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Date archive: November 2011

Recognizing Video Game and Internet Addiction

Imagine that something takes hold of your child’s mind so forcefully that you can’t get through to them any more. Some kids suffer from addiction so severe they don’t want to do anything else all day. Many parents go through this with their child who is a drug addict, but it’s not just drugs that pull…

Drug Addiction is a Treatable Disease

There has been a big push recently to focus more on treatment and rehabilitation for drug abusers and less on law enforcement and punishment for drug possession. While many people support drug prevention and treatment strategies, it is difficult to move a country in that direction that has spent 40 years pushing for stricter punishments….

Black Wednesday a Dangerous Drinking Day

Today is known as Black Wednesday, one of the busiest drinking days of the year for young people. This makes for dangerous situations because of drunken driving and binge drinking, and authorities are urging young people – and their parents – to be responsible. Promoting Black Wednesday We all know about the great shopping deals…

Addiction Causes Pain for Loved Ones

People get hurt feelings all the time in our world. Sometimes all it takes is a harsh word or a difference of opinion to set someone off. We may think that people who get their feelings hurt often need to get some tougher skin and not be so sensitive. Sometimes this is true, but sometimes…

Mental Health in Schools

A growing number of students in schools across the country are a concern to teachers and staff. These students may be disruptive in class, may perform poorly, and may have conflicts with teachers or other students. While some people may write them off as being “bad kids”, we are realizing more and more how much…

Celebrating Our Veterans

As we celebrated Veterans Day last week, many people held events in honor of our veterans. We do this to thank them for their service and to show we care. What might be the most effective way to show we care, however, is to actually take care of our veterans, especially their mental health. Thanking Those…

Suboxone for Prescription Opioid Addiction

Suboxone is known for its capabilities to treat someone with a heroin addiction. It is often used in connection with counseling, but users need to stay on it for a long period of time. A recent study shows that this is also true when using Suboxone to treat other opioid addictions, such as prescription painkillers….

A Study on Ethnic Trends Among Teens Who Use Drugs and Alcohol

African American and Asian teens have a lower rate of substance abuse than other races, according to a new study. The study was published in this week’s Archives of General Psychiatry, and the results can help prevention and treatment programs determine which areas to target. Statistics of Teen Substance Abuse The study analyzed information from…

Autism and Substance Abuse

Autism is a disorder that we are still trying to find out more about, with no real cure in sight. Parents are still learning how to manage this disorder, and should be aware that someone with autism will encounter greater challenges related to drugs and alcohol. Occurrence of Autism According to the National Institute of Mental…

Nicotine: Gateway Drug

According to a new study, nicotine should be looked at as a pretty powerful gateway drug, even possibly leading users to cocaine addiction. Researchers are now wondering about the implications for treatment for cocaine addicts who also smoke, and will be exploring what other substances may also be gateway drugs. Dangers of Nicotine Nicotine is…

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