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Vivitrol – Is it really a good way to get off drugs or alcohol?

Posted under Ohio, Opiates, Painkillers, Treatment

Vivitrol, a drug that blocks opioid receptors to prevent a person from getting high on narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin and other opiate drugs, is now being given to addicts who appear in Ohio’s drug courts. It’s being touted as a big success. One addict said she can barely remember what it was like to be an addict. BUT, people taking Vivitrol have to keep taking it every month in order for the effect to last. And it’s loaded with side effects and other complications. Is that real rehabilitation? more…

Methamphetamine Hitting Texas, Again

Posted under Methamphetamine, Texas

meth-before-after (2)Years ago methamphetamine was a real problem in Texas. People could go into a drug store, buy over- the-counter cold medicines that contained pseudoephedrine and use them to make meth in home labs. The state removed these products from the shelves so they could only be bought by going directly to the pharmacist. That was 2006, and the number of meth incidents has gone down every year. Until now. more…

How to Keep Addicts Alive Until They’re Into Rehab

Posted under Buprenorphine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Intervention, Marijuana, Methadone, OxyContin

There’s probably nothing worse than having a kid, spouse, parent or close friend on drugs and spending most of your time worrying about whether they’re safe and whether you’re going to get a phone call giving you bad news.

Of course, the best solution to drug addiction is prevention, not treatment. And there are many things you can do to help prevent them from getting into drugs.

A lot of people dispute the disease theory of addiction. And for good reason: Although the drugs can definitely cause physical dependency, true addiction involves a mental and emotional element – it’s a symptom that the person has things going on in their life that they don’t know how to deal with. more…

Return-To-Play Culture Causing Drug Addiction in Sports

Posted under Addiction Help, Crack Cocaine, OxyContin, Percodan

Mike Richards, former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers and more recently with the Los Angeles Kings, had his contract voided last week because he had allegedly used illegal means to get OxyContin. His $69 million contract was for 12 years; he had fulfilled 5. I hate to see another athlete bite the dust because of drugs – but whose fault is it, really? more…

Heroin Addicts Leaving Jail for Immediate Rehab

Posted under Drug Rehab, Heroin, Kentucky

guy-in-prison-123-sneppI love it when things are direct and uncomplicated. In Kenton County, Kentucky – where the heroin addiction problem is very serious – they’ve started a new program that is getting heroin addicts out of jail and through rehab. And it’s remarkably successful. more…

Why is Ecstasy Deadly?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine

Ecstasy and other club drugs – so many people are taking them, and think they are just ‘fun.’ But, in fact, they are among the most dangerous drugs around. Anyone who is taking them needs to know the truth about these drugs and, if they don’t stop taking them when they find out the truth, they should really get addiction help as soon as possible. more…

What Are Your Pain Relief Alternatives to Dangerous Drugs?

Posted under Heroin, Maryland, OxyContin, Painkillers

I recently read an article about the ‘seeds of addiction’. It’s about the current opioid and heroin addiction epidemic being started because of people being in pain. The ‘pain’ referred to was cancer pain – which can be devastating. But the major drug being used to fight it was OxyContin. A very strong, very addictive painkiller, which doctors started prescribing for every minor pain and discomfort under the sun. But there are alternatives to taking these dangerous pills. more…

Canada Changing Laws to Tackle Painkiller Addiction

Posted under OxyContin, Painkillers

A couple of years ago the patent for OxyContin’s original formula expired. That’s not for the extended release version with the abuse-resistant formulation, but the original formula – which caused the huge epidemic in prescription painkiller addiction and abuse. The FDA refused to approve any drugs that were generic versions of the original OxyContin, but Canada gave the drugs approval. Now Canada’s prescription painkiller addiction problem is so bad that they’re going to reverse the approval. more…

Number of Babies Born Addicted Still on the Rise

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Mississippi, Opiates, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee, Young People

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the result of babies born addicted to opioids. A few years ago I reported statistics on how many babies go through the hell of being born addicted to prescription drugs and having to go through the torture of withdrawal. Drug withdrawal is torture for everyone– you can imagine how bad it must be for a baby, just out of the womb, their body very delicate, and with no understanding of why they hurt.

