Fentanyl Overdoses Making News Headlines

+-*In 2015, news media are carrying stories of overdose deaths around the US that involve fentanyl. Fentanyl is a completely synthetic opiate-like drug used medically for relief of intense pain. Because it is synthetic, the manufacture of the drug does not need to involved opium poppies, agriculture, harvesting or any of the other processes needed for a drug like heroin, cocaine or marijuana. When used medically, it is called Actiq, Fentora or Duragesic, among other brand names. Outside of the operating room, it is usually administered in a patch or lollipop form so there is no way of consuming it…

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Help for the Families of Addicts

+-*Anyone working in addiction recovery knows that families suffer right along with those who are addicted. Parents and siblings suffer the terror that their loved one won’t make it home or worse, have no idea where he is tonight. Children suffer from abuse or neglect of their most basic needs like shelter, food and love. Grandparents and other family may be abused, threatened or stolen from. Families need help, just like the addicted do. What kind of help can be offered to parents and other family? There are actually many ways to increase your understanding of addiction and the options…

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Child Neglect Due to Substance Abuse is On The Rise

+-*An individual who has turned to drug use has done so because they have encountered something in their life that they feel either unable or unwilling to address and resolve. Drugs provide them with a way to escape their life, temporarily, so that they can experience some sort of relief. An individual may choose to use drugs once a week or once every few weeks – just when things are “getting hard”. However, as time moves on they may discover they are coming up with more and more reasons to use drugs more frequently.

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Should Energy Drinks Be Considered the New Gateway Drug?

+-*There is no specific path by which all individuals enter into drug use. Normally, an individual moves into casual drug use when they decide that these substances may be able to help them in some way in their life. They have normally encountered some problem that they are either unwilling or unable to face and handle, and drugs can provide for them a way to escape, at least temporarily.

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Six Compelling Reasons to Avoid Xanax Abuse

+-*Xanax and other drugs in this same class (benzodiazepines) have long been popular drugs of abuse. Those seeking to achieve the high of heroin by abusing painkillers found that mixing opioids like Vicodin, Lortab, Percocet or OxyContin with a benzodiazepine intensified the high of the painkillers and gave them a similar euphoric effect. And so was born drug combinations dubbed the “Las Vegas Cocktail” (benzos and opiates) and the “Houston Cocktail” (benzos, opiates and the muscle relaxant Soma). But with each drug added to this combination, it became more deadly. All three drugs in the Houston Cocktail suppress a person’s…

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Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal

+-*The symptoms of drug withdrawal are perhaps the biggest curse of addiction. The certainty that one will become desperately ill if he stops using drugs is a big reason a person stays trapped in addiction. Heroin addicts talk about “getting sick” when they start suffering withdrawal symptoms because they feel so miserable and may vomit and suffer diarrhea, muscle spasms and chills. They talk about “getting well” when they can get their hands on more heroin or other opiate. With each type of drug, the withdrawal symptoms vary – sometimes greatly. What most people are familiar with is withdrawal from…

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Purple Drank in Today’s Popular Culture

+-*Anyone into Hop Hop music knows what Purple Drank is. It’s a mixture of prescription cough syrup and Mountain Dew or other soda, usually with some Jolly Rancher candies mixed in and dissolved to give it color and flavor. The mixture even has its own preferred type of container – a styrofoam cup. This mixture – intoxicating and addicting – has long been a favorite of musicians in this genre. But hopefully, anyone who knows about Purple Drank also knows that some prominent Hip Hop musicians have died or ended up in jail as a result of their addictions to…

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Why do People Start Taking Drugs?

+-*There’s a moment in every addict’s life when they reach out for a drug or a drink for the very first time. Whether or not you agree with the concept that addiction is a disease, that first moment of drug use or drinking is a choice that each person makes. And for each person, there’s a reason behind that choice. It doesn’t just happen. Here’s some of the most common reasons that choice is made, as told to us by those who started their drug use young, became addicted and finally recovered at a Narconon rehab center. 1. “Everyone is…

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How Do You Get Someone to Rehab?

+-*We understand the difficulty of this task and why families often struggle with getting a loved one to rehab. But it can be done and is done daily by families across the country. If you prepare properly before you try to get your loved one into rehab, the process can go much more smoothly and successfully with less wear and tear on everyone involved. Here’s how you can set the stage for a successful transition from addiction to rehab. 1. Start by researching and choosing the right rehab program. If the person has relapsed after going to the same kind…

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