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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... 6 Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepines , such as Valium and Xanax, are widely prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, ... , as well as pain relief, sedation, memory loss, immobility, agitation, depression, trouble thinking, ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... with other benzos, Rohypnol use may result in sedation and memory loss. Illicit use of this drug has been linked to ... recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name brand of the generic drug ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... effects including 10 : Sedation. Muscle relaxation. Memory loss. In animal studies it has been found to ... you a drink and you accept, go with them to the bar and grab it yourself rather than trust them to bring it back ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... A recent study published in the journal Addiction linked alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers analyzed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System ... 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 ...

    ... 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 are really cut with ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

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

    ... are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe it or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data compiled by ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 doctor offered ... 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 ...

    ... = 4.” Look, I get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... s friend recognized the signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's 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's in these situations - when ... 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, ...

    ... is extremely addictive and often abused. In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... 's neurological activity and Reward Prediction Error (RPE), which represents one's ability to successfully predict reward or loss as a result of a given behavior. To come up with each participant's RPE, the group was ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... in transit, it's hard to ignore the armed robberies and pilfering that are also happening across the country. Drug theft and loss is not the cause of America's drug problem; it's a symptom. So maybe it's time we take it ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

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

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

  • 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 ...

    ... greater. 4 Long-term psychological effects of methamphetamine include: 2-4 Confusion. Memory loss. Anxiety. Sleeping difficulties. Violent, aggressive behavior. Mood swings. Paranoia. Hallucinations. Delusions. Suicidal ... 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, ...

    ... your brain fails to keeps record of. As you can see from the examples, this combination of memory loss and a half-conscious state can create very dangerous situations for Ambien users. Dreaming of Better Sleep… Despite ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... ephedrine is legal to buy and sell. Nausea. Dizziness. Heart palpitations. Heat stroke. Memory loss. Psychosis. Stroke. Seizures. Heart attack. Anxiety. Difficulty urinating. Stomach irritation. Kidney stones. Tremors ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

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

    ... in many patients. Before even getting to that point, long-term Benadryl use is linked to short-term memory loss. Anticholinergic medicines affect the central nervous system and cause you to get sleepy. In doing this, the ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... quantify the extent of damage in relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory loss and the inability to concentrate Impairment of hearing and/or vision The ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... turned out that bromide is extremely toxic when taken regularly. Repeated ingestion can cause loss of muscle control, psychosis, memory loss, irritability, and headaches, and high dosages can result in skin rashes, mania ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... compared to the brain of a non-user. These abnormalities are thought to bring on memory loss, learning problems, attention deficit disorders, and strokes. Researchers hope this imaging breakthrough will eventually lead ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... the same high, he has to do more and more cocaine. The repeated damage to Ted's brain causes memory loss, learning disabilities, attention deficit issues, to name just a few. And if you think things get back to normal ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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

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

    ... addiction . Some of the common side effects of gabapentin include: Lack of stability Drowsiness Memory Loss Fever Difficulty Speaking Prescribing doctors must weigh the risks versus the rewards to determine if gabapentin ... 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 ...

    ... abuse . I used them as a tool to evaluate his behavior: Does he experience temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss? (Not that I know of.) Does he show signs of drastic mood swings? (No, he's pretty easy-going ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... neurochemistry, and rewire certain neural connections. As adults, continued abuse may lead to memory loss, learning difficulties, impaired concentration, and even interfere with simple, everyday tasks. Mentally speaking ... 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 ...

    ... the U.S. #2. It's Easy to Obtain Kratom “bars” are popping up and serving the drug as a brewed beverage. ... period of time. You may experience: Anorexia. Weight loss. Insomnia. Skin darkening. Dry mouth. Constipation. There ... 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 ...

    ... bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was ... , when the panic came back with a vengeance or memories of the assault consumed her mind, she would reach for ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were ... benzo addiction include: Headaches Weakness Tremors Memory problems Swelling in hands and feet ... 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 ...

    ... Some of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine Withdrawal ... 1,4-6 Dysphoria. Poor concentration and memory. Anxiety. Irritability and agitation. Insomnia. ... 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 ...

    ... 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 project that ... 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 ...

    ... cycle. All of the noise, 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 ... 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 ...

