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23 Aug
Getting High is A Many Splendoured Thing: The Dangers of Polysubstance Abuse There is a hospital in Brooklyn, New York City, where history was made in taking better care of addicted patients. This is Maimonides Medical Center. Their intensive care unit (ICU) used to have a largely geriatric patient population, but in just two years, they were overtaken by younger patients in withdrawal from alcohol and polysubstance abuse. The majority of the withdrawal patients came from the emergency department. Most of the [...]
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22 Aug
Addiction During Pregnancy: What It Means For Mother And Baby Addiction During Pregnancy: An Overview People with substance use disorders suffer from the stigma of being addicts. Because of societal stereotypes, woman are stigmatized far more than are men. With pregnancy added to the mix, the pressure can be immeasurable. It intensifies the effects of the stigmatization on the physical and mental health of the mother, and this affects the well-being of the fetus. It can also mean that the [...]
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21 Aug
The Opioid Crisis In Canada Every few months or so, there is a news report about the number of deaths caused by opioid overdose. Opioids have been in our society for hundreds of years, stemming from opium which was derived from the poppy plant. The common forms of these drugs- such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone and fentanyl- are strong pain killers that have addictive properties due to their ability to create a euphoric state of [...]
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16 Aug
Marijuana Addiction Quiz The dangers of cannabis use disorder are frequently underestimated, especially in places where possession and use of the drug has been legalized. After all, if it’s legal, it can’t be that bad, right? The increasing use of marijuana as medication adds further to the perception of weed being both harmless and non-addictive. The reality, of course, is that misuse of almost every legal substance can cause problems. Even [...]
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15 Aug
How To Support An Addicted Loved One Without Enabling Them Watching her spouse battle his substance abuse disorder, including both drug and alcohol addiction, was extremely painful for Margaret, especially when he suffered through his failed treatment programs. Every time he entered a rehab centre, Margaret and her family members believed this would be the time that it stuck. The family members all thought they had effective ways of helping him, that if they loved him enough, helped him as [...]
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14 Aug
Doorway to the Unknown: How To Tell If A Loved One Might Be Addicted Names have been changed to protect the identity of the interviewees. A Family Consumed By Addiction Simone stared at the curious fresh welts on Peter’s arms and legs. These were not the marks she was used to. They looked like lots of tiny spikes. The bruises she viewed as “normal” were from automotive fan belts. She wondered what could have caused these new ones, so she asked her older [...]
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13 Aug
Life After Rehab: Preventing A Relapse No matter how someone gets here, early recovery for any addict can be a scary place. Life for the addict is changing and there is no clear path to take. For people exiting a rehabilitation program, the fear of relapse is high, because while in the program they were safe from coming face to face with their substance. Rates of relapse are high for all addicts, but a few things [...]
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09 Aug
Addiction and Mental Illness: A Molotov Cocktail of Immense Proportions Have you drunk alcohol in the past 24 hours? Are you addicted to drugs? Do you want to kill yourself?” These were the questions asked of Eric Walton by the officer who booked him at the local police station for violently attacking his father. Eric was 11 years old. His parents viewed jail as the last resort for dealing with him. Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Eric spent most [...]
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07 Aug
The Pros and Cons of Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab Giving up drugs or alcohol is rarely a simple matter of choice. Many people who are struggling with habitual substance abuse are also dependant on the substance they are using. This means that their bodies or their minds – frequently, both – have become so accustomed to the substance that it has become a necessary means of survival. Once they have reached this point of tolerance, even the most well-intentioned and determined [...]
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05 Aug
Cannabis Poisoning: The Scourge of Excessive Weed Use It’s intoxicating in the beginning of the relationship,” says Tommy Rosen, referring to his former love affair with weed. Now 26 years weed-free, Rosen is the founder of the Recovery 2.0 Protocol, which helps people stop marijuana use. He speaks out on the dangers of the substance, while the endless debate on its legalization and medical use rages on. Here in Canada, cannabis was legalized nationwide on October [...]
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