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Identifying cocaine addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 13 percent of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs were attributed to cocaine abuse in 2007. The majority of users that seek out treatment for cocaine addiction also smoke crack cocaine.

Recognizing and treating teen substance abuse

A recent headline in the Chicago Tribune stated, “Park Ridge teen charged with drunk driving after crashing into squad car: police”. The squad car, a 2013 Ford Explorer, was struck near the rear of the vehicle, causing it to spin around and according to the police the alleged teen...

Treatment for drug addiction in and out of prison

Drug use is a national epidemic in the United States that leads to other addictions, violence, job loss and very often can also lead to incarceration, institutionalization and death. Approximately 60 percent of individuals arrested for different types of crimes test positive for illegal drugs at the time of...

The National Drug Early Warning System to report trends in synthetic drug use

Warnings regarding national health risks, such as those caused by synthetic drugs and potential outbreaks due to injected drug use and unsafe sex, have been provided via statistical health reports from the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) since 1976. These services have been a valuable resource to addiction experts...

Studies correlate cannabis use with symptoms of mania and psychosis

According to recent studies, prolonged use of cannabis can increase the risk of developing psychotic symptoms demonstrated in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Certain theorists state that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) induces symptoms of psychosis in people that would otherwise be perfectly healthy. THC also acts as a catalyst, as...

New study finds clonidine and buprenorphine useful in opioid withdrawal

Opiate dependence is a major public health concern associated with deadly diseases, homelessness, crime and death. “It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid...

Social conditioning and Generation Y

An important factor to consider when determining how to decrease the amount of drug and alcohol use among young people is to focus some attention on what they’re being taught through mainstream media. To understand what Generation Y is being sold to believe, what they’re reading and what they’re...

The two sides to benzodiazepines: understanding their use and the risk of addiction

Many times when people have sleeping disorders or anxiety, they’ll consider using a tranquilizer to calm down. Tranquilizers are normally benzodiazepines and include various types including Valium or Xanax which are some of the most prominent medications prescribed in the United States for anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, muscle relaxation...

Alcohol addiction in women

For women, having a single glass of wine after a tough workday and becoming dependent on liquor to the point that it’s necessary to drink in order to engage in everyday activities are two completely different situations. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, one alcoholic beverage a day...

The link between abuse and addiction in women

The link between trauma due to histories of suffering from violence and/or addiction to drugs or alcohol is often overlooked and unrecognized in the medical community for women as much as men. Studies show that 55 to 99 percent of women with co-occurring disorders experienced some degree of trauma...

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