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  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

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

    ... alleviate anxiety and treat insomnia. Categorized as depressant drugs, or “downers,” benzodiazepines sedate ... combining Suboxone and cocaine produces two dangerous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like you can pop a benzo and twenty minutes later…everything ... broken. It seems like the only answer is to chew up another Xanax . And when “just one more” doesn't do the trick ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... two major functions: Produce digestive enzymes that break down foods — referred to as the “exocrine” ... College of Toxicology). Drug-Induced Pancreatitis Drug-induced pancreatitis can be extremely painful and needs to be ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Xanax , Valium , Ativan , and Klonopin : Benzos Blue V Candy Downers Sleeping Pills Tranks Rohypnol: Roofies ... Uppers - Back to List - Methylphenidate Methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) JIF MPH R-ball Skippy The Smart Drug ... 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 ...

    ... and/or prescription opiates (via the 2010-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). These participants were broken down ... are expensive and hard to get. Also, drug-makers in recent years have stepped up efforts to ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... in which a drug is broken down. In many cases, the liver is able to metabolize drugs (and other toxins) without ... and symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis are 10 : Enlarged liver. Fever. Rapid heart rate. Pain in right upper ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... specials” as a way to attract more young, professional and upper-income customers. “You don't know what's in ... bargained for. “One substance will go down, but another will go up. And unfortunately, I think (heroin abuse) ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... a major shift in functioning can be a warning sign of drug abuse. Obsessive behaviors. Staying up all night to do iron or repeating the same task or phrase over and over in a compulsive manner can be a sign of certain ... 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 ...

    ... . Her body was discovered on July 2, lying face down in a creek - three empty cans of duster were ... the human body. On inspiration, chemical gasses fill up the lungs and prevent oxygenated air from getting in. The body ... 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 ...

    ... sexually active teens (about one third) has also declined, down from 63 percent in 2003 to 59 percent in 2013. ... , thanks to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it' ... up and express your concerns. Tackling the problem early gives them a greater chance to cut down and ... continue reading
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  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    ... a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how synapses in the ... continue reading
  • 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 marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... s the result? Men and women experience different effects from the same drug. Here's the ... tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, ... continue reading
  • 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 onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... drinking. Reminding problem drinkers of the negative consequences of incapacitating hangover, for example, letting down family members due to abandoned plans, may help them to manage their alcohol consumption.” The ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant ... long rods that are implanted under the skin in the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low ... continue reading
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  • 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, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... He points out you would feel the exact same way - irritable and antsy - if you normally ate dinner at seven but pushed your ... , such as: A family history of alcoholism Slamming down your first drink of the day in one or ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... for three types of drug offenses: drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug communication facility. The ... sentence. On the upper end of the scale, are West Virginia with 5 months, and Arizona, Ohio, and South Dakota with ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been ...

    ... India and China, and in 1492, a lost expedition led by Christopher Columbus ended up in ... and bring back whatever they could get their hands on. Without control, drugs ran rampant through middle and upper society ... continue reading
  • Drinking Heavyweights

    1 in 10 Americans consider themselves as ' heavyweight ' drinkers, reveals survey. In our social circles, there are usually three distinct types of drinkers during boozy get-togethers: heavyweight drinkers, who can take shot after shot without even ...

    ... of three categories: heavyweight, moderate or lightweight. Overall, 1 in 10 Americans consider themselves heavyweight drinkers, and when broken down by gender, 10% of men said this as opposed to just 5% of women. When ... 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 ...

    ... new information - such as memories - fall into a void and are never processed. Simply put; it's not about ... have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water in their ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol ... can break down (one or more standard-size drinks per hour) causes toxins to build up in the body ... 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 ...

    ... and Dr. 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 ... said Dr. Robin Downing, hospital director at the Downing Center for Animal Pain ... 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 ...

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an ... ' (CBM). The attention-training tool changes your bias and makes it easier to make healthier choices. What Do ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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

    ... there. But, now you can sit down in front of your computer at home and meet with the doctor. What do you think? Did your odds of getting treatment just go up? Telemedicine: Revolutionizing Treatment This potential game ... 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 ...

    ... busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution ... to stay a step ahead of issues by laying down these rules. The delivery decision will be disappointing to ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... minutes of intake. And, as we all know, alcohol is broken down by enzymes in the liver, and these toxic by-products ... the extract contained only fat-soluble components, and the lycopene is the red-pigment antioxidant that ... continue reading
  • 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, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... out a lot of the things you'd planned to say. Try writing it all down. Compose a letter to your friend, telling him or her how much you care and why you're concerned for them. Talk about the changes you've seen, your ... 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 ...

    ... sleep it off won't fend off a hangover. By the time you wake up, the aspirin wears off, plus they're hard on your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about combining ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the ... 30a-5p eventually had their BDNF levels restored to normal and their alcohol consumption went back to a moderate amount. ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it ... of cancer , in both men and women. However, the risk for women shows up at much lower drinking levels than ... 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 ...

