My first experience with laser hair removal

sexy hairless legsI’ve been debating getting laser hair removal for quite a while now and have finally pulled the trigger.

I just got back from my first session and thought it would be a good idea to share my experience with everyone in case your on the fence on doing the same procedure.

So lets start…

First, you need to realize that getting the laser treatment is NOT a one time thing!

In fact, I was told I’d need to go back as many as 6 times. In between each time I have to wait three weeks so that my hair grows. That’s a lot!

Plus I have light hair and light skin, so I’m told that it’s a little more difficult on my type of body.

But the way it works is that the laser kills a few hair follicles at a time. Also, not all of your hair follicles are growing at the same time. Hence the need to keep going back.

Great business model btw!

Laser hair removal is been around since the 1990s.

It’s also FDA approved, so they say it should be safe anyway.

It took me a while to decide whether I should buy my own machine and do it at home, or go to a spa which is what I ended up doing.

Let’s face it have no idea what I’m doing I’m hoping that the people at the laser hair removal near Leesburg VA know a lot more than what I do.

I guess so far so good. As I don’t have any pain or anything like that. They used a numbing cream on my face before they actually use the laser. But I had to pay extra for that.

It’s kind of strange to be getting it done. Simply because there’s no noise or anything like that. It’s just the light that you see.

One thing I was told to do is not play with the hair even though it may look like it’s falling out.

This can cause infection and of course blemishes on the skin if I do. So that’s going to be kind of annoying.

Overall this is going to cost me about $900. It’s a bit of money so that’s why I’ve been debating on it so long.

But the same time the cost of razors and even more importantly the time it takes me to shave my legs every single day far outweighs the $900 and the amount of sessions I have to do.

In the greatest part of his once this is all done it’s done for life.

No more shaving, yay!


Interview with a slimmed down success story

woman running for exerciseWe’ve all seen the commercials and read the ads touting women who have dropped several pants sizes in less time than it takes to find form-fitting jeans.

Well my friend Katie managed to do just that – and melt 26 pounds off her body – in the time it took to plan her wedding.

There were no diet pills, exercise DVDs, or radical workout regimens involved.

She shed the weight naturally with a few key lifestyle changes and supplements to stay healthy.

I was in awe of her transformation both for how quickly it happened and for how sparingly she hit the gym.

Inspired by a reader’s comment on my nutritionist vs. trainer post to learn more about Katie’s weight loss journey, I sat down with her for an interview.

Read on to find out how she did it.

What motivated you to slim down?

When my hubby-to-be and I set a date for our wedding, I didn’t think I would need more than six months for me to get everything ready, including my body.

But then I weighed myself for the first time in a long time and came to the sickening realization that I had gained 33 pounds since my thinnest point during college.

What had happened?

I was a RELIGIOUS exerciser, running anywhere from 5-30 miles a week, taking spin classes, supplementing with weight training, and doing everything I thought I needed to do.

Needless to say, something was wrong – whether it was my habits, my metabolism, hormones, or maybe just my perception of what I was really doing!

What was your daily routine during the period of weight gain?

Over the past five years, my weight has fluctuated between those 33 pounds, reaching highs and lows and places in between. I have had personal trainers, gone on marathon-training benders, followed Weight Watchers, flirted with South Beach – you name it.

Sometimes the diet and/or exercise thing worked, sometimes it didn’t.

The first personal trainer I hired in my post-college years was a former NFL football player who used to kick my butt with weight training. I definitely saw results, but my appetite grew and when I finally stopped working out with him, I started to put the weight back on.

When I realized what was happening, I decided to go back to running – first 2 miles, then 5, then longer 8-10 mile runs.

All the running burned so many calories that I pretty much ate whatever I wanted (within reason), got to a fairly comfortable weight, and stayed there.

But over time, my now-husband and I settled into comfortable evenings together with dinner and a bottle of wine.

And once work became really busy, going to the gym and the long runs fell completely by the wayside.

So when I stepped on the scale last summer and realized where I had gotten myself, I decided I HAD to get a grip and get myself back in shape.

How did you get started?

The first thing I did was consult a physician.

I needed to make sure I didn’t have some sort of thyroid problem or other hormonal imbalance that had caused the weight gain.

A trip to the GP and Endocrinologist later, I learned that I was fine and would have to monitor my diet and exercise more carefully.

So I initially tried to make lifestyle changes on my own.

