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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
20 Sep
The Price Of Luck: Examining The Draw Of Pathological Gambling
There was a man in England who was so frustrated with his life that he cashed in everything he owned for £70,000, bought a one-way ticket to Las Vegas, and bet all of his money on one colour in roulette. He won, and it changed his life for the better. On the flip side, Justyn Rees Larcombe, a former major in the British army, lost an almost perfect life [...]
Addiction Problem, Addiction Treatment, Gambling Addiction, Gambling Addiction Treatment 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
16 Sep
The Evolution Of Addiction And Rehab
Addiction: A Historical Perspective Alcohol and Drug Addiction Drug and alcohol use dates back thousands of years.  In 3000 BC, as ancient farmers discovered the intoxicating powers of certain crops, they also created other products from those crops.  Barley was used to make beer, which was widely consumed.  Around the same time, opiates were being cultivated from opium poppy seeds, and used largely among the aristocracy.  [...]
Addiction Treatment, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, History Of Addiction, Mental Illness, Rehab and Recovery 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
12 Sep
Fentanyl: The Ebola Of Opioids
This guy can make dope out of the dirt in your pockets,” a DEA agent said about George Marquardt in a 1993 interview with the Canberra Times. He was referring to a legendary kingpin known as the ‘Drug Wizard of Wichita’. He called Marquardt “the very best illicit chemist in the history of American drug making—and one of the deadliest.” Marquardt, a self-taught chemist and gadgeteer from Kansas, ran [...]
Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Fentanyl Addiction, Opioid Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse Read More

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