What Is Ketamine Used for in Physical and Mental Health Care?

Ketamine — also known as Special K — is a dissociative drug that makes people feel out of control or detached from reality. The hallucinogen causes tolerance and cravings, but reports of ketamine dependence and addiction are rare. Addiction to substances such as ketamine is characterized by an inability to stop despite negative consequences, preoccupation with the substance, and disruptions that interfere with important aspects…

Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs

In these states, a person could theoretically be arrested for driving under the influence anywhere within state lines. In many states, DUI laws extend to public and private property that’s “open to the public.” Generally, property that’s privately owned and maintained is considered open to the public if it’s for the use of the general public. Some of the most common examples of private properties…

Drug Rehab Centers: Drug Treatment Centers

If you use your Medicaid plan to pay for treatment, you can alleviate most or all of these costs. While Medicaid provides coverage for addiction treatment services for individuals who need it, those receiving treatment may have to complete a clinical assessment to prove medical need. The 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) began a new standard of health coverage. It requires…

Alcohol Consumption and Obesity: An Update Current Obesity Reports

And even if they weren’t, the potential negative health effects of alcohol (including liver disease, hypertension, and heart damage) would quickly outweigh the benefits. Chronic alcohol use and binge drinking damage the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood effectively. Alcohol can also contribute to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and hypertension (high blood pressure), increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.…

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol: Dangers, Risks & Effects

As a side effect statins can reduce the level of platelets in your blood, suggesting these drugs might also act as mild anticoagulants. Alcohol consumption has a complex relationship with the efficacy of blood thinners. Blood thinners, such as Warfarin, are prescribed to prevent or treat blood clots, which can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other serious conditions. For instance, Warfarin is known…