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Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:57:41 -0500


How a Letter to an Editor Written in 1980 Fueled Prescription Opioid Crisis in US

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:54:34 -0500

A 1980 letter, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is believed to have given wings to the current prescription opioid crisis in America. The letter summarized the study conducted to determine the risks of narcotic addiction. The researchers examined 39,946 patients, of whom 11,882 were subjected to a brief narcotic intervention. It was observed that there were only four cases wherein patients with no prior history had developed addiction.

Are You Digitally Drunk?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:49:57 -0500

Technology can help us if used correctly. But it can kill us when used unwisely. Some people report a delight in not being reachable. However, some people need to be reachable and feel a real high when they are available to others all the time. The average person spends about twelve hours a day looking at a screen of some kind, whether it is a computer screen, cell phone, IPod or digital reader. The computer occupies more than five hours of our day, on average. Addiction makes us reliant on something outside of ourselves from our fundamental well-being. This makes us feel vulnerable and disempowered when we are not connected or in touch with others in some way. In this article I examine the whole topic of digital intoxication.

Yes, You Can Break Free From Digital Intoxication

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:49:25 -0500

Many of us are addicted to our technological devices. We rely on them too much and we cannot unplug even if we want to. This is because most technology is so available. We can carry it with us wherever we go, even into our bedroom and into bed. Many of us sleep with our technological devices. This can make us feel tired and irritable the next day because most of us loose on average 1 to 3 hours of quality sleep a night because we are connected and texting all the time. This over time can accumulate and cause many health problems and issues for us. Therefore, it is important for us to try and break free from our digital addiction. We have to regain our lives and discover that there is so much in life that we are not entertaining because we are so busy texting with all of our friends.

How Alcohol Affects the Brain and Why It's Difficult to Quit Drinking

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:36:27 -0500

Alcohol dependence and addiction pose a serious challenge to a person consuming it, as well as his or her family and the society. Due to the legitimization and easy availability, alcohol has a great potential to be abused by all, irrespective of the drinking age restrictions. The key mental and physical symptoms witnessed among the users indulging in excessive drinking over a long period are the consequence of the marked changes witnessed in the brain. Some of the brain regions, such as medulla, cerebral cortex, hypothalamus, pituitary and cerebellum, responsible for key body functions are directly impacted when an individual drinks alcohol.

Know the Signs of Alcohol Intolerance

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:34:56 -0500

A person who isn't a frequent drinker but consistently feels sick each time he or she drinks alcohol may be displaying the signs of alcohol intolerance. Some individuals can feel the intoxicating effects of alcohol at small amounts that are likely to manifest as a throbbing headache and nausea the following day.

Why Our Thoughts Are the Most Dangerous Thing About Us

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:53:49 -0500

I THINK, therefore I am, said enlightenment thinker Ren? Descartes. In at least one sense that's profoundly true. Our unconscious thoughts and our unguarded conscious thinking are attributable for the mental maladies we possess, rippling out into our feeling states that can send our emotional wellbeing into a world of turmoil.

The Sanctity In the Relapse

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:29:54 -0500

QUITTING cold turkey is the most heroic of acts, and God grants us all opportunities to achieve such feats. But relapse is not uncommon. I quit smoking at least six times (for at least a few months up to a few years) before I finally gave it away fourteen years ago. It was the same with the drink, but I did need a programmed intervention for that.

Hope Is In The Air

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:46:03 -0500

The addiction epidemic currently underway in the United States is claiming billions and billions in human lives, potential, lost income and medical treatment. Current recovery plans aren't effective enough. It is time to be open to universal healing. Tough love and rock bottoms are filling our morgues and cemeteries.

