Any type of drug use is dangerous, but the use of drugs when your brain is still growing can have a lasting impact. College students and other 20 year olds are young adults but their brains are still developing so the risk of using drugs during these crucial years is high and although they may not experience immediate consequences for their use, they are at risk for long term side effects.
Xanax, generically known as alprazolam, is one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs in this country. As prescriptions for this highly addictive drug rise, the rates of abuse and dependence increase as well. As many have discovered, Xanax is highly addictive. Xanax is a benzodiazepine in the sedative-hypnotic class of drugs. It is generally prescribed..
Ambien, the brand name of the generic drug zolpidem, is a widely-prescribed, and also widely abused drug. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year. Another 10-15% of the adult US population report chronic..
Looking into addiction treatment programs (rehab) for yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming. Generally life is already stressful and unmanageable. Trying to understand what options are available within the treatment world and what would work best is not an easy task. To give you a starting point, here are 5 frequently asked questions..
Looking for Prescription Drug Rehab? You are not alone. Prescription drugs have become a serious concern. In 2013, nearly 60% of all drug overdose deaths resulted from prescription drugs. Approximately two thirds of prescription drug abusers get them from family and/or friends. If you believe someone you know is abusing or addicted to prescription drugs,..
From all the research that has been done in the field of addiction over the past 30-40 years, we know several factors are involved in the development and continuance of addictive behavior. Within the disease model of addiction, we understand the development of an addiction stems from the genes we have inherited. Once these particular..
The abuse of prescription drugs has been on an increase for many years. Prescription drug abuse is the nations fastest-growing drug problem, and the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and..
Methamphetamine (meth or crystal meth) is considered one of the worlds most addictive drugs. Why is it so addictive? To really understand the addictive power of crystal meth, it is helpful to understand the drug and how it works on the human brain and body. What does Crystal Meth do? Methamphetamine is a stimulant that..
Prescription drugs are often abused or misused. Like all types of abuse and addiction there is usually a component of secrecy or denial surrounding the problem. According to Foundation for a Drug-Free World here are 10 warning signs that someone is abusing prescription drugs: 1. Usage increase increased tolerance, taking a higher dosage to feel..
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is something frequently over looked. Stigma is guided by perception and in the field of addiction there is a hierarchy of stigma. A common stigma easily identified is the public perception surrounding licit and illicit drugs. Alcohol is perceived as a lesser evil because it is a legal substance, whereas..
Heavy teenage marijuana use could damage brain structures critical to memory and reasoning and the effects may be long lasting. Heavy pot use during teenage years is also connected with lower IQ. It is well known that the human brain is not fully developed until 25-28 years of age. Chronic or heavy pot use by..