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  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... Buddhist teacher Noah Levine as an alternative to 12-step programs. It's built around Buddhism's Four ... Finland, and the UK. There are also online and phone-in meetings for those who can't make it to any of the physical ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... award-winning chef and vegetarian options are highlighted. In addition to individual and group therapy and 12-step meetings, patients have access to yoga, t'ai chi, expressive arts, and rocks and ropes courses. Admission ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... , forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. ... in the likelihood of drug use - student/teacher meetings to discuss drug consequences. While young students continue ... 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 ...

    ... to play out in rehab facilities or 12-step meetings. Falco said in a recent NPR interview ... [addiction], and learning to deal with that, and all the various 12-step programs I've been a part of over the years, and how ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... share meals, and to have someone to talk to and go to meetings with can be the make-it-or-break-it factor in whether or ... continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there. As a ... 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 ...

    ... and anger will pass, and you'll realize that you've settled into some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling vulnerable, or a bedtime routine or morning exercise now that ... 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 ...

    ... a different kind of rehab - something called “harm reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't about abstinence only. It was just about meeting people where they were. It sounded like a great option for her brother, so ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... their annual meeting in June, the AMA called on the pharmaceutical industry to increase transparency in three steps: # ... drug's price by more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on ... continue reading
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  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... bad would eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I lived in ... to live close to some support group meetings , like Refuge Recovery. While these additional ... 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 ...

    ... you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. Make a ... isn't a solo sport. Find a support group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor. (And if you don't ... 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 ...

    ... to last year when I wasn't able to run 10 or 12 plays without being incredibly tired. All my focus is on my body ... attends regular therapy sessions plus four or five AA and NA meetings per week. “I still have a lot of work ... 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 ...

    ... known to take money out of the offering plates traditionally passed around at narcotics anonymous meetings and church services. Kind of Legal, Totally Questionable Many addicts spend hours collecting recyclable items ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... wipe away your old thoughts and fears that lead partially to the addiction. Consider attending regular group meetings, preferably Narcotics Anon , not your local D&D. There you can find the solace and the understanding ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... with these medications. Going Days Without Sleep : An occasional all-nighter is sometimes necessary. Board meetings, performance reviews and tax season requires a lot of work and attention on your part. While ... 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 ...

    ... 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 vodka into her coffee every morning. Unfortunately she wasn ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... outcomes. (Jeff's wife is stuck in traffic…her meeting ran long…she didn't answer the phone because she' ... sunny and clear, so the roads aren't treacherous…etc.) Step #3: Remove it. Don't discount your catastrophic thinking ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... The goal is to enlist at-risk individuals, meeting them where they are. Hope One welcomes anyone ... to be productive members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across the ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... triggers. When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking ... plans tomorrow morning (could be an early hike or meeting),” “I am driving tonight.” Be Smart About Which ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... the overdose antidote for free. Myth #5: Only Doctors Can Prescribe Naloxone The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss what steps would be needed in order to increase access to naloxone on a national level. Though legal ... 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 ...

    ... , however, once stating that Jews were only one step above cannibals. By Abode of Chaos 2. Charles Dickens ... role of Iron Man. Or something equally amazing. 12. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Georgian and Victorian poets have ... 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 ...

    ... create a greater sense of calm. A slightly modified version of the original prayer has been adopted by many 12-Step groups: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I ... 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 ...

    ... to work after finishing a designated treatment program and meeting certain terms. Of course, the rules vary from ... into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps for each and every medical provider who's ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... does nothing to “heal” the neurological aspects of addiction or root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” if you're using Suboxone for long-term maintenance ... 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 ...

    ... addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... the 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 nothing could help. Would she always ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to help others with similar issues. When you listen to their ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... Haley, Simon, and Jenny, you can find out. When you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things. Revisit old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... and group counseling. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Motivational interviewing. Contingency management. Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I Have to Take Methadone for the Rest of My ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... As more people share their stories, however, the truth seems like it's finally coming to light. The next step is doing what you can to make the recovery process as painless as possible. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe ... 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. ...

    ... ever that a sitting U.S. Surgeon General has declared substance abuse a public health crisis - a huge step forward for the addiction industry. Clearly, this will impact a variety of policies in the future, but what if ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... new laws in an attempt to keep up with an ever evolving world. Staying a Step Ahead California legislators are hoping to stay a step ahead of issues by laying down these rules. The delivery decision will be disappointing ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... kits. They're actually the inspiration behind the What's In My Baggie documentary. After a chance meeting, filmmaker Jeff Chambers immediately recognized the group could give festival-goers an insight into what kind of ... 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 ...

    ... similar findings. Dr. Andrea Rubenstein presented her research last April at the American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting, which involved observing 81 men who took opioids for at least three months. She found that those ... 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 ...

    ... The number of high school students smoking cigarettes dropped to an all-time low at 15.7 percent, meeting the Healthy People 2020 objective to reduce adolescent cigarette use to 16 percent or less. High school sexual ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... their consumption of pot, the nation as a whole is not. In 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had used marijuana for the first time over the past year. This averages to 7,000 new marijuana users each day. The ... 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 ...

    ... girls! “Make a gratitude list,”Jeana thought once home. It was a valuable tool she learned in her SMART Recovery meeting - a tool she used often. “I'm grateful, tonight, to be sober,” she said silently to herself. This ... 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 ...

    ... Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) revealed 601,000 people over the age of 12 used cocaine for the first time during the course of the previous 12 months. This figure may seem high, but NHADA points out that the number ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... flick is based on the 1978 book by Jim Carroll, who compiled the story from diaries he kept between the ages of 12 and 16. Needless to say, any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of ... 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 ...

    ... for their development.” Looking to the Future Although marijuana use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers ... continue reading
  • 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 and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... % of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15. About 7 million people age 12 years and older used a prescription drug non-medically in 2009, according to the most recent National Survey on ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... 90 percent within three years. This approach is drastically different from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive ... continue reading
  • 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 studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... use of stimulants peaked. Their frequency of stimulant use at that time tops the generational charts at over 12 percent (nearly triple that of Gen X and Millennials). To their credit, this generation lived through a post ... continue reading
  • 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. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... 5 to 1. By last year, heroin deaths crept past gun homicide numbers. In 2015, there were 12,979 gun homicides and 12,989 heroin deaths. Heroin has also surpassed its cousin opiates - traditional opioid painkillers . For ... 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 ...

    ... form, smoke it, inject it, or snort it. Smoking or injecting meth produces an instant high that lasts between 8 and 12 hours, 6 which leads many people to take repeat doses to remain high . When taken orally, the drug's ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... and company speaking out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... that you cannot function as a family, it is usually fairly obvious to those outside the family. The first step should be to confide in someone you trust, preferably someone who is in a position of authority. Explain what ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... to avoid treatment. A detox program will help you rid your body of the prescription drug, an important first step in breaking free of addiction. A rehab program will help you get used to living your life without the ... 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 ...

    ... of luxury, however, and it uses a one-on-one treatment method, rather than the usual twelve-step programs. Promises offers a more regimented lifestyle with more conventional treatment and responsibilities. No matter what ... continue reading
  • 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 human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... proven successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help is needed. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... 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 ...

    ... feel from snorting a line of cocaine only lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, yet your brain is altered forever. Is it really worth it? Additional Reading: Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve the opportunity to turn your life around. You deserve to begin creating a ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... . After 48 hours, she threw the patch away. Nothing seems wrong with this process…until we examine the last step. Shannon simply placed the patch in a waste basket. This might be okay in some situations, but Shannon has ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... . Schedule I drugs include: Heroin LSD Ecstasy Bath salts Schedule II Substances in this group are considered a step-down in risk from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse , but are currently accepted for ... continue reading
  • 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 are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... their customers? This seems to have a ring of justice to it. Perhaps the courts will choose to take it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us what you think about this ... 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 ...

    ... remains to be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer Image Source: iStock 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 , ...

    ... never go away. But who knows? Maybe in five years, you may be able to count on one hand the amount that can detect marijuana.” Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 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 like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... partly depends on the dosage level you have been taking. (Higher dosage requires more treatment.) The first step is to admit there is a problem. Then, find help at an Ativan addiction treatment facility. Additional ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a year and a half). Doctors Step Up to the Plate In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we're in dire need of ... continue reading
  • 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 and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... and recovery services.” The county jails will focus these efforts on prisoners approaching their release dates. A Step in the Right Direction The Bristol County House of Corrections was also granted $100,000. These funds ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... but face many barriers in doing so. Incorporating smoking cessation interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading: California - 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... protein and enhance healing. Martinez hopes the NIH grant will allow him to take his preliminary studies a step further and raise awareness about the devastating effects of meth use . He also hopes his findings can form ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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    ... to control her own fertility trump the nation's concern about the opioid epidemic? Should judges be allowed to step in and prevent women from having babies while addicted to drugs? Sound off in the comments section below ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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    ... for police officers in how to help people with drug problems. While such training programs represent a clear step toward treating people who use drugs with compassion instead of simply treating them as criminals, it's ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

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    ... you may have about getting treatment at a methadone clinic. Am I Eligible for Methadone Maintenance? The first step in getting methadone maintenance is to get assessed by the clinic. Anyone can receive an assessment for ... 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 ...

    ... we are really experiencing. Do you remember what it was like to be a teen? Understanding is the first step to helping. Here are 11 reasons why teenagers experiment with drugs. 1. Boredom One of the most common reasons ... 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. ...

    ... at 6.5 percent among 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two particularly worrisome results of the 2014 MTF Survey: As marijuana use has declined, the perceived ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... a Salvation Army official. Shocking Facts About Inhalant Abuse More than 2.6 million children between the ages of 12 to 17 abuse duster. One in four students has abused duster before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... The establishment provides a safe place to inject drugs and connect to health care services. InSite has 12 injection booths, offers clean needles, and provides access to naloxone in case of an overdose. Medical personnel ... 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 ...

