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  • 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 ...

    ... .S. and is sought by users for specific purposes like pain management, it is most often marketed under this name. Alternative ... nausea medications and intravenous fluids. 3 Withdrawal from all classes of designer drugs can ... 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 ...

    ... services an important aspect of meth abuse recovery. Signs of Methamphetamine Withdrawal Detoxification (detox) and withdrawal from methamphetamine abuse can involve a number of different distressing symptoms. The ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... deaths. The Bottom Line While people may not die from chronic back pain, they may seek relief from the pain with prescription pain medications . Pain meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly ... continue reading
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  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... and vomiting Abdominal pain Irregular breathing/heartbeat Hot/cold flashes including sweating or chills Insomnia Coughing Anxiety Diarrhea Feelings of weakness/fatigue In more extreme cases, withdrawal from OxyContin can ... 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 ...

    ... you try stopping cold turkey. 2 Hallucinations have been reported in some cases of abrupt withdrawal from short-acting benzos; withdrawal seizures may be possible with short, medium, and long half-life benzodiazepines if ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms are often experienced by those who may not have yet made the decision to quit. Withdrawal from cocaine involves 3 distinct stages 3,5 : The crash . This occurs within 24 hours after a binge, or sustained ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... the myth that NPS is helpful. Since 57 percent of college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only putting their friends at risk by sharing or selling their medication ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... adolescents between the ages 20 and 21. “To prevent someone from using for the first time is often more cost-efficient ... times or for years.” The Lure of ADHD Meds ADHD medications, like all stimulants, increase dopamine - ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems. Interestingly enough, ADHD prescriptions have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent during the same time ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... problem isn't reading prescription labels, per se, it's understanding them . A 2004 report from the Institute of Medicine estimated that 90 million Americans have trouble understanding health care information, while a ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

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

    ... survey defined “misuse” as any action deviating from doctor's orders on the prescription. That means ... misusing a prescription from a doctor. Only about 1 in 20 misusers bought their last pain reliever from a drug dealer ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... to opioid-based pain killers such as Vicodin , morphine , or OxyContin . Opioids, which come from the opium ... when you are no longer in pain because of potential withdrawal symptoms or difficulties stopping the drug, ... 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 ...

    ... do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or ... not needed for pain Going to multiple doctors to get more Getting opiates from someone other than ... 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 ...

    ... this avenue, and this investigation has provided a better understanding of opioid withdrawal at the cellular level. The Implications Canadian pain researcher, Dr. Michael Salter, notes, “This is an exciting study which ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    ... population might further reduce injuries and deaths from methadone,” according to a recent publication ... s view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... . Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain. Researchers hope to begin human trials in the next two ... 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 ...

    ... togethers. But for those I know who have used it for pain management, they can't sing its praises enough. Their favorable attitudes ... another who strongly opposes it. Arguments from the opposition include: Frequent use can ... continue reading
  • Pain Killer Protocol

    It's only been 21 years since the introduction of OxyContin started what we now refer to as the “opioid epidemic,” yet the number of deaths from drug overdoses in 2016 outnumbered the number of American deaths in the Vietnam War. Opioids are ...

    ... to women receiving their prescription after a pain level of 7.3. Drug Disposal The dangers of opioid use are clear, but it may be surprising to many that leftover pills from opioid prescriptions also pose a risk. Unused ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ... Poor sleep. Muscle pain. These early symptoms give way to later opioid withdrawal symptoms that include 1 ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

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

    ... more. This is known as tolerance, and it's a pain—quite literally. When you eventually try to quit, you'll suffer from withdrawal symptoms, everything from nausea to pain. The body has become used to having opiates in it ... 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 ...

    ... opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated ... opioid receptors, providing stabilizing relief from opioid withdrawal but discouraging misuse by introducing ... 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. ...

    ... in a stroke. If Ted seeks help and gets clean, the changes to his brain may or may not heal. From Voluntary to Compulsive A recent study gives us more insight into the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine ... 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 ...

    ... In 2014 alone, 138,000 people in the US voluntarily entered treatment to recover from marijuana abuse 2 . It is important to note that withdrawal is a factor in quitting marijuana; in fact, new research shows that one of ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... City, California, and was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence. That incident led to him being fired from his role on the TV show “Ally McBeal” in addition to other film and stage jobs. Instead of being ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... system is to enact various forms of decriminalization policies for drug use and possession. This not only makes sense from a human standpoint, but a financial one, as well. According to a 2010 study published by Harvard ... 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 - ...

    ... or cared. Finally, I got treatment after horrible withdrawals . Now that I am in recovery, I ... actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism…I've been the lead in movies, on television shows ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... is relatively predictable in terms of what it steals from us. Addiction is a thief of our time, ... most common targets. 1. Relationship Watching someone suffer from addiction can be both heart wrenching and infuriating. ... continue reading
  • From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The new and unfamiliar often elicits fear of the unknown. But when the new and unfamiliar is a drug - and when this drug is attributed to episodes of extreme paranoia, acts of superhuman strength, and reports of ...

    ... interest in bath salts rose and fell as news coverage of this series of dramatic incidents played out: the woman from Panama City Beach who allegedly swung a machete at her mother, the man in West Virginia who was found ... 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 ...

    ... using, trying to use or thinking about using. Whether it's a week or a decade, the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our morality hinges on feeding our ... 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 ...

    ... '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 lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, yet your brain is altered forever. Is it really worth ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

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

    ... music, or simply put up your feet and take a breather. #3. Exercise and eat well. Feeling better begins from the inside out. The dynamic duo of healthy diet and regular exercise releases endorphins - your brain's “feel ... 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 ...

    ... , so getting help for a sedative abuse problem is very important. Detoxing from sedatives can give rise to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms . Professional medical monitoring is often necessary in order to ensure the ... continue reading
  • From Lashings to Death

    Drug penalties vary widely around the globe. In the countries with the strictest laws, possessing an illicit substance can lead to hefty fines, physical punishment, life imprisonment, and even execution. However, other countries with more liberal ...

    Drug penalties vary widely around the globe. In the countries with the strictest laws, possessing an illicit substance can lead to hefty fines, physical punishment, life imprisonment, and even execution. However, other ... continue reading
  • From Birth to Epidemic

    A variety of dangerous illicit drugs have historically loomed large in American society. Some of today's most notorious substances were once medically endorsed and easily available to the public. When it comes to the development of social attitudes ...

    A variety of dangerous illicit drugs have historically loomed large in American society. Some of today's most notorious substances were once medically endorsed and easily available to the public. When it comes to the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Oxycodone Abuse

    If you are concerned about yourself or someone else who has been combining alcohol and oxycodone, it is no surprise. These two substances should never be combined, as doing so heightens the dangers inherent to each individual substance. Alcohol and ...

    ... you can undergo supervised medical detox, as withdrawal from alcohol can be dangerous and induce life- ... Abuse: Prescriptions for opioid pain relievers like OxyContin has risen from approximately 76 million in the ... 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 ...

    ... misled doctors about the dangers connected with pain meds that they produced, and that they did ... , as their numbers grew, so did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

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

    ... , this use is not without cost. Like other opioids , this drug has drawbacks. While offering relief from pain, morphine also delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain and inflammation, more and more people are looking to marijuana as an alternative medication. Cannabis and Sick Pets The ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    Carisoprodol, sold under the trade names Soma and Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant that acts as a strong sedative. The drug is often prescribed clinically for the relief of muscle pain and is typically recommended for use only on a short-term basis. Is ...

    ... is often prescribed clinically for the relief of muscle pain and is typically recommended for use only on a ... . Declining school or work performance. Withdrawal from social activities. Interpersonal/relationship problems. ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... are nonetheless very real and should be monitored. There aren't currently any known medications that help ease withdrawals from Benadryl. As with most medication used for long periods of time, tapering down is always the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Soma Addict

    Help for Soma Addicts Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a prescription muscle relaxer that can be addictive if used beyond the recommended dosage or duration. Taking Soma can also be problematic if abused in combination with other substances such ...

    ... produces: Feelings of sedation. Decreased feelings of pain. Reduced anxiety. Drowsiness. Soma is a ... Vegas Cocktail). Many also use Soma to cope with withdrawal from various narcotics. Use and abuse of the drug has ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... Withdrawal from opioid painkillers can be very uncomfortable. However, alcohol withdrawal ... million people aged 12 or older who were current misusers of pain relievers, which represents 1.4% of the population. Painkiller ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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

    ... by Yourself If you're looking to beat your Adderall addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility ... continue reading
  • Neurontin Abuse

    Neurontin misuse is a growing public health concern—especially among opioid-abusing populations. The Neurontin high can produce desirable effects in users, such as feelings of euphoria and calmness. Users may take Neurontin recreationally to get ...

