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8 Tips for Getting Through a Breakup Sober

Breakups are hard for everyone, but for recovering addicts, heartbreak can open the door to a relapse. Whether you are a few months into your recovery journey, or several years along, a breakup can throw …

A Guide to Getting Court Ordered Rehab for a Loved One

Court ordered rehab may be ideal for your loved one if they’ve committed or been accused of a drug-related crime and need help recovering from a substance use disorder. Going to court ordered rehab can …

I’m OK: Recognizing High Functioning Depression & Addiction

People who suffer from depression are twice as likely to suffer from addiction compared to the general population, and can usually fare well at managing both disorders while also succeeding at their education, jobs, and …

Finding the Silver Lining When You Hit Rock Bottom

Although it isn’t necessary to hit rock bottom to be successful in substance abuse recovery, rock bottom is what forces some people to break through denial, recognize their addiction, and finally ask for help. No …

Environment Found to Heighten the Effects of Some Drugs to Drive Addiction

Environmental risk factors like school, home, and community have always been known to play a major role in a person’s risk for addiction. But new evidence suggests that using certain drugs in certain environments can …

6 Ways to Cope with Anxiety After Quitting Xanax

Many people avoid quitting Xanax because they aren’t sure if they’ll be able to cope with their anxiety without medication, or because they are addicted to the drug, and are frightened of the intensified anxiety …

Boosting U.S. Employment Rates May Not Reduce Rates of Opioid Use

A new study suggests that boosting employment rates in economically depressed parts of the U.S. may not help curb rates of opioid use to improve the opioid epidemic. In the past, research suggested that high …

Synthetic Opioids Found to Interact with Brain Cells Differently than the Body’s Natural Opioids

Synthetic and semi-synthetic opioids including fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine have been long known to interact with brain cells in ways similar to natural endogenous opioids like endorphins. But new research from UC San Francisco suggests …

Surviving Painkiller Overdose: What Next?

Surviving a painkiller overdose can help you realize that your painkiller addiction is severe to the point it nearly caused you to die. Painkiller addiction affects two million Americans, and increases a person’s risk for …

Babies with NAS Take Longer to Recover from Opioid Dependence as Outpatients

Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, are usually treated at a neonatal intensive care unit in the hospital, or allowed to go home with their parents as they recover from opioid dependence with …

IV Meth Addiction: What You Need to Know

Methamphetamine is commonly smoked, snorted, and injected, but those who use meth intravenously are often at higher risk for addiction and other life-threatening health complications. IV meth use increases a person’s risk for contracting infectious …

Walmart Announces Plans to Restrict Opioid Prescriptions

Walmart has announced plans to restrict opioid prescriptions in an effort to reduce nationwide rates of opioid addiction, opioid overdoses, and the overprescribing of opioids by doctors. People who currently fill their opioid prescriptions at …

Discover How to Overcome Isolation in Addiction Recovery

For most people, addiction is a very lonely place to be. In some ways, isolation is a state that happens to you in addiction, when your addiction behavior pushes people away. In other ways, you …

Study: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs May Not Be Improving the Opioid Crisis

Prescription drug monitoring programs are tools doctors can use to learn more about a patient’s prescription drug history. PDMPs can help doctors find out whether patients are already using opioids, and how long they’ve been …

7 Things to Expect During an Opiate Detox at Home

Many people addicted to opiate drugs would rather undergo a home detox, where they can experience painkiller withdrawal in the privacy and comfort of their own home. This is understandable, but before you move forward, …

New York City to Open Four Safe Injection Sites to Curb Opioid Overdoses

New York City has announced it will open four new safe injection sites to help prevent and lower the rate of citywide heroin and painkiller overdose deaths. The sites, which the city are referring to …

Single-Dose Packaging of Buprenorphine Found Best at Preventing Toddler Use

Thousands of children in the U.S. are hospitalized every year for accidentally overdosing on their relatives’ opioid drugs, such as buprenorphine. But new evidence suggests that certain types of drug packaging may help reduce children’s …

What if I Need Detox but I Don’t Have Insurance?

One of the most common reasons that people cite for avoiding drug or alcohol addiction treatment is that they believe they can’t afford it because they don’t have insurance, or they have limited insurance coverage. …

Two-Thirds of Opioids Prescribed After Surgery Go Unused

Nearly 63% of opioids prescribed to patients after surgical procedures are not used, a new study suggests. Opioids are commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain, but researchers from Mayo Clinic say not all …

Does Your Personality Type Affect Your Addiction Risk?

Personalities are extremely complex and formed in part by factors including genetics, upbringing, and environment. Some personality types are said to be at higher risk for addiction than others due to the unique ways they …

Synthetic Fentanyl Now Causes More Overdose Deaths than Prescription Opioids

A new JAMA report reveals that synthetic fentanyl is causing more overdose deaths in the U.S. than any other drug including heroin and prescription opioids. Synthetic opioids are also being increasingly found in other illicit …

How to Choose the Best Suboxone Detox Clinic

Suboxone is a medication commonly used to help people overcome opioid dependence. But just like other opioids, Suboxone is habit-forming and can lead to problems with dependence and addiction. Getting help at a Suboxone detox …

Obesity Drugs Found Effective at Treating Cocaine Relapse and Addiction

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania recently discovered that some FDA-approved drugs used to treat obesity and diabetes may also be effective at reducing cocaine relapse rates. During their research, the scientists learned that many …

5 Foolproof Tips for Avoiding Alcohol on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an important holiday, or a not so important one, depending on who you ask. The battle it commemorates, the Battle of Puebla in 1862, is very impressive, considering a greatly outnumbered …

Brain Chemistry Finding Could Stop PTSD from Triggering Opioid Addiction

People who suffer from PTSD are between two and four times more likely to suffer drug use disorders than those without PTSD. But new evidence suggests that the brain receptors that play a role in …

Heart Infection Rates are Rising Due to Intravenous Heroin Use

In recent years, opioid abuse has been linked to higher rates of addiction and overdose. But new research suggests that the rate of serious heart infections is also on the rise due to the nationwide …

Maternal Binge Drinking Linked to Higher Alcohol Abuse Risk in Offspring

Researchers at the University of Palermo in Italy recently learned that pregnant and lactating mothers who binge drink may be putting their offspring at risk for alcohol abuse and mental health disorders. Most doctors recommend …

Is Cocaine Detox Treatment Really Necessary?

