What Are Downer Drugs?

Downer drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that slow activity in the brain and body. These drugs work by increasing the production of the neurotransmitter GABA. This chemical messager functions to reduce the activity of the neurons to which it binds. This action results in effects such as relaxation and drowsiness and sometimes decreased […]

Reverse Tolerance and Other Types of Tolerance

Reverse tolerance, also referred to as drug sensitization, is essentially the opposite of tolerance to drugs or alcohol. Tolerance develops when regular drinking or drug abuse induces changes in the brain’s structure and function, and metabolism adapts to the continuous presence of substances in the body. This effect results in an individual requiring increasingly higher […]

What Is Dab Drug Addiction?

The dab drug is marijuana extract (primarily butane hash oil or BHO) that is usually ingested by smoking or vaping. “Dabbing” can be more dangerous than other types of marijuana use due to the potency of BHO. As implied, the production of this concentrated form of marijuana involves the use of butane, a highly flammable […]

What Does Fentanyl Look Like?

Fentanyl is an opioid and prescription painkiller that is available as a pill, powder, tablet, spray, or sublingual (under the tongue) film. Time-release formulas of fentanyl are found as gel patches or lollipops, and hospitals sometimes use injectable forms. Illicit street versions of fentanyl are usually in powder form. Understanding Fentanyl Fentanyl is a synthetic […]

Trauma Recovery and Addiction

In the United States, 61% of men and 51% of women report experiencing at least one traumatic event in their life. People who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have been exposed to traumatic events are at a heightened risk of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Many people with addictions use substances to […]

Is Addiction a Mental Illness?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), addiction to alcohol or drugs is indeed a mental illness. They state the following: “Substance use disorder changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family.” The […]

Hiding Alcohol and Other Warning Signs of Alcoholism

It is not always easy to identify an alcohol problem in a loved one. People with addiction issues can become masters at concealing and denying the severity of their addictive behavior. One of the main signs of a severe problem is hiding alcohol. Not only will the alcoholic drink covertly, but they will also frequently […]

What Does Heroin Look Like?

Pure heroin looks like a fine, white powder, but is frequently found in various shades of gray, beige, pink, brown, and even black. The coloring is due to the drug being cut with additives, such as caffeine, sugar, powdered milk, stark, quinine and other drugs. Some heroin tends to be courser, and black tar heroin, […]

Deciding to Check into an Alcohol Treatment Program

For those suffering from alcohol addiction, a lot of potential options for addressing the addiction may have been previously attempted yet failed. These might include participation in an AA group, living in a sober living home or counseling. In instances where the intake of alcohol is high for an extended period of time, tapering down […]

Flexeril and Alcohol

Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxer that works by blocking pain sensations sent to the brain. Flexeril is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, including pain, injury, or spasms. Using muscle relaxers such as Flexeril and alcohol together can induce profound sedation, impaired cognition and motor function, chemical dependence, and accidental death. Moreover, a person who […]