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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Is My Drinking a Problem?

Sometimes people drink more than they intended or become embarrassed about their behavior while drinking. When this happens more than once in short period of time, they may wonder if they are developing a problem with alcohol. Even with what is considered normal alcohol use, some people may worry about preventing a problem from developing. The following factors may be a sign of an alcohol problem: Guilt about...

Dangers of Using Aspirin and Drinking

The risks of combining alcohol with painkillers are widely known. However, many people would not think twice about combining over-the-counter painkillers with alcohol. The fact is that combining alcohol with aspirin can result in serious medical complications, especially in the elderly and in alcoholics. Medical Risks of Combining Aspirin and Alcohol Aspirin by itself can cause stomach and gastro-intestinal...

What Using Alcohol Takes Away From You

It is hard to stop drinking alcohol, and it is even harder to enter recovery once you are addicted. However there is nothing more important than overcoming a drinking habit or alcohol addiction problem. Alcohol can destroy your health, your life and your future. How Alcohol Affects Quality of Life When you are drinking alcohol, your body is stressed. Regular drinking can lead to liver disease, liver failure and...

Low Self-Esteem Related to Drinking

There is a clear, multi-faceted connection between self-esteem and alcohol abuse. A healthy life requires emotional and physical wellness that a poor sense of self and drugs will compromise. It is almost impossible for a person with a significant emotional disorder to end alcoholism if her self-esteem issues are not addressed. How Low Self-Esteem Leads to Alcohol Abuse Low self-esteem can be caused by any of the...

Bartenders and Alcohol Addiction

For bartenders, sobriety is harder to maintain than for those who are not regularly surrounded by alcohol. Still it is possible to bartend and remain sober, but you may need professional help. Sobriety in Bartending Being sober while serving alcohol is increasing in the food service community. Many restaurants no longer allow workers to drink on the job and they no longer pay for employee’s drinks after work. Some...

How Has Functional Alcoholism Touched Your Life?

Alcoholism can cause many personal, professional and health problems for the addict. For many addicts, the addiction affects whole communities, families and other organizations. Many alcoholics believe that they can stop drinking when they choose to; in their eyes, the drinking habits do not damage either themselves or others around them. However, their addiction can devastate whole communities. How Alcoholism...

Legal Consequences of Functional Alcoholism

A functional alcoholic is a habitual, daily drinker with a physical dependency on alcohol who nonetheless continues to manage responsibilities. A functional alcoholic will hold down a job, maintain a residence, pay bills and may even have a family. However, the term “functional” can be misleading, as these people only appear to function successfully. Chronic drinking takes its toll in subtle, possibly unseen...

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