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  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... have mild cardiovascular effects, like the hallucinogen psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”), have been known ... many resources available if you or a loved one is struggling with drug use. There is no reason to gamble on your ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... Peace Pill Sherm Mixed with marijuana: Zombie Weed. - Back to List - Psilocybin Psilocybin —Grown in North ... process. If you are seeking more information about treatment options that might be appropriate for your loved one ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... A study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden found that the Reagans of the world are more successful in treatment than the Saras. Simply put; those who want to learn to drink in moderation are less likely to ... continue reading
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  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... weed was used as a source of energy. This unique method of disposal was designed by customs officials in Munich. They ... in Germany permit the medical use of marijuana with a prescription. (Obviously, this mountain of weed ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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

    ... health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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

    ... . 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high ... the negative effects that can come from using the drug. Methods of Use Methamphetamine users have several means of taking the ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... , leading the female mice to associate the drug with greater enjoyment and therefore making them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will change the way we think ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... spectrometry. The method works even after you've washed your hands, so there's no “coming clean” with a quick trip ... testing in locations like workplaces, hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

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

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

    ... - after ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the potential risks with long-term use. Do We Need Another Warning Label? The petition comes on the heels of a recently published six ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... them more alcohol. Do not make them walk. One person dies each week from alcohol poisoning. Reacting quickly with the proper response could save your loved one's life. Additional Reading: I Did What??? The Anatomy of ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... Arrhythmia: Your heart relies on an internal pacemaker to keep it pumping at the right speed. Alcohol interferes with this pacemaker, causing the heart to beat too quickly or irregularly. This is called an arrhythmia. It ... 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 ...

    ... see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person ... Choices If it's true that both methods can produce similar experiences and results, most ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... injected into its place. One of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

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

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

    ... use of both prescription and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, people often see pearly white teeth turn black in color, a crumbling of the entire tooth ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week while a student who downs nine ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

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

    ... be seen how workplaces will handle the increasing number of employees struggling with substance abuse issues on the job. Hopefully, better methods of intervention will be determined, and employees can overcome their fear ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

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

    ... or ramps up emotions already present, it's important to keep one thing in mind. We have to live with whatever personality we choose to display. Ultimately, we're the ones responsible for our actions - so choose carefully ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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

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

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

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

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

    ... for Disease Control and Prevention , about 4% of Americans use a prescription sleep aid. 2,3 Ambien comes with its own set of risks. While the sleep-inducing effects of Ambien are highly desirable to millions of people ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... understand drugs and their effects on the brain. With these new imaging methods, Pan and his team of neural experts were ... breakthrough will eventually lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts, improve ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says ... is to develop an effective method to treat the millions struggling with pain management and opioid dependency ... 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 ...

    ... names. The Basics of Cocaine Cocaine is a white powder with a bitter and numbing taste. The drug causes stimulation, ... arousal and increased focus. The most common method of abuse is through insufflation (snorting), though ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... . Here's a look at seven of the most outrageous methods ever used to fund a drug addiction: Law Breakers Addicts ... unattended. When the coast is clear, they make off with the bags and their contents. Later, they sell the ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... quickly caught on to the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, California has officially become the ... Bogus Marketing : Despite initially being touted as a method to help traditional cigarette users quit, there is ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of ... dogs through “extinction training” or desensitization. This method changes what drugs the K9's will alert ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... , they made premature promises to their consumers of deliveries by drone. With this new policy, they'll have to find other creative methods of marijuana distribution. The official policy states “Transportation may not be ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... , is that THC is present with both methods of marijuana intake—carrying with it the same psychoactive qualities and ... Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

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

    ... Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last ... cellmates. Stamps A Florida woman was charged last October with smuggling drugs underneath the stamps affixed to the envelopes she ... 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 ...

    ... these: Aerobicise Anxiety Away Exercise is a proven method for managing anxiety. It has been clearly linked ... foods that allow you to eat away at your anxiety. With the proper, natural nutrition, your brain and body will ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at ...

    ... methods to support their drug addiction including robbery and prostitution. Drug related crimes cost billions of dollars in treatment ... drug addiction, help is available. Consult with a substance abuse physician or contact ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... the skin of Vitamin A, which produces collagen and regenerates skin cells. Vitamin C levels also decrease with alcohol consumption, so that bruises on the skin take longer to heal. Hydration Starvation Without proper ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... , as the amount of marijuana smoked increases. “The smoking of 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

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

    ... A new study published in the journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer attitudes around ... of marijuana and cocaine use when associated with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... more compelling, the gap was much more significant in those who started smoking at a younger age. With pot smokers experiencing deficits in decision-making brain volume, neurological compensations must be made. In order ... 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 ...

    ... drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you ... stay awake longer, so you might see someone with narcolepsy taking them. These drugs cause euphoric effects similar ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... Sarah Hepola even recounts a drunken night where, once emerging from a blackout, she finds herself naked in bed with a man she's never seen before. Again, this is just one more extremely frightening result of a blackout ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ever wondered what actually went on with your brain to cause you to lose all memory of your crazy night of drinking? Many researchers have wondered ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects ... last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... more likely to live in large urban communities. They were also more likely to have gotten in trouble with the law. Group #2 Those who used both heroin and prescription painkillers reported more mental health problems and ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... accelerate delinquency in students who exhibit antisocial behavior. One particular policy among all schools was associated with a 50 percent decrease in the likelihood of drug use - student/teacher meetings to discuss ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003, the Canadian ... , high-risk youth and people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and HIV infection. ... 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 ...

    ... unattended and never accept a beverage from anyone besides a bartender or 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 ... 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 ...

    ... the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there ... promises us happiness, but simply supplements our discontent with short-term escapes. As we begin to lose ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... dizziness to death are possibilities. What we can be sure of is that some level of risk is always certain with synthetic cannabis. We also know that Spice causes serious damage , some of which is permanent. Take a look ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... skin. It's Just Not Worth It Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse or chronic use, you're not alone. As of 2014 , nearly two million Americans had a substance use ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... the consequences don't stop there. Using meth comes with a few more not-so-awesome side effects: severe ... it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to ... 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 ...

    ... 't always have to be a bad thing. In my case, it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't ... 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 ...

    ... . Trauma needs to be treated directly, not suppressed and ignored. If you're using drugs or alcohol to deal with something in your past, seek help. No day is better than today. Additional Reading: Mind Over Matter - The ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... . If you drink wine - especially in restaurants or clubs - you'll want to read on. Wine Sales Increase with Glass Size Research conducted over a four month period showed that increasing the size of wine glasses led to a ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... future. Additional versions have been developed for treatment of anxiety, depression and other issues. The ... it a try? Additional Reading: 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... Forms of Heroin In its pure form, heroin is a white, bitter-tasting powder. Dealers “cut” the pure heroin with substances like sugar, starch, powdered milk or other drugs; so there's more product to go around - and more ... continue reading
  • 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 - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at ... does and doesn't do, the difference in products and ingestion methods and dosing, is all kind of a Wild West.” Additional ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... provide a lot of relief. It's pretty remarkable with that combination.” Some dentists have even come to find ... the meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent ... 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 ...

    ... serious heart conditions greatly impact your overall health. While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry ... Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on the streets of the ... continue reading
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