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  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... remains that most people with a substance use disorder will relapse - from 40 to 60%, according to the National ... too. With 50 million nicotine addicts, 1.4 million cocaine addicts and 400,000 meth addicts in the U.S., it' ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... but you're not sure what to say to an addict. You don't understand why he refuses to listen; you may even believe that ... frustrating when you're a witness to multiple episodes of relapse. But if you give up on him, it can ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

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

    ... was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I drank wine all day, ... “I've been in recovery for 23 years, and I've relapsed seven times. But, the support I get in the recovery community ... continue reading
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  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... receive treatment for their addictions afterwards end up relapsing; their children are often placed in the ... the children can't be fully shielded from their addicted parents . Having a healthy and happy child starts with ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... data mean? Well, for starters it explains why some cocaine addicts are content to repeat the same mistakes over ... users could lead to prolonged drug use or a relapse, despite continued negative consequences. What Does it ... continue reading
  • Drug Dependence

    The previous edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), a diagnostic reference text that many in the health care field use to help typify and define mental health issues such as substance abuse, included separate ...

    ... . Call now to get help . Can't Stop Using Why can't many people with drug dependencies quit on their own ... drug dependency is their commitment to aftercare relapse prevention programs . Treatment centers analyze the ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations when someone begins using drugs. Some people become addicted to drugs ...

    ... considerations when someone begins using drugs. Some people become addicted to drugs only after they begin a period of ... or group). Recovery skills training and relapse prevention. Aftercare services . Dual diagnosis ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... you put forth all this work just to have nothing, and so why try?” Last month, the judge sentenced Sarah to two years in ... factors is grounds for relapse. In the end, prison doesn't teach addicts new coping mechanisms or ... 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 ...

    ... varied biological responses, we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for ... addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only ... cocaine . At the end of his rope, Sean confronted Tony: “Why do you keep doing this? Can't you see it's killing ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... how your struggle affects those around you, but often an addict's loved ones suffer as well. Remember, they feel pain ... . Write down any time you feel like using and why you feel this way. You may notice some patterns in ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... elation. He states, “You discover you're no longer addicted to anything. Even a cup of tea with sugar tastes ... later, the former heroin user hasn't experienced a relapse and once again feels like a contributing member of ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... , the more likely it is that you'll end up addicted to these substances. 1 This will end up making your treatment ... may be quite difficult and you may find yourself relapsing. Make sure you ask your treatment facility if ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... off, and keep building. Here's how… Tips For Dealing With a Heroin Relapse Learn From It Admit what happened and why. What triggered your relapse? Was there something specific that took you off course? Start by making a ... 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 ...

    ... don't need? Possibly. Will they all become addicts? Probably not. But when children grow up ... And if it's okay to take narcotics to help them focus, why not try something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed or ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... fill the void. However, it's unclear why many of them use aggressive practices to bring people ... released once they have recovered sufficiently. However, many addicts are kept in these centers long after they should have ... 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 ...

    ... the sessions have reduced cravings and a 13 percent lower relapse rate. How Does This Program Work? The idea ... choices overall. Wondering if it will work for you? Well, why not give it a try? Additional Reading: 7 Not-So- ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology. A Look at the Biology Researchers at the ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... reliance on cigarettes by people in recovery has a biological basis and may actually increase the chances of relapse. So, how can the prevalence of smoking be reduced by those in recovery? Researchers emphasized the need ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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

    ... stay awake for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that ... most of them negative, users may still become addicted to meth due to the perceived beneficial psychological ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... is the first step to helping. Here are 11 reasons why teenagers experiment with drugs. 1. Boredom One of the ... predisposed to experiment with drugs and alcohol and become addicted. Although poor choices are part of being a ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... 're in control. Almost. Lie #4 But, I'm not like so-and-so…he/she's really in bad shape. Addicts like to use other addicts as a way to gauge their level of substance abuse . They'll say things like “Bob's been busted for ... 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, ...

    ... abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden, pill-popping people ... all face our fears. Additional Reading: Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... to pass a breathalyzer before the car is operable. Since it's possible lowering the legal limit would save lives, why don't we do it? Two main reasons keep popping up: Powerful Industries The alcohol lobby and restaurant ... 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 ...

    ... of pills left…so she kept taking them. She figured, why not? They gave her a boost of energy and mentally made ... be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... it will help, you can also stage an organized intervention where a small group of loved ones can let the addict know how their behavior makes them feel. This should be done calmly, but firmly. Although it is up to the ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... or not it's a good idea to take the drug. This new pathway (or backdoor) means that, once Ted is addicted, he may not even be aware of his desire to use cocaine. Much like the lab rats, Ted will eventually lose control ... 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 ...

    ... in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as well as 783 people in the province who don't use opioids ... 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 ...

    ... being aware of recurring physical and psychological problems Cold Turkey Detox Can be a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... facility in 2003. InSite is North America's first legal injection site and caters to intravenous (IV) addicts in the Vancouver area. The establishment provides a safe place to inject drugs and connect to health care ... continue reading
  • Early Recovery : 7 Healthy Habits for Family Members

    Once your family member has successfully completed an inpatient rehab program, she's probably looking forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the dinner table, the family's eager to welcome her back. Despite ...

    ... be challenging for the whole family post-addiction. The best way to avoid unnecessary chaos and potential relapse triggers is preparation. When the whole family gains a better understanding of predictable issues, there's ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... 4. Derek Boogaard NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of ... cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in the 1995 season. 10 ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... of control. William S. Burroughs Most famous for his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife in the head under the influence after persuading her that a William ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... ever before. 2 Cutting-edge research in this field is conducted on a daily basis. 3 If an addict goes through rehab and relapses a couple months afterward, that doesn't make him a lost cause. It just means he needs to ... 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 ...

    ... it may be weak. They don't know what they are getting. Suddenly, the whole game changes.” So, why would a heroin addict switch to OxyContin? Turns out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... Addiction can be an isolating illness, which is exactly why surrounding yourself with people who support your recovery is such an effective defense against cravings and relapse. Being open with the people you trust about ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... you feel like you're on top of the world. Why else would it be called a “runner's high?” Research ... runners and 10% of body builders are addicted to exercise. 6 These addicts generally work out for more than two hours ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... debate will no doubt continue for a very long time. If you're addicted to drugs, you're a bad person. There are many people who ... sober living homes to bridge that gap, substance abusers are much more prone to relapse. continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... . I saw people drinking Kombucha who didn't relapse, and I saw different concepts of recovery - outside ... less of a recovery. Have you ever tried Kombucha? Why or why not? Tell us about it in the comments section below ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    ... root causes of addiction. 5. Online Support Groups For addicts, meetings in church basements used to be the only surefire ... can be just as effective as a traditional relapse-prevention program, if not more so. Here's one ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... free. These are often organized by former addicts to help others on their recovery journey ... completing rehab. Been found to have lower rates of relapse/hospitalization and longer abstinence. 2 Sources 1. Gerstein, D. ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... rampant on our streets, and the recipe of waiting for addicts to come into a clinic voluntarily is not working. Plain ... opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor's budget proposal allocates $6M to ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. ... 6. Addressing Gender-Exclusive Relapse Risks There are several gender-exclusive relapse risks that a treatment center ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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

    ... to drink, plan ahead. You can create a relapse prevention map that you can refer to throughout the event ... who don't know that you are in recovery may ask you why you aren't drinking. It can be helpful to have a response ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming ... you can overcome that self-deception that keeps so many addicts sick. So, go ahead: kick that denial to the ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... a perfect storm of sorts. That's why many suicide attempts occur during or shortly after ... detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being around others who are dealing ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of both prescription and illicit drugs. From the classification of drugs according to their potential for abuse to the legalization or ...