If you are addicted to cocaine and ready to quit, you may not feel like a professional cocaine detox is necessary. You may be right about that—or you may be wrong. While it’s true that …

Overdose Risk Factors Identified in Youth With Drug Use Disorders

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital have identified certain risk factors that can lead to drug overdose in children and teens who suffer from addiction. Until now, overdose risk factors had only been largely studied …

Safe, Comfortable, Reliable Methadone Detox Schedule

Methadone is one of three FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid dependence, and was used by over 350,000 people recovering from opioid use disorder in 2015. However, methadone itself is a habit-forming synthetic opioid that …

New Bath Salts Vaccine Blocks the Drug’s Effects to Reduce Abuse

Scientists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science have developed a new vaccine that blocks the effects of bath salts, also known as synthetic cathinones. People who receive the vaccine will not experience adverse …

What to Do When You Get Lost on the Recovery Journey

Addiction recovery is a lifelong journey, and the road isn’t always smooth. Maybe you were doing great for a few weeks, months, or even years, before you found yourself heading in the wrong direction. It’s …

Addiction Text Messaging Service May Reduce Opioid Relapse Rates

A new text messaging service may help reduce rates of opioid abuse and relapse among people recovering from opioid addiction. The service sends automated text messages to patients asking whether they’re feeling okay or on …

Is it Safe to be Placed in a Medically Induced Coma for Alcohol Detox?

Alcohol withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and dangerous for some individuals, which is why it’s not surprising that many who struggle with alcohol addiction avoid getting a drug detox. A medically induced coma for alcohol …

Medical Doctors Avoid Addiction Treatment Fearing Workplace Repercussions

A new study reveals that a large number of medical doctors who suffer from addiction tend to self-medicate instead of seeking help for their substance use disorders. Though doctors are just as susceptible to addiction …

Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen Deemed More Effective Than Opioids for Dental Pain

For many years, dental patients have been using opioids to treat pain from procedures like root canals and wisdom teeth removal. But a new analysis on more than 460 published studies reveals that opioids may …

6 Tips Proven to Ease Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

If you want to stop using opiates, but continue to avoid actually quitting, it’s probably because you don’t want to face the terrible opiate withdrawal symptoms that you feel whenever the level of opioid drugs …

Study: Medical Marijuana Users are More Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs

A number of recent reports suggest that rates of opioid addiction and overdose deaths tend to be lower in states where medical marijuana is legalized. But a new study argues that medical marijuana users actually …

5 Devastating Effects of Mixing Benzos and Alcohol

People who combine benzos and alcohol are up to 55% more likely to experience serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death than those who only use benzos. Benzos and alcohol are central nervous system depressants …

Ketamine Found to Reduce Suicidal Thoughts, But Abuse Potential Remains High

An anesthetic called ketamine that is also commonly abused as a club drug has been found to reduce suicidal thoughts and tendencies in those who suffer from severe depression. A new study found that four-week …

Should I Get a Divorce if I’m Married to an Addict?

Seeing as over 20 million Americans suffer from substance use disorder, it should be no surprise that substance abuse and addiction is a leading cause of divorce in the United States today. If you are …

Ibogaine May Be Useful Prototype for New Opioid Detox Treatments, Scientists Say

Scientists have published the first-ever study examining the drug use outcomes of using ibogaine as an opioid detox treatment. Ibogaine is a psychedelic plant substance native to West Africa, and is used in other parts …

Chasing the Dragon: When is it Time to Seek Heroin Detox?

Heroin addiction affects 626,000 Americans, and was linked to 15,500 overdose deaths in 2016. People who use this highly addictive opioid can easily get caught up in trying to achieve the peaceful, euphoric high they …

New Compound Blocks the Brain’s Reward System to Treat Addiction

Chemists recently developed a new compound that quiets the brain’s reward system to reduce drug cravings and lower relapse rates in people recovering from addiction. The compound, known as OV329, is different from other drugs …

8 Amazing Ways You Can Help Others in Addiction Recovery

Being in addiction recovery is an ongoing process of transformation that is not just about changing yourself, but also about helping other people in recovery transform their own lives. Alcoholics Anonymous and other peer support …

Americans Are Leaving the U.S. to Recover from Opioid Addiction Using Ibogaine

A growing number of Americans addicted to opioids are visiting clinics in Mexico that treat opioid addiction using a psychedelic drug called ibogaine. In the U.S. ibogaine is an illegal Schedule I substance with no …

7 Warning Signs of Cocaine Overdose You Need to Know

Cocaine-related overdoses killed over 10,600 people in the U.S. in 2016 — more than a 52% increase from the previous year. As one of the most addictive stimulants in the world, cocaine can trigger an …

Injectable Biosensor Chip Can Monitor Alcohol Levels in Recovering Addiction Patients

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a tiny injectable biosensor chip that can detect whether patients in recovery from alcohol addiction have relapsed and consumed any alcohol. The device is intended …

Used and Abused: When to Stop Helping an Addict

Alcohol and drug addiction affects an estimated 20.2 million adults in the U.S. — many of whom have loved ones that are being forced to cope with their family member’s addiction by default. When you …

Rise in Heroin Overdose Deaths Linked to 2010 OxyContin Reformulation

The rate of heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. quadrupled from 2010 to 2014, and continues to climb as the country faces a deadly opioid epidemic. A new study penned by researchers at Notre Dame …

Need a Drink to Unwind? You May Have an Alcohol Use Disorder

Approximately 16 million Americans suffered from alcohol use disorder in 2015—roughly 5.3 million women and 9.8 million men. The widespread acceptance of drinking in the United States can make it difficult to tell when someone …

