As the opioid epidemic continues to capture headlines and the attention of public health officials, another class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines has quietly been contributing to a growing number of overdose deaths across the United States. Doctors commonly prescribe benzodiazepines, which you might...

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 46.6 million American adults – or one in five people – struggles with mental illness in a given year. Their statistics also state that among the 20.2 million adults in...

People who have developed a long-term addiction to drugs or alcohol experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they quit using, including nausea, chills, vomiting, body aches, insomnia, mood swings and even hallucinations. Although these symptoms can be uncomfortable, they seldom last...

Long-term substance misuse often clouds your ability to make good decisions and have a healthy outlook on where you stand in life. On your most difficult days, you may feel as if you will never find the peace you seek...

Several factors determine how long opiates and opioids stay in a user’s system, including frequency of drug use and the type of drug. Most drug tests can only detect the presence of short-lasting opiates such as codeine for a few days, while long-lasting...

The problems linked to addiction go beyond merely affecting the addict’s life. Eventually, the implications of a drug or alcohol use disorder spiral out into their loved ones, causing relationships to become strained and putting an enormous amount of stress...

For many years, scientists have been working to determine the underlying causes of addiction, and what makes people more susceptible to addictive behaviors than others. Is it genetic, social, biological – or is it the result of external factors like upbringing? With the national...

Drunken parties are such a common stereotype of college life that they’re a fixture of movies from Animal House to Neighbors. While scenes like this in movies and TV shows can always make us laugh, they have also played a significant role in...

When someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol – whether that person is your spouse, a relative or a close friend – that addiction affects you in just as many ways as it does them. It can be difficult, and...

Fear is one of the most common human emotions, but just because it’s perfectly natural, that doesn’t mean you should let it take control. Unfortunately, many people who need help to get past a dangerous drug or alcohol addiction avoid...