Joe’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction

*+-The first drug J.P. from Baton Rouge ever used was heroin. He was twelve years old. Running with an older crowd, he did what they did and what they were doing was heroin. From that point, there were few drugs he didn’t use. Marijuana, more heroin, alcohol, pain pills, methamphetamine. It seemed like he didn’t become as addicted as easily as others around him. In fact, it was years before he became addicted. Once he began messing with pain pills, his use got more frequent and he finally entered the zone of addiction. He couldn’t stop stop taking them without…

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Are Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs While Parents Remain Unaware?

*+-In reports from multiple sources, the picture is being drawn of increasing teen prescription drug use. One such report comes from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Columbia University( CASA). In their annual study published in 2011, CASA findings stated that more than two million student-aged children were abusing prescription drugs. Is it possible that there are two million households where the parents are unaware of their teen’s prescription drug use? Interviews with those who started abusing prescription drugs as teens show that in many cases, the teen prescription drug use went on for quite some time…

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Does America’s Academic Culture Practically Demand Addictive Drug Use?

*+-When parents send their children off to college, few of them expect those children to become dependent on prescription drug abuse in order to succeed. After all, the earlier generation didn’t have pharmaceutical aids in such profusion. But on campus after campus across the country, increasing numbers of students are using Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall in an attempt to increase focus and improve their ability to study long hours to complete papers or prepare for tests. All three drugs are prescribed for those diagnosed with ADHD in both youth and adults. All three are strong stimulants and are associated with…

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Ryan’s Drug Use Experience

*+-The first time Ryan tried alcohol, he got a buzz off a drink a family member gave him. He was only ten years old. A couple of years later, he had a large dark beer in Europe that was quite intoxicating for the twelve-year-old. For reasons that are difficult to understand, this second drink was the beginning of a habit of stealing alcohol from friends, neighbors or family. He hit many houses in his neighborhood to steal alcohol, sometimes more than once. At one house where the garage door was left open a few inches for a pet, he found…

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