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Heroin Abuse Rises as Prescription Painkillers Become Harder to Get

Heroin Abuse Rises as Prescription Painkillers Become Harder to Get

  Prescription painkiller abuse has been a problem of frightening proportions over the last decade. In the past years, authorities have tried to find a solution to this problem by setting up pill-monitoring systems, reorganizing the way doctors could prescribe addictive narcotics and busting clinics that irresponsibly prescribed painkillers (Center For Addiction Recovery). However, these measures have had unintended consequences, including the increased use of heroin in demographics which formerly hadn’t been affected by this drug … Read entire article »

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Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

  A little over a year ago, I was desperately fighting an addiction to IV use of heroin. My fate seemed bleak. My family members had accepted the reality that at any moment they could receive “the call” — the call that I had overdosed and was dead. I had already overdosed, while using alone one grimly beautiful summer afternoon, but was found in time by my ex-boyfriend to be resuscitated. Many are not so lucky.  … Read entire article »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Back on the Wagon

  The well known actor Philip Seymour Hoffman recently completed a 10-day detox program following a relapse that started with prescription pills and escalated to heroin use. The star formerly had 23 years of sobriety, but what is most important is that he addressed his relapse before it was too bad and that he is clean and sober again. Hoffman checked into a detox facility following a yearlong relapse. He fell off of the wagon by abusing prescription pills and eventually began using heroin. Thankfully, he was only using heroin for about a week before deciding to seek help for his addiction. This rendezvous didn’t take his life, nor did it cost him his job, or any of the other things that we commonly hear accompanying benders. Did it affect his psyche and … Read entire article »

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Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

  Methamphetamine and opiate addiction are some of the most difficult addictions to kick. Meth relapse rates are enormous, and medical treatments for opiate addiction involve substituting one opioid for another, thereby only switching the addiction rather than treating it. There seems to be a potential light at the end of the tunnel, as a drug called Ibudilast has just passed the preliminary safety test in a move towards treating meth addiction in a new way: by … Read entire article »

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The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

  Dutch scientists conducted a study recently in order to determine what drugs are the most addictive and why. The researchers used their findings to generate a “dependency rating” for each drug. Those with the highest dependency rating are considered the most expensive. The drugs were rated on a precise scale of 0 to 3. In real life, there are many factors that contribute to the likelihood that you will become addicted to drugs, such as your … Read entire article »

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Heroin Detox Handbook

  How to make the detox from heroin (and other opiates) as easy and painless as possible So, you’ve taken the first step and decided to kick your heroin habit, but are worried about the harsh withdrawal symptoms. Whether you go cold turkey or gradually lien off, detoxing is never easy. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, insomnia, chills, muscle cramps, bone aches, panic, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever, runny nose, and depression. The symptoms usually peak around 48-72 hours after last use and can last about a week. Here are a few tips that can help you along the detox process and make things a little less traumatic. One common way to ease the suffering of detox from heroin is to get a Suboxone or Methadone prescription. This is the most comfortable way to detox; … Read entire article »

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Jenelle Evans: I’m Out of Rehab and Doing Just Fine

  Jenelle Evans, one of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” stars entered a drug rehab facility just six days ago on March 4th, but despite the fact that she has been in and out of the facility for heroin addiction, she is stating that she just doesn’t need the treatment anymore. “Jenelle just needed to spend some time trying to figure things out. She wasn’t in rehab that long because she doesn’t think she really needs it. She’s ready to live her life like a normal person not on drugs or dealing with the crappy guys who were around her,” a friend told Radar Online. Her current husband, Courtland Rogers, is one of the “crappy guys” the friend mentioned, who is facing multiple assault charges from altercations with Evans.  The couple is currently separated. Evans … Read entire article »

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Lil Wayne’s Seizures Due To Drugs?

  Lil Wayne, one of the most famous and successful rap artists of our time, should be enjoying himself and his upcoming LP release, but instead he is recovering from what is reported to be multiple seizures. This is the second time in six months that the rapper has been hospitalized for seizures; in October, his private jet had to have an emergency landing due to his symptoms. These symptoms are certainly startling, but they may not be inexplicable, especially due to Weezy’s heavy involvement in drugs, which are proven to increase and cause seizures and seizure-like symptoms. Drugs, whether they are prescription narcotics or antiepileptics, can increase the likeliness of seizures. Illicit drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens are proven to cause severe seizures and strokes, especially when they are … Read entire article »

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Oxytocin a Promising Alternative for Heavy Narcotic Withdrawals

Oxytocin a Promising Alternative for Heavy Narcotic Withdrawals

  Drug companies and treatment facilities are constantly finding new and ground-breaking uses for the astonishing hormone oxytocin. We already know about the potential that the drug has to increase functionality in children and adults who suffer from Autism, but recently, new studies are proving that the hormone also shows signs of helping suffering addicts from withdrawal symptoms and addictive cravings. In one study conducted at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center of Harvard Medical … Read entire article »

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Eddie Dodson: Heroin Addict Turned Bank Robber Turned Hollywood Movie

  Hollywood’s fascination with making movies about drugs, alcohol, and addiction has brought them to making a biographical movie about Eddie Dodson, a heroin addict turned bank robber to support his addiction. Dodson was born on December 24, 1948, in Shelby, North Carolina and came from a good and loving home. His life soon turned from good to bad when he was arrested right after graduating high school for selling illegal drugs in 1972. After getting arrested, and running from authorities, Dodson found himself in Los Angeles where he opened a high-end vintage furniture store/nightclub that eventually attracted many Hollywood celebrities like Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson.  Due to the popularity of his establishment, Dodson became somewhat of a LA celebrity himself.  Ultimately his lawyer back in South Carolina managed to get his … Read entire article »

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