alcohol and drug addiction

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Posted on January 12, 2018 in adolescent addiction treatment, alcohol and drug addiction

Is Drug Prevention Different for Teens and Adults?

Adolescence is frequently a time of drug and alcohol experimentation in America. For this and other reasons, it also represents a crucial time for preventing drug and alcohol use. If you have children, you may wonder if the ways to prevent drug abuse among teenagers differ from the ways to prevent drug abuse among adults. The answer is yes; age has a significant impact on the methods used to prevent involvement in substance intake.

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Posted on January 5, 2018 in alcohol and drug addiction

The Signs of Substance Use Disorder

Public health specialists, doctors and experts divide addictive substances into two broad categories: drugs (including prescription medications) and alcohol.

The core signs of addiction to all of these substances are essentially the same and define the presence of a diagnosable condition called substance use disorder. The primary difference in any case of this disorder depends on the specific substance causing problems for an individual.

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Teens Involved in Vehicle Crashes at Higher Risk for Developing Mental Disorders

Posted on July 24, 2017 in alcohol and drug addiction

Texas Drug Laws: A Breakdown of Controlled Substances

When it comes to drugs and drug addiction, Texas is a state with particularly strict laws regarding controlled substances and narcotics. What’s more, the state’s laws are so complicated that the average person may find them challenging to understand or interpret, even though they are explained in the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Controlled Substances Act, Health and Safety Code.

A person found to be in possession of any drug in Texas can face jail time, probation, hefty fines, mandatory drug addiction treatment, and a six-month suspension of their driver’s license.

Most prescribed drugs are legal in Texas, but even with a prescription, charges for drug possession can apply in certain circumstances. Any charges will depend, in part, on the type of drug, the amount in possession and whether a person has a valid prescription or order from a doctor or other health care provider to use the drug at that dose.

The details can be confusing, and even after reading about Texas drug laws, many people still want to know: Is possession of a controlled substance a felony in Texas? The answer depends on several factors.

Here is a breakdown of Texas drug laws to help readers understand how the state’s laws are commonly applied, including which drug penalties are classified as misdemeanors, and which ones are classified as felonies.

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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 March 29, 2016 in alcohol and drug addiction

Lesbian, Bisexual Women More Likely to Drink to Excess—But Not to Become Alcoholic

A new British study confirms that problem drinking is more common among lesbian and bisexual women than among their heterosexual counterparts. But confounding all expectations, the same research project also discovered that women’s rates of alcoholism are relatively unaffected by sexual preference. In other words, even though lesbian and bisexual women drink more, they don’t succumb to alcoholism more frequently as a result.

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