Why is Alcohol Abuse among Women Rising?

Saturday, Apr. 5th 2014

More than ever before, female protagonists in movies and popular television shows are shown celebrating using alcohol. Whether this is Chelsea Handler and vodka (in fact, Belvedere Vodka sponsored her comedy tour), Bridget Jones with her glasses of wine and the female cast of Sex and the City drinking cosmopolitans as though they were drinking […]

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Social Causes of Drug Addiction

Tuesday, Apr. 1st 2014

It is rare to see people use illicit substances for ‘no particular reason;’ oftentimes the user is looking for a reward or a benefit. Those same motivators that lead to the initial use may cause that person to use again; this behavior may eventually lead to drug addiction. There are a number of different social […]

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The Long-Term Effects of Percocet Use

Saturday, Mar. 29th 2014

Percocet is the trade name for a fixed-dose combination of oxycodone and pain medications such as Tylenol or acetaminophen. Because oxycodone is an opioid, there is already a high potential for abuse and dependence. When it comes to prescription medications for moderate pain, Percocet is a very popular option. Many abusers take Percocet in extremely […]

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Understanding the Side Effects of Opiates

Wednesday, Mar. 26th 2014

The opiate epidemic engulfing the country is showing no signs of slowing down. Opiates are some of the most commonly abused and most addictive substances available today. These include legal therapeutics for pain such as fentanyl and morphine in addition to illegal derivatives such as opium and heroin. The body may react to opiate abuse […]

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Why is Heroin So Popular?

Sunday, Mar. 23rd 2014

The use of heroin throughout the country is increasing at an alarming rate. This despite the fact that we have seen countless anti-heroin PSAs and use had been decreasing for several decades. However, in just the last decade alone, the number of people who abuse this dangerous substance has increased. In fact, the alarming rise […]

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Can Cocaine Rewire Your Brain?

Thursday, Mar. 20th 2014

We already knew that using cocaine could lead to dependence and a variety of other issues, but a new study is suggesting that it may drastically impact decision-making by rewiring the brain – and the scariest thing is that it could happen after only a single use. Problems After a Single Use While other studies […]

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Signs of Over-Sedation from Benzos

Monday, Mar. 17th 2014

The majority of sedatives on the market today fall into the benzodiazepine or barbiturates category. Benzodiazepines are going to affect the brain’s neurotransmitters, thus slowing down the nerve impulses that our brain sends throughout the body, while barbiturates depress the central nervous system. While benzodiazepines are typically prescribed for stress relief, tension and anxiety, the […]

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The Six Stages of Alcohol Intoxication

Friday, Mar. 14th 2014

Alcohol can be one of the most dangerous substances for people to become addicted to. The primary reason is that unlike heroin or cocaine, alcohol use is socially accepted and even promoted. When a person drinks enough to reach alcohol intoxication, it may have a number of different effects on that person, especially on the […]

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Four Dangers Associated with Alcohol Use

Tuesday, Mar. 11th 2014

Despite the fact that alcohol is allowed for those of a legal age to buy it, there are a number of risks associated with the consumption of alcohol. These are four of the dangers that people may not often associate with alcohol use.   Physical Violence Intense alcohol use is commonly associated with violence. While […]

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Facts about Xanax Addiction

Saturday, Mar. 8th 2014

Alprazolam – most commonly known as the brand name ‘Xanax’ is an anti-anxiety agent that we group into the benzodiazepine family. The prescription medication works in a similar way as alcohol, depressing the central nervous system. The primary use of the medication is to treat nervous tension and provide short-term relief for mild to moderate […]

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