How To Tell Someone You're an addict.

How to Tell Someone You’re an Addict

It’s a first date, or you have to go to a holiday party for work. Maybe it’s a high school reunion, or you’re simply out to dinner with new friends. You can say no to alcohol or drugs without embarrassment, provided you’re prepared with well-practiced responses and a prearranged escape plan. If You’re Still Using…

Prescription Painkillers: The Gateway to Heroin Abuse

Prescription Painkillers: The Gateway to Heroin Abuse

Did you know there are more deaths every year from prescription opioid overdose than from either traffic accidents or homicides? All too often people struggling with opioid dependency begin their descent into addiction with a single prescription for Vicodin, OxyContin, or another legitimate painkiller. Then, as dependency grows, the user increases the dose and eventually…

The Growing Need for Effective Pain Management

The Growing Need for Effective Pain Management

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, costing the U.S. over half a trillion dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses every year, according to Stanford University. Unfortunately, the medicines physicians prescribe to treat intolerable pain symptoms are often opiate-based and addictive, and many individuals become physically dependent on them to simply feel…

The Trend in Doctors Abusing Prescription Drugs

The Trend in Doctors Abusing Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing substance abuse problem in the United States, with more and more people dying from overdose each passing year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. What few people realize, however, is that physicians — the guardians of prescription drugs — often become the victims of abuse themselves.…

Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiates are addictive narcotic painkillers that come in legally prescribed and illicit forms. They are also dangerous, and opiate addicts currently suffer from the highest rates of relapse and overdose, according to National Institutes of Health. In the past, addiction professionals regarded substance abuse as a weakness of character rather than a mental health disorder;…

The Effects of Adderall, Wall Street’s New Go-To Drug

The Effects of Adderall, Wall Street’s New Go-To Drug

Prescription stimulants such as Adderall are used mainly to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In people with ADHD, stimulants help the brain use dopamine and norepinephrine more effectively. Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. In neurotypical people—meaning those who don’t have ADHD—the drug has stimulant-like effects such as increased alertness and energy.…

The Rise of Women Addicted to Painkillers

The Rise of Women Addicted to Painkillers

Did you know that many prescription painkillers are pharmacologically almost identical to the world’s most dangerous illicit drug, heroin? If not, you’re not alone. Although past statistics indicate men are far more likely to become addicted to prescription drugs, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports the number of women who died…

Oxy Addiction: When It’s Time to Get Help

Oxy Addiction: When It’s Time to Get Help

Oxycodone, or oxy, is an opiate-based painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. The active ingredient in painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan, oxycodone is a highly addictive substance with a high possibility for abuse. Oxycodone is classified as a Schedule II drug by the FDA and only obtainable through a medical prescription.…

Gerard Butler Seeks Help For Prescription Pill Abuse

Gerard Butler Seeks Help For Prescription Pill Abuse

In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death and the additional focus it has put on substance abuse, especially within the entertainment community, the world is paying closer attention than ever to the struggles that many celebrities are currently facing. TMZ reported that Gerard Butler, popular movie star known most-notably for his role in 300 has…