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  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... Xanax are relatively low at home, outpatient treatment programs may be a viable rehabilitation ... program and your individual situation, you'll visit the treatment center for treatment—this could be every day for a quick ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... fewer side effects. If you feel you will have a hard time stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical provider every day and also to continue school, work, and ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... year from research and public health bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you too, ... be used and supervised in inpatient and outpatient settings. Following detoxification, the drug naltrexone ... continue reading
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  • 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, ...

    ... rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was also an increase in the number of people who reported using opioids for more ... inpatient, outpatient, hospital, office, emergency room, jail or self-help center treatment options ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... them to undergo psychiatric treatment is on the line. It Needs to Be a Team Effort The Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies in New Jersey offers training for police officers in how to help people with drug problems ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... to these crushing statistics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have teamed up to ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... who understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady increase ... ADHD medication, then the risk of misuse will be an issue long-before college. As this large (and ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... , are found in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications and in sleep aids. Toxicology reports also showed an increase in use of all kinds of drugs that could inhibit a pilot's ability to perform his job, including ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... assume any risks are minimal and are willing to take them. This is far from the truth. As an opiate, tramadol triggers changes in the brain to help relieve pain. Tramadol increases levels of serotonin and norepinephrine ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... the latest numbers, shall we? In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to prescription painkillers . Approximately 25.3 million Americans ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... white-collar professionals are turning to cognitive enhancing drugs to yield greater productivity. In an analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology , researchers from the University of Oxford and ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... alcohol/opiate combinations, the combination of alcohol and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... if women become addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse during periods of hormonal fluctuation or menopause. Antidepressants: Women absorb and respond ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... Half of all the students surveyed in the CVS report said they took stimulants to assist with pulling an all-night study session or improving their academic performance. About 24 percent said they misused or abused these ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... stop it. So here it is, the shocking facts to help you get ahead. 1. You don't have to be an addict to become addicted. Benzos are sedative hypnotics that work on the body's central nervous system to increase the calming ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... are finding that even multiple doses of naloxone aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to both ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... hear non-existent sounds. It's also possible to smell things or feel things that aren't there, such as an itching sensation…like things are crawling on your skin. It's Just Not Worth It Have you experienced any of these ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... and movement. To treat ADHD, doctors often prescribe a low dose of Ritalin, slowly increasing the dosage until an optimal level is reached. Does Ritalin Have Side Effects? The short answer is yes, though the severity and ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... the central nervous system. After the initial euphoria, heroin produces a drowsy state. Since heroin's an opioid, it produces effects similar to prescription painkillers. The rise of heroin abuse is directly related to ... 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 ...

    ... painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot of discomfort when she left the hospital, so her doctor wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care ... 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 ...

    ... telecommunication and information technology.” Instead of traveling hours to visit your doctor, you could schedule an online appointment. You can use Skype or another web-based platform to connect with your healthcare ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... more than 140 pounds of fentanyl and nearly 50 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin out of circulation. Seized from an apartment in Queens, this stash had the potential to kill millions. The NYPD noted , “Given that a dose ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug abuse results in quite a few common physical indicators . For example, an unexplained bloody nose is often caused by snorting drugs. Using hot glass pipes to smoke drugs like ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... support and information you need to get on the path toward recovery. Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with our confidential survey . CHECK IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication which also helps decrease convulsions and nerve pain. It's frequently given to ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

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

    ... the drug, then slowly increase the dosage of a new medication. Other times, serious side effects may warrant an abrupt stop to your medication. Which drugs are involved also affects the change-over protocol . If you're ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... As for those who note that drug seekers can get their pills elsewhere, they may be right. But is that really an excuse not to try? If tamper-proof bottles stop only some of our loved ones from developing or continuing a ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic opioids like carfentanil are cheap to purchase, making them an ideal ingredient to add in baggies of heroin . Just this year, officials have already seen a ... 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 ...

    ... to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and federal ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... are a great option if you've been struggling to put an end to your opiate addiction. Still unsure? To relieve ... from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to outpatient treatment, you'll need to return to the clinic everyday ... 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 ...

