Published: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:44:59 -0600
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:39:40 -0600When a person gets addicted to an illegal substance, he or she constantly craves the substance at the expense of everything else in life. At times, people fighting substance abuse may even disregard their physical and mental health, exposing themselves to the harmful effects of addiction.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:15:49 -0600As Horace, the Roman lyric poet, once said, "Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor." This quote is apt for someone trying to give up illicit substances. It is an uphill task for a chronic substance abuser to abstain from an addiction and thereby prevent relapse.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:13:31 -0600An addiction is a chronic mental disorder characterized by a constant drug-seeking behavior. Illegal substances harm the brain in many ways, eventually slowing down the mental and physical processes. For instance, a person addicted to alcohol may experience a marked deterioration in his or her mental faculties, which makes it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday activities.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:49:20 -0600Historically, drinking has been restricted to men since women's bodies are less equipped to eliminate the alcohol content as compared to their male counterparts. Moreover, in some cultures, alcohol is deemed inappropriate for women because of high moral expectations and rigid societal conventions.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:58:21 -0600One in ten are currently under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For so many, the chemical abuse trips end in jails, institutions or death. Finally, hope is on the horizon.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:04:20 -0600No one likes to hear that they have an addiction. Sometimes their use of a substance or process addiction develops so subtly that one doesn't even recognize what is occurring until consequences set in. There is a powerful line in the song "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns that claims "People Never Crumble in a Day".
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:52:00 -0600In our hyper-connected world, it can be all too easy to fall into an addiction to something that most of us consider essential to our daily lives: the magical internet. This addiction may take the form of hours spent reading blogs, or following Facebook links and paths, or even just checking email over and over. Regardless of what form it takes, it may take us a while to recognize it as an addiction at all.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:28:53 -0600Overall, the addiction recovery phase for drinking problems is quite a strenuous journey that demands immense will power to get back to a healthier life. It takes an individual's time and effort to stay sober and control cravings to stay away from alcohol and other addictive substances.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:29 -0600Traveling for treatment has numerous benefits. Principally, traveling for treatment provides people with a new beginning.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:25 -0600It's important to know whether or not your loved one has an alcohol problem. You want to make sure to get them help sooner than later.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:17:00 -0600Holding an intervention is an important process in helping your loved one get treatment. Here are some tips.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:16:50 -0600Given the recent surge in legislation relating to marijuana, it's important to look into the effects of legalization and decriminalization. Both measures will drastically change the landscape of our country's drug policy.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:19:40 -0600Luke 8:17 "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." Nothing hides anymore, especially as man become more conscious of himself and the universe. Hidden vices are shown in the face and body. Hidden vices will always express in one way or another externally. Nothing hides. An addict can see an addict. The good news is that help is easily available to anyone who wants help. Freedom from addiction is available to those who seek it.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:46:02 -0600Gulping down excessive amounts of alcohol and spending impulsively on presents, parties, food, etc. can take away the festive cheer, eventually leading to stress and emotional upheavals, often referred to as "Christmas hangover." Although this is a special time of year, there are many people who do not look forward to this season due to the fear of experiencing disappointments in social relationships, or the overall happiness levels, and thus indulge in excessive drinking to beat the impending Christmas blues.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:58:59 -0600An inside perspective on the experience of today's addict. With one in ten now at risk, this article addresses new methods to approach chemical use disorders.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:16:05 -0600Marijuana is considered a gateway drug while on the other hand many people don't even consider marijuana a drug. With the recent laws passed to legalize marijuana, it seems soon that it will be as mainstream as drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Of course, compared to meth, marijuana is definitely the 'peaceful and eating' drug vs meth that is characterized by 'craziness and no eating.' I'll share my experience trading addictions that includes one of my most humiliating experiences, why marijuana is a 'good' idea after meth, and why's it's not a good idea.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:15:45 -0600I already am a vivid dreamer and when I was younger, I use to sleep-walk a lot. I can remember some dreams that happened long ago with precise detail but the dreams I've had about using meth again are the most unnerving. Along with my own addictive issues, I deal with living with an addict that I have caught lying, sneaking and using behind my back and that also affects my dreams. In this piece I'll write about my dreams of using and if it makes me crave after nine years and my suggestions on how to deal with it,
