a man talks to his doctor about addictive prescription painkillers

Addictive Prescription Painkillers and Their Dangers

There are a lot of people living with chronic pain, and many of their doctors have given them addictive prescription painkillers. The pharmaceutical companies that created these medications told the doctors, in many cases, that those drugs were not addictive. However, that was not the case. Addiction was a real possibility, and it happened fast. Now there are…

a woman talks to her doctor about dangerous prescription medications

Dangerous Prescription Medication: Are You Putting Yourself at Risk?

If you’re trying to figure out if the medication you’re taking is dangerous, doing some research is a good idea. There are dangerous prescription medication options out there, especially if you’re taking something that wasn’t prescribed for you or you’re taking a dosage that’s more than your doctor recommended. However, you don’t have to live…

a woman hangs her head and wonders how to help a loved one suffering from post acute withdrawal

How to Help a Loved One Suffering From Post-Acute Withdrawal

What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal? After a prolonged period of substance abuse, a drug user who enters recovery will go through three main phases: detox, acute withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal. During the detox period, it is important that the patient be supervised by trained medical professionals as some drugs can cause life-threatening conditions during the detox…

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Depression, Substance Abuse, and Mental Illness in the Military

A 2007 CBS News story recounted the life of a soldier, Staff Sgt. Daniel Shannon, who had been injured in combat and subsequently suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Shannon was prone to violent outbursts, where he would find himself destroying furniture in fits of rage. Sadly, stories like his are common; as the wars…

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Drug Use and Abscesses

How are drug use and abscesses related? Drugs such as heroin, morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and certain prescription drugs are injected intravenously and less often via intramuscular or subcutaneous methods. Injection introduces a drug into the bloodstream via a hollow hypodermic needle and a syringe, which breaks the skin. Injection site abscess is one of…

a man reaches for a needle as he considers how today's opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon

Today’s Opioid Epidemic Mirrors Late 19th Century Morphine Addiction

How does today’s opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon? A country divided by ideology over slavery and the federal government’s role in prohibiting it led to America’s Civil War of 1861-1865 and a devastating loss of 625,000-750,000 lives. Long after rain washed away the blood of thousands of fallen soldiers at…