Drugs, Alcohol & Dual-Diagnosis

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Why Drug Addiction Is a Social Problem

A common misconception surrounding drug addiction is that it solely affects the life of the user. However, the idea that they aren’t hurting anyone except for themselves is an excuse that many individuals who abuse drugs use in order to justify their addiction. Drug addiction is not a one-person phenomenon, and it creates a domino [...]

Dangers of Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol

People may choose to start self-medicating for any number of reasons. Some turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to cope with mental or emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety or the loss of a loved one. For others, alcohol, opiates or other drugs are used in an effort to overcome severe pain or [...]

Six Long-Term Effects of Binge Drinking

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six U.S. adults binge drinks at least four times every month. In this case, binge drinking is defined as a man who consumes five or more alcoholic beverages or a woman who consumes four or more drinks in two hours or less [1]. It [...]

5 Common Signs of Alcohol Dependency

The assessment of whether or not you classify as someone who suffers from alcohol use disorder, also known as alcoholism, is a personal one. This can be a sensitive issue for both you and the people around you who are trying to encourage you to reach out for the help you are not sure you [...]

Ways to Prevent Substance Abuse

Drug addiction begins with a person’s increased use of drugs and is more likely to happen when started at a young age. In the case of adolescents, social influences such as peer pressure make it harder for teenagers to say no or quit. “Gateway” drugs like cannabis and alcohol may lead to harder drug use [...]

How Stimulant Use Can Result in Addiction

As the opioid crisis gains national attention, stimulant use and dependence has been rising as well. Documentaries like Take Your Pills are shedding light on the rising rates of stimulant use. Methamphetamines are among one of the fastest-growing markets for prescription usage. Like opiate pain medication, amphetamine and its derivatives have FDA-approved medical uses that [...]

Common Misconceptions About Addiction

There are many stereotypes associated with addiction. Addiction affects people of all types. Many individuals that struggle with addiction hold jobs, have families and maintain rich relationships with the people they are close to. There is no such thing as a "typical" addict. For this reason, it is important to understand the common misconceptions around [...]

Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, & Solutions

Alcohol withdrawal refers to the series of symptoms and physical effects that someone who is dependent on alcohol experiences when they stop drinking. The degree to which someone experiences these symptoms depends on how heavily they drink and how long they have been practicing these habits. For someone with a larger alcohol dependency, these symptoms [...]

How Underage Drinking Can Contribute to Long-Term Substance Misuse

Underage drinking is a dangerous pastime of many high school and college students. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11 percent of the alcohol in the United States is consumed by underage drinkers and over 90 percent of underage drinkers have engaged in binge drinking. While underage drinking may seem inconsequential in the [...]

What the Rise in Opioid Overdoses Means for Substance Abuse Treatment

Drug overdose deaths due to opioid abuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. Opioid abuse has contributed to more than half a million deaths between 2000 and 2015. During that [...]