If a doctor prescribes it, it can’t be bad for you, right? It’s this line of thought that can cause people to slide down the slope of prescription drug abuse. Unlike cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs that have widespread reputations of being harmful and addictive, prescription drugs are... Continue reading →
The physical effects of meth addiction are easy to see on a user. But did you know that meth addiction also exacts a significant financial toll? It isn’t only the individual user’s finances that suffer; the U.S. economy as a whole suffers heavy losses each year due to meth addiction.
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OxyContin is the brand name of oxycodone, which is a narcotic pain reliever. While OxyContin may be prescribed for legitimate purposes, such as relieving pain after a surgery, many people begin to abuse the drug and develop a physical dependence on it. Quite often, this is because the individual... Continue reading →
The premature death of actress Brittany Murphy is an example of how prescription drugs can lead to a dangerous substance abuse problem. This video explains why prescription drug dependency is so common in the United States.
Murphy is just one of many individuals who have succumbed to... Continue reading →
Meth and other addictive substances wreak havoc on your body and your brain. There are three main ways to characterize substance abuse: chronic, progressive, and fatal. Substance abuse is considered chronic because it will continue if help or intervention is not sought. Substance abuse problems... Continue reading →
A person who drinks to excess may have a drinking problem, although he or she may not necessarily be addicted to alcohol. There is a key difference between alcoholism and dependence on alcohol. With alcoholism, in which a person is addicted to alcohol, the person needs to drink more and more... Continue reading →
Alcohol abuse among women is a growing problem that is often overlooked. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol abuse causes the deaths of 23,000 women and girls annually. And in one survey involving 278,000 women, it was found that one in eight... Continue reading →
Substance abuse treatment centers are becoming increasingly concerned with the number of older Americans addicted to alcohol. This video discusses the issue of senior alcohol abuse.
The concentration of seniors who abuse alcohol may be caused by several factors. First, many seniors were... Continue reading →
Alcoholism is a disease characterized by the continued use of alcohol even after it has caused social, emotional, physical, or financial problems. In addition, many people abuse alcohol, even if they are not yet physically dependent on it. Alcohol addiction is typically a problem that develops... Continue reading →
Drug abuse is a complex and chronic illness. Although the initial choice to take drugs may be voluntary, addiction can make it seem like stopping is not an option, even when the drug use causes unpleasant consequences. Seeking treatment and rehabilitation for addiction is the first step in... Continue reading →