Prescription Drugs

October 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Nampa, Idaho

October 27th, 2018|

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place in Nampa, Idaho on October 27, 2018. This event is an important one, and if you have old medications lying around your home, it is one you should not miss. Like many people, you probably keep your prescription pain pills and other drugs in a medicine cabinet. You may have a difficult time letting them go because you wonder, what if I need them later on? There are some very good reasons why you should not hang on to them, and we will cover those in

Top 10 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

September 25th, 2018|

"When I was in medical school, the one thing I was told was completely wrong. The one I was told was, if you give opiates to a patient who is in pain, they will not get addicted. Completely wrong. Completely wrong. But a generation of doctors, a generation of us, grew up being trained that these drugs are risky. In fact, they are risky." ~ Dr. Thomas Frieden, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Top 10 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs The misuse of prescription drugs in the United States has been called “an epidemic”

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

The Powerful Draw of Benzos and How to Deal With Addiction

August 15th, 2017|

Benzodiazepines help millions of people but are harmful and dangerous in the hands of an addict. Benzodiazepines are the sixth most misused drug among adults ages 18 and older in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Every year SAMHSA conducts the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. They gather information on individuals ages 12 and older and determine statistics for mental health and wellbeing as well as drug and alcohol use and abuse. Top 10 Most Misused Drugs in the United States The top 10 most

Klonopin High: The Ins and Outs of This Dangerous Addiction

August 6th, 2017|

Klonopin is one of the most dangerous and difficult drugs to be addicted to. And doctors are prescribing thousands of pills daily. What drugs do you think of when you consider the most brutal addictions? Painkillers? Heroin? Meth? Crack? All of the above are vicious addictions to live with. However, addicts continue to fall victim to a wider variety of pharmaceuticals than before. When taken in excess, different psychiatric medications produce significant highs in the user. Adderall is a common example of a psychiatric medication used to excess. However, one medication in particular is

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

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

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

Powerful Tips for Avoiding Relapse

June 16th, 2017|

If you have recently started (or you are thinking about starting) recovery from addiction, you are understandably looking for the most powerful tips for avoiding relapse during this recovery process. The reality of addiction is that at least half of those who enter recovery will relapse at some point. This means that they will fall back into their old habits, whether that means heavy drinking or abusing drugs. While this relapse statistic may appear disheartening at first, it is important to understand that addiction is a very powerful disease. A fifty-percent relapse rate should actually