Isolation and Recovery

Posted on January 22, 2017 in Addiction

Why Addicts Isolate and Why It’s a Problem

Isolation is extremely common in active addiction. People may turn to substances because they are lonely and have difficulty relating to others. As the disease of addiction progresses, the addict may have a very hard time interacting with other people, which leads to more isolation and loneliness. The compulsion to use alcohol or other drugs is so strong that the addict gradually detaches from anyone or anything that gets in the way, and he or she becomes more and more isolated. Nothing can compete with the drive to get high or to escape from reality at all costs.

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Posted on January 19, 2017 in Alcohol and Drug News

DEA Bans Kratom: Pros and Cons

In August 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration declared its intention to classify chemicals contained in kratom, a drug with effects similar to oxycodone and other opiates, as Schedule I substances. After protests broke out in front of the White House and Congress pushed back, the DEA announced its reconsideration of the ban in early October. No further statement has been released.

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coping skills for addicts

Posted on January 18, 2017 in Teen Drug Addiction

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Off Drugs

Peer pressure and “fitting in” are two of the top reasons many adolescents make the choice to experiment with drugs. Drug abuse among teens is a problem in communities and homes. In a recent study, 35% of high school seniors said that they had consumed alcohol in the previous month while 21% had smoked marijuana and 11% had smoked cigarettes. Half of high school seniors reported that they had used an illegal drug at least one time. The use of smokeless tobacco is also on the rise among teens. The list goes on. How can you help encourage your child to not become part of these statistics? And if your teen has been through rehab for substance abuse, how can you implement proven coping skills for addicts to help them avoid relapse?

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cocaine addiction rate

Posted on January 15, 2017 in Addiction

Red Flags That Your Loved One Has a Cocaine Problem

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug of abuse that comes in both a powdered form and a hardened, rock-like form known almost universally by the street name “crack.” Figures on the cocaine addiction rate show that close to 1 million Americans have diagnosable problems related to the consumption of this drug. If think your loved one may have a cocaine problem, you can look for a number of red flags that serve as clear warning signs.

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symptoms of liver damage from alcohol

Posted on January 14, 2017 in Alcoholism

Symptoms of Liver Damage From Alcohol Abuse

Whether you participate in binge drinking or some other form of alcohol abuse, you can trigger both short- and long-term damage to systems throughout your body. One of the most dangerous potential consequences of long-term excessive drinking is liver damage. Liver damage from alcohol typically happens in three stages as the health of this crucially important organ gradually declines.

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Bath salt drug abuse

Posted on January 13, 2017 in Drug Abuse

Facts About Bath Salts Drug Abuse

“Bath salts” are synthetic cathinones, a group of illegal, manmade stimulants designed to resemble the active ingredient in a plant called the khat plant. These stimulants get their name because, when they first entered wide use in the early 2010s, distributors often marketed them as Epsom salts and other legal products in order to avoid notice. Bath salt drug abuse can seriously damage your mental and physical health. In cases of overdose, it can also kill you. Let’s look at some of the most important facts about these street drugs.

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ritalin abuse

Posted on January 12, 2017 in Drug Abuse

How Common Is Ritalin Abuse?

Ritalin is a brand-name medication used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the sleep disorder narcolepsy. It contains methylphenidate, a powerful stimulant capable of triggering addiction when used in excessive amounts with or without a prescription. Two federal agencies, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), track the number of people in the U.S. who abuse Ritalin/methylphenidate each year. We can use information from these agencies to get a good idea of the true extent of Ritalin abuse.

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sleep and anxiety

Posted on January 11, 2017 in Teens

How to Tell If Your Teen Is Sleep-Deprived

Teenagers are notoriously long sleepers, and rightly so: their developing minds and bodies require plenty of rest.

But sometimes busy schedules and other health concerns can lead to sleep deprivation. There is a correlation between a lack of sleep and anxiety, so being able to recognize sleep deprivation and knowing how to remedy it can bolster your teen’s overall health and well-being.

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