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:11:53 -0600What do 'normal' people do every day when they aren't living the drug life? From an addict's point of view, normal life looks stressful, tiresome, and not exciting at all! In this piece, I'll talk about what 'normal' is for me and how it unfolded after four years of meth, give my suggestions on how to start feeling 'normal' about normal life, and why 'normal' it is a lot better than the drug life-style.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:07:36 -0600If you've quit or ran out of meth, you KNOW this feeling. In this piece I'll share my experience with this, what I think will help get you through the 'aftershock' feeling, and support suggestions.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:54:18 -0600Cocaine addiction gained prominence in America during the 1980s and 1990s. However, addiction to the drug is still widespread across the country causing public health implications. Although a person abusing cocaine may exhibit general sense of well-being and act confidently, the drug at times leads to various health problems, sometimes even leading to emergency room visit.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:50:49 -0600Christmas is the time for enjoying and socializing, apart from a day of great religious significance. People of all backgrounds come forward to have a joyful experience or to free themselves from winter blues. But, this is also the time when there are lots of celebrations and parties where alcohol is the main attraction. In fact, the celebration continues
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:18:32 -0600In America, alcohol is not only a way to mark a special occasion or to simply relax after a hard day, even its consumption is mostly regarded as a harmless activity. This mentality has put immense burden on the American society. In reality, alcohol abuse can have a detrimental effect on all aspects of an individual's life and well-being, including his or her work and relationships. However, one of the most serious risks linked with the use of alcohol is its association with crime.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:29:49 -0600Many people associate "drugs" with abominable, forbidden substances purchased in the darkness of the night from gun-wielding individuals who thrive on the insatiable drug cravings of the people who cannot imagine a life without drugs. Moreover, drug-addicted individuals are often visualized as homeless, unemployed people surviving on the fringes of the society.
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:11:28 -0600This is what I call hood counseling, a concept that is real and straight to the point in overcoming addictions or bad habits. The ones who walk though the mental gates of hell and make it out, they become the greatest teachers. Hell is seen as a school for the wise. Hell is a place you been and don't want to ever go back to. Literally you been there and done that. You've hit rock bottom and are fed up with suffering and you want out. A change in mind is the first step. You can't keep looking the same, thinking the same and doing the same things and expect a change. The truth about ourselves sometimes hurts, because there's truth in it. The good news is that we all can change our situation at anytime with a change in attitude or perception. Look at suffering as a passing phase and something to be learned from.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:20:24 -0600Codependency has been referred to as "relationship addiction" or "love addiction." But is it a disease? Identify the stages of addiction and recovery.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:28:00 -0600There are a lot of myths about addiction. It's important to reject these in order to help people move forward in their recovery.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:31:20 -0600A glass of alcohol per day will improve your health except you are advised by a doctor to stay away from alcohol. Moderate drinking can improve working condition of your heart.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:10:11 -0600Expectant mothers are advised to stay away from alcohol as it can cause long-term harm to the unborn baby, including various birth defects. However, an increasing number of women are getting hooked on alcohol, even during pregnancy.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:37:48 -0600Addiction as commonly known is the dependency to a psychoactive drug accompanied by some symptoms that appear on the addict. However addiction is not only linked to the ingestion of a drug like alcohol or cocaine, addiction can also be considered as the development of a behavior that produces stimulation to the reward system such as gambling, social networking which is a behavior driven by the FOMO effect and even work-holism.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:18:24 -0600Genetics and drinking behavior of the family members can fairly predict alcoholism. But according to the researchers, this association of genes against a congenial environment for alcoholism has been poorly explored so far and there is a knowledge gap.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:17:04 -0600You are said to have a drug addiction when you are unable to control the drug's intake. Despite experiencing the negative effects of the drug, you continue seeking and taking it. Addiction begins with a habit where you regularly take the drug or consume alcohol. As your body gets used to the drug your ability to stop the consumption is compromised. The addiction is as a result of changes in the brain that interfere with your behavior.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:20:57 -0600Alcohol abuse can harm one's body and mind immensely. But when it comes to women, heavy drinking can leave a stronger impact than men, making them more susceptible to its negative effects. Women who drink excessively face a greater risk of major health hazards, such as liver damage, impaired brain functioning, and even breast cancer, compared to men.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:19:20 -0600Parents of teens should be prepared for all kinds of situations, and one such circumstance can be finding drugs in their kids' belongings. It might start as a harmless experimentation with recreational substance use. Still, it might be the onset of a long trail of active substance abuse for them. Kids at this age may experiment with alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills, heroin or hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:29:42 -0600The fact that fitness is an all-important part of one's life is beyond any debate. Everybody knows the importance of following a fitness regimen to remain healthy. Now, a recent recovery program at the University of Kentucky has claimed that fitness during recovery from addiction helps patients recuperate quicker and gain sobriety faster.