Long-Term Side Effects of Propoxyphene

Medications containing the opioid painkiller propoxyphene were banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010. Prescribed for long-term chronic pain, drugs that mixed propoxyphene and acetaminophen (Darvocet, Darvon, etc.) were long believed to be safer and less addictive than stronger opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin. However, studies uncovered a significant risk of…

Rave Parties: Safety Precautions

Rave parties are well known for loud, thumping music, vibrant light shows and the eccentric costumes they inspire. However, there’s another side to rave parties that can have catastrophic effects on concert-goers: illicit drugs. If you’re planning on attending a rave party, know the lingo, behaviors and hazards to watch out for. Know the Phrases…

Which Drugs Cause Pupils to Constrict?

How a particular drug affects the body often depends on the type of drug being used. For instance, stimulants tend to affect the brain in a way that increases alertness, energy levels, heart rate and blood pressure. On the other hand, depressants generally inhibit brain activity causing drowsiness, lethargy, decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and…

Is Psychological Dependence the Same as Being Addicted?

Along with non-addicted substance abuse, addiction is the driving reason for seeking substance treatment. People affected by addiction commonly have an underlying condition called physical dependence. However, in addition to physical dependence, you may also experience a problem called psychological dependence. Interestingly, not all people who are psychologically dependent on a drug develop physical dependence…

Dependent Personality Disorder in Women

For many women, the ability to balance independence with dependency is easily managed. However, for women suffering from Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD), the challenge to function independently can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there DPD can be treated. One setting in which women with DPD can find effective treatment in a comfortable atmosphere is a women’s mental…

Best Books to Read After Rehab

You’ve made it through rehab! Now what? Substance abuse treatment centers should prepare you for sober living, but sometimes it still hits you hard. You’ve been used to numbing your emotions and not taking responsibility for your life. Having to learn how to feel and to take care of yourself — to really care for…