Month: March 2012

Taking a Gamble: Illinois Lottery Sales Now Online!

Last week, Illinois became the first state to allow lottery tickets to be sold online. On the first day of sales, tickets for the games Mega Millions and Lotto brought in $15,000 for the state. Illinois as the guinea pig Over the next three years, Illinois will be using the money from these lottery sales […]

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The Connection Between Emotional Trauma & Drug Abuse

We often blame emotional trauma during childhood for negative occurrences later in life, like difficulty holding down a job, making friends or committing to marriage —  and rightfully so. While there may be a tendency to excuse negative behavior as a result of emotional trauma of long ago, there is reason to take it into […]

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Can Drug Traffickers Be Defeated?

Vice President Joe Biden recently met with a number of leaders of Central American countries in the hopes of defeating drug traffickers. The talks occurred after Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina made public his country’s consideration of legalizing drugs. Molina said in a statement a few weeks ago that because of the United States’ high […]

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Support for Families of Addicts

When someone in a family has an addiction, the whole family suffers. Family members often fall into the destructive habit of enabling the addict among them. Without help, families fall into dysfunction and everyone is affected. Family members need support too. Embarrassed by Having a Family Member with an Addiction When parents, siblings, or children […]

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Social/Binge Drinking… It’s a Slippery Slope

Many people take pride being able to go out with friends and NOT get totally smashed. And that’s a good thing, they should feel proud… because binge drinking can easily lead to full-blown alcoholism. Dangerous territory Social drinkers drink alcohol responsibly, for the most part — meaning they don’t drink to get drunk and binge. […]

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Do Sleep Aids Cause a Higher Risk of Mortality?

A new study warns you to be extra careful about sleeping pills — and to use them only when necessary. While many researchers and doctors disagree with the study done by the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, the lead authors are not backing down on their claims. The authors found that people who take […]

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