symptoms of OD on Xanax

Symptoms of OD on Xanax and Detox Options

It is very common for someone who is going through a particularly stressful life event to rely on Xanax (alprazolam) to help smooth out the edges.  Xanax is a go-to medication that is prescribed for individuals struggling with anxiety or panic disorder.  By slowing down the central nervous system and reducing the abnormal excitement levels […]

Hydroxycut Abuse

Hydroxycut Abuse and Treatment Options

Someone reading this title about Hydroxycut abuse may be scratching their heads thinking that it must be an old, outdated blog.  Yes, indeed, the original formulation for the weight loss supplement, Hydroxycut, was taken off the shelves in 2009 following reports of serious adverse effects, including liver damage, seizures, cardiovascular problems, and muscle damage called […]

Why You Should Avoid Self Medicating for Mental Illness

Addiction is rooted in brain chemistry. In fact, one of the leading causes for the development of an addiction is based on the pre-existing mental condition of an individual. Often times, an individual who has a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness will self-medicate to treat themselves, most commonly using drugs and alcohol. There are plenty […]

clonazepam withdrawal symptoms list

Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms List

Clonazepam, under the brand name of Klonopin, is a tranquilizer often prescribed to aid individuals who suffer from panic attacks or seizures.  Clonazepam is in the benzodiazepine family of Schedule IV drugs that happen to be highly addictive, so should only be prescribed for a short-term period. Unfortunately, the drug also produces a euphoric high […]

hand sanitizer addiction

Getting Treatment for Hand Sanitizer Addiction

It is seriously mind blowing to think of someone deliberately drinking hand sanitizer to get high.  But, just as teens may drink cough syrup or inhale cleaning fluids from a can, some have discovered hand sanitizers as the source of a potential high.  And it isn’t just teens who are imbibing these products, adults, too, […]

Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

America is a nation of pill poppers.  In 2017, over 4 billion—yes, billion—retail prescription drugs were filled at pharmacies, according to the Kaiser Foundation.  Fueling these numbers is the continual onslaught of pharmaceutical commercials that beckon consumers to take a pill for this and a pill for that, each with a long list of adverse […]

How to Help Someone With Depression and Alcoholism

How to Help Someone With Depression and Alcoholism

There is nothing so heartbreaking as to watch a loved one suffering from a dual diagnosis of alcoholism and depression. These two demons often go hand in hand, and help explain why there is such a high suicide rate among alcoholics. The depression may have been the spark that led to your loved one’s attempt […]

Health Insurance that Covers Substance Abuse

Health Insurance that Covers Substance Abuse

Health Insurance that Covers Substance Abuse Thanks to two important pieces of legislation pertaining to health care, The Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008, the odds that your insurance provider now pays at least some of the costs associated with substance abuse treatment are excellent.  Of course, with […]

How do Opioids Affect the Brain and Body

How do Opioids Affect the Brain and Body?

How do Opioids Affect the Brain and Body? As biological organisms, human beings are comprised of systems of cells that work together for the common benefit of the system. The term organism is rooted in the Greek word organon, meaning the organ of sense. How do opioids affect the brain and body is tied to […]

alcohol poisoning treatment

What is Alcohol Poisoning Treatment?

What is Alcohol Poisoning Treatment? When we think of alcohol poisoning most of us conjure up images of frat boys binge drinking until they pass out.  While young adults constitute a large percentage of people who experience alcohol poisoning, they are not in the majority.  On the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates […]