Benzodiazepine Overdoses Multiply Sevenfold, Experts Fear New Drug Crisis

As the U.S. remains focused on addressing its deadly opioid epidemic, another drug crisis is looming in the form of benzodiazepine overdoses. New data shows that the number of benzodiazepine overdoses in the U.S. multiplied …

Improved Anti-Addiction Medication for Cocaine and Alcohol May Soon Replace Vigabatrin

Scientists recently developed a new drug that can be used in addiction treatment to reduce cravings for substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, and alcohol. The drug, which is yet unnamed, is said to be an improved …

Trigger Warning: 10 Addictive Triggers That Cause Relapse

Between 40 and 60 percent of individuals in recovery will suffer an addiction relapse at some point, largely due to addictive triggers. These triggers can cause physical symptoms—such as a feeling of anxiety that tightens …

American Surgery Patients More Sensitive to Pain Than Non-American Patients Due to Opioid Use, Study Finds

The U.S. administers more pain treatments than any other country — yet a new study finds that Americans tend to experience higher levels of pain intensity than their non-American counterparts. Opioids are commonly used in …

Discover the Amazing Link Between Addiction and the Brain

No one sets out to develop an addiction, and yet addiction is everywhere—in fact, almost one in ten Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Knowing how to treat addiction is important, but knowing what …

6 Reasons the 12 Steps of AA Isn’t Right for You

Alcoholics Anonymous has over two million active members — half of which reside in the U.S. Since its inception in 1935, AA has helped millions of people quit drinking, achieve sobriety, and improve their lives …

Acupuncture Treatment Expands Across the U.S. to Tackle Opioid Crisis

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years as a natural pain relief treatment. But now, access to acupuncture is expanding across the U.S. to give people a safer, low-risk, non-addictive alternative to …

Deep Brain Stimulation Implant Could Soon Be Used to Treat Opioid Addiction

Eight years from now, a type of deep brain stimulation therapy could be used to eliminate addictive tendencies in those struggling with opioid addiction. Today, opioid addiction is commonly treated using detox, therapy, and medications …

Targeting Glutamate Levels in Brain May Treat Alcohol Addiction and Relapse

An estimated 90% of people who overcome alcohol dependence will relapse at least one time during the four years following addiction treatment. But scientists are saying that future treatments for alcohol addiction may be able …

Save a Life, Learn What Fentanyl Overdose Looks Like Now

Fentanyl was linked to over 20,000 overdose deaths in 2016 — a staggering 540% increase from three years ago — and the death toll is continuing to climb. As an opioid up to 50 times …

4 Ways to Support Someone You Love Through Addiction Recovery

If you are dating an addict, you have probably been told that the best thing you can do for your loved one is to be tough and stop helping. This advice is based on the …

Narcan Inventor Creates Stronger Antidote That Reverses Fentanyl Overdoses

Opiant Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan (naloxone), has announced it developed a new version of the drug powerful enough to revive fentanyl overdose victims. The new overdose antidote is called nalmefene, …

Painkiller Use Tied to Increased Risk for Serious Infections

Prescription opioids are used by more than one-third of the U.S. population for treating severe and chronic pain. Common side effects of opioids include tolerance, dependence, and increased sensitivity to pain, but new evidence is …

5 Things to Expect During Your Oxycodone Withdrawal

Oxycodone, also known by its popular brand name OxyContin, is an opioid medication abused by more than 13 million Americans. Going through oxycodone withdrawal is a necessary first step toward overcoming oxycodone dependence, but comes …

OxyContin Maker Purdue Has Stopped Marketing Opioids to Doctors

OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma has announced it will no longer market opioids to doctors with hopes of reducing the number of prescriptions and improving the U.S. opioid crisis. Purdue laid off more than 50% of …

The Surprising Truth Behind Heroin Addiction in Prison

The percentage of drug addicts in prison is currently more than four times higher than the percentage found in the general population. In 1980, there were approximately 1.8 million adults in prison in the United …

Analyzing Stamp Bags Can Alert Officials to New Deadly Drugs

New evidence shows that analyzing small wax packets containing street drugs can alert officials to new lethal substances causing overdoses in local communities. The wax packets, known as stamp bags, commonly contain drugs like heroin …

DEA Emergency Schedules All Illicit Fentanyl Analogues to Reduce Overdoses

The DEA has placed all illicit fentanyl analogues into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to reduce the nation’s rate of overdose deaths, which topped 64,000 in 2016. All fentanyls will …

7 Ways You Are Enabling an Addict & How to Stop it

When you love someone, it’s natural to want to protect them. However, protecting someone from the consequences of their actions—especially if that someone is an addict—can make a bad situation worse. Enabling an addict makes …

FDA Declares Kratom an Opioid with High Abuse Potential

Kratom has been linked to 44 deaths in the U.S., and is now being declared an opioid by the FDA after tests revealed the botanical substance affects the body in ways similar to opioids. Many …

Safe Injection Sites for Heroin Addicts: Helpful or Harmful?

Heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. have more than quadrupled since 2010, with overdose deaths increasing by 20.6% between 2014 and 2015. But new evidence shows that safe injection sites can reduce the number of …

Newborns Addicted to Opioids Recover More Quickly When Rooming with Moms, says Study

Babies who are born addicted to opioids usually recover in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU, where they can be monitored closely by nurses and doctors who administer medications like methadone to help them …

Are Your Alcohol Blackouts Signs of Alcoholism?

