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  • Spending the Holidays with Depression and Substance Abuse - The holidays can bring on a time of depression for some individuals. Many people have lost loved ones and feel very lonely during this time of year. Or, they might be estranged from their families. For whatever reason, if you are feeling depressed this holiday season, remember that depression and substance abuse are not a good combination. Trying to get rid of your loneliness or depression with substances of abuse will not help. Depression and Alcohol Abuse Self-medicating depression with alcohol (or any other substance)… Continue Reading
  • Signs That a Co-Worker is Abusing Substances - Substance abuse impacts every facet of a person’s life, including their job and co-workers. Other than lost productivity, when a co-worker is abusing substances, it puts each employee at risk of injury. When a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, accidents can happen whether in a production area, a warehouse, or in the office sitting at a desk. Symptoms That a Co-Worker is Abusing Substances There are symptoms and signs that you will notice if a co-worker is abusing substances. Chances are… Continue Reading
  • Should I Take Prescription Sleeping Pills for Insomnia? - Taking prescription sleeping pills for insomnia has become very controversial in our society today. Sleeping pills should only be taken on a short-term basis. They can be highly addictive and have dangerous side effects. Individuals who take sleeping pills for a prolonged period can very easily become dependent on them. They may not be able to fall asleep or stay asleep without them, even when they are taken as prescribed. Most sleeping pills are classified as "sedative hypnotics." Prescription Sleeping Pills for Insomnia May Not be… Continue Reading
  • Anxiety – Are You Self-Medicating with Alcohol? - Self-medicating with alcohol is never a good idea, whether it is anxiety or any other issue you may have. In the long run, it will only lead to more problems and even addiction. If you have anxiety attacks or get anxious in certain situations, you should see a physician or counselor about your condition. According to the Huffington Post, " Many people who suffer with undiagnosed depression or anxiety reach for alcohol or drugs to calm their nerves or relieve them of emotional pain. In other… Continue Reading
  • Surviving an Overdose Death in Your Family - In today’s society, many family members avoid talking about the death of a loved one. But what if it is an overdose death of a beloved family member? Do we avoid talking about it altogether and pretend it never happened? Or do we pretend the death was not from a drug overdose, but another physical problem? Until someone has lived through it, they don’t know the difficulties of surviving an overdose death in your family. Families Touched by Drug Addiction More families and friends are… Continue Reading
  • Many Americans May Be Addicted to Opiates - Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Today, a third of all Americans are obese and another one-third are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This epidemic may be due to the way food products are designed. They are designed to create opiate-like addictions that act upon the brain in the same way morphine or heroin does. In 2003, Professor John Banzhaf drew parallels between food manufacturers’ practices and techniques used by cigarette companies to deny culpability for making tobacco more addictive. Banzhaf… Continue Reading
  • Can Buprenorphine Curb Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms? - Addiction to opioids is almost becoming common in the United States today. Furthermore, with the opioid epidemic our country has been going through for decades now, it seems people don’t think that much about someone with opioid addiction. That is unless the person with the addiction is either you or someone you love. The question is, can buprenorphine curb opioid withdrawal symptoms? Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms The fact is, overcoming opioid addiction is not easy. The hardest part of getting off of opioids is the withdrawal… Continue Reading
  • Pregnant and Addicted:  A Chronic American Tragedy - Imagine what it feels like to be pregnant and addicted, knowing your drug use is harming your baby, but you can’t stop.  Unfortunately, this tragedy deepens as these women are less likely to receive prenatal care or addiction treatment. Each day, the woman has to face the fact that her baby could be taken from her at birth, and she may end up serving time for her drug use. Sorrow and guilt replace the joy of bringing a new life into the world.  But, help… Continue Reading
  • Trends in Drug Abuse: A Decline in America’s Prescription Drug Use - During the last several decades, prescription drug use has been on an upward trend. But, the good news is, recent studies show that those numbers have declined slightly in the past decade.  For instance, in 2008, about 48.3% of American children and adults reported taking a prescription drug. A decade later, in 2018, that number dropped to 45.8%.  No doubt, we should pay attention to these trends in drug abuse if we want to save lives.     The above study, conducted by the U.S. Centers… Continue Reading
  • The Hidden Dangers of Ketamine: What Every Parent Needs to Know - If you have not yet heard of Ketamine, chances are you soon will. Whether you are a young person or a parent, you need to be aware of this increasingly popular – and potentially deadly – club drug.  One of the hidden dangers of Ketamine is that it has a legitimate use. That can make it even more difficult for law enforcement to fight. Veterinarians use Ketamine as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. Many of them routinely stock it. That has made veterinary practices the… Continue Reading

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