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  • Meth Relapse

    What is Meth? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and extremely dangerous stimulant drug. Commonly known as meth, it is often used in crystalline form (as rocks or crushed up into a powder) by smoking, swallowing, snorting, or injection 1 . The ...

    ... immediately usher in a potentially intense withdrawal syndrome , complete with troubling symptoms such ... helpline for more information. Going to Treatment After Relapse Relapse means many things to different people, but ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... -one). Therapy will also address cravings during and after treatment. Therapy may occur on an inpatient or ... to detox alone, the withdrawal syndrome can be sufficiently intense as trigger relapse even in the most well ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Relapse

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 913,000 Americans met the criteria for cocaine addiction as outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders within the 12 months prior to the ...

    ... due to strong cravings and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms 2 . What Is a Relapse? Relapse is defined in its broadest terms as suffering deterioration after experiencing improvement. In terms of drug addiction, a ... continue reading
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  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... opioids to discourage abuse, can be used after withdrawal symptoms have subsided to maintain recovery and to ... interventions focus on changing behaviors to limit relapse. Delaying the reaction to the craving, distracting ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Withdrawal

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nearly 5 million people 12 and older abused cocaine within the year prior to the 2012 survey. Cocaine abuse is associated with numerous risks that include, but are not limited to 1 : Increased ...

    ... to quit. Withdrawal from cocaine involves 3 distinct stages 3,5 : The crash . This occurs within 24 hours after a binge ... self-medication with other substances. Realize that relapses are common early in recovery. They are ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) used ...

    ... had sleep difficulties and strange dreams for at least 45 days after last using marijuana 7 . Symptoms such as these may be ... the withdrawal process. Professional detox can also help to keep patients from relapsing during ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... , such as diazepam and phenobarbital, have withdrawal symptoms that begin after about 7 days and can last as ... recovery learn how to cope with cravings and relapse temptations when they arise. Depending on a person ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine After the First Use?

    Drugs like cocaine have reputation for being extremely addictive but still many people will want to try them “just once.” It's easy to wonder, “Just how addictive is cocaine (really)?” How Addictive is Cocaine? Cocaine is a very addictive ...

    ... the case of crack cocaine , the user can become addicted after first use . Of course, this will not be true ... cocaine dependency almost guarantees some form of acute cocaine withdrawal at the point that the user hasn't used ... 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 ...

    ... it doesn't exist. It's the stage of withdrawal after the immediate physical sensations have passed, and it ... '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
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... care for you while you go through withdrawal. After you detox, you can participate in different ... types of therapy to help you overcome your addiction and avoid relapsing ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... effect, which keeps the drug from producing effects after a certain limit is reached. Roxicodone, however, is ... Simply put, withdrawal feels bad. But there are ways to make it easier and to help prevent relapse. You can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... up a high tolerance to the drug without experiencing withdrawal, if your life is revolving around using, you need ... the hardest stage. This is often the stage where relapse (going back to using the drug) happens, but ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... Withdrawal? Abruptly stopping LSD after a period of sustained use does not result in marked withdrawal ... both better coping skills and techniques to prevent relapse. Medications may be administered to directly address ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... some cases, if they resume using any type of opioid after a period of abstinence they may also be at risk ... very effective and may help prevent relapse. Even if the withdrawal period is successfully endured, merely quitting ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Heroin addiction can negatively impact certain aspects of your life and have dangerous health repercussions. Here, we will help you understand heroin addiction, how addiction is treated, and what you should know about heroin rehab centers, including ...

    ... given the unpleasantness of unmanaged withdrawal. Relapse is a common part of recovery; more than 60% of people treated for substance use disorders experience a relapse within the first year after discharge. 1 That's why ... continue reading
  • Naltrexone

    For those struggling with alcohol or opioid addiction, what's commonly referred to as MAT—short for medication assisted treatment or medication for addiction treatment—can help people quit drinking and using drugs to maintain long-term sobriety. ...

    ... naltrexone therapy may be first initiated after completion of the detox and withdrawal management period. 1, 2 ... keeping you on track with your recovery, even if you relapse. 4 It's important to keep in mind that while ... continue reading
  • Crisis Resource Guide

    Identifying addiction and seeking treatment can feel overwhelming. While it can be difficult to know where to start, our crisis guide can provide answers to your questions. What Do I Do if There is an Emergency? Don't hesitate to dial 9-1-1 if you ...

