What’s Different About the New Zohydro Formulation?

Prescription painkillers enable millions of Americans to function normally and overcome crippling pain. Sadly the same pills lead thousands of others into the dark world of addiction and sometimes death. Last year, prescription opioid overdoses caused more than 16,000 deaths…

How Do I Find Out How Much Treatment Insurance I Have?

The majority of health insurance plans must offer addiction treatment benefits. While total coverage levels vary by plan, many options are available that cover basic services. Addiction Treatment Services and Cost When it’s time to seek addiction treatment, most LGBT…

How Did the Stigma of Addiction Begin?

Many people do not understand why individuals become addicted. To them pursuing a drug habit to the gates of insanity, financial ruin or even death is incomprehensible. They may even blame the addicted LBGT individual for having a weak character…

What Are Narcotics and Why Are They Addictive?

Narcotics are drugs that treat severe pain. While some people apply the term to any drug, it technically applies only to opioids. What Are Narcotics? Narcotics come in illegal and legal forms although all narcotics can be misused and may…

Do Drug Abuse Deterrents Work?

Prescription drug abuse is a significant societal problem. The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the problem to be of epidemic proportions. They note that a survey of drug…

Social Disorders and the Stigma of Addiction

Feeling anxious and uncomfortable around people is painful. When an LGBT person turns to substances to mask the pain, an addiction may develop and intensify feelings of anxiety and loneliness. What is Social Anxiety Disorder? Social anxiety disorder is different…

How Do Prescription Drugs Affect Brain Chemistry?

Many prescription drugs change a person’s brain chemistry giving them addictive potential. Addictions are more common among members of the gay community making it important for loved ones to spot any warning signs. Medications and Brain Chemistry Drugs affect brain…

LGBT Club Drug Addiction

Club drugs, also known as “designer drugs,” have risen to popularity in the last two decades – causing the lesbian and gay community to feel the fallout of this epidemic. From trip-based drugs such as ecstasy to stimulants like methamphetamines,…

OxyContin Drug Addiction

For many members of the gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual community, prescription drug addiction only serves to add to the challenges they already face. OxyContin abuse begins early, with four percent of 12th graders across the nation admitting to non-medical…