The drugs they’re being born addicted to are opioids. more…

One Way to Help Stop Drugs in Your Community

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Codeine, Connecticut, Drug Addiction, Intervention, Morphine, Opiates, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

When someone’s in the ER to save their life after they overdosed on drugs, it’s the perfect time to get them started on getting the addiction help they need. Hospital ERs aren’t generally set up that way, but I’m hoping that will change once they find out about a study done at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut where getting people into treatment was very successful! more…

This is Rehabilitation – The Real Thing

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs

When someone goes to drug addiction treatment, the goal is to change their life. Whatever led up to them taking drugs has been addressed, whatever is keeping them on drugs has been addressed, and they’ve changed those things in their life that continue to make them want to take drugs. That’s a tall order, but it is true rehabilitation. Here’s a perfect example of what should happen. more…

Colorado’s Marijuana Retailers Trying to Entice School Kids

Posted under Colorado, Marijuana, Young People

There are nearly 400 places in Colorado where you can buy marijuana. Some are chain stores – one owner might have several shops. One of those owners, Brian Ruden, who had four stores as of last year and is still opening more, was recently stopped from opening another shop right next to a drug addiction treatment facility and two blocks from two different schools  – a college and a prep school.

Ruden used to be a tax attorney. He gave it up so he could sell drugs. more…

Opana-Related HIV Outbreak in Indiana

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Indiana, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Washington

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a public health emergency four days ago in an effort to get an HIV outbreak under control. Although he has banned needle exchanges, 90 new HIV cases in the last few months in one small county convinced him that he needs to temporarily lift that ban. Almost all the HIV cases are related to injecting Opana with shared needles. more…

Less that 90 Days in Drug Rehab Has Limited Effectivness

Posted under Drug Rehab, Opiates

Drugabuse.gov says drug rehab that lasts less than 90 days is of “limited effectiveness” and “treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.” Nevertheless, the current trend is toward treatment that lasts less than 90 days—even when it’s sponsored by the same government that made that statement. Should you bother getting someone you care about into a drug rehab program that is anything less? more…

Jail Isn’t the Answer, But Does That Make Being Stoned Okay?

Posted under Colorado, Legal Issues, Marijuana, THC

Colorado’s first annual report on marijuana shows the state sold 4.8 million edible marijuana products—some for medical use, and some for recreation. Nearly enough for one for every person in the state. Oh, wait, more than 2.25 million of Colorado’s 5+ million people are under 21 and can’t legally buy the stuff. So, that means there were enough edible marijuana products for everyone to have two!

And when you consider that only 67 of Colorado’s 321 jurisdictions opted in to allowing retail or medical sales of marijuana, that decreases the number even further. So … let’s just say that quite a few people in Colorado got stoned last year. more…

Adderall Turning A and B Students into Druggies

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Ritalin, Young People

Adderall and Ritalin used to be prescribed for the set of symptoms known as ADHD and other so-called learning disorders. Now they’re also used to study. But the students who are taking them – many of whom are the A & B students who want to get good grades – are having to take time out to get addiction help instead of being able to pursue their goals.

How bad is the situation? more…

Do You Wonder if You’re Addicted to Prescription Painkillers?

Posted under Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

There are a lot of people out there who’ve been on painkillers for a long time. Many have tried to stop taking them, but when they do, they suffer from pain and other symptoms that make them think they still need the drug. However, those symptoms are more likely to be from withdrawal – which means it’s time to get into a drug rehab program.

How Do You Know You’re Going Through Withdrawal? more…

You CAN Help Your Kids Stop Taking Drugs

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Young People

This morning I was reading a forum for mothers whose children are addicts. It was heartbreaking. They have had so much loss, so much devastation, the families are at a breaking point. But, if you act, things can turn out okay. more…

Why Longer Drug Rehab is Better

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Methadone

Have you heard about people going to drug rehab more than once? One person responded to a blog I wrote telling me he’d been to rehab seven times and, even the last time, it didn’t work. That particular person was on a methadone maintenance program – said he needed to stay on methadone because his failures at drug rehab proved that addiction help doesn’t work for him and that he actually needs the methadone.

But is it true that the addiction help that helps other won’t help him? Absolutely not. What is more likely true is that he didn’t do a long-term drug rehab. more…

Can You Get Addicted to Antidepressants?

Posted under Benzodiazepines, Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

Antidepressants are taken by about 13 percent of the population in the U.S. For some – like women between 50 and 64 – that number goes up to one in four, 25 percent. How easy is it to stop taking antidepressants? Without help from a prescription drug rehab professional, you could go through hell for months. more…

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