Category Archives: Substance Abuse and Addiction

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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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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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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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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Making Sobriety Top Priority Following Election

Making Sobriety Top Priority Following Election As one of the most turbulent presidential elections in history comes to an end, countless Americans are finding themselves overwhelmed with anxiety, terror, panic, and anger. While some find themselves relieved that the dramatic election is finally over, there are millions of people struggling with the aftereffects of this…
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Rapper Kid Cudi Checks into Rehab for Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts

Rapper Kid Cudi Checks into Rehab for Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts Rapper Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi checked into rehab last week for depression, anxiety, and suicidal urges. The hip-hop star shared the news in an emotional letter posted to his Facebook page, revealing “I am not at peace. I haven't been since you've known…
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What is a High-Functioning Addict?

What is a High-Functioning Addict? A functioning addict is often defined as someone who is able to hide their excessive use of drugs or alcohol. This person may have a good job, a secure home life, and be respected in the community despite their addiction. Of the nearly 17 million adults in the this country…
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What You Should Know About Opioid Addiction

Opioid Addiction The United States is currently caught in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids are often prescribed by doctors to treat acute pain in patients. Opioids, also known as opiates, include hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and other related drugs. These drugs work to reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain…
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ADHD Medication Addiction Leading to Increases in Crystal Meth Use

ADHD Medication Addiction Leading to Increases in Crystal Meth Use What is ADHD? ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is diagnosed in children, adolescents, or adults and is treated with prescriptions for stimulant medications including amphetamines and methylphenidate. The prescription drugs given to patients for the treatment of ADHD include Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. Individuals diagnosed…
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National Recovery Month

Recognizing National Recovery Month Every September National Recovery Month, a national observance held to increase awareness of mental and/or substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery, but these successes often go unnoticed by…
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