I started going back to the gym, cut out that glass or two of wine and dessert that I had become comfortable with every evening, realigned myself, and dropped nearly ten pounds in just a few weeks.

But those first ten pounds were easy.

I had 15-20 more lbs to go before the wedding (now five months away) and needed someone to seriously help me get in gear and stay in gear.

Where did you turn for help?

I went to my gym and met with a trainer.running for weight loss

Ironically, the first guy I met was another former football player.

I knew that he could get me into shape, but I was worried that it would send me on a whole repeat of the cycle I had experienced just a few years prior.

So I started talking to him about nutrition and asked what advice he could offer me.

He stated the obvious: egg whites, turkey, veggies, fruit…duh. When he realized that I needed more specialized help, he turned me over to his female colleague, Jen.

At first I was wary of working out with a female trainer.

I had watched the female trainers in my gym and their clients never really seemed to sweat it out the way I wanted to.

I didn’t want some silly stretching moves and squats alone.

I was a generally athletic person, and I wanted to be sure I would get my money’s worth.

DID I EVER!!!

What made you click with this trainer in particular?

Jen turned out to be not just a personal trainer, but a personal trainer AND nutritionist combined.

One of the most important things which I firmly believe contributed to my ultimate success was that Jen was 1. also a woman and 2. also built kind of like I am.

She UNDERSTOOD!

We could commiserate about food and exercise and social eating and wine and going out with friends and how it all affects the waistline.

It was like a diet/exercise/nutrition/social support system all in one.

How did her plan for you work?

The first thing Jen had me do was keep a food journal.

Keep in mind that I was already trying to be healthy and push past that 10 lb-loss I had already achieved.

But when she finally reviewed my week-long journal, she pointed out something which wasn’t initially obvious to me: I was eating TOO MUCH SUGAR!

A tiny bite of candy here, cereal (even the stuff that seems “healthy”), dried fruit, fresh fruit, wheat bread, whole grain waffles… they all sound okay in moderation, but I needed to work on what I was eating and when I was eating it.

The change in diet also meant I needed to start taking some supplements as well as my aging body needed different nutients that I hadn’t needed when I was younger.

So I began taking IDLife nutritional supplements to balance out my calorie intake versus the nutrients I needed.

So she sat down with me to go over some guidelines and how I could make better choices.

What were the general rules?

– Try to cut out dairy (cheese, cow milk etc).
– Move towards more organic, less processed foods. If what you’re about to eat says “Natural Flavoring” on the label, you should put it down because it’s not natural at all.
– Stay away from “white” foods – i.e. refined breads and sugars.
– Replace regular bread with Ezekial bread.
– Cut out meat and move towards more vegan options, though fish and turkey or chicken are okay in moderation.
– Drink a ton of water.
– Cut out caffeine and sodas (even diet), and replace with herbal teas or fresh juices.

What were some sample meal plans?

Breakfast:
– Protein shake with soy or almond milk and frozen fruit OR
– Ezekial bread with natural almond butter and jam OR
– Amy’s Organics tofu scramble
– Green tea (coffee with soy milk on occasion)

Lunch:
– I had a lot of Amy’s Organics meals because I knew how many calories were in them and could regulate.

I also cooked grilled chicken with re-fried beans and steamed spinach/broccoli on the side to take to work with me.

For something quick, I would grab a bowl of soup.

I also frequented an all-natural Mediterranean take-out place by my office that has falafel salads with fresh hummus, beets, cucumber, tomato, olives, and avocado.

Or I would substitute dinner options below for lunch.

Dinner:
– Stir-fry with tofu, veggies, Tamari soy sauce, and agave nectar
– Brown rice pasta with Rao’s tomato sauce
– Quinoa with lentils
– Soups, salads, etc
– More Amy’s organics

Snacks:
– Nuts
– Popcorn with nutritional yeast
– Raw veggies with hummus
– Fruit with a protein like peanut butter or nuts
– Hard-boiled egg
– Blue corn chips on occasion with guacamole or re-fried beans and soy cheese.

Any other diet tips?

Jen highly recommended the Skinny Bitch recipes – I tried a couple and they are actually pretty good.

I also did cleansing/juicing days where I would eat only fruit and raw vegetables and some nuts, and drink a ton of water.

I never did a great job at these, but if I were hungry, I’d throw in some low fat re-fried beans or an Ezekial wrap to fill myself up.

By no means was I perfect at the diet thing.

