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  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... got worse. Kelly says couldn't carry on a conversation; she couldn't function. Her boss suspected drug addiction and ... worth it. ” Talk to Us: Does this story sound familiar, you're not alone. Looking for ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

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

    ... drug after personally using it two decades earlier to get clean. Today, you can find stories all over the Internet calling ibogaine the “miracle cure” for addiction ... what he described as “the worst flu you've ever had” ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a substance abuse problem . Not everyone's story turns out ... caffeine: Tea, coffee and soda make anxiety worse. It can cause symptoms such as headaches, ... continue reading
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  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense ...

    ... practice while you are in recovery from an addiction can be an extraordinarily powerful tool. It can ... non-secular roots of spirituality can be seen in the stories, myths, songs, and the various sacred birth, life ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... meth users were 3 times more likely than non-illicit drug users to develop Parkinson's disease and that the risk ... get worse with continued cocaine use. Need Help Understanding Your Addiction Treatment ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... all-time low among teens, there's more to this story than meets the eye. For starters, cigars are now as ... and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... have admitted to using LSD while creating stories and fictional worlds. Charles Manson : American ... path to addiction, few of them had it as bad as hockey star Theoren Fleury. Fleury failed multiple drug tests while ... continue reading
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  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... aren't helpful. Frequently playing out the worst-case scenarios of any given situation causes anxiety. ... your own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find the ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol ...

    ... who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... If you have a friend like this, then Candace's story probably sounds all too familiar. But how do you really know ... Concerns: Waking up filled with shame is the worst way to start your day. Oftentimes, my friends ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... a teenager — especially one who is struggling with addiction or other issues. Many parents don't know what ... and showing them that you love them even during the worst of times will increase their self-worth and let them ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... shallow, your heart rate is no longer regular and you're in danger of choking on your own vomit. If worse comes to worse, you can fall into a coma and die . What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning? Since it's a ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... out, get through a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date ... buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The Deadly Allure of Benzos ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a ...

    ... the fermentation process and give alcohol its taste and odor. The more congeners in alcohol, the worse the hangover and the worse the skin looks the next day. Third, alcohol dehydrates the skin and robs it of nutrients ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

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

    ... and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I drunkenly crashed into a car at a stoplight on my way home, injuring two people in the process. Suddenly ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

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

    ... I've suffered with acne and IBS my entire life. The stress of moving to a new city made those conditions worse. I'd done some research into gut health and discovered Kombucha has been shown to be beneficial. So I gave it ... 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 ...

    ... 2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an underestimate due to inherent issues in using statistical estimates of populations ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... have a hard enough time breaking their nicotine habits; adding E-cig juice to the problem will only make it worse. Seeking Help It's essential to find out all you can about the dangers of E-cigs and the chemicals ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S. is tooth decay. Drugs are a Mouth's Worst Nightmare Unfortunately, drugs have terrible effects on the human body …including your teeth and surrounding oral ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... decided this wasn't a healthy norm. He noticed that drinking alcohol - a depressant - only made things worse. He decided it was time to find other ways to cope with negative emotions…and healthier ways to celebrate ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... it because no one had completed the research to determine its adverse effects . Now we know. Worse Than Cigarette Smoke? Secondhand marijuana smoke isn't only harmful, it's more damaging than tobacco smoke ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... case. Instead, Dr. Stephens found the opposite: Those with a family background in alcoholism did not experience worse hangover symptoms when compared to those who didn't have any family history of such. What Do ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. ... see if things get worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and ...

    ... bad, it's impossible to deny your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction ... going to do today - and tomorrow. Everyone loves a success story; it's never too late to turn over a new ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... come out of left field. Experts in behavioral addiction admit that digital currency trading can result in ... patients into group therapy, where they share their life stories. As they hear what others are going through, they ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

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

    ... as much as possible on your loved one's drug addiction. If you do not understand what you're dealing ... make all the arrangements beforehand. The worst-case : Prepare for the worst-case scenario. It is possible that your ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... Dr. Mark Rose is a licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in ... were. While you may not have embarrassed yourself quite as badly as you thought you did, you still don't want ... 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 ...

    ... of its users when they're high on the drug . Experts say users develop a feeling of superhuman strength ... the misguided assumption that Flakka is safe or “isn't that bad,” it'd be a good idea to do some research into ... 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 ...

    ... start taking the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... away from anything that might cause a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for months, but something bad would eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... 're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract alcohol…at least, somewhat. Maybe ... 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, ...

    ... addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric ... to light. Find a support group, share your story with others who understand and can provide some helpful ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... 't perceive. You may be using alcohol in unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up emotions already present, it's important to keep one ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... as allow the other person to do a little spousal monitoring by preventing the other from developing bad habits. It also helps by creating an awareness of problem drinking patterns. Research also shows that divorced ... 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 ...

    ... effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. ... rock and a hard place. Though some hear personal stories of marijuana's effectiveness, they yet aren't allowed ... 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 ...

    ... months or even years. Withdrawal for relatively short-acting drugs may begin 1-2 after the last dose and persist ... worst, many others have successfully done it and gone on to live healthy, sober lives. American Addiction ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... within three to four days. This period of purging the body of drugs is called detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing with the other ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her ... . Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users ... 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 ...

    ... and Prevention was eventually forced to chime in, labeling the resulting painkiller craze as “the worst drug addiction epidemic in the country's history, killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine.” In ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... memory and reasoning circuits. Heavy pot users also fared worse on memory tests that non-users and non-using schizophrenics ... of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “ ... 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 ...

    ... abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the only one of its kind. Ambien ( zolpidem ... Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round- ... but are very likely to cause long-term addiction issues. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs ... 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 ...

    ... violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. ... to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... drugs in Iran, the best case scenario is a large fine and the worst-case scenario ... Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... time with their families? If your whole social scene revolves around using or procuring drugs, your friends are definitely making your addiction worse. 6. They Say You Can't be Friends Anymore if You Get Sober/Clean ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are ... Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab ... 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 ...

    ... the insomnia wasn't getting better. In fact, it worse than before! What's going on here? Despite previous beliefs ... make marijuana one of the most commonly used drugs in the country. A whopping 60 million Americans ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease ...

    ... to drunkenness . Plus, if your injury requires anesthetic or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other treatment. Take Care Remember: The more alcohol you ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... their cells, but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and many ... entering society and fighting substance abuse problem. Just how bad is the need? At the Bristol County House ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... concerts or festivals. “What's to stop a bad individual from sprinkling powdered alcohol into someone's lunch ... s worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau ... 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 ...

    ... . This means, over time, women have to use more of the drug to get the same high. Men, on the other hand, don' ... experience with marijuana - for better or worse. Additional Reading: Weed: The Vocabulary Killer ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing ...

    ... getting to the whole story.” For many dealing with substance abuse, the “whole story” includes a traumatic ... For an actual solution to be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue 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 ...

    ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... study published in Molecular Psychiatry involves the work of Dorit Rob, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UC-San Francisco, and author Emmanuel Darcq, PhD, a former post-doctoral fellow ... 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, ...

    ... more heavily dosed male counterparts. The effects of THC are worse when a woman is ovulating. During this time, there's a very clear spike in drug sensitivity that occurs when estrogen levels have already peaked and ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... harms of marijuana use. The NIAAA reports that 3 in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in mind, these percentages indicate we're going to see a ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... bloodstream, increasing the likelihood that memory-related activities will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent ...

    ... “safe drinking level” may still increase the risk for cancer. Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his recommendations based on this study: “People with a family ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest ...

    ... meta-analysis completed by the reporting research group, Bagnardi and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this study, alcohol caused 5.8 percent of cancer ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... our reach. Our admissions navigators are available to provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . The Bottom Line Despite all the technological ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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    ... with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is ... Box The silence and unanswered questions are always worse for family members and loved ones. Allison hadn ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... used to be terribly afraid of hospitals, because once something very bad happened to me in one. Now, after years of avoiding ... you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

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    ... you can do yourself to keep you focused on living a drug-free life. These 7 tips will help you start your journey ... are countless support groups that exist for almost any addiction, and most of them are free to join. ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

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    ... your life and relationships. Alcohol abuse is when your drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction.” In addition to the possibility of alcohol poisoning, binge drinkers could also compromise their immune ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... confidential survey . Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below ... 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 ...

    ... fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in a ... 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 ...

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

    ... of his alcohol abuse; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from being furious in this moment, because her daughter ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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

    ... on heroin. It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually quite common. So common, in fact, it's almost expected . Relapse is often considered a ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all ...

    ... on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” Additional Reading: Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

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    ... have pancreatitis and your symptoms are getting worse, call your doctor. Mechanisms in Medicine ... Of course, the best way to lower your risk is to end all drug use. If you need help, call us today at 1-888-744- ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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    ... ; it's important: “Overdoses involving prescription opioids” - what does this mean, exactly? The word choice means other drugs were likely involved in the overdose. In 30 percent of opioid-related deaths , it's the ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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    ... but he'd also heard enough horror stories about the power of this drug to make him nervous anyway. The captain ... abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

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    ... case. The fact is, that while it may seem that drugs are making you feel better, they're actually causing long-term ... worse, you also have an increased risk of death through both suicide and homicide. These drug-related ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

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    ... that is behind the causes of people's harmful drinking patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know when help is needed. Many people have lost ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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    ... feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non ... 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 ...

    ... in too many pieces to ever be repaired. Our once happy family has been forever changed by addiction . Addiction claimed the life of my youngest son. Gone forever, his demons proved more powerful than a mother ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... drink, that's not a sign that you're addicted, per se.” “Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. “You can become dependent on almost any substance if it ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease ... and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed, 159 (14 ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a ... and its unregulated manufacturing, one batch of this drug usually contains very different ingredients from the next. ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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    ... like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released ... 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 ...

    ... the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. ... job is basically to let good stuff in and keep bad stuff out. So how does it respond to cocaine ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... it is important to be aware of these potential barriers. Built over years of suffering in a household run by addiction, they can be difficult to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat ... is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Additional Reading: Take My Breath ... 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 , ...

    ... hard, no doubt 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 ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of ...

    ... into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated drugs . The DEA uses EPA-approved incinerators. State police, on the other hand, turn to local forging plants ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in small, rural towns. It's not feasible, unfortunately ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently ... public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising ...

    ... - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things ... 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 ...

    ... that went down at Stitches' performance are beyond unacceptable. It's bad enough to have performers glorifying drugs through music, but to actually provide those drugs to fans - many of which appeared to be underage - ... 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 ...

    ... , then assigning them to practice in areas of need across Tennessee. Graduates would agree to work in the addiction program for three years and, in exchange, they would receive a stipend to cover training plus student ... continue reading
  • The American Addiction Centers Brand Promise

    Brand Promise Terms and Conditions: In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc. will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no ...

    ... must be used consecutively. The Brand Promise offer is valid under current ownership only. In the event American Addiction Centers, Inc. is a party to a transaction in which change of control is affected, or in the ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people ... treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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