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  • 5 Tips On How To Handle Alcoholism And Depression

    5 Tips On How To Handle Alcoholism And Depression

    Alcoholism and depression are what are often referred to as co-occurring disorders because many people who suffer from alcohol addiction also suffer from depression, and being depressed may put a person at higher risk for alcoholism and depression can be a major trigger for drinking.

  • NY Legislation To Improve Treatment For Heroin And Opioid Addiction

    NY Legislation To Improve Treatment For Heroin And Opioid Addiction

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo addressed what has been described by many as a rampant heroin epidemic on June 24, 2014. Heroin and opiate overdoses have rapidly become one of the most fast-growing causes of death in recent years, and many regions are struggling with ways in which this dangerous problem may be addressed.

  • Are Stressed Out Parents Getting Addicted By Mistake?

    Are Stressed Out Parents Getting Addicted By Mistake?

    Any parent knows that raising children is one of the hardest jobs that anyone could ever have. There is no question that with parenting comes a tremendous amount of stressors, but are parents dealing with stress in an unhealthy way?

  • The Struggle Of Drinking To Not Feel

    The Struggle Of Drinking To Not Feel

    One of the main reason that people who are addicted to alcohol or any other drug use is that they are attempting to numb feelings of some kind. The degree to which a person is drinking to numb their feelings may vary, but must instances of alcoholism are due at least in part to a desire not to feel emotions that may be uncomfortable, such as anger, sadness, loneliness, or inadequacy, just to name a few.

  • 5 Facts About Opioid Dependence

    5 Facts About Opioid Dependence

    Opioid dependence is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States today. Opioids, which are derived from the same chemicals as heroin, are highly addictive and can also be very deadly. It is very easy to overdose from opioids or to suffer from a lethal reaction to taking opioids with other types of drugs. Here are five facts about opioids and opioid addiction.

  • Healthy Ways to Handle Triggers in Recovery

    Healthy Ways to Handle Triggers in Recovery

    The reality of being a recovering addict is knowing that triggers to use will occur. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, there are triggers that lead them to use. For many addicts, triggers to use are quite varied and can include people, as well as a variety of emotions and situations. Some triggers can be avoided: individuals who drive an addict to use, for example, can be avoided while an addict is in recovery. Some other triggers can never fully be avoided, however, as they are simply a part of living. Triggers like stress, anger, sadness, and frustration, are all emotions that a recovering addict will have to learn to face without the use of drugs or alcohol. Here are a few ways that triggers can be avoided in recovery.

  • 5 Tips to Open up Dialogue with an Alcoholic Spouse

    5 Tips to Open up Dialogue with an Alcoholic Spouse

    Addiction is a serious and often terrifying disease that takes over the entire life of an addict. There is no such thing as a "typical addict" and even people who have been married for quite some time may find that their partner has begun to spiral into alcoholism. It can be very emotionally draining for the loved one of an addict to attempt to process and make sense of the many feelings that come with being married to an alcoholic. One of the most difficult things in dealing with a spouse who is an alcoholic is knowing exactly how to talk to them about it. Here are a few tips for how to talk to your alcoholic spouse.

  • Why Addicts are Left with No Choice But to Use

    Why Addicts are Left with No Choice But to Use

    For those who have never experienced addiction or don't understand the disease, they might wonder why an addict continues to use drugs in spite of obvious consequences. To an outsider it may seem like a voluntary act when an addict continually engages in substance abuse. It can look like completely irrational behavior and they may believe the addict simply has poor self-control or a moral weakness. The reality is that addiction is a complex disease that beyond a certain point of chronic drug use eventually becomes involuntary. It can be hard to understand why a person continues to abuse drugs even while they are destroying their lives but there are significant changes that addiction can cause in the mind and body that make it nearly impossible for an addict to quit without professional help. Even after suffering a number of significantly negative consequences a person with an addiction will involuntarily keep using due to the nature of addiction.

  • Avoiding the Spiral of Prescription Drug Addiction

    Avoiding the Spiral of Prescription Drug Addiction

    Prescription drug addiction is one of the fastest growing diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, deaths and hospitalizations related to prescription drug abuse continue to be on the rise. Addiction to prescription drugs is a problem that impacts people of all ages and from all walks of life. Many people who become addicted to prescription pills do not have a use of recreationally using drugs, which is a fact that makes this disease even more terrifying for many people. Here are a few ways that you can help avoid spiraling into prescription drug addiction.

  • The Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    The Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When a mother is pregnant with a child, her unborn baby essentially consumes everything that she also puts into her body. This is why doctors tell expectant mothers that it is absolutely imperative that they do not consume any type of drugs or alcohol while they are pregnant with their child. Unlike adults, fetuses do not have the ability to process even very small amounts of alcohol. For this reason, babies whose mothers drink alcohol while they are in the womb may suffer a number of major lifelong consequences, also known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Even though the dangers of drinking while pregnant have been known for some time, the unfortunate reality is that each year approximately one in every 750 babies born suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. What exactly are the consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and what can be done to prevent it?

