Category: General Addiction Articles

Take the Love Quiz: Are You Codependent?

Love can be a slippery slope—and sometimes being in love with someone gets tangled up with feeling the need to control that person, or stay in the relationship even when it’s toxic. When a partner or loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it often adds an even greater level of this dysfunction, […]

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Have Fun & Stay Sober This Memorial Day!

We’re closing in on the (unofficial) start of the summer! When Memorial Day weekend kicks off at the end of this week, let the summer travel, BBQs and parties begin. Having fun is a must, but so is staying safe, as drunk driving rates are higher on Memorial Day and other holidays. For many, Memorial […]

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Is Alcohol Riskier for Elders Than for Teens?

“In the United States, as many as 13 percent of men and 8 percent of women over age 65 take part in risky drinking behavior, with an estimated 1 to 3 percent of them believed to be seriously abusing alcohol,” The Huffington Post reports. Whether an elder abuses alcohol because he or she is lonely, tries […]

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Thank You, American Red Cross

March is not only National Women’s History Month, but Red Cross Month, which dates back to 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt named the first Red Cross Month in support of fundraising efforts led by the humanitarian organization in response to World War II. The American Red Cross provides disaster relief, education and emergency assistance, as […]

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Social Media Has Similar Effects of Drug Use?

Last week, we talked about Nomophobia – a loosely-coined fear of losing one’s cell phone. Social media is a beast all its own, but one that’s certainly connected to our affinity for the smart phone… Facebook has one billion users. Twitter has 500 million. Youtube has four billion views a day. You can see why researchers […]

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Peter Barbuto: From Addict to Treatment Consultant

(Article courtesy of Common Ground) Peter Barbuto is used to seeing strange numbers flash across the screen of his iPhone all day. “It rings all weekend,” Barbuto said. “It rings all the time.” Sometimes it’s a distressed parent. Other times, a concerned boss. Or a down-and-out person who knows he needs help. All of them […]

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Do Drug Bans Hinder Scientific Research? Some Scientists Say ‘Yes’

Scientists are calling for a change; they feel (and they make a valid point, being scientists and all…) that the hard bans on drugs like ecstasy (MDMC), LSD, ketamine and magic mushrooms have made it difficult — or impossible altogether — to study drugs and their effects on the human brain, which in turn hampers new developments […]

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When Drunk Driving Happens… Blame the Bartenders?

When a drunk driving accident occurs, most people blame the person who drank alcohol. Many legislators, however, believe some of that blame should be placed on the person who served the alcohol in the first place. Liability laws vary by state. In 21 states and the District of Columbia, vendors can be held liable for intoxicated […]

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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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