Effects of Binge Drinking on the Brain

Effects of Binge Drinking on the Brain In America, alcohol is an integral part of the social scene. A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that an estimated 52.2 percent of Americans aged 12 or older were current alcohol users. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the U.S., despite the…
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Triggers and Cravings

Triggers and Cravings Triggers and cravings can be one of the most difficult aspects of recovery from alcoholism and drug abuse. A trigger is anything that brings back painful thoughts, feelings, or memories having to do with your addiction. This could be your drug of choice, a location you frequented or even a person you…
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Prescriptions for Dangerous Doses Dropping

Dangerous Doses for Prescriptions Dropping

A recent federal analysis found prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses have dropped the most sharply, by 41 percent since 2010. In 1999 the nation’s problem with opioid addiction was just starting. An analysis by the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention also found that the rate for prescriptions in 2015 remained three times as high as in 1999.

Actions such as state crackdowns on pain clinics and prescribing guidelines are thought to have contributed to the declines. States such as Florida and Kentucky adopted policies requiring doctors to check a drug history database before prescribing to patients. The federal government also took steps to tighten prescribing rules for one of the most common painkillers in 2014.

The analysis found the amount prescribed decreased 18 percent from 2010 to 2015. In some counties, opioid prescription rates increased to six times higher. The rates were reported to vary significantly from area to area.

Last year, the CDC issued the first guidelines focused on discouraging prescribing opioids except in cases where they are most needed like cancer and end-of-life care. The deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history has been fueled by prescription opioids. An estimated 52,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2015, an all-time record.

Heroin and illicit fentanyl are leading to more and more overdose deaths, but the epidemic was triggered by the explosion in prescriptions of powerful painkillers seen for the last 20 years.

Abuse vs Addiction

Abuse vs Addiction While the terms abuse and addiction are often used interchangeably, the reality is that they are each describing a different type of person. The terms do have some similarities in that they both negatively impact their lives. We’ll take a closer look at these two terms to better distinguish the difference between…
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Understanding Drug Relapse in Addiction

Drug Relapse in Addiction Relapse, in the context of drug use, involves the recurrence of pathological drug use after a period of abstinence. There are various types of substances that may cause addiction or dependence, such as depressants, stimulants, or nicotine. Relapse is now often viewed as the rule rather than the exception in addiction…
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Alcoholism Warning Signs

Warning Signs of Alcoholism If you are concerned that a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, there are warning signs that you can look for to determine if they are addicted to alcohol. While many signs are easily recognizable, others may be more difficult to identify. The severity of the abuse can also play a…
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Women and Addiction

About Women and Addiction The approach used to treating addiction is different for each individual. This same idea applies to the treatment approach used for men and women. Until the 1990’s the majority of addiction studies focused on men. It wasn’t until women were required to be added to the studies that significant differences were…
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Tips for Maintaining Positivity in Addiction Recovery

Maintaining Positivity in Addiction Recovery While there is really no way to avoid negativity completely in life, you can make the commitment to focus on positivity instead. In addiction recovery, there will be extremely difficult days where you will struggle and won’t want to leave the comforts of your bed, these are the times where…
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Carfentanil Poses New Threat

Carfentanil Poses New Threat Over 53 deaths have occurred due to the intake of carfentail in South Florida, and most users are blind to what they are ingesting. Commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer, carfentanil is approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Hollywood police say many people who ingest the drug do not know…
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Addiction Recovery and the Holidays

Addiction Recovery and the Holidays There is no doubt that the holidays present recovering addicts and their families with a number of challenges. The holiday season can be full of stress and everyone could use a little extra support during this time. Those in active recovery are faced with challenges when it comes to temptation…
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