Fentanyl Overdose Survivors Found to Require Little to No Hospital Treatment

People who survive fentanyl overdoses after being revived with naloxone are found to require little if any hospital treatment following resuscitation. Generally, opioid users — especially those who suffer from opioid addiction — are at …

Suspected Drug Deaths Sharply Increase in New Jersey

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the number of suspected drug deaths in New Jersey are increasing considerably. The number of deaths in the state believed to be caused by drug overdose already hit 765 …

Massachusetts Senator Calls for Federal Aid for Opioid Crisis

Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on the federal government to help solve the opioid epidemic, similarly to the way the government dealt with the AIDS epidemic during the height of the crisis. Warren is proposing …

U.S. Surgeon General Urges All Americans to Start Carrying Naloxone

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has issued a formal statement urging Americans around the country to obtain naloxone — a drug that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone revives opioid overdose victims …

Georgia Gets Top Marks for Fighting Opioid Abuse

The National Safety Council gave Georgia the highest marks for taking action against the opioid crisis. The state was among 12 others that received these top marks. This coincides with the National Rx Drug and …

Alarming Facts About Fentanyl Seizures in America

Fentanyl was linked to over 20,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 — causing more overdoses than any other drug including heroin and cocaine. Rates of fentanyl abuse are rising across the U.S., where the amount …

New Jersey Addiction Specialist Comments on Addiction Poll

A new survey on addiction recently uncovered the lack of understanding from the rest of the country toward addicted individuals. Despite a majority of Americans stating they understand addiction is a medical disease requiring of …

Massachusetts Man Charged with Road Rage Shooting, Drug Possession

Dwayne Howlette, a man from Springfield, Massachusetts, is currently facing charges of a road rage shooting and of drug possession and intent to distribute, among others. Howlette was driving down East Main Street in Chicopee, …

Here’s Why Nicotine Use Among Teens Increases the Risk for Alcohol Abuse in Adulthood

Researchers have long known that people who use nicotine during their teen years are more likely to drink higher amounts of alcohol in adulthood. A new study published in the latest issue of Cell Reports …

U.S. Rep Plans Opioid Summit

Karen Handel, a U.S. representative from Georgia, is planning an opioid summit for May 1, 2018. The summit will take place in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia, and she hopes it will bring people …

12 Ways Crystal Meth Destroys Your Life

Crystal meth is a highly addictive illicit stimulant drug that induces feelings of euphoria, and increased alertness, energy, and motivation. Meth addiction is incredibly dangerous, and can cause destruction in all areas of your life. …

Men Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charge

Two Georgia men have been indicted on drug trafficking charges of distributing at least 500 grams of methamphetamine between the months of February and March of 2018. The indictment occurred on March 7, 2018. The …

New Jersey Governor Wants to Spend Money on Addiction Fight

Phil Murphy, the Governor of New Jersey, said on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 while he visited a recovery home in Trenton that he wants to spend more money on the fight against opioid addiction. Murphy …

Massachusetts Under Investigation for Treatment of Addicted Prisoners

Incarcerated addicts have never had much luck when it came to getting the proper treatment necessary to recover safely from a substance use disorder and continue on to a life of recovery outside of prison. …

Dangerous Batches of K2 Synthetic Marijuana Linked to Severe Bleeding and Death in Midwest

A large batch of synthetic marijuana has been linked to 75 cases of internal bleeding and two deaths in Chicago and central Illinois. Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, is a substance made …

Addiction Recovery: When Will I Feel Normal Again?

One of the major challenges in early drug or alcohol addiction recovery is how scary it is wondering if you’ll ever feel good or normal again. One of the best ways to cope with this …

New Jersey County Has Record High NAS Births

Bergen County in New Jersey is seeing a record high number of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. While a baby is born every 15 minutes in the U.S. with this syndrome, the same …

Minister Convicted of Selling Drugs

In 2017, Cedric Manior, a 44-year-old minister, was convicted of selling drugs in his home in Rincon, GA. On March 30, 2018, Manior was sentenced to ten years in prison under the charges of dealing …

Massachusetts Receives Federal Grant to Fight Addiction

Massachusetts, in addition to New Hampshire and West Virginia, have each received a portion of a federal grant for $1 million in order to fund treatment and recovery programs for those affected by the opioid …

Treatment Centers Ask DEA to Lift Ban on Mobile Methadone Vans

In 2007 the U.S. federal government stopped issuing new licenses for mobile methadone vans over concerns regarding potential drug diversion. But now, many addiction treatment centers across the country are asking the DEA to lift …

9 Things to Expect During Benzo Withdrawal

Benzodiazepine overdoses were linked to 8,791 deaths in 2015 — a death toll 4.3 times higher than the number of overdose deaths caused by these drugs in 2002. Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are commonly …

Counties in South Jersey Hold Meetings on Opioid Epidemic

Cape Mary, Atlantic, and Ocean counties are pleased to hold a series of panels, town hall meetings, and other events in order to bring more awareness to the state’s opioid crisis and to help more …

Top Prescription Drug in Georgia Is Hydrocodone

As of 2018, the number one most prescribed medication in the state of Georgia is still hydrocodone, a strong, opioid painkiller that is commonly abused for its ability to cause euphoria when taken in high …

Boston Medical Center Offers Cooking Classes for Recovering Addicts

Boston Medical Center is currently running a new class for recovering individuals called Cooking for Recovery. Although the hospital has offered classes in the past for patients interested in heart disease and diabetes-related cookery, this …

Drug Users Who Witness Overdoses Are Best Candidates for Naloxone Training, says Study

People who use drugs frequently and in public settings may be the best candidates for naloxone training to help drug-using peers avoid deadly overdoses, suggests a new study. Opioid overdoses are continuing to kill Americans …

New Detox Center Opens in New Jersey

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the opening of a new detox center on Friday, March 23, 2018. The facility, which is called Enlightened Solutions Detox, is part of the Enlightened …

