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  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It ... love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, these pills ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers ... while you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being around ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... marijuana. That number has continued to remain stagnant for the last three years. Numerous controlled driving tests have shown that even taking just 1 milligram of Xanax resulted in increased weaving behind the wheel. In ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... they had returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these people, the very reason they are caught up in the criminal justice system is related to ... 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 ...

    ... just give them out like candy on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... didn't have that bottle of “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax. When he wouldn't refill the pills, she simply went to a different physician. He wrote her a new ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... society, what have we really done to cope with our anxieties? A whopping number of us reach for Xanax, a benzodiazepine that is officially the number one prescribed anti-anxiety medication in the country. Over 50 million ... 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 ...

    ... months later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed to penalize - not ... programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. ... the future. But, for now, Californians who want to mix marijuana and margaritas at their local bar are out of ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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

    ... emotions, and people may turn to alcohol to cope with feelings such as: Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Loneliness. Depression. However, it is 100% possible for you to attend events and not drink. Here are a few tips to help you ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... Delusions What's on Your Mind? Meth is one of the most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you wonder - if Kim, Matt and Kristin had known the ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and ... that people have used it as a treatment modality for decades without harm. However, methadone - like any ... 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 ...

    ... , and on to the brain. This process is completed within a few minutes, but the high can last for several hours. Though you might think THC affects everyone the same, research has proven otherwise time and again. However ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... who drink alcohol have a greater risk of developing persistent HPV. Scientists in South Korea tested 9,230 women for HPV and found that the drinkers were three times more likely than non-drinkers to test positive . The ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... you don't have a clean bottle of water lying around, you've got to get it somewhere, right? The rationalization for using water straight out of a toilet water goes a little something like this: “Hey, it's clean water. It ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... result, more and more employees are turning to drugs as a way to cope. Evaluating the Dirty Drug Screens For their study, Quest Diagnostics looked at 8.5 million urine, oral fluid and hair workplace drug tests. Workforce ... 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. ...

    ... -exposed newborns aren't doomed to become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts ... 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 ...

    ... isn't shy when it comes to professing his love for the drug, but his actions during a recent performance have ... the girl on stage, as the baggies weren't confiscated for testing. However, it's safe to say that the rapper ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... 's punishment a new trend that the courts should continue? Should the money drug dealers make be used to pay for the funerals of their customers? This seems to have a ring of justice to it. Perhaps the courts will choose ... 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 ...

    ... we can increase access.” And he's probably right. The alternative is to expect patients to drive several hours for what could be a 15-minute visit. That's simply not realistic. Additional Reading: Ryan Haight Act Stands ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    ... it. This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move by the CDC will ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... , 446 of their 38,970 welfare applicants were tested - only 48 tested positive. To make matters worse, the budgeted cost for that year's testing program was $336,297. The data didn't improve as time went on. In 2015, a ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and ... 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 ...

    ... parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another 14 (9.7 percent) met the criteria for recovery after 5 to 10 years. Ten could not be located or contacted. And 34 (24 percent) had died. The ... 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. ...

    ... Issue? Well, it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital that offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, is the first of its kind, but it likely ... 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 confiscated ...

    ... amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that old adage, “one man's trash ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... dependency, yet they're often the first contacts for people struggling with it. Stern notes that, at ... percent of a practice's patients are affected by substance abuse. For others, it might be only five percent, but it's ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... to be the one to decide to use these resources, but it's good to be prepared if/when they ask you for help. With the right preparation, you'll be ready (with solid advice and resources) when they're ready. Write it Down ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... on these communities that whites who inject drugs now have more HIV diagnoses than any other racial population - for the first time ever. Current Program Reach Falls Short The CDC found that the use of syringe programs ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... , both of which are associated with opiate withdrawal. Risk vs Reward In recent years, gabapentin has been prescribed for off-label conditions (reasons it wasn't intended) up to 83 percent of the time - higher than most ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... accept this as an alternative, and you might end up facing jail anyway. Another thing you can try is asking for a work-release or outpatient program . Judges may be reluctant to agree to this, since you'll need to have ... 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 ...

