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Singing Through Addiction

Singing Through Addiction

Music may be one of the best therapies for substance abuse. An a capella choir group from Harlem is using music to cure their drug addiction. Members of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center in Harlem are singing through addiction. The group only has one requirement – you have to be recovering from substance abuse. The group…

Double Trouble: Energy Drinks and Alcohol

Double Trouble: Energy Drinks and Alcohol

Some adolescents are fans of mixing their alcoholic beverage with an energy drink such as Redbull. This may not be the best idea. Researchers from Dartmouth medical school found that teens who like to mix energy drinks and alcohol together are more likely to develop a drinking problem than teens who do not mix the…

Overdose Under Reported

Overdose Under Reported

Surveys Aren’t Catching the Data Researchers from the University of Illinois-Chicago found that surveys that are administered to patients are not accurately detecting the risk of medication poisoning. The findings, published in the Journal Clinical Toxicology, revealed the surveys overlook this risk by 60 to 90 percent. A Scary Truth In recent years, medication overdoses,…

Pregnancy, Cocaine, and Baby’s Brain

Pregnancy, Cocaine, and Baby’s Brain

For years, we have known that pregnancy, cocaine abuse, and infant brain development are a harmful combination. And medical research has proven that the harmful effects of cocaine abuse by pregnant mothers can be long-term. However, until now, scientists were unsure exactly what those effects were. Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that babies of…

Do People Graduate from Addiction?

Do People Graduate from Addiction?

Why do you “graduate” from an addiction recovery program? Is this the proper term for dealing with lifelong addictions? When you enter a 12-step program, your first step is admitting your addiction to drugs or alcohol. Once you’ve acknowledged it, you have made the realization that you will always be an alcoholic or drug addict,…

Children of Opiate Abusers

Children of Opiate Abusers

Researchers at the University of Vermont are conducting a longitudinal study to investigate the effects of parental opioid use on children, the VT Digger noted. The study is needed  to help the state find solutions for a growing problem in primary schools with children of addicted parents, and lawmakers want to know, what is the most…

Studies shed light on development, current demographics of heroin use

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Drug addiction has attracted several negative stigmas in recent years, none more damaging than the image of the down-and-out urban dweller who has nowhere else to turn but to substance abuse. Needless to say, this stereotype is not true, and several recent studies have explored the true demographics of drug abuse in the U.S. According to two studies…

Newly approved painkiller Zohydro draws criticism, regulation from states

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The common image of substance abuse in the U.S. is of some disaffected youth turning to drugs and alcohol out of rebellion or lack of awareness of the true effects of his or her actions. While this image has faded away as more scientific evidence on addiction comes to light, some people still believe that…

Study finds 11 genes that may predict alcohol addiction risk

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There is no single factor that determines whether or not people will develop a substance abuse problem. For decades, the medical community believed that addiction was an active choice made by those with the condition, but further research uncovered the physical toll of substance abuse on the mind and body of the user. Research has also shown…

Enjoyment of alcohol’s effects linked to substance abuse risk

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Substance abuse addiction is such a complex condition that even medical experts have trouble identifying a single issue that causes people to develop destructive behaviors with drugs and alcohol. While mental and emotional troubles factor into the presence of unsafe habits with dangerous substances, the problem is often much deeper than this. One contributing cause to addiction is…

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