    ... out by the habit. NOLA is Snuffing out Tobacco Most states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon by most people…especially when it comes to smoking in their ... 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 ...

    ... competitive, but she realized she can find 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 ... 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 ...

    ... including: Improved digestion Boosts immunity Weight loss Hormone regulation Healthy skin Improved mental ... Cola Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , like when we feel a wave of panic as we walk past a dive bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Tourette syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) ... , debilitating panic, psychosis, sleep disturbance, memory problems, severe depression, weakness, fatigue and ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... etc.). Alcohol + benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.). Cocaine + heroin. Alcohol + cocaine. Alcohol and ... . Extreme stomach pain. Coma or loss of consciousness. Respiratory depression (slowed breathing ... 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 wasn ... more effectively. But its boost to the working memory is what makes it so particularly appealing. In ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have a shorter acute phase, closer to seven days. Long-acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... include violent or erratic behavior, sweating and loss of muscle control. Sedatives Sedatives, or ... anxiety. Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions. ... 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 ...

    ... rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs ... affected twice as hard, which can lead to severe loss of coordination, coma and significantly increase the risk of ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... include—like other drugs—medical costs, law enforcement, and loss of productivity. Meth is easily obtainable and is one of ... disorders. Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. In one ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

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

    ... , which are critical in the areas of learning, memory and reward processing. It also causes the brain to ... Regular marijuana use starting in adolescence led to an average loss of eight IQ points by mid-adulthood . But for ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... 1 Depression. Irritability. Sleep disturbances. Anxiety. Aggression. Impulsive behavior. Cognitive problems. Memory issues. Decreased appetite. Loss of libido. There are several long-term risks associated with prolonged ... 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 ...

    ... lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents ... never worth it in the end. Additional Reading: Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI ... 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 ...

    ... 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 spent nationally on ... 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 ...

    ... 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 society without the tools to avoid ... 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 ...

    ... for causing disruptions mid-flight or violating blacklist restrictions should the bans be approved. Additional Reading: Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates Image Source: en.wikipedia.org 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, ...

    ... 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, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an ... 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 ...

    ... to a misdemeanor. Approximately 10,000 inmates across the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be released immediately. Although prisons have a responsibility to safely ... 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 ...

    ... that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims become incapacitated due to the sedative effects of GHB, plus they ... 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. ...

    ... the criminal justice realm? Would it significantly impact all those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 billion annually in health-care and criminal justice ... 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 ...

    ... a fighting chance - providing them with the ability to think about something other than the overwhelming desire to get high. Additional Reading: Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... should be required to participate in community-based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. This Issue Has Bipartisan Support ... 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 ...

    ... , 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 29,Katrina ... 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 ...

    ... buy drugs on the inside. Nowhere to Turn This moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering from withdrawal symptoms, while some used whatever drugs they ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... (red and blue lines) on the right Y-axis and the difference between the religious and nonreligious rates (purple bars). Right away, we can see that across all substances, the nonreligious group has higher past year usage ... 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 ...

    ... 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 me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

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

    ... classy. They had coolers, drinks and Gatorades, a snack bar. It was a well organized event,” said Zachary. ... than meth sex. And for some, the resulting sense of loss is too much to handle. Since sexual activity places gay ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... For you, rock-bottom could be the loss of a marriage; for me, it might be the loss of a job. It's nearly impossible ... Recovering alcoholics will never be “safe” in a bar surrounded by shots of Jack Daniels or cold mugs ... 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 ...

    ... and functional, that may be compensating for gray matter losses,” said study co-author Sina Aslan, a faculty ... are part of memory and reasoning circuits. Heavy pot users also fared worse on memory tests that non-users ... 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 ...

    ... 're going to see a massive number of people facing negative consequences down the road in the form of verbal memory problems. What Can We Do? As use of marijuana continues to grow, it is important for people to know the ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

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

    ... It's never a good idea to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but especially both . Learning and Memory After a long night of heavy drinking, you may not remember what happened the night before. This is often ... 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 areas of ...

