Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Posted on June 23, 2017 in alcohol and drug addiction, Alcoholism

At-Risk Drinking: Excessive Drinking Defined by the NIAAA

What is excessive drinking? If you follow public health discussions on the risks of alcohol consumption, or have simply seen headlines addressing the topic, you may be asking yourself what is considered “excessive drinking.” In the U.S., the guidelines used to define this dangerous pattern of alcohol intake — also known as heavy drinking — come largely from a federal agency called the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, or NIAAA.

Let’s take a closer look at how the NIAAA defines excessive drinking and relatively safe moderate drinking.  

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Posted on June 21, 2017 in addiction recovery, Alcoholism

Alcoholism Treatment Resources for College Students

For a number of reasons, college students consume alcohol at unusually high rates and have especially strong odds of participating in the dangerous pattern of consumption known as binge drinking. Unfortunately, not all colleges provide adequate resources for binge drinking treatment and other forms of alcohol treatment. Let’s look at the types of treatment resources available for college students.

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Young Teens at Risk for Addiction

Posted on June 19, 2017 in Drug Addiction

Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana and Weed Additives

Whether you voted for or against the legalization of marijuana, many U.S. citizens now live in states where marijuana has been legalized. For those living in states where marijuana is still illegal, a product called “synthetic marijuana” is on the market as a purportedly legal alternative. Though the synthetic form is also illegal, drug producers are working hard to stay one step ahead of the law so that they can continue selling it disguised as something else.

How does all of this impact us?

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Posted on June 15, 2017 in Detoxification

8 Reasons Why Medical Detox Is the Only Safe Way to Get Clean

Pharmacologic therapies are utilized in drug detox to prevent life-threatening withdrawal complications such as seizures, delirium tremens, heart attacks and suicidal ideation. Medical detox also increases compliance with psychosocial forms of addiction treatment in rehab. Medication management of withdrawal symptoms and recovery is based on the type, duration, timing and dosage of abused drugs as well as an individual’s overall health. People who choose to detox “cold turkey” on their own without medically assisted detox often suffer unimaginable physical and psychological pain and many relapse due to extreme withdrawal symptoms.1

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what is excessive drinking

Posted on June 14, 2017 in Alcoholism

How Many Drinks Per Week Is Considered Healthy?

In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, establishing 21 as the minimum legal age to purchase alcohol. Some states have family exception laws, allowing parents or legal guardians to serve alcohol to minors in private locations or residences such as their homes. No state has an exception permitting anyone other than a family member to provide alcohol to a minor on private property.1 Furthermore, “zero tolerance” laws prohibit people under the age of 21 from drinking alcohol and driving. Even after one drink, minors face the consequences of violating this law, regardless of whether they are physically impaired while driving. An infraction could result from using mouthwash containing alcohol at school and then getting in a car and driving, although the law is intended primarily to protect young people from consuming alcoholic drinks and driving under the influence.2

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Posted on June 13, 2017 in Addiction

What Are the Side Effects of Adderall Addiction?

Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 for children aged 3 and older, Adderall is a CNS stimulant mixture. It contains four different amphetamine salts: dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfate. Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) is considered the original ADHD drug, approved by the FDA more than 50 years ago and is similar to Adderall.1

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Teen drug use

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Teen Drug Addiction, Teen Substance Abuse, Teen Treatment, Teens

Intervention Would Have Prevented All Young Teen Overdose Deaths in Virginia

In a newly released full report, Virginia’s Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) found that 26 teen overdose deaths that occurred in the state between 2009 and 2013 were fully preventable. The state’s CFRT studied the issue in response to the increase in overdose deaths throughout the state and across age groups. The number of deaths caused by poisoning or overdose in Virginia increased by 13% from 2012 to 2013. In addition to the findings that the teen deaths were preventable, CFRT also discovered risk factors and other important facts.

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