Is a Vaccine for Heroin Addiction in the Making?

What if there were a vaccine to help people overcome heroin addiction? Scientists are working on creating such a vaccine. Heroin addiction is increasing across America. Research shows that heroin use has been on the rise since 2007. Heroin is highly addictive, and prescription opioids are often the gateway to heroin use as heroin is … Read More

Oregon Suicides Increase Almost 30 Percent, CDC Finds

The rate of suicide increased across nearly all states from 1999 to 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that from 1999 to 2016 the suicide rate in Oregon increased by 28.2 percent. Is substance misuse factoring into the statistic? What other factors are at play? Where can a person go for … Read More

What Does Crack Do to Your Brain?

Prolonged crack use can cause alterations in brain activity that can lead to the development of a substance use disorder. Addiction can develop shortly after using crack. Some people may even find themselves hooked after just one dose. The incredible high that it gives almost immediately after consuming it can cause intense cravings for the … Read More

Why It Is Easy to Accidentally Overdose on Fentanyl

Fentanyl, in its legal form, is a powerful drug used to relieve pain. However, the illicit use of fentanyl carries a high risk for overdose, sometimes with deadly consequences. Fentanyl Overdose in America Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is much stronger than heroin. Stat News reports that while 30 milligrams of heroin can cause … Read More

Are There Any Medical Uses for Ecstasy?

When ecstasy became associated with raves, its use skyrocketed. Ecstasy is the common name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a synthetic, mood-altering drug. Ecstasy, also called Molly or MDMA, is considered a popular nightclub drug, but it was used briefly in the 1970s as a psychotherapy aid. By 1985, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration labeled MDMA as … Read More

Alternatives to Dilaudid: A Non-Addictive Options

Dilaudid Alternatives for Opioid Abuse
Studies show that combining acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective for pain relief than opioids. The search for a non-addictive opioid for pain relief has begun. Opioids have been effective for managing chronic pain, but opioids are highly addictive. More than two million people are addicted to opioids and more than 130 people die in … Read More

Are Ativan and Xanax the Same Drug?

Ativan and Xanax are similar medications used to treat anxiety. Are Ativan and Xanax the Same Drug? Ativan and Xanax are two different drugs but they are both benzodiazepines, a class of drugs often used for managing psychiatric illness. Both drugs treat mental disorders by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter, thus … Read More

What Happens in a CRAFT Intervention?

A CRAFT intervention is different from the confrontational Johnson Intervention popularized on television. There are many different models of drug interventions. One type of intervention gaining popularity is the CRAFT model. How does it differ from other models? When might selecting a CRAFT intervention be the best choice to help someone start a rehab program? … Read More

How to Handle the Stigma of Addiction

The stigma of addiction must be eliminated so that more people seek help. Opinions and misconceptions about addiction abound in society. For people who struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction, the judgment and stigma attached to the concept of addiction can actually harm the recovery process. A case can be made that stigma is … Read More

How to Handle Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

Man sitting on park bench
We need one another to survive. A human connection can help people get through the toughest situations, and this holds true for addiction recovery. If you experience a substance use disorder, you may have discarded healthy relationships as drugs or alcohol gained control over your life. That, in turn, leads to loneliness, which may exacerbate … Read More