alcohol and drug addiction

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Posted in alcohol and drug addiction on April 2, 2018
Last modified on November 17th, 2018

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 in adolescent addiction treatment, alcohol and drug addiction on January 12, 2018
Last modified on November 29th, 2018

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 in alcohol and drug addiction on January 5, 2018
Last modified on January 20th, 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 in alcohol and drug addiction on July 24, 2017
Last modified on December 1st, 2018

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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Posted in alcohol and drug addiction on March 29, 2016
Last modified on January 30th, 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 in alcohol and drug addiction on May 12, 2015
Last modified on November 18th, 2018

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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