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Posted on July 11, 2018
Last modified on May 12th, 2019

Symptoms of Meth: Addiction and Withdrawal

Known as meth, ice, blue ice or glass, crystal methamphetamine resembles shiny blue-white “rocks” or fragments of glass of various sizes. Meth is an odorless, blue or colorless form of d-methamphetamine, a synthetic psychostimulant.

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Posted on May 1, 2018
Last modified on January 28th, 2019

Jail and Drug Addiction: Not Always a Dead End

By Sara Schapmann

In a criminal justice system where 1.5 million of its 2.3 million prisoners meet the DSM-IV criteria for drug addiction, Lake County Jail in Waukegan, IL is making a positive impact. Substance abuse in prisoners is a widespread problem, and one that often goes unaddressed–some argue at the expense of both perpetrator and victim.

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Posted on April 23, 2018
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Opioid Use After C-Section

Prescription opioid abuse has reached an all-time high and new mothers are joining the ranks of accidental addicts who are prescribed too much opioid medication after a C-section.

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Posted on April 16, 2018
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

ER Trials Study Opioid Reduction for Pain Treatment

Misuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, have been front and center in the news for several years. Every day, more than 115 Americans lose their lives to opioid overdoses.

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Posted on April 11, 2018
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

What Happens to Addicts During Disasters & Emergencies?

The loss of property, businesses and personal possessions, coping with life-threatening illness and tragic deaths due to natural disasters are well-documented. Although peer-reviewed articles, blogs and memoirs have been written on the impact of natural disasters on drug users, this important issue is not engraved in the collective public conscience.

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Posted on April 2, 2018
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

Why Quitting Binge Drinking Cold Turkey Isn’t Effective

Binge drinking is a pattern of consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time.  This type of alcohol use disorder may not involve physical dependence on alcohol, but it can still lead to a lot of unpleasant and unintended consequences, such as accidents, violence, health problems or job loss.

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Posted on March 19, 2018
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

Classic Examples of Codependency in Films

Love is the subject of many songs and films, creating a culture in which people are driven to make relationships the most important thing in life. For some people, being in love or having relationships isn’t rewarding. Instead, it is full of drama, turbulence and unpredictability, which may be due to codependency.

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Posted on March 14, 2018
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

Gender Inequalities in Drug Trafficking

While some women may be incarcerated for being married or associated with male partners who deal drugs, some women do so themselves to escape poverty and support their families.

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