How Addiction Patterns Differ Based on Gender

+-*Drugs are addictive, and they can cause addiction in anyone, from any walk of life. Poor people become junkies just as rich people can, and drug addiction affects people from every corner of the globe. But is there a difference between men and women when it comes to addiction? Certainly there are many ways similar to this in which males and females differ, but is the susceptibility to becoming an addict one of them? There is certainly a possibility that this could be the case, and a body of scientific research seems to back up this proposition. For example, one…

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Palcohol: Convenience or Threat to Youth?

+-*Does This Controversial Product Mean Convenience for Mature Adults or Certain Disaster for Our Youth? A year ago, stories hit the media about the inadvertent approval of a new powdered alcohol product, Palcohol. The Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced the approval of this product and then retracted it immediately, saying the approval had been an error. We covered this story in an earlier article about Palcohol. Palcohol is the brainchild of a businessman named Mark Phillips who claimed that his motivation was that he wanted to take a refreshing alcoholic beverage on hikes and kayaking trips without needing to…

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Painkillers, Heroin, Addiction and Overdose

+-*Is it Possible to Find Stable Recovery? Did you see our recent blog post about injuries and the painkillers prescribed during healing leading to addiction? Did you wonder if it ever really happens this way? You may be certain that it does. Today, we found yet another article of a young man who got started taking painkillers after sports injuries in high school. In March 2015, he died of a heroin overdose at 23. There are so many of these stories that it becomes clear beyond any possibility of doubt that this is a common path to addiction and even…

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The Most Common Drugs that Make a Person Aggressive or Angry

+-*For some families, their first discovery that a loved one is using drugs is an all-out battle with someone who’d previously been calm and friendly. Without knowing that drugs are behind the aggressive tirade they’re witnessing, it’s a terrifying experience.  The person often becomes violent putting others around him at risk.   Police may be called, the drug user may be arrested or thrown out of the house. If the angry aggression is severe enough to send the person into a breakdown, he (or she) may end up in the emergency room. Most people in this condition are unable to…

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How Drug Abuse Affects Relationships

+-*Drugs and a loving relationship mix about as well as dynamite and a match – the combination can be explosive. And the destruction can be widespread, reaching far beyond immediate family. It may not have seemed so serious when drugs use first started. It looked like everyone was having so much fun or maybe they seemed mellow and untroubled. Maybe it was beer and marijuana in the garage of a teenaged friend while his parents were away. Maybe it was Ecstasy at a music festival. Or shots on one’s twenty-first birthday. Just because everyone else was doing it, it was…

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Should Professional Sports Organizations Punish Addicted Athletes?

+-*Josh Hamilton is an outfielder for the Anaheim Angels, a Major League Baseball team. He has won the most valuable player award for the American League, and has been chosen to play in the all-star game five times. As a first-round draft pick, Hamilton has in many ways lived up to the promise of his career, performing as one of the best baseball players in the league, but at the same time the pressure that comes with such expectations has taken its toll on him, and has threatened his ability to continue his career.

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8 Good Reasons to Quit Using Drugs

+-*If you are looking for reasons to stop using drugs, chances are very good that you have noticed that your life is not as happy, enjoyable or successful as it was before. Maybe you’ve been convinced that you can use drugs and still keep things together. Sometimes it can be done for a while, depending on the person. But by the time one’s drug use or alcohol use reaches the point of being addiction, one’s life has already begun a downward slide. Hopefully, you’re reading this before you’ve gotten to that point. To give you some encouragement, here’s eight excellent reasons to quit using drugs.

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Is it Addiction? How to Tell if This Problem Exists in Your Family

+-*Have you ever known someone who was addicted to either drugs or alcohol? If you did, the chances are pretty good that the problem went on for quite a long time before it got fixed, if it ever did get fixed. At Narconon centers around the world, we talk to families all the time that are struggling with the addiction of a loved one. And unfortunately, the situation has all too often been going on for several years. If you haven’t ever been close to someone while they were addicted, you might shake your head at this and wonder how…

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Addiction to Medication After Surgery or an Injury

+-*When you’re in pain after surgery or a injury, there’s little alternative but to take the painkillers the doctor prescribes for you. Fortunately for most people, recovery is fairly quick and painkillers may only be needed for a few days or perhaps a week and a half for something a little more severe. Of course, there are cases where people need painkillers for an extended time, just to have a tolerable quality of life. In the past, doctors have not been particularly careful to distinguish between an injury requiring a short course of painkillers and one that required pain relief…

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