Why Ecstasy Misuse May Be Riskier than You Think

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Despite the name, the “party drug” ecstasy is a stimulant that can damage the delicate nerve cells in the brain. The drug dates back to 1914 when Merck Pharmaceuticals created methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The drug was used widely until 1986 when studies showed it damaged brain cells. MDMA — sometimes known on the street as E, … Read More

10 Things You Should Know About Amphetamines

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In the spring of 2018, WebMD came out with a stern warning suggesting that the United States is about to experience widespread amphetamine misuse. As the nation struggles to handle the opioid epidemic, amphetamine addiction is spreading. What are the 10 most important things you need to know about amphetamine addiction? How can the drug … Read More

Dilaudid Overdose: What to Do

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Dilaudid is a highly addictive pain reliever. WebMD flags the drug as having a high probability of overdose because it is an extremely powerful medication. Like other opioids, it is both extremely effective and severely addictive. Also like other opioids, Dilaudid carries the potential for misuse. Could you identify a Dilaudid overdose if you saw … Read More

Is Kratom Legal in the US?

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As the substance use disorder epidemic continues to run rampant through the United States, many new substances are being introduced to the public through the guise of legal substances that are sold in tobacco stores or smoke shops. As these substances continue to appear, the government and law enforcement continue to evolve legislation to protect citizens … Read More

12 Drugs You Should Not Mix with Alcohol

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Mixing alcohol and certain drugs can kill you. Good RX reported that almost 50 percent of Americans take a prescription drug. Many of these people will also drink alcohol. Consuming too much alcohol or mixing it with the wrong drug can cause serious physical consequences. Look Out for These Drug Interactions Alcohol misuse by itself is … Read More

How Self-Awareness Supports Addiction Recovery

The concept of “first, know thyself,” is attributed to the Greeks. It is a concept that means you must first understand the complex thoughts and feelings that make up your internal emotional and physical state. Knowing and understanding what is going on in your head and heart is an important part of addiction recovery. How … Read More

What Do Drug-Related Dreams Mean?

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Everybody dreams. Some you remember, and some you do not. Some are enjoyable and some are less than enjoyable. When processing a past trauma, such as living with a substance use disorder, it is common for drug-related dreams to manifest. These can be dreams portraying relapses or even snap-shot memories of past substance misuse. To … Read More

The Essential Guide to Workplace Drug Policies

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There are no regulatory rules requiring anti-drug policies in the workplace, but there are several reasons companies might consider a policy on drugs in the workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that drugs in the workplace cost employers in terms of lost productivity, workplace accidents, absenteeism, medical costs and staff turnover. Last year, a … Read More

Alcohol Detox: 5 Things You Should Know

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An alcohol use disorder is a chronic disease. The first step for many people is to detoxify their bodies from alcohol. However, you may find the idea of alcohol detox frightening because you do not know much about it beyond what you might have seen in the media. What really happens to a person in … Read More

Opioid Crisis Costs Washington State Billions

The latest numbers show the opioid epidemic is costing residents of Washington state $9.9 billion annually and the cost is increasing. About $7 billion of that money was correlated to the financial impact of overdose fatalities on Washington’s health care system. Beyond the fiscal strain, the cost to families and employers is high. A recent … Read More