    ... , these released inmates will need to have solid relapse prevention strategies in place. Social and familial support, ... meetings in the community, can help recovered addicts remain strong in their newfound sobriety. Drug ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... the end. You're not alone. Every recovering addict goes through this mourning phase and emerges into a ... haven't been to the dentist in 10 years… #8. Avoid Relapse Once you're settled in your new way of life and everything ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    ... so hard to accomplish. Drug cravings can quickly lead to a relapse if not handled appropriately. Here are 8 ways to stop the ... group where you can talk with other recovering addicts about your conflicting desire to use and ... 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. ...

    ... a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. Why? The experience of growing up with an addicted parent has silenced them. While their parent may have gotten treatment, it is likely these victims ... continue reading
  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

    Addiction affects millions of men and women across the United States and many of them seek help from addiction treatment centers each year. National surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate ...

    ... 13% of women had done so. 1 One research study found that men are also more likely than women to relapse after treatment . 2 The evidence shows that men are seriously at risk for drug and alcohol problems and might not ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... treatment program voluntarily or under the pressure of family members. Substances of Abuse Around 21.8 percent of city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... labels—such as calling someone with a SUD an addict—can perpetuate that stigma. 3 Repeated use of dangerous ... withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant and may lead to relapse, which can easily result in a fatal overdose. ... 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 ...

    ... accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel ... going to come from. #5 Guilt People who are addicted to a substance may not have feelings of guilt ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... Love Can't Save Us Despite what you might think, love isn't enough to heal addiction. And that's true for all addicts. This isn't a disease that can be cured with a hug. If that's all it took, we'd be able to eradicate ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... are showing signs of motivation to change. Continue reading to learn why you don't need to wait until you hit rock bottom to ... has to say about someone who is an “addict” is a strong force that reinforces the defense ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... drug use to be gradually tapered. While the taper relieves some physical symptoms, it does nothing for an addict's state of mind. A psychological dependence is loosely described by the DEA as “a compulsion that keeps ... continue reading
  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

    We pop the champagne to celebrate a momentous occasion. We sip whiskey to soothe the pain of a disappointing loss. We order a glass of wine to ease the awkwardness of a first date. And we cheers tequila shots while catching up with an old friend ...

    ... We drink alcohol for a multitude of reasons - when life is good, when life is bad, when it's Friday. But why do we turn to booze? We can all agree that alcohol changes the way that we feel. But what is actually going on ... 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. ...

    ... that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency ... reward center in the brain doesn't mean we can become addicted to it. Yes, it can influence our behavior, but so ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... well-deserved lunch break, if you're feeling unfocused during business hours and can't seem to get anything done, why not take a short break? Sometimes all you need to get back on track is a brief interruption to refresh ... 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 ...

    ... a go-to prevention tool in the fight against opiate-related overdose deaths. Myth #1: Naloxone Encourages Addicts to Take More Drugs Truth: Research has shown that naloxone does not encourage more substance abuse . In ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... latest data from the Netherlands' study could explain why cocaine users, though they might feel good, ... have more negative emotions?” Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... d never do something like that.” The thing is, we never think it will happen to us, which is why stronger punishments for DUI offenders don't necessarily equate to less drunk drivers. As it turns out, tougher punishments ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I was trying so hard to stay sober, but my neighborhood seemed to keep me stuck repeating ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid use disorder, why is Suboxone prohibitively expensive to some? And why are millions of American's still dying every year from opioid overdoses when ... 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 ...

    ... wound. Yeah - that didn't work. And having another drink won't cure your hangover. Here's why people think it works. The symptoms you feel (headache, thirst, fatigue, nausea, dizziness) develop when your blood alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... , including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you feel the need to pour a glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... lead to a very large number of complications, especially with the brain, heart and lungs. This is also why it is dangerous for cocaine users to undergo many types of medical procedures that may involve anesthetics. Crack ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

    We're often asked whether there's a cure for alcoholism . Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it's by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with ...

    ... it's baked potatoes), and you feel a sinking feeling. That's also a result of conditioning. So why does conditioning play a big part in alcohol? Well, alcohol stimulates production of certain chemicals in the brain, and ... 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 ...

