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5 Key Facts About Ativan Addiction

What Is Ativan?

old fashioned key on old keyring with a metal ID tag on it with the number five - Ativan addictionAtivan (lorazepam) is a type of benzodiazepine medication used to treat anxiety and insomnia, but this drug can be addictive when not used as directed. If you think your loved one might be struggling with an Ativan addiction, learning more about this drug’s effects and the potential dangers can help you determine your next steps.

1. Ativan Is Only Recommended for Short-Term Use

Ativan is a Schedule IV drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This puts it in the same class as commonly abused prescriptions such as Ambien (zolpidem), Ultram (tramadol), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Xanax (diazepam). Schedule IV drugs have an accepted medical use and are considered to have a lower risk of addiction than Schedule II or Schedule III drugs and a higher risk of addiction than Schedule V drugs. (more…)

Willpower and Recovery: What’s the Connection?

pretty young businesswoman looking out window drinking coffee - willpower and recoveryThe role of willpower in recovery is often misunderstood. Substance use disorders are biologically based chronic illnesses with complex interconnected environmental triggers. This means a person doesn’t develop an addiction because they lack willpower. However, learning how to strengthen willpower can help promote the resiliency you need to continue to progress in your recovery journey.

We Use Willpower Everyday

Willpower is involved in hundreds of choices we make each day. Whenever you make a choice that prioritizes your long-term well-being over short-term rewards, you’re using willpower. For example:


Don’t Let Unchecked Anger Put Your Recovery at Risk

cropped shot of person sitting at a table with their clenched fists resting on the table top - angerBeing in recovery is about more than simply refraining from the use of drugs or alcohol. Lasting sobriety requires you to find new ways to manage your emotions—including anger.

Recognize That Anger Can Serve a Purpose

Anger isn’t inherently negative. Sometimes, anger lets you know that an aspect of a situation needs to be changed. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Vicodin Addiction

prescription pill bottle laying on its side with white oval tablets spilling out - Vicodin addictionAddiction thrives on stigma and misunderstanding. Whether you’re worried about a loved one or wondering if you might be struggling with a Vicodin addiction, it’s important to make sure you have the facts you need to make informed decisions about your next steps.

Vicodin Addiction Often Begins with a Legitimate Prescription

Addiction doesn’t always look like how it’s portrayed on TV—especially when a person is addicted to Vicodin or other opioid painkillers. In this case, what begins as a legitimate prescription turns into something much more sinister.


Are Club Drugs Taking Over Your Life?

triple exposure image of young girl with her head in her hands - room spinning and high on drugs - club drugsA night spent dancing with friends at a concert, bar, or nightclub can have lasting consequences if you turn to club drugs to fit in, unwind, and have fun. Despite the popularity of websites that claim club drugs are as safe as watersports or giving birth, this type of substance abuse comes with real risks.

Types of Club Drugs

There are many different illegal drugs that fall under the broader ‘club drug’ umbrella, but some of the most common include:


The Pandemic Has Caused a Spike in Overdose Rates

COVID & Overdose Rates

black and white image of two people holding hands in front of a casket - overdoseThe COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed many aspects of daily life. One unexpected side effect of virus mitigation plans has been an increase in overdose deaths.

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, in February 2021 analyzed nearly 190 million emergency department visits and found significantly higher rates of overdoses in 2020 compared to the same dates in 2019. From mid-April onward through the pandemic, the weekly rates of emergency visits for drug overdoses increased by up to 45% when compared against the same period in 2019. Emergency visits for opioid overdoses increased by 28.8%.


The Overlooked Epidemic: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore the Dangers of Meth Addiction

baggie of clear white crystals on slate background - meth addictionThe opioid epidemic may attract more attention, but the United States is still struggling to deal with an epidemic of methamphetamine addiction. A powerful stimulant that can lead to addiction with just one use, crystal meth is cheaper, more potent, and more easily available than ever.

A Widespread Problem

Most of the meth in the United States comes from large Mexican labs, and just $10 can buy enough to get a person high for a full day or two. The drug can also be made at home using common household chemicals such as ammonia, battery acid, and the pseudoephedrine found in many cold medicines—creating an amateur science experiment with potentially deadly consequences.


How to Tell If Your Loved One Has an Ecstasy Addiction

colorful, different ecstasy tablets lined up on white backgroundAn illegal synthetic stimulant with potentially hallucinogenic properties, ecstasy is commonly used as a party drug or club drug at raves and concerts. Ecstasy use can lead to a wide range of addiction-related problems affecting a person’s health, cognitive function, and relationships with others.

What Is Ecstasy? A Closer Look

Ecstasy is the most common street name for a version of MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. It produces euphoria, as well as feelings of long-lasting energy, heightened sensations, and empathy for others. The effects of the drug typically last between three and five hours, but this can vary based on the dosage taken as well as a person’s height, weight, metabolism, and body type.