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  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... in rats showed that vaccination significantly decreased their relapse rates. “Right now, [the heroin vaccine] is ... 6 months. 19 This holds true in the hierarchy of addictions, too. With 50 million nicotine addicts, 1.4 ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... Further Study.” 3 What is the Definition of Addiction? Addiction can be defined as both a brain disorder and ... with a SUD relapse, rates that are lower or similar to other chronic illnesses. Relapse does not indicate ... continue reading
  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

    Addiction affects millions of men and women across the United States and many of them seek help from addiction treatment centers each year. National surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate ...

    ... indicate that men abuse drugs and alcohol at higher rates than women. An astonishing 20% of American men ... relapse prevention in several different ways. Some programs offer medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction ... continue reading
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  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... program. After graduating from high school, he relapsed, and found himself hopeless and suicidal. He ... for medical use, some addiction experts fear that legalization will lead to higher rates of abuse and dependence . ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... (which is a key factor in relapse). Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly ... addicted were still using. This is an excellent recovery rate, not accounted for by treatment. It begged the ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of both prescription and illicit drugs. From the classification of drugs according to their potential for abuse to the legalization or ...

    ... these released inmates will need to have solid relapse prevention strategies in place. Social and familial ... as possible. Populations of the United States Drug addiction does not respect any ethnic, geographic, or social ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse FAQs

    What is addiction? There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today's age , acquired from prior positive experience engaging in ...

    ... drug problem in the United States, with prevalence rates of abuse second only to marijuana. Opioid pain ... help ensure success and reduce the risk of relapse. Does addiction treatment work? For those who do not subscribe ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... rates have declined substantially in the general population, they remain very high among people with other addictions ... basis and may actually increase the chances of relapse. So, how can the prevalence of smoking ... continue reading
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  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... states with the highest number of dry counties, but they're also among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics: Nearly half of the 75 counties in Arkansas ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually quite common. So common, in fact, it's almost expected . Relapse is often considered a “normal” part of the recovery ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... journal found that men who drank 9.9 grams or more of alcohol per day had a significantly higher rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The number of sexual partners they had did not have any correlation with the ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year survival rate. The drug that changed it all ... s when serious addiction can occur. Those taking morphine as well can also experience addiction problems. However ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... and learning to recognize the conditions that prefigure a fall. The disease of addiction requires constant vigilance, and one of the best ways to avoid relapse is to recognize “prelapse”… #9. Enjoy the Rest of Your Life ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... weren't enough, alcohol abusers also have higher rates of attempted suicides. So, how are alcohol and ... of people have successfully overcome mental health and addiction issues, going on to lead fulfilling, sober lives ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... of friends. After all, being hungry, lonely or tired simply sets you up for relapse! Because of the intensely personal qualities of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... known to be contributing factors in substance abuse and relapse. Estrogen's Link to Substance Abuse Multiple studies ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking Behaviors ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... your company and those around you, such as absenteeism, loss of productivity, and an increase in injuries/accident rates. Is There a Solution? So how do we combat this phenomenon? It's a tricky situation, according to ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here ... intermittently. They abuse alcohol at a much higher rate than their city counterparts (49.5 percent versus ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... shut down its control over a person's breathing, heart rate and even body temperature. The report also goes on to ... Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite problems ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... money you have or don't have. No one is immune from addiction. Yes, there are homeless drug addicts. But there are also suburban ... sober living homes to bridge that gap, substance abusers are much more prone to relapse. continue reading
  • Addiction and Stigma

    The concept of stigma describes the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction. Stigma has the potential to negatively affect a person's self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those ...

