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  • Talking to Parents

    Talking to Your Parents About Drugs and AlcoholEver feel like you’re two different people – one you show your parents, and then the real you? Ever wish you could show your parents who you really are? Or instead of saying “nothing” tell them what really happened in your day? As a teenager you want to keep some things private, and you may be nervous to change your parents’ image of you or make them angry ...

    Posted at July 19, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • ‘Speed’ Kills: The Effect of Methamphetamine on the Human Body

      Methamphetamine, which is commonly referred to as "meth" or "speed," is one of the most dangerous and most addictive recreational drugs. Meth's effects cause a strain on the vital organs and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. Meth can wreak considerable damage on the body: Abuse of methamphetamines causes permanent brain damage, impairing the abilities to memorize, reason, and feel normal pleasures. Addicts age very quickly, often becoming extremely thin, with pale complexions and a ...

    Posted at July 10, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Prescription Drug Painkillers

     Codeine Fentanyl GHB Hydrocodone Meperidine Methadone Morphine Oxycodone PropoxypheneThe drugs listed above are very powerful painkillers and are chemically related to heroin. They are among the most widely abused drugs, and they are highly addictive and dangerous to use. They have medical uses, but they are also widely available through illegal street dealers.CodeineCodeine is the most ...

    Posted at July 10, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Is Your Loved One Abusing Substances?

    If you are feeling helpless about a loved one who is abusing substances, taking the following two steps may help you learn to cope. The first step is to join a free support group in your community. Through Al-Anon (an organization for family members and friends of alcoholics) and Narc-Anon (an organization for family members and friends of drug addicts), you can learn to better cope with the problems that substance abuse brings to family members. ...

    Posted at July 10, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Drug courts prove beneficial in New Jersey

    Drug courts prove beneficial in New Jersey By Staff Writer In 2008, there were more than 4 million emergency room visits that were caused by illicit drug use, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network. Using illegal substances can result in jail time, but more cities are instituting drug courts to help addicts recover. Similar to substance abuse treatment centers, drug courts provide addicts with the resources they need to detoxify. A new report released by New Jersey ...

    Posted at July 9, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Minnesota taxpayers losing money due to smokers

    Minnesota taxpayers losing money due to smokers By Staff Writer Nearly 87 percent of lung cancer deaths have been traced back to an exposure to cigarettes, according to Smoking Statistics, a substance abuse resource site. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals quit their addiction to nicotine, but many smokers still choose to neglect the resources. Minnesota residents appear to be suffering from the consequences, according to a new report by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Research shows that more ...

    Posted at July 9, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Finding Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

    When Psychiatric Illness and Addiction Collide: Finding Treatment for Dual Diagnosis By Meghan Vivo Why do people use drugs and alcohol? It’s a million-dollar question with a million likely answers. But one contributing factor stands above all the rest: underlying mental or emotional issues. For some, drug or alcohol addiction is a symptom of a broader mental health issue, most commonly depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or personality disorders. These individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol as ...

    Posted at July 8, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • A Non-Punitive Approach to Addiction Treatment and Recovery

    Open Hearts, Open Arms: A Non-Punitive Approach to Addiction Treatment and Recovery By Meghan Vivo Historically, addiction treatment has been a highly confrontational, punitive process designed to break down harmful defense mechanisms that were believed to accompany substance abuse disorders. For a period of time in the mid-20th century, addiction counselors believed drug addicts and alcoholics needed an “in-your-face” reality check complete with direct feedback, character indictments, and ultimatums. When large numbers of clients began leaving treatment ...

    Posted at July 8, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Entering Drug Rehab Without Ruining Your Professional Reputation

    Entering Drug Rehab Without Ruining Your Professional ReputationBy Meghan VivoWe all worry about what other people think, but when you’re suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the opinions of other people should be your last concern.Millions of Americans avoid getting addiction treatment because they are afraid of losing their jobs or facing criticism at work. In many cases, these fears are unfounded. Most employers would rather help a valued employee enter rehab than ...

    Posted at July 8, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
  • Drug Addiction Articles

    Featured Drug Addiction Articles   Getting the Most Out of Drug Rehab By entering rehab, youve sent a clear message: You are serious about your recovery. By continuing to make the next right decision, youll find that better health and happiness arent as far off as they once seemed. more... How to Support a ...

    Posted at July 8, 2013 | Categories : | Comments Off
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