Category: Substance Abuse

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The Dangers of Preteen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

There are many statistics and articles on the internet about teen substance abuse, but what about preteens? Do you realize how common it is for preteens to engage in drug and alcohol abuse? Parents might be surprised to find out…

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Important Things to Know About Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Mental illness and substance abuse touch every demographic of society, but there are strong links between poverty, mental illness and harmful substance abuse. Addicted people often fluctuate between manic highs and epic lows and in order to mask these emotions,…

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An addiction is anything you have to hide

A many-faceted challenge for families, interventionists, and other addiction pros alike is defining an addiction. We have textbook definitions. We have tests. But when it comes down to addressing the addiction with an addict in denial that he or she…

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Morris. Ammonia. Dead. (But the Stigma is Not Dead)

In Rude English, the corpses began stacking up around me…. After several relapses, followed by almost a dozen years of continuous sobriety, I decided to take an early retirement, still working part-time, however. The year previous, a good half-dozen recovery group members…

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Dope 101: Opioids, opiates… six of one isn’t a half-dozen of the other

The terms opioids and opiates are frequently – and mistakenly – used as interchangeable words for the same drug when they really mean two related drug classes. The media doesn’t get that. Nor do they have to when they ring…

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Dime-store addiction doctoring in the weed and web era

  Addiction treatment professionals are forever up against clients who ‘heard’ things from friends or at the tables in self-help groups or read on the internet. Here are a few of the more common: I can smoke weed: I’m alcoholic/heroin…

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