  • The Steps Necessary to Get and Stay Clean

    The Steps Necessary to Get and Stay Clean

    The idea of quitting an addiction can seem overwhelming and impossible to handle but it can be accomplished when you take things one day at a time and follow the steps you need to take to get sober. Once you recognize that you have a problem you have already reached a huge milestone and reaching out for help will be the first and most important step in the process of recovery. Every part of recovering from alcohol or drug addiction seems difficult at first but becoming sober can be quite manageable when it is broken down in steps and individual goals for you to achieve. When you know and understand each component of the treatment process you can approach each step with more motivation and willingness to change your life.

  • Treatment Helps Cultivate Willingness to Stay Clean

    Treatment Helps Cultivate Willingness to Stay Clean

    Many addicts enter treatment with a little bit of doubt about their addiction or a thought in the back of their mind that they can still somehow moderate their behavior. They may be terrified at the thought of losing the lifestyle they had and the idea of quitting permanently seems impossible. However, as long as they have at least some willingness and motivation to stay clean they can begin to cultivate that feeling in treatment and get rid of any notion of ever using again. Everything about recovery rests on a person's willingness to get better and do the work that will change their life. Voluntarily entering treatment is the first step to being open and more willing to pursuing permanent sobriety.

  • Allowing an Addict to Find Their Bottom is the Best You Can Do for Them

    Allowing an Addict to Find Their Bottom is the Best You Can Do for Them

    There is a saying that recovery is only effective for those that want it not for those that need it. Forcing someone to quit their addiction or get help may not work for them because they must first understand that they have a problem and they need help. Denial can be very powerful for people suffering from addiction and telling them that they need to change may fall on deaf ears. They will most likely continue their behavior until they reach a point where they have a realization about the reality of their addiction. Unfortunately this realization can often only occur once they truly hit rock bottom.

  • 5 Tips Every College Freshman Needs to Know

    5 Tips Every College Freshman Needs to Know

    Making the transition from high school to college can be a difficult time for teens or young adults that are finally learning to live independently. The pressures of being an adult on your own and dealing with the stress of school work can be a lot to handle in the first year of attending college.

  • What Makes A Grateful Alcoholic?

    What Makes A Grateful Alcoholic?

    Recovering from alcohol addiction is by no means an easy process. Recovery is a life long process, and any recovering alcoholic knows that in order to stay healthy and sober it is necessary to constantly use the tools that they developed in treatment in order to fight the urges and triggers that are simply a reality in day to day life.

  • 4 Ways To Help The Most Desperate Addict

    4 Ways To Help The Most Desperate Addict

    Addiction is a disease that can be extremely difficult to recover from. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are very likely to also suffer from conditions like depression and low self esteem, which can make it even more difficult to make the decision to seek help because an addict may not recognize their own self worth or realize that they deserve the chance to be happy and healthy again.

  • 5 Truths Of Addiction Treatment

    5 Truths Of Addiction Treatment

    When it comes time for someone to get off of an addiction and end the vicious cycle that it brings on, the best way to get started with this is to first go into a detox facility. In detox, the physical addiction will be remedied through the help of medications and care from the individuals who work there.

  • Buprenorphine A New Option For Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Buprenorphine A New Option For Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Opiate withdrawal is usually so intense that addicts find it hard to quit heroin or pain killers without the help of some kind of medication. In many cases, methadone has proven to be problematic as a medication for heroin addiction because it can become addictive.

  • Military Vets Susceptible to Prescription Drug Addiction

    Military Vets Susceptible to Prescription Drug Addiction

    Soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have a high risk of facing issues with drug abuse when they return home. It is common for military veterans to experience symptoms of PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, along with chronic pain due to combat injuries.

  • NYPD Now Equipped With Naloxone to Help Fight Heroin Deaths

    NYPD Now Equipped With Naloxone to Help Fight Heroin Deaths

    A new program has provided the necessary funds for New York Police officers to be equipped with a heroin antidote known as Naloxone. Recent increases in heroin addiction and overdose in the area have made it necessary for the NYPD to be specially trained and equipped for this crisis.

  • 5 Things You Should Know about Xanax

    5 Things You Should Know about Xanax

    Physicians frequently prescribe drugs like Xanax for people with panic disorder or symptoms of anxiety. Although it can be an effective medication for those suffering from panic attacks and severe anxiety, Xanax is a drug that is commonly abused.

  • Chasing the Dream of Doing Cocaine Like A Gentleman

    Chasing the Dream of Doing Cocaine Like A Gentleman

    Drugs like cocaine are often considered to be a "gentleman's addiction". Cocaine is the type of drug that is expensive enough to be associated with high flying executives and high profile celebrities who can afford to make it a habit. Because of this image cocaine sometimes becomes glamorized by people who imagine that doing this drug makes you appear rich and powerful.

  • Is Treating Opioid Addiction With Suboxone A Safe Option?

    Is Treating Opioid Addiction With Suboxone A Safe Option?

