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Blog - Category: Substance Abuse

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) […]

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 […]

Trends in Drug Abuse

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 […]

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 […]

Mixing Ativan and Alcohol

Getting help doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Even someone suffering from mixing Ativan and alcohol together are able to get the help they need to overcome their addiction problems. According to NewsUSA, “While some 18 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, only one in eight receives treatment. Poor diagnosis may play a role in people being undertreated.”  This is also why the abuse continues to get worse or even evolve over time. Most people that abuse drugs or alcohol […]

Help for Addiction

When someone struggles with a substance use disorder, that person is generally not the only one who suffers. Family members and other loved ones also suffer because they often do not know how to help. In 2014, 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled with substance use disorder of some kind. With those numbers, chances are good someone in your family is struggling. Here are three ways to help a family member that doesn’t want help for addiction. Be Prepared to Help Just […]

There is a thin veil of deception surrounding some addicts. In fact, they are so good at hiding the addictive behavior that they put themselves in danger. High-functioning addicts are individuals who are addicted to a substance but still maintain an outward appearance of normalcy. If no one knows the extent of the person’s addiction, it can go on until serious problems arise. But, anyone who is paying close attention and knows the signs can spot the deception and intervene before it’s too late. In […]

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), only about one in ten people who need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem receive that treatment, yet approximately 16% of the U.S. population ages 12 and older (40 million people) meet the criteria for a substance abuse problem (including nicotine, alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs). But, sadly, not all of them know when it’s time to seek treatment for addiction. Meanwhile, federal, state and local governments spend close to $500 billion annually […]

Steroid Abuse

Virtually every single demographic with our nation is affected by addiction. One of the most heavily using demographics tends to be teens. There could be a few reasons for this, such as peer pressure, experimentation, or relief from stress. But, there is another group within that demographic that is more prone to using a certain type of substance. The group being spoken of would be teen athletes who may consider using steroids to improve performance in their sport of choice. This is where parents of […]

Stay Sober

Divorce is tough. Even when you wanted to end or dissolve a marriage, it comes with all kinds of difficulties: children, belongings, finances…handling all of these details while maintaining a job. Divorce is categorized as one of the most stressful possible life events. But since as much as 50% of all marriages end in divorce, lots of people do know what you are going through. When substances are involved, or maybe for someone recently in recovery from addiction, divorce can make it harder to stay […]

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