coke mouth

When we think of cocaine we may conjure up its heady days in the 1980s, where cocaine was the drug of choice at celebrity haunts like Studio 54. Cocaine addiction was rampant back then, but then slid out of the limelight when the drug trade was more strictly enforced causing prices to reach unsustainable levels. […]

Recovering Alcoholic Quotes

When attempting something as monumental as achieving sobriety, it helps to have some handy sources of inspiration available. Sobriety is a long and winding road, pitted with the bumps and potholes that define the daily struggle. But just knowing that this road is well-trodden can help someone in early recovery understand they are not the […]

long term morphine use withdrawal process

Anyone who has ever experienced post-surgical pain understands the wonders of morphine. This synthetic opioid analgesic not only blocks pain receptors in the brain and the spinal cord, but also produces a euphoric, dreamlike state. Morphine may be prescribed by a doctor to treat moderate, severe, or chronic pain, and is a staple for postoperative […]

Opioid Addiction: Effects on the Family

The opioid epidemic claims nearly 50,000 lives a year in the United States, with a further 1,000+ emergency room admissions. The nation’s health is suffering, the healthcare sector is struggling, and it’s a huge financial burden on the state. But there’s one often overlooked area that could be suffering the most: family. For every addict […]

Adderall Withdrawal

As with many prescription drugs that are misused, Adderall finds itself in this camp. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that belongs to the class of stimulant drugs. The drug is often prescribed for treating individuals with ADHD as in these patients it is effective in increasing attention spans, improving listening skills, focus, […]

OCD and Drug Abuse

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is within the anxiety spectrum of disorders. Individuals with OCD experience recurring and irrational obsessive thoughts that produce feelings of distress and anxiety. To alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts, the individual engages in repetitive, compulsive behaviors. This cycle repeats throughout the day, keeping the individual captive in the disordered […]

What Helps with Klonopin Withdrawal

With over 40 million Americans struggling with anxiety disorders it is no wonder that benzodiazepines, such as Klonopin, are so highly prescribed. This classification of drugs, which are sedatives, is used for reducing the effects of anxiety but swiftly impacting the central nervous system, causing nearly immediate relief of symptoms. As with other benzos, Klonopin carries a […]

Depression and Alcoholism in Women

Alcohol is a perennial favorite among individuals who suffer from depression, including women. The substance provides a respite from the symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or despair, replacing these emotions, at least initially, with a sense of relaxation and escape. A woman struggling with depression may rely on alcohol as a […]

fentanyl patch addiction treatment

Fentanyl is a powerful prescription opioid derived from morphine, and often marketed under the brand name Duragesic. The drug is very potent, at least fifty times more so than morphine. Fentanyl is typically reserved for cancer patients who receive palliative care in managing extreme pain. The fentanyl patch is a slow-release form of the drug, […]

xanax withdrawal symptoms cold turkey

Xanax (alprazolam) is one of the drugs in the benzodiazepine family, a fast-acting sedative that is wildly popular in the U.S. In fact, with an estimated 49 million Xanax prescriptions written in 2012, Xanax is the most prescribed benzodiazepine and the second most prescribed psychotropic drug in the country (after Vicodin). Xanax is intended for […]