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How to convince a family member to check into rehab

Discovering that someone in a family is addicted to a drug or alcohol can be heartbreaking. However, one must strive to control overwhelming emotions and stay calm. In fact, one must be thankful that the addiction problem of their near and dear one has been spotted in time and...

Celebrities and addiction- Part 3:– 5 renowned personalities addicted to marijuana

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, are dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds that are obtained from Cannabis sativa, a hemp plant. Used as a psychoactive drug or medicine, marijuana acts owing to the presence of the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is one of 483 known compounds in the...

Substance abuse traced to experiences of abuse and violence in childhood: Study

Substance use and abuse is a problem that needs immediate attention. Many causes of substance abuse have been cited and a recent study adds one more to the list. The study has revealed that childhood trauma increases the tendency to abuse addictive substances. Not all childhood experiences are pleasant,...

Prescription of antidepressants for off-label reasons on the rise

Prescription of any kind of medicine is done to fulfill certain specific conditions. However, recent reports have indicated about unmindful tendencies of primary care physicians (PCPs) recommending antidepressants for minor issues, including insomnia and pain, which are not characteristic of depressive behavior. A recent study, titled “Treatment Indications for...

Celebrities and addiction- Part 2: 5 renowned personalities addicted to heroin

Heroin is an opioid drug produced from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the opium poppy plant that grows in Mexico, Asia and South America. The drug commonly available in the form of a white or brown powder or black tar is also known by...

Celebrities and addiction- Part 1: 5 renowned personalities addicted to cocaine

Cocaine is a highly stimulant drug, which is derived from the leaves of a coca plant found in South America. It also has medicinal values. Cocaine is available on the streets as a fine, white, crystal powder with nicknames such as blow, coke, crack, rock and snow. According to...

Use of cocaine and meth may wear away users’ decision making: Study

Drug use should never be encouraged as it can have undesirable health consequences on the users. A person hooked on to drugs generally makes poor choices or inappropriate selections that can pose a significant challenge to his or her day-to-day life. While it is well-known that powerful chemicals in...

Study finds mandatory addiction treatment ineffective in reducing drug use

Drug abuse is a grave problem posing a significant threat at the global level. Although doctors primarily rely on treatment options including medications and psychotherapy, a new research, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has raised questions about the efficacy of compulsory treatment for substance use...

Learn to say ‘no’ to alcohol to protect your liver

The innocuous practice of drinking can transform into a compulsive habit so intense that one can find it difficult to get rid of alcohol. Other than the physical disorders, incessant drinking or binge drinking can mar thinking ability, thus, making it arduous to take the right decisions. Various studies...

Great American Smokeout 2016: Smoking during pregnancy increases schizophrenia risk in offspring

Smoking habit is the most addictive and unfortunately the most prevalent one as well. Cigarette smoking is a common method of fulfilling tobacco dependence. Previous studies have indicated the presence of neuropsychiatric disorders in those who are dependent on nicotine in the tobacco.

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