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MDMA is a synthetic (man-made) drug officially known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. First developed by the Germans in the early 1900’s and becoming more widely available in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the US, it gained widespread attention when it was used during weekend-long parties known as “raves.” The drug seemed to lower inhibition, increase energy, and elevate mood, which made party-goers, “ravers” as they were known, seek it out. Though abuse of MDMA has been on the decline overall, it still turns up at parties, concerts, […]

Barbiturates are a class of drug first synthesized (man-made) in the late 1800’s. They may have paved the way for intravenous (IV) anesthesia, but they also proved deadly, contributing to the deaths of many people, including Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Today, barbiturates are not widely prescribed, due to their serious side effects. A few are still used medically. They do, however, appear as street drugs. Here is what you should know about these dangerous “downers,” also known as the “coma drug.” What are Barbiturates?Table […]

Various substances around the country have valuable purposes within our society. Some of these are used for conditions within the medical realm, whether it be for handling pain or treating conditions. One type of medication that has a valuable use within the realm of addiction treatment is methadone, which is used within maintenance programs and in helping wean individuals off of opiates. How Methadone is Used When methadone is used correctly and as prescribed, it can be a safe and effective treatment for opioid dependence. […]

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are on the rise in this country, and there is no mistaking that fact. Drug and alcohol addiction unfortunately rises and gets progressively more and more troubling with each passing year, reaching the point of being a full on epidemic in this country that needs to be effectively handled sooner rather than later. One of the drugs that have become epidemic-level prevalent in recent years has been that of crystal meth. Sadly, this substance has very suddenly cropped up […]

Various substances can become extremely addictive to people, and this includes both legal and illicit substances. There are some that can have a valuable purpose within the medical realm like opioid painkillers or certain types of stimulants, but there are also other substances that are completely illicit and serve absolutely no purpose other than for users to get high. One of the most prominent types of these latter substances is crack cocaine, which entered the scene in the 80’s. It is important to understand the […]

GHB

Drug and alcohol addiction is an undisputed epidemic in the nation today. GHB is only one of many drugs that have increased in prevalence in this country. Statistically speaking, the problem with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction was in fact recorded and officiated as a full on Epidemic in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC: “Prior to the turn of the century, different decades have seen varying levels of drug and alcohol addiction problems here and there, […]

There are several different categories of substances that individuals continue to abuse around the globe. It could be that a person uses some type of depressant like opioids or alcohol, or they may use stimulants for a medical condition or recreationally. There are a few different types of drugs that fall into the category of stimulants, and some of them are used within the medical realm, whereas others are only for the purpose of users getting high. One of the most frequently used types of […]

What are Benzodiazepines?Table of ContentsWhat are Benzodiazepines?How do Benzodiazepines Work?What are the Uses of Benzodiazepines?Benzodiazepine Dependence and AddictionSymptoms of Benzodiazepine AddictionTreatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction Benzodiazepines, otherwise known as Benzos, are one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the United States. These drugs are classified as sedatives, which are commonly used to help people sleep, soothe anxiety, control seizures, relax muscles, and more. Common Benzodiazepines are Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. While these drugs can be used to help with serious medical issues, they can also […]

What are Anabolic SteroidsTable of ContentsWhat are Anabolic SteroidsWhy do People use Anabolic SteroidsAnabolic Steroid AbuseThe Short-Term Effects of Anabolic SteroidsThe Long-Term Effects of Anabolic SteroidsCan You Become Addicted to Anabolic SteroidsTreatment for Anabolic Steroid Addiction According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, anabolic steroids are defined as “synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone.” Most commonly referred to as simply, steroids, anabolic steroids are used for muscle building and increasing male characteristics. There are many short-term and long-term steroid side effects that […]

What are Inhalants?Table of ContentsWhat are Inhalants?How are Inhalants UsedWhat are the Short-term Effects of Inhalants?What are the Long-term Effects of Inhalants?What is Inhalant Abuse?Can People Overdose on Inhalants?Types of Treatment for Inhalant Abuse? The inhalants definition, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, states that inhalants are “the various substances that people typically take only by inhaling.” Inhalants contain psychoactive chemicals that produce mind-altering effects when inhaled. These substances are easily accessible and are typically common household items, such as: Solvents — these […]