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  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... ever abusing painkillers compared to 6.5% of teens living in cities. What's troublesome about these high numbers ... the increase may be related to the fact that women are more likely to be prescribed painkillers, be given ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... years that morphed into adult years and changed women into mothers. Addiction Ripped My Heart Out Each ... Though most of my friends are mothers, their children are all living. Now, rather than sharing joy for the day, I'm ... 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 ...

    ... of the death of your Beast. 14. Women For Sobriety Women for Sobriety is another sobriety support group and ... meetings have been popping up all over the U.S. as well as in Canada, Denmark, Finland, and the UK. There are ... continue reading
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  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... use remains most popular among this group, perhaps for its hallucinogenic effects. Drug Use Higher Among Men than Women In terms of popular drugs by the gender demographic, men continue to have a higher rate of drug use ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture ... dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... of 10,211 mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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

    ... Vivitrol will harm your unborn baby.” What is known is that Vivitrol crosses the blood-placenta barrier, so women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes ... counterparts. The effects of THC are worse when a woman is ovulating. During this time, there's a very ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

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

    ... in a safe, supportive environment. Outpatient treatment takes place on a part-time basis and may be better suited for women who need to remain active in their day-to-day life. Treatment can be particularly difficult for ... 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 ...

    ... baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help,” said Bill Bivens, Sheriff of Monroe County. “That ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, it's a little ... greatly affect your experience with marijuana - for better or worse. Additional Reading: Weed: The ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... , one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with ... themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve. If you find yourself going back ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

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

    ... estrogen intensifies the brain's dopamine reward pathway, which creates an increase in pleasureable feelings. So, when a woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... are independent and responsible for your own recovery and well-being. If someone in the house is not committed and ... sober. Who Can Live in a Sober Living Home? Most sober living homes do not restrict who lives in them; ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology. A Look at ... Sinai have found that hormonal fluctuations in a woman's menstrual cycle - specifically during the high-estrogen ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... not to get pregnant an intrusion on women's reproductive freedom? That's a tough question. Women's rights advocates argue that the government would be better off helping women take care of basic needs, both physical ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... could be the limited access to medical care. Teens living in rural areas are more likely to go to the ... addicted to painkillers because their kids are functioning well in everyday life,” said Monnat. “Opioid abuse ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... found that one-fourth of the men and one-third of the women had experienced physical abuse during childhood. What's more, nearly half of the women had also experienced sexual abuse. Learn more about contacting a rehab ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... she sure was the life of the party! Dave is easily intimidated by women. While his friends always seem to get a lot of dates, he ... to do things you might not otherwise. How? Well, each drug works and affects its users in ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. ... safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts note it's ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... in the form of treatment. Most times, once these women were released, they'd pick up right where they ... addictive. Advocates believe it would allow prisoners a better chance of avoiding relapse when they're released and ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... “(It) has been a growing process, and I'm in a better spot than I have been.” Terry Tautolo (San Francisco 49ers) The ... from being a Super Bowl winner in 1981 to living under an LA freeway. Damage from concussions ended his ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... men not using opioids. No changes were noted among women. Low testosterone in men has side effects including mood ... , methadone treatments for opioid addiction are well-documented in their success. A report earlier this ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... to the increased number of medical emergencies, the FDA has also officially reduced the recommended dosage of zolpidem for women. Is There a “Safe” Sleeping Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... assistance. InSite Data: 1,028 visits per day 529 injection room visits per day 27% of participants were women 4,564 referrals to other social and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will Safe Rooms ... 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 ...

    ... . While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't get the luxury of choosing. who use during pregnancy, the results can potentially be fatal ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... of alcohol poisoning. “The original concept was when women and girls, or anyone, don't eat all ... s a double whammy.” Additional Reading: 7 Tips to Boost Liver Health After Quitting Alcohol Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... first few weeks of pregnancy can cause long-lasting effects on a child . According to the CDC , 3.3 million women are at risk of exposing their baby to alcohol. If you drink during pregnancy, you are at risk for having a ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... three months, but for some reason, the insomnia wasn't getting better. In fact, it worse than before! What's going on ... and past studies have shown marijuana use affects women's neurological tasks more than men's. Anxiety ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... . Who is at Risk? Our bones gradually begin losing mineral reserves once we hit our 30th birthday. After menopause, women tend to lose about a fifth of their bone mass over six years. Men are at risk, too. Studies show ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... addition to my parents' recent divorce, my live-in boyfriend had just unexpectedly called it quits, ... Once I got to prison, I saw first-hand how many women were still in full-scale addiction mode . They were willing to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related deaths increased in groups across the board. Fatalities spiked among men and women, people of all ages, and among whites, blacks and Hispanics. #4 What's Heroin's Appeal? Heroin ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

