Category: Drugs of Abuse

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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Worldwide Drug Statistics

  A summary of global drug abuse statistics was released by Australian researchers last week. The report shows the estimated numbers of drug abusers in various areas of the world, and finds that wealthier, more advanced countries are more at risk. Among the study’s findings are estimates of illicit drug abuse throughout the world:   […]

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The Government's Drug Control Strategy

National Drug Control Policy director, Gil Kerlikowske, recently revealed the 2011 National drug Control Strategy, and with it, the government’s hopes of drug prevention. Kerlikowske is counting on collaborations from different areas in order to carry out the plan. Help for Women, Veterans, and College Students The first thing the strategy does is identify populations […]

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Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol awareness – that’s what this month is all about. Our society is one that still takes great pleasure in drinking alcohol. A glass or two of wine is seen as romantic when on a date. Beer is viewed as the drink for the hard-working individual. Hard drinks soothe people after a long or stressful […]

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Football Players and Substance Abuse

It’s the beginning of another season of football, and another pro sports player is in trouble with substance abuse. In the history of sports, there have been countless athletes abusing drugs and alcohol, but it seems that the problem may be getting worse as time goes on. The NFL season is starting up again. Fall […]

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The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

A new technique that is being used among treatment facilities today is to look for and treat co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse and mental illness.  Another disorder that has recently been linked to substance abuse is eating disorder. New research shows that up to 35% of substance abusers have eating disorders, and up to […]

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Connections between Poverty, Substance Abuse, and Child Abuse

The stories are heartbreaking; young children enduring painful physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their parents, and no one finding out about it until years later.  It has been suggested for a while now that poverty and substance abuse go hand in hand, and that many children that are abused are suffering at […]

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Dopamine Plays a Role in Risk-Taking and Drug Addiction

We all know the type; individuals that seem to love throwing caution to the wind and living life in the fast lane, the high rollers and the big spenders – risk takers. A new study has linked the tendency to be a thrill-seeker in a new way to the brain neurotransmitter, dopamine. Vanderbilt University Dopamine […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and its Effects on the Body and Mind

For some people this time of year is, quite honestly, a struggle. It’s not just the hurry of the approaching holidays, or the long list of things to do, or the colder weather. For some people it is actually the decrease in daylight hours that cause their mood swings, and it can be very debilitating. […]

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