Chemical solvents and aerosol propellants disguised as a drug called poppers may be putting gay men at risk of illness and possibly even death. Poppers are inhaled, and the substances they contain have a relatively benign reputation that may or may not be deserved. But when toxic solvents and propellants are inhaled, this activity is most commonly referred to as huffing, and this practice is considered to be one of the most treacherous forms of substance abuse known to humankind. Continue reading
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Recent findings from a group of American researchers indicate that college students with the highest levels of alcohol intake are most likely to receive long-term benefits from brief alcohol interventions designed to curb dangerous drinking patterns.
This year’s trick-or-treat festivities fall on a Saturday night. That increases the likelihood your teen will end up at a Halloween party where underage and binge drinking are occurring, making your child susceptible to all of the truly ghoulish dangers that accompany teen alcohol abuse (like drunk driving and sexual assault). Continue reading
‘My Heart Misses the Woman I Fell in Love With’: The Spouse of an Opioid Addict Shares Her Story of Heartbreak … and Hope
“Reid” remembers the morning of April 8 this past spring like it was yesterday. She was at work that morning when the phone rang. Her partner, “Hope” (also an alias), was on the other line frantically screaming. The police were at their house unannounced, Hope was exclaiming. And they were throwing all of the family’s possessions out on the front yard and not letting Hope into her own house. Continue reading
New evidence from a team of American scientists indicates that teenage alcohol consumers may drink alone as a consequence of negative emotional states and an associated inability to resist alcohol intake.
Sex addiction is not an easy diagnosis to make, especially if you’re not a trained expert on the topic. Having unconventional sexual behaviors does not necessarily make someone a sex addict, nor does infidelity, flirting, pornography use or other behaviors that may be troubling. Sometimes it’s easiest to see that someone has a problem with sex addiction by examining the consequences. As with any addiction, a clear symptom is persisting in spite of negative consequences. So, if you think you may have an addiction to some type of sexual behavior or you’re worried your partner does, take a look at how sex is impacting your lives.
Cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products is comparatively high among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and poses a major health risk to LGBT individuals. Continue reading
Surviving your first year post-rehab can sound as daunting as playing Minecraft for the very first time … without a manual … and in a foreign language. You’re spending much of your time moving, disassembling and putting back together big chunks of your life, like arranging cubic building blocks on a screen. And if the sand, lava and hunger don’t kill you, the post-nightfall zombies very well may. Continue reading
One of the primary issues that self-identified sex addicts must deal with is confusion about what sexual addiction really is (and is not). For starters, many people – not just the general public but clinicians – hear the phrase sexual addiction, and they immediately picture sexual offending. This misperception is compounded by the fact that sex offenders do sometimes try to use sexual addiction as an excuse for their bad behavior. Usually they do so not because they really are sexually addicted, but because they are hoping to lessen the consequences that they might eventually have to deal with. Continue reading
A string of teen deaths and medical scares in recent years is incriminating etizolam, a dangerous newcomer to the recreational drug scene. The narcotic, which mimics the effects of traditional benzodiazepine sedatives like Valium and Xanax, is growing in popularity among today’s teens and across college campuses, thanks to its easy online availability and a still largely unregulated market for drugs like it. Etizolam is currently a prescription medication in Japan, India and Italy but has recently emerged on the illicit drug market in Europe and the United States.