services, specialist consults or addiction treatment. Jamey Lister, assistant professor at Wayne State University, claims , ... Learn more

  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a ...

    ... located in the areas that need them the most. Using National HIV Surveillance System data, the CDC analyzed trends ... people who inject drugs access prevention and treatment services for HIV and other blood-borne diseases, ... Learn more

  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    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 ...

    ... one million Americans with opioid use disorders aren't even receiving treatment today…it's pretty clear we ... support a recovery-oriented systems of care model for addiction treatment . “It's a new approach that they ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... groups say you can't be “clean” if you're using Suboxone for long-term maintenance. From this point of view, the lesson ... Suboxone was also marketed as a safe treatment for long-term maintenance. According to Reckitt ... Learn more

  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural ...

    ... is also naturally produced (in small quantities) by the human brain. When not used as directed for the treatment for chronic pain, morphine is highly addictive; physical and psychological dependency can develop quickly ... Learn more

  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less ...

    ... studying these four groups, they reached a fairly clear conclusion: prescription stimulant use without a doctor's prescription does not make for better grades. In fact, previous research shows that college students who ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... single dose of 75 mg. It acts as a stimulant, but recreational users are quick to point out that ... regulation, it can become difficult for doctors in poor countries to obtain it for legitimate use. And in African nations, ... Learn more

  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who ...

    ... that he'll remain undiagnosed.Without help, HFA's are usually the last ones to seek treatment for addiction. Additional Reading: When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic? Image Source: iStock ... Learn more

  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The ...

    ... In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based on data collected between 2009 and 2013 ... Learn more

  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, ...

    ... every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about ... , but that's not an indication you have a use disorder,” Koob adds. A Few Warning Signs There are certain ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... right? Because they are not approved for human use, synthetic drugs are marketed as plant ... can lead to organ failure, mental health problems, nervous disorders and sometimes death (just like illegal drugs.) They also ... Learn more

  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at ...

    ... the Food and Drug Administration never approved it for human use. And, as the two boys tragically discovered ... reality” and warn the drug is “causing psychotic disorders like we've never seen before.” A white powder ... Learn more

  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold ...

    ... them to manage their alcohol consumption.” The research, entitled “Does familial risk for alcohol use disorder predict alcohol hangover?” was published in the journal Psychopharmacology. Additional Reading: 4 ... Learn more

  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't ...

    ... blood flow and brain activity of people with a marijuana use disorder and compared them to healthy, non-users' brains. ... together, we see that marijuana use might lead to a greater risk for Alzheimer's. Researcher Dr. ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... people with substance use disorders and mental illnesses hesitate to seek the treatment they so ... in control. Because they feel powerless, it's not uncommon for them to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire ... Learn more

  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than ...

    ... Introducing W-18 Here are the scary facts on this synthetic drug: Not for Human Use: The drug is a synthetic opioid with no known clinical use. A team of Canadian scientists designed the drug back in the 80's ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 billion annually ... health problem. And while the criminal system does offer treatment alternatives , they're usually organized in a way ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of 2014 , nearly two million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription painkillers. Help is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Additional Reading: Take My Breath Away ... Learn more

  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, ...

    ... 586,000 Americans had developed a substance use disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related deaths increased in ... “nodding off.” Anti-Social Behavior When desperate for a fix, heroin users often resort to illegal ... Learn more

  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    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 ...

    ... way to keep people alive long enough to get them into treatment. We've always been told to avoid enabling someone who ... Or are they just another way to advocate for drug use? Sound off in the comments section below! ... Learn more

  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract ...

    ... the number of adults using marijuana has doubled. During that same time, marijuana use disorder among adults has ... making weed more widely available, the need for education has never been more significant. Researchers ... Learn more

  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in ...

    ... 's no decrease in women. These findings are especially important to consider as more states legalize the drug for medical use . The results also affirm the importance of including both men and women in future studies on ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... B and C, to name a few.Unfortunately, these aren't only consequences that come from long-term use. For example, using just once can result in a fatal overdose, brain damage, and/or infect someone with diseases that will ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with few treatment options while behind ... to enact various forms of decriminalization policies for drug use and possession. This not only makes ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... that severe polyinhalant users, or those who used multiple inhalants either simultaneously or successively over a ... Heart irregularities Brain damage Death Treatment for Inhalant Abuse Getting medical help ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a ...

    ... . We don't know what the lethal level really is. There is no therapeutic level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... sought treatment for benzo addiction ... disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    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, ...

    ... with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever ... will be announced August 2019. The total prize pool for these two phases exceeds $6.5 million. Ohio ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... , Dr. Erin Calipari, the study's lead author, used male and female mice - they have the same brain ... when talking about addiction treatments , and we need to have more specialized treatment for drug abusers because ... Learn more

  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    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 ...

    ... The cult filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. also had a substance use disorder and allowed his son to try marijuana at the age of ... Rehab Whether you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or ... Learn more

  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... sum blocks access to medication assisted treatment for people in desperate need of help. ... with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid use disorder, why is Suboxone prohibitively expensive to some? And ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... from 2004 to 2013, even though the number of opioid users rose, the use of treatment options for opioid use disorders remained the same, according to JAMA. This includes inpatient, outpatient, hospital, office, emergency ... Learn more

  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch ...