    Physicians treating addiction to heroin or prescription opoids are usually able to see a better success rate when providing medication. Recovering from the abuse of a highly addictive drug like heroin can be too difficult for long time users who are attempting to quit "cold turkey".

  • Is Crack-Cocaine the Most Destructive Drug Ever?

    Is Crack-Cocaine the Most Destructive Drug Ever?

    Most illegal drugs can have devastating effects on individuals and communities that see a high rate of addiction, but crack-cocaine is a particularly destructive substance that is dangerously addictive. When crack was widespread in the 80s and early 1990s, it destroyed many inner city communities that are still recovering from its effects.

  • Teen Athletes More Predisposed To Prescription Drug Addiction

    Teen Athletes More Predisposed To Prescription Drug Addiction

    Recent studies have discovered that young teens participating in sports have a higher risk of developing an addiction to prescription drugs and especially opoid pain killers than those not involved in athletics. The issue is a much bigger problem for male teen athletes that are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their female counterparts.

  • America’s Binge Drinking Problem

    America’s Binge Drinking Problem

    Excessive drinking is more common in the U.S. than we might realize as studies have shown a surprising amount of adults frequently binge on alcohol. As many as 38 million U.S. adults binge drink on a regular basis according to findings from a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Suburban Opoid Problem Contributing to Heroin Addiction

    Suburban Opoid Problem Contributing to Heroin Addiction

    Heroin abuse is no longer a problem reserved for the inner city or the poorest neighborhoods; now the typical heroin addicts are young white teens and adults living in the suburbs. Part of the reason for this shift is the rise in prescription pain killer abuse which can be a gateway to heroin addiction.

  • The Major Symptoms of Percoset Use and Abuse

    The Major Symptoms of Percoset Use and Abuse

    Prescription drug abuse has been a problem for the U.S. since the 1990s and has nearly reached the point of a national crisis. Currently, there are seven million Americans who take prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and the majority of those are abusing pain killers.

  • Breast Cancer Tied to Alcohol Consumption

    Breast Cancer Tied to Alcohol Consumption

    Alcohol and especially chronic alcohol abuse is known to cause a myriad of health problems including cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease but few people realize how much of a connection there is between alcohol and certain types of cancer. Alcoholism is not traditionally considered a major cause of cancer but studies actually show a clear link to the disease especially in the case of breast cancer.

  • 5 Tips To Help A Heroin Addict Get Into Treatment

    5 Tips To Help A Heroin Addict Get Into Treatment

    Few things are as frustrating and terrifying as having a loved one who is suffering from heroin addiction. Most people are aware that heroin is highly addictive and that using heroin presents a number of very serious health risks.

  •  Is Teen Culture Now A Drug Fueled Culture?

    Is Teen Culture Now A Drug Fueled Culture?

    Almost every parent of a teen worries about their child getting involved with drugs or alcohol use. Teens have always been the population most prone to peer pressure that may lead to experimentation, and teens are also the people that may be most at risk for some of the dangers associated with drug or alcohol use.

  • South Africa Looking to Cut Down on Alcohol Advertisements

    South Africa Looking to Cut Down on Alcohol Advertisements

    The government of South Africa has made efforts to combat the nation’s significant problem with alcohol abuse by proposing a ban on liquor advertisements. The Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages bill that would ban alcohol ads throughout the country still remains under consideration with much debate as to the impact it would have on the community and the economy.

     

  • U.S. Senate Proposing New Bills To Fight Heroin Addiction

    U.S. Senate Proposing New Bills To Fight Heroin Addiction

    As heroin addiction and abuse continues to devastate both individuals in small cities and those in large metropolitan areas, many doctors and teachers and therapists are turning to law enforcement and government officials for answers as to what may be an effective means of minimizing and ultimately eliminating the use and abuse of this deadly drug.

  • The 5 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

    The 5 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

    There is little question that prescription drug use is on the rise in the United States. The rapid increase in the number of hospitalizations and and deaths related to prescription drug use and abuse has led many parents, doctors, and law enforcement agents to search for possible ways in which the tide of prescription drug addiction can be stemmed.

  • The Glamorous Side Of Cocaine Hides The True Effects

    The Glamorous Side Of Cocaine Hides The True Effects

    Cocaine is a very dangerous and addictive drug that carries with it a number of quite troubling side effects. Although many people are aware of the fact that cocaine is a dangerous drug, the drug is somewhat unique in that it carries with it a somewhat glamorous image.

  • Alcohol Not Being Sold At University Of Georgia Football Games

    Alcohol Not Being Sold At University Of Georgia Football Games

    The University of Georgia has recently implemented a new plan for designed to manage alcohol consumption and reduce the number of injuries and incidents caused by alcohol consumption at its football games with a new plan that has been coined the “Gameday Gameplan.”

  • How To Show Gratitude In Sobriety

    How To Show Gratitude In Sobriety

    The life that one lives under the tyranny of an addiction is one filled with stress, pain and isolation. Addictions are in no way beneficial to those who are in their grip, and for someone to get out of them they seem to have to have no other option.

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