Mixing of Alcohol With Caffeinated Drinks Attenuate Depressant Effects

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:35:27 -0500

Mixing of alcohol with any type of caffeinated drink can be dangerous because the stimulant effects of caffeinated drinks can mask alcohol's depressant effects. By reducing the sense of intoxication due to the drunk-awake state, a person is likely to witness severe problems in cognitive, decision-making and assessment abilities. As a result, users are much more prone to unintentional (e.g. tripping, falling, etc.) and intentional injuries (e.g. suicide). Moreover, it has been proven that people indulging in mixing alcohol with caffeinated drinks tend to consume more alcohol and for a longer duration. Therefore, it is essential to discourage such practices by spreading awareness on its repercussions.

What Leads to Substance Abuse?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:46:07 -0500

Alcohol/substance abuse amongst teens and young adults is becoming more and more prevalent nowadays, giving their care givers the worst nightmare. But before we start helping our loved ones overcome their dire dependency, we should understand what drives them towards this killing habit in the first place. Once we get the idea as to why they started taking alcohol or drugs we would be better equipped to understand their psyche and help them get out of the clutches of addiction and l lead a happy life

How To Treat Meth Addiction

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:20:24 -0500

In this article, you will know how you can get help with the treatment of meth addiction. You will read about 4 ways to treat meth addiction successfully. This way you can get the best treatment possible. Read on to know more.

Who Is Your Master?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:50:57 -0500

You're a slave a don't even know it. According to Websters dictionary a slave has two prominent definitions. The first states the following: "A person held in servitude as the chattel of another.

Importance of Preventing Drug Addiction During Adolescence

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:04:08 -0500

Adolescence is a critical developmental phase when one undergoes a number of internal and external changes that affect one's physical and mental development and health. Any kind of experimentation, particularly related to substances, run the risk of turning into a habit that can make or break a person's future.

A Sober Drunk, Finally

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:18:44 -0500

In the decade since I've been trying to get and stay sober, I've written articles, studied, read every memoir and 'how to' guide I could obtain. Finally, I am ready to write a book featuring all that I have found useful. I can now face the future and plan for a sober life instead of fearing another slip.

Stockholm Syndrome and Addictions

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:41:29 -0500

Understanding what a trauma bond is can help you understand the tenacity of addictions. If you or a loved one struggles to maintain sobriety in spite of grave consequences, understanding how traumatic bonds work may shed some light on a user's relationship with their addiction.

The Current War On Drugs

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:20:56 -0500

Richard Nixon ignited the 'war on drugs' and over a trillion dollars has been spent since that move in 1971. President after president echoed his ideals but not one has made a dent in the addiction epidemic currently being experienced by hundreds of thousands of Americans. Finally, the medical community is making headway in treatment. Finally.

Abstinence Vs Sobriety

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:19:22 -0500

We all have heard the term dry drunk or dry addict. If you haven't then the term refers to someone that is not drinking or using drugs but they still behave in the same way. They might be clean and sober but their behavior and actions are the same as if they were still in the midst of their addiction.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy Can Eliminate Drug Cravings, Finds Study

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:29:27 -0500

Addiction to any substance can make the life of an individual topsy-turvy. From spending a fortune to deceiving own family, a person addicted to illegal substances can go to any extent. But how does addiction force someone to put so much at stake and then lose all? There are several factors at play when it comes to dealing with the growing problem of addiction.

Alcohol Abuse is Linked With High Risk for Heart Ailments, Finds Study

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:29:22 -0500

Everyone knows that drinking heavily over a long time can cause serious health issues. Apart from causing immediate effects such as nausea and vomiting, prolonged heavy drinking can lead to a drastic impact on various organs of the body. Its effect on the heart is a major cause of concern since it can lead to fatal consequences like a heart attack or a stroke.

Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases Due to Alcohol is Relatively Higher, Says Study

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:27:23 -0500

Alcohol has been an integral part of human culture since time immemorial, spanning across all cultures and societies. Over time, it has achieved unprecedented commercial success, viability and acceptance and has become the most popular substance of abuse in the majority of countries. Besides other lifestyle factors, the risk of developing cardiovascular problems increases due to alcohol abuse.

