‘Benadryl Challenge’ on TikTok Is Dangerous, Experts Say

Teens and children are intentionally overdosing on the over-the-counter antihistamine as part of a social media “challenge” that may have already turned deadly.

The situation has concerned officials at the Food and Drug Administration in the US and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s enough that they issued a warning against the “serious problems” that can occur if you ingest too much Benadryl.

The online video encourages viewers to take excessive doses of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to induce hallucinations.

This challenge reared is ugly head in 2020, but is unfortunately now reappearing in greater numbers while many people find themselves to be confined at home in lockdown for the Coronavirus Pandemic.

That’s why reading this article and sharing it with others could save more lives that you may realise, simply by spending it 30 seconds sharing it with others!…

How Chronic Substance Use And Addiction Increases Your Risks Of Infectious Diseases, Including The Coronavirus

Many substance users and addicts suffer with weakened immune systems. This puts them at a greater risk of infections, viruses, illnesses, cancer and even the coronavirus.

The chronic use of alcohol and nearly every type of drug that people misuse or become dependent upon, taxes the body, and more specifically, the immune system of an individual. This potentially results in compromised immune system functioning.

The use of most drugs that many people use recreationally and become dependent upon, including alcohol, leads to the suppression of the ability of the immune system to fight off infections, viruses, illnesses, impact the recovery from injuries and increase your risk of cancer development. In general, severe chronic alcoholics and drug addicts are considered immunocompromised hosts.

Recognising And Overcoming Behavioural Addictions

Addictions can occur in a wide variety of forms. Often, it is assumed that physical dependence characterised by withdrawal symptoms is required in order for someone to be diagnosed with an addiction use disorder, but the fact is that behavioural addiction can occur with all the negative consequences in a person’s life minus the physical issues faced by people who compulsively engage in drug and alcohol use.

The rituals that occur before, during and after also make up part of the addictive process. For example, cooking heroin in a spoon and putting on a tourniquet can be just as addictive at the heroin itself. Likewise, visit the local shop, knowing that when you get home in 10 minutes, you can drink. These “preparation behaviours” are just as important to highlight and treat.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – Babies Born Addicts

Pregnant women who use substances regularly (both drugs and alcohol) may deliver newborn babies who are born dependent on the same substances as their mother, because substances are passed between mother and baby through their umbilical chord.

This also can affect the growth and development of the fetus, along with causing issues that will affect them throughout their later life.

Find out all you need to know about NAS and more, including treatment options and help and support for those who may be/are or wanting to become pregnant, but are substance dependent or on a MAT program.

The Use And Misuse Of Prescribed Opioids And The Risk Of Subsequent Addiction

Opioids & opiates are supposed to be a short term solution for moderate to severe pain. However, so many people are on them for so long, that they have become physically and psychologically dependent on them, firstly because they enjoy the way they make them feel and secondly, to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Unfortunately, the ever increasing epidemic of opioid addiction is ravaging nations around the world, killing people unnecessarily, for a health condition that is treatable!

Find out all you need to know about opioids, addiction, pregnancy, overdoses, death withdrawal symptoms and treatment options and much more!…

Mindfulness, What Is It And Can It Help Me?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s happening around us.

Mindfulness also allows us to choose beneficial choices and identify negative ones. It helps with cravings, urges, temptations, mental health, physical health, relationships and many more!

Find out all you need to know and more inside this extremely comprehensive guide for mindfulness!…

10 Weird Things You Might Not Know Alcoholic Drinks Are Doing To Your Body

Inside this article are 10 weird and interesting things you may not know alcoholic drinks are doing to your body.

For so long, we have been following the same advice, myths and legends of alcohol use and drunkenness, but now science is fighting back with new evidence that turns those theories on their head.
Keep reading to find out how!…

Introducing The All You Need To Know About… Series

Introducing our “All You Need To Know About… Series”. Each article gives you an in-depth look at one particular substance at a time. We will also be using our 8 point risk-rating system, giving stars for 8 different aspects of that particular substance, eating their danger or risk from 1-5 stars.

Nature Vs Nurture: Is Addiction Learnt Or Inherited?

Is your addiction because of nature or nurture? Are you born an addict or is it because of the way you were raised? Find out here in our article on nature vs nurture!

Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Our Armed Forces – Our Currently Serving (Part 1)

This is the first part of 2 articles relating to substance abuse and addiction within the military, starting with current serving personnel. Part 2 will focus on the veterans who have since left the military but still have many of the same issues as currently serving personnel. While the use of drugs and alcohol amongContinue reading “Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Our Armed Forces – Our Currently Serving (Part 1)”