Apr 15, 2014 — Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.
Apr 13, 2014 — "I went after my recovery like I did my drugs and found I was able to accomplish anything I truly wanted," says Daney Hill, who now works with addicted and imprisoned mothers.
Mar 16, 2014 — I feel no shame when I say I'm a recovering addict. The battle has made me a warrior. As someone lucky to have survived, I want to tell others not to give up.
Feb 21, 2014 — In a twist on the old "teach a man to fish" adage, a Vancouver group teaches inveterate alcoholics to brew their own booze. The goal? Keeping them from drinking unsafe liquids that contain alcohol.
Feb 15, 2014 — Every patient in pain wants relief from it. Often, people ask for narcotics by name: Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid. Why then did a construction worker with a painful back strain refuse the medicine a nurse offered him in the emergency room?
Jan 28, 2014 — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin attracted national attention this month when he devoted his entire annual State of the State speech to heroin addiction in Vermont. As the state expands addiction treatment services, it's also trying to come to grips with one of the most difficult and emotional aspects of the problem: pregnant women addicted to opiates.
Jan 9, 2014 — Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. We've rounded up their tips on how to conquer cravings for one of nature's most pleasurable substances.
Nov 7, 2013 — Gabapentin, a generic drug, appears to reduce alcohol cravings and ease sleeplessness and anxiety associated with withdrawal. But the drug hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat alcohol dependence, and there's no sign it will be anytime soon.
Oct 24, 2013 — The painkiller OxyContin is already classified as a Schedule II drug because of the "severe" risk of addiction. Now the Food and Drug Administration wants to move Vicodin and other painkillers containing hydrocodone to Schedule II as well, citing soaring rates of addiction and overdose deaths.
Oct 5, 2012 — Should kids have cell phones? Cell phones are a powerful technology that have come, very quickly, to assume a very large place in our psychic lives. Should we protect our kids from this?