    ... for off-label use for acute substance withdrawal-related pain, such as that associated with alcohol ... the FDA, there are reports of acute overdoses of Neurontin from oral doses as high as 49 grams (maximum recommended daily ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough suppressant is a relatively mild opiate. However, it is still a ...

    ... “high potential for abuse.” Like many opiates, withdrawal symptoms from codeine can be quite severe, keeping the user ... rapidly as the tolerance to the euphoria and pain-relieving effects. As people begin to take more and ... 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 ...

    ... dextropropoxyphene. It is an opioid used to treat mild pain. The medication is no longer used in Europe and the ... be used to treat those experiencing acute withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines, may result in severe ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What Is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... . High blood pressure. Diarrhea. Runny nose. Joint and muscle pain. Insomnia. Intense craving for kratom. Kratom Withdrawal Treatment Users withdrawing from kratom may prefer to detox at a professional detoxification ... 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 ...

    ... (the brain). In addition to the modification of pain signaling, Soma and its main metabolite (meprobamate) ... the multi-substance abuser will likely need to withdrawal gradually from use of any Vicodin, codeine , alcohol or ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

    Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative-hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a ...

    ... changes. Tremors. Redness of the eyes. Joint pain. Muscle pain. When to Consult a Doctor The following signs ... detox to monitor a precarious period of withdrawal from the medication for those whose bodies have come ... 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. ...

    ... , are dependent on opioids , or are in acute withdrawal from opioids should not use naltrexone. 5 Certain cough medications can contain opioid pain medications, so you should discuss the use of these medications ... 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 ...

    ... be addictive even in those taking it as prescribed for pain. When a user misuses the drug by snorting it, ... is referred to as medication-assisted treatment. Withdrawal from opiates is uncomfortable but not life-threatening ... 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 ...

    ... s capacity to elicit euphoria, dissociation from pain, and detachment from one's environment is a primary ... other things which used to give you happiness. Withdrawal/Negative Affect Stage - This is the stage of negative ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... the system, but the most common immediate analgesic (pain-relieving) and central nervous system depressant effects are: A ... Heroin Assessment Test Heroin Withdrawal Treatment Since withdrawal from heroin can be extremely ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... and many people begin taking the drug to help with withdrawal from certain drugs, like heroin. What you may not realize ... can produce feelings of sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain. #4. It's Very Harmful to Your Health ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... older, if you're successful, if you've gotten your drug from your doctor—anyone can become addicted to opioids. It doesn't mean ... methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more ... 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 ...

    ... . Withdrawal Symptoms Withdrawal from alcohol can lead to the following symptoms: Headache. Nausea. Insomnia. Fever. Confusion. Irritability. Hallucinations. Seizures. Withdrawal symptoms of fentanyl include: Pain in ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... a major surgery, to manage conditions like back pain, or to combat pain caused by cancer. t The prevalence of painkillers ... - drugs used to help treat the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids . Of the top 10 states for ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, ...

    ... occur, which result in difficulty breathing and chest pain. Damage to the kidneys, heart, and liver ... using it just once. Crack Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment Although withdrawal from crack specifically - and cocaine in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... to usher patients through an often uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous period of withdrawal from drugs. Once the difficult period of withdrawal and detox has been successfully completed, a patient will focus their ... continue reading
  • Kratom Abuse

    What Is Kratom? Kratom is a tree-like plant that grows in Southeast Asia and is distantly related to coffee and gardenia plants. Street Names Kratom isn't the only name for this substance. In various parts of the world, kratom may be referred to ...

    ... pressure. Abdominal and muscle pain. Diarrhea. Cravings for kratom. Kratom Abuse Treatment Treatment for people who have become dependent on kratom often begins with a medically supervised withdrawal from the drug at a ... 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 ...

    ... . Crack provides an immediate, intense euphoric and pain-reducing high that may only last for five minutes. ... and despite its potential to be quite unpleasant, withdrawal from crack rarely poses a serious threat to physical ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... Co-occurring Alcohol and Ativan Addiction Alcohol and Ativan abuse, while dangerous, is treatable. As stated, withdrawal from alcohol and Ativan can be life-threatening , which is why it is highly recommended that you ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse Phenobarbital (trade name: Luminal) is a prescription barbiturate that is used primarily as an anticonvulsant to treat patients with seizures. Phenobarbital has been used to treat many different types ...

