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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:44:55 -0600

 



Stay Alive or Poison Yourself With Alcohol

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:31:20 -0600

A 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.



Expectant Mothers May Be Binge Drinking During Pregnancy: Study

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:10:11 -0600

Expectant 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.



Behavioral Addiction

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:37:48 -0600

Addiction 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.



Researchers Identify Genes Responsible for Alcoholism

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:18:24 -0600

Genetics 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.



Understanding Addiction Treatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:17:04 -0600

You 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.



Alcohol Affects Women Differently Than Men

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:20:57 -0600

Alcohol 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.



Things to Do After Discovering Drugs Stashed With Teens

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:19:20 -0600

Parents 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.



A Fitness Regimen Helps in Recovery From Substance Abuse

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:29:42 -0600

The 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.



America is Reeling From an Addiction Crisis

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:22:21 -0600

Millions 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.



When to Seek Help for a Drinking Problem

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:16:18 -0600

Drinkers 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.



How I Kicked My 5-Bottle A Week Habit

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:10:36 -0600

It 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.



Dealing With Loved Ones Having a Drinking Problem

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:26:11 -0600

Alcohol 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.



Myths Surrounding Drug Abuse and Addiction

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:25:23 -0600

Misconceptions 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.



Alcohol May Lead to Heart Problems in Some: Study

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:17:22 -0600

The 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.



Addiction and Neurotransmitters

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:44:53 -0600

What 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).



Iatrogenic Addiction - The Wave of New Chemical Use Disorders

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:21:23 -0600

Now 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.



Tips to Avoid Heroin and Opioid Addiction Relapse

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:17:02 -0600

One 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.



Smoking Marijuana Dampens Motivation to Work for Money: Study

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:00:47 -0600

Marijuana 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).



Prescription Drugs Are More Lethal Than Street Drugs

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:22:39 -0600

People 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.



Measuring Impulsivity May Help Detect Vulnerability to Alcohol: Study

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:21:32 -0600

The 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).



Dentists to Prescribe OTC Analgesics, Not Opioids

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:45:24 -0500

While 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.



Addressing Pain Without Feeding Addiction

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:42:59 -0500

The 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.



Ways to Stop Nail Biting in a Child

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:20:41 -0500

Nail 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.



When I Realize I Can't Quit Meth - Why Am I Trapped, And What Are My Options

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.



Face Plant - Meth and Accidents Are a Bad Mix, And I Would Know

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:33 -0500

Accidents 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.



Some Of The Dilemmas When Leaving Meth, How I Dealt With Them, And Life After Rehab

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.



Why Does the Meth Addict Isolate Themselves, And What Can You Do About It?

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.



Four Good Reasons Not to Talk About Weight to Your Meth Addict

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:24:26 -0500

The 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.



Once a Problem, Always A Problem

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:58:25 -0500

Each 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.



Addiction= Power+Control

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:30:36 -0500

Power 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.



6 - Alcohol Addiction

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:55 -0500

Drinkable alcohol mainly contains Ethanol. Ethanol is a clear colorless hydroxylated hydrocarbon which is the product of fermentation of fruits, grains, or vegetables.



2 - Cocaine Addiction

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:52 -0500

Cocaine 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.



5 - Tobacco Addiction

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:49 -0500

Tobacco 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.



4 - Meth Addiction

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:47 -0500

What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.



Psychological Addiction

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:42 -0500

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3 - Marijuana Addiction

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:13:39 -0500

Marijuana (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.



Stress: The Sneaky Saboteur That Undermines Sobriety

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:31 -0500

In 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.



The No.1 Reason Why Bad Habits Develop

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:55:25 -0500

We 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.



From Being a Taboo to Being Socially Acceptable

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:52:50 -0500

The 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.



Drinking Too Much Alcohol Could Affect Your Business

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:32:57 -0500

Excessive 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.



Mindfulness Therapy Aids in Recovery of Stimulant Addicts

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:15:33 -0500

Alternative 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.



Opioid Users Might Be Abusing Seizure Drugs As Well: Study

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:57:54 -0500

People 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.



After Hospital Discharge, Addicts Seldom Use Medicines That Curb Opioid Abuse

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:56:47 -0500

Law 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.



Reining in Teens' Nighttime Drunken Driving Could Reduce Fatal Crashes

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:03:31 -0500

The 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.



Pain Medicine Misuse in Teens May Lead to Drug Abuse Problem During Adulthood: Study

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:27:49 -0500

Prescription 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.



Rave Parties, Club Drugs and Substance Abuse

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:25:54 -0500

Rave 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.



The One Mistake That Canceled a Productive Life for Me

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:52:07 -0500

One 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.



Better Parenting Can Thwart Underage Drinking

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:54:38 -0500

Parents 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.



Effectiveness of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:11:22 -0500

Despite 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.



Bipolar and Alcoholism - A Comorbidity Jinx

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:08:59 -0500

It 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.



Dangers of Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:47:21 -0500

Caffeinated 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.



Some Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:30:00 -0500

The 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.