    ... why people with addiction are prone to relapse, even after living in recovery for long periods of ... through withdrawal and detox but does not continue with psychosocial treatment for an SUD is more likely to relapse and ... continue reading
  • Flexeril Abuse

    Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a central nervous system (CNS) muscle relaxant commonly prescribed as short-term treatment for muscle injuries, pain, spasms, and tenderness. When taken as prescribed, Flexeril side effects are minimal and there are few ...

    ... likelihood of immediate relapse. While not everyone who abuses Flexeril will experience withdrawal symptoms, there are ... sober living community for a designated time after completing rehab. Non-pharmacologic pain management ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... well as those with a prior history of relapse or withdrawal seizures, people who need medical supervision, ... after treatment has been completed. Aftercare involves ongoing support or treatment that helps prevent relapse ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... dangerous, self-harming behavior (including suicide). Relapse is a particular danger during periods of extended withdrawal. Even though drug cravings become less frequent after several days or weeks of abstinence, they ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Cocaine use and cocaine addiction can be dangerous for your physical and mental health and have a detrimental impact on your life. If you or someone you care about is struggling with cocaine addiction, you know how difficult it can be to stop using ...

    ... or you have to keep taking it to prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms . 3 Many people use cocaine in binges, ... treatment process that may help avoid cocaine relapse and increase the likelihood for long-term abstinence ... continue reading
  • Journey to Sobriety

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some form of a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2018. In addition, 47.6 million adults aged 18 and older in the United ...

    ... help people manage the often markedly unpleasant withdrawal syndrome. 3 Some programs may focus primarily ... should focus on following a recovery plan to help prevent relapse. 7 Regardless of what type of treatment you go ... continue reading
  • A Guide to Sobriety: Getting Sober

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some form of a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2018. In addition, 47.6 million adults aged 18 and older in the United ...

    ... go to detox, the goal is to manage your withdrawal in a safe, supervised way that minimizes your ... should focus on following a recovery plan to help prevent relapse. 7 Regardless of what type of treatment you go to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ambien

    The sleep-aid Ambien (generic name: zolpidem) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia in adults 1 . It works by slowing down brain activity to help users fall and stay asleep. Zolpidem is similar in structure and effects to ...

    ... anxiety and panic. Hallucinations. Seizures. Withdrawal symptoms can peak after 5 days 4 . This amount of ... coping skills to limit the negative effects. Relapse prevention — Gathers information related to triggers of ... continue reading
  • Why Is Crack So Addictive?

    For thousands of years, the well-known stimulating effects of the coca plant have been sought for a variety of uses, and the plant itself has played an important role throughout a number of different geographic locations and diverse cultures. Its ...

    ... , withdrawal symptoms can begin just minutes after last use. The intensity and duration of the withdrawal symptoms ... are so strong that the user will relapse during withdrawal . This common occurrence underscores the value ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Many prescription medications have the potential to become drugs of abuse, if they are misused. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking them other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose, using them more frequently, or taking them for ...

    ... PHP program if you have had prior relapses, difficult withdrawal symptoms from prescription drug abuse, or ... to your plan, you may pay more out-of-pocket after your insurance coverage. 25 If you do not have health ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... alcohol is to complete a period of detox and withdrawal. This process will alleviate the physical dependence by allowing ... /or after detox to help restore balanced brain functioning and lower risk of relapse by decreasing ... 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 ...

    ... is based on fear. We're afraid of the physical withdrawal pains. We're afraid of dealing with all the emotions ... to give up. Myth #6: There's No Relapsing After Hitting Rock-Bottom Surviving rock-bottom moments don't make ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause you to relapse. 1 This is good ... 30 minutes after taking it. The highest concentration of methadone in your bloodstream occurs after about 3 ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

    Alcohol and DXM are both potentially addictive substances. Problematic use of each can lead to a range of negative health effects. When taken together, their effects are heightened, and the dangers of each are potentiated, and so is the danger. The ...

