Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are prescription drugs that include common medications such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium). To most recreational users, these drugs are just a way get a high so they can relax or sedate themselves. However, there is much more to know about benzos,...
The term “problem drinking” can mean different acts to different people. In fact, any of the following behaviors could be considered problem drinking: Underage drinking of any alcohol Occasional binge drinking Regularly drinking more than the daily recommended amount Drinking in...
Adderall is a prescription drug used primarily to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Under the supervised care of a qualified physician, people can take Adderall to manage their symptoms safely, but recently Adderall has become the go-to drug for enhancing both...
Krokodil is the street name given to desomorphine, an opioid-analogue and morphine derivative with strong analgesic and sedative effects. The name comes from the Russian word for “crocodile,” alluding to the damaged skin that users develop that resembles the green scales of a...
Being prescribed a medication can be worrisome if you are unaware of the benefits and risks of the medication. After hearing the long lists of side effects that are on medication commercials, you may find yourself concerned that the new medication is unsafe to take. These lists of side...
While common in teenagers and young adults, Robotripping is a form of over-the-counter substance abuse that is becomingly increasingly popular in people of all ages. It is the slang word for recreational abuse of popular cough medicines, such as Nyquil and Robitussin. Dextromethorphan,...
Many substances carry the potential for overdose, even natural ones. Ibogaine is a drug that naturally occurs in a plant called the Iboga, and it can cause an overdose. While some people are tempted to think that natural drugs are safer than synthetic ones, every drug carries some risk,...
Stress is an established risk factor in the development of substance abuse, addictive behavior and relapse vulnerability. Stress refers to the process of perceiving, appraising and responding to a harmful, threatening or challenging event or stimuli. Stress can be emotional, psychological...
Drug use occurs in every area of the country, and rural areas are no different. Those who live in rural areas are not traditionally thought to have issues with substance abuse. While many people associate addiction and drug abuse with urban or inner city communities, drug abuse is on the...
The disease of addiction is both physical and psychological. It confuses both addicts and their loved ones who can’t understand why they keep repeating the same behaviors despite destructive consequences. Addiction recovery experts have identified the following stages in the process of...
There are many factors that contribute to substance abuse. Any instance where drugs are abused causes concern for overdose. An overdose is the condition of taking excessive amounts of a drug or substance that the body is unable to handle; it is as if the body is being poisoned with an...
There are serious and possibly even disastrous consequences from storing drugs improperly. Drugs are typically stored in the bathroom medicine cabinet. This seems perfectly logical and reasonable at first, but on further reflection the problems with this practice become apparent. For one...