    ... your life that are challenging your decision to get sober and you'll be able to address these problems head-on. For example, if you notice that you have the urge to use in a particular place or with a particular person ... 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 ...

    ... 4. On-Site Childcare and Parenting Services On-site childcare services are another important amenity to consider for those who have children . Studies have shown that mothers whose children stayed with them during rehab ... 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, ...

    ... matter how hard it is, you have to keep your anger in check. Yelling at your child, using profanity, calling ... of an addicted child isn't something you can prepare for. Unfortunately, there's no owner's manual with all the ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many parents, it actually is. Many stop parenting ... and fear of losing their child to the addiction. For this reason, many parents continue to clean up their ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... to be treated as such. Surrendering to a higher power can be a crucial part of the recovery process for many people, but other forms of treatment are important as well. Make sure that the treatment facility you choose ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... re feeling like having a quiet night at home to relax, do they insist on picking you up and bringing you out to the bar for “just a few drinks”? And we know it's never just a few drinks. 5. They Don't Have a Life Outside ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... your body reacts. Some people also taper off from benzodiazepines by using a half-life benzodiazepine. This drug will last for a shorter time in the body, but you will still receive it, so it will help you stop taking it ... 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 ...

    ... consumption wreaks havoc on both of these organs. With this tomato discovery, we may have found a helpful antidote for some of the damage done by alcohol . Here's the scoop. The Research A team of researchers from Tufts ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. ... that they don't need to wait to file for probationary periods through the court system. This cuts ... 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 ...

    ... just a few of the obstacles hindering the development of such a medication. But that might not be the case for much longer… According to one recent study, a group of doctors from Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... ultimately suffer a relapse. When this happens, drug overdose is a serious concern. When they haven't been using for a while, their drug tolerance drops. Unaware of this drop, they take a “normal” dose of the drug, which ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... illness and a love of drink. Dylan Thomas A Welsh boy who grew up into a poet, Thomas is known for his prose and for his short life. He died at the age of 39 thanks to his excessive drinking . Stephen King The master of ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... designed to support a recovery-oriented systems of care model for addiction treatment . “It's a new approach that ... will equip more professionals to fill the unmet need for treatment in our society. Graduates of one program ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

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

    ... intervention - CBT. CBT helps victims dismiss old, maladaptive ways of thinking about the trauma, including uncovering assumptions. For example, a woman who was abused as a child may assume that all men are going to hurt ... 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 ...

    ... links below to find out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Aetna ... 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 ...

    ... correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on Alcoholism, investigated if children whose mothers had a ... 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 ...

    ... you have a migraine and the smell of food makes you want to vomit. In moments of stress, sadness, anger or similar negative emotions, the allure of drinking seems to offer one thing: A temporary escape from reality. We ... 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 ...

    ... on that very medication just two months later. Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... given cocaine had a very hard time identifying low-intensity anger and high-intensity sadness compared to when they were ... is small, it could have further implications for the research of people with mental illnesses, ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that ... have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on ... . Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions. ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... of benzos, and vice versa. That means that drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin can dangerously synergize some of the effects ... levels from some household health brand names for addiction rehab and treatment: Blue Cross ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... Limiting Alcohol Why is alcohol often a catalyst for these dangerous bouts of air rage? Drinking ... They've also considered prosecuting unruly passengers for causing disruptions mid-flight or violating blacklist ... 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, ...

    ... place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an increasingly troublesome problem, as people seek out ... 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 ...