    ... effects of alcohol. Reduce withdrawal symptoms. Trigger uncomfortable results after alcohol is consumed. Therapy ... and a constant in mental health treatment. Relapse prevention plans will include helpful support to ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Ketamine Addiction

    About Ketamine Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic-a chemical cousin of PCP. Its popular use as a recreational drug can further increase the risk of addiction and hasten the emergence of long-term psychological effects, including: Memory ...

    ... other things which used to give you happiness. Withdrawal/Negative Affect Stage - This is the stage of negative ... What Happens During and After Treatment? Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition, like other chronic ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... These may be used to help prevent the chance of relapse as a person gets back on his or her ... and crave it, this is a potential sign of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug and a growing tolerance ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... withdrawal, as anxiety and depression are frequent stimulant withdrawal manifestations. Addiction Treatment After ... treatment programs aim to: Reduce the likelihood of relapse. Prepare patients for the outside world once ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... overdose. While some overdoses occur after continuous use, they can also happen after one single use of a drug ... the remainder of the drug. Medically supervised withdrawal management programs may use controlled amounts of ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... Withdrawal Telltale indicators of a heroin dependency are the withdrawal symptoms that present at some point after the ... of quitting comfortably and safely, so that relapse can be avoided. Treatment frequently begins with ... continue reading
  • Snorting Cocaine

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with highly addictive properties that is derived from the coca plant 1 . Also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow,” cocaine is a white, crystal-like powder that provides a euphoric high. Cocaine is ingested in a ...

    ... sensitive 2 . This may contribute to increased risk of future relapses 2 . Animals who have been given cocaine in the ... centers to monitor clients during the withdrawal process to reduce the likelihood of complications ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy is an illegal, synthetic drug of abuse that usually is consumed in pill, tablet, or capsule form. The drug is somewhat unique amongst the illicit drugs of abuse in that it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects . Ecstasy's stimulant ...

    ... his or her everyday environment, thus increasing the risk of relapse. If you're not sure which option will work for ... well as the lasting mental health symptoms following withdrawal. It is theorized that some people seek ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... to do little more than sleep during the days after “tweaking.” After this crash , comes a period where the person ... appetite. Withdrawal from crystal meth can be very uncomfortable and may lead users to relapse in an ... 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 ...

    ... particularly effective in lessening the effects of withdrawal, though its illegal status in the U ... prevention program, if not more so. Here's one particularly pleasing bit of science: neuroscientists have found that after ... continue reading
  • Anxiety and Substance Abuse

    It can be difficult to manage an anxiety disorder or a substance use disorder, and it can be even more difficult to manage both disorders when they co-occur together. When a mental health disorder, such as an anxiety disorder, and a substance use ...

    ... have more severe symptoms associated with their alcohol use disorder, more severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, increased risk of relapse after treatment, more severe anxiety symptoms, and are less likely to make progress ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

    What is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... the onset of seizures caused by alcohol withdrawal during the detox process. In 2001, Gabapentin ... in group therapy. Support Groups : Before, during, or after treatment, you may attend 12-step meetings like AA/NA or ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... a very uncomfortable withdrawal syndrome when you stop. Symptoms may begin relatively soon after the last heroin ... resources needed to ensure that you do not relapse. Getting Help for Heroin Addiction Heroin addiction can ... continue reading
  • What Is Crack Cocaine?

    Crack cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that is the rock crystal form of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be smoked, which provides an immediate high. 5 The name ...

    ... if you want to. Inability to stop using crack even after you are aware that it has caused or worsened a physical ... help ease withdrawal side effects and prevent future relapses. 13 Common crack cocaine withdrawal symptoms ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Ultram Abuse Abusing Ultram and alcohol together can have harmful effects on one another, leading to increased risk of serious side effects. The prescription drug Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain reliever with ...

    ... after treatment ends, such as sober-living facilities that provide skills training to prevent relapse ... used in the treatment process to address withdrawal issues. Additionally, some programs utilize various ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Peyote Addict

    The psychoactive drug peyote is a variety of cactus that grows in the southwestern region of the United States and in Mexico. The top of this cactus features small discs, often called “buttons,” which contain a psychoactive chemical called ...