I had a glass of wine or a beer here and there and I couldn’t give up my dark chocolate-covered almonds with turbinado sugar and sea salt from Trader Joe’s.

But I got in the habit of picking healthier options like Tofutti cream cheese and Tofutti ice cream sandwiches.

Making these small adjustments definitely made a difference.

How did your exercise regimen change?

training for weight lossAs far as working out, Jen and I met twice a week – once for an hour session and once for a half an hour session.

During our sessions, we would do sprints on the treadmill, squats, lunges, free weight training, floor ab exercises, work with the Bosu ball, balance exercises, various types of push-ups (who would ever think regular push-ups are the easy choice!), plank, 100s, bicycles, etc.

She told me I should be working out a couple of days a week on my own, but I honestly did not have the time to do it that often.

Sometimes I would squeeze in a run on the treadmill or go for a walk, but I mostly relied on my sessions with her.

What results did you see?

Jen and I would weigh and measure my body every couple of weeks to track my progress.

It was a great way to stay on target and, even if the scale didn’t budge, to see the inches come off.

I found it really fun and fulfilling. What surprised me throughout the whole experience was that I was now working out less than I had been previously, but seeing more results.

For me, I think working out less was important because it helped curb my appetite. And working out less was realistic for me at that point because of everything going on in life (work, graduate school, wedding planning).

I just didn’t have a ton of time on my hands. Overall, I lost 26 lbs and multiple inches from my body.

I’m firmly back down to a size 8, though I can wear a 6 in certain clothes, which is super exciting given where I started (12).

How will you maintain your weight loss moving forward?

For me the key now is keeping up the lifestyle and hard work to keep the weight off.

I will say, though, that the biggest change has been a lifestyle overhaul – I have changed the way I eat, the way I look at food, and the way I look at exercise, and I think I’m much more balanced now.

Working out is important, but it is not everything. Having the time to run 5-8 miles a day is just not an option for me given my career path, family obligations, and current school obligations.

I love to exercise, but the most important thing is finding the right combination of nutrition and fitness to suit your body at certain points in your life. I weigh myself religiously right now (as I transition out of working out with my trainer), and hope to hit my stride soon.

I’ve gained back one pound since my lowest point before the wedding, but I am committed to staying within a five pound range going forward.

I think I can make it work this time!


Valium And Xanax

Prescription drugs have become a big business in our world today. Valium And Xanax

There are so many different types of drugs today that it is very important to know the differences in the most used forms.

Our society has a lot of stress associated with working and raising a family.

So much so, that many have taken to getting using drugs to aid in the reduction of this stress.

High school students and college students are also using xanax for either recreational reasons or prescribed by a physician and purchased at an independent pharmacy because of anxiety attacks.

Due to this, there are many drugs on the market now the deal with anxiety, stress, insomnia, and mild depression.

Two of the most common medications for these conditions are valium and xanax.

Xanax (alprazolam) and valium (diazepam) are in the benzodiazepines family.

Disontinuing either medication can be difficult due to withdrawal symptoms and their are addictive issues and warnings to be aware of.

Side effects, abuse and addiction are important to be aware of with these medications.

They each can lead to an increased tolerance which then requires a higher dosage for the same results.

Often xanax abuse symptoms are not recognized or admitted by users.

The dopamine centers are effected and this is part of the hooking quality.

Valium is a known medication for the treatment of anxiety, back pain and for those who have trouble sleeping (insomnia).

We have often heard of our mother or our friend’s mother taking Valium to calm themselves down.

This drug is still prescribed for people who have a hard time coping with stressful situations.

This drug can and has been over used by those who just want to get relief.

Though xanax and ativan are have been prescribed more lately, some physicians as well as patients prefer valium.

Xanax is prescribed for certain types of anxiety like panic attacks and mild to moderate states of depression.

Your physician will make a determination of what he thinks is best.

Both drugs affect your brain and spinal cord which is needed to reduce the effect of anxiety and depression.

These drugs do contain side effects that you should be aware of.

Valium users can experience some mild drowsiness, tiredness, weakness of the muscles, or feeling uncoordinated.

If any of these common side effect become overly irritating or won’t go away, consult with your primary physician.

Definitely seek medical help if you experience any rash, itching, breathing difficulty, swelling, a sore throat, chest tightness, memory loss or confusion as this is serious.

