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  • 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
  • Are You Helping or Enabling an Addict? Here’s How to Tell - If you have a loved one or a friend who is struggling with addiction, your first instinct is to do all you can to help them.  The tricky part is not to cross the thin line between helping and enabling. Of course, it’s not wrong to offer assistance when you can, but you don’t want to contribute to the problem rather than solving it. So, how do you know when you are helping or enabling an addict?   Let's take a look at some of the Continue Reading
  • What is Transition Planning and Aftercare for Recovering Addicts? - Why are transition planning and aftercare crucial to a recovering addict’s success?  After rehab, a newly recovering person needs a solid plan to help them transition into life as a sober person. During treatment, the person had 24/7 support from the counselors and staff of the rehab facility. Plus, they were secure in a controlled environment without the stress and triggers that are around every corner on the outside.  Stepping away from that safety zone can cause a person to feel overwhelmed and unsure of Continue Reading
  • For Those New to Recovery, Sober Living Homes Have Benefits - In some instances, returning home after completing an addiction treatment program is not the best choice. If you are leaving an addiction treatment facility after completing your program, you must focus on remaining sober and drug-free. And you have to decide what is the best way for you to do this. You may need to weigh the benefits of sober living homes against your odds of remaining sober if you return to your home as it was before attending rehab. Is Your Life at Home Continue Reading
  • How to Conduct an Intervention - It's no secret that drug abuse and addiction are profound problems in America. In fact, research studies indicate that there were more than 4.5 million drug-related visits to the emergency room last year. Although half were non-abuse visits, the other half were directly related to drug abuse. This is just one of many startling statistics indicating the presence of a profound problem. In many cases, family members come to realize that one of their loved ones is addicted to a debilitating substance. When this happens, Continue Reading
  • The Six Stages of Alcohol Recovery - Alcoholism is like a thief in the night. It steals away dreams, family members, friends, and even jobs. And in the process, it ruins a person's health and mental well-being too. Though it has a powerful grip, it can be defeated.  The path to recovery from alcohol addiction is far from easy, but in the end, it is worth it because it gives a person the chance to have their life back again. The following are the six stages of alcohol recovery that an alcoholic Continue Reading
  • Helping Your Children with Peer Pressure - Pressure is defined as “the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something” while a peer group is “a group of people of approximately the same age, status or interests.”  Chances are you felt peer pressure as a child. Same for today’s kids. A vital thing to understand is that it usually comes from a group, not just one other child. It can also come from brothers and sisters, “cooler” older kids, friends’ households, and from within the child’s own home. For this Continue Reading
  • What is Alcohol? The Complete Guide to the History, Effects, and Dangers - What is alcohol?  Alcohol (also called ethanol or ethyl alcohol) is a colorless volatile flammable liquid produced by fermentation and is the intoxicating constituent of wine, beer, liquor, and other beverages. Fermentation is a process by which yeast is used to break down sugars (from fruits, grains, and other foods) into alcohol. Liquor is produced by the further process of distillation. Wine comes from grapes, beer from barley, cider from apples, vodka from potatoes or other plants, whiskey from barley or rye, etc. What is Continue Reading

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