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:22:21 -0600Millions of Americans are victims of alcoholism or addiction to other legal and illegal substances, but unfortunately, only a fraction of them receives professional treatment, said a recent report by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Vice Admiral, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Addiction has thus emerged as a major public health challenge in the U.S. Apart from the rising health care costs, addiction is known to cause a significant increase in crime, violence, marital strife, abuse and neglect of children.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:16:18 -0600Drinkers never see addiction coming. It sneaks up on them slowly, making it difficult to differentiate when recreational drinking becomes problem drinking. Depending on an individual's tolerance level, it may take one week to several months for addiction to penetrate its roots.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:10:36 -0600It is often said that the first step to correcting a problem is to first admit that you have one. I had a 5 bottle a week habit that I ignored simply because I wasn't drinking everyday.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:26:11 -0600Alcohol is a highly addictive substance, which leads to consequences that are not limited to the alcoholics alone, but also affects the ones around them. Acknowledging the fact that a loved one has a drinking problem is a challenging task, giving rise to several unpleasant emotions, such as irritation, frustration, shame, anger and self-blame.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:25:23 -0600Misconceptions and wrong information often fuel drug abuse, leading to addiction. Despite being an emotional issue, drug addiction is mostly surrounded by conflicting views. Moreover, portrayal of the stereotypical drug addict in movies and television has given rise to a plethora of misconceptions which divert the reality, creating problems for both the addict and the society.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:17:22 -0600The enlargement of the left atrium can cause a heart condition, called atrial fibrillation in which the heart beats irregularly, said senior researcher of the study Dr. Gregory Marcus, director of clinical research at the University of California, San Francisco.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:44:53 -0600What are neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are naturally excreted in the brain, they are acetyl choline, dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and GABA (Gamma-Amino-Butyric-Acid).
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:21:23 -0600Now that the trend of over-prescribing has all but ceased, what do we do with all the iatrogenic addicts that it produced? A look at the situation along with a real-life description of addiction and withdrawal. The situation has long since become an epidemic and the numbers are staggering.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:17:02 -0600One of the biggest challenges in attaining sobriety is relapse. It is difficult to quit heroin and other prescription drugs, but more difficult than quitting is preventing a relapse once a person takes the path of sobriety. Quitting is easier than thwarting a relapse. However, with some helpful tips, one can maintain and prolong sobriety, staying miles away from heroin and opioids.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:00:47 -0600Marijuana dampens the motivation in users making them less enthusiastic to go out and work. Smoking marijuana makes people less motivated to work for money while "high," says a recent study by the University College London (UCL).
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:22:39 -0600People are generally aware of the fact that illicit drugs are harmful and their abuse often prove fatal. However, in reality, more Americans abuse legally or illegally obtained prescription drugs and off-the-counter medications than street drugs.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:21:32 -0600The problem of alcoholism is soaring continuously across the United States. It seems, drinking has become a favorite pastime in the country. However, unlike other pastimes, it comes with a hefty price. One in every 12 adults is a victim of alcohol abuse or dependence, along with several millions indulging in risky drinking behaviors that lead to addiction, said a 2015 report published in the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:45:24 -0500While the United States continues to reel under the epidemic of addiction to prescription pain relievers, fingers are also being raised at the dentists who are turning a blind eye to the issue. Although the prevailing laws don't oversee how dentists manage pain for their patients, it is time for them to change their age-old prescribing strategies.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:42:59 -0500The opioid addiction epidemic in the United States is claiming more lives than guns or cars. Today, fatal overdoses exceed deaths by shooting rampages and road fatalities across the country. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), millions suffer from chronic pain each year, leading to a skyrocketing rise in healthcare and rehabilitation costs and a steep decline in productivity.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:20:41 -0500Nail biting is amongst the most usual childhood behaviors. Several scientific studies estimate that 40-65% of youngsters bite their nails and/or place their hands and fingers in his or her mouth. This article will show you some of the ways you can help your child get past this behaviour for good.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:35 -0500"You wake up one day and look back at everyday use and realize you can't stop." That was a scary day. The feeling of desperation turned my empty stomach into knots. I thought for sure I was in control. I could stop if I WANTED to. Nope. That's not the way this drug works. And if you are in a relationship with an addict-in-denial, your chances of quitting along are impossible.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:33 -0500Accidents happen but when accidents happen and you're tweaking, it can get serious fast. When you're not thinking when you should be, you end up paying for it in the end. I'm lucky that it's only a sore back.