    ... women don't get the luxury of choosing. who use during pregnancy, the results can potentially be fatal. ... linked to $97 million in charges. The average stay for treatment ranged from 14 to 20 days, roughly four times more ... Learn more

  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're ...

    ... brain nerves. Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with depression ... suffering as you try to pay for large amounts of Ativan? What Does Treatment for Ativan Addiction Look Like? If ... Learn more

  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job ...

    ... who have been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder and scheduled for release within 60 days. The inmates will receive: A case manager A clinical assessment A treatment and recovery plan - including medications ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... opioid epidemic, as the benefits of maintaining treatment for at least six months are significant. According ... Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months are much less likely to be opiate ... Learn more

  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. ...

    ... across the country—in large part because too many people still do not get effective substance use disorder treatment. That is why the President has called since February for $1 billion in new funding to expand access to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Done,” perhaps one of the most moving songs about heroin ever written. Despite having avoided a reputation for drug use, he has definitely done his share, but has since come clean. His reflections on the ill effects ... Learn more

  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... opioid use disorders. However, if misused, taking this drug may cause additional problems and dangers for the user ... been an ongoing debate concerning the use of Suboxone for addiction treatment. The truth of the matter ... Learn more

  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and ...

    ... Families for Sensible Drug Policy , an organization dedicated to implementing innovative public health initiatives with the goal of empowering families to increase access to effective substance use disorder treatment and ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Check if your Insurance Covers Addiction Treatment Learn more about insurance coverage levels ... C.” star Mischa Barton has gotten more press for drug use than for acting. Her DUI and marijuana possession have kept ... Learn more

  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical ...

    ... are deemed to have a high abuse potential, no accepted medical use and lack of acceptable safety). Despite this fact, half of ... marijuana provides a safe and natural treatment for many types of chronic pain Medical ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... include: Tramadol (painkiller) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) Xanax/Alprazolam (used for treatment of anxiety and panic disorders) Valium (used for treatment of anxiety) Schedule V Schedule V ... Learn more

  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    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 ...

    ... use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder ... experts may know how to start people in treatment, but they are not always experts in how ... Learn more

  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid use disorder. When you factor in that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Turns to Opiates As masses of vets sought treatment for their pain, the VA started doling out prescriptions ... prescriptions . They also began encouraging vets to use alternative therapies such as chiropractic care, yoga ... Learn more

  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained ...

    ... to Matthew, however, it was clear she had been wrong. For the first time in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - ... with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent a year in the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever ... other toxins, which leads to central nervous system disorders. Like what? Oh, just a few things ... Learn more

  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering ...

    ... diagnosis . To arrive at this conclusion, the researchers utilized administrative data from Western Australia, using records of women with a birth recorded in their Midwives Notification System between 1983 and 2007 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... texture. What's the Draw? Cocaine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It essentially ... . That short high is what leads people to use so often throughout the day. The Takeaway Details Crack ... Learn more

  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. ...

    ... 's study set out to compare how happiness and drinking change alongside each other over a period of time. Using an iPhone-based app and a traditional cohort study, here's what they found: iPhone App: With more than ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... get rid of the “bugs.” Some even resort to using scissors, knives and blades creating horrible sores and open ... so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care ... Learn more

  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug ...

    ... continues today. While policymakers and health officials search for solutions, it's important to realize that we ... someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning or stimulants, call 911 immediately. Home intervention ... Learn more

  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves ...

    ... is Ritalin? Ritalin, or methylphenidate , is a nervous-system stimulant. Yes, a drug commonly prescribed for hyperactivity disorder is actually a stimulant. While this seems counter-intuitive, the drug affects the ... Learn more

  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, ...

    ... Stimulants Stimulants, such as cocaine and meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For ... especially dangerous when injected. Due to the chemicals that are used to produce meth, a toxic mix can cause an overdose ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to ... compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were regular methamphetamine users, ... Learn more

  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as ...

    ... If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: Do they seem unreasonably sleepy? Confusion: Are their ... Learn more

  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number ...

    ... Sephora responded not long after the petition started gaining steam, with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback to our PR department so they are aware of the ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... Surge Nationally, the number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to ... heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports ... Learn more

  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get ...

    ... He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, ... found in opioids.” I found out that some people used it as a stimulant , while others relied on it as a pain ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems ... only remaining thing to steal is our hope for renewal and wellbeing. From recommitting to future goals ... Learn more

  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified ...

    ... in the working class gone this route? The Dangerous Quest for Productivity As it turns out, more and more white-collar ... stimulant is used by doctors to treat patients suffering from the sleeping disorder narcolepsy ... Learn more

  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at ...

    ... drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it ... Learn more

  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get ...

    ... into fights with strangers, making horrible decisions, DUIs, etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (generally caused by too ... Learn more

  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted ...

    ... What kind of mother would think such things?” Then she remembered something she'd read on a support group for parents. Crazy thoughts are normal. You can't help but be angry as you watch your precious baby destroying ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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