What is Abstinence-Based Addiction Treatment

abstinenceAbstinence is an old world which has been part of our language for hundreds of years. Its roots are in the Latin language, where it meant to abstain. Its meaning has changed little down through the centuries. Now, as it did then, it means to refrain from indulging an appetite; or indulging in some action, or some substance. It is often used in reference to alcohol and drugs, and the act or practice of not using them. Continue reading

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A Family Guide to Stopping Meth Abuse

interventionMeth abuse never affects only the addicted person. The meth addict’s family members and loved ones suffer the consequences of this highly addictive drug, and the consequences of its use and manufacture. It is a drug which changes the user’s physical and mental health, making it difficult to stay get and stay clean. Learning about meth abuse is the first step to stopping it. Continue reading

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5 Ways Marijuana can be Highly Addictive

teenA major research study conducted over a span of twenty years links the use of marijuana to a wide range of adverse side-effects. Lead by Professor Wayne Hall, a leading expert on addiction in Britain and adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), the major study identified a number of harmful effects resulting from marijuana use. Continue reading

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Anti-Drinking Drug May Not Be as Effective as Long-term Rehab

drinking drugThe National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has been doing some laboratory research on treating alcohol abuse and heavy drinking with anti-drinking drugs. The research laboratory setting is designed as a dimly-lit bar with the purpose of triggering the drinkers; desires to drink; this is helpful in determining if the experimental drugs can counter their urges to drink. Continue reading

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The Most Addictive Drugs and Why They Are Hard to Kick

drugsThere are a number of factors which determine who will become a drug addict or alcoholic, and who will not. But with drugs and their chemical make-up, it is guaranteed that certain drugs are more addictive and are harder to kick. The following ranking of drugs according to the addictive level and consequent harm is based on a research study done at London’s Imperial College, with the addictive-potency and dependency rating devised by Dutch scientists as a result. Continue reading

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Teen Drug Abuse Study says Use is Up

teenA recent study out of the University of Michigan revealed that substance abuse in teenagers has declined in the areas of binge drinking, and alcohol and cigarette use. Binge drinking showed a marked drop, and the use of cigarettes and alcohol was found to be at its lowest point in nearly 40 years. It also revealed other substance abuse trends which warrant concern. Continue reading

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An Inside Look at Afghanistan’s Drug Addiction Problem

afghanistanThe country of Afghanistan is located in Central and South Asia, and has a population of 31 million, thus placing it 42nd amongst the world’s most populous countries. Land-wise, it ranks 41st largest in terms of size. It is a landlocked country, bordered on the South and East by Pakistan; on the West by Iran; Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to the North; and China to the far northeast. While Afghanistan has long been the world leader in opium production, it now also has the distinction of being one of the most drug-addicted societies in the world. Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Addiction and Ways it Can Be Stopped

drugSchedule II drugs include narcotics like morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone, and stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin—all prescription drugs. According to the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe physical or psychological dependence. Continue reading

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420 Million Are Addicted Says Study

earthThere is a new term describing the modern risks most common to wealthier countries of the world, and their problems of a serious nature. The term is “first-world problems”, perhaps in juxtaposition to the term, “third-world problems”. The first-world problems are considered to stem from the greater opportunity for indolence, and over-consumption of things such as food, junk food, alcohol and cigarettes. First-world problems are regarded as serious, in that they present an increased risk of disease-related death from obesity, elevated blood sugar level, high blood pressure, tobacco use and over consumption of alcohol. Continue reading

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In Home Addiction Treatment Has Increased Risks

guyThe option of in-home addiction treatment may appeal to a drug or alcohol addict who thinks it may protect their privacy, or prevent them from having to leave home or work. Some may see it as a way to avoid questions from colleagues, or friends or family as a result of a stint at a rehab. If the person is still a functional addict, and still managing to hold-down a job or maintain a business, he or she may see the in-home addiction treatment option as a way to continue without the necessity to be absent for addiction treatment. While these may be factors that a person takes into account in their decision as to what form of rehabilitation will best work for them, there are risks which need to be factored into the equation, as well. Continue reading

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