Troubling relationship between affluence and substance abuse

September 13, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse

Since human beings are known to hold certain popular beliefs, they often indulge in stereotyping the class of people who fall victim to alcohol or drug addiction. Until recently, people generally held prejudiced notions that drug and alcohol addiction affected those belonging to the poor socioeconomic strata. However, some recent studies have highlighted that addiction does not discriminate between rich and poor, young and old, etc.

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 Nutritional requirements during addiction recovery

August 08, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Coming clean about an addiction and resolving to seek treatment can be a life-altering decision. As long as one is associated with a rehab center for treatment, immense support is available through skilled professionals and other facilities. However, at the end of the treatment when an individual is on his own, the timeline of his or her sobriety depends on how strong is his will power to remain sober, conquer cravings and practice extreme self-care. One of the key factors facilitating sobriety is diet.

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 Pennsylvania gears up for medical marijuana sale from 2018

June 13, 2017 in Addiction, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

With the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in April 2016, the state is in the process of providing permits for the cannabis sale in 2018. From January 2017, the permit applications were available online following a state announcement regarding it in December 2016. The state has been accepting applications from medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries.

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 Rarely abused drugs – 4: Rohypnol

May 29, 2017 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, synthetic drugs

Historically, people have been using a plethora of drugs to get the feelings of euphoria or change the way they feel. People get hooked on to a variety of drugs, be it illegal ones like cocaine, heroin or marijuana or legal substances such as tobacco or alcohol. However, there are individuals who use medicines that are used to treat illness as a drug of abuse. While most people get addicted to commonly available prescription drugs such as opioids (pain relievers), central nervous system (CNS) depressants and stimulants, there are many people whose life revolves around some of the rare medications which though less common or unheard of, can produce a similar “paralyzing” effect.

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 Rarely abused drugs – 3: Venlafaxine

May 19, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse

The use of pharmaceuticals for non-medical purposes has become more common than ever before, especially among college-going students. The surge in prescription drug abuse in the United States is largely driven by the easy availability of such drugs in medical stores, or at times, even at homes. Prescription drug addiction is a grave problem since most people do not hesitate from sharing these drugs openly among friends and family, as well as other near and dear ones. But, the worst part is that most people perceive such medications to be safer than other illegal drugs, primarily driven by the fact that most of them are prescribed by doctors and are also legally sold in pharmacies.

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 Rarely abused drugs – 2: Dicyclomine

May 15, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse

Taking medicines without doctor’s recommendation or consuming more than the prescribed dosage can lead to serious health repercussions. A prolonged use of such prescription medications may lead to a dependence on them, owing to their ability to cause a euphoric “high”. However, one of the major causes of prescription abuse, especially among teenagers, is the illegal sharing of prescribed medicines among peers and friends. But, when it comes to women and the elderly people, the primary reason behind the high rate of prescription drug abuse is the tendency to over use and misuse the prescribed medication (usually the painkillers).

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 Rarely abused drugs – 1: Clonidine

May 09, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction

The use and abuse of addictive substances to feel ecstatic and has been practiced for centuries, probably since the existence of mankind. Interestingly, addiction, like humans, has evolved significantly, both in terms of the type of substance and methods to abuse substances. Such has been the level of curiosity in the humanity that no stone has been left unturned to explore, discover and invent as many drugs and addictive substances as possible. As a result, besides abusing common psychoactive drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or marijuana, people are also experimenting with synthetic drugs (designer drugs) like ecstasy, LSD, etc.

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 Can addition be termed as learning or developmental disorder?

May 04, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction

Maia Szalavitz’s book on drug addiction, “Unbroken Brain,” has created quite a ripple in the market, and it is rightly doing so. She not only offers a new angle on the entire phenomenon of drug addiction, but also explains the problem in a very detailed and succinct manner. As the problem of drug addiction gets deadlier with time, it is essential to discuss the author’s point of view. By clearing away all doubts and misconceptions, Szalavitz challenges the modern assumptions related to drug addiction.

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 Fake pot caused ‘zombie’ outbreak in NYC last summer

February 27, 2017 in Addiction, Marijuana, opioids, Substance Abuse

The rate of abuse of synthetic cannabinoids has seen a rapid increase across the United States. Banned in the U.S., these compounds are produced in underground labs in South Asia and China. Their non-detectability in most drug tests and low price make it so popular with the masses.

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 Exploring most common reasons for substance abuse

February 22, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse

Today, drug use and abuse have become a very common phenomenon worldwide. Everyone goes through a gamut of emotions, such as sadness, happiness, contentment, frustration or anxiety, etc., which emerge in response to various incidents taking place in daily life. While some people have strong coping strategies, there are many others who have a very low threshold level. As a result, those who are unable to combat the emotional upheavals resort to illegal substances, such as alcohol or drugs, to achieve solace, but, on the contrary, get hooked on to them and suffer more problems. Once an addiction develops, it gets difficult to come off its reigns because the mind and body get highly accustomed to the effects produced by the mind-altering substances.

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