Drugs & Alcohol

3 Tips for Avoiding Addiction to Prescription Drugs

3 Tips for Avoiding Addiction to Prescription Drugs

Many people believe that addiction can only occur through extreme drug abuse or to hard drugs like heroin. However, the truth is that someone can become addicted to a medication even if she takes the substance as prescribed. Because of this fact, many people are unaware of the warning signs of addiction or how to avoid it, but there are ways you can avoid dependence even while taking prescription drugs. How to Avoid Addiction to Prescription Drugs Addiction can occur both willingly and...

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What Happens When You Mix Depressants and Opiates

What Happens When You Mix Depressants and Opiates

Mixing depressants with opiates can be dangerous as both substances depress central nervous system (CNS) functioning and lead to a decreased heart and respiratory rate. People often overlook the risk of combining CNS depressants because of the high that can be achieved from the combination. Drug abusers often report an overwhelming sense of euphoria and relaxation from mixing opiates with a depressant like alcohol. However, this is a high-risk combination because the sense of euphoria and...

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How Do I Know If I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

How Do I Know If I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety is a normal reaction to stress or stressful situations. Anxiety can take on many different forms, from depression and phobias to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anxiety issues are something that many Americans must deal with on a daily basis, but some of these issues are more severe than others and require treatment and medication. It is always difficult to know if you’ve become...

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What Is Synthetic Marijuana?

What Is Synthetic Marijuana?

Synthetic marijuana is becoming a common drug of choice for people in America, especially teens. Synthetic marijuana is popular due to its ability to produce effects similar to marijuana use and to also still be considered legal. Other names associated with this drug include K2, blaze, spice and skunk. Synthetic Marijuana Despite its recent popularity, synthetic marijuana is still widely unknown, and many people are curious to know what it is. Synthetic marijuana does not look like common...

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Prescription Drug Treatment Options

Prescription Drug Treatment Options

In the last 10 years, prescription drug abuse has increased in the United States. In 2003, there were 6.2 million abusers of prescription drugs ages 12 and older, whereas in 2009 there were 7.0 million. This is due mainly to the fact that there are more and more variations of drugs available, and more and more doctors are prescribing these drugs. Many people become addicted to prescription medications without intending to use them for recreational purposes.  For those addicted to prescription...

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Drug Detox Treatment Programs

Drug Detox Treatment Programs

To achieve sobriety, the patient must treat any addiction in the most complete way possible. For many patients this will require some form of drug detox. Detox is the first step in most addiction treatment programs, and the purpose of detox is to eliminate the body’s physical dependency on the substance. Physical dependency occurs when the body learns to function in the presence of the substance. Removing the substance will then cause an adverse biochemical reaction in the body and can be...

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Cocaine Treatment Programs

Cocaine Treatment Programs

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that prevents dopamine (a neurotransmitter that releases pleasurable sensations) re-uptake. The dopamine levels build up and eventually interfere with normal brain communication. Users become addicted to the “pleasurable” sensations and thus, continue to use. Crack cocaine is the “rock” form of cocaine that has a shorter half-life than regular cocaine, meaning the effects last a shorter period of time; the effects of regular cocaine last...

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Alcohol and Drug Treatment Options

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Options

For those struggling with addiction, everyday living can seem overwhelming. People with addiction often find it difficult to maintain a job or manage their finances and family responsibilities. Someone suffering from addiction experiences an all-consuming desire to obtain and use the preferred substance. Withdrawal symptoms associated with physical dependency can be painful and even life-threatening, making it difficult for anyone to achieve sobriety without professional assistance. There are a...

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Drug Treatment Options for Vicodin Addiction

Drug Treatment Options for Vicodin Addiction

Prescription painkillers are one of the fastest growing abused substances in the United States, and Vicodin is no exception. From 2008 to 2009, there was an increase in prescription painkiller abuse in adults ages 18 to 25 by 0.8 percent. Researchers contribute this to the increased rate of prescription painkiller misuse (from 4.1 to 4.8 percent). Vicodin is classified as a semi-synthetic opiate painkiller. Often with Vicodin (and any other painkiller), use begins legitimately for a medically...

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