    ... contribute to substance use in order to better avoid relapse. Motivational interviewing (MI) . MI has the ... quitting peyote is not associated with any dangerous withdrawal symptoms, the above treatments can be performed ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... to Percocet, you will experience withdrawal symptoms after you discontinue your drug use. The ... these symptoms so that you can get through them without relapsing and begin your recovery from Percocet in earnest. If ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. What is Actiq? Actiq ... for use as an anxiolytic and to manage acute alcohol withdrawal. It is commonly referred to by one of its several ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... can be highly effective when it comes to recovery, relapse prevention, and helping you maintain a Xanax-free ... after structured rehabilitation programs, attention should be paid to your withdrawal risks. Xanax withdrawal ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... mechanisms, as well as relapse prevention strategies. Following successful ... A., Spanagel, R., & Schulz, K. (2009). Withdrawal phenomena and dependence syndrome after the consumption of “spice gold” . Dtsch Arztebl Int, ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, M-ket, or Mexxy, is a synthetic drug with effects similar to that of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine . It can be inhaled through the nose, injected, or taken orally 1 . It is, in fact, so similar to ketamine, ...

    ... alcohol and manage any unpleasant or potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Detox may be necessary in some ... of Addiction? MXE users may develop an addiction even after a short period of use. Symptoms of a substance ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Barbiturate Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Knowing how to approach a loved one who you believe is addicted to barbiturates can be a difficult and daunting task if you do not fully understand addiction. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help you to ...

    ... withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and the symptoms at minimum could be severe enough to trigger relapse ... using the drug. Continuing to use barbiturates even after noticing that they worsen medical problems. Using ... 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 ...

    ... then releases buprenorphine into your system for six months. After six months, it is removed through a similar procedure. ... effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms. This also lowers the risk of relapse. Probuphine makes ... continue reading
  • What Does It Mean to Be Dope Sick?

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

    ... was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash and ... is time and sobriety. Dope sickness typically hits after someone goes without their drug of choice for ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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

    ... treat opioid dependence are successful in managing withdrawal and preventing relapse, they remain underused for a variety ... birth defects, newborns may undergo some withdrawal shortly after birth if you have been taking it ... continue reading
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  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

    ... but it can help to keep you safe in the short-term. Going to Treatment After a Relapse If you or a loved one have recently relapsed, it may be important to follow up with an individual therapist, psychiatrist, or support ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with opioid receptors and reinforcing influence on your brain's reward centers, results in such profound feelings of euphoria and pleasure that it sometimes ...

    ... if I don't use.” Enter a professional substance abuse treatment program. Going to Treatment After a Relapse After a relapse, it's often wise to consider reentering a treatment program. Your support system, which might ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the basics. You know the drill: get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... and addiction go untreated. The risk of relapse increases without treatment. Driven by their addictions ... signs of possible drug abuse in users. Before and After Using Drugs The consequences of substance abuse differ based ... 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 ...

    ... human body, including the brain and spinal cord. After identifying the cause of these symptoms, the team tested ... a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be 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 ...

    ... days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After a week, the pain was much less intense, but ... I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or ... 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 ...

    ... the last dose and persist for 2-4 week, if not longer. 5 For a longer-acting benzodiazepine, withdrawal might start 2-7 days after the last dose and can continue for 2-8 weeks or longer. 5 For some people, protracted ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... the day with a splitting headache. Renewed Energy I'm happiest when I'm busy and feeling productive. But I found after having a glass or two (or three) of wine, I'd often feel sleepy and dazed, able to justify putting ... 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 ...

    ... financial, social, and deadly consequences in the State of Ohio.” Ohio Sues Big Pharma Ohio is going after these companies with a hefty lawsuit for damages. Similar to the suit recently filed by Mississippi, the lawsuit ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... appears that people who are predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who aren't predisposed. However, we found that such people appear ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... July, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola became the first person in Tennessee to be charged under the new law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will send ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

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

    ... tragedies include: A 21-year-old Indiana man was arrested for assaulting his grandmother while high on duster. After huffing multiple cans of duster, two 20-year-old men caused a four-car pileup on a Montana highway ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... Detox Program? One of the most dangerous aspects of meth withdrawal is the risk of developing severe depression , which can not only precipitate relapse, but be accompanied by self-injurious or suicidal thoughts. Users ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crystal Meth After the First Use?

    What is Crystal meth? Crystal meth is a powerful, synthetically made stimulant. It can be ingested orally, injected intravenously, snorted or smoked. Crystal meth is notorious for its high addictive potential and many people suggest that taking just ...

