Dangerous Alcohol-Medication Interactions Putting Americans at Risk

You have seen it before; the warning on the label of a bottle of pills or a box of medication, urging the user to not mix the drug with alcohol. You might not have worried too much about it, because you weren’t’t inclined to be drinking alcohol when suffering a cold, the flu or whatever other malady is leading you to need medication. But what if you take prescription drugs on a regular basis, as is the case with nearly half of the American population, according to a report issued last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.…

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How to Talk to Your Kids about Drugs

As a child approaches his (or her) teens, he becomes more mobile. There are more sleepovers, more parties, more freedom to leave the home and hang out with friends. The more freedom and time away from home, the more opportunities there are to discover alcohol and drugs. It’s not even a question of if a child will encounter drug and alcohol use. It’s when. In addition to every other responsibility a parent faces in raising a family, here’s another one: keep all one’s children drug-free until adulthood. But it can be hard to find a good authority to provide effective…

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Why Non-Addicts Often Misunderstand the Concept of Recovery

A person who is said to have recovered from an illness can be understood to have successfully fought of the bacteria or virus causing the illness and to have regained the level of health which he or she enjoyed prior to that illness. This is the common understanding of the word “recovery,” and based on this most of the general public impute this definition to the word when used in the context of addiction.

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The Rise in Heroin Use May Be Linked to the Decline in Prescription Drug Abuse

In the middle of January, an issue of the New England Journal of Medicine featured a report that was heralded as cause for celebration. The report carried news that the rates of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction in the United States were finally starting to decline, after years of alarming increases. Astonishing numbers of Americans had gone from using painkillers medically to abusing their pills, and finally many became addicted. Things got so bad that more than 15,000 people were dying every year, in what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention termed a “deadly epidemic” of painkiller abuse. So…

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A Family Guide to Stopping Meth Abuse

Methamphetamine is, without a doubt, one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs available. It does not even carry with it a veneer of being glamorous or cool, so devastating are the effects of using it. You would have a hard time finding a person who had been using methamphetamine for any period of time and yet who was able to keep up appearances or remain a functioning addict, someone who can still operate in the day-to-day world without letting the consequences of drug use cause obvious effects. If you have a family member who is using meth, you most…

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10 Tips for Starting New After Addiction

Getting sober is hard enough, but making a fresh start in life is in many ways an even more difficult task. Initially, you have to get through the symptoms of withdrawal and conquer the cravings that you feel for another drink or more drugs. Stepping back into the workaday world and resuming a normal lifestyle after spending years as an addict has been compared to coming out of a cave, and it is a process of transition which requires several steps, changes and resolutions to really pull off. If you have recently gotten sober, or are working on your recovery,…

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Alarming Increase in Heroin Use Across Many U.S. States

One recent news story after another reveals the extent of the heroin epidemic rolling across the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Like these headlines, for example:   February 2014: How Did Idyllic Vermont Become America’s Heroin Capital? November 2014: “Region battles cheap, powerful heroin that kills.” (Massachusetts) January 2015: “Since 2012, authorities track 450 percent rise in heroin-related deaths in Loudoun.” (Virginia) January 2015: “St. Elizabeth sees ‘alarming’ jump in heroin ODs.” (Kentucky) Across much of the Eastern US, similar stories are told. Heroin has moved out of the inner cities where it has created devastation for decades, and it has…

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The 5 Most Common Behavior Traits of an Addict

The behavior of an addicted person is baffling, frustrating, frightening and sad. The power of addictive substances is so strong that many people are overwhelmed by it. Their actions and words are dictated by their need for more drugs but those who know and love him (or her) may not be able to understand why they are acting the way they are. Without realizing that drug use is behind the odd, erratic, abusive or criminal behavior you’re looking at, the mystery may continue for years. There are a few people who can be addicted to drugs or alcohol and continue…

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Living with an Alcoholic or Addict

There are plenty of challenging situations in life but surviving life with an alcoholic or addict is one of the most severe. The problems created by that person’s addiction can be life-threatening, can cause bankruptcy and the mental and emotional stress are unrelenting. Since some people continue to be addicted for years, the situation creates a continuous strain that can sap all the happiness out of family members dealing with this problem. Because the condition of addiction is often so similar from one person to the next, the actions needed to survive this situation may be also be quite similar.…

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Ten Signs You May Be Addicted to Marijuana

The evidence is quite clear now – yes, many people are becoming addicted to weed. It happens in greater numbers among those who start young, but it can happen to anyone. Once you’re addicted, the whole shape of your life begins to shift around to focus on the use of weed. You may not even realize you’ve become addicted. To find out, check your answers to these ten questions. 1. Have you abandoned activities you once enjoyed, such as sports, art, music, writing or traveling? Research has validated the fact that marijuana brings about mental changes that can negatively affect…

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