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  • 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 ... : Bluish skin or fingernails. Extreme stomach pain. Coma or loss of consciousness. Respiratory ... 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. ...

    ... to patients to relieve moderate to severe pain. Common side effects include an upset stomach, nausea, and dizziness. What is ... from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name brand of the generic drug ... 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 ...

    ... Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but ... . The pills themselves dissolve much slower in a woman's stomach because they have less gastric acid than men. In the ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... you develop a chronic condition. What Smokers Need to Know If you are a smoker who's been relieving chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not a good idea to simply quit the meds cold turkey. If you've already ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... drug and now believes it needs the drug to work properly. Over time, you can become addicted to opioid-based pain killers such as Vicodin , morphine , or OxyContin . Opioids, which come from the opium plant, are also the ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... , they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic ... continue reading
  • Pain Killer Protocol

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

    ... dangers of opioid use, when opioids are truly necessary, and whether alternative treatments can help you manage your pain. Finding the proper information doesn't have to be a hassle, either. At DrugAbuse.com , we have ... 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 ...

    ... 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 actually yield results ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , you inadvertently risk an acetaminophen overdose. Acetaminophen overdose can result in the following: Convulsions. Stomach pain. Loss of appetite. Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes). Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. Excessive ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... most common side effects are: Rapid heartbeat High blood pressure Trouble sleeping Dry mouth Upset stomach/Stomach pain Headaches Loss of appetite Nervousness In rare instances, Ritalin can also cause abnormal heartbeat ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. These include: Depression Agitation Hallucinations Stomach Pain Diarrhea Paranoia Confusion No, It's Not Over Clearly, users are putting their health ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... Balance issues/dizziness Drowsiness Dry mouth Gas Headache Heartburn Mental/memory/attention problems Stomach pain Uncontrollable shaking Weakness Additional Reading: Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare? Image Source ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

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

    ... underlying condition that caused you to need the prescription drug in the first place. If you have a chronic pain condition that led you to take a potentially addictive drug, you and your doctor will have to figure out ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... resume with cocaine and alcohol use. 4. Derek Boogaard NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol led to his May 2011 death. 5. Diego Maradona Midfielder ... 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 ... night…first on alcohol, then food. With an empty stomach, however, there is nothing to absorb the onslaught of ... 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 ...

    ... the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA ... drug and progressing to others, using drugs to escape the pain of their pasts. But like Bear, the women I knew ... 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. ... ), it can produce feelings of sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain. #4. It's Very Harmful to Your Health After ... 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
  • 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
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minimum-security prisoner for one year is $21,006. By comparison, the average cost of putting a K-12 ...

    ... of the top 10 states are distributed throughout the country. [Hover over the bars below to expose the % of sentences for each substance] [Hover over the bars above to expose the % of sentences for each substance] Here we ... 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 for 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
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... aspirin wears off, plus they're hard on your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically ... some ibuprofen if needed. Just know that it only dulls the pain - not cures the hangover. “Hair of the dog”: ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 overdosed and died. Who Takes the ... 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 ...

    ... moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering from ... used whatever drugs they could find to relieve their pain and discomfort. The prison facility we were in ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

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

    ... most recent year data are available) . Specifically, 123,744 ER visits were associated with the nonmedical use of Xanax. This eclipsed Klonopin, which was linked to 61,219 ER visits in 2011. Ativan was linked to 42,874 ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... trends in the US today are not drugs we buy off the streets but ones prescribed by our doctors. Xanax , and other powerful painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin , have become tools for drug abuse — with scary results ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... system depressants (such as alcohol, Valium, and Xanax) could increase the potential for respiratory and cardiac ... 1 out of 5 patients with pain not related to cancer or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in a ... continue reading
  • 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 ... endorphins, which influence motivation and the sensation of pain. Over time, people who drink regularly need ... 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
  • 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 - ...

    ... ,000 people died from opioid overdoses (prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin). Six percent of respondents said ... ) and tranquilizers (like Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax) are easy or somewhat easy to obtain. This ... 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 ...

