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New Study Reveals the Way Marijuana Changes the Brains of Young Casual Users

Pot smokerMarijuana use has become a passionate subject, with strong advocates on both sides of medical or recreational use issues. It must be very hard for a parent to know what to think, and even harder for young people to understand the path they should take.

Is marijuana as harmless as some people say? Actually, there is quite a bit of science that provides evidence of the damage that is done when a person begins smoking pot.

We have just received word on a new study that reveals changes that occur in the brains of young people who smoke the drug. Continue reading

How Drugs Can Change Your Personality

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To most people, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the user are obvious. They may act out, become violent, and get into verbal altercations or simply act like a different person. Drugs and alcohol can intensify behaviors. Take someone who has trouble with controlling his temper. Give him drugs or alcohol and he may become extremely violent. On the other hand, the user may feel that drugs change his personality for the better. For example, a normally shy person may drink alcohol and then become talkative and outgoing, allowing them to put their insecurities behind them. This may seem like a positive effect, but the truth is that it is not. When a person takes drugs, the feelings of pain, stress and anxiety are blocked or masked by the high. The brain will begin to crave these feelings of euphoria, and that is when addiction becomes a problem. Continue reading

The Effects Of Ecstasy On The Brain

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The drug Ecstasy has been labeled as one of the most popular drugs for teens, young adults and adolescents and one of the most dangerous and damaging drugs in existence.

According to Drug Fact research and statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when used, ecstasy causes serotonin to rush to the brain, resulting in extreme feelings of happiness and well-being. There is new evidence showing that this drug can actually be neurotoxic, meaning that it can damage cells in your brain. Long-term users of ecstasy have displayed signs of depression and anxiety. This is most likely because of the lack of ability to naturally replace their serotonin levels.

Ecstasy contains MDMA, which affects the body’s ability to regulate its temperature, leading to overheating. Drinking too much water, as users often do, can flush out their bodies’ supply of potassium. This can cause their organs to swell, which has proven to be fatal. Along with the risk of overdosing, it is important that you know the signs of club drug use, which include elevated temperature, high blood pressure, increased heartbeat, hallucinations and vomiting. Continue reading

The Affects Of Long Term Drug Use On The Brain

brain 2Drugs work by changing the brain’s chemistry and by affecting the neuron signaling in many ways. The job of the neurons are to control cognition, muscle movement, sensory information and emotions. They communicate with each other using synapses. As the neurons connect to the synapses, they release special chemicals called neurotransmitters. All of these things work together as part of a normally functioning brain. Some drugs are similar in structure to neurotransmitters and are able to bind to neurotransmitter receptors on neurons.

Drugs like cocaine and amphetamines stimulate neurons to release abnormally high amounts of these neurotransmitters. Others cause the release of high amounts of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter. This is what is responsible for the euphoric highs that drug users talk about. Continue reading

How Drugs Affect Your Sex Life

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Believe it or not, but illicit drugs aren’t the only ones that can have a great impact on ones sex life. Many prescription drugs wreak havoc on the bodies sexual system. Statins and fibrates, which are used to treat high cholesterol, are a prime example. These drugs limit the availability of cholesterol, which happens to be a building block of hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and other sex hormones. It is no doubt that these drugs interfere with the production of these hormones. There are other side effects that don’t affect sexual hormones or organs directly, but may impact ones sex life just the same.

For example, statins are also known to cause rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissue. This will lead to joint pain and fatigue, which could definitely affect ones sex life. Unfortunately, many people who suffer these side effects as a result of a certain prescriptions end up taking additional medications for incompetence as well, adding to the cycle of a someone who needs medications in order to perform, otherwise normal, bodily functions. Continue reading

Alcoholism as a Great Equalizer: The Societal and Health Problem That Exists in Every Corner of the World

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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 what color or creed, no matter how educated or primitive.

Worldwide Statistics Support the Need for Effective Alcohol Abuse Rehab

In Brazil, for example, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report from 2010 stated that 86% of college students have used alcohol and that 22% of these student risk alcohol dependence through heavier consumption.

An older report about Russia noted that drinking to unconsciousness had wide prevalence in that country and may have started when manufacture and sales of alcohol was a popular way for the government to raise money. A 2006 study found a clear connection between Russian alcohol consumption and suicide.

The World Health Organization reports that more than 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, and that 9% of these are teens or young adults. In the US, approximately 85,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.

But many cultures do not have the same inclination toward alcohol abuse rehab that is seen in Europe and the United States. So alcoholism may be tolerated until it simply results in illness and death.

Narconon Brings Effective Alcohol Abuse Rehab to Six Continents

Over the last forty-five years, the founder and executives of the Narconon network of alcohol abuse rehab centers have understood the heartbreak associated with alcoholism and drug abuse. So from one center in Los Angeles in the late 1960s to more than 120 rehabilitation or prevention centers around the world, the Narconon network has expanded to bring help to as many people as possible.

Narconon centers are now located in Taiwan, Italy, England, Brazil, Mexico, Nepal, Russia and many other countries. The long-term residential program offered by Narconon centers has been shown to help seven out of ten addicted people recover fully, so that they stay sober for a two-year monitoring period after graduation.

Help With Alcohol Abuse

The program offered by Narconon has eight phases that address the damage done by addiction, the restoration of personal integrity and the life skills needed to walk the sober path after getting home. The last four decades of application of this program have proven that the Narconon program results in sobriety in the majority of cases, and that the prevention programs result in reduced drug and alcohol abuse in the students who participate in these classes.

Call a Narconon alcohol treatment center to get more details or to find out how Narconon can bring improvement to your community by offering rehabilitation or prevention services.


Resources:

http://www.unodc.org/southerncone/en/frontpage/2010/06/23-quase-metade-dos-universitarios-do-pais-ja-usou-drogas-ilicitas-mostra-pesquisa.html

http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/34/6/824.full

http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/content/85/1/413

http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/facts/en/

Description: Alcohol can cause different health problems. If you need help with alcoholism, contact a Narconon alcohol rehab center today.