Childhood Weight May Predict Age of First Substance Abuse: Study

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:29:06 -0500

Obesity 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.



5 Myths About Addiction

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:24:31 -0500

There 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.



Alcohol and Stress - A Perpetual Association

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:12:14 -0500

Stress 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.



Strategy to Put Brakes on Driving Under Alcohol Influence

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:36:22 -0500

Some 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.



Substance Use Disorder and PTSD Take Severe Toll on Veterans

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:49:16 -0500

Even 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.



All You Wanted to Know About Drink Spiking

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:09:22 -0500

The 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.



Mandatory Treatment Violates Human Rights, Inadequate for Reducing Drug Use - Study

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:08:32 -0500

The 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.



Dual Diagnosis - Some Pertinent Information

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:08:32 -0500

Co-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.



Ways to Stay Sober After Addiction Treatment

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:20:29 -0500

Fighting 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.



Things You Shouldn't Do in Case of Drug Overdose

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:35:48 -0500

According 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.



8 Health Effects of Smoking You Might Not Be Aware of

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:05:01 -0500

With 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.



5 Positive Things That Happen on Quitting Drinking

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:54:47 -0500

Giving 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.



Drug Addiction Treatment: Facts and Principles

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:51:42 -0500

Addiction 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.



Opioid Prescriptions Shrink to Two-Decade Low

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:33:55 -0500

The 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.



5 Reasons Why Teens Abuse Alcohol

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:58:20 -0500

Whether 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.



Heal Your Addictions

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 15:43:39 -0500

I 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?"



5 Most Obnoxious Substances People Abuse

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:04:35 -0500

Addiction 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.



Opioid Crisis Increases Cases of Elder Abuse in U.S.

Fri, 27 May 2016 07:04:02 -0500

Of 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.



6 Best Books on Addiction

Thu, 26 May 2016 08:43:06 -0500

Books 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.



Alcohol Ads on TV Subtly Coerce Underage Drinking

Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:00 -0500

What 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.



Let Go Of Your Addiction Through Hypnosis

Fri, 20 May 2016 06:24:22 -0500

Hypnotherapy 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.



Alcohol-Induced Happiness Is Short-Term: Study

Tue, 17 May 2016 06:55:58 -0500

Drinking 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.



Claims of Moderate Drinking to Be Beneficial May Be Erroneous: Study

Wed, 11 May 2016 09:23:37 -0500

The fact that drinking a glass of wine regularly can cut the risk of heart ailments is not able to garner support from all the quarters today. The previous claims harping on the benefits of moderate drinking may be all flawed, according to a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs in March 2016.



Doctors Play a Pivotal Role in Preventing Opioid Overdose: Study

Wed, 11 May 2016 09:19:34 -0500

More people succumb to prescription drugs than to heroin and cocaine combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prescription opioid overdose is significantly hampering the progress of the United States with the problem acquiring an epidemic level.



Incarceration Linked to Substance Abuse Disorder Among Youth: Study

Wed, 04 May 2016 07:14:51 -0500

Every year, there are millions of arrests of juveniles in the United States and more than 250,000 of them face detention. One of the most disturbing facts these arrests highlight is that substance abuse remains a significant problem for these juveniles.



How to Cure a Food Addiction

Tue, 03 May 2016 15:08:00 -0500

You may tell yourself, "I'm not subject to nourishment; I essentially love an OK sweet, occasionally." Well, I'm here to tell you that sustenance addiction is genuine; it impacts a greater number of people than you know, and producers truly arrange sustenance things so they are as addicting as could be permitted. Yes, that perfect solidification of salty, sweet, and tasty was made to confirm you keep touching base at for extra. That is the reason I created The Hunger Fix, in light of the way that I have to change the beguilement that is settled against you.



10 Tips to Help You Be Your Loved One's BEST Chance at Recovery

Mon, 02 May 2016 15:49:25 -0500

Research has shown the family has a critical role to play in a loved one's potential recovery. In fact, in an given situation, family members are either contributing to their loved one's recovery or contributing to their addiction. This article will show you how to contribute to your loved one's recovery.



Zippers Have Closure, Not Broken Hearts

Mon, 02 May 2016 06:24:23 -0500

Broken heart wounds remain open. There is no such thing as closure.



Gain Freedom From Pornography Through Vulnerability

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:24:38 -0500

I have seen many individuals break the hold of pornography in their lives, and restore their marital or dating relationships, by taking the courageous step of being open with trusted loved ones about their usage. When someone challenges themselves to be open and vulnerable in this regard, they make the courageous choice to bring their pornography use into the light, and put an end to the secrecy in which this type of usage thrives.



Tantalizing Kids' Taste Buds by Offering Alcohol May Go Wrong

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:52:22 -0500

It is now fast becoming a fad with parents offering the first sip of alcohol to kids giving excuse of family events at home. Ignoring the possible long-term impacts on the children, parents often offer them a sip or two to mark the special occasions, like the New Year celebrations or Thanksgiving or any family function.