Controlling Cocaine Use Can Help Overcome Heart Ailments, Says Study

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:22:36 -0500

Most illegal drugs are prone to leave long-lasting adverse impact on the human body and mind. However, when it comes to the delicate organs like heart, the effects could be much more devastating. Use of addictive substances can lead to an array of cardiovascular problems, such as abnormal heart rate and heart attack.

Getting Your Loved One Into a Rehab

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:12:31 -0500

The first step towards treatment is the diagnosis of the disease. Recognizing that your loved one is suffering from addiction and there is a need for professional intervention to help them with the addiction problem.

Know the Benefits of Rehabs to the Addicts

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:58:32 -0500

Are you an addict? Well, the only thing that might be bothering you is the fear in your mind about the place. Don't worry!

Know All About Drug Addiction Treatment

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:57:54 -0500

Addiction to the drug is known to be a chronic disease. One suffering from the problems has the uncontrollable zeal to drug seeking though they are very much aware of the consequences. This also brings about changes in the brain which have long lasting effects.

Alcohol Abuse: Drinking May Cost Vision

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:54:55 -0500

Besides affecting the body, it comes as no surprise that the consumption of alcohol can impact one's eyesight in a myriad ways. The risk of experiencing blurry and distorted vision runs high due to the problem of drinking. In comparison to moderate drinking, excessive drinking has the potential to cause long-term eyesight problems, which can be life-changing.

Dangers of Smoking Pot During Pregnancy

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:54:43 -0500

Even though marijuana continues to be an illegal drug under the federal, it is widely used for medicinal as well as recreational purposes across the United States. Irrespective of the fact that some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, and some even for recreational purpose, most people smoke pot to achieve the feeling of euphoria, enhance sensory perception and relaxation all over the country.

Drinking Like a Fish: America's Wettest States

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:52:09 -0500

Holiday seasons in the United States are regarded as the time when people try alleviating their distress and tension by indulging in drinking, especially around Thanksgiving and New Year. These festive seasons also witness a surge in alcohol-related injuries and deaths, according to the breath analyzer data and hangover remedy web search trends.

Helping a Family Member or Friend With Drug Abuse and Addiction Problems

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:15:32 -0500

Drug and substance abuse is one of the main issues in society these days. Many addicts want to change for good, but they lack of the courage and will to start their own rehabilitation. In addition to that, love ones and friends dont' know how to get the right help the addict needs.

Dermatological Effects of Drug Abuse

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:36:49 -0500

Addiction is a serious condition that causes long-term negative impact on both mind and body of an individual. Although health consequences of drug misuse can be innumerable, skin manifestations of illicit drug use are often ignored. Dermatological health is an important part of general well-being, but it often takes a backseat in drug users, probably due to lack of self-reporting out of the fear of rejection and discrimination by others.

How to Make Quitting Alcohol Easier - Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:35:57 -0500

Alcohol is the most widely abused substance worldwide. Its easy availability, legal status and cultural acceptance makes alcohol use more prevalent in almost all societies. Alcohol addiction often begins with an occasional drinking, which soon turns into regular drinking, leading to excessive drinking and then addiction.

Identifying Signs and Symptoms of Elderly Substance Abuse

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:05:59 -0500

Substance abuse is a widespread problem in the United States, affecting teenagers and young adults more than most of the other age categories. However, there are many elderly people from the baby-boom generation who have had an increased exposure to illegal drugs and alcohol owing to different reasons. According to some experts, the increased acceptance of substance abuse among the senior citizens is primarily driven by the tendency of such substances to "cure" a bad mood or sleep deprivation.

National Guidelines for Physicians May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:21:34 -0500

With opioid addiction creating a turmoil in the United States, the government is making rapid improvements in the existing drug laws to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. Today, a huge proportion of the American population - comprising teenagers, women and elderly people - is hooked on a wide variety of opioids, which is slowly evolving as the worst public health drug crisis in the country.

