Obama Unveils New Plan to Fight Opioid Addiction

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President Obama has attempted to address the widespread problem of opioid addiction which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. He recently unveiled a new plan to combat the addiction that would emphasize the importance of making rehab programs more available to people of all income levels. His hope is to begin reversing the […]

What to Do If You Witness An Overdose

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No one who used drugs or an excessive amount of alcohol expects their recreational habit to kill them, but sometimes it can be that dangerous. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Every drug, indeed, every substance you can ingest, has a level at which it becomes […]

Treating the Issues Behind the Substance Abuse

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There are a variety of reasons someone may choose to experiment with using a drug recreationally or drinking an excessive amount of alcohol. Someone may be curious, or bored, or just unthinkingly following the patterns of people around them without really thinking about it. However, in many cases, people might be abusing substances specifically to […]

Why So Many College Students Are Abusing Adderall

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The prescription drug Adderall is a stimulant normally prescribed to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Adderall increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, producing a feeling of well being or “feeling good”. Dopamine is a natural chemical produced in the brain to create a rewarding effect. Taking Adderall for […]

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 […]

Recognizing The 10 Most Common Symptoms of Addiction

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Sometimes it can be difficult to recognize drug addiction in someone you know. It can even be difficult to recognize when your own experimentation with drugs has crossed the line into addiction. The following are some of the most common signs of addiction and how to recognize them. If you observe one or more of […]

Why Romancing Drug And Alcohol Use Is So Dangerous

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Looking back on the past is a common practice that can even be an enjoyable way of reliving pleasant memories or other moments of happiness. However, this practice can be damaging if the memories that are revisited are harmful ones and too much time is spent focused on them. For someone in recovery, this type […]

Training U.S. Police to Deal with Mental Health and Drug Crises

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In spite of the sometimes tragic outcomes of such incidents, police in the United States still receive very little training on how to handle crises involving someone who is mentally ill and/or addicted to drugs. The police often have encounters with the mentally ill that have fatal results because they are not properly prepared to […]

Getting Your Brain Back After Substance Abuse

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The human brain often seems very fragile, particularly wearing the scars of recurring abuse. Many people in the early stages of recovery say they feel like their living in a fog, as their brains don’t seem to be running as quickly or efficiently as they would like. Long term drug or heavy alcohol use can […]