How Can I Use Opioids Safely?

Use Opioids Safely

Almost everyone has heard about the high rates of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose in the United States. If you’re currently taking prescription opioids or your doctor has discussed them with you, you may be wondering if you should take them. Opioids are highly addictive but for some people, they’re the best treatment option. You […]

What Happens When You Mix Drugs and Alcohol?

Mix Drugs and Alcohol

Many people mix drugs and alcohol either out of ignorance or in a deliberate attempt to intensify a high. Some people know the dangers of drinking and using illegal drugs but they don’t realize that prescription or over-the-counter medicines can also be dangerous. Mixing drugs and alcoholic beverages can lead to drowsiness, poor coordination, and […]

What Causes Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse?

Alcoholism

Many people who develop alcoholism wonder how they became that way. Their relatives and friends may also be curious about why that person developed an addiction while other people didn’t. Given the significant impact that alcohol abuse and addiction can have on an individual’s life, it’s important to understand the risk factors. Some people assume […]

What Are the Signs of an Opioid Overdose?

Opioid Overdose

Opioids are powerful drugs. Whether an individual uses prescription opioids like morphine or oxycodone or illegal drugs like heroin, it can lead to an overdose. If someone you know is overdosing, you need to know the signs so you can seek help. Opioid overdose can be fatal if the user doesn’t get the appropriate intervention […]

How to Improve Your Chances of Achieving Long-Term Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

If you’re overcoming alcohol addiction, your main priorities must be your sobriety and overall health.  If you don’t pay sufficient attention to these, your quality of life and well-being could easily spiral downward. Personal and professional challenges will continue to be a part of your life, but you’ll need to put a lot of your […]

What Are Bath Salts? Can I Get Addicted to Them?

Bath Salts

A few years ago, there was lots of media attention surrounding bath salts, the common name given to synthetic cathinones. The drug was being linked to so-called face-eating cannibal attacks in the United Kingdom and the United States. Now that the media frenzy has died down, there is less discussion surrounding these man-made stimulants. However, […]

Can I Become Addicted to Sleeping Pills?

Addicted to Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills are often prescribed for the short-term treatment of severe insomnia. They fall into the category of sedative-hypnotics which also includes barbiturates (phenobarbital, pentobarbital) and benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin). The most common sleeping pills are Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta. They act on the same GABA receptors in the brain as benzodiazepines but they tend to […]

What’s the Difference Between Detox and Rehab?

Detox and Rehab

If you’re ready to take the first step towards recovering from addiction, you may be unsure about what you should do. You may know you need professional help but determining exactly where to go may be difficult. Perhaps you’re wondering if you need to detox or whether you should enter rehab. If you’re not sure […]

What Are the Dangers of MDMA?

Dangers of MDMA

MDMA is a synthetic psychoactive drug that’s used for recreational purposes. It affects mood and perception and provides feelings of pleasure, emotional warmth, and increased energy. MDMA rose to popularity in raves and the nightclub scene but it is now more widely used. It is more commonly known as molly or ecstasy. Molly is a […]