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 in alcohol and drug addiction
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.
Posted on January 5, 2018 in alcohol and drug addiction
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.
Posted on December 4, 2017 in alcohol and drug addiction
Dealing with an addict spouse may seem like a struggle at times, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The person you fell in love with and married is still there, but is challenged by a disease. Fortunately, recovery is possible.
Posted on July 24, 2017 in alcohol and drug addiction
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.
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.
Posted on April 11, 2016 in alcohol and drug addiction
The party’s over. It turns out those studies over the years suggesting that a glass of wine a day can help you live a longer life got it wrong.
Posted on March 29, 2016 in alcohol and drug addiction
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.
Posted on July 30, 2015 in alcohol and drug addiction
Finding Addiction Treatment That Works: What to Look For and Questions to Ask When You Need Evidence-Based Treatment
This is the first in a five-part series.
Posted on May 12, 2015 in alcohol and drug addiction
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?