Drinking usually has a negative effect on memory function. But did you know that drinking too much too fast can actually block your brain’s ability to create new memories? These alcohol blackouts – where you …

Ketamine May Be Effective at Treating Alcohol Dependence and Depression, Studies Say

Early scientific trials show that a surgery anesthetic called ketamine could soon be used to treat alcohol dependence and depression in those with alcohol use disorder. Ketamine, also known on the streets as “Special K,” …

Sobering Super Bowl Sunday Facts to Prepare You for the Big Game

As the big game approaches us at a speed seemingly faster than that of light there’s a major concern that comes to mind—“will you be drinking during the game on Super Bowl Sunday?” Every year …

Heroin Laced with Dangerous Chemicals Bromadol and Rizzy Found in Midwest

Ohio law enforcement is warning neighboring states about dangerous batches of heroin being laced with substances found to eat away skin and cause instant drug overdoses. The origination of these substances, known as Rizzy and …

Natural Opiate Nasal Spray Could Soon Replace Highly Addictive Opioids

A nasal spray that delivers painkillers directly to the brain could soon replace other more highly addictive opioids that now kill Americans at a rate of 115 people per day. The new nasal spray contains …

Uncover the Truth Behind Meth Detox Timelines

Meth is used by 1.2 million Americans, and 24.7 million people worldwide. Meth use rates in the U.S. are on the rise again for the first time since the mid-2000s and are causing an uptick …

Loperamide Abuse Rates Are Rising, FDA Warns Public

Loperamide, an opioid ingredient commonly found in many over-the-counter diarrhea medicines, has been linked to higher rates of abuse and death in the U.S. in recent years. Manufacturers of products containing loperamide are now being …

How to Help a Drug Addict if You’re Married to One

It isn’t easy to navigate the waters of marriage when your spouse is a drug addict. A delicate balancing act is needed to make sure that you help your partner without losing yourself in their …

Fentanyl May Cause Permanent Amnesia When Used with Other Opioids and Illicit Drugs

Fentanyl is one of the deadliest opioids in the U.S., and caused more than 20,000 fatal overdoses in 2016. New evidence suggests that using fentanyl with opioids and other illicit substances like cocaine may lead …

6 Reasons You Need to Detox from Heroin Immediately

Opioids including heroin killed more than 53,000 Americans in 2016, and are projected to kill another 500,000 Americans within the next 10 years. Heroin use is quickly on its way to becoming its own major …

Educating Surgery Patients About Proper Opioid Disposal Shown to Lower Addiction Risk

Up to 29% percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain end up misusing or abusing their prescriptions, with up to 12% of those individuals developing opioid use disorder. But a new study shows that …

10 Life Changing Benefits to Inpatient Detox Centers

There are many different varieties of addiction treatment centers available, from those that offer long-term inpatient residential programs to those specializing in short-term outpatient programs that require you to continue living at home during treatment. …

Teens Supplied with Alcohol by Parents Face Higher Risk for Alcohol Abuse, says Study

Kids who are willingly supplied alcohol by their parents face higher rates of binge drinking and alcohol abuse, according to a recent study. In the U.S. and countries including Australia and the U.K., some parents …

Are You Trading in Your Insomnia for a Benzo Addiction?

Insomnia affects roughly 60 million Americans — many of whom are sleep deprived of reasons such as work, health, and technologies like television and the Internet. In 2014, over 70 million Americans suffered from sleep …

The Majority of Fentanyl Enters the Country Through USPS, says Senate Investigators

A recent investigation conducted by the Senate found that the majority of illicit fentanyl entering the U.S. is sent using the U.S. Postal Service. Within the last two years, an estimated $766 million worth of …

Makers of At-Home Opioid Detox Kits Advised by FDA, FTC to Remove Deceptive Product Claims

Warning letters have been sent by the FDA and FTC to manufacturers of at-home opioid detox kits featuring baseless claims about their products on their labeling. The letters were sent to 11 companies that sell …

Changing Your Environment Will Help with Drug Addiction

Can a change in your environment really help with drug addiction? The answer is yes, and in a big way. One example that proves this comes from a study of heroin-addicted soldiers in the 1970s. …

Psychosis More Common in Crystal Meth Users Dependent on the Drug, Study Finds

One in three crystal meth users are reported to experience psychosis at least once in their lifetime. Psychosis is a common side effect of crystal meth use, and is characterized by symptoms of paranoia, hallucinations, …

How Long Does Alcohol Detox Take to Complete?

There are 15.1 million adults in the U.S. who suffer from alcohol use disorder. Yet, only 6.7% of these individuals receive treatment to become sober and healthier. Alcohol addiction can cloud your judgment, trigger a …

Postpartum Depression and Prescription Drug Addiction

Postpartum depression affects one in every nine U.S. women who give birth. Postpartum depression is depression that occurs after having a baby and shares many of the same symptoms as major depression, as well as …

U.S. Drunk Driving Threshold May Be Lowered to Reduce Fatality Rates

Every 49 minutes in the U.S., a person dies from an alcohol-impaired driving accident. Alcohol-impaired driving is entirely preventable, yet continues to kill about 10,000 Americans every year. In an effort to reduce the number …

Lawmakers Ask Trump for Renewal of Opioid Public Health Emergency

The opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency on Oct 26, but the 90-day declaration is set to expire on Tuesday, Jan 23. A number of state senators recently sent a letter to President …