    ... include: Nausea. Hallucinations. Tremors. Seizures. Anxiety and panic attacks. It is highly recommended that withdrawal from Luminal and alcohol be conducted under the supervision of trained medical staff at an inpatient ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, sold in the United States under the brand name Soma , is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant that is prescribed to relieve discomfort related to painful musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle injuries and spasms. ...

    ... . Anxiety and depression. Irritability. Tremors. Fever. Sweating. Insomnia. Loss of coordination. Seizures. Hallucinations. Withdrawal from alcohol and carisoprodol should be done as an inpatient at a medical or rehab ... 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 ...

    ... Detox services typically involve the use of medications for the symptoms that individuals experience with withdrawal from hashish. The symptoms are most often mild physical symptoms such as headache, nausea, nervousness ... 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 ...

    ... be different . Researchers suggest that care providers should avoid prescribing Zoloft to users experiencing withdrawal from meth unless a primary depressive disorder has been diagnosed for which the antidepressant is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hashish Use

    What is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the same as the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); however, the ...

    ... are not considered to be serious or potentially physically damaging in the same way that withdrawal from alcohol is considered dangerous, the symptoms may be psychologically distressing enough to prompt relapse. Formal ... continue reading
  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

    Cocaine comes from the coca bush, which grows primarily in South America. This addictive stimulant is also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow” and is sold on the streets as a fine, white powder. In a crystallized, free base form, it is ...

    ... , nightmares, etc. Inability to function without cocaine. Increased use of cocaine over time. Withdrawal from Cocaine The onset of withdrawal symptoms when cocaine us is stopped or reduced is another sign of a cocaine ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e., sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... Addiction Rehab centers can treat co-occurring alcohol and Ambien abuse. Withdrawal from alcohol alone can be dangerous and with the added sedative effect from Ambien, the dangers can be compounded. Make sure to look for ... 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 ...

    ... one—or you—is addicted to crystal meth. Take our online confidential survey . Withdrawal Treatment Symptoms of withdrawal from crystal meth can include: Feelings of depression. Intense drug craving. Anxiety. Loss of ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... cases where abuse is suspected, family members and friends should be mindful of symptoms like: Withdrawal from social activities. Sharp changes in interests both inside and outside the home. Changes in mood. Significant ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... problems are the direct result of newborns forced to go “cold turkey,” enduring agonizing detox and withdrawal from drugs. Frighteningly, the number of NAS diagnoses has climbed to an all-time high across the country ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... symptoms should they go without the substance for too long. In the beginning stages of withdrawal from codeine, an addicted person may experience: 4,6 Anxiety. Agitation. Difficulty sleeping. Muscle aches. Increased ... 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 ...

    ... is no risk to suddenly ceasing use of DXM, the same is not true with alcohol. Abrupt withdrawal from consistent alcohol use can result in: Headache. Nausea. Insomnia. Agitation. Fever. Confusion. Hallucinations. Seizures ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

    Facts on Alcohol and Xanax Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is an anxiolytic prescription medication. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. ...

    ... the presence of Xanax and alcohol, the user may experience symptoms that range from mild discomfort to dangerous medical conditions. Withdrawal from either substance can be risky, but the combined effects can be even ... continue reading
  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... quick and unpredictable choices, and their potentially maladaptive reactions to paranoia. Withdrawal from Methamphetamine Withdrawal from methamphetamine is considerably difficult to manage. When the come down (“crash ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... most common substance in detox facilities.These facilities, which typically provide medical management of withdrawal from substances, most commonly treated opioid addiction in 2012 (2,195 instances). However, alcohol and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... and follow-up monitoring after a period in a residential rehab center . All research shows that withdrawal from heroin is extremely difficult during the first 12 months of abstinence. This is actually when many overdoses ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... ” (TAN). This involves recruiting addiction medicine fellows from the UT campuses to train for one year, ... 25 million in initial funding. Stern plans to seek support from leaders across the state and the nation to gain the ... 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 ...

    ... pressure. Dilated pupils. Nausea. Abdominal pain. The pleasurable feelings one experiences immediately ... resource library here . Why is Crack Dangerous? Aside from its ability to quickly result in physical dependence , ... 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. ...

