With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower. According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests? Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some…

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A Growing Tragedy Manifests Itself in Addiction to Painkiller Medications

For many people, this addiction starts with the use of pain medication after an injury or surgery or maybe just a tooth extraction. The pain may be real in the beginning but the painkiller use goes on after the pain goes away. Maybe the person just seems to feel better and not have so many aches and pains when they take those pills. Many people will not realize that there is any problem when they need more of that painkiller just to keep the aches away. But you see, the body is developing a tolerance to the opiates, meaning that…

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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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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 Recovery Resources

It’s true that drug or alcohol addiction is a condition not only the mind but also of the body. Bodies become dependent on drugs. As their tolerance grows, it takes more of a drug or alcohol to create the same effect that used to be created by a smaller amount. When the drug is withdrawn, the body goes through aches, pains and sickness as it tries to adjust back to its normal physical processes without drugs. An individual becomes accustomed to dealing with life’s problems by drinking or using drugs. When high or drunk, it is harder to feel pain,…

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