    ... , on average, 3.3 drinks per week while a student who downs nine or more alcoholic beverages per week has a GPA in the D ... NIAAA conclusions and takes the data a step further. Students who have consumed alcohol up to 30 ... continue reading
  • 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 Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... going to make you drunk. Myth #3 You can “sober up” with a pot of coffee or a cold shower. Truth: ... you drink, not how much variety you drink. (But throwing down a mix of different drinks could make you a lot more ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but not before Tracy began to worry ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims into question and it seems there's a proverbial fly in the ointment, so to speak ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... . Since all blood passes through the liver, the bacteria eventually end up there, too, and increase the damage the liver is already suffering as it breaks down the alcohol. The Results Researchers examined this effect by ... continue reading
  • 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 the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... , doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the nation's mental health bill ... more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to our ... 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, ...

    ... ? Does your brain go down similar disastrous paths? Cassie, Jeff, and Molly are catastrophic thinkers . ... Step #2: Rethink it. Instead of dreaming up more disasters, identify best-case possibilities. Consider whether ... continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... high blood pressure, nerve damage, liver damage, and a reduced ability to manage the symptoms of ... white blood cells are in charge of destroying bacteria and debris, a deficiency of these specialized cells interferes with ... 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 ...

    ... 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 horrible hangover to show for it the ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... 're dehydrated , our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper with time. Alcohol also depletes our body of vitamin A, which plays ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... 's Day for this mother. How do I explain the unrelenting urge to close my eyes and disappear? How do I make people understand that my heart has shut down in an effort to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... to slow down a bit. Donna forced herself to slowly sip her drinks at parties. She started alternating between alcoholic drinks and glasses of water or non-alcoholic beverages. This kept her hydrated, filled her up, and ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the ... Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    ... who have an extra glass of wine can be in danger. This study shows a direct link in alcohol consumption and these seven types of cancer: Oropharynx (the back of the mouth) Larynx (the voice box) Esophagus (the tube that ... 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. ...

    ... as much. After all, it looks like such a small amount of liquid in that big goblet. We look at our glasses and think 'I haven't had very much. It won't hurt if I order another.' It's this type of thinking that boosted ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... 000 minors, really highlights the differences between the two metrics. Moving down the list, North Dakota had 325.17 violations per 100,000 minors and Wyoming was right behind it with 300.67 violations. Along with liquor ... 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 ...

    ... recovery process, so you need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep building. Here's how… Tips For ... changes you need to make in habits and relationships. Write down ways to deal with tempting situations. Set ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... binge drinkers can overtake the normal function of some parts of the brain, and can shut down its control over a person's breathing, heart rate and even body temperature. The report also goes on to state that 38 million ... 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. ...

    ... Michigan's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among ... 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... .” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know when ... up as well, generally in the form of depression or sleep issues. Fortunately, people can protect themselves against secondhand drinking. “It comes down ... continue reading
  • 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 that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... state. Yet, more and more teens are simply ignoring the dangers of marijuana and smoking up on a daily basis ... see a massive number of people facing negative consequences down the road in the form of verbal memory problems. ... 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 ...

    ... pump blood throughout your body. The result of all that pressure is a strained heart, strained blood vessels and potential organ failure. Stroke: When your blood cannot reach your brain, you suffer a stroke. High blood ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... been sober for 11 years. He was a totally different person now than he was while she was growing up. She was happy for him - and for her entire family - but his current sobriety didn't fully heal the past. No matter how ... continue reading
  • 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. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... are still there when we sober up . The solution to a nasty and hateful boss isn't at the bottom of a whiskey bottle and the key to fixing a tumultuous marriage isn't found by gulping down 14 Jell-o shots. Proof of ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, ... them. She figured, why not? They gave her a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go ... continue reading
  • 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, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... , explains why. “You could replace the words 'digital currency' with 'crack cocaine,' methamphetamine,' 'marijuana,' or ' gambling, ' and you'll see some of those same kind of ways people talk about it,” he noted . His ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... the very low vapor pressure the molecules create. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology were up to the challenge. Using a new technology called PLOT-cryo, researchers were able to capture ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... the upper digestive tract. This has been discussed as a possible explanation for why drinking and ... or mix in other substances to the drug in order to create more of the product and boost profits. At times, the product ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... . Pain meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... Experts estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10 percent for each additional drink women regularly ... , defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you ... 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 ...

    ... you consume it. Essentially, when someone drinks too much too fast, a wall goes up in the brain that does not allow immediate and short-term memories to take hold. Receptors in our brains are responsible for helping us ... 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 ...

    ... years later - the limiter or the abstainer? If you chose Reagan, you're right. An Epic Battle There are experts and ex-addicts on both sides of this fence. To say it's a long-held debate is a gross understatement. Can ... 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 ...

