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Posted on July 18, 2016 in Addiction

LGBT Youth Begin Abusing Prescription Drugs Earlier Than Others

LGBT status is an important factor when it comes to early initiation into prescription drug misuse and abuse, according to a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. The results of the study suggest that LBGT youth who misuse or abuse prescription medications are more likely to do so earlier than non-LGBT youth who also misuse or abuse their drugs. The study also found that a childhood history of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse affected the average age at which LGBT youth began to misuse or abuse prescription medications.

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What Are The Signs of Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

What Are The Signs of Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

It happens all the time: a teen gets arrested, rushed to the hospital (or worse) for abusing alcohol or other drugs and his or her parents are caught completely off-guard, insisting they had no idea their child had ever tried drugs. The warning signs of drug abuse are often subtle, bur for vigilant parents, recognizing them is the first line of defense against teen drug abuse and addiction.

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Does Childhood Physical Abuse Have an Impact on Injection Drug Use in Adulthood?

Posted on July 14, 2014 in Drug Abuse

Does Childhood Physical Abuse Have an Impact on Injection Drug Use in Adulthood?

Injection drug use is the general term for any form of drug use that relies on a needle and syringe to introduce a substance into the human body. In addition to strictly drug-related issues like addiction, people who take drugs in this manner have increased odds of developing certain serious or life-threatening infections. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from Australia’s University of New South Wales looked at how a history of childhood physical abuse might impact the chances that any given individual would ultimately become an injection drug user. These researchers concluded that certain levels of childhood abuse have a general impact on drug use risks, but not a direct impact on injection drug use in particular.

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After The Fall: Schools’ Crack Down on Study Drugs – What You Need to Know

Posted on April 2, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

After The Fall: Schools’ Crack Down on Study Drugs – What You Need to Know

Students returning to school this fall found stricter rules in place governing study drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. The stimulants, which promise an extra boost of energy and focus to help students make it through exams and activities requiring focus, are now a no-go at dozens of colleges and universities across America amid a crackdown on the non-medical use of prescriptions.

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Posted on March 6, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

OTC Drug Abuse: Common and Dangerous for Adolescents and Teens

Like many important life issues, one topic parents need to address with their children is over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Too many adolescents and teens find out the hard way that while these drugs don’t require a doctor’s prescription, they can pose serious health threats when taken inappropriately. One in 10 kids say they have abused OTC drugs, which means there are probably many more taking risks they shouldn’t. A University of Cincinnati study shows that cough syrup and decongestants are the most popular OTC choices for children ages 13-18.

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drugs use often lead to visits to the Emergency Room

Posted on August 7, 2013 in alcohol and drug addiction, Society

Hospital Emergency Visits Involving Drugs

Observing trends in drug use on a national basis helps policymakers to make decisions about how best to serve the needs of the population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides regular reports about trends in drug use.

To gather information about drug abuse, misuse and potential drug abuse, SAMHSA relies on the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), which records data about every patient that is treated in a hospital emergency department related to drug or alcohol use. SAMHSA issues regular reports that detail trends tracked from DAWN.

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Posted on August 5, 2013 in Addiction, alcohol and drug addiction, Psychology

Codependency and Drug Abuse

Codependency is a term which describes a double-sided relationship in which one person enables and the other controls. This relationship can happen between just two people, as in the husband/wife relationship, but sometimes it can be seen in the family unit as a whole. When a loved one has a drug or alcohol abuse problem, the spouse or family members will often respond by attempting to hide the fact from outsiders. Enablers believe they are acting in a loving way when, in fact, they are merely deepening the abuse habit.

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Posted on July 15, 2013 in Interview

An Interview with Susan and David Hanna, Houston Intensive Outpatient

David and Susan Hanna, Right StepSusan and David Hanna have built their lives around helping people overcome addiction. Susan, a registered nurse for nearly 20 years as well as a certified addictions registered nurse, was drawn to the field by the addictions of close friends and family.
“I’ve seen firsthand that people can get better and lead productive lives,” Susan says. “I’ve also experienced what happens when they don’t. It’s my personal mission to provide people with the necessary tools to get better if they choose to. And if they aren’t ready now, I’m available if and when they make that choice.”

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stress at work may lead to drug abuse

Posted on July 4, 2013 in alcohol and drug addiction, Society

On the Job Stress May Lead to Substance Abuse

There are many factors which contribute to a person’s risk for addiction and substance abuse. Genetics may be one risk. A family history of substance abuse does not determine that a person will wind up in some form of addiction, but studies reveal that heredity can be a contributing factor. Another significant risk factor is environment. While environment can sometimes refer to the influence of others, research also shows that high-stress work environments can likewise play a role.

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