States Expand Medicaid to Include Alternative Non-Opioid Pain Treatments

As the U.S. opioid death toll continues rising, 12 states are expanding their Medicaid programs to cover alternative pain treatments. Acupuncture, yoga, and massage will now be offered to treat pain in those who want …

13 Signs of Addiction that Show You’re Nearing Rock Bottom

What is rock bottom for an addict? This is a question people ask all the time because they believe that an addict has to lose everything before they can recover from addiction. But the truth is, …

Opioid Users Get the Majority of Drugs from Doctors, Not Emergency Rooms

Hospital emergency rooms around the U.S. have come under fire in recent years for prescribing high amounts of opioids to patients. But a new study shows that outpatient physicians are now the main sources of …

Recover from Your Opiate Addiction with Opiate Detox

More than two million Americans suffer from opiate addiction, which is currently a raging epidemic in the U.S. Opiate addiction was linked to over 53,000 overdose deaths in 2016, and analysts are expecting that number …

Protein Responsible for Cocaine Addiction Identified by Scientists

Scientists from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recently identified an immune-system protein that plays a major role in the onset of cocaine addiction. The protein, known as granulocyte-colony stimulating factor, or G-CSF, has …

What Happens in Alcohol or Drug Detox Programs?

Drug detox programs and alcohol detox programs offer professional treatment that can help you overcome addiction and create a happier, more hopeful future. More than that, addiction treatment programs can save your life to make …

FDA Revises Warning on Cold Medicines Containing Opioid Ingredients

Cough and cold medicines that contain opioid ingredients like codeine and hydrocodone are no longer recommended for use in children under the age of 18, says the FDA. The FDA is requiring that revisions be …

Why It’s Never Too Late to Stop Your Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal meth addiction is a notoriously difficult problem to conquer. Relapse rates after treatment for all addictions hover at around 40 to 60%—about the same as those for other chronic diseases such as hypertension or …

Trump Signs New Bill to Stop Fentanyl Trafficking, Help Opioid Crisis

President Trump recently signed a new bill that will allocate $15 million for new high-tech screening devices that can easily detect fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Fentanyl is a potent opioid up to 100 times …

11 Incentives to Get Heroin Detox Now

Heroin addiction may not be as widespread as addictions to other substances like alcohol or prescription medications today, but one in four deaths from overdose are due to this dangerous drug. Rates of heroin use …

Opioid Detox Drug Increasingly Being Used for Chronic Pain Management

As the U.S. opioid crisis continues to worsen, a higher number of doctors are avoiding prescribing opioids for fear of triggering an overdose or dependence in their patients. But a medication commonly used in opioid …

Are You Exposing Your Children to the Cycle of Addiction?

Nearly one in every eight American children under the age of 17 live in households where at least one of the parents suffer from addiction. These kids are being exposed to drugs and alcohol on …

More Children Moved Into Foster Care as Opioid Epidemic Worsens

As opioid addiction rates across the U.S. continue to grow, so is the number of children who are moved into foster care homes after losing their parents to addiction. This finding could urge lawmakers and …

Gabapentin Prescriptions Triple Amidst Opioid Crisis, Could Signal New Epidemic

Prescriptions for gabapentin have tripled in the U.S. in recent years, and are mostly being used by patients who are also using opioids, according to findings from a new study. Gabapentin is commonly prescribed to …

The Stigma of Addiction: What Does It Mean to Relapse?

Between 40% and 60% of all people who are treated for addiction end up relapsing. But addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder, which means a relapse is normal, and often expected. Other …

New Painkiller with Non-Addictive Properties Could Help End the Opioid Crisis

Prescription and illicit opioids kill more than 90 people in the U.S. every day. Opioids are highly effective at treating pain — yet all these drugs also carry a high risk for physical dependence and …

Opioid Use May Increase Suicide Risk in Older Adults

A new study suggests that older adults who abuse opioids are at higher risk for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Opioid addiction is a nationwide epidemic that has caused thousands of overdose deaths in recent …

10 Startling Signs of Alcoholism

Twenty-five percent of Americans age 18 and older have had at least one heavy drinking day (four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men) in the past year. That may …

Participating in Dry January? How to Detox Safely from Alcohol Use Disorder

As a way to recover from drinking over the holiday season, many Americans are starting their New Year by participating in a public health campaign called Dry January. For light and moderate drinkers, Dry January …

5 Ways Medical Detox Treatment Improves Your Success Rate

The success rate for many drug rehab programs is less than 25%, but 90-day programs at medical detox centers often have higher success rates. The National Institute of Drug Abuse says that rehab programs lasting …

New Intelligence Identifies Drug-Dealing Doctors Across the U.S.