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

    ... problems they may be facing in their lives. When you're living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to ... abuse treatment not only saves lives—it saves billions of dollars as well. Additional Resources on Health Insurance ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... to move slowly, the online path may be the best, most comfortable way to go. It's Educational ... reliable public transportation system available to you. Or, you may live in a rural area where meetings are few and far between ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... This makes those in poverty a high-risk group for Spice usage. People with mental illness and those living in shelters or group homes are common users. Their ease of access and lower cost has also popularized synthetics ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving forward. And remember, the benefits of living a smoke-free life don't stop at you; your whole family reaps the rewards. Additional Reading: California ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve the opportunity to ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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

    ... felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to start living. A therapist recommended she continue counseling and attend support groups. Why Doesn't Everyone Get Treatment? Reading ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated with the drug trade. She ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... drugs have the very real ability to destroy lives, making them equally dangerous . When you ... one is a lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you know ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

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

    ... things you can do yourself to keep you focused on living a drug-free life. These 7 tips will help you ... read one book a month—whatever your goals may be, do your best to stick to them! They may help distract you when you' ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... brags about his coke-dealing past and says things like “Better have my money when I come to collect” and “I ... saying this sh*t's fake.” He then invites four young women on stage to do the drug, passing a mirror between them ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... swingers. “High rates of multiple drug use, as well as risky sexual behavior and STDs among swingers, warrant ... had did not have any correlation with the increase. Women are equally prone to the STD issue. A separate ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the ... today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... , was a physics and chemistry researcher in London. Well respected, he helped found the Royal Institute of Chemistry ... on The Telegraph's list of the 100 greatest living geniuses in 2007 (although he passed away in 2008 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... among this specific demographic is dismal at best. Parents Receiving Methadone Treatment For opiate-addicted ... year not having a place to live, in the past decade. Men and women were equally likely to have experienced ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as at six and 12 months. According to lead author E. ... and their sex partners, high-risk youth and people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and HIV ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... blood pressure and heart rate, as well as irregular heart palpitations. According to ... medications increased by 35 percent The biggest increase was seen among women between the ages of 19 and 25 Boys between the ages ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... extended care option for $52,560. Betty Ford Center Well-known as a spot for celebrities like Stevie Nicks, Ozzy Osbourne ... chemical dependency program for $33,000 and a women's mood disorder program for $38,000. Clients ... 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 ...

    ... cherished relationships. 2. Success Whether it's performing well at work, honing our talents or continuing to ... regaining our lives is continually taken as we remain in active addiction. To rediscover our hope of living a ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't ... list for up to two months. Why the long wait? Well, turns out there's only one chiropractor on staff to ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

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

    ... motivation, and energy. A cocaine high is a pretty short-lived high, and that means it's frequently used in what's ... Kiraly, notes, “Once we clarify how it can best be targeted to reduce addiction-like behaviors, there is ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... associate professor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This ... dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

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

    ... was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost ... survey also touched on police-community relations, as well as concerns on public safety agencies' abilities to ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... In a study, injection drug users (IDUs) living in Tijuana, Mexico reported that it was common to ... share needles or works . Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). In the United ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... most popular party drug, a lot of gay men and women combine their meth use with other drugs. A few of the ... , drinks and Gatorades, a snack bar. It was a well organized event,” said Zachary. Making things worse, most—if ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When The ... not be going through my days drinking,” she said. “Of living a life without any kind of crutch. It's a lot ... 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 ...

    ... a substance every day that it no longer functions well without it, which is called dependency. This can ... . A rehab program will help you get used to living your life without the drug. Some rehab programs are short ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... by brutality and murder, Snipes' portrayal of the character is easily one of his better roles. Whether it's telling stories of murdering young women as a young gang member or ordering the execution of rival gang members ... 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 ...

    ... coldness and other problems as well. Naturally, the euphoria is short-lived, and the person must get ... while the detox and withdrawal is hard, the reality of living with a painkiller addiction is even harder. It's time to ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... HIV infections in 2010 and 15 percent of those living with HIV in 2011. Since the epidemic began, nearly ... crisis caused by IV drug use and put users in a better position to seek help when they're ready to get clean ... 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 ...

    ... behind bars. As a result, these men and women are released back into society without the tools to ... from a human standpoint, but a financial one, as well. According to a 2010 study published by Harvard economist Jeffrey ... 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 - ...

    ... out to show how difficult - and rewarding - living in recovery can truly be. Jim: Executive Marketing ... in movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can't ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

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

    ... on,” she claims . “There are millions who are living a better life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course ... make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day in stress - thanks to opioid ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... had a choice: Go back to my old way of thinking and living, or continue going down a much happier, healthier path. The ... several years at that point, I looked better and felt better about myself than I had in years. And ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... what it had done for her neighbor. A Whole New World Living in a large city, Suzanne was able to find several ... . But the vast majority of them are professional, well-run and supportive.” “A methadone program may not be ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on the streets of the Northeastern city where she grew ... to spend a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The ... 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 ...

