Prescription Medication Addiction

The Many Types of Substance and Behavioral Addictions

By |2019-03-22T21:42:23+00:00June 4th, 2017|

Various Types of Substance and Behavioral Addictions Addiction types are varied and range from drugs like cocaine, substances like alcohol and behaviors such as gambling. Some addictions are very clear and specified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). Other addictions have been identified by professionals as addictive while others argue against it. An example of this can be marijuana which isn't considered as addictive in the traditional sense, but people can become dependent on it. The different types of addiction, including drug use, are found within the DSM-IV-TR but they are called [...]

Learn the Signs of Darvocet Abuse and Addiction

By |2019-04-02T18:36:17+00:00June 3rd, 2017|

Darvocet – Are You Abusing this Dangerous Narcotic? Darvocet – also known as Propoxyphene or Darvon – is a powerful and dangerous narcotic. In fact, the drug is so dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacture and distribution of this medication in 2010. Even though the drug has been banned, the painkiller Darvocet is still available on the black market and is being sold on the street for as much as twenty dollars a pill. In spite of the ban, many people are still abusing Darvocet or struggling with an addiction to [...]

What is GHB and Why is it Abused?

By |2017-09-08T19:28:19+00:00June 1st, 2017|

What is GHB? A Brief History on One of America’s Fave Club Drugs Gamma hydroxybutyrate – commonly known as GHB – is considered by many to be a super fun club drug that makes for one hell of a party. It is also known for something else – date rape. But, GHB didn’t always have the reputation it has today. In fact, until the FDA banned the stuff in 1990, GHB was a legal substance in the United States used for medicinal purposes. GHB is a clear liquid that looks just like water. It is tasteless [...]

Hooked on Mirtazapine: Addiction to Antidepressants

By |2017-12-18T20:20:56+00:00May 3rd, 2017|

There is a new drug that has been leading unsuspecting people down the path of addiction and it is called Mirtazapine. When we think of drug addiction we tend to imagine hidden bottles of alcohol, hypodermic needles, and crack pipes. We would be correct to think these associations are linked to epidemics currently happening in the United States. However, a growing issue that has largely flown under the radar is the widespread use and abuse of antidepressants, specifically Mirtazapine. This pharmaceutical drug also goes by the name Remeron and is used as an antidepressant and [...]

How Pentazocine-Naloxone Can be Abused and Even Addictive

By |2017-05-03T17:57:07+00:00May 1st, 2017|

A prescription like Pentazocine-Naloxone is designed to help you manage pain but it’s history as a medical treatment was also an unlikely source of addiction. As a power pain killer, pentazocine was originally introduced to the public fifty years ago with great expectations. The medical community was excited about it due to it’s positive effects against pain and its non-habit forming qualities. It was the replacement for morphine as a non-addictive treatment in helping those with chronic pain. As morphine had a reputation of being highly addictive and misused, pentazocine seemed like the perfect solution [...]

How My Addiction to Drugs Broke Me Financially

By |2017-03-31T17:21:39+00:00April 4th, 2017|

People talk about the cost of addiction all the time. And it always takes on some sort of twist. There's numbers on how much drug and alcohol addiction costs the United States economy. Or there's stories about how much the drugs cost, or the “emotional cost” of addiction. And in fairness, those are all true. I don't mean to downplay any of that – especially the emotional cost, which really can't be measured in dollars. But let me get this right out in the open. Addiction isn't cheap. No kind of addiction is cheap, even [...]

How Substance Abuse Can Complicate Existing Medical Conditions in the Elderly

By |2017-03-23T17:00:46+00:00March 21st, 2017|

Addiction is never a good thing. No one who has a problem with substance abuse has a happy, healthy life. Addiction causes health problems, legal problems, problems with work and family, and financial problems. In short, when addiction is present, problems are not far behind. Although this is true for people of all ages, addiction is especially problematic for older people. Addiction complicates existing medical conditions. Unfortunately, most people over the age of 55 years old have a medical condition of some kind. Whether the problem is high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or [...]

My Struggle with Achievement, Adderall, Addiction, and my Type-A Personality

By |2019-04-03T21:48:01+00:00December 30th, 2016|

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” ~Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are All my life, I’ve been an overachiever – excellent grades in school, huge responsibility at work, and always being there to lend a helping hand to my family and friends. It wasn’t just that I [...]

Macklemore Tackles Problem Prescribers on “Drug Dealer”

By |2019-04-16T18:04:32+00:00December 20th, 2016|

“It just moved up out the city And spread out to the 'burbs Now it's everybody's problem, got a nation on the verge.” ~Macklemore, “Drug Dealer” Washington State hip-hop artist Ben Haggerty, better-known by his stage name “Macklemore”, has never shied away from honesty and openness about his personal struggles with substance abuse. In fact, Macklemore is one of the more vocal celebrities, when it comes to the use of his visibility as a means to bring about positive change. Rapping about the Root Causes of the Opioid Epidemic in America “My drug dealer was [...]

Why Stimulants Are the Third-Most-Abused Class of Prescription Drugs in the US

By |2017-03-23T17:07:38+00:00November 17th, 2016|

If you're like most people, when you hear the term "prescription drug abuse", you probably think of opioid pain medications such as oxycodone or codeine. If you're thinking more outside the box, you might also include benzodiazepine medications such as Klonopin or Valium. But what you may have overlooked is the fact that prescription stimulants are also abuse at high rates, particularly by college students. Let's take a closer look at the abuse of prescription stimulant medications. What Prescription Stimulant Medications Are Commonly Abused? The first kind of stimulant medications that have a high abuse [...]