Xanax use can cause you to experience mild side effects like a change of appetite or sexual desire, dry mouth, lightheadedness, dizziness, and constipation.

Severe side effects are similar to valium but also include decreased urination, hallucination, changes in menstruation, and muscle spasms or twitching.
Dealing with anxiety can be difficult without assistance.

Whether you take prescription medication or not, it’s critical to develop techniques to reduce stress.

Try to use natural methods before opting to use any medication.

Remember that valium addiction is a serious problem.

Many people suffer from a benzo addiction and struggle with a cycle of stopping and starting over and over again.

Rehab centers help people taper off and learn more effective strategies to cope with daily anxiety issues.

There are also anti-depressants that are used instead of benzodiazepines both for ex-addicts and those with addictive personality tendencies.


Shopping at Your Local Organic Grocery Store

organic fruitChoosing to buy food from the local organic grocery store is becoming more and more of the norm for many parents.

The constant news about environmental hazards and possible dangers associated with our food supply has millions of parents seriously considering choosing only organic food options for their children.

Healthy eating has always been the number one concern when it comes to the health of children and goes far beyond just getting enough fruits and vegetables.

Now the challenge is making sure the quality of the food is just as high as the nutritional value.

The Problem

A recent study by Stanford University has caused quite a stir in the organic farming and organic food stores community as well as with pediatricians.

The main conclusion was that organically grown foods are not healthier nutritionally than non organically grown foods.

Another important conclusion that came from that same study is the one major difference that is even more important to parents.

The tipping point for parents opting to feed their children organic fruits, vegetables, milk and meat products is the amount of pesticides added to non organic foods. That’s why I use a local catering Houston company to supply all the food in our company now.

The Facts

The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it perfectly clear that in spite of the Stanford study, they are uncomfortable with any amount of pesticides added to foods especially where young children are concerned.

According to pediatricians, very young children are highly susceptible to foreign toxins because their immune systems are not fully developed.

On the other side of the coin, the amount of “allowable” pesticides in foods, according to the federal government is not enough to cause harm to either children or adults.

Pesticides and Child Development

Pesticide spraying – Opting to shop from organic grocery store for pesticide free organic foods.

A report released by the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) cites a troubling finding.

Female farm workers in California who were exposed to pesticides while working during their pregnancy, gave birth to infants whose motor skills like learning to walk for example were delayed.organic grapes

Additionally they also found these children had developmental delays ranging from language difficulties, cognitive thinking, social and emotional problems.

Pediatricians also worry about the long term effects young children may have due to early exposure of pesticides.

Unfortunately, the data just isn’t there yet as there hasn’t been enough studies conducted on the subject itself.

It could be several years before we know for sure if the developmental delays like those found in the babies of female farm workers is just the beginning of something far worse.

This gives parents another strong case for opting to shop their local organic grocery stores or health food stores for a healthy diet of pesticide free organic foods wherever possible.

In the meantime, parents will need to be diligent about keeping up on the latest news and trends.
Take the time to learn more about organically grown foods, dairy and meat.

Have a conversation with your child’s pediatrician and let him or her know what your intentions are in terms of dietary changes.

It’s also important to know that not all of the non organic foods produced contain the same amount of pesticides.

Some fruits and vegetables like apples for example contain a large amount of pesticides. While sweet corn contains very little.

When shopping at your local organic grocery store or health food store be sure to inquire about where the food they’re selling comes from.

Ideally, you want to go with locally grown foods as opposed to those shipped from across the country.

Produce begins to lose it’s nutritional value pretty rapidly once picked.

So obviously anything picked and shipped long distance and stored in a warehouse is not going to be nearly as nutritional as something picked and shipped locally.

The difference can be significant.

Think, a week or longer from farm to supermarket long distance, versus a few days if purchased locally.

Your child’s health is important, so take the time to do your homework before you buy.


Drinking And Hard Liquor Dangers

Most people are not familiar with the effects that hard alcohol has on their body. drinks with high alcohol content

It is a very different effect than what you get from consuming beer or wine.

We’ll be taking a look at the effects of drinking different types of hard alcohol, and how it is different from other types of drinks.

Hard alcohol is a liquor that contains more than 20% alcohol by volume.

These include vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cognac, and other distilled alcohol.

Sometimes hard liquor is consumed in small amounts like 2 ounce shot glasses, buy many times it is consumed as a mixed drink.

The danger with drinking hard alcohol is when it’s mixed to create a drink that has a high alcohol content, but it has the taste of the mixer.