Melbourne Drug Dealers Arrested

A recent search warrant executed by the Melbourne Police Department culminated in an arrest of over 6 people the week of March 26, 2018. The search occurred at 2845 Tropic Road and was the climax …

Senator Fighting for Federal Money to Fight Opioid Crisis

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio was in Youngstown on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 discussing the issue of the Interdict Act, which was signed into law in January by President Donald Trump. This act concerns the …

Designer Drug Dealers Caught in New Jersey

Brian Parker from Long Island City, New York and Victoria Koleski from Farmingdale, New Jersey pled guilty to conspiracy drug charges on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. They will be sentenced in July, and if convicted, …

Florida Sees Troubling Numbers of Dependent Newborns

Babies being born to addicted mothers and experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in Florida almost doubled from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, there were 2,487, and a year later, there were 4,215. This is a …

Youngstown Drug Dealer Caught in Parking Violation

Lynell Stanley, a 32-year-old man from Youngstown, Ohio, is now facing felony drug and illegal firearms charges after he parked in a handicap parking space. Police officers in the area were tipped off to look …

Florida Rep Meets with Parents of Opioid Addicts

On March 26, 2018, Florida Representative Vern Buchanan met with two mothers who had lost children to the opioid epidemic to discuss a new bill that was signed into law on March 23. Buchanan stated …

CDC Reports Drug Overdose Deaths Continue Rising Due to Fentanyl

The CDC released an in-depth analysis of drug overdose data for 2016 confirming that overdoses are mainly being driven by fentanyl, and spreading geographically across the U.S. The analysis reveals which states have the highest …

NIH Head Speaks with Ohio State Professors on the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, spoke with professors from Ohio State University on Thursday, March 29, 2018 about the severity of the current opioid addiction crisis, not just in …

Getting Addiction Help as Part of the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ adults in the U.S. are more than twice as likely to have used illicit drugs in the past year than heterosexual adults. LGBTQ adults also suffer higher rates of binge drinking of between 35 …

Meth Users Are Lacing Drugs with Insecticide to Practice Wasping

Methamphetamine users across the U.S. are starting to lace their drugs with insecticide to experience a more powerful high and effects including déjà vu and hallucinations. People are buying wasp killer spray from home and …

11 Life-Changing Benefits of Quitting Cocaine

Cocaine is one of the most addictive substances abused in the United States today. An estimated 913,000 Americans are addicted to cocaine, and in 2015, 6,784 people died of cocaine-related overdoses. Surprisingly, this recent increase …

Marijuana Compound CBD May Help Reduce Addictive Behaviors and Relapse

Scientists have discovered that the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana, known as cannabidiol or CBD, may help reduce addictive behaviors and relapse rates in people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. This new finding is …

How Does Harm Reduction Compare to Quitting Cold Turkey?

Harm reduction programs for addiction are shown to reduce risky behaviors by as much as 80% among injection drug users, and the risk for HIV by at least 30%. People who smoke and suffer from …

New Jersey Schools Require Parents to Attend Opioid Seminar

A school district superintendent is requiring that parents attend an opioid seminar before getting tickets to their children’s eighth grade graduation ceremonies. David Cittadino made his decision to require attendance for this mandatory seminar after …

Attorney General Promises Stricter Laws Against Opioid Traffickers

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a talk at the federal courthouse in Tallahassee, FL about the opioid crisis. Sessions stated that he hoped more federal prosecutors would seek the death …

Non-Addictive Drug Patches for Pain Could Soon Replace Opioids

Researchers at the University of Virginia are developing a new drug delivery patch that can treat pain without the risk for addiction. The drug patch works by delivering pain medication directly to the site instead …

Take Charge Ohio Educates Caregivers About Opioid Abuse

Take Charge Ohio is a campaign led by the Ohio Department of Health meant to help doctors understand the need for safe treatment of pain and the use of pain medications, specifically opioid-based drugs. The …

Is Boredom A Leading Cause of Addiction?

Boredom may seem harmless, if unenjoyable, but for many people, the experience of boredom makes them vulnerable to substance use, and can ultimately be a cause of addiction. A recent survey from Columbia University’s National …

U.S. Announces $4.6 Billion Budget for Fighting the Opioid Crisis

The federal government has announced plans to spend $4.6 billion on fighting the U.S. opioid crisis for the 2018 fiscal year. This opioid allocation is part of the $1.3 trillion budget appropriation that was recently …

10 New Detox Beds to Be Added to Saranac Lake Facility

A treatment facility in Saranac Lake, New York is planning to add 10 new beds for individuals detoxing from substance abuse. The CEO of St. Joseph’s Bob Ross says he wants his facility to feel …

Police Save Man’s Life Using Narcan

For the first time in Marietta, Georgia, police officers have reported using Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, to save a person’s life. Officer Jennifer Bostwick was working early Monday, March 19, 2018 when a …

Standup Comics Stand Up for Treatment

An innovative and exciting comedy show is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Comics for Recovery, A Night of Comedy, is all about making people laugh, but it’s also about helping individuals …

Algorithm Improves Structure of Group Therapy for Drug Addiction

Researchers have developed a new algorithm that can be used to sort addiction patients into small groups for therapy meant to promote healthier social connections between participants. Many times, low-risk patients in group therapy are …

New York Senate Passes Laree’s Law

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the New York State Senate passed a new law, nicknamed Laree’s Law, which will enforce more serious penalties for drug dealers. The bill, S2761, would allow New York police officers …

New CareZone Mobile Clinic Hits the Road

The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital has promised to help make treatment accessible to all individuals throughout the state, including treatment and rehabilitation for substance use disorders. As part of this …

Georgia Lawmakers Fund, Cut Treatment for Addiction

Georgia lawmakers in the state senate released their budget for 2019 on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. In this new budget, lawmakers set aside $4 million to fund a grant program for recovery centers. These facilities …

Baby Boomers with a College Education More Likely to Misuse Opioids

A new University at Buffalo study has found that U.S. adults over the age of 50 who attended at least some college are about 2.5 times more likely to misuse prescription opioids than their counterparts …

Dating an Addict – Do They Actually Care About You?

