Polysubstance Dependence: Signs, Symptoms and Help

Sometimes you instinctively know something isn’t quite right with a friend, a family member or colleague. You suspect potential drug or alcohol use but you feel helpless and don’t know how to approach the subject. In this article, we’ll give you some important information about what is called polysubstance dependence, signs to look for, and […]

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Teen Summertime Substance Abuse

Teen Summertime Substance Abuse – Teen Drug use Increases in the Summer    Sun, fun, sand, pool, friends and hot weather add up to any teenager’s summer dream. More free time and less adult supervision can make summertime an exciting time for many young people and we want to encourage them to have fun during […]

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Men and Addiction

While addiction is not a gender specific disease, it does affect men and women differently. More men are diagnosed with chemical dependency (addiction) than women, although studies have yet to clarify whether this due to biology or society. The addiction community does acknowledge that men face unique gender challenges that make them more susceptible to […]

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3 Things to Know About the Heroin Vaccine

After Time magazine published an article on Kim Janda’s heroin vaccine, there’s been a renewed interest in getting this drug. Before you go out looking for a panacea for addiction, take a moment to read this. 1. Your Doctor Cannot Give You the Heroin Vaccine The vaccine has yet to be approved by the FDA. Kim […]

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Young Adult Substance Abuse

All too frequently, parents are not aware of the extent their young adult’s alcohol and drug use. They easily dismiss illicit substance use as “kids being kids,” and refer to their own youthful experimentations. However, ignoring a young adult’s drug or alcohol use could lead to a serious substance abuse problem that spirals out of control. Rather […]

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Legalization of Marijuana Forum

Forty-five years ago, 84% of Americans were opposed to the legalization of marijuana. Our perception of ‘weed’ has changed quite as bit since then. Washington and Colorado have completely legalized the drug, and an additional 15 states have decriminilzed it. More people support legalization of marijuana- 54% of Americans support legalization, and 46% are opposed. […]

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What are Early Alcoholism Stages?

VIDEO: Early Alcoholism Stage Some people become addicted to alcohol on their first drink, but for many alcoholism develops over years. A chemical dependency to alcohol is a chronic, progressive disease. We can divide alcohol into three or four stages: Pre-Alcoholism, Early Alcoholism, Middle Alcoholism, and Late Alcoholism. Like with many progressive disease, the earlier a person […]

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Teens and OTC Drug Abuse

It used to be that parents feared their teenagers were experimenting with the marijuana or cocaine. Today, it’s NyQuil and Robitussin. A growing number of teens are abusing over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. In one study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2006, as many as one in every 14 high school seniors said […]

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