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11 Oct
How Popular Entertainment Glorifies Substance Abuse An Exploration of Substance Use and Addiction in Mainstream Media The average North American adult is exposed to an incredible amount of imagery during a normal day. Digital marketing experts suggest that most people in the United States have media exposure to approximately 4,000 to 10,000 advertisements per day. This is just advertisements. When we begin to consider the amount of general visual and auditory inputs we hear [...]
Addiction Problem, Alcohol Abuse, Children, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Media, Recreational Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse, Teenage Addiction, Youth Read More
07 Oct
Exploring The Connection Between ADHD And Addiction Scott’s life did not truly begin to spiral out of control until he finally started to pursue sobriety. He had been addicted to pornography for the better part of 10 years. He finally confessed to his soon to be bride before they got married. Through his own willpower, he was able to maintain an extended period of sobriety. In the years that followed there would be a number of [...]
ADHD, Behavioural Addiction, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Dual Diagnosis, Impulse Control Disorder, Substance Abuse Read More
04 Oct
Talking To Children About Addiction And Mental Illness Overview The relationship between mental illness and addiction to drugs and alcohol is a complex one that has received a great deal of attention in recent years as a public health issue. Research consistently finds a correlation between substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illness, with drug and alcohol abuse being more prevalent among individuals with mental health conditions. Determining whether a mental health condition leads directly to substance abuse [...]
Addiction Problem, Children, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Family, For Loved One, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Teenage Addiction, Youth Read More
27 Sep
How Household Products Can Become Abused Substances Overview Society’s understanding of addiction implies a reliance on alcohol, or drugs like marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, or Ecstasy. A quick look around any home, however, will reveal a host of everyday household items that have the same potential for abuse as drugs and alcohol. Ingesting everyday items such as glue, aerosol cleaning fluids, whipped cream, moth balls, nutmeg, bath salts, hand sanitizer and over the counter medications, like [...]
Addiction Problem, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Inhalants, OTC Medication, Over-The-Counter Medication, Prescription Drugs, Substance Abuse Read More
26 Sep
Naloxone: Is It Really A Wonder Drug? For many New Jersey residents, June 18 was a historic day. Samantha Newton appreciated its importance. She left the house early that morning to line up for a one-time freebie. She had to do this because supplies might run out. This giveaway was not from a holiday sale or mall opening, but a matter of life and death. The queue was for naloxone, the antidote for opioid poisoning—offered [...]
Addiction Treatment, Opioid Addiction, Overdose Prevention, Substance Abuse Read More
25 Sep
Which Occupations Have The Highest Rates Of Addiction? There are a lot of different factors that can lead people to alcohol or drug use. Some might have suffered from a trauma which led them to a substance use disorder, while others may have family history of drug use that made them more susceptible to such a lifestyle. The circumstances that brought someone on the path to drug or alcohol abuse do not always indicate why they continue to [...]
Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Mental Illness, Opioid Addiction, Recreational Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse Read More
23 Sep
Substance Addiction vs. Behavioural Addiction – Similarities and Differences How Prevalent Is Addiction? According to a study by the UK’s Action on Addiction, one in three people struggles with an addiction. This is a staggering statistic, considering the world’s population currently sits at over 7.7 billion. If you do the math, this means that over 2.3 billion people in this world struggle with an addiction in some form. What does this mean for you or [...]
Addiction Signs and Symptoms, Behavioural Addiction, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Impulse Control Disorder, Substance Abuse Read More
19 Sep
The Harm Of Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Drug addiction is one of those subjects that people are not comfortable talking about. Society regards alcohol and drug addicts as lazy, irresponsible people who make poor choices and therefore deserve the bad things that happen to them. Some families go to great lengths to hide their members who have addictions and are perceived to be “bringing down the family name”. Many politicians have seen their careers come undone because [...]
Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Government, Poverty, Social Assistance, Socioeconomic Status, Substance Abuse, Welfare Read More
18 Sep
The Celebrity Pit: Why Do Many Famous People Fall Into The Abyss Of Addiction? I'm gonna live forever. I'm gonna learn how to fly high.” Irene Cara’s lyrical utterance in the movie Fame exemplifies the yearning of almost anyone who aspires to occupy the upper echelons of society. But those who have reached the top pay a high price. Part of it is addiction. Why do so many famous people succumb to its clutches? This is something ordinary mortals have always wondered [...]
Alcohol Abuse, Celebrities, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Recreational Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse Read More
13 Sep
Addiction In The LGBTQ Community LGBTQ Individuals Tell Their Stories When Joan was an adolescent, she knew that she did not want a heterosexual relationship. From a very early age she felt that she was a lesbian, although at the time she did not have a word for it. Despite having a loving relationship with her mother, she was scared to reveal that she was a lesbian woman: she feared that she would encounter homophobia [...]
Addiction Problem, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQ2S, Substance Abuse Read More

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