Drug Abuse Linked to Rise in Mental Disorders

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:18:06 -0500

A lot of people know about the lethal effects of drug use and abuse, but still, they do not hesitate from experimenting with them on every possible occasion. Drug addiction is a serious brain disorder that not only harms the person addicted to the drug but also adversely affects the lives of his near or dear ones.

Addiction: Time To Fight Fire With Fire

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:14:35 -0500

We won't win the new war on drugs if we continue to blame the victim. At the very least, let's ALL set our judgments of the addict aside and just save as many as we can. We can't learn anything if they all just die away, alone and disconnected.

Effective Ways of Relieving Yourself From Substance Abuse

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:46:07 -0500

Whether it is you or your loved one; facing an addiction of drug, painkiller or alcohol could have an adverse impact on anyone's life. If you have reached the dead end and now desperately want to come out of the awful habit of substance abuse, it is time to join a rehab. In these centers, they create and implement varied treatments, which enable an individual to get his/her life back on the track.

Several Addiction Treatment Methods

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:45:36 -0500

The first thing that you need to make an addicted person realize is that he or she is dependent on a particular thing. If the person becomes aware of that then only you will be easily able to help that person. You will find that there are several support groups that help a person and offer professional support in cases of addiction.

Heavy Pot Smokers Found to Be Prone to Vomiting Syndrome

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:06:59 -0500

Legalization for medicinal use in 28 states and the District of Columbia has made marijuana the most sought after prescription drug - used for both medical and recreational purposes - in the United States. However, the legalization of cannabis gave way to a series of arguments revolving around the association between legalization and the fear of marijuana addiction.

Tips to Live Happily With an Individual Recovering From Addiction

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:59:18 -0500

Addiction is a chronic mental illness that afflicts people from all sections of the society. Its far-reaching consequences are not just limited to the individual who is addicted to a substance, but also leads to a drastic impact on his or her family and friends.

Ways to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:41:12 -0500

Prescriptions drugs are generally prescribed to help people recover from any kind of injury or illness. But there are times when these prescription medications become a menace and cause more harm than good. This happens when an individual engages in non-medical use of such medications, which can eventually lead to an addiction.

I Believe in You: A Woodworker's Approach to Sobriety

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:03:48 -0500

At the age of 7, an interest was sparked and passion was discovered. I had sawdust in my veins. By instructing individuals how to work with wood, a gentle but intense path to sobriety isn't just possible, it's revolutionary. I call this phenomenon "Woodworking Therapy". When someone believes in you everything begins to change, especially in early recovery. Most people with addiction hit a bottom, a place they never want to go again once they are clean. In working with wood, addicts discover a coping strategy useful in gaining self-esteem, confidence, and they begin to believe in themselves again. Bridging the gap from terrible to terrific is what "Woodworking Therapy" is all about.

Drug Treatment in the USA

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:04:17 -0500

According to the study report introduced by Columbia University said that more than 40 million US citizens aged between 12 and 50 meet the clinical criteria for drug addiction. A vast majority of them take nicotine, alcohol or other drugs on a regular basis. As estimated by the reputable university (Columbia University), over 80 million people in this country have been using risky substances for a longer period of time. The consumption cost, as calculated, is more than $468 billion per year.

Factors That Trigger Alcohol Abuse in Vulnerable People

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:05:47 -0600

Alcohol abuse has been a major concern for the United States and the situation is only worsening by the day. A large number of people from various sections of the society are increasingly using alcohol in quantities that exceed the normal limit. The excessive consumption of alcohol is leading to numerous other issues ranging from alcohol addiction to an array of physical and mental health problems.

How Silicone Wristbands Can Supercharge Your 'Kick Butts Day' Event

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:49:43 -0600

Approach - the key to a successful campaign. Get involved and use Kick Butts Day wristbands as prizes to hand out at your event!

