High Risk Behavior Declining in U.S. Teens

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Our culture often construes adolescence as a time of experimentation with identity. Growing young men and women have the opportunity to try different things, and determine what kind of a person they really want to become. While sometimes this results in discovering passions and creating identities, this can sometimes manifest in less healthy behavior. Parts […]

Addiction and Recovery With A Physical Disability

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Addiction is something that does not discriminate. It can affect people in any environment, setting, or life experience. Yet, there is no denying that your unique challenges and life experiences can affect what addiction and recovery looks like. People with disabilities often struggle with getting the help they need, and may face a higher degree […]

Marijuana Can Affect Teen Mental Health

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Although there are many conflicting beliefs about marijuana and how harmful or addictive it can be to users, a new study suggests that cannabis can actually have very negative effects on a young person’s mental health. Marijuana has become more prevalent in our culture as many states have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes and […]

The Long-Term Effects of Bullying on Mental Health

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Many adults have had experiences with bullying in their childhood and kids now are not immune to the type of teasing and at times cruelty that can make their school years tumultuous. While many people can see bullying as a reality that is unavoidable, the effects of bullying may be more pronounced than previously thought. […]

Drug Overdoses Cause Skyrocketing Death Rates of Young Whites

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Addiction does not discriminate. People from every walk of life, and every racial and ethnic group, both rich and poor, young and old all have the danger of succumbing to out-of-control and compulsive substance abuse. At the same time, factors such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, and other issues can affect issues such as the […]

What’s The Impact of Smoking in Video Games?

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Cigarette smoking may not be as prevalent in most people’s media as it used to be. In the U.S. ads for cigarettes are severely restricted, and steps have also been taken to reduce levels of smoking in movies and television shows. These restrictions serve an important public health role, by making smoking less common and […]

Heroin Addiction Medication Could Help Suicidal Patients

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With depression affecting about 14.8 million Americans, it is not surprising that many people in the U.S. experience suicidal thoughts. Everyday about 105 Americans die by suicide, a number that could be significantly reduced if more people could be provided with treatment and effective solutions for their illness. A new study has looked into possible […]

Kratom Proves to Be a Danger for Recovering Addicts

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A Southeast Asian leaf called Kratom has gained a reputation as a natural painkiller that can either help ease symptoms of withdrawal or provide a safe high that is legal in most states. However, more people are beginning to discover that the substance is not quite so benign and can actually lead to relapse in […]

New Study Suggests Overdoses Are Not Enough to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

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Use of prescription painkilling drugs for recreational or non medically approved purposes is reaching epidemic levels. The Center for Disease Control reports that, in 2012, healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, that many people likely took at times or in doses beyond what was good for their health. The number of deaths […]