Dating an addict can be exciting, difficult, and exhausting. How can you tell if someone truly cares about you when their life is ruled by an addiction to drugs or alcohol? Dating someone with an …

Native Americans Suffer Higher Rates of Opioid Overdoses Than Any Other Group

Native Americans and Alaska Natives experienced a five-fold increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015 — an increase higher than that for any other ethnic group. Officials are even saying …

How to Get a Job After Addiction Recovery: 6 Tips to Help You Succeed

A major part of addiction recovery is achieving stability, independence, and a sense of self-sufficiency. These things are usually much easier to achieve with a decent job and a steady income, neither of which tends …

Mother Hopes to Pass Involuntary Treatment Law in New Jersey

Lisa Vandegrift lost her daughter Sabrina to an opioid overdose in 2013. Since then, she has been fighting for a new law to be placed on the books in New Jersey, one that would allow …

Massachusetts Experts Disapprove of Trump’s Opioid Plan

On March 19, 2018, President Donald Trump gave a speech in New Hampshire specifically focused on the substance abuse problem in the state and in the country. One of his most polarizing comments was associated …

Georgia County Sues Opioid Manufacturers

Another Georgia county has joined the ranks of those suing drug manufacturers for causing the severe opioid abuse crisis in the state (and in the country). Chatham County is the most recent in the growing …

Virtual Reality Helps Addiction Patients Stay Sober, Overcome Relapse Triggers

A new therapeutic virtual reality program is being used to help people with substance use disorders avoid relapse and stay engaged with their addiction treatments. Early results show that virtual reality can reduce agitation among …

What Can I Do to Protect my Kids from Opioid Abuse?

Rates of U.S. children hospitalized for opioid overdoses today is nearly double that of what it was almost 15 years ago. Reports show that 276,000 teens in the U.S. used painkillers for non-medical reasons in …

Two New Yorkers Arrested for Selling Crack

On March 16, 2018, Maine drug agents stated that they had arrested two New Yorkers for selling crack to Maine residents. These New Yorkers are Shaundrea Fuller from Buffalo and Raquel Renfro from Rochester. Both …

Two Bills Introduced to Fight Opioid Epidemic

In Georgia’s State House, two bills were introduced on March 14, 2018 that lawmakers are hoping will slow the tide of the opioid epidemic in the state. The first of these bills, Senate Bill 357, …

Trump’s Plans to Resolve Opioid Crisis Include Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers

The White House has officially announced plans to enforce stiffer penalties — including the death penalty — for high-volume drug traffickers indicted in the U.S. This latest move is an effort to cut down on …

Recovering Massachusetts Residents Want Better Treatment for Addicts

A group of recovering individuals met with state legislators at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, March 12, 2018. The meeting was set to discuss the state of the opioid addiction epidemic in …

3 Things You Must Do Following an Addiction Relapse

If you’ve relapsed at least one time after deciding to get sober, it’s important that you understand that relapse affects between 40 and 60% of everyone recovering from addiction. Following an addiction relapse, it’s not …

Citrus County Residents Still Taking Opioids in Record Numbers

In 2016, Florida joined the ranks of the states that have legalized medical marijuana. Although many residents are taking advantage of this option and seeking the drug legally and medically for pain, many are still …

Possible New Ohio Legislation Angers Drug Companies

Governor John Kasich proposed a number of new pieces of legislation in early February in order to help slow the opioid addiction crisis in the state of Ohio. Among these proposals was the idea that …

Detox Center Reopens in New Jersey

The Post House Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center just reopened its doors in late February 2018 with the help of the state and the Maryville Addiction Treatment Center of New Jersey. Burlington County and Maryville …

Ohio Man Sentenced in Drug Case

James R. Rockwell, a 51-year-old man from Ironton, Ohio, pled guilty to two counts of drug trafficking in court on March 16, 2018. While he was able to plea away a third charge, he was …

Florida Blue Symposium Focuses on Addiction, Treatment

Preparations are being made for Florida Blue Foundation’s summit, which will occur on May 3 and 4, 2018 at Kissimmee’s Gaylord Palms Resort. The summit, called Florida Blue Foundation’s Big Issues in Health Community Health …

Overdose Death Rates Increase Dramatically in New Jersey

Preliminary drug overdose death rates are in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which show the numbers of overdose deaths in each state between August of 2016 and August of 2017. While some …

New Opioid Toolkit Created for Ohio Businesses

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has created a toolkit that business owners can use to manage the potential of substance abuse among their employees, specifically those associated with opioid abuse. The toolkit is called the …

U.S. Adults Consume 17 Billion Binge Drinks Per Year, says CDC

Adults in the U.S. consume around 17 billion binge drinks per year, which equates to roughly 470 binge drinks per drinker. In its latest study, the CDC found that binge drinking rates in the U.S. …

Two Large Health Networks Considering a Merger

Two health networks in New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, signed a letter of intent on March 15, 2018 to explore a potential partnership between their two companies. Hackensack Meridian is the state’s …

Drug House in Little Havana Torn Down

On March 15, 2018, a Florida home in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami was torn down. This home on SW 3rd Street and 10th Avenue had multiple drug ties, so it was demolished in …

Suicide May Account for Up to 45% of U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths

There were over 64,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, the majority of which were caused by opioids like heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone, and thought to be unintentional. But recent data suggests that …

Former MLB Player Speaks About Addiction in Ohio Church

Darryl Strawberry, a man who needs to introduction to baseball fans, spoke to pastors and churchgoers at the Epidemic of Hope event at the Breiel Boulevard Church of God in Middletown on March 6, 2018. …

Nonprofit Detox Center Is Sold to Florida Company

Clearbrook Manor is a treatment center in Laurel Run, Florida. Though this facility was once a nonprofit center for drug and alcohol detox and rehab patients, it is now owned by a for-profit company called …

Cocaine Ring in New Jersey Busted

Nine individuals were indicted on March 13, 2018 in a New Jersey cocaine ring. Though eight of these suspects were identified, the ninth is still at large. This followed an eight-month long investigation where many …

