Expert Guides about Substance Abuse, Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery
DrugAbuse.com aims to bring you the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate information regarding substance abuse and addiction issues, as well as to examine the impact they have on individual health and wellbeing.
As part of this goal, we’re proud to offer these expert guides—written by professionals in various mental and biomedical health fields—to further examine the devastating influence that addiction has on both body and mind.
We hope that you find these articles interesting and informative, and ultimately helpful towards improving the life of someone suffering from addiction—be it yourself or someone close to you.
Effects of Drug and Alcohol Use on Weight Change
Over time, the problematic use of both drugs and alcohol may have a detrimental impact on an individual’s nutritional status—causing either unhealthy weight gain or weight loss depending on the specific substance used. This guide examines some of the metabolic pathologies and other processes that contribute to substance abuse related weight changes.
Drug and Alcohol Use with Diabetes
Maintaining good health takes effort from all of us, but can require even more attention from those with diabetes. This guide details some of the potentially disastrous results to arise when continued substance abuse supersedes careful maintenance of blood sugar levels, compliance with medications, and vigilance over one’s general state of health.
Prescription Opioid Addiction: What is Causing the Epidemic?
The problem of prescription opioid abuse and addiction has become a major public health issue in the United States. This guide evaluates potential reasons for this problem, from risk factors to accessibility, prescribing practices, and the perception of pain. Approaches to minimize addiction to opioid analgesics, such as alternative therapies and proper clinical management, are also outlined throughout.
The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs
It’s often overlooked just how dangerous and costly drinking alcohol and driving can be. Not only can it result in serious injuries and even death, but those guilty of driving under the influence also put themselves at risk of spending large sums of money to cover things including fines, court fees, medical bills, and even law suits.