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How Can Responsible Use of Medication Descend into Addiction?

Many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a drug to abuse it Becoming an addict is not a choice. The many misconceptions and stigmas about addiction have made it difficult for people to recognize the danger of addiction, even if they are simply following a prescription for a medical condition. In fact, many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a...

Can Any Good Come from a Drug Charge?

Facing a drug charge is terrifying, but serves as a wake-up call that you have a problem Being charged with a drug crime can be devastating. Many people get caught up in addiction every year without ever even setting out to get high: they needed a prescription following surgery or an injury, and when the time came to quit they just couldn’t. Even young people get trapped in a disease they simply cannot shake after...

When Depressants and PTSD Mix

When Depressants and PTSD Mix Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition caused by trauma. Any devastating event can generate feelings of despair and powerlessness, emotions that can set the stage for this disorder. The following situations readily induce this disorder: Sexual abuse Natural disasters, such as tornados or floods Neglect Rape Crashes Physical abuse Most people can work through their...

The Descent into Heroin Addiction

Heroin may take months to cause addiction Heroin users do not begin using the drug to develop addictions that lead them to risk their health daily and to hurt their loved ones. No one decides to use heroin expecting to become obsessed with the idea of getting the next hit, or expecting to depend on a substance that can kill them. But heroin is a powerful and dangerous drug. While addiction may not necessarily begin...

The Dangers of Using Contaminated Drugs

Illegal drug use is dangerous for more reasons than just the risk of addiction and its effects. Drugs are often contaminated with other substances, and users have no way of knowing what exactly they are purchasing or using. Intentional Drug Contamination Some street or synthetic drugs include contaminants as part of their manufacture. Krokodil, a Russian street drug that is reportedly three times stronger than...

Addicted to Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) article “Using Pills to Fall Asleep at Night?” (2013) reports that “doctors wrote nearly 60 million prescriptions (including refills) for Ambien, Lunesta, and other prescription sleep aids in 2012.” While taking a pill to fall asleep may seem harmless, AARP also reports that sleeping pills sent over 19,000 people to the emergency room in 2010. These...

The Dangers of Dalmane (flurazepam) Abuse

No one would contradict the fact that a good night’s sleep is fundamental to stay awake and alert throughout the day and to maintain good health. Long term effects of sleep deprivation can range from obesity to chronic memory loss. To keep a healthy body and mind, we need to sleep well. This has led to the development and prescription of benzodiazepine and benzodiazepine derivatives to help those with insomnia and...

Touring Musicians and Prescription Drug Addiction

Many musicians have both publicly and secretly struggled with illicit drug use; losing their talent, family, admirers, careers and life, and this has raised awareness about the very real harm and consequences of illicit drug use and abuse. Recently, many musicians have come forward to speak about their struggles with prescription drug addiction. Prescription drug addiction and other problems related to prescription...

Pseudo-Addiction and Painkiller Dependence

Most often associated with chronic pain, pseudo-addiction is the term for a syndrome that has behaviors associated with addiction. This syndrome is inadvertently induced as a result of medical treatment or diagnostic procedures. Chronic Pain and Painkillers People who suffer with chronic pain are no longer able to live the life they previously lived. They experience ongoing pain, cannot sleep, have weakened immune...

Opioid Use and Heart Palpitations

Opioids are drugs that physicians often prescribe to treat moderate to severe pain. Common prescription opioids include codeine, tramadol, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone and methadone. However, these drugs can affect the heart, so seek help to ensure your health and safety. Common Opioid Side Effects Common side effects of opioid abuse include the following examples: Nausea and...
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