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Blog - Category: Substance Abuse

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 […]

teen 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. Of course, that doesn’t always mean that people are understanding. Sometimes, even when a divorce is a relief, the toughest […]

maintain sobriety

Addiction can be an extremely difficult condition to overcome, but it is possible. It can be a long road for individuals to be able to first stop using drugs or alcohol, and it can feel like a monumental achievement when they do. But, there is more to recovery than simply ceasing to use the substance of choice, as it comes down to being able to maintain that recovery. Obviously, it would be desirable if there was a quick and easy solution to maintain recovery and […]

helium inhalation

There is a wide variety of substances that are commonly abused. Some will abuse drugs that are typically used for medicinal purposes, and others opt for street drugs whose only purpose is getting high. Then there are also substances that are less traditionally used but can still be abused. This category can include many different household and everyday substances or chemicals. Inhalants are the most frequently used type of substance within this category, with duster and “whip-its” likely being some of the most common. But, […]

america's most pressing addiction problem

For decades, in spite of all of the different narcotic drugs that wreak havoc on the nation, alcohol has been the number one most dangerous and concerning addiction problem in the United States.  Now however, since the turn of the century, the nation has begun to see a different drug that is starting to overtake alcohol. America’s most pressing addiction problem today is Meth.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC): “Alcohol has been overtaken as the most pressing addiction problem in […]

enabling an addict

Addiction is more prevalent now than it has been in recent decades, and the result of that is more American families seeking answers to addiction problems within their household than ever before.  It’s hard to say how many people are currently addicted to some form of substance abuse.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), reported the results of the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), that accounted for an approximate 2.4 million people in the United States who had used a […]