Federal law enforcement officials can now access a higher number of prescription drug databases that can help them identify which doctors across the U.S. are prescribing opioids at alarming rates. The U.S. Department of Justice …

18 Reasons to Start Substance Abuse Treatment in 2018

No one is ever overjoyed about going into rehab. It can feel disappointing that life has brought you to this point, and scary to think of giving up drugs and alcohol, but your life has …

New Potent Crystal Meth Doubles the Meth Overdose Rate in South Florida

Crystal meth use in South Florida is on the rise again for the first time since the early 2000s, with the number of overdose deaths having more than doubled within the last five years. State …

How to Stop Drinking in 5 Effective Steps

You have probably been telling yourself that you don’t have a drinking problem for years now. After all, over half of all Americans over the age of 12 are current alcohol drinkers. Most everyone you …

China Tells U.S. to Reduce Domestic Demands for Opioids to Stop Epidemic

In recent months China has been under fire for fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic by allowing companies to manufacture and distribute mass amounts of a dangerous opioid called fentanyl. But at a recent press conference …

4 Strategies For Avoiding Drug Relapse and Alcohol Relapse

Between 40% and 60% of all drug and alcohol addiction patients end up relapsing following treatment. Relapse is common and normal among those overcoming addiction, since staying sober often requires lots of hard work, dedication, …

4 Opioids Added to Drug Test Screenings for U.S. Pilots

Starting January 1, 2018, all drug test screenings for U.S. airline pilots, truck drivers, and train engineers will include four new opioids. In recent years, opioids have shown up in post-accident drug tests and have …

China to Restrict Chemicals Used to Make Synthetic Fentanyl

China recently announced its plans to add two new dangerous chemicals to its list of controlled substances in an effort to help the U.S. curb its opioid epidemic. The chemicals, known as NPP and 4-ANPP, …

New Bill Could Put Fentanyl-Detection Devices in Hands of Law Enforcement

Fentanyl is one of the deadliest drugs in the U.S., and can cause an overdose in anyone who comes into contact with the drug — including first responders like law enforcement. A new bill is …

6 Ways Family Support Increases Your Odds of Addiction Recovery

Successful, long-term addiction recovery isn’t something that you can achieve on your own. You need support, whether it comes from blood relatives, close friends, addiction specialists, therapists, or fellow addicts in support groups or addiction …

U.S. Life Expectancy Decreases as Opioid Death Toll Rises, says CDC

The CDC released an official report saying more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than any other year on record, and that life expectancy has decreased for the 3rd year in a row since …

Why Do People Do Drugs and Who is Most Susceptible?

Of the 323.1 million people who populate the U.S., roughly 6.6% are dependent on alcohol, and 9.4% have used an illicit drug during the past month. Most Americans are aware that drug and alcohol abuse …

Discover the Cost of Heroin Addiction Per Day in the U.S.

As millions of Americans continue to struggle with opioid addiction, it should come as no surprise that heroin use is also becoming more widespread. Heroin is stronger, lower in cost, and easier to obtain than …

Nutrition Therapy May Benefit Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Detox and behavioral therapies are commonly used to treat drug and alcohol use disorders. But a new study suggests that nutrition therapy may lower relapse rates by helping recovering addicts transition to healthier lifestyles. Nutrition …

Nicotine Use Rising Among Americans with Drug Use Disorders

Cigarette smoking rates in the U.S. have been declining for several decades, but new evidence shows that smoking has been steadily on the rise among Americans with substance use disorders since 2002. This new finding …

Warning: Surgery Aftercare Can Cause Prescription Drug Abuse

Opioid painkillers are commonly prescribed as part of surgery aftercare to help patients manage severe pain. But data shows that up to 92% of patients prescribed opioids after surgery end up with leftover pills — …

New Heroin Vaccine Developed to Treat Opioid Addiction

More than 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose in the U.S. every day. But a new anti-opioid vaccine may be effective at blocking the euphoric effects of opioids without interfering with other treatments for …

The Leading Contributor to Meth Addiction May Surprise You

Methamphetamine is used by roughly 1.2 million Americans every year, or 0.4% of the U.S. population. Meth is one of the most physically addictive drugs available on the streets, and is becoming more dangerous and …

Sedative and Tranquilizer Misuse a Strong Indicator of Future Addiction to Other Drugs, says Study

Those who misuse sedatives and tranquilizers are highly likely to become dependent on other substances later on that carry a higher risk for addiction, says a new study from University of Michigan. Adults between the …

Non-Opioid Drug Gabapentin Found to Help Surgical Patients Stop Opioids Sooner

Surgical patients are commonly prescribed opioid painkillers like morphine and oxycodone to manage and treat postoperative pain. But a new JAMA study reveals that patients who take a non-opioid pain reliever called gabapentin before and …

14 Distressing Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Now that the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, you don’t hear very much about cocaine on the news anymore. But cocaine is still a major presence in this country, and cocaine …

FDA Warns Company Caught Selling Alternatives to Street Drugs

The FDA recently issued a warning to Legal Lean — the manufacturer of two food and supplement products — for selling products containing dangerous, unapproved drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, morphine, and ecstasy. …

5 Most Common Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine usually prescribed to treat anxiety. In 2012, 49 million prescriptions were written for Xanax in the United States, which made it the second most often prescribed psychoactive drug that year, …

The Scary Truth Behind States Affected By Drug Overdose

There were over 64,000 deaths caused by drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2016 — a death toll that ranks above the number of American soldiers who died during the entirety of the Vietnam War. …

The Presence of Opioids in Households Influences Family Members to Get Their Own Painkiller Prescriptions

When someone in a household is prescribed opioids, the family members who live with them are highly likely to also seek out their own opioid prescriptions, according to a new study in JAMA. Opioid addiction …

Teen Marijuana Use Linked to Higher Risk for Bipolar Disorder in Adulthood

Teens who use marijuana at least twice per week are more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder later in adulthood, according to new research. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by episodes of …

Anti-Alcohol Drug Found to Kill Cancer Cells and Lower Patient Death Risk

An anti-alcohol drug commonly used to deter addiction patients from drinking alcohol has been found effective at lowering the death risk among those who also suffer from cancer. Disulfiram, which is commonly sold under the …

