alcohol and drug addiction

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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 January 12, 2018
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

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 9, 2018
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

What Are the Warning Signs of Relapse for Drug Users?

A substantial number of people who go into drug treatment will relapse back into active substance use at least once before they establish lasting sobriety. And s drug abuse relapse does not generally appear out of the blue. In fact, several emotional and psychological warning signs typically appear before actual substance intake begins again.

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Posted on January 5, 2018
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

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
Last modified on June 13th, 2019

Texas Drug Laws: A Breakdown of Controlled Substances

Texas has particularly strict laws around controlled substances and narcotics. The state’s laws are also complicated. The laws are explained in the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Controlled Substances Act, Health and Safety Code. Here’s a basic summary of Texas drug laws:

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Posted on March 29, 2016
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

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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Social Media Addiction Linked to Substance Abuse

Posted on May 12, 2015
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Social Media Addiction Linked to Substance Abuse

A new study has investigated the potential for social media addiction and has found a link between excessive social media use, problems with emotion regulation and problem drinking. As of October, Facebook had 1.35 billion active users, 800 million of whom log on daily. The widespread nature of social media use and the growing concern about a variety of non-substance addictions (particularly ones involving the Internet and technology) have led to concern about the potential for social media addiction. The study’s finding provides strong evidence for the existence of social media addiction, but what does the link between it and substance abuse really mean?

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