Americans Face Growing Rates of Mental Illness and Addictions

Roughly 50% of all Americans who are diagnosed with a mental illness are also diagnosed with addiction at some point down the road, and vice versa. Mental health and substance abuse are proven top risk …

Ohio Congressman Introduces Addiction Education Bill

Congressman Bill Johnson, a Republican representative for Ohio, is co-sponsoring a bill that will put more emphasis on making sure healthcare workers are equipped to treat heroin addicts as well as other individuals suffering from …

New Jersey Drug Bust Fugitive Surrenders

Three fugitives were named in a recent drug bust in Ocean County, New Jersey. While two are still at large, one surrendered on Monday, March 12, 2018. The drug bust has already led to 29 …

New Opioid Addiction Clinic Opens North of Jacksonville

A new opioid addiction treatment clinic opened north of Jacksonville, FL in Springfield. This is a beneficial change for the people of this city who have one of the highest overdose rates in the state. …

Binge Drinking Rates Among College Students Soar During March Madness

Binge drinking and alcohol use rates are often higher among U.S. college and university students compared to their non-college peers. But a new analysis shows that binge drinking rates among college kids are significantly higher …

Discover How to Reward Milestones in Sobriety

Before beginning their recovery journey, an addict will tend to celebrate by using their substance of choice. Once they get sober, they need to find new ways to reward their accomplishments, especially their milestones in …

Students in Ohio Not Receiving Enough Drug Education

Although drug education is one of the most important aspects associated with drug prevention, especially in young people, the Dayton Daily News posted on March 12, 2018 that students were not getting the level of …

New Jersey Recovery Specialists Presented with Award

The members of the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program of Eva’s Village in Paterson, New Jersey were recently awarded for their efforts to help patients who have just overdosed on opioids and want a second chance …

Teens with Mental Health Conditions More Likely to Suffer Opioid Dependence, Study says

Teenagers who suffer from mental health conditions like depression and schizophrenia are more likely to become dependent on painkillers after receiving an opioid prescription, says a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings suggest …

Powdered Confidence: Do the Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine Cause Addiction?

More than 16% of U.S. adults over the age of 26 have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime. Cocaine is an illicit stimulant that produces short-term effects of high energy, talkativeness, alertness, and …

Medicinal Marijuana Companies Deliver Drug to Florida Homes

Now that medical marijuana is legal in Florida based on the 2016 election, companies with licenses to sell the drug are cropping up across the state. However, a number of communities are delaying the building …

New Detox Center Seeks State Licensing

In Sandusky, Ohio, the Erie County Health Department is applying for a license for its new detox center. This is a necessary step that will allow the center to receive enough revenue to both help …

Traffic Stop Turned Drug Bust

A Florida Highway Patrol officer stopped three women from northwest Georgia who were driving through Lake City, FL on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Although this only started out as a minor stop, it turned into …

Fentanyl Test Strips Grow in Popularity Among Public Health Service Providers

As reports surrounding fentanyl overdoses continue piling up nationwide, a higher number of public health service providers are turning to fentanyl test strips. The strips, which cost only $1 each, can detect the presence of …

New Label for Opioids in New Jersey

The New Jersey legislature is currently trying to decide if they should support a bill that will require warning labels to be placed on opioid drugs throughout the state. Although these labels are usually voted …

5 Ideas for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

Although some people view St. Patrick’s Day as a way to celebrate their Irish-American pride, many Americans regard it as an excuse to drink as much as they can. Twenty-five percent of adults in this …

Cherokee County Bust on Prescription Pill Sellers Successful

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, a successful drug bust occurred at the Compass Self Storage facility in Cherokee County, Georgia. Four individuals were arrested, and authorities were able to stop almost 1,000 prescription pills from …

Charter School Head Fired on Drug Charges

George Simpson, the head of Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School, was fired on February 26, 2018 after being arrested on drug charges. The school is located in South Hadley and has around …

Illicit Drug Manufacturer Sentenced in New York

Jose Dagoberto Cortez-Perez pled guilty in 2016 to charges of manufacturing and selling powerful drugs as part of Mexican cartel that sold drugs in New York City. On Friday, March 9, 2018, a judge in …

Foster Children from Homes of Drug-Addicted Parents on the Rise

Juvenile Court Judge Mark Murphy takes on cases every day where a child has to be removed from their family because of a serious drug abuse problem. The judge practices in Polk County, Georgia, and …

New York Rehab Center Adds Detox, 24-7 Access in Saranac Lake

In Saranac Lake, New York, St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center Inc. just received the okay to transform an old, unused warehouse into a treatment facility that will offer patients 24-hour care as well as an outpatient …

Opioid Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts on the Decline in 2017

Based on recent reports, opioid overdose deaths have actually decreased for the first time in years in Massachusetts. These deaths have dropped a considerable 8.3 percent during 2017, even though for several years prior, they …

Medical Examiner at the Center of an Opioid Ring

Dr. Joseph Burton, a former medical examiner for several Atlanta area counties, was named as the central figure of an illegal opioid ring on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Burton would write prescriptions for opioid pills …

Detox Program in Chemung County Expanded

20 new beds will now be added to the treatment center Trinity of Chemung County in Chemung County, New York, thanks to a $2.38 million award given to the Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse …

FDA Requests More Package Inspectors to Stop Fentanyl Trafficking

FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb has asked Congress for extra funds so his agency can hire additional staff members to inspect packages that may contain fentanyl. The majority of fentanyl — an opioid drug up to …

Fentanyl Seized by Massachusetts Police

A six-month investigation into two Boston-area organizations guilty of drug trafficking has yielded results in early February. Operation High Hopes ended in the seizure of 77 pounds of opioid-based drugs, including heroin and fentanyl. 30 …

Foxboro High School Students Take the No First Time Pledge

In Foxboro High School in Massachusetts, students took the No First Time pledge, which asked them to promise not to use opioids or other dangerous drugs for even as an experiment. This program promotes drug …

Opioids No Better Than Other Medications for Pain Treatment, Study Says

Opioids are no better at treating chronic pain than other over-the-counter and prescription medications, according to a new JAMA study. The study is the first of its kind to examine the effectiveness of opioids for …

Columbus, GA Suing Pharmaceutical Companies Over High Opioid Prescription Rate

In Columbus, GA, the City Council voted last week to file a lawsuit against both the distributors and the manufacturers of opioid drugs. This lawsuit is just one of many that have been filed over …

How is the DEA 360 Strategy Combating the Opioid Crisis?