    ... . Even the best intentions to quit using can be squashed by the desire to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal. Addiction has set in when the individual continues to take a drug, in full awareness of the potential harm ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the ...

    ... it's like. But in many cases, use doesn't stop after the first hit. The high is so intensely pleasurable to many ... of seeking a high turns to a pattern of withdrawal avoidance, a key indicator of addiction. When you' ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crack After the First Use?

    Crack, a solid, crystallized form of cocaine , is smoked and taken in through the lungs. Also called “freebase cocaine,” crack was first seen in the US in the 1980s, where it quickly became popular due to its accessibility and relatively low ...

    ... negative side effects, such as: Dangerously high blood pressure levels. Excessive irritability. Insomnia. Paranoia or psychosis. After crack use , especially a binge, it is common to experience a “crash”. During a crash ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Phenobarbital Use

    Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed for patients suffering from seizures, tics or repetitive motor disorders, or Tourette's syndrome. It is sometimes indicated in the ...

    ... to moderate the rebound activation or overly excited neural response to abrupt physiologic barbiturate withdrawal. After a period of medically supervised detox, addiction treatment should begin. This may include drug ... 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 ...

    ... In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . ... cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in the 1995 season. ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Soma Use

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... help you need to overcome your Soma habit, and to determine whether a structured period of detox and withdrawal is necessary , please call to talk about your treatment options with an advisor from our treatment support ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... a co-occurring addiction should seek out a rehab center that is experienced in medically managing the withdrawal process for both of these central nervous system depressants, as alcohol and alprazolam can have dangerous ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... wants to stop but doesn't know how deal with the addiction or continues using to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms. When you're approaching someone who may not yet admit they need help, you can expect to encounter ... 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, ...

    ... , 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 Tell-like routine would be a good idea. It really wasn't. Jack Kerouac ... 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 ...

    ... drugs can be used to assist in opioid withdrawal during what is called “ opioid detoxification ,” ... maintenance treatment to prevent your chances of relapse. What is relapse? Relapse is when you successfully stop using a ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... , such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone to alleviate the more several withdrawal symptoms and cravings to reduce relapse risk. Detox centers sometimes work in conjunction with treatment centers . In this ... 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 ...

    ... use disorder. Overdosing on opioids can be deadly. 32 As mentioned previously, opioid withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant and may lead to relapse, which can easily result in a fatal overdose. 23 If you think you or ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Methamphetamine in all forms, including crystal meth, is a frequently abused drug throughout the United States. In fact, results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported an estimated 2.5 million people ages 12 and older ...

    ... activities are given up as a result of meth. Withdrawal symptoms such as dysphoric mood, fatigue, and sleep problems ... stop using drugs and build skills to keep from relapsing. 6 Outpatient treatment : As a relatively less ... continue reading
  • Treating Psilocybin Mushroom Addiction

    How to Approach a Psilocybin Addict It can be difficult to watch someone you care about struggle with a psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” addiction. Your loved one may engage in self-destructive behaviors and isolate themselves from others. ...

    ... Therapy helps patients to identify warning signs of relapse and utilize coping skills in trigger situations. ... 6 ; however, there is no evidence that a withdrawal syndrome occurs in these individuals. It is important to ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive ...

    ... more smoothly with careful monitoring by an experienced medical staff. Withdrawal can be profoundly uncomfortable, and can sometimes elicit depressive episodes—relapse risks are high during the period of acute detox. Don ... continue reading
  • Zoloft Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is a commonly prescribed antidepressant that belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by . Serotonin influences sleep, mood, and emotion, so boosted activity of ...

    ... complete an addiction treatment program, potentially making relapse more likely. 3 A meta-analysis of ... of Zoloft's possible side effects (both of use and withdrawal), it should only be used when appropriate and under the ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... symptoms are often extremely uncomfortable and increase the risk of a relapse. Detox programs can help by monitoring withdrawal symptoms, administering medications to reduce discomfort, and providing support during the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Cocaine Addict

    Help for Cocaine Addicts If you're battling an addiction to cocaine, also known as coke, blow, and snow, you're not alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013, there were 1.5 million current cocaine users in the US. It's ...