Surgeons Prove that Prescribing Fewer Painkillers Can Curb Addiction & Opioid Crisis

Painkillers are commonly prescribed as part of surgery aftercare to reduce severe postoperative pain in patients. But a new study conducted by surgeons at University of Michigan has found that patients who take fewer painkillers …

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Skyrocket by 540%

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is killing thousands of Americans, and the number of these overdoses are rising every day. Of the 64,000 drug overdose fatalities in 2016, 20,000 of them were due to fentanyl and …

Fentanyl Seizures in U.S. Skyrocket from 2 lbs to 1,485 lbs in 3 Years

Fentanyl seizures in the U.S. have increased dramatically within the past three years, according to a new report released by the Department of Homeland Security. In 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized only two …

PTSD and Substance Abuse in the Military

Post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse affect more than two in every 10 veterans in the U.S. PTSD by itself is common among military men and women on behalf of factors such as combat and …

What Causes Addiction: Stress and Addiction in the U.S.

Stress is a normal part of life, and affects roughly 73 percent of Americans on a regular basis, but sometimes stress can be a trigger for drug use. Stress is commonly known to produce feelings …

Deaths Related to Opioid-Driven Hospitalizations Increases Four-Fold

Americans who are hospitalized for opioid-related conditions today are now four times more likely to die than they were in 2000, says a new study. The rate of admissions for opioid-related conditions has remained consistent …

Marijuana May Worsen Mental Illness Symptoms in Opioid Addiction Patients, says Study

Now that marijuana is legal in several states, some addiction treatment centers have been using marijuana to help curb pain, depression, and anxiety among patients who suffer from opioid use disorder. But new evidence shows …

FDA Approves Sublocade: First Once-Monthly Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

The FDA recently approved the first once-monthly buprenorphine medication for use in treating opioid addiction. The medication, called Sublocade, works by eliminating cravings for heroin and painkillers, as well as withdrawal symptoms like nausea, muscle …

DEA Opens New Field Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Southern States

The DEA announced during a recent press conference that the agency will be opening a new field office in Louisville, Kentucky to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. The new office will address high painkiller prescribing …

Uncover the Truth: How Serious is Morphine Withdrawal?

Morphine addiction is contributing to America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, which caused more than 53,000 overdose deaths in 2016. Morphine is a prescription opioid commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain, but misusing this prescription …

Scientists Receive $10 Million to Study Snail Venom as Opioid Painkiller Replacement

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded $10 million in federal funding to the University of Utah, where scientists are studying snail venom found to have natural painkiller abilities. The DOD hopes this new research …

State of Emergency: How to Fix the Opioid Epidemic

There’s no denying that the United States is suffering an opioid epidemic, and we need to take action before the terrible crisis gets even worse. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died from fatal opioid overdoses, …

Seniors with Chronic Pain and Mental Illness at High Risk for Overdoses Caused by Deadly Drug Combinations, says Study

Older adults diagnosed with chronic pain and mental health disorders are at significantly higher risk for suffering opioid overdoses than those who just suffer pain, says a new study. Those diagnosed with pain and mental …

How Naloxone Could Save Your Life and the Lives of Others

What is naloxone? Simply put, it is a life-saving drug that can stop a potentially fatal opioid overdose in its tracks. Between 1996 and 2014, everyday people using naloxone were able to reverse approximately 26,500 …

Cocaine Use Rising in Florida, Nationwide as Painkillers Become Harder to Obtain

New reports show that cocaine use is steeply rising in Florida, causing a sharp incline in cocaine-related overdose deaths across the state in 2016. At the same time, reports from the DEA show that cocaine …

Free Detox Centers: Get Insurance Coverage for a Free Detox

Many people reject the thought of detox treatment due to financial concerns—but detox and other forms of addiction treatment are more affordable than you think, and can even be 100% covered by some insurance plans. …

Help for Families of Addicts: How to Help an Alcoholic

Approximately 16 million Americans suffer from alcohol use disorder, meaning there is a strong likelihood that someone you love may be struggling with this problem. Signs of alcoholism can become even more apparent over the …

FDA to Help Opioid Manufacturers Make Abuse-Deterrent Medications

The FDA recently announced that the agency will help drug manufacturers develop new, effective opioids that offer abuse-deterrent characteristics. In the U.S. there are roughly two million Americans diagnosed with painkiller use disorder, which was …

5 Things to be Grateful for – Starting with Your Sobriety

Thanksgiving is an ideal time to recognize and practice gratitude, and to be thankful for everything you have. If you’re recovering from addiction, you probably have a long list of things to be thankful for …

Replacing Abstinence-Based Detox with Methadone Treatment Could Save U.S. Billions, says Study

Prescription and illicit opioids caused more than 33,000 fatal overdoses in the U.S. in 2015 — a death toll that rose to 53,000 in 2016. The White House recently released an official report stating that …

6 Relapse Prevention Tips: Staying Sober During the Holidays

The holiday season can be tough to get through when you’re recovering from an alcohol or drug use disorder and want to stay sober. Holiday parties, family reunions, and the financial burden of buying gifts …

How to Tell Your Family About Your Substance Use Disorder

Explaining addiction to a non addict is not always easy, but it can be very important to your recovery—especially during the holiday season, when families gather together. Family can be a wonderful source of support …