Painkillers and heroin were linked to over 53,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 — more than 20,000 of which were caused by deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Opioid overdoses now kill more people in the …

New York Increases Mobile Rehab Service

New York state has been running a mobile addiction treatment service for some time now, but this year, it’s getting an upgrade. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will be setting aside more than …

Recovery Community Organization Symposium Held in Tift County

On February 24, A new Recovery Community Organization Symposium was held to discuss the state of addiction, drug abuse, and recovery in Tift County, Georgia. The symposium started at 10 AM and lasted until 2 …

Opioid Epidemic Worsens as Overdoses Increase by 30% in One Year

The CDC has announced that the number of opioid overdoses in the U.S. increased by 30% from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017 — indicating that the nationwide opioid epidemic …

Brooklyn DA Promises to Treat Addicts Rather than Jail Them

Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn’s District Attorney, is looking at addiction in a new way and hoping to be able to make real changes in the drug abuse crisis, not only in his district but in the …

7 Essential Pieces of Advice for College Students Struggling with Addiction

Rates of heavy alcohol use among U.S. college students are almost 30% higher than those among non-college students. Illicit use of amphetamines like Adderall is nearly 46% higher among college students than their non-college counterparts. …

Massachusetts Hospital Starts Treating Opioid Addicts

On March 7, 2018, Massachusetts General Hospital became the first emergency department in the state to be able to provide immediate treatment to opioid addicts who need help. This hospital can now dispense buprenorphine to …

OASAS Changes Rules for Hospitals to Treat Addicted Patients

On Monday, March 5, 2018, the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (also known as OASAS) offered to change some of their regulations regarding the treatment of substance abusers, specifically one …

Is the Rat Race Lifestyle to Blame for Substance Abuse?

Most Americans today live a rushed, overburdened lifestyle, thanks to long hours, no vacations, and bosses who can reach them at home. Even your personal time can become high pressure due to the desire to …

Georgia Attorney General and CYAAR Launch Video Contest

Every year since 2014, Georgia’s Attorney General’s office has extended a contest to the state’s high school students to create a video or radio segment encouraging awareness for the issues of addiction and substance abuse. …

Former Basketball Player Builds Wellness Center in Massachusetts

Chris Herren, a former NBA player and motivational speaker, has opened his first wellness center in March of 2018. The center is in Seekonk, Massachusetts and will offer a place for people who are recovering …

Opioid Overdoses Among Kids Nearly Double in 10 Years

The number of U.S. children hospitalized for opioid overdoses in 2015 was double that of what it was in 2004, according to a new Pediatrics study. In 2015 there were 1,504 kids hospitalized for opioid …

Law Firm Takes on Opioid Crisis, Pharmaceutical Companies in Athens, GA

An Athens law firm has chosen to file federal lawsuits against a number of pharmaceutical distributors and manufacturers on behalf of Candler County, GA and a hospital in the county. These suits claim that the …

Alcohol Use Disorder Identified as Important Preventable Risk Factor for Dementia

Heavy alcohol use has long been known to have a negative impact on overall brain health. But a new study reveals alcohol may be the top preventable risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s …

New Group Meets to Discuss, Battle Addiction in Pittsfield

On March 4, 2018, a group of more than 100 people met to discuss the addiction crisis in the United States, to celebrate their recoveries, to remember those who had not been so lucky, and …

3 Ways Craft Beer Culture Encourages Alcohol Abuse

Craft beer from small, independent breweries has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years, creating an elite culture of beer drinking that is a pastime unto itself. In 2016, these kinds of breweries made …

New York State Allocates Millions of Dollars to Addiction Treatment

In February of 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that over $4 million would be allocated to fund addiction treatment in local neighborhoods in New York City. This is especially timely because of the serious opioid …

Drug Trafficking Charge Placed on 9 Ohio Residents

Husband and wife Donte and Audrey Gibson were charged on March 1, 2018 with conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl and carfentanil. Seven other people were also charged …

FHP Troopers Will Now Carry Narcan

As of January 2018, all Florida Highway Patrol troopers will begin carrying Narcan, the brand name medication containing naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can be used to help someone quickly recover from the …

Fentanyl, Heroin to Blame for 40 Percent Increase in Drug-Related Deaths in New Jersey

According to recent reports, New Jersey saw a 40-percent spike in drug-related deaths in the year 2016. While this is consistent with the national average, certain drugs are to blame for causing the bulk of …

Addiction Policy Forum Launches Website in Ohio

Ohio is among the first four states to launch a website portal where residents can find help for addiction. The Addiction Policy forum launched this tool in February 2018 for Ohioans at addictionresourcecenter.org. The Addiction …

Community Meeting Addresses Opioid Epidemic in Galloway Township

On February 22, 2018, a group of about 60 individuals came together at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore for a program titled The Opioid Crisis: What Everyone Should Know. The event …

Mother Claims Child Suffered Brain Damage Under Drug-Addled Medical Professional’s Care

Linezka Torres, the mother of four-month-old Lucas Navarro, is accusing former nurse Thomas Spufera III of causing serious brain damage to her son while he was receiving care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Torres …

Opioid Epidemic Hit Midwest Construction Industry Hard

Over the last two decades, the opioid crisis hit the United States hard. From the poor and the wealthy to the rural and the urban, every community has felt the sting of this serious epidemic. …

Florida Senator Calls for More Inspections of Drug Rehab Centers

While the substance abuse crisis has hit the entire country hard—and some states, like Florida, even harder—there are always going to be those who worsen an already terrible situation by attempting to exploit it for …

New Jersey Doc Prescribed Opioids Unnecessarily for Years

Dr. Evangelos Megariotis, a New Jersey doctor who owns and practices at Clifton Orthopedic Associates, P.A. in Passaic County, was recently barred from prescribing opioid drugs to patients, largely because he was prescribing them with …

Connecticut May Be First State to Treat Opioid Addiction using Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states for use in treating medical conditions including cancer, seizures, and HIV. But the state of Connecticut recently proposed to its Board of Physicians that opioid withdrawal be …

Does Our Society Promote Problematic Alcohol Consumption?