    ... major addiction to alcohol, using it to dull the pain of a stressful life that often saw him beset with ... people use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to get ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Shannon's breakthrough pain. The cancer had been attacking her body for two years and the pain could be unbearable ... and, unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he ... 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 ...

    ... contain trace amounts of alcohol , such as: Coca Cola Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Becky gets caught with a handful of non-prescribed Xanax in her pocket. Click Here for the Answer ... every right to get a second opinion for his chronic pain issues. Hank spends the family reunion drinking like a fish ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use. While standard ... 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 ...

    ... also used to manage acute alcohol withdrawal . 1,2 Some of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Timeline: What You Need to Know Most benzos are ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 as a remedy for aching back muscles or unbearable ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems ... addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What you're eventually ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her ... a handful of “hot flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly slow ... of a stimulant overdose include: Chest pain Difficult breathing Severe headaches Disorientation and ... 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 ...

    ... Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are psychoactive drugs that ... anxiety. Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions. ... 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 ...

    ... commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on the ... 4 Sweating. Nausea. Headache. Muscular pain. Stiffness. Difficulty concentrating. Perceptual ... 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 ...

    ... less productive at work followed by healthcare costs. #3 Pain Killers According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ... disorders. Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. In one ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... include: 3,4 Dilated pupils. Unsteady walking. Chest pain. Severe difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, or complete cessation ... Percocet Steroids Tramadol Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax CHECK IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off ... alcohol use is a dangerous tool for self-medicating pain . Trauma needs to be treated directly, not ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... Percocet), morphine, and codeine, are used to control pain and are highly addictive. In fact, 73% of ... other states for a relatively long time (as the green bar of cells extending to 2007 shows), but then saw a ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

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

    ... with what he called Pemberton's French Wine Coca, an alcoholic blend designed to reduce nervousness; stomach, bowel, and kidney irregularities; and more. Following temperance legislation, Pemberton was under pressure to ... 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 ...

    ... I was used to the panic attacks when I woke up. I was used to the projectile vomiting when I was trying to stomach something just to make them stop. I was used to the whole body shaking and cold sweats. I was used to the ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... , you may experience uncomfortable or even dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, stomach cramps, lightheadedness, nervousness, and panic attacks. Learn more about the dangers of snorting ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... 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

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... 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

    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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , seizures, restless legs syndrome, migraines and Tourette syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) Klonopin (clonazepam) Spotlight on Benzo-Related Dangers ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs mixed with alcohol. Unfortunately, this combination is also ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... is based on fear. We're afraid of the physical withdrawal pains. We're afraid of dealing with all the emotions we've ... Recovering alcoholics will never be “safe” in a bar surrounded by shots of Jack Daniels or cold mugs ... 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 ...

    ... the dose, effects may range from sedation and pain relief to amnesia and dissociation , wherein the ... buy 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... the-tide-of-prescription-opioid-overuse-misuse-and-abuse/ http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/narcotic-pain-medications http://www.patienteducationcenter.org/the-problem-with-prescription-painkillers-2/ http://www ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

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

    ... product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... and fibromyalgia can all be improved with yoga and tai chi. Making Healthier Choices Among the millions of chronic pain sufferers in the nation, no two cases are the same. Everyone has unique needs. If you or someone you ... 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't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

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

    ... 7 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. 60% of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15. About 7 million people age 12 years and older used a prescription ... 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 ...

    ... his friends always seem to get a lot of dates, he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before going out with his friends. Suddenly, he meets lots of ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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

    ... country's history, killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine.” In the wake of a media nightmare, VA pain experts were forced to admit that they had indeed been over-medicating our veterans. They went on to say ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... . The valium and cisatracurium relax the body and reduce anxiety, while the fentanyl delivers the lethal effects. Barring legal complications or appeals, this new combination of drugs will eventually be used for Dozier's ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... that the K9 force still needs marijuana training to sniff out illegal pot practices. Not everything is above bar; possessing anything over one ounce is still a crime in Washington. The dogs can prove helpful in marijuana ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I ... 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
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