Adolescent Addicts Have Very Low Regards for Others: Study

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:29:04 -0500

Adolescents who abuse alcohol or drugs have very low regards for others, a new study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse says. It is evident from the fact that there is higher incidence of drunken driving, unprotected sex and brawls among youngsters who commit these crimes in a state of intoxication.



Extended Release Naltrexone Aids in Prevention of Relapse to Opioid Dependence

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:20:05 -0500

Fighting the epidemic of addiction and overdose of prescription drugs and heroin has been one of the prime concerns of the federal government. And in this fight, naltrexone - a comparatively new anti-addiction drug - has been quite effective in curbing prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction.



Why Some Recovering Drug Addicts Are More Likely to Relapse Than Others

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:19:45 -0500

Undergoing a drug rehabilitation program may produce diverse results for different individuals. While some of them get complete and long-term recovery, there are others who relapse from such treatments, ensnaring in the same vicious cycle of addiction and relapse.



Broken People Do Broken Things: The Toxic Attraction Between the Serial Giver and the Serial Taker

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:37:48 -0500

Why do victims of abuse often stay with, or return to abusive relationships? Why do certain patterns occur over and over in our lives? How do we move forward into healthy relationships and learn to become whole?



Drug Addiction in America

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:08:43 -0500

Addiction is a condition that applies to many things other than drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes; although those are the most commonly thought of substances of addiction. Addiction is considered a disease, although many people disagree with that determination. Over 40 million people over the age of 12 are addicts of at least one substance. The effects of addiction ripple far wider than the individuals themselves. Families, communities and our nation and it's political policies are all mutually affected and effect each other through the chaos that addiction creates.



Most Abused Prescription Drugs, Their Effects and Treatment

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:02:20 -0500

Abusing prescription drugs can have devastating effects, which include altering a person's thinking and judgment, somatic implications, addiction, and in most severe cases fatality. There could be pregnancy related disorders affecting an unborn baby, infectious diseases, and drugged driving cases from prescription drug abuse.



Addressing Alcohol Problems in the Workplace

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:00:36 -0500

An alcoholic employee ceases to be productive and fails to add value to the organization. Stemming from his or her alcoholism, anyone involved gets affected - right from family members to close associates and colleagues.



A Spiritual Strategy for Addiction

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:29:31 -0500

I know that the word "God" is abhorrent to some addicts. I understand this after talking to scores of people over the years. My own understanding of God is not religious, but this aspect of my transformation is so central, that I feel I must share it with others.



5 Major Organs That Can Be Severely Impaired by Chronic Alcoholism

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:23:15 -0500

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year in the United States from 2006 to 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.



Ignition Interlocks for DUI Offenders Reduce Drunk Driving Deaths

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:05:57 -0500

Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in almost one in three fatal crashes, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in the Unites States in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As per the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration estimate, for each million drunken driving convictions every year there are 88 previous instances of drunk driving.



Stress Can Trigger Alcoholism in Adolescents

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:04:57 -0500

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol use disorder is a leading cause of the global disease burden with 1.9 percent people worldwide experiencing alcohol use-related disability at any given time. One of the key contributors of alcoholism is stress. It is not only grown up adults who are affected, but stress can raise the propensity even in adolescents to take to alcohol.



How to Deal With Opioid Overdoses Effectively

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:31:14 -0500

When a person is prescribed opioid analgesics for chronic pain, there is always a chance of an overdose. People often get addicted to such medications, resulting in prescription drug abuse being one of the biggest threats in the United States.



Treating Chronic Pain and Opioid Prescription the CDC Way

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:30:33 -0500

Managing chronic pain has been a key concern for primary care clinicians for a long time. Since opioid use can be detrimental as it may enhance the risks of addiction and overdose, primary care clinicians are always in a dilemma as to how to prescribe opioid painkillers to the patients.



How CARA Can Help Combat America's Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:06:45 -0500

America's ongoing "War on Drugs" got a big fillip with the U.S. Senate doing the unthinkable recently as it passed a major piece of legislation almost unanimously. The bipartisan law - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA - is aimed at combating the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the country.



Facts That May Help Fight Your Teens' Addiction

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:03:50 -0500

Teenage addiction is a huge problem for parents and elders who have to deal with this highly sensitive issue and help them come out unscathed. Understanding the problem well and information on how to tackle it can help earlier and better recovery of your child.



Addiction, The Silent Killer

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:36:43 -0500

The word "addiction" is derived from a Latin term for "enslaved by" or "bound to." Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction or has tried to help someone else to do so understands why.



Herbs That Help Fight Cravings for Alcohol

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:05:52 -0500

For chronic alcoholism, it is never advisable to detox at home because the withdrawal from severe alcoholism could be dangerous in the absence of experts. One should always heed to the advice of doctors, clinicians and de-addiction centers in case of chronic alcoholism.



Marijuana As a Succor for Epileptic Seizures

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:04:27 -0500

The debate over banning or legalizing marijuana has been going on for more than a century now, but it continues to be a fresh issue on the table. There are people who strongly support its legalization, while there are many who vehemently oppose it.