    ... slowed, or irregular heart rate. Difficulty breathing. Chest pains. Heart attack. Stroke. High body temperature. High blood ... ease discomfort and ensure a safe withdrawal. While detoxing from meth is often not dangerous, ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... put the user into an instant state of opioid withdrawal, but they are much more likely to survive the ... stay at a treatment facility, which can provide an escape from the stresses of home life that may have contributed to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug — otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic, but when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    ... Codeine is usually prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain; however, the drug has recently been used recreationally ... Alcohol and Codeine Addiction Patients suffering from alcohol and codeine addiction either separately ... 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, ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

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

    ... different drug to help you manage your symptoms. If you go from doctor to doctor to get the drug and conceal how much of ... the first place. If you have a chronic pain condition that led you to take a potentially addictive ... 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 ...

    ... Excessively watery eyes. Stomach pain. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. Anxiety. Withdrawal avoidance keeps many people ... to help prevent relapse. You can seek treatment from a substance detox/treatment center where you can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... , high blood pressure, breathing problems, and chest pains. In severe cases, MXE toxicity can be fatal ... type of addiction. MXE users experiencing withdrawal may benefit from medical supervision. Detox centers can monitor ... 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, ...

    ... any anesthetic, ketamine reduces — or even eliminates — pain . It's hard for users to tell whether they ... up a high tolerance to the drug without experiencing withdrawal, if your life is revolving around using, you need ... continue reading
  • Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and anxolytic/anti-anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more ...

    ... medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and ... In fact, a study from the National Institutes of Health showed that withdrawal symptoms are relatively severe ... 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 ...

    ... care you need. We've helped thousands recover from addiction and we can help you too. Is Heroin ... withdrawal include: Restlessness. Insomnia. Cold flashes. Leg movements. Muscle pain. Vomiting. Diarrhea. These withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... rate. Headaches. Abdominal pain and nausea. Decreased appetite. Chest pain. Palpitations. Stroke. ... each month, and an average of 6 people die each day from alcohol poisoning, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). ... continue reading
  • PCP Abuse

    What Is PCP? Street Names It has a variety of street names, including “Angel Dust”. In some cases, either nicotine or marijuana cigarettes are dipped in a liquid containing PCP and smoked. This concoction is referred to by a number of names ...

    ... been reported to cause psychosis in persons suffering from schizophrenia and has been noted in chronic users ... for the prevention of seizures. Once the withdrawal process is complete, addiction treatment therapy will ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... with alcohol and meth detox and manage the withdrawal symptoms. Once the body rids itself of the ... in rural areas than in urban areas. About 3% of adolescents from 8 th to 12 th grade have reported using crystal meth in ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... in prescription drug abuse in future years. Research also shows that most teens continue to obtain these drugs from friends or relatives. Despite alcohol being illegal for persons under the age of 21 in the United States ... 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 ...

    ... NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol ... Tarpley for his alcohol use. He had previously been expelled from the league for cocaine use. 22. Steve Howe In ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Clonazepam Abuse

    Clonazepam is a drug that is prescribed for some types of convulsive disorders and panic disorders, among other mental health disorders. It also goes by the name Klonopin and it is a type of benzodiazepine that provides a tranquilized experience. It ...

    ... clonazepam stops taking the drug, they may experience withdrawal symptoms like: Hallucinations. Panic attacks. Loss of ... there are also a lot of females suffering from the addiction as well. Teen Drinking and Clonazepam ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... . In 2011, there was a sharp increase in the number of calls to poison control centers concerning bath salts—numbers rose from 304 calls in all of 2010 to 6,136 calls in 2011 1 . By 2012, the number of calls decreased to ... 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 ...

    ... : This program may be the best option for those suffering from a concurrent addiction to alcohol and alprazolam at risk for severe withdrawal consequences, as it provides intensive care in a monitored environment ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse

    Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic agent found in many prescription sleep aid drugs used to treat insomnia 1 . The most widely known brand name formulation of zolpidem in the U.S. is Ambien. Its pharmacological effects often lead the user to ...

    ... dependence, and may lead to the onset of a withdrawal syndrome in the absence of the drug 1 . Zolpidem ... to using substances. If you know someone who is suffering from zolpidem (Ambien) addiction, we're here to help. Call ... 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, ...

    ... 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, the bohemian yet lonely world of the writer or poet is ... continue reading
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