    ... healthier, non-alcoholic ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars Well, duh! This one might seem a bit obvious, but it was very difficult for Michelle. She wanted to hang out with co-workers during happy hour. She ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... , the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I moved to a new city ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

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

    ... jungles in Thailand for sale in countries like the U.S. #2. It's Easy to Obtain Kratom “bars” are popping up ... minutes after you take it and you can feel the effects for 2 to 5 hours. Although it's most commonly consumed ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

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

    ... hopeless, reality - and oftentimes an unfortunate relapse. Temptation From Behind Bars There's also the temptation factor to account for. Being behind bars, it's easier to maintain sobriety. Sure, there is still access ... 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 ...

    ... dates, he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before ... onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “ ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... they lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by ... for your car keys. The road risk is never worth it in the end. Additional Reading: Xanax ... 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 ...

    ... world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are released back into ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... and U.S. “Our striking findings show the potential for preventive and therapeutic programs to reduce the number of deaths ... across the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me to spend ... trigger you for a while, then do it. There's usually no reason you absolutely have to walk past a bar or spend time ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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

    ... don't eat or sleep and continue to take methamphetamine to stay awake for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so ... . Increased wakefulness. Excitement. Edginess, anger, irritation, or anxiety. Paranoia. ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... triggered the panic and she found herself nailed to the bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was the best option - certainly better than reaching ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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    ... Subutex Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax Zolpidem Don't let another day pass ... What this means is that it takes more and more of the drug for the user to feel the same effects. In seeking that initial high, ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines are ... syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium ( ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... , Suboxone works to satiate the brain's desire for opioids without offering the rewarding effects. Functioning as ... . Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”) Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically prescribed ... 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 ...

    ... In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at ... are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... continues today. While policymakers and health officials search for solutions, it's important to realize that we all ... benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly ... 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 ...

    ... hazardous, the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects ... prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... and compassion. The way we address this crisis is a test for America.” The Importance of This Report This marks the first ... who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $ ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's ... It is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims become ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... at an alarming rate and, many times, for conditions that don't require long-term pharmaceutical therapy. Drugs like Xanax , Klonipin, Ativan and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for long periods of time - and in ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

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

    ... Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit ... my home; I wouldn't go anywhere that served alcohol. For me, living like that was like living in a bubble. ... 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 ...

    ... t provide a single medication or a moment of treatment for the painful detox process. The lack of care leaves ... moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

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    ... such as six-week and nine-week plans. The benefit for many of the people who attend these luxury resort-style rehabs ... based conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and anger management. A very therapy-heavy option ... 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 ...

    ... serious problem in the United States. More recent tragedies include: A 21-year-old Indiana man was arrested for assaulting his grandmother while high on duster. After huffing multiple cans of duster, two 20-year-old men ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... to already staggering numbers. The Illinois Department of Health reported rises in statewide heroin overdose deaths for the past four years. Heroin overdose resulted in 633 Illinois deaths in 2014 alone. Efforts continue ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... these drugs. Groundbreaking Study In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic “new” drugs based on ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain ... the working class gone this route? The Dangerous Quest for Productivity As it turns out, more and more white ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... with a BAC of 0.08 or higher had hangovers the next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US; so if you're too drunk to drive, you're probably going to feel it the next morning. An ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... and ulcers. Sharing Needles Can Spell Disaster Shared and recycled needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk of contracting a bacterial infection, common blood-borne viruses ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind the wheel after ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

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

    ... and helpless resignation among loved ones. The steady state of worry, anger, despair and guilt among loved ones never leaves any room for joy. 5. Stability Aside from financial stability, the emotional, interpersonal and ... 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 ...

    ... hope. 7. Hope Once addiction steals everything else, the only remaining thing to steal is our hope for renewal and wellbeing. From recommitting to future goals to mending our broken relationships, the hope of regaining ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

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

    ... mindset. Breaking addictive patterns is not always a choice one can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... Sephora responded not long after the petition started gaining steam, with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback to our PR department so they are aware of the ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or return ... high. Additional Reading: Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a ... night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake up sick, ... 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 ...

    ... drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of ... continue reading
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