Drugs and Alcohol

Research and articles about combining alcohol with other drugs.

The Different Challenges of Quitting Alcohol Versus Drugs

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The Different Challenges of Quitting Alcohol Versus Drugs

We often hear the words ‘drugs and alcohol’ grouped into sentences and recovery program advertisements as if they are nearly the same things. True, they go hand in hand, and there is no doubt that those who are affected with an addiction to the one are more at risk to fall victim to another. Some would even define alcohol as a drug itself and make no clear distinction between the two. An array of substances both legal and illegal, fall into the category of drugs so it is hard to keep track sometimes. Regardless of how you define substances, according to research, nearly 9 percent of the...

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How Feelings of Loss and Sadness Can Cause Cravings

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How Feelings of Loss and Sadness Can Cause Cravings

Substance abuse and addiction are often direct consequences of trying to control negative feelings through drugs. This fact is especially true when it comes to addiction triggers, such as feeling sadness or grief, because these problems can trigger drug cravings. In other words, powerful emotions can tempt people to keep using or resume abusing drugs. However, someone in addiction rehab can control her cravings, because she is in a supervised environment and has the support of counselors and other patients in treatment. On the other hand, the real danger is when negative feelings from loss...

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The Difference Between Oxycodone and Other Painkillers

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The Difference Between Oxycodone and Other Painkillers

Prescription painkillers and their use have been popular topics in the past few years due to the skyrocketing number of fatal overdoses and addictions. For example, since 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labeled this problem as a national epidemic because of the thousands of deaths reported every year related to the abuse of opioid painkillers. However, the issue has escalated since that report, because many people still rely on these drugs to treat pain despite the risk of abuse or addiction. Although users may follow the prescription and avoid becoming addicted, learn a...

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What Happens When You Mix Depressants and Opiates?

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What Happens When You Mix Depressants and Opiates?

When individuals combine medications without doctor approval, they are placing themselves and others at risk. These effects can be short-term, permanent along or even life threatening. Although the effects may be harsh, treatment options are not. What Are the Risks of Mixing Depressants and Opiates? Mixing any medications without doctor approval can cause devastating and life threatening effects to any user. Included in the following are some examples of the risks associated with mixing depressants an opiates: Slows heart rate Reduces breathing Increases each other’s potency Opiates and...

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What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

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What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

Even with the prescription drug epidemic soaring to new heights every single day, the Food and Drug Administration just approved what most view as the most dangerous drug on the market – Zohydro. Unlike most prescription painkillers, Zohydro is pure hydrocodone, while other drugs are usually cut with another lesser strength painkiller in an effort to make them less addictive. Hydrocodone is considered one of the most addictive substances available, and now it is being sold in prescription pill bottles across the country. While people will continue to struggle with addiction to prescription...

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How Do I Know If I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

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How Do I Know If I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

Using medication to control the symptoms of anxiety can lead to drug dependence. Benzodiazepines are the most commonly-prescribed types of anti-anxiety medications. Some types of benzodiazepines include the following: Xanax (alprazolam) Valium (diazepam) Klonopin (clonazepam) Ativan (lorazepam) Benzodiazepines work quickly. This makes them effective as regular treatment or when taken during a panic attack. Like other medications, benzodiazepines have side effects caused primarily by the reduction in brain activity the drugs produce. The most common benzodiazepine side effects include the...

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