    ... family, I mistakenly thought that asking for help would tarnish that image. Looking back, I should've sucked it up and not cared so much about what other people thought. It probably would've changed the course of my life ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... . After fully waking up, Nicole was extremely confused - clueless as to how she woke up on Kate's couch ... cooked and eaten a midnight breakfast in her sleep. She turned off the stove, grateful she hadn't burned down the ... 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 ...

    ... 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 additional ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... ? Actually, the gasoline used to run modern cars contains ethanol ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was designed to run on ethanol as well as gasoline. With ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... Definition of Alcoholic? My husband holds down a full-time job. He's punctual and dependable. He isn't abusive or ... for the baby, milk for our toddler, and beer for my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... the need to pour a glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink and thus hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you simply just bored? Whatever ... 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 ...

    ... has side effects including mood swings, fatigue and erectile dysfunction. At Hamilton's John Street Clinic ... that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about ... 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 ...

    ... in the U.S. each year, including 900 babies. Those who died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... You can find countless studies suggesting that drinking one glass of wine per day can help to prevent dementia and cancer, slow the aging process or even regulate blood sugar, but there's no getting around the fact that ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... Experimental Research analyzed alcohol consumption data from 9,712 men ages 30 and older. After a comprehensive health evaluation, each participant was followed up on for an average of 28 months. While light to moderate ... 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 ...

    ... “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 when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to apologize ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... to the next drink? A recent study tackled this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. A ... them to delay their drinking in any meaningful way, and since other studies show that young drinkers often perceive ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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

    ... know what to do or how to react when their lives are turned upside down by their teen's behavior. Their parenting becomes a constant cycle of trial and error as they try to navigate their way through the storm. But there ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

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    ... use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact not as well ... of us react to problems - like skin conditions - after a flare-up or a diagnosis. We also do our best to mask potential problems ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ... mouth to form plaque. Plaque that builds up eventually softens the enamel and a cavity, or a hole, will develop ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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    ... aren't doomed to become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts note it's much ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted in 2014, more than one-third of the respondents claimed to have ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... found that those who drank four or more drinks per day were more than twice as likely to get mouth and/or throat cancer as those people who did not consume any alcohol. That makes you think twice about that extra glass ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

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

    ... the realm of control. It's very possible to join the millions of Americans who have stopped abusing inhalants and gone on to lead sober lives. Learn more about the harmful effects of inhalant abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

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    ... in marijuana that gets you high, comprising up to 30 percent of the cannabis plant. THC ... heat. Though it lacks the strong psychoactive and medicinal qualities of THC and comprises less than one percent of cannabis ... 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 ...

    ... hit a rock bottom beyond my wildest dreams. The term “rock bottom” refers to the very lowest level you can reach, and it's used to describe a point in your life when you're finally willing to seek help . It's created by ... 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 ...

    ... inmates will receive: A case manager A clinical assessment A treatment and recovery plan - including medications when appropriate Treatment and recovery support for up to one year after release The hope is to improve the ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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    ... , whereas those who I hadn't talked to in years really stepped up to the plate. You really learn who your true friends are when you hit rock-bottom , and I used this insight when I got out of prison to surround myself ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... to music, or simply put up your feet and take a breather. #3. Exercise and eat well. Feeling better ... and put your own problems into perspective. #6. Write down future plans and goals. Planning for the future is fun and ... continue reading
  • The American Addiction Centers Brand Promise

    Brand Promise Terms and Conditions: In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc. will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no ...

    Brand Promise Terms and Conditions: In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc. will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... , by promoting alcohol as the solution to one's problems. “Women need to understand that when they're irritable and they pick up a drink to stop that feeling, they're not learning how to deal with the feeling or with 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 ...

    ... Here are just a few of the reasons why California has taken up arms against E-cigs: They're Toxic : E-liquids contain nicotine, flavoring agents and toxic chemicals that have been proven to cause serious problems like ... 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 ...

    ... quality of our efforts. 3. Time Possibly the most important commodity in life, our time is forever fleeting, and no one can stop its steady march. Every minute, day or decade that we sacrifice to addiction becomes stolen ... 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 ...

    ... governmental support for expansion of interlock programs and innovative ways to use this technology to prevent more lives lost resulting from drunk driving.” Backing Up the Data Other studies have found similar results ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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    ... family. Ultimately, I picked a place close to my family, as it allowed me the privacy to have quiet alone time and the close proximity to help if I'm tempted to use again. The Work is Worth It While moving wasn't an easy ... 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 ...

    ... nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your ... 're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also ... 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 ...

    ... “high” that then may last 1 to 3 hours; edibles take longer to kick in, elicit peak effects more slowly, and may be felt for many hours. 8 The most important factor to remember, however, is that THC is present with both ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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

    ... 't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's - and that their life is a disappointment. Or they may be sad about opportunities they ... 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 ...

    ... dissonance. Although we have plenty of mental tricks up our sleeves, these four loopholes are some of ... successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first ... continue reading
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