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The Addictive Effects of Benzodiazepines

The Addictive Effects of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines have many effects on the mind and body. Their effects on mental health mean they are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders and to aid in the treatment of short-term insomnia. Their more directly physical effects mean they can also be used to treat involuntary movement disorders, convulsions and seizures. They can also be used in alcohol detoxification or given pre-surgery for sedative purposes....

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Protecting Yourself from Alcohol in Recovery

Protecting Yourself from Alcohol in Recovery

When you are recovering from addiction to drugs such as cocaine, opiates or benzodiazepines, it may be tempting to think you can have a drink or two of alcohol and be fine. After all, it’s legally available and was never your drug of choice. However thinking alcohol is harmless can harm your recovery. Behavioral Treatment for Substance Abuse in People with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness explains, “Drinking or using other drugs can...

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New Drug-Related Laws in 2015

New Drug-Related Laws in 2015

The use of psychoactive drugs affects people at an individual level, but also has broader societal effects. For this reason their use is regulated and controlled by the government. Governmental agencies continue to pass new legislation and adapt existing regulations to conform to evolving science and societal needs. Changes in Federal Sentencing Guidelines One of the most significant recent changes in drug-related laws relates to sentencing...

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What’s Different About the New Zohydro Formulation?

What’s Different About the New Zohydro Formulation?

Prescription painkillers can be very effective and are widely prescribed for severe or intractable pain. They have high addiction potential, however, and are often abused, sometimes with very serious consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drug overdose death rates increased 117% between 1999 and 2012 and that in 2012, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death causing more fatalities than automobile...

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