    ... relationships with loved ones, and prevent those suffering from addiction from accessing treatment. Stigma is a public health issue — it contributes to high rates of death, incarceration, and mental health concerns among ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... fact, the demographic most susceptible to Adderall abuse and addiction is students between the ages of 18 and 22. ... , Adderall is being abused at an alarmingly high rate. 5 Facts of particular concern are: Between 2008 ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... for cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in the 1995 season. 10. ... service as a way out of drug abuse or addiction. 14. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... society and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back to ... . How Can We Improve? Although Sweden's incarceration rate is low compared to most of the world, the ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... herself, she has “dabbled with drugs.” However, she has endlessly relapsed on drugs and even shaved her head to hide the evidence of her amphetamine addiction. 4. Snoop Dogg Rapper Snoop Dogg has been busted quite a ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. SAMSHA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health ... Adderall is being abused at an alarmingly high rate. Facts of particular concern are: Between 2008 ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... takeaway is to do your research; there are a lot of different treatment options out there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... inpatient rehab and then got the NFL Players Association to pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery house in Santa Monica ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... 's impossible to deny your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... : Mullin, Patrick Joseph, Irondequoit: Died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the age of 32 after a long battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going to solve this problem by keeping quiet about it ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... .” That memory is one that I will never forget. Do you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences in the comments section below. Additional ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... take medication on a daily basis. Here's Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute recently developed an experimental ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What you're eventually left with ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in small, rural towns. It's not feasible, unfortunately ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... , thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical ... often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... effects due to I-dosing, or “Internet overdosing,” on digital drugs. Bath salts are one dangerous teenage substance addiction trend you probably have heard of, so it's a good idea to be wary of what your teens are ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... health crisis - a huge step forward for the addiction industry. Clearly, this will impact a variety of ... participating in court-ordered rehab programs. The recidivism rate remains so high in our society because a one ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... body functions like breathing and heart rate are controlled. Create feelings of euphoria ... lost cause; no matter how long you've been living in active addiction, you can regain your sobriety. And before you know it, you' ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... Additionally, ibogaine has been said to have a 61% success rate. 7 This means that while it may be more effective than other forms of treatment for substance addiction, ibogaine will not help everyone . Yes, some studies ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... for them to quit cold turkey. Feeling like you need to get high is a very real part of developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our emotional or mental system that's far beyond the norm. It produces ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... researcher, Dr. Drew Kiraly, notes, “Once we clarify how it can best be targeted to reduce addiction-like behaviors, there is a high possibility that treatments targeting G-CSF could be translated into clinical trials ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... (CSAT) : Aims to improve the lives of those affected by substance abuse and provide access to cost-effective addiction and drug abuse treatment . 3. Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) : Offers in-depth analytical ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at . ...

    ... always someone available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Signs and Effects of Drug Addiction Addiction hurts the abuser both mentally and physically, but it also hurts all those who come in contact with the ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... well as a much freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... What begins as a quest for relief, however, can quickly turn into a raging prescription medication addiction. The Claws of Addiction The public holds medical providers to a higher standard than most - and rightly so. Let ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... logical reasoning. Fear of Losing it All If you're a successful professional who's forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that your professional abilities will be questioned. In truth, you ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Vs. Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

    ... numbers - and the fact that only a fraction of those who need treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction actually receive it - when it is affecting you or someone close to you, there are many things you can ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality types: Type A and Type B . Type A personalities ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... the best way to develop this treatment in the community was to offer coursework in the area of addictions. To prepare professionals to support those in need, the minor includes four core classes: Alcohol and Other Drugs ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... . Not only does it represent drugs, but bad habits that can't be shaken off, such as gambling addiction, porn addiction and binge eating. The bird's sole focus is to ride the high created by the mysterious golden nugget ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... — either using, trying to use or thinking about using. Whether it's a week or a decade, the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our morality hinges on ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to expectations - either their own or a loved one's - and ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... would want you to know… #1: Your Love Can't Save Us Despite what you might think, love isn't enough to heal addiction. And that's true for all addicts. This isn't a disease that can be cured with a hug. If that's all it ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... addicted to drugs may end up with a loss of income. Let's look at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for the poor. If you're at the poverty level, a pack of cigarettes ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... best suited for people who have a severe addiction and need intensive treatment in a safe, supportive ... 6. Addressing Gender-Exclusive Relapse Risks There are several gender-exclusive relapse risks that a treatment center ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying all of the participants, they ... of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... 2 Continue reading to learn more about the link between addiction and mental health disorders. Why Turn to Drugs or ... may be quite difficult and you may find yourself relapsing. Make sure you ask your treatment facility if ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... up to a high many people do not wish to give up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, tolerance can develop after just 6 months of use, though it is possible to ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What Are Drug Abuse Hotline Numbers? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction, alcoholism and treatment. If you are ...

    ... ). Experiencing withdrawal symptoms . Engaging in illegal activities to obtain the drug. These are some of the signs of drug addiction , but they are not the only ones. If you or a loved one has experienced 2 or more of ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

    What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not ...

    ... less effective than French doctors had hoped. The controlled trial found no effect on relapse rates . In more than 150 patients, relapse rates were about the same for each of the three groups of participants - those who ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... showing positive results . Alcoholics who have completed the sessions have reduced cravings and a 13 percent lower relapse rate. How Does This Program Work? The idea behind the program is that your choices are strongly ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

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  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

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  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

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  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

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  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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  • Drug Abuse Problems

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  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

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  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

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  • Drug Dependence

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  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

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  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

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  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

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  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

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  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

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  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

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  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

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  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

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  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

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  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

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  • History of Drug Abuse

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  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

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  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

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