White House Announces the Opioid Crisis Cost the U.S. Economy Over $500 Billion

The White House recently released a report detailing the true cost of the U.S. opioid epidemic for the year 2015. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $504 …

New Opioids Can Reduce Pain Without Overdose Risk

Scientists have learned how to create opioids that can effectively reduce pain without putting users at risk for an overdose. The new opioids are as potent as morphine, and deliver pain relief without slowing down …

Naltrexone is More Effective for Opioid Addiction When Combined with Detox, says Study

Naltrexone is a medication commonly used as part of opioid addiction treatment to help patients stay sober. But a new study comparing naltrexone to another opioid treatment found that naltrexone is mostly effective only when …

The Startling Truth Behind the Vaping Marijuana Trend

Vaping marijuana is becoming increasingly popular, with 6% of individuals with electronic cigarettes reporting using them to vape cannabis. The Department of Health and Human Services recently published a study that found 37% of cannabis …

Kratom Use in the U.S. on the Rise, FDA Warns of Addiction and Death

The FDA recently released a public health statement warning Americans about the dangers surrounding kratom use. Kratom, which is normally marketed as an herbal supplement in the U.S., has been linked to a growing number …

Teens Who Use Alcohol and Marijuana Less Likely to Achieve Success as Adults, says Study

Experimenting with drugs and alcohol is a common part of adolescence, as data reveals that nearly 70 percent of U.S. high school students have tried alcohol, and 50 percent have tried illicit drugs like marijuana …

DEA to Ban Illicit Fentanyl Analogues, Define as Schedule I Drugs

Fentanyl analogues will soon be classified as Schedule I drugs, according to officials from the Department of Justice and DEA. Fentanyl caused more than 20,000 overdose deaths in 2016 — most of which were caused …

Everything You Need to Know About a Methadone Detox

Methadone is an opioid medication commonly used to treat heroin and painkiller addiction, and is sometimes also used to treat severe pain. Methadone has been used by U.S. doctors since the 1940s, and is proven …

Avoid Prescription Drug Abuse by Asking These Questions

Every year, roughly 15 million Americans use prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Data shows that prescription drugs are abused and misused more than any other substance with the exception of alcohol and marijuana. Regardless of …

Top 10 Jobs with High Risk for Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance abuse affects all aspects of a person’s life, including their work performance and employment history. The effects of drug abuse in the workplace can decrease productivity, damage the company’s public image, lower the morale …

Pleasures of the Fur

  They don fuzzy animal suits, gather at conventions, and connect online to forge relationships and share poetry and artwork. Though they come from all walks of life and hail from around the world, they …

Trusted Alcohol Detox Diet: 5 Superfoods for Your Recovery

Alcohol strongly affects the way your body metabolizes and uses certain nutrients. For instance, alcohol inhibits the body’s absorption of protein, healthy fats, and essential B vitamins — all of which are vital to maintaining …

Naltrexone Linked to Longer Heroin Abstinence Rates than Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine and methadone are commonly used in the U.S. to treat heroin and painkiller addiction. These medications affect the brain in ways similar to heroin so patients can benefit from reduced cravings and withdrawal symptoms …

8 Popular Excuses for Avoiding Addiction Treatment

The list of reasons why you avoid addiction treatment is probably very long, and also very sincere. Most of the time, people with substance use disorders genuinely believe in the excuses that block them from …

Mental Illness and Addiction: Find Treatment for Both

Mental illness and addiction are two mental health conditions that often go hand in hand. Research shows that people diagnosed with mental illnesses are nearly twice as likely to suffer from substance use disorders than …

Drugged Out Daily Grind

For some Americans, work is about collaborating with colleagues, climbing the ladder, and busting glass ceilings. But for others, workday highlights may include getting high, shooting up, or snorting a line. To get an inside …

8 Ways a Natural Drug Detox Program is Right for You

Getting quality help for a substance use disorder begins with detoxification at a treatment facility. There are many different detox methods, and it’s important to choose the right one for you. Holistic treatment facilities offer …

13 Reasons Why You Should be Proud of Your Addiction Recovery

You didn’t choose to have a substance use disorder, but you did choose to overcome addiction and get sober. Instead of feeling ashamed of your vulnerabilities and past mistakes, celebrate your addiction recovery, and be …

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Oxycodone Withdrawal?

Oxycodone is an opioid medication commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. The strength of oxycodone is similar to that of morphine, and produces effects of euphoria, pain relief, and extreme relaxation. But oxycodone …

Does Rapid Detox Work?

Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol is usually the worst, most difficult stage of overcoming addiction. Withdrawal is often painful and unpleasant, and can trigger symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and bone aches, among countless more. Rapid …

Advice on Finding the Best Detox Treatment for You

Just like there are many types of addiction, there are many detox options offered at alcohol and drug detox treatment centers. If you are seeking help with your own addiction, the first thing you need …

7 Tips on How to Detox from Adderall

Adderall addiction is often found in high-achieving individuals who starting using or misusing stimulant drugs in hopes of giving themselves an edge in business, academia, sports, or creative arts and performance. Your addiction may have …

8 Misconceptions About Drug Detox Programs

Detox is the first stage of addiction treatment, and helps individuals overcome physical dependence on drugs, alcohol, and all other substances. The drug detox process can seem incredibly scary to those who suffer from addiction …

How Long Does It Take to Detox From Heroin?