    ... many people to heroin addiction . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45% ... Approximately 23% of individuals who use heroin will develop an opioid addiction. 1 In 2014, 18,893 overdose deaths ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... , recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of ... the ones who got enough sleep and were in an upbeat mood reported less cravings. These findings were recently ... 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 ...

    ... tolerance levels are reached. Thanks to an ever-increasing tolerance, results often manifest ... . It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug use. Talk to Us: Have ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... implanted under the skin of your upper arm. This procedure takes about 15 minutes and is completed in an outpatient setting. The device then releases buprenorphine into your system for six months. After six months, it is ... 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 ...

    ... gradual weaning is the safest way to beat an Ativan addiction since no pharmacological treatments are currently ... to follow typically require supervision at a treatment center. The length of treatment partly depends on ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... up with a local federally qualified health center and a local state department of behavioral ... have to be registered with the DEA…But there may be an addiction treatment organization in which the facility itself is not ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... doses of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an antidote to treat opioid overdoses . Equipped with this ... to be illicit drugs. While the Houston Forensic Science Center tested only one fentanyl case in 2015, this number ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... too, deserved a treatment-based approach rather than an incarceration-based approach . In fact, 88 percent ... interviews taken last December. It was conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... have tested positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... daily use has increased. The Little Black Box FDA guidance says a black box warning is appropriate when: “ There is an adverse reaction so serious in proportion to the potential benefit from the drug (e.g., a fatal, life ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality. It can even be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... . It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout the U ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the alkaloids work in relation to the human ... 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 ...

    ... across the country are finding that some of their highest-paid executives and CEO's are abusing Adderall in an attempt to meet the demands of a rigorous work schedule. Adderall Becomes a Workplace Drug Though Adderall is ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They also believe that naloxone ... and dissipate entirely after 90 minutes, leaving behind an opiate withdrawal that is so brutal, it leaves ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... In his opinion, the only major difference between crystal meth and Adderall is public perception. Helping or Harming? With an allure of gaining energy, a sharpened focus and a sense of euphoria, users can quickly develop ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... the overdose. In 30 percent of opioid-related deaths , it's the combination of benzos and opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... weekend with her friends. They were going camping, which sounded like fun, but Hillary had to say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn't leave town because she had to get to the methadone clinic every day. If she didn ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... all displaying compulsive behaviors . Compulsive behavior is defined as performing an act persistently and repetitively without it necessarily leading to an actual reward or pleasure. So, what causes this sudden onset of ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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

    ... receptors back to their pre-heroin state. Called an “addiction interrupter,” Ibogaine simply interrupts the chemical ... and craving symptoms. Holly thought this sounded like an answer to her prayers. What is Treatment Like? ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... didn't have that bottle of “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax ... original doctor's appointment, Kelly had finally reached an all-time low. She knew she had become ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... conscious sedation, there are three providers - a doctor, an RN, and also a respiratory therapist - while I ... . It will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back from a situation like ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... pointed out a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious. The brief contact with the fentanyl transferred to his shirt during the bust was ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... of grocery stores. As far as I know, I've never been assaulted by an eggplant. Recognizing and addressing your triggers is an important way to maintain your sobriety. Another way to maintain your sobriety is reaching ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... the opioid epidemic? We likely won't know the answer to that question for several years, but there seems to be an equal number of skeptics and supporters. One thing's for sure, though: We need all the help we can get to ... 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 ...

    ... when you're sweating in the middle of the night because you can't sleep without it? Or when you're in an anxious panic and you know your thoughts don't make sense, but you can't make them fit into logical patterns? Does ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... wonder about the effects of Vivitrol. Jamie, 26, was instructed by to take Vivitrol by local authorities while attending an inpatient rehab . Now Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... pay attention? Why was she so worn out? Kara needed an energy boost; she called her roommate, Blaire, who always ... his heart suddenly start to race. He was hit with an intense headache. He collapsed on the floor as his ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug ... drug as prescribed by your physician, you may have an addiction. Because the drug can become habit forming, ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... alprazolam (Xanax), a doctor may administer an equivalent dosage of a long-acting benzodiazepine like ... gone on to live healthy, sober lives. American Addiction Centers accepts many insurance plans and can work with you ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping Through Suboxone Hoops Despite its benefits ... fact that our nation is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis of epic proportions, finally prompted the ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... written. Handing them over to someone else with an entirely different set of concerns can be lethal. Even ... and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to ... addictive. Others may claim it's unfair to punish an entire group just because a portion of them are abusing ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heroin-related deaths have nearly quadrupled since ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University ... recent study, this methadone policy may lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her release ... 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 ...