Alcohol is regularly consumed by 136.7 million people in the U.S., with one in three adults qualifying as excessive drinkers. Alcohol is the most socially promoted drug of choice in America — yet, excessive alcohol …

Second Phase of Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge Begins

Ohio is asking its citizens to step up and make a contribution to the fight against the opioid crisis with the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. The state is hoping to kick-start development of new and …

Justice Department Says It Will Support Lawsuits Against Prescription Drug Companies

On February 27th, 2018, the Justice Department agreed to support lawsuits against prescription drug companies for causing the serious opioid crisis our country now faces. This includes both local and state lawsuits, many of which …

Targeting the Brain’s Painkilling Region Could Eliminate the Need for Opioids, Scientists Say

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have identified the section of the brain that relieves pain — opening the door for new non-addictive pain treatments that may be able to tap into this brain region …

New Jersey Calls for More Inpatient Beds

The state of New Jersey is hoping to create more inpatient beds in underserved areas where patients need help with substance abuse and mental illness. The state department put out the call in early February, …

Help Your Partner Through Opiate Withdrawal Immediately

Opiate withdrawal is an unpleasant but necessary experience for anyone who wants to reclaim their lives from the controlling grip of addiction. When you love someone, who is going through opiate withdrawal, it can help …

New Jersey Students Speak Out Against Opioid Addiction

Students at Bordentown Regional High School are hoping to facilitate real change in their community by creating a public service announcement for the state’s Facing Addiction Taskforce. Students in the school’s peer-to-peer program want to …

Lawmakers Limit Access to Prescriptions for Opioid Drugs Via Medicaid

Florida lawmakers are making moves to try and minimize the issues involved in the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Through the Agency for Health Care Administration, the state government is making considerable changes to the way …

Are You Surprised By the 4 Most Abused Study Drugs?

Study drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are used for non-medical reasons by an estimated 30% of U.S. college and university students who wish to perform better in school. Abuse of prescription stimulants is the second …

Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Found Useful at Preventing Opioid Dependence

A drug that failed to treat osteoarthritis as intended may be more useful at treating opioid dependence, according to a new study. The experimental drug, which remains unnamed, was found ineffective at treating osteoarthritis during …

Ohio Budget Bill Focuses on Opioid Addiction Treatment and Aid

The new state capital budget bill was introduced Monday, February 26th in Columbus, and among the many other proposals—such as money allocated to art projects, museums, improvements for schools, road and bridge building, etc.—lawmakers are …

Addicted Women Receive Contraceptives, Reproductive Health Education in Columbus

A clinic in Columbus, OH is currently offering female patients seeking help for substance abuse and addiction the option to minimize their chances of becoming pregnant in order to avoid further cases of neonatal abstinence …

New Jersey Death Toll from Drug Overdoses Increasing

The number of drug overdose deaths in New Jersey increased by 40 percent from 2015 to 2016. According to the New Jersey Office of the State Medical Examiner, 2,221 drug overdose deaths occurred in this …

Baclofen Not Effective at Treating Alcohol Addiction, Scientists Say

Baclofen, which is approved by the FDA for use in treating muscle spasms, may not be as effective at treating alcohol use disorder as previous studies have led to believe. In recent years, baclofen has …

State Government Proposes Cutting Funding for Vivitrol Injections

In the state of Florida, the opioid epidemic has been a serious issue for a long time, and the state government is finally beginning to take real steps toward fighting it. Though the Florida government …

8 Horrifying Crack Cocaine Side Effects

Whether you smoke it or inject it, crack cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs affecting Americans today. It rapidly enters the bloodstream, creating an intense high in seconds. But, because the high is …

OxyContin Makers Sued by New Jersey County for Racketeering

Camden County in New Jersey sued Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures OxyContin on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Filers of the suit accused the company of racketeering, which is the act of planning an …

Serious Increase in Opioid Overdose Deaths in Ohio, Triple the National Average

Between July of 2016 and July of 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased 39 percent from 3,763 to 5,232, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national increase …

FDA to Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment Options for Opioid Addiction

The FDA will now allow pharmaceutical companies to create and sell medications that treat certain aspects of opioid dependence like cravings and overdoses, even if those medications don’t fully treat opioid dependence. At present, there …

Learn How Proper Pain Management Can Prevent Opioid Addiction

In 2015 there were 240 million opioid prescriptions written in the U.S., which is nearly one prescription for every adult in the country. Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain management, but a large portion of …

Florida Infants Undergoing Neonatal Withdrawal Syndromes Surged in 2016

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration found there was a severe increase in the number of babies with neonatal addiction, dependence, and withdrawal in Florida hospitals in 2016. In 2014, only 1,903 babies in the …

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 reversal drug for fentanyl …

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 maintain balance by showing tough love and …

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?

“Detoxification is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal.” The process itself is most effective in a treatment center or hospital where patients have access to pharmaceuticals, therapeutic interventions, and other …

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

Addiction is a physical disease and like any disease the person is not necessarily to blame for their addiction. It is not a lack of willpower or a lack of morals that causes it but …

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 abuse 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. According to the National Library of Medicine, detox is going into withdrawal from a drug. It is the drug physically leaving your body. This process …

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?

Detox 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. Medication is an important part of an overall treatment program. …

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

To detox naturally from alcohol 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 …

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 …