You then become unaware of much you’re actually drinking.

If you were to combine vodka with cranberry juice, even a small amount of cranberry juice will lessen the taste of the vodka.

Thus, you will have a high volume of alcohol but it won’t have the harsh taste of drinking the vodka in a pure shot glass.

If you were to consume it by sipping it over time, then more than likely the alcohol’s effects would be kept in check.

That’s because you’d be very conscious of the amount of hard liquor that you would be drinking.

Hard Liquor Alcohol Content Compared to Beer

Also, a recipe for a mixed drink varies depending on the bartender and also on the establishment that is serving the drink.

There are different types of hard alcohol and brands with different alcohol content.

Some hard alcohol can have up to 51% of alcohol by volume.

When you compare that with beer which is usually anywhere from 4 to 6% alcohol, you can see that one mixed drink can contain as much alcohol as up to four beers.

Dangers Of Drinking Hard Liquor

This can become very dangerous especially if you’re driving a car.

You could have just one mixed drink and that could be equal to having consumed four beers in a relatively short period of time.

This could make any person be over the alcohol limit in most jurisdictions.

It also greatly impairs your ability to drive and you can cause an accident. Even if you’re not the one hurt, worse, you can end up killing someone else.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want the realization that I’ve killed a child or someone’s son or daughter let alone an adult. I don’t want the responsibility of coming up with ideas for memorial service either.

So, just be careful when drinking all types of hard alcohol.

If you have a history of addiction, then this is something you need to avoid all together.

If you can drink socially, be aware of the proportions that you drinking and the actual amount of all alcohol that you’re consuming.

In this way you can avoid the trouble of being charged with driving under the influence as well as not fall into an alcohol problem on a physical and psychological level .


Alcohol Liver Damage Symptoms

alcoholic passed outPeople often like to go the bars after work and enjoy happy hour with their peers.

For some, drinking alcohol is an occasional past-time, but for other people, drinking has become an addiction.

This addiction often leads to physical, emotional, and social problems.

We know that excessive drinking can cause someone to lose their job, family, and friends, but you can also lose your life.

Excessive drinking can lead to severe problems for your liver.

Alcohol liver damage is a condition that may be caused by excessive drinkers face after years of overindulgence.

Conditions like, acute alcoholic hepatitis can be life threatening and women are more easily affected than men.

Most people feel that they aren’t at risk of any liver problems because they rarely “get drunk” when they socialize.

However, you don’t have to always get drunk to develop this health risk, and it doesn’t affect every heavy drinker either.

An alcoholic intervention may be helpful to wake up the drinker.

Depending on how severe your conditions are, the symptoms can vary.

This damage starts as an inflammation and can lead to cirrhosis, which is the final phase of this kind of organ injury.

In advance stages of this condition, you will have pain and tenderness in your abdomen.

You can have feeling of dry mouth with extreme thirst.

You can also experience fevers, fatigue, a loss of appetite, nausea, and mood changes.

The good thing about the liver is that it is able to heal itself.

If the damage is not too bad or hasn’t become cirrhosis, then it is possible to repair the injury.

To start the process of repairing this organ you need to stop drinking alcohol.

Drinking alcohol is what caused the injury in the first place.

So even causal, social drinking is out of the question.

If your find that your alcohol liver damage symptoms are caused by cirrhosis, you will need to get medical treatment for it.

In extreme cases you may have to have a full liver transplant.

Be aware of symptoms like weight gain, because this could be due to fluid collecting in the abdomen.

Seek medical attention if you feel confusion, attention deficit, black or bloody stool, feelings of faintness, lethargy or vomiting blood.


Family Therapy for Drug Addiction

Everyone is a product of their family background and family therapy is used as part of a drug addiction recovery program in many cases, even if it’s for a short period of time.

Individual psychotherapy for addiction assists someone in getting less guarded and looking at the underlying causes for the drug or alcohol problem.

With family therapy, additional progress can be gained for a number of reasons.

Family members often can have insight into the drug user’s history as well as coping skills.

For instance, recently when I spoke with a client who smokes pot daily, his mom mentioned that her son seems to get very down when his best friend Rob calls a different friend to hang out with on weekend evenings.

My client hadn’t realized that this triggers feelings of rejection and low self-esteem in him which results in him taking a walk outside and getting high.

