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Purple Drank | Everything You Need to Know About Lean

You may have heard “purple drank” or “lean” referenced in music, primarily by rappers. These are street names given to the mixture of cough syrup that contains both promethazine and codeine along with a carbonated beverage such as Sprite. From what I’ve seen, the syrup is always dark purple. “Candy” seems innocent enough as it’s somewhat humorously referred to in many songs, but it’s a… 

What Does Detox Feel Like? Spoiler Alert | It’s Not Fun

So, what does detox feel like? I can tell you from (far too much) personal experience that it’s not fun. In fact, depending on the drug you’re detoxing from, it can be horrible. Is that meant to scare you? That’s not my intention. These are just facts. There’s a reason addicts like me avoid detox at all costs. There’s a reason we try so hard… 

Addict Behavior | 31 Signs You’re Dealing With an Addict or Alcoholic

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Addict behavior is wide-ranging and can be different for every addict, especially for different types of addictions. Here are a few addict behaviors that can be clear signs of addiction as you regularly see many of them at once: Using drugs or alcohol to solve problems Using drugs or alcohol regularly and excessively (like smoking weed all day long) Physical signs of depressant use (when… 

Is Xanax an Opioid? No | The Difference Between Benzos and Opiates

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Is Xanax an opioid? The short answer is no — Xanax is not an opioid; Xanax / Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine. What’s the difference? Benzodiazepines (Like Xanax) vs. Opioids Benzos and opioids / opiates are two very different classes of drugs that affect your mind and body in different ways. What Benzodiazepines Are Like Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a class of drugs that include Xanax, Valium,… 

What Is a Methadone Clinic? The Horrible Truth About Methadone Clinics

A methadone clinic is a place where you can get methadone at a low cost, with the goal of controlling your opiate addiction (usually to keep you off of heroin, OxyContin, or hydrocodone). The truth about methadone clinics is that they’re far worse than they seem to be. What Is Methadone? Methadone is an opioid; however, it works a bit differently than heroin and narcotic… 

Is Tramadol Addictive? Absolutely

Is Tramadol addictive? This is the million dollar question. Anyone who’s used narcotics recreationally will tell you flat out, “Yes, Tramadol is addictive.”  However, the medical profession and people who’ve never abused drugs have varying opinions on the subject. And that’s just it—they have opinions, not experience. Tramadol may be seen as having a lesser potential for dependence than oxycodone simply because it’s a schedule… 

Heroin Addiction Stories — Jazz and Heroin: My Real-Life Heroin Addiction Story

Heroin addiction stories run the gamut, and I hate to say it this way, but I can tell you that mine is one of the worst you’ll ever read. I can tell y’all one thing for certain: I got introduced to an adult world at a very young age.  The reason for this was because I displayed an uncanny natural ability to mimic jazz pianists… 

Long-Term Effects of Substance Abuse

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The long-term effects of substance abuse can be incredibly serious. Substance abuse destroys lives. When you use drugs for a short time, you may not experience negative repercussions, but any length of use exposes you to possible long-term addiction and potentially devastating effects. Knowing these long-term effects of substance abuse may help stop you, or someone you love, from using drugs.  It is never too… 

My OxyContin Addiction Story

This is my OxyContin addiction story — and it’s rough. I was addicted to OxyContin for 7 years, but my story starts well before I ever touched a pill. I was 17 the first time I smoked chronic. It did something to me I’d never felt before. It freed me. Something in me had always been coiled, some gear wound too tight. It stopped my…