    ... -third of the respondents claimed to have mothers and/or female friends with a drinking problem. Having it All? Why are all these moms turning to the bottle? Research suggests that a woman's self-imposed pressure and the ... 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 researchers were not able to explain exactly why instances of mental illness and traumatic experiences would ... part of recovery in order for patients to understand why they engaged in this behavior and to learn coping ... 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. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... thousands of drug abuse rehabilitation programs offer addicts a variety of treatment approaches, ranging from ... thousands of drug abuse rehabilitation programs offer addicts a variety of treatment approaches, ranging from ... 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 ...

    ... ahead. 1. You don't have to be an addict to become addicted. Benzos are sedative hypnotics that work on the body's ... home, but I wondered: If benzos are so hard to kick, why didn't my doctor tell me so? 5. They have been ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... drunk drivers. The Sky's the Limit Maintaining your sobriety requires work. In order to guard against relapse, you must actively monitor your thoughts and behaviors, stick to a structured routine and maintain a healthy ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

    What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not ...

    ... and less effective than French doctors had hoped. The controlled trial found no effect on relapse rates . In more than 150 patients, relapse rates were about the same for each of the three groups of participants - those ... 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 ...

    ... the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men receiving ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... You should also speak to your other parent if possible. Ask for ideas and why that parent puts up with it. You might also ask whether your addicted parent has sought help or treatment for it. Often, a nonaddicted parent ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... family alone are not sufficient to encourage the addict to seek treatment, ask for the help of ... provide that enables addictive behaviors to continue. #5. Why Do Interventions Sometimes Fail? While some interventions do ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... cravings for its euphoric effects. When the body becomes addicted to cocaine, a constant supply of the drug is ... hope. Additional Reading: Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why? Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... would Americans stop abusing them or becoming addicted to opiates altogether? Nektar Therapeutics is delving ... the more dopamine is released,” Doberstein said. Which explains why drugs, such as cocaine and nicotine, are so ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... she was afraid of gaining weight. But what happened to Alex? Why wasn't he able to resist the pull? When Did Everything Go ... there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according to this recent ... tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I Do” Here's why marriage can be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... Will the walk be aimless? These are some of the questions an addict or even a first-time substance user asks. It's a slippery ... not as simple as starting it, which is why people struggle to get back into their normal groove ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... worse, all the health issues mentioned above are known to be contributing factors in substance abuse and relapse. Estrogen's Link to Substance Abuse Multiple studies found an important connection between estrogen and the ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... you miss out on promotions or bonuses, a cut back on shifts, or you could even lose your job . Many addicts lose their jobs and remain unemployed as a result of their addiction. Others end up in jails, prisons, or long ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are affected by an addicted a loved one, it can be a confusing, infuriating, and despairing time. In its insidious and progressive way ... 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 ...

    ... very little alcohol. Thanks to this new source of support, it became easier for Chris to stay sober. Additional Reading: Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... studies have shown marijuana use affects women's neurological tasks more than men's. Anxiety-Related? So why are daily marijuana users losing sleep? Researchers suspect it might be due to higher rates of anxiety. Anxiety ... 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 ...

    ... deaths . West Virginia, with a population of 1.85 million, has the highest overdose rate in the nation. Why the Appalachian Region? What's going on in this misty-mountain region? Experts cite poverty and a lack of ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... its praises enough. Their favorable attitudes towards it led me to look into this issue further and learn why medical marijuana has become such a hot-button issue in our society. Changing Times, Changing Arguments Over ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

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

    ... trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked. In the end, the high you feel from snorting a line of cocaine only ... 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 ...

    ... have a harder time in withdrawal, but men seem to be in greater danger while using. Researchers aren't sure why, but men are more likely to experience cannabis-induced psychosis . In fact, they outnumber women two to one ... 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 ...

    ... been lumped into the same group and labeled as “the same” in the first place. In the end, that's why the moderate drinkers looked better in comparison. It was actually “occasional” drinkers - people who had less than one ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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

    ... are more intense and drive the user to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug. This is why it's so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care to ... 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. ...

    ... are important for you to keep in mind. If you're trying to cut back, be wary of trophy-sized goblets. Additional Reading: Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 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 Benzos (short for ... continue reading
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