September 3, 2014

Avoiding Sleeping Pill Addiction

Avoiding Sleeping Pill Addiction Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. If you have it, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, you may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. You may not feel refreshed when you wake up. Roughly, one-fifth of adults in the US experience insomnia, […]

Alcoholism, Anxiety, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Painkiller, Sleep, Substance Abuse
August 27, 2014

Ineffectiveness of Brief Intervention for Drug Use

Ineffectiveness of Brief Intervention for Drug Use There is little question that brief interventions, consisting of 1 or 2 sessions, for reducing drug use have little to no impact on using behavior. Two recent studies illustrate the futility of brief interventions in reducing illicit drug use or prescription drug misuse, known collectively as “problem drug […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Cocaine, Current Events, Depression, Drinking, Drug Treatment, Heroin, lsd, Marijuana, Mental Health, Methadone, Painkiller, Smoking, Substance Abuse, Synthetic, Weed
August 18, 2014

Improving Chronic Pain Control with Home Monitoring

Improving Chronic Pain Control with Home Monitoring Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent, costly, and disabling medical disorders of modern times. While many studies have focused on causes and treatment options to improve chronic pain, few trials have examined interventions by primary care physicians. Promising research was recently published in The Journal of […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Current Events, Medical, Painkiller
August 15, 2014

Screening for Substance Abuse in Emergency Departments

Screening for Substance Abuse in Emergency Departments Drug-related emergency department (ED) visits have steadily increased, with substance users relying heavily on the ED for medical care. This is a very expensive practice and a drain on medical resources. In a recently completed study, researchers gathered data from 15,224 adult ED patients across six academic institutions […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Depression, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Painkiller, Substance Abuse
August 11, 2014

Edible Pot: One Problem of Marijuana Legalization

Edible Pot: One Problem of Marijuana Legalization   The Colorado marijuana industry has produced marijuana-infused edible products that are so tasty, people often cannot tell the difference between a brownie laced with THC and one without the psychoactive chemical. This is a growing concern as new reports show a rise in the incidence of accidental […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Anxiety, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Medical, Painkiller, Substance Abuse, Weed
August 6, 2014

PTSD and the Children of Veterans

PTSD and the Children of Veterans  PTSD not only affects veterans, but the families of veterans also can feel its “aftershocks” and suffer. Children first must cope with the stress of a military parent’s deployment, then a prolonged absence, and finally with their return. Studies of returning service members and veterans have found the following […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Children, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Painkiller, Substance Abuse, Veterans, Weed
July 30, 2014

Is the New Opioid Approved by the FDA Dangerous?

Is the New Opioid Approved by the FDA Dangerous? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended-release tablets), an extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesic to treat severe daily pain that is long-term and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Targiniq ER contains Naloxone that blocks the euphoric effects […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Painkiller, Substance Abuse
July 21, 2014

Heroin Increases in Popularity

Heroin Increases in Popularity The popularity of heroin is rising in many areas of America that have not previously been the focus of or associated with the illegal narcotic drug. In the latest surveys, heroin abusers are likely to be suburban dwellers, white, with an average age in their late 20s; compared to a fifty […]

Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Heroin, Methadone, Painkiller, Substance Abuse
July 11, 2014

Can I Use Marijuana to Help Me Taper Off Harder Drugs?

Can I Use Marijuana to Help Me Taper Off Harder Drugs? Many people who abuse alcohol and drugs also use marijuana. Some, when thinking about quitting, decide that “marijuana maintenance,” substituting marijuana for harder drugs, is a good way to be able to remain high without the negative consequences associated with drugs like heroin or […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Depression Treatment, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Medical, Painkiller, Substance Abuse, Weed
July 9, 2014

The Risk of Using Prescription Painkillers

The Risk of Using Prescription Painkillers The number of overdose deaths from popular prescription painkillers has surpassed deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. Yet the public seems either largely unaware or unconcerned about this startling shift in statistics. Accidental overdose deaths are a major public health problem that is growing and has the potential to […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Depression, Painkiller, Substance Abuse