We can be blind to our own behaviors and someone living under the same roof can see what triggers our mood swings.

When your loved one is in a rehab clinic, usually are asked to attend family therapy sessions at some point in the healing process.

This is an extremely important part of the recovery process.

You may be hesitant to attend these sessions, but rest assured that they will be a helpful support for him or her.

If it is a volatile situation, the therapist will be able to pick up the family dynamics and how these interactions can negatively create the cycles.

Substance abuse is individual, but it can be impacted by one’s family to a large degree. Family therapy will help everyone to see if the addict feels alienated, judged, insecure and what his role is in the home.

The best thing you can do in these sessions is to be honest and look at how you all treat each other, what expectations you place upon each other and how the patterns get created.


Signs of Steroid Abuse

It is important to be able to recognize the most common signs of steroid abuse if you know someone who you suspect of taking these drugs.

Usually they are used to produce a physiological change in the body to increase muscle mass.

Injecting ones self with steroids can result in a number of negative side-effects, including increased aggression, or “roid rage”.

Someone who is experiencing this side-effect gets easily agitated or annoyed and acts out in ways which would usually be considered uncharacteristic.

If this is the case then steroid use may be involved.

Shrinking of the testicles is another common side-effect of using these drugs, because of the estrogen involved in taking them.

It creates changes such as testicular atrophy that results in shrinking.

When someone is using steroids, there is usually a change in the person’s external mood and appearance.

Sometimes the changes are more subtle while other times they are painfully obvious.

It is important to look closely to see if any changes have taken place so you will be able to confront the person about their abuse.

In certain cases gynocomastia can take place, which is the development of breast tissue in the chest area.

While this is not a common reaction, it can occur if steroids are abused over a long enough period of time.

Some people also have bad breath and thinning hair as a result of using them.

The side-effects depend on the person who is taking them; however there can be an extreme change in appetite, either decreased or increased.

Dizziness, tremors, nausea, and vomiting are some of the other come side-effects that you will want to keep an eye out for.

Keep your eye out with anyone you know for unusual signs as other types of addiction such as benzo addiction are also common.

Other signs of steroid abuse include jaundice, which presents as yellowish-colored skin and eyes. This is a sign of serious liver damage and if a person has becomes jaundiced immediate treatment is necessary.

Leaving this side-effects untreated can result in even more serious health problems and even death.

Some people also experience an increase in acne and cysts on the skin, although this is not always the case.

The truth is that the reactions are different for everyone, but with regular use almost always comes at least some side-effects.

This is why it is important to pay close attention to the behavior and appearance of the person you may suspect who may have signs of steroid abuse .

They can be extremely dangerous and cause serious health problems that can take quite a toll on the body over a long period of time.


Addiction to Oxycontin: Pain and Abuse

perscription drugs Addiction to OxycontinAny addiction is a serious issue, but addiction to oxycontin represents a unique and difficult challenge both to the person addicted and those around him or her.

Oxycontin is a narcotic, or opium derivative, used to treat pain, similar to morphine.

This is used due to pain from work injury’s, sport’s injuries or other forms of chronic pain.

The proper use of oxycontin, which is a brand name for the drug’s active ingredient oxycodone, slowly releases the pain-killer into the system to manage pain over the course of the day.

However, this is a very potent drug which has seen a dramatic explosion of misuse and abuse due to its narcotic properties.

Accidental overdoses by misuse and abuse of oxycontin are unfortunately common.

It can produce a “high” for the user similar to heroin or morphine, an euphoric feeling that is itself the root cause of misuse.

Addiction to oxycontin is an addition to feeling good by abusing a drug.

I’ve seen clients with addictions that never did street drugs but ended up dependent due to pain issues.

Common methods of ingestion for an oxycontin addict include chewing the pills or crushing them up to be snorted or injected directly into the bloodstream.

Even when used properly, people taking oxycontin have developed dependence on the drug to deal with chronic or long-term pain issues.

Though unintentional, this addiction can lead to devastating consequences.

One of the most damaging issues with addiction is the body’s attempt to maintain a healthy balance by building up a resistance to the drug.

This means the user needs to ingest more of the drug to get the same effect they had before.

Many times this isn’t noticed and just becomes an unaware process one feeds.

Side effects of addiction to oxycontin can include emotional disorders, respiratory depression, seizures, and general weakness.

When combined with other depressant drugs or alcohol, use of oxycontin can use to serious health issues and even fatalities.