Kids are Using Kratom to Get High and… Detox?
Kratom is said to fool the brain by mimicking the effects of more potent opiates.

Over the last several years, kratom has become extremely popular in alternative drug culture. The kratom plant grows in Southeast Asia and is said to mimic the effects of opioid drugs. A quick Internet search for this plant turns up hundreds of retailers, most of which are set up by foreign vendors. While the product [...]

What You Need to Know About Probuphine
The FDA approved a clinical study for a new buprenorphine implant.

After extended negotiations with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Titan Pharmaceuticals can finally conduct a full clinical study of Probuphine, an investigational implant device using buprenorphine to treat opiate addiction. The study, which was submitted for FDA review back in March, is expected to enroll its first participants in a matter of weeks. The [...]

Will Suboxone Make You Gain Weight?
Suboxone, made of buprenorphine and naloxone, is used to treat opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction is something that most people need help to overcome. Suddenly stopping “cold turkey” is not a good option, with less than 25 percent of all opioid addicts remaining sober for a full year. Today, physicians and patients alike benefit from using Suboxone as a form of medication-assisted addiction treatment. Unfortunately, a few stubborn [...]

Q&A: Leaving the Bottle Behind
How a former US Treasury officer fought to reclaim his sobriety.

One of the main triggers of alcoholism is stress and, unfortunately, nothing can increase the stress factor quite like work. When the boss drives you crazy, forces you to work on your day off, or continually overlooks you for a promotion, stress levels can skyrocket. When 5 o’clock rolls around, it’s time to decompress. One [...]

Quitting Cold Turkey: Yes or No?
Professional care is highly recommended when dealing with prescription drug abuse.

Whether it’s for economic or personal reasons, many people refuse to enter a rehab facility and believe they can quit their addictions cold turkey. In fact, rehab is often pursued after a person has tried to quit on his or her own without success. For those who use certain kinds of drugs on a more [...]