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Ambien for Insomnia

We have all been there. Sleepless nights spent tossing and turning and trying our best to go to sleep. Worry can cause insomnia, but sometimes we just simply cannot sleep for no apparent reason. But, do we just continue not to sleep well at night or do we ask our doctor to prescribe something for us? What about Ambien for insomnia? What is Ambien? Ambien (Zolpidem is the generic name) is known as a sedative-hypnotic. It works by slowing down the neurotransmitter, GABA. This slows […]

Prescription Sleeping Pills for Insomnia

Taking prescription sleeping pills for insomnia has become very controversial in our society today. Sleeping pills should only be taken on a short-term basis. They can be highly addictive and have dangerous side effects. Individuals who take sleeping pills for a prolonged period can very easily become dependent on them. They may not be able to fall asleep or stay asleep without them, even when they are taken as prescribed. Most sleeping pills are classified as “sedative hypnotics.” Prescription Sleeping Pills for Insomnia May Not be […]

Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Today, a third of all Americans are obese and another one-third are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This epidemic may be due to the way food products are designed. They are designed to create opiate-like addictions that act upon the brain in the same way morphine or heroin does. In 2003, Professor John Banzhaf drew parallels between food manufacturers’ practices and techniques used by cigarette companies to deny culpability for making tobacco more addictive. Banzhaf […]

Curb Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Addiction to opioids is almost becoming common in the United States today. Furthermore, with the opioid epidemic our country has been going through for decades now, it seems people don’t think that much about someone with opioid addiction. That is unless the person with the addiction is either you or someone you love. The question is, can buprenorphine curb opioid withdrawal symptoms? Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms The fact is, overcoming opioid addiction is not easy. The hardest part of getting off of opioids is the withdrawal […]

Dangers of Ketamine

If you have not yet heard of Ketamine, chances are you soon will. Whether you are a young person or a parent, you need to be aware of this increasingly popular – and potentially deadly – club drug.  One of the hidden dangers of Ketamine is that it has a legitimate use. That can make it even more difficult for law enforcement to fight. Veterinarians use Ketamine as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. Many of them routinely stock it. That has made veterinary practices the […]

Staging an Intervention

If you seem to have tried everything to get your addicted loved one to go to rehab for treatment and nothing has worked, maybe it is time for you to try staging an intervention. Staging an intervention might be your last attempt at getting your loved one to see that they indeed do need professional help for their addiction. When a family member has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it affects the entire family in many ways. Is it possible that you are enabling […]

Addicted and Pregnant

With the opioid crisis raging across states and media headlines in the US, public awareness of drug abuse and addiction has rarely, if ever, been higher. This means that more is being done now to prevent future addiction and to provide more accessible, and affordable treatment options for those who are already addicted than ever before. Despite these efforts, the numbers of people with drug abuse, or addiction problems in the US continue to rise. Clearly, more must be done. There are even more and […]

Addiction a Disease

Is addiction a disease and why are we treating it like one?  Humanity has had a long and often unhappy relationship with drugs, alcohol and other harmful and addictive substances. Most likely for about as long as there have been people there has been addiction in some form or another. The oldest records we have found of what we might recognize as drug use come to us from the ancient Sumerian culture in 5000 B.C. These ancients are believed to have had knowledge of opium […]

IV Drug Abuse

‘IV’ drugs, or intravenous drugs, are illicit, prescription, or other drugs that are taken by injecting them directly into the bloodstream. A common example of an intravenous drug would be heroin. There are many other drugs, however, that can be taken intravenously. Taking any type of drug intravenously can be very dangerous and pose severe risks to the health of the user. The effects of intravenous drug use can be direct or comprehensive. In other words, complications can occur at or near the injection site […]

Addicted Mothers

No one is at this point denying the fact that drug and alcohol addiction is a tough and a brutal issue, to say the least. No one is denying that drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse as a general crisis factor is something that is getting worse and worse and which is becoming more and more concerning with each and every year. It is all on the order of magnitude of things that need to be directly and concisely taken up and focused on. […]

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