    ... of saying that methadone mimics heroin in the brain, but does a better job at allowing you to feel and act “normal.” As long as ... . Reduced sleep. Menstrual irregularities in women. Sweating. Sexual dysfunction. Weight gain ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... another drug is affecting your ability to work or generally live life. A child of an addicted parent is eight ... , if you're living life reasonably soberly, why else might your kid become an addict? Well, it all depends ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with ... and without side effects, big pharma makes its living by continually improving its compounds. Without its ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... is the top priority, not a friend's well-being. Those who are active in their addictions don't ... is so caught up in deceiving themselves it's easier to go on living in the lies. But, if our friends suddenly sober up , may ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... national rate - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III ... partner with local and state communities to implement best practices in these rural communities that currently ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

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

    ... , it's going to make you a much stronger person, as well as a much freer one, in the process. Here are 8 ... my drunken car crash, my prison stint, my struggles living life as a convicted felon. The experience was cathartic, ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... have also recently introduced bills to make it legal, while well-known medical professionals and “TV doctors” have also begun to ... , author of Alive Again . “We are living in a country where young people everywhere are ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... 20 grams of pot is a totally different story. A woman attempted to use her infant to smuggle weed into a New ... the book like harmless. But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. ... 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 ...

    ... first into the creek and drowned. The woman previously lived at the nearby Salvation Army and was battling ... . Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... #2 In March, a Riviera Beach native high on Flakka was arrested after beating an 82-year-old woman inside her own home. Derren Morrison, 26, was reportedly hallucinating and convinced someone was trying to kill him ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... to marijuana, the rats produced less female sex hormones, like progesterone and estrogen. If you're a woman, producing less sex hormones may lead to sexual dysfunction and your ovulation cycle may also be affected. These ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... sleep. Jane wondered if Lisa even cared if she lived or died anymore. It seemed the only thing she ... rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up a grown woman too drunk to stand up or walk to the car. A life without ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... most underrated performances. It's also one of the best depictions of the drug scene of 1970s New York City ... heroin user named Bobby who falls in love with a woman named Helen. She soon gets hooked on heroin herself, and ... 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 ...

    ... Looping curveball and powerful fastball pitcher Dwight Gooden was well known for his baseball career in the late ... of community service for running a stoplight and killing a woman in a car crash while intoxicated. 28. Bob ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... well-known side effect of meth: skin lesions. While at a restaurant, Martinez saw a man and woman with ... compared with mice who haven't received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

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

    ... that's what it takes. But there are thousands of recovering addicts out there right now leading happy, healthy lives. Never give up hope. You're doing it all wrong. Recovery has to be done this way! Alcoholics Anonymous ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... drugs created a whole new set of problems - and thousands of unsuspecting users are paying for it with their lives. What's In My Baggie begins with a narrator who tells viewers that each time he purchased Molly (MDMA) at ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... are being armed with portable pocket-size devices that inject naloxone. Known as the opiate antidote, naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of heroin. Learn more about the dangers of heroin abuse and addiction . ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... Ledger died in 2008 of a toxic combination of six prescription drugs. 14. Jason Cook “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook was arrested for drug possession and public intoxication in 2005. 15. Macaulay Culkin In 2004 ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... and will make withdrawal more serious in most cases. 2. OxyContin Sometimes referred to as “Hillbilly Heroin,” OxyContin lives up to its name. It's a time-released painkiller often prescribed to those in need of major ... 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 ...

    ... morphine into veins repeatedly can irritate the vein and cause collapse. Liver Damage - Processing the potent drug over time can deteriorate the liver. Endocarditis - Morphine can cause inflammation of the inner lining ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

    ... with painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory arrest and thousands of lives saved each year. Talk to Us: Have something to add? Curious what others are saying about ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

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

    ... Chapel Hill. They interviewed 723 incarcerated youth that lived in 27 different Missouri Division of Youth Services ... include: Hearing loss Optic nerve damage Liver damage Muscle atrophy Heart irregularities Brain damage ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

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

    ... can be difficult, having a qualified medical team on hand to assist can help you break free of your addiction and live a sober life. Learn more about the effects of Xanax abuse and addiction . Image Source: Pixabay continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... most socioeconomically disadvantaged, were more likely to be minorities, had more physical problems, and more likely to live in large urban communities. They were also more likely to have gotten in trouble with the law ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... . Also, when you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body creates a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... examined the brains of nuns who used the “centering prayer” in order to achieve “oneness with God” in their lives. “I always use the analogy about me wearing glasses,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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

    ... that plenty of people have successfully overcome mental health and addiction issues, going on to lead fulfilling, sober lives. And you can be one of them. Learn more about finding help to overcome an addiction to alcohol ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

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

    ... overtime to keep up appearances and hold down jobs. They can actually enjoy professional success, maintain active social lives and hide their demons from the ones they love most - for a while, at least. Unfortunately ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... -dose opioid. Too many people have already become addicted to similar opioid medications, and too many lives have been lost.” 16 Despite the growing addiction epidemic and record-breaking number of overdose fatalities ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... of their senses, all thanks to the release of dopamine in the brain. But, this euphoric state is short lived - lasting for only 10 minutes. Despite its reputation for being a poor man's cheap alternative to cocaine ... continue reading
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