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:30 -0500"The option of rehab is still available, and I guess I'll still think about it but there are a couple problems... So if I go, I have to come home to my boyfriend using and force myself to not use, and my son doesn't know I ever started it again." Unfortunately, there are a lot of dilemmas to face when you choose to leave meth, and the stress of dealing with the issues makes leaving meth seem undesirable. Having a plan and some perspective before you quit will help with dealing with the stress.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:28 -0500"I have isolated myself from family and friends. I rather be alone and struggle than for anyone to find out I have a problem." Why does a meth addict isolate themselves and what can the family and friends do to make sure that doesn't happen. I hurt my family by isolating them from my life and they thought they had lost me forever. Now we have our best relationship ever. There is hope.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:26 -0500The recovering meth addict is dealing with so many issues to get back to life. Do them a huge favor and leave physical comments out of the conversation.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:58:25 -0500Each of us, to a person, has something for which we must inevitably recover. Many of us have wrestled with that recovery, and are some way, or wholly, there. Being healed or healed. Then, there is the next thing; the next sin or struggle. Then the next. And so forth.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:30:36 -0500Power in of itself has many definitions that are both empowering as well as disempowering. Power is an agent that acts in a direction that is dependent on what it is paired with. If power is affixed to empowerment, the effect will manifest life affirming offspring.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:55 -0500Drinkable alcohol mainly contains Ethanol. Ethanol is a clear colorless hydroxylated hydrocarbon which is the product of fermentation of fruits, grains, or vegetables.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:52 -0500Cocaine is derived from the erythroxylon coca shrub that grows in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in South America. It is a widely available and highly addictive drug because of its abuse potential.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:49 -0500Tobacco plant leaves. Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco. Although this drug is not currently used therapeutically (except in smoking cessation therapy), nicotine remains important because it is second only to caffeine as the most widely used CNS stimulant, and it is second only to alcohol as the most abused drug. In combination with the tars and carbon monoxide found in cigarette smoke, nicotine represents a serious risk factor for lung and cardiovascular disease, various cancers, and other illnesses. Dependency on the drug is not easily overcome.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:47 -0500What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:42 -0500Google the word "marijuana." In an instant you're on thousands of articles that oppose each other.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:39 -0500Marijuana (Cannabis) leaf What is marijuana? Marijuana ( cannabis ) is a plant scientifically called Cannabis Sativa which was used by humans for centuries in clothing, food and allegedly was used by the Chinese as way for communication with spirits.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:31 -0500In today's chaotic and combative world it is nearly impossible to safeguard ourselves from the multiple sources of stress that are all around us everywhere. The question is, what can you do to protect yourself from the pressures that threaten your sobriety? While you may not be able to eliminate all the sources of stress in your life, there is a way to change your reaction to them.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:55:25 -0500We all have bad habits that have been formed for years. It has become part of what we do in our regular lives even though it's detrimental to our well-being. This article explains the #1 reason why bad habits develop and how we can get rid of them.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:52:50 -0500The nightcap is a good way to disguise people with the other side of your personality. Some wear it to hide their sadness, some to bring out their courage. But is it really that good that you can depend for a lifetime on it? Alcohol is said to be the "Magical Water". But we believe that it is that poison which kills you slowly, without even your own knowledge. It disguises as your best friend, your savior, your helper; but the reality is something else. We all know that the world is changing quite rapidly, and one of the noticeable changes is to see consumption of alcohol as socially acceptable.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:32:57 -0500Excessive drinking of alcohol could affect the success of a new business or an existing business. Experts have warned that when you drink too much alcohol you do not have a clear head to make important choices.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:15:33 -0500Alternative treatment therapies for substance abuse problems are becoming increasingly popular, with many of them helping curb substance abuse. Alternative methods like mindfulness techniques have helped addicts manage their craving for illicit substances.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:57:54 -0500People who use pain medication without a prescription or a need for the drug seem to go for medicines that are easily available and can give the desired effect. Amid all the hullabaloo over prescription drug abuse in the United States, the growing trend of the misuse of seizure drugs is a matter of grave concern.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:56:47 -0500Law enforcement agencies have been trying their best to thwart this mayhem, but the conundrum of prescription drug abuse in the United States is far from ebbing at the moment. It seems that people have been treading a wrong path in the fight against prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:03:31 -0500The worst cases of drunken driving mostly take place at night. And a majority of those who are behind the wheel and are involved in such fatal crashes are teens who are heavily inebriated. According to the recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of fatal crashes involving teens happen at night, of which 57 percent occur before midnight.