Monthly Archives: July 2017

Guilty Mom Thoughts: Could I Have Prevented My Son From Becoming an Addict?

July 28th, 2017|

Any time a parent learns of their child’s drug addiction or alcoholism, they all ask the same question: Is there something I could have done to keep my child from becoming an addict? It seems logical; there must have been something you could have done to prevent your child from finding drugs and alcohol. Right? After the initial wondering what you could have done to keep them away from drugs, you ask even more questions: Could you have kept a better eye on their friends? Should you have set their curfew an hour or two

OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or Fentanyl: Which Painkillers are Most Addictive?

July 24th, 2017|

Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Fentanyl, and so on…the list of addictive opioid painkillers is extensive. But when you are in pain and attempting to do your due diligence to find out which pain medication is the safest, how do you know which one is right for YOU? OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or Fentanyl: Which Painkillers are Most Addictive? One of the factors should be the potential risk of addiction. Although ALL opioids – both illicit and prescription – present some addictive potential, that risk is not equal across the board. The potency of the drug matters,

Ativan: Sinner or Saint?

July 20th, 2017|

Ativan is both a helpful anxiety-relieving prescription medication and a harmful addictive drug. Different people have different experiences with the pills but is it more good or more bad? Is the question that simple? Should medical professionals ban Ativan entirely while it still functions as a life-saving medication for those struggling with extreme anxiety? Or should we determine the classification of Ativan and other benzodiazepines based on those who become addicted to the drug? What is Ativan, What Does it Do, and What is it Used For? Ativan (lorazepam) is a prescription medication, classified as

Ibogaine: Does Anyone Know the Truth About This Mysterious Drug?

July 16th, 2017|

With the alarming rates of overdose due to opiate addiction still rising, additional methods of treatment continue to surface. Ibogaine is one of the latest popularized alternatives to traditional treatments for heroin addiction, such as Suboxone or methadone. Though not a new alternative, it’s received increasing amounts of attention lately. Does ibogaine help addicts seeking recovery or is it simply another fad alternative to traditional addiction treatment methods? Is it smart to turn to a heavy psychedelic, still illegal for use in the United States, to find sobriety? Or should you seek more accepted and

Jaimee Foxworth is Stronger Than You Think

July 12th, 2017|

What comes to mind when you hear the name Urkel? If you watched television in the 80s and 90s, you likely think of Steve Urkel from the show Family Matters. Urkel became a fast fan-favorite and quickly received ever-increasing amounts of time on-screen. His once-recurring character eventually became the headliner of the show. When you think of Family Matters, though, does Judy Winslow come to mind? Jaimee Foxworth on Family Matters - What Happened? Jaimee Foxworth played Judy Winslow on the show during the first four seasons of Family Matters. Once Steve Urkel quickly rose

Ritalin Versus Adderall Versus Concerta: Which ADHD Drugs Pose the Most Risk for Abuse?

July 8th, 2017|

Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta are all popular and effective prescription medications used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, however, each drug also brings along a serious risk of abuse. That comes as a surprise to some people. Most people hear the term "prescription drug abuse" and think of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin. Sometimes, they might also consider benzodiazepine-class medications such as Xanax or Valium. But what is often overlooked is that prescription stimulants such as Concerta, Adderall, and Ritalin are also popular drugs of abuse, especially among

244 Medications That Should Never Be Mixed with Alcohol

July 4th, 2017|

Could your drinking be interfering with your prescription medications? According to a 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health, more than 4 out of 10 adults in the United States take medications that interact with alcohol. That figure goes up among for people over 65, where 78% of those who drink use alcohol-interactive prescription medications. Improperly or carelessly mixing alcohol and the drugs you take can have significant effects on your health, ranging from relatively minor (headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc.) to so severe as to be life-threatening (breathing difficulties, internal bleeding, organ damage, etc.).

Yummy? Xanax Bars

July 1st, 2017|

Are prescription Xanax bars becoming just as dangerous as opioid pain pills? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of emergency room visits in America involving the nonmedical use of Xanax MORE THAN DOUBLED between 2005 and 2011, increasing from 57,419  to 123,744. "Even the label for Xanax warns against prescribing it to people who are addiction-prone..." ~Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Medication Madness: The Tole of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime Even more troubling, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that overdose deaths involving Xanax