What Will Stop the Increase in Teen Prescription Drug Use?

The recent Monitoring the Future report on young adult and teen prescription drug use makes it very clear that not enough effective actions are being taken to convince young people to avoid abuse of prescription drugs. The 2011 edition of this annual survey of teens and college students points out that while cigarette smoking, heroin and cocaine use are down, marijuana abuse is up and prescription drug abuse remains steady at unacceptably high levels. Prescription Pain Medication Seen by Many Teens as Safer It’s understandable that many teens would think that if they are going to abuse drugs, prescription drugs…

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Alcoholism as a Great Equalizer

The Societal and Health Problem That Exists in Every Corner of the World You can go to every corner of the globe and find alcohol problems. In some countries where religious beliefs ban alcohol consumption, they will be less frequent and more concealed. In other countries, the social patterns of the population seem almost to be based on alcohol consumption and use of this addictive drug will be fully out in the open. But the fact is that excess and lengthy alcohol consumption can turn into alcoholism and can destroy or kill, no matter how rich or poor, no matter…

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Prescription Drug Abuse…A Spreading American Addiction

Ever since physicians have been able to prescribe narcotic painkillers, some Americans have taken more than is safe and have found themselves physically and emotionally addicted to these drugs. Americans have a history to abuse opiate painkillers when they have not been legally regulated. This problem led to the enactment of the Harrison Narcotic Act, which required that a licensed healthcare provider provide a prescription for opiate medications sold to the public. This act fell short of curbing opiate abuse since pharmacists were still selling “over-the-counter” remedies for everything from cough syrups to tonics that helped the “woman of the…

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Saving a Person from the Destruction of Alcoholism through Alcohol Abuse Rehab

It’s a tragic situation when alcoholism or drugs addiction take over a person’s life. One of the defining characteristics of addiction is that it begins to control a person’s life rather than the person being in control. He or she cannot determine when to drink or do drugs. Instead, the person’s life becomes focused on the next drink, the next injection, smoke or pill. When this state is reached, everyone suffers. The addict, the spouse, the employer, family, community and other associates. The destruction can and does spread far and wide from just one addict or alcoholic. Sadly, many people…

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How Much Does Alcoholism Contribute to Traffic Fatalities?

It’s a good guess that pretty much everyone knows that drunk drivers are dangerous to themselves and everyone in their environments. Amazingly, this doesn’t stop tens of thousands of people each year from driving off in their cars when they have had too much to drink. A major reason for this is that alcohol not only impairs ones ability to drive safely, it also impairs judgment. So one can very erroneously decide that they are fit to drive. This is why many states mandate electronic locks for the cars of those who have been convicted of DUIs and DWIs. The…

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Colleges Turn Out to Offer Dangers as Well as Educations

The image of a young person, eighteen or so years old, heading off to college is one filled with hope and dreams of accomplishments and future careers. Parents look at their child going off to college with pride, but if they are wise, they also feel apprehension. Now more than ever, the college experience places dangerous pitfalls into every young person’s path. And most young people going off for higher education are sadly unprepared. First Pitfall: Heavy Alcohol Consumption Fraternity and sorority row are known for their alcohol consumption but binge drinking is hardly restricted to those zones. According to…

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Preventing an Alcohol Poisoning Death through Alcohol Abuse Rehab

It may seem unlikely that a person could drink enough alcohol to actually result in their death. Not from car accident, not from a fall, but just from drinking. Perhaps since many people have had the experience of vomiting up alcohol after they have drunk too much, they may think that they are protected from serious effects. If they thought that, the death of Amy Winehouse ought to convince anyone who needs convincing. After years of very public displays of drunkenness and drug intoxication punctuated with trips to alcohol abuse rehabs, Amy died in July 2011 of alcohol poisoning. Her…

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Parties and Overuse of Alcohol

Underage Parties and Overuse of Alcohol Prepares Many Young People to Need Alcohol Abuse Rehab There’s two easy ways to find out how much drinking is going on among college students, most of whom are underage. One is to read reports, studies and appeals from people like the US Surgeon General and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). The other is to visit the fraternity or sorority row in any major university on a Saturday night. Either one should provide a pretty good understanding of how extensive the problem really is. In 2007, CASA reported that half…

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Teens’ Secret Use of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Need for Alcohol Abuse Rehab

In far too many families, even good and caring families, there can be a gulf separating parents from their teenaged children. Parents want to protect and counsel their children through difficult decisions. Teenagers want their privacy and want to try new, exciting things with their friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to teen prescription drug use, or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol followed by their being trapped in addiction. Surveys Reveal How Many Students May be Headed for Alcohol Abuse Rehab or Drug Rehab Surveys of young people reveal just how broad this gulf can be and how extensive this…

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Alternative Rehab for Addiction

When families help an addicted loved one through rehab after rehab with no success, very often they begin to look for a different solution. The traditional rehabs of 28 or 30 days do not give most people time to rebuild lives that have been shattered by addiction. There are life skills that have been lost during the addiction, especially when it starts young or lasts a long time. It simply takes longer to recover physical health, mental stability, and the ability to make drug-free decisions. Therefore many people search for alternative rehabs after one or more tries at conventional rehabs…

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