    ... tour continues, we come to the hippocampus region. This is the part of Bill's brain associated with learning and memory. It's also the first region of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. We notice the reduction in ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... the brain has to try to compensate for the loss or alteration of glutamate, a chemical that helps you ... judgment. Decision making, behavior control, and things like memory or learning abilities will all be influenced . When ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... permanent. This can include impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination similar to those ... older than their age. Unhealthy eating habits and a loss of appetite can also lead to a haggard experience. Behavioral ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... Common side effects include: Dizziness Drowsiness Memory problems Slurred speech Imbalance or Unsteady ... be life-threatening. Signs of Ativan overdose include: Loss of muscle control Low blood pressure Mental confusion Slow ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... Kratom's listed side effects included nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite, but the jury was still out as to ... it wasn't illegal, I pretty much erased it from my memory. But it came back on my radar last year when kratom ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... Decreased motivation. Lethargy or low energy. Memory problems. Poor concentration. Slurred or rapid ... vomiting. Sweating. Headaches. Frequent illness. Sudden weight loss or gain. Coordination problems. Nosebleeds (may occur ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... believed that opioids (like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Ultram) and tranquilizers (like Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax) are easy or somewhat easy to obtain. This perception of easy availability mirrors the skyrocketing rate of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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    ... Percocet Phenobarbital Prescription Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax Zolpidem Don't let another day pass by without treatment. Learn how to begin ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

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    ... Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tramadol Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Wellbutrin Xanax Zolpidem Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers and Coverage Levels Visit the links ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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    ... emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers from the University of Toronto created an app that ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... and public intoxication in 2005. 15. Macaulay Culkin In 2004, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was arrested for Xanax and marijuana possession during a rough patch in his life . 16. Edie Falco Known for her role as ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... a huge cocktail of drugs to get there. While most people use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to get him through the day. His family eventually staged an ... 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 ...

    ... to avoid the following substances due to their dangerous interactions. Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”) Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically prescribed to alleviate anxiety and treat insomnia. Categorized as ... 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 ...

    ... take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly slow your breathing and heart rate. When an overdose ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) like Zoloft. Anti-anxiety Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but they do not perform equally among men and women. The ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... to see how medical providers can become overwhelmed. Some turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or a stress reliever. Others use opiate pain relievers ... 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
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) to calm nerve ... 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 ...

    ... changes. Some may be fairly challenging to establish and maintain. But, isn't a life freed from anxiety (and medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... combo drastically increases the side effects of fentanyl and, unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he overdosed and administered a life-saving dose of naloxone ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... health issues. Schedule IV substances include: Tramadol (painkiller) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) Xanax/Alprazolam (used for treatment of anxiety and panic disorders) Valium (used for treatment of anxiety ... 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 ...

    ... effects. Alcohol can compound some of the effects of benzos, and vice versa. That means that drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin can dangerously synergize some of the effects of alcohol. 3 As both alcohol and ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... to check things out. When it's all said and done, Becky gets caught with a handful of non-prescribed Xanax in her pocket. Click Here for the Answer Potential jail. Prescription drug overdose has become an epidemic in the ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    ... , it can help you experience less cravings triggered by environmental cues that may be associated with memories of drug use. 4 If you are dealing with cravings and need support to get through this challenging time ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... becoming intoxicated, experiencing sudden lapses in memory, inability to concentrate, hiding the evidence ... effectively - sometimes for years - without suffering any major losses. As such, he's likely in deep denial that ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How You Remember Hangovers ... 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 ...

    ... empty late-night calories. More Time for Hobbies In my past life, my nights and weekends were usually spent at a bar or club. Now, I focus my energy on learning new things and developing new skills. In the last two years ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... , the bartender gave her the tab for the two expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected her to pay for it. According to onlookers, she screamed profanities at everyone, including ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

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

    ... 2016). Another study found that when young rats were repeatedly exposed to marijuana they had trouble forming new memories as they transitioned into adulthood. The rats in this study also had more anxiety and less desire ... 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. ... who want to mix marijuana and margaritas at their local bar are out of luck. Talk to Us: Have something ... 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 ...

    ... the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... in the city where social activity revolves around club and bar scenes where alcohol is prevalent. Held up next to ... $249 billion due to crime, health care, losses in productivity, and other expenses attributed to excessive ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

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

    ... signs of drug abuse are bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, changes in skin tone, appearing tired and lethargic, weight loss, and marks on the face such as sores or scabs. The morphing gifs below show that the physical ... continue reading
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