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New Study Connecting Drug Use in Women to Hormone Cycles

Do Hormones Impact Drug Use in Women? Recently, the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research at Vanderbilt University conducted a study to observe the relationship between the female hormonal cycle and cocaine addiction. The data from the study suggests that these cycles may not only make women more susceptible to developing drug addiction, but also more . . . . Continue Reading


Should We Label Addiction as Physical or Psychological?

When people talk about the true nature of addiction, there is often a debate between whether addiction it purely a psychological ailment, or a physical abnormality. Stigma informs the idea that addiction is a moral failing, or a weakness of character. However, decades of research in various fields of study inform the designation that addiction . . . . Continue Reading


Medicaid Approved to Pay More for Addiction Treatment

Reimbursements for Residential Care This past Wednesday, an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates was approved by the Executive Council in New Hampshire for providers of residential addiction treatment. This creates a new sense of hope for those in need of treatment opportunities in the Granite State. Treatment providers in the area had previously cautioned that . . . . Continue Reading


Bridging the Gender Gap of Addiction Treatment Options

Substance abuse and addiction are devastating for anyone, but the journey of recovery can be a particularly difficult one for women. Women are much more likely than men to face a multitude of barriers when trying to get access to treatment. In fact, women are far less likely than men to even seek treatment when . . . . Continue Reading


Xanax Detox: What You Need to Know When Getting Help

Xanax is the most commonly known brand name for a prescription drug called alprazolam. This drug is part of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which are essentially tranquilizers. These drugs are typically used as sedatives with a range of therapeutic applications, such as treating anxiety or panic disorders. The calming effect of Xanax happens . . . . Continue Reading


Risks of Ritalin and the Effects of Developing an Addiction

  Prescription drug abuse has become a central issue when discussing drug addiction in America today. Whether it is opioid painkillers like oxycodone, anti-depressants like Xanax, or stimulants like Ritalin there is a lot of focus on curbing the misuse of powerful medications. There are a lot of adverse effects associated with prescription drug abuse, . . . . Continue Reading


Crazy News Stories We Really Think You Should Know About

That is right, ladies and gentlemen, we are bringing back the Crazy News Stories series for a special edition of newsworthy nonsense to share with you. Thief Steals $100,000 Worth of Ramen Noodles When reading the title, you might be thinking of your old college roommate or that one person in your halfway house who . . . . Continue Reading


Recognizing Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms Before It’s Too Late

Many experts believe it is fair to say that the opioid crisis in America is quickly becoming a fentanyl crisis, with reports indicating that the majority of overdose deaths in the nation last year involved the infamous synthetic opioid. That is why it is so important to learn the signs for recognizing fentanyl overdose symptoms . . . . Continue Reading


Putting the Narco in Narcolepsy: Connecting Heroin and Sleep Disorders

Most of the world is well aware of the numerous adverse effects of drugs like heroin. Considering the desolation of the ongoing opioid crisis in America, we have become increasingly informed as to the dangers of addiction and overdose death when dealing with these substances. Prescription painkillers and illicit synthetic opioids have all played a . . . . Continue Reading


Opioids and Opiates: Understanding the Key Differences

  We hear the term all the time- “opioid epidemic”- but people often get the keyword “opioid” confused with “opiate”, and honestly it is a completely understandable mistake. The two seem pretty much interchangeable in a lot of situations. However, there are a few differences that it helps to be aware of. So what are . . . . Continue Reading