Prescription drug abuse occurs when a prescription medication is acquired and taken without a doctor’s approval. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this form of substance abuse is so common that it is second only to marijuana in popularity among illicit drug users. Pain... Continue reading →
If you are considering getting treatment for a substance abuse problem, one of your biggest concerns is likely to be how long you will need to stay in a facility and under care. Understanding the scope of your commitment to treatment may make the decision more manageable.
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Alcoholics are not always easy to spot. Although it’s sometimes clear when a person has a problem with alcohol, this is not always the case. Functioning alcoholics drink every bit as much as people who have more obvious struggles with alcohol, but they are able to conceal the signs so that few... Continue reading →
Heroin is a highly addictive opiate. It is a derivative of morphine and acts as a depressant. Heroin varies in appearance depending on type. It comes in white and brown powder forms and as a brown, tar-like paste. It can be smoked, injected, or snorted.
Heroin produces an intense high that... Continue reading →
Does alcoholism run in families? Doctors and scientists have long suspected that there is a genetic component to alcoholism, and a growing body of work suggests that they are right. Scientists have yet to identify the specific gene, but it is important to note that having a genetic risk for... Continue reading →
Drug abuse doesn’t exclusively involve illegal narcotics. Millions of Americans are using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons, and 40 Americans die every day from prescription drug overdoses. How bad is the problem? This video explains.
In this video, you’ll hear how prescription... Continue reading →
Drinking has an enormous ability to alter the way you think and feel, but what makes alcohol so powerful? The way your brain reacts to alcohol causes the characteristic feelings of intoxication. Alcohol affects your neurotransmitters, which causes changes in the way you think and feel. This... Continue reading →
Alcoholism is an equal-opportunity disease. Over five million American women are alcoholics. Could alcoholism be affecting you or a woman you care about it? This video explains some of the signs.
Any woman who consumes three drinks in one day, or seven drinks in a week, is at risk for... Continue reading →
When most people think of health problems triggered by alcohol abuse, they think of liver damage. However, while the threat of liver disease is very real, alcohol abuse is linked to more than 60 conditions. Avoiding these health risks is all the more reason to seek addiction treatment if alcohol... Continue reading →
The effects of drug or alcohol abuse are never isolated to the person with the addiction. The families of addicts are tremendously affected by their loved ones’substance abuse. Inadvertently, families can even help extend the cycle of addiction by failing to confront the problem. Just as... Continue reading →