Archive: Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Overdose

Blacked Out: A Story You Won’t Remember

July 5th, 2021

I woke up around 2:45 in the afternoon. My clothes were gone, and my nose throbbed as if someone had punched me with a good left hook. I ran to the bathroom and one of the girls at the house found and brought me my clothes. I wondered to myself, “Why am I naked, why […]

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International Overdose Awareness Day—August 31

August 1st, 2018

What Is International Overdose Awareness Day? International Overdose Awareness Day is a global recognition day which serves two purposes: to bring awareness to drug overdose and to reduce stigma with drug-related death. Bringing Awareness To Drug Overdose Why is it important to bring awareness to drug overdose? While thousands of people will experience a drug-related […]

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Carfentanil-Laced Heroin Abuse And Addiction

July 25th, 2016

What Is Carfentanil? Carfentanil, which was formerly known under the commercial name Wildnil, was first synthesized in the early 1970s. It was produced for commercial applications as a general anesthetic for large animals. It was not created or intended for human use. The National Institutes of Health’s Open Chemistry Database explains that it “is an […]

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Commonly Abused Muscle Relaxers

May 5th, 2016

Temporary Relief Muscle relaxants do not work directly on our muscles, but on the brain and thus are full body relaxants. As a result, muscle relaxers only offer a temporary alleviation for pain. Patients may also experience, euphoria, calmness, and physical and emotional pleasure. Patients that abuse muscle relaxants may take more than what is […]

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Signs of Xanax Abuse and Addiction

March 16th, 2016

What Is Xanax? Xanax, under the generic name Alprazolam, is within the drug class of benzodiazepines. This is a family of depressant medications that affect the central nervous system and creates a calming effect through their sedative properties. Its primary use is for treating anxiety and panic disorders; according to the National Alliance on Mental […]

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GOP Candidate Carly Fiorina Puts a Human Face on the Addiction Epidemic

September 19th, 2015

A Familiar Loss: “The two police officers stood awkwardly in our living room . . . They asked us to sit down. Frank collapsed in a chair. I sat on the carpet next to him, my arms wrapped around his knees. The police officers said our daughter was dead, three thousand miles away . . […]

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New Club Drug: Poppers

July 10th, 2015

The term “poppers” refers to a group of drugs related to the chemical class alkyl nitrite. Its traditional form as a recreational substance is amyl nitrite, although recently a number of other variations have burst onto the scene, such as isobutyl nitrite and isopropyl nitrite. Since its discovery in 1844, amyl nitrite has been known […]

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Clonidine Found To Improve Buprenorphine Treatment For Opiate Addiction

July 2nd, 2015

Some commonly abused opiate drugs include opium, heroin, OxyContin, morphine, fentanyl, and codeine. The severity of withdrawal symptoms a person experiences during initial detox vary but can include strong cravings, flu-like symptoms including nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping, headache, shakiness, bone pain, chills, runny nose, excessive sweating, anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tension and cramping. The […]

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Can I Get In Legal Trouble For Admitting Drug Use In Rehab?

June 25th, 2015

The Short Answer Is “No” It varies from situation to situation, but in the vast majority of cases, simply admitting illegal drug use to your treatment professional will not land you in jail. This is true whether you’re owning up to past drug use as a condition of entering rehab, or revealing a current relapse […]

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The Difference Between Vivitrol And Suboxone

June 23rd, 2015

Overcoming heroin or other opioid addiction can be a challenging process for the strongest of individuals. Addiction to these substances often requires traditional therapy as well as a pharmacological intervention, which is the use of medications designed to reduce cravings and either partially or fully block the effects of opioid drugs, thereby reducing the motivation […]

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Opiate Withdrawal – Uncomfortable To Downright Painful Infographic

June 22nd, 2015

Learn more about opiate withdrawal and the uncomfortable to downright painful side effects illustrated with a visually stunning infographic that is easy to read and has a PDF version for you to download. Opiate Withdrawal Infographic: Download PDF To learn more about Opiate Withdrawal click here.

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Substance Abuse In The Armed Forces

June 17th, 2015

Why Is There A Problem? Those who enlist in the armed forces lead a life full of very specific stressors, and they live with others who have the same lifestyle. Being away from their homes and families for long periods of time can contribute to this, and though technology provides people with more ways to […]

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