    ... that she and John Lennon were kept from receiving deadly quantities of it due to a greedy dealer. 12. David Bowie In the 1970s, David Bowie struggled from a cocaine addiction. Critics even blame the choppy rhythms ... 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 ...

    ... addiction that saw her promising acting career thrown into a series of tumultuous twists and turns . 12. Nicole Richie Actress Nicole Richie has struggled with numerous addictions , including heroin , cocaine, and ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... . If your kid understands the risks of taking drugs (especially glue-the average age of a solvent addict is 12), he or she is likely to have the power to say no. However, friends can be powerful influences, and sometimes ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

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

    ... worry about hurting others thanks to your addiction—driving under the influence of powerful painkillers makes you between 12 and 15 times more likely to have an accident. In addition, those on painkillers long term are ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... . In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated in illegal drug use. In 2002, this number was only 8.3 ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... Cartel won a bloody battle against its former partner, the Juarez Cartel. Resulting in possibly as many as 12,000 casualties, the Sinoloa Cartel employed gangs such as the Artist Assassins, Genre Nueva, and Los Mexicles ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent during the same period. To combat the problem of inappropriate prescribing, Han ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... ,036 teens that focused on misuse of prescription opioids. The researchers found that teens between ages of 12 and 17 living in rural communities were 35 percent more likely to have abused prescription painkillers. What ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” Stanly: College Professor “I had been drinking since I was 12 or 13-years-old, and I actually managed okay as a pretty heavy drinker my whole life. One night, my ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

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    ... for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled within 12 months, while 2.3 million children and young adults started smoking in 2012. If you're a new ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... (ADHD). Identifying the Link Researchers analyzed 2,357 children who were all between the ages of 4 and 12, along with a bulk of supporting data provided by their parents. The data included important information about ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

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    ... More Accessible : The number of stores selling e-cigarettes has nearly quadrupled from 2011 to 2013, rising from 12 percent to 46 percent. And there are fears that, just like cigarettes, store clerks are not doing their ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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    ... -reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as at six and 12 months. According to lead author E. Jennifer Edelman, M.D., those who sporadically used heroin had lower counts of CD4 ... 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 ...

    ... percent The biggest increase was seen among women between the ages of 19 and 25 Boys between the ages of 12 and 18 were the top consumers of this ADHD medication Adderall Facts Between 2007 and 2012, the number of adults ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

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    ... of a benzodiazepine . 9 These findings remained significant and reflected a dose-response pattern after a 12-month follow-up with participants. Given the serious concerns around benzos, it is important to carefully ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

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    ... and more people, especially teens, are using marijuana. With an estimated 22.2 million current marijuana users aged 12 or older in the United States, it is a concern that we have relatively limited information about how ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... t come with the cognitive impairment of OxyContin and other opioids. Its effects can also last for up to 12 hours - far longer than other painkillers. Make no mistake; there are significant dangers involved with tramadol ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

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    ... Services, and provides an annual survey involving interviews with approximately 70,000 randomly selected individuals aged 12 and older. New Changes, New Data In 2015, NSDUH's survey was redesigned to include different ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... underestimated the potency of cannabis. THC can be detected in your system (using a urine test) for up to 12 weeks, depending on the quantity and frequency of use. For regular users, blood tests can come up positive for ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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    ... bill. Clearly, this is a widespread problem. It has even trickled down to kids, with anxiety disorders affecting about 12 percent of our nation's young people. What Have You Done for You Lately? As a society, what have ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... tank to hide their drug shipment. While in the fall of 2016, officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in with the legitimate cargo - a load of shaving kits headed for ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... is time and sobriety. Dope sickness typically hits after someone goes without their drug of choice for six to 12 hours. Symptoms usually peak within three to four days. This period of purging the body of drugs is called ... 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, ...

    ... a 2011 study in the journal of the American Dental Association estimates that dentists are responsible for 12 percent of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers - coming in right behind general practitioners and internal ... 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. ...

    ... days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you'll need to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat yourself to a massage or a ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... are stable enough to take your methadone doses at home. You are recommended to stay on methadone for at least 12 months . However, depending on your situation, you may stay on treatment for years. Once you are ready to ... 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 ...

    ... Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiovascular Death in 15-49-year-old Subjects: A Forensic Case-control Study. Addiction 109 (12), 2071-078. 6. Gage, S. Billioti De, Y. Moride, T. Ducruet, T. Kurth, H. Verdoux, M. Tournier, A ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... . In fact, about $75 billion was spent nationally on corrections that year. Fortunately, some states are stepping forward to help the United States combat the prices of incarceration. It has been determined that reducing ... 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 ...

    ... dietary and lifestyle changes, be proactive with your health . The following suggestions are just a few of the steps you can take to get your bowels moving regularly once opiates are no longer in the picture: Exercise : ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've been ... continue reading
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