Heroin is the most commonly abused illicit opioid in the United States, and was linked to 15,446 overdose deaths in 2016. Made from morphine, Heroin produces effects including euphoria, drowsiness, and sedation. This substance is …

10 Improved Marijuana Detox Tips to Help Your Recovery

If you are struggling with a marijuana use disorder, the first step in overcoming addiction is to undergo marijuana detox. Although marijuana detox symptoms are not dangerous, you’ll be better off seeking help from a …

Fighting the War on Opioids in America with Opioid Detox

These days, almost everyone is concerned about the opioid crisis in America. Experts estimate that the United States will experience at least 500,000 opiate-overdose fatalities over the next decade—half a million unnecessary deaths – if …

Discover if it is Safe For You to Detox While Pregnant

When you’re pregnant and suffering from addiction, it can be difficult to determine what you should do next to protect you and your baby. While quitting drugs and alcohol abruptly may seem like the fastest, …

5 Startling Signs You Need a Detox from Party Drugs

Club drugs or party drugs such ketamine, hallucinogens, and MDMA (also known as Molly or ecstasy) are generally considered to be a safe, recreational, even beneficial outlet by most of the people who use them. …

Experts Find Women are at a Higher Risk of Cocaine Addiction

As mothers and caregivers who play multiple roles in their communities, women tend to suffer higher rates of anxiety and depression than men. Women are often in charge of raising children and running households, and …

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Fentanyl?

In recent years, fentanyl has become one of the deadliest drugs in the United States. Fentanyl is a Schedule II opioid drug commonly prescribed by U.S. doctors to treat severe pain, but can also be …

How to Stay Clean: 12 Drug Addiction Recovery Tips

Drug addiction recovery is an ongoing process of growth and change that improves your functioning, your health, your wellness, your happiness, and allows you to fulfill your potential. It isn’t an activity that you start …

Why an Alcohol Detox at Home Is Dangerous

Detox can be a long and difficult road, and if you or someone you love is getting ready to go down this path, you may be wondering what is the best way to detox from …

Detox Aftercare Can Help Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Many people mistakenly believe that as soon as you fully detox from substance use, you will feel good, normal and fully capable of functioning well every day. Unfortunately, this isn’t how recovery works. Even after …

Getting a Medical Detox Could Save Your Life

Detox is the first step of any recovery plan, and how you choose to detox as you begin your recovery can make a big difference to your future success. Studies have shown that without medications …

Who Needs Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment method employed when a patient has experienced a serious traumatic event. In cases where trauma is involved as a contributing factor for addiction, trauma focused cognitive behavioral …

Your Detox Questions Answered

Making the decision to get sober can be a scary one. People tell stories and you hear rumors, but you don’t know what’s true. You may have hundreds of questions and not know where to …

Financing Detox

One of the first considerations when evaluating drug and alcohol treatment, including detox, is the cost. Many people fail to seek treatment because they fear the cost will be prohibitive. But, that isn’t the case. …

How to Prepare for Your First Detox Appointment

You’ve decided to seek help in overcoming your addiction to drugs or alcohol. What comes next? Logic would seem to dictate that you need to attend a rehab, receive counseling, or join a 12 step …

Can I Force Someone into Detox?

If there is a person in your life with a substance use disorder, you are experiencing a lot of stress. You no longer had the relationship that you used to and you worry that the …

Can My Family Help Me with Detox?

If you are looking into detox, it is pretty likely that you have accepted that your drug use is a problem and you are ready to take charge and begin the difficult process of drug …

10 Ways Meditation Can Help with your Detox

Meditation is rapidly becoming an accepted practice at traditional detox and addiction treatment centers around the world. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many doctors and scientists are studying the effects of meditation …

Tough Love vs. Indifference: How to Maintain Balance when Your Loved One is Addicted

If a loved one is experiencing the struggles of addiction, it can be challenging to walk the line between being supportive and enabling their addiction. How can you show tough love and support without coming …

Self-Mutilation: What is it and how is it Treated?

When an individual is participating in self-mutilation, it is important to know everything there is to know about it in order to help. Females are the ones who mostly hurt themselves in this way, but …

10 Questions to Ask Your Teen Before Putting Them into Detox

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, not only is it important to talk to your teen about drug use, the way that you talk to them is important as well. One of …

I won’t Go: How to Get a Parent into Drug or Alcohol Detox

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction is a disease. One that affects millions of people around the world. The traditional child addicted to drugs concept no longer applies. Addicts are wives, …

10 Things that You Need to Know About Detoxing at Home

Home detox can be very dangerous and damaging. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, detoxing by yourself can cause a variety of mental and physical problems. There are several things that you need …

5 Ways to Fight Addiction and Avoid Relapse

There are all kinds of reasons to want to stop addiction whether it is for your family, your friends, your career, yourself, or all of the above. Addiction can stop you from becoming the person …

4 Reasons Your Body Needs Treatment Through Addiction

Addiction takes its toll on a person, in both mind, body, and spirit. Most think that the only physical treatment available for the body is detoxification, where the body is rid of the addictive substance …

Is Detox Treatment Dangerous?

The process itself is most effective in a treatment center or hospital where patients have access to pharmaceuticals, therapeutic interventions, and other medical procedures that can help ease the symptoms of withdrawal. However, detox treatment …

How Does Pleasure Seeking Fit into Addiction?

