More Elderly People Struggling with Addiction

elderlyThe generation we know as the Baby Boomers were born between the end of WW II in 1946, and 1964. The Boomers are the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history, nearly 77 million as of 2011.   The total population of the United States is approximately 315 Million people of which 24.3% are Boomers (2012). Boomers will inherit approximately $8.4 trillion dollars from parents, grandparents and others. And as the Baby Boomers age, more attention is focused on addiction treatment for the elderly. Continue reading

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Meth Addiction Causes Horrific Physical Damage to the Body & Face

methThe body is an incredible thing. In the face of the chemical invasion it experiences when a person is addicted to drugs, it will, to the best of its ability, fight back against the onslaught of toxins and rebuild its cells in order to survive. But unfortunately, our natural defenses are no match for the toxins that are delivered into our systems when someone is addicted to one of the most horrendous and dangerous drugs out there: methamphetamine. “Wasteland” is too minimizing a word when imparting what this poison will make of someone’s face, body and future. Continue reading

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Ways Addiction is Different in America

americaThe United States of America has a history of being a front-runner when it comes to achievement on the world stage. Our country was founded on the principal of bigger, better and more of all things desirable. But sometimes this penchant for being the leader of the pack leads down a wrong road—as is the case with how America compares to other countries when it comes to drug addiction. Continue reading

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The Total Cost of Addiction Treatment

addictionWhen someone has a drug or alcohol addiction, not only is it important to find a facility that is suited to the person needing the treatment, but also to find a program that is within the budget of whoever is funding the treatment. With the varied treatment options available today comes a wide range of range of costs, going from low or no-cost, to the very expensive indeed. But whatever the cost, each person who battles addiction needs to procure a treatment program and facility that is designed to cater to his or her individual needs. Continue reading

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How to Deal with Someone Addicted to Percocet

percocetAccording to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Organization, treatment admission for abuse of prescription drugs has increased more than 4 times in the last 10 to 15 year period. Percocet is a prescription drug that is in the group of drugs that have become widely abused in the United States. Originating from opium, Percocet is part oxycodone and acetaminophen, making it a powerful painkiller. Because a user can easily build up a tolerance for the drug, it is one that becomes abused often. Once the cycle of abuse sets in, it is not too much further to addiction—or even overdose—which are real dangers in taking any kind of prescription painkiller. Continue reading

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Black Friday Theft Often Tied-in With Addiction

shopliftingThe U.S. Bureau of Justice reports in its online Drug and Crime Facts compilation of statistics that 17 percent of state prisoners and 18 percent of inmates in federal prisons reported committing their current offense for the purpose of obtaining money for drugs. (2004) Continue reading

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5 Tips for Protecting Families from Heroin Addiction this Holiday

stressThe National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) identifies heroin as an opioid drug synthesized from morphine. Morphine itself is naturally occurring, and is extracted from the Asian opium poppy plant seed pod. The drug is usually available as a white or brown powder; or a sticky black substance referred to as “black tar heroin.” Heroin can be smoked, sniffed, inhaled or injected, and is known for its high risk of addiction. Continue reading

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How Addiction Creeps into Athletics

athleteThe National College Athletic Association (NCAA) includes 1,000 member institutions, and 420,000 college athletes as of 2013. The 2013 NCAA Division I revenue for college men’s football was $15.8 million per school. The 2013 NCAA Division I revenue for college men’s basketball was Continue reading

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5 Natural Ways to Handle Addiction Related Insomnia

insomniaA recent online article reported insomnia to be a “prevalent and persistent” problem for persons in early recovery from addiction. A restful night’s sleep is fundamental to both Continue reading

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Heavy Drinking and Alcohol Addiction Can Contribute to Diabetes

girlThe month of November is recognized as American Diabetes Month, and dedicated to raising awareness of diabetes–a condition which interferes with the body’s ability to regulate its blood sugar levels. In a normally functioning body Continue reading

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