Addiction

Addiction, Drugs

Questions to Ask If You Suspect an Alcohol Use Disorder


According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) roughly 17 million adults (18 years or older) have an alcohol use disorder. In addition, it’s estimated that over 855,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 also have this condition. It may be difficult to know the difference between one or two

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Attitude Of Gratitude In Recovery


Thanksgiving is a time for saying, “Thank you!” Colonists offered the holiday as a time to celebrate thankfulness for their survival and good harvest. Today, the tradition continues in the celebrated Thanksgiving, where turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin are served. While it is one day dedicated to this giving of thanks, research shows that gratitude

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Addiction, Treatment

Are You A Professional Struggling With Addiction?


If you were ill, co-workers and your boss would send you get-well cards and flowers. The love and support would pour out as you shared your recovery journey with family and friends. This is not typically the same situation when struggling with an addiction. Instead the fears overtake the one struggling to the point that

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Comorbidity: Addiction & Mental Illnesses


Finding the right treatment path for an individual at the beginning of their recovery can be difficult when underlying mental health issues may be part of the substance abuse disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines this as comorbidity, or when two disorders or illnesses occur in the same person simultaneously. Another term you

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Addiction, Drugs

Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines prescription drug abuse as the intentional use of medication without a prescription in a different way than prescribed, or for the feeling it causes. This is a growing problem in the United States. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Study, found that as a

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Addiction

What is Substance Abuse?


Substance abuse is typically defined as an over indulgence of a drug like alcohol, tobacco, and prescription or illicit drugs. Substance abuse has far reaching societal impacts; in fact the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates its economic impact to be more than $700 billion per year in lost productivity, health care costs and crime. For

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Addiction, Drugs

The Growing US Heroin Problem


In July, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released some surprising statistics on heroin use in the United States. Use of heroin has increased across most demographic areas including income levels, gender and age groups. According to the statistics the largest increase in use came in groups with historically low rates of using the drug.

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5 Questions to Ask If You Suspect a Loved One Has an Addiction


Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, impacts as a person’s life, and those around them, in many different ways. Left untreated, drug addiction can have serious long-term consequences that can impact a person’s physical and mental health, relationships and quality of life. But how do you know if the person you love, whether

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The Science of Addiction


Scientists have been studying addictive behavior since the 1930s and thanks to that work our views and responses to addiction have drastically changed. In an online publication: Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains how science has played an important role in understanding addiction and how it

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