    ... the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps ... Elm are recommended, but there's no need to become an herb expert. Just grab some detox tea from a ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... was clear: long-term benzo use is positively associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's . And the more a ... Shield Humana Aetna Kaiser Permanente Sources 1. Center for Substance Abuse Research. (2013). Benzodiazepines ... 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 ...

    ... of the medication. In addition to intramuscular injections, the overdose antidote can also be administered via an intranasal spray. The thing to remember is that the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... by crushing and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe slowing of breathing, sleepiness, “nodding” or passing out and a ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... .” In fact, the opiate crisis has had such an impact on these communities that whites who inject drugs ... program (other than paying for sterile syringes) if there is an HIV or hepatitis outbreak risk. So far, the CDC has ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... price for each dose can range from $4-19 per day, with the lower end being for those who have an accepted form of health insurance. Patients who don't have health coverage, however, can expect to pay approximately $500 ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a substance abuse problem . Not everyone's story turns ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, ... other than some saying the final decision lies within an individual pharmacist's “professional discretion.” For instance, ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... Currently, the most frequently prescribed form of fentanyl (in the US) is the transdermal patch. Patients place one patch an area of the body and it's worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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

    ... Darren seek treatment. Do Intervene: His one-on-one conversation with Darren wasn't enough, so Patrick arranged an intervention . Darren's friends and family gathered to have a conversation with him; they wanted to share ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... isn't in the cards. Reason #5 Benzodiazepines Can Impair Your Thinking Without a clear head, stay home or call an Uber. Whether you're flying down the highway at 70 miles per hour or cruising through a neighborhood at 30 ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... re almost constantly connected. More and more of our days are devoted to screen time. Did you know we now spend an average of four hours a day on our phones? What Are We Looking For? One of our most time-consuming online ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... time you shoot up, you're literally playing Russian roulette with your life.” Do Not Underestimate This Drug An exact number of deaths from the drug is unknown, but a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... as a protective barrier while maintaining the patient's tolerance to other opioids. This greatly reduces the risk of an overdose , especially if you happen to relapse. This is a huge benefit to people who decide to get ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... dose of the drug, which has a high potential for causing an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more than one type of drug ... let yourself or someone you love become an overdose statistic. Additional Reading: Record-Breaking ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... of clients attempting to fill prescriptions too soon or those who insist they can't bring their pets in for an exam before getting the prescription. And it's not just the pet owners veterinarians have to look out for ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... the first injection between two and seven days before an inmate's release. He or she is then sent ... the director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year survival rate. The drug that changed it all was cisplatin , a platinum-based drug ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non- ... be able to stop the most deadly effect of an opiate overdose : respiratory arrest. Now that researchers ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... include transferring you from a slow acting benzo to an extended release formulation. Getting Past the Withdrawal Phase It ... s also a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. In fact, full resolution of ... 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 ...

    ... even our best and brightest providers to the brink, prodding them to seek out some kind of escape …an escape that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental stress ... 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 ...

    ... 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 claiming more lives in Northern Ireland ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... . Taking these two changes into account, here are some of the highlights of the 2015 study : An estimated 119 million Americans used prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year, representing 44.5 percent of the ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the promotion of new formulas ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... to help with these issues, so they took Aiden to a doctor. After a ten-minute discussion with his parents - and an even briefer exam of the child - Aiden's doctor diagnosed him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking a much ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... its drug classification. Then things sort of fell apart. Did the drug change? No; tramadol was and has always been an opiate - so why the sudden turn-about? Digging for the Truth The DEA defines tramadol as a “centrally ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... the effects of pannexin-1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that's fairly cheap and has few side ... ensure its' safety. Their goal is to develop an effective method to treat the millions struggling with pain ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... son suffers the disease of addiction and naming a makeup after a derogatory label that has been placed on an illness that is so devastating and so deadly is just plain wrong.” Making the Wrong Kind of Statement Sephora ... continue reading
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