    ... any other disease. Addiction is widely recognized as a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain. While it may have been your ... on hand to help you through any withdrawal symptoms you might experience, such as depression ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crack Addict

    Crack is a form of the stimulant cocaine and is sold as white or off-white crystals called rocks. Crack first gained popularity in the 1980s as a cheaper alternative to powdered cocaine and is smoked to produce a quick, intense, and short-lived ...

    ... in their sober efforts, even through potential relapse, can have a major positive impact on ... that wears off very quickly—usually within 10 to 15 minutes after the last use. These properties usher in a binge pattern ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ambien Addict

    Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem , a medication prescribed for the management of insomnia . A few other formulations of same medication with differing delivery methods are marketed under the names: Edluar and Intermezzo - Sublingual zolpidem ...

    ... a range of other effects of acute withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms illustrate the body's dependence on ... use, enter a period of recovery, and avoid future relapse. Sleep hygiene training. Since poor sleep is a motivating ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Marijuana addiction, otherwise known as marijuana use disorder, is estimated to occur in 10-30 percent of individuals who misuse marijuana. 1 Marijuana addiction has the potential to take a serious toll on your health and well-being. If you suspect ...

    ... you'll need to cope with life stressors and prevent relapse. When considering a marijuana rehab program, it's advisable ... of marijuana treatment for your needs. Marijuana Withdrawal It's important to note that SAMHSA states ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... helps patients to identify their triggers and develop a relapse prevention plan. The Matrix Model has been shown ... medications to ease discomfort and ensure a safe withdrawal. While detoxing from meth is often not dangerous ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... levels of discomfort and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol and Hydrocodone Addiction ... . Therapy will address triggers of use and methods to prevent relapse. This is a good option for those with a strong ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

    What is Crystal Methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth is a highly addictive white cystalline drug that can be taken by snorting, smoking or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names such as ...

    ... options often include: Providing education regarding the nature of crystal meth use, abuse, and withdrawal so that relapse triggers and other patterns of addiction may be realized and avoided in the future. Behavioral ... 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 ...

    ... has her own unique journey to recovery, there are a number of tactics that anyone can use to better prepare against relapse. Read this article to learn how you can kick drugs and cravings to the curb for once and for all ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hash Addict

    How to Approach a Hash Addict It is extremely difficult to watch loved ones or close friends with any type of addiction continue to engage in potentially destructive behaviors. Many struggle with whether to confront their loved one and how to go ...

    ... skills, engaging in a proactive form of relapse prevention, and addressing any other issues of ... the effects that were once achieved at lower amounts). Withdrawal symptoms that occur when not using. Am I Addicted ... continue reading
  • Drug Recovery | Programs

    Understanding Drug Recovery Programs Drug recovery is an ongoing process of denial and acceptance. The body is denied its cravings for drugs, and the mind begins to accept the reasons why drug abuse occurred in the first place. Drug recovery ...

    ... overcome the initial drug dependency and reduce incidents of relapse. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist ... with effective after-care programs has had a profound effect on the rate of relapse occurrences. Credit ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... Help Beyond Detox Drug abuse help extends far beyond managing the initial withdrawal symptoms. We offer strategies to deal with relapse triggers and solicit community and/or family support to help with the transition ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... for someone abusing alcohol because acute alcohol withdrawal can sometimes result in dangerous, potentially ... or outpatient treatment, it should include therapy and relapse prevention training. You don't have to continue ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Suboxone and Alcohol and Abuse

    About Alcohol and Suboxone Alcohol Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by both teenagers and adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, the CDC found that in any given month, 25% of high ...

    ... bring on more intense highs - and naloxone's withdrawal-inducing effects, it is more difficult to discern the signs ... individual has attempted to stop but eventually relapsed, inpatient treatment can provide a setting ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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

    ... three days, greatly decreasing the chance of a relapse. 2 “Buprenorphine is the most important advance ... drug's effects faster. IV Use of Suboxone Causes Withdrawal Though intravenous abuse of buprenorphine is not a very ... 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 ...

    ... warehouse individuals for a period of time and release them after their debt to society has been paid. More often than ... hopeless, reality - and oftentimes an unfortunate relapse. Temptation From Behind Bars There's also ... 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 ...

    ... of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I was trying so hard to ... the best for my recovery. I reached my conclusion after considering my best friend's favorite proverb, which said ... continue reading
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