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What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs?

Sound judgment is one of the first casualties of drug use; as an addiction worsens, many people become increasingly reckless. For example, they may drive while intoxicated, use drugs while caring for children or get careless about sharing and selling drugs with others. All of these risky behaviors increase the likelihood of getting pulled over, arrested or put behind bars. If your anxiety spikes while you imagine...

Giving Back: Why Giving Is a Great Way to Receive

When you were a kid, hearing the saying, “It is better to give than to receive” probably didn’t seem like it could really be true. Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and Buddha is well known for espousing generosity. The concept was also outlined centuries ago in the Bible, but it’s all a little bit counterintuitive. It’s better...

3 Ways Addiction Can Turn an Obedient College Student Rebellious

College is a time of new experiences, opportunities, growth and learning. While this can be a very positive time, it is also a time many young men and women are at a higher risk to develop addiction. In almost all cases, becoming an alcoholic or one who is addicted to any substance is not intentional. According to Villanova University, 80 percent of all college students drink. Of that amount, 70% of students say...

The Myth of Functional Alcoholism

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that the majority of Americans aged 12 and older actively drink alcohol, and in the 30 days prior to the study almost a quarter of them binge drank (five or more drinks in a single setting). While most people drink, alcohol does not affect everyone in the same way. People often have different tolerance levels, aftereffects (headaches and hangovers) and...

The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

No one is immune to the devastating effects of addiction, but strong families have a unique ability to prevent this disease from being passed along from generation to generation. Whether that family is a conventional, biological one, or a group of close friends, people planted into tight-knit communities are more likely to be prevented from becoming addicted and are quicker to get help when it is needed. These...

Are Process Addictions Medically Recognized?

A process addiction means someone is hooked to a behavior rather than a chemical substance; compulsive gambling, sex and shopping are some of the more well-known process addictions, but many behaviors can be problematic. Medical recognition of behavioral addictions varies, but they involve the same symptoms, origins, effects and treatment as drug addictions. How to Get a Process Addiction Diagnosed The Diagnostic...

Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Many people believe that consuming alcohol is an effective way to decompress from a stressful day and relax. However, in many cases continued alcohol consumption can lead to anger problems and increased aggression towards others. People who have a pre-existing anger problem are at a greater risk and will almost always see an increase in anger issues and aggression while under the influence of alcohol. Anger and...

How to Not Get Addicted to Your Prescriptions

Several prescription drugs have as much addictive potential as illicit drugs do, and they can also cause great harm. Right now, prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the US, as people abuse these drugs both intentionally and unintentionally. A great way to avoid prescription drug addiction is to avoid misusing or abusing these powerful substances. Anytime someone uses a prescription drug that was not...

The Value of Honesty in the Midst of Addiction

A common characteristic of drug addiction is dishonest behavior. Addicts often try to conceal their drug use with lies and excuses, because they do not want certain people to find out about their drug habits. Addicts are protective of their habits, so dishonesty enables them to continue using drugs without interference. However, addicts cannot recover unless they practice honesty in all areas of life. The first step...

Young Professionals and Substance Abuse

Young professionals face new challenges, as they leave school and home and enter the workplace. They have to prove that they can succeed in competitive economic times, and they may turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to get ahead or to manage the stress of professional life. Established Patterns of Drug Use among Young Professionals College students are drinking and using drugs at greater rates than ever before....

Why Are Some Drugs Illegal?

While the great debate over drug legalization may never end, it is useful to ask the question: why are some drugs illegal and others allowed? What is it that makes one drug acceptable to use, but another unacceptable? Why is alcohol legal, when other similar drugs like marijuana have a bad reputation due to their illegal status? If prescription drugs are prescribed by a medical professional, why are they so heavily...

Teachers and Alcohol Addiction

Statistics on substance abuse vary when it comes to teachers. Citing a government survey in 2007, MSNBC wrote online that about 4 percent of teachers reported past-month illegal drug use, which is below the national average. Meanwhile, the 1990 Journal of Drug Education article “Teacher Drug Use: A Response to Occupational Stress” discovered higher rates of alcohol use in a survey of 500 Texas teachers....

Alcohol Use on College Campuses

Alcohol abuse is considered a rite of passage on many college campuses, but students often take drinking so far that they risk harm. Binge drinking, drunk driving and underage consumption are common trends on colleges, and even using designated drivers carries risk, as a 2013 Time magazine reports that 40% of these drivers still drink before driving. The US Department of Health and Human Services called college...

Alcohol Abuse in Asian Countries

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances throughout the entire world, including many parts of Asia. In massively populated countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, China and South Korea, alcohol abuse is extremely common, with millions of people within each country abusing it. Causes of Alcohol Abuse in Asia As the numbers continue to rise, more and more individuals throughout many...

Suburban Alcohol Use

Alcohol is one of the most popular and widely accepted substances in the world; it is incorporated into social gatherings, meals, celebrations, and more. For many individuals living in suburban areas right outside major cities, this type of alcohol use has become more than just pouring a few drinks over dinner. Instead, many suburban residents are finding themselves struggling with alcoholism as a result of a...

Inner City Alcohol Use

Alcohol is the most widely abused drug in the United States. Alcohol use is very common in all regions and across nearly all demographics. Surprisingly, however, while substance abuse in general is a major problem in many urban areas, rates of alcohol abuse are lower in many metropolitan areas than they are in many rural areas. Nonetheless, alcohol abuse and addiction are serious problems in many inner cities and...

Alcohol Addiction in the LGBT Community

Alcohol addiction is a problem that affects close to 15 percent of the entire U.S. population. Research performed by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence shows that alcohol abuse rates are three times higher among the LGBT community than the mainstream population, meaning that roughly half of the LGBT community is struggling with a problem related to alcohol consumption. LGBT individuals are at...

Alcohol Abuse on Campus

For many college students, going to college frees them from their parents’ constraints. Unfortunately, this may encourage some students to act in spontaneous ways that they do not fully think through. In addition, going to college is tough for young adults to deal with, as it may make them feel overwhelmed, fearful and lost. Unfortunately, this inexperience and increased freedom often causes some students to abuse...

How America’s Drinking Culture Impacts Addiction

Alcohol is one of the oldest addictive drugs available: it figures prominently in the lore of many nations from many eras, from drinking songs for friendship to the stigma associated with being a drunk. However, America has a paradoxical attitude about drinking. Although it is restricted to people over 21 years of age, the attitude of adults drinking is highly permissive. Cultural Perceptions of Alcohol Alcohol and...

Benefits and Risks of Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol plays a major role in American society, since it is often associated with celebrations, parties and dinners. Alcohol use is also shown through advertising on television, on the radio and in magazines. Its influence in our lives can often be subliminal, which allows for it to quietly influence our opinions and actions surrounding its use. Benefits of Alcohol Use While alcohol abuse can be detrimental,...

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