Addictions and Boredom

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:49:42 -0600

I have a very interesting client who shared his theory of addiction with me. He stated that he and others use drugs because they are bored. This thought has caused me to think about some of my other clients who have come for treatment because of alcohol, gambling or pornography issues.

Using Positive Psychology to Treat Dual Diagnosis

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:01:02 -0600

People struggling with co-occurring mental health problems and substance abuse, also known as dual diagnosis, have to encounter numerous challenges in their everyday life. This is because the patient has to deal with two mental illnesses that strongly influence each other. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring mental and substance use disorders a year prior to the survey.

Overcoming Pornography And Masturbation Addiction

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:40:12 -0600

When I was fourteen years old, I saw my first Pornographic image. It was very appealing and stuck in my mind for days or maybe even weeks, but it also did something far worse than just haunting my thoughts. It led to a life of habitual sin. As a sinner, it was liberating and often comforting in times of discouragement and disappointments, but when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, it became a massive obstacle in my journey to spiritual maturity in God. This is my story, my testimony of how I overcame fourteen long years of habitual sin.

5 Ways in Which Exercise Aids Recovery

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:39:40 -0600

When 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.

Avoid Triggers to Prevent Drug Relapse

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:15:49 -0600

As 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.

How to Choose a Suitable Dual Diagnosis Facility

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:13:31 -0600

An 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.

Women Are More Susceptible to Dangers of Alcohol Consumption

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:49:20 -0600

Historically, 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.

Hints That You Might Be Addicted

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:04:20 -0600

No 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".

Addicted To The Internet: Not Just For Adolescents

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:52:00 -0600

In 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.

5 Tips to Stay Positive During Recovery

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:28:53 -0600

Overall, 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.

Benefits of Traveling for Treatment

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:29 -0600

Traveling for treatment has numerous benefits. Principally, traveling for treatment provides people with a new beginning.

Signs of Alcoholism

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:25 -0600

It'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.

Tips for Holding an Intervention

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:17:00 -0600

Holding an intervention is an important process in helping your loved one get treatment. Here are some tips.

How Does Decriminalization and Legalization Remedy Addiction?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:16:50 -0600

Given 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.

A Former Addict Can Always Spot an Addict

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:19:40 -0600

Luke 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.

Warding Off the Christmas Hangover

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:46:02 -0600

Gulping 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.

The Vulnerable Addict

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:58:59 -0600

During active addiction, no one is more capable of being wounded than a person who is under the influence. Easily played, many lose assets, belongings and dignity during the latter stages of addiction. Beyond this point lies only recovery, incarceration or death.

Trading Meth for Marijuana: Why and Why Not It's a Good Idea and One of My Most Humiliating Moments

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:16:05 -0600

Marijuana 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.

Dealing With Meth Dreams and Cravings: We All Have Them, But It Doesn't Mean Backsliding

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:15:45 -0600

I 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,

I Have NO Idea What "Normal" Is or What I Am to Do in My Life Outside of the Drug Life Style

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:11:53 -0600

What 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.

Been Clean For a Week and My Body Is Still Feeling the Aftershock - It's Just Not Worth It

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:07:36 -0600

If 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.

Brain Degeneration is Linked to Cocaine Addiction

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:54:18 -0600

Cocaine 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.

Staying Sober During The Holidays Can Be Challenging

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:50:49 -0600

Christmas 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

Does Alcohol Play a Role in Causing Violence?

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:18:32 -0600

In 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.

White-Collar Workers Can Also Fuel Drug Trade

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:29:49 -0600

Many 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.

Real Talk on Overcoming Addictions

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:11:28 -0600

This 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.

Codependency Addiction: Stages of Disease and Recovery

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:20:24 -0600

Codependency has been referred to as "relationship addiction" or "love addiction." But is it a disease? Identify the stages of addiction and recovery.

Myths About Addiction

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:28:00 -0600

There are a lot of myths about addiction. It's important to reject these in order to help people move forward in their recovery.

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.