The question, “why do people use drugs,” often comes up when you or someone you love is addicted to a substance. The answer to this question is not always obvious. Some of the usual answers …

Taking Responsibility for Your Addiction

It is not a lack of willpower or a lack of morals that causes it but a very complex set of circumstances, chemistry, and other factors. Unfortunately, there are some aspects of addiction that are …

10 Long Term Effects of Drug Abuse You Didn’t Know About

Although you may know that there are a vast variety of long and short term effects associated with drug use and addiction, there are some surprising long term effects that you might not have considered. …

What Causes Relapse?

Detox is one of the most dangerous times in drug withdrawal not only because of the physical dangers that most drugs pose but because of the dangers of relapse as well. When considering whether or …

Recognize Relapse Triggers

We don’t always know what causes a recovering addict to relapse. Sometimes it’s just a matter of stress or a desire to feel that high that they once loved, sometimes it’s a matter of having …

How to Pay for Drug Detox

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as drug abuse becomes more recognized as an illness, more funding options open up. Once you made the decision to enter into addiction treatment cost should not …

Types of Addictions Treated in Rehab Centers

There are many types of addictions treated in rehab centers. Some of these addictions are very common, while others are somewhat strange. Essentially a person may be addicted to anything. The technical definition of addiction …

What is Involved in a Hospital Detox Program

For many people drug and alcohol addiction is very real. This disease is a complicated and chronic one, which requires extensive treatment. It is also very dangerous to the health and well-being of everyone that …

10 Things You Need to Know About Detox

The first step in a drug treatment program is detox. It is the drug physically leaving your body. This process happens when you quit using a drug completely after being physically dependent on it. 1. …

Why Should I Attend Professional Detox for Opioid Withdrawal?

It is common for individuals undergoing opioid withdrawal to attempt to detox from their drugs of abuse at home instead of attending a professional detox program. However, it can be extremely dangerous not to receive …

Is Detox from Benzodiazepines Dangerous?

Withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be very dangerous, especially when a person has been abusing these drugs. Patients being treated with these drugs or those who have abused them are not advised to stop using benzodiazepines …

How is Drug Induced Psychosis Treated during Stimulant Detox?

According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, “During high-dose stimulant use, often seen during binge episodes, individuals can experience stimulant induced psychosis characterized by delusions, paranoid thinking and stereotyped compulsive behavior.” Sometimes, this issue …

About Holistic Treatment

Are you, or is someone you love addicted to drugs or alcohol? Do you wish there was a way to overcome this addiction without using traditional medicine techniques that could cause unwanted side effects? Making …

Medical Detox Centers: What are They and Do They Really Work?

There are thousands of detox options available. All of these options are extremely confusing. One type of treatment that has enjoyed considerable success is medical detox. Medical detox focuses on the medical aspects of treatment …

Understanding the Drug Addiction Cycle

The negative effects of drug addiction reach well past the physical discomforts that come with withdrawal. Addiction develops out of weakening brain functions, which gradually breakdown the cognitive processes that structure a person’s psychological make-up. …

The Heart of Addiction: Where it Starts, Where it Lives

Anyone who’s abuse drugs for any length of time well knows how uncomfortable periods of abstinence can be. Indeed, the physical effects of addictive drugs -both bad and good- work to drive continued drug use. …

Facing Addiction: The Control Factor

After so many months or years of chronic drug abuse, the addict’s mind enters into a self-perpetuating cycle that revolves around getting and using drugs. At this point, all other areas of life take a …

Detox Centers Chime in on Dangers of Medical Marijuana Legalization

The legalization of medical marijuana seems to be sweeping the country as state after state takes a second look at this drug’s medicinal effects. That being so, these developments can’t change the facts surrounding marijuana’s …

Rising Need for Beds in Detox Centers as Use of Heroin Increases

Since 2002, heroin production levels have gone from 6.8 metric tons to over 50 metric tons per year, representing a 668 percent increase in production rates, according to Roosevelt University. Mexican drug cartels have expanded …

Increased Need for Drug Detox as More People Die from Heroin Overdose

The last time the U.S. faced a heroin epidemic was the 1970s when the drug quickly spread through inner city areas and communities. Today’s heroin epidemic has taken a new, more inclusive paths made up …

How to Detox Naturally from Alcohol

Natural alcohol detox is not always a safe option and could actually do more harm than good. Talk with a treatment professional or your doctor before attempting any method of alcohol detox and consider the …

Dangers of Detoxing from Alcohol

Detoxing from alcohol can have serious side effects for the users. Medical intervention is often required when detoxing from alcohol and may be the only way to safely overcome withdrawal symptoms. In rare, but possible …

Common Alcohol Detox Symptoms

The most common alcohol detox symptoms include shakes, trembling and an uncontrollable urge or desire to drink. Most of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are merely uncomfortable or difficult to cope with but in rare …

How to Detox Safely from Drugs

Safe drug detox is not always a possibility unless under the direct medical care of a doctor. If you haven’t detoxed before or if you’ve experienced serious side effects during detox in the past, you …

Dangers of Drug Detox Kits

You may have noticed that many online merchants and similar stores now provide drug detox kits for a fraction of the price that you would expect to pay for drug detox in a professional setting.  …

Why You Shouldn’t Attempt to Detox at Home

Many people think that it’s alright to detox at home in an environment where they are comfortable but don’t realize the dangers of detoxing at home.  While it is possible to detox at home, there …

Medications Used in Drug & Alcohol Detox

Medications are an extremely helpful component of many detox programs effectively helping patients to stop using drugs or alcohol in various ways.  Many of the medications that are used in drug and alcohol detox work …