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. […]

withdrawal symptoms from xanax drug

If there was ever a drug that was first considered a miracle drug it is Xanax. People who struggle with occasional bouts of anxiety or have panic attack have benefited from Xanax’s swift action, bringing on feelings of deep relaxation and calm within minutes. In fact, Xanax may work a bit too well, as its […]

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 […]

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 […]

why do opiates make you sick

Opiates, whether in prescription pill form or in the form of heroin, can make you feel nauseous when you take them and nauseous when you stop them after forming a physical dependence. The drugs provoke a powerful response by the central nervous system, triggering and altering brain chemistry that can result in gastrointestinal distress. To […]

opiates to manage pain

Given the epidemic of opioid and opiate drug abuse in the United States, people should probably avoid using opiates to manage pain, especially chronic pain, even when they are prescribed by a doctor. The side effects and dangers are too great. Rather than take the risk, it might be better to consider natural, non-addictive ways […]

Chronic Alcoholism and Pneumonia

It is well known that chronic heavy drinking will eventually wreak havoc on the body. Specifically, most people are aware that untreated alcoholism ultimately leads to serious liver disease and failure. Other known health risks associated with alcoholism include pancreatitis, heart disease, dementia and brain damage, some cancers, and gastrointestinal conditions. One serious health concern […]

Long Term Effects of Vicodin Use

Most of us have taken Vicodin for some reason or another, whether to control painful dental infections, sustaining an injury, or following surgery. Vicodin is the most highly prescribed opioid in the U.S., with 136 million prescriptions filled in 2013, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. But just as with other prescription pain medications, the […]