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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...

What Causes Addiction?

Experts on alcoholism widely agree that some people are genetically vulnerable to developing the disorder. Sons of alcoholic fathers, for instance, are at three to four times the risk of abusing the substance, according to research published by the National Institute of Health (NIH). In general, a predisposition to abuse one drug applies to almost all other drugs. Alcoholism, for instance, may be present in as many...

What Do I Do If I’m Addicted to a Medication I Need?

Statistics reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) show that prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed by 430 percent within the past ten years. Although some people become addicted because of recreational use in order to get high, others get trapped accidentally. The key to staying safe is getting the right information—not living without needed medication. To learn more...

Can Any Good Come from a Drug Charge?

Legal problems are one sign of a substance abuse problem. Sound judgment is one of the first casualties of drug use. As an addiction progresses, many individuals become increasingly reckless about using in high-risk situations. They may drive while intoxicated or use while caring for children, for example. Or they may get careless about sharing and selling drugs with others, or engage in unprotected sex. Invariably,...

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...

What Happens When You Mix Depressants and Opiates?

Using multiple drugs causes multiple problems. The effects are often unpredictable and may result in serious health consequences such as unexpected physical or psychological reactions or overdose. Understanding the dangers of polydrug abuse can increase understanding of the need for positive support and therapy to end addiction and find a healthy and happy life. Opiates and Alcohol Opiates are central nervous system...

Autism and Process Addictions

The term “autism” is used to describe a variety of disorders that negatively affect the mental, emotional, and behavioral processes of certain people. There are many types of autism and each can range in severity from frustrating to debilitating. The most common forms of autism are as follows: Asperger syndrome Classic autism Childhood disintegrative disorder Rett syndrome Autistic development disorders not...

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

At some point or another, most people travel across time zones on a leisure or work trip. They are likely to experience jet lag from the change in time and usually recover quickly. Some people, however, cross time zones on a regular basis, resulting in chronic jet lag. When this occurs, many people turn to substance abuse to cope with their jet lag. What Is Jet Lag and Who Gets It Chronically? Jet lag is a sleep...

How Do I Know if I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety, often in response to events such as job interviews or deadlines for projects. Normal levels of anxiety are manageable, but some people suffer from severe anxiety—which may occur in high levels or for a long period of time—so they have trouble functioning. For people with severe anxiety, it may feel impossible to fulfil normal responsibilities and obligations, especially...

Adult Addiction and Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

Many people defend substance use or addictive behavior as an action that only affects the addict and no one else. The reality is that addiction affects everyone who is around the addicted person—and close family members are the most harmed. Children of addicts are undoubtedly affected in many ways, both psychologically and physically. The neglect and emotional disturbance that a child suffers in this kind of...

When Should I Look for a Sober Living Home?

Each sober home is unique and has different requirements, but they all have the same goal in mind, to help recovering addicts maintain sobriety and get back into the real world. These homes help recovering addicts build community relationships and reintegrate back into the community, and they also allow recovering addicts to find complete independence and build self-confidence, Therefore, if you leave rehab and need...

Dangers of Relapsing on Alcohol

When you leave alcohol addiction treatment, you may feel stronger than you have since you started abusing alcohol. However, that does not mean you are out of the woods. As soon as you leave alcohol addiction treatment, alcohol relapse becomes a major threat in your life, and this treat will always be present. Receiving continued addiction treatment will help, but relapse will still remain a threat in your life. If...

Effects of Alcohol on the Immune System

The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism against disease. It works around-the-clock, fighting off bacteria, toxins, microbes, viruses and parasites, but this highly important work often goes unnoticed until the immune system is impaired. The immune system is affected by everything that enters the body, especially toxins like drugs or alcohol. The short-term effects and dangers of alcohol intoxication are...

Alcohol Addiction and Weight Problems

Drinking alcohol is widely linked with weight gain; however, the idea that alcohol somehow converts to fat in the user’s body has no scientific basis. Nonetheless, drinking does have specific effects on the user’s total weight and metabolic health. Alcohol and Weight Gain The reason that so many alcohol addicts gain large amounts of weight is that alcohol interferes with one’s metabolism. Eating...

How Does Narcissism Relate to Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous substances on the planet, as it is readily available at an affordable cost. For those who live with alcoholism, the ups and downs that come with the disease can be extremely varied, from negative health effects to the destruction of relationships. One of the most unexpected problems that comes with alcoholism is narcissism. How Narcissism Relates to...

Fraternity Life and Alcohol Abuse

The U.S. Department of Education reports that there is some justification to the long-held stigma of fraternities and alcohol abuse. The Harvard School of Public Health’s College Alcohol Study found that fraternity members drank far more often and in much greater amounts than non-fraternity students. The U.S. Department of Education reported that 75 percent of fraternity members engage in excessive drinking or...

Dangers of Drinking Mouthwash

Nowadays people do not have to go to great lengths to get drunk. There are severe punishments for alcohol distributors and consumers who drink illegally, which has led people to creative ways to whet their appetites for alcohol. Common household items such as mouthwash have become a resource for consuming alcohol. It is available in many locations with no age requirement for purchase, making it a perfect option for...

Alcohol Abuse After Weight-Loss Surgery

In a nation where the obesity levels are growing at an alarming rate, more and more people are undergoing weight-loss surgery. As gastric bypass surgery works wonders in terms of losing weight, helping diabetes and improving heart health, a new con of the surgery has popped up–alcoholism. According to a study that came out of the University of Pittsburgh in June of 2012, nearly 11% of gastric bypass patients...

Why You Can’t Remember What Happens When You Drink Too Much

“If recreational drugs were tools, alcohol would be a sledgehammer,” said Dr. Aaron M. White, Ph.D., assistant research professor, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Alcohol affects and generally impairs nearly all cognitive functioning, including the brain’s ability to store information and form new memories. Alcohol and Memory Formation In 1968 researchers Atkinson and...

Lowered Inhibitions and Alcohol Abuse

Drinking alcohol has become a major part of our fabric as an American society. We have incorporated it into our lives as a way to celebrate and relax. While not everyone has problems with alcoholism, many people do drink excessively, which can lead to issues of lowered inhibitions that can cause serious consequences. These lowered inhibitions can provide for difficult personal situations that can take a heavy toll...

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