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:27:49 -0500Prescription drug abuse among teens has been a major concern in the United States even as a majority of the population remains unaware of the gravity of the problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are rampantly abused by American teens, mostly aged 14 and above. It is only next to marijuana and alcohol abuse.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:25:54 -0500Rave parties that supposedly started in England during the 1980s have now become a global phenomenon marked by night-long revelries and bonhomie in the air. Free flow of booze, smoke, party drugs, high-decibel music and uninterrupted dance form part of rave parties.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:52:07 -0500One night, after being in my drug addiction for a few years, I decided to break into a school in Tampa Florida, where I was residing at the time, looking for something that I could steal so that I could buy a hit. After getting onto the school grounds I broke into a classroom via one of its windows. Upon entering the classroom, the only thing that I saw that may be of value was a television mounted on the wall.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:54:38 -0500Parents who are habituated to communicating regularly with their children have the advantage of preventing their wards from getting waylaid by life's numerous temptations. Discussing the ill effects of alcoholism is no different. In fact, according to a recent report, improvement in parenting and reduced affordability of alcohol has led to a substantial drop in childhood alcohol abuse cases.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:11:22 -0500Despite several measures by federal and various state governments, America's prescription drug epidemic continues to be out of control. In fact, the situation has gone from bad to worse with people from all walks of life falling prey to it.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:08:59 -0500It has been found that the prevalence of a mental health problem along with a substance use disorder often complicates the matter. In such a scenario, the treatment of both the cases becomes a challenge. When a mental health disorder exists along with a substance abuse issue, it is called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:47:21 -0500Caffeinated alcoholic beverages are banned in many places because of their ill effects and severe health risks. As the term reflects, a caffeinated alcoholic beverage is a drink that contains both alcohol and caffeine. It is a premixed beverage that combines caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants. They could be beverages based on malt liquors or distilled spirits with usually a higher alcohol content than beer.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:30:00 -0500The notion that drugs prescribed by a physician are safer than street drugs is a dangerous proposition that could spell doom for many. Prescription drug abuse has proved to be the most deplorable habit causing significant physical and mental harm to the people in America.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:29:06 -0500Obesity has been one of the biggest health concerns across the globe, especially in the developed countries. Now, it has also found some connection with addiction. A recent study, conducted by the Indiana University School of Education, has revealed that overweight children are more likely to abuse substances at an earlier age compared to healthy-weight children.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:24:31 -0500There cannot be any rationale behind an addiction and it should not be justified by any means. However, a lack of awareness about the ill effects of addiction to substances can make a person vulnerable and prone to abusing them. Despite repeated efforts by various quarters to spread information about the harms of addiction to various substances, a number of myths about them prevent people from taking to their abuse.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:12:14 -0500Stress and alcoholism are irrevocably linked and the prevalence of one triggers the onset of the other. It is imperative for people to understand the deeper link between the two so that both stress and alcoholism can be avoided.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:36:22 -0500Some of the common statements from a person who is under the influence of alcohol and believes that he can perfectly drive a car are - "No, I am absolutely fine, just give me the keys; it's not possible that I can't drive when drunk; I drive better when I am drunk." The irony is that it is his impaired senses that makes him come up with such statements.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:49:16 -0500Even the men of our powerful military are not spared from the worst of mental pain. Combat exposure and multiple deployments across conflict areas take a radical toll on the mental and physical health of army personnel, often triggering addiction. Veterans, who have witnessed the gruesome acts of violence within and across the borders, are the worst sufferers who are trying to find solace in the form of substance use.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:09:22 -0500The act of spiking a drink can be done for a wide array of reasons. Sometimes, it is done surreptitiously by another person for vested interests and at times, people spike their own drinks for a heightened experience that often backfires.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:08:32 -0500The current global trends of mandatory treatment of substance abuse problems are not effective and are against the tenets of human rights, says a recent study. Moreover, the researchers found that the mandatory treatment was not effective in reducing drug use.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:08:32 -0500Co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis is more common than people generally assume. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly 17.5 million Americans over the age of 18 have had serious mental health disorder in the past year, of which about 4 million people also struggled with a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependency.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:20:29 -0500Fighting an addiction and achieving sobriety is considered tough. However, experts feel, it is even more difficult to stay sober than attaining sobriety after treatment. Dealing with gnawing withdrawal symptoms would hold no meaning if a relapse happens soon after leaving a treatment center. For most of them, staying sober is like dangling off a cliff, with the lurking danger of falling any moment.
