What does a Xanax Overdose look like?

  What is Xanax? It is a prescription medication which is mainly used to help control anxiety. Xanax is considered a relatively safe drug. But can one overdose on Xanax? And how much Xanax is too much? What can one do to avoid a Xanax overdose? Xanax Overdose If the question is, can one overdose

How to Help a Friend who is Addicted to Adderall


Addiction is defined as the ongoing use of a mood altering substances, despite suffering negative consequences. For individuals with addiction, early intervention and treatment can lead to long term sobriety. However, forcing, coercing or trying to control an individual with addiction rarely leads to successful treatment outcomes. Addiction changes the brain, so it is hard

What to do if you Notice Symptoms of Alcoholism in a Co-Worker


  The statistics are staggering. Over 70% of all substance abusers in the United States hold down at least one job. Now, this doesn’t mean that those individuals who are struggling with an addiction will actually use on the job, but it does affect what they do, and how they perform at work. Employers and

Avoiding the Drink : How to Stave off Alcohol Relapse


  It is possible to prevent alcohol relapse, if the individual stays diligent and takes proactive measures to do so. It is important for the individual to remember that they can’t avoid all temptations and triggers. This is why recovery must follow steps that will help the individual make the right decision when faced with

Meth Overdose : The Deadly Epidemic


  Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a central nervous system stimulant. Meth affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. But meth is extremely habit-forming, and can trigger both long-term and/or chronic use. Methamphetamine intoxication occurs when excessive amounts of the drug are administered to the body, often

How to Treat a Patient with Percocet Addiction


  What is Percocet? Percocet is a brand name drug containing oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen, and it is prescribed to treat pain. Some individuals use Percocet recreationally for the euphoric high it produces, rather than as a pain management medication. No matter how Percocet is used, withdrawal occurs when the individual stops taking it after

The Dangers of a Cocaine Overdose


  Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant drug which can have potentially deadly consequences when abused. Cocaine comes in several different forms and it can be snorted, injected, or smoked. The drug causes euphoria, high energy, and talkativeness, but a cocaine overdose also raises the heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels.   Effects

What you need to know about Withdrawing from Heroin


  Withdrawing from heroin can be an extremely uncomfortable process, albeit a requirement for kicking a deadly addiction. While it is rarely dangerous, strong physical and psychological need is often present during heroin withdrawal and the first signs of heroin withdrawal may compel further use. So can an individual permanently get off heroin? Yes. But

How to Help a Friend Avoid Relapse and Maintain Sobriety


  The possibility of addiction relapse is an unfortunate reality that every individual struggling with an addiction must face. But not everyone relapses. It is estimated that about half of those treated for an addiction for the first time will remain in recovery without any setbacks. Of course the individual’s loved ones want to do everything

Tips for Dealing with Teen Relapse


Addiction is a lifelong struggle and teenagers, who faced a substance addiction early in life, have a long road ahead of them to fight for sobriety. After completing drug or alcohol treatment, teens are still at risk for relapsing for many years afterward. In fact, 40% to 60% of people relapse after treatment, including teens.