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:35:48 -0500According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of drug overdose in the United States has increased 137 percent since 2000. There were 47,055 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2014. Drug overdose deaths increased from 13.8 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 14.7 per 100,000 persons in 2014, a jump of 6.5 percent.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:05:01 -0500With every puff of cigarette that you blow, your life span reduces. The only difference is that you can see the cigarette burning, but not your inner self which is also burning and gradually turning into ash. Way back in 1964, United States Surgeon General Luther L. Terry came up with the first report linking smoking and lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is, in fact, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:54:47 -0500Giving up alcohol is tough, but it is always worth the effort. The decision to quit drinking is surely an uphill task for people who have become dependent on alcohol. In fact, a study by the Edge Hill University, London, published in the journal Psychopharmacology in March 2016, found that even the smell of alcohol makes it difficult for people to refrain from drinking.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:51:42 -0500Addiction affects both the brain and the behavior of a person, and if left untreated for too long, it can bring in untold miseries in the lives of those involved. Drug addiction is a "relapsing disease" as one can return to drug use even after an attempt to quit.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:33:55 -0500The situation seems to be looking up with opioid prescriptions dropping to a two-decade low for the first time in America in the recent past. In a country plagued by prescription drug and heroin epidemic, such a development always gets a hearty welcome. For, the U.S. has been losing more than 17,000 lives annually due to prescription drug overdose.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:58:20 -0500Whether it is a friend's birthday, a reunion or a success party, alcohol is the essential beverage on the menu on most of these occasions. At every celebration, or for that matter, at times of sadness, alcohol becomes a teen's best friend, posing extreme health risks in the long run.
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 15:43:39 -0500I love stories and here is one that always touches my heart. Some time ago, a 17-year-old teenager found himself at a crossroad. The questions that plagued him were "what am I to do and what will I become?"
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:04:35 -0500Addiction can take numerous forms, and there are weird ways in which people get a "high", right from abusing substances like bath salts, flakka, Spice to mephedrone, etc. In fact, new substances keep on adding to the list of the drugs being abused, especially when certain substance is banned.
Fri, 27 May 2016 07:04:02 -0500Of all the perils stemming from opioid epidemic in the United States, the abuse of the elderly population by addicts has left everyone stunned. The opioid crisis has led to an unprecedented abuse of elders at home by adult children who are addicts. According to a recent report published in the Boston Globe, there is a 37 percent surge in cases of elder abuse in Massachusetts over the past five years.
Thu, 26 May 2016 08:43:06 -0500Books on addiction and recovery are becoming popular with an increasing number of people lapping them up. Whether it is because of one's personal substance use problem or a loved one's addiction to a dangerous drug, people regularly glean for whatever help is possible from these informative books.
Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:00 -0500What we see is what we tend to believe. And if it is something done purportedly to coax people into taking some action, like the countless advertisements that flash across television screens, the impact could be long-lasting. Strongly corroborating this belief is a recent study, which says that alcohol brand placements on TV have a far greater impact on the youth watching them.
Fri, 20 May 2016 06:24:22 -0500Hypnotherapy is a treatment which helps those undergoing rehabilitation to cope with their cravings and prevent any relapse. A patient who seeks treatment has to completely detoxify his body systems before considering the treatment.
Tue, 17 May 2016 06:55:58 -0500Drinking alcohol may make a person feel happy, but only for a brief period; in the long-run, it does not fill one's life with contentment. Those who feel chuffed to bits by considering alcohol as a happiness-boosting substance can be in for a big surprise, as a recent study revealed that people who develop drinking problems are less satisfied with life.