You Think Your Friend or Family Member is Drinking Too Much: What Now?

You Think Your Friend or Family Member is Drinking Too Much: What Now?

by Mary H. Dyer If you suspect a friend or family member is drinking too much, you’re in a tough situation. You may be reluctant to confront the person about his drinking problem for fear of angering or alienating him or of making the matter worse. You are probably afraid for your loved one’s safety and health, and you may feel angry about the affect her drinking has on you. Most likely, you feel sad. You are not alone and…

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Facts about Women and Addiction

Facts about Women and Addiction

Traditionally, funding for addiction research has focused primarily on men, and it wasn’t until the early 1990s that federal dollars were directed to studies targeting women and addiction. Not surprisingly, researchers have discovered that addiction affects men and women very differently. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), estimates that 9 million women have used illegal drugs in the past year, and approximately 4 million have used prescription medications non-medically. An estimated 6 million have used marijuana during the past…

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A Difficult Conversation: Talking to Kids When a Parent is Addicted

A Difficult Conversation: Talking to Kids When a Parent is Addicted

Talking to kids about addiction and treatment is difficult and requires considerable patience, but it’s important to get started – the sooner the better. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, treatment can help you turn things around and improve life for you and your entire family. If you’re already in treatment, you’ve taken a monumental step. People who are addicted to drugs and alcohol become so enmeshed in their addiction that they fail to realize how their illness…

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Synthetic Drugs: A Growing Threat

Synthetic Drugs: A Growing Threat

Synthetic drugs such as bath salts or synthetic marijuana (usually known as spice or K2) are extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, these manmade drugs are used primarily by people age 25 and under, who tend to underestimate the risks. In fact, the drugs are anything but safe and can result in hallucinations, seizures, confusion, violent behavior, agitation, suicidal thoughts, chest pain, increased heart rate, spastic body movements, anxiety attacks, delusions, paranoia and sometimes severe injury or death. Emergency room visits are becoming…

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Symptoms of Addiction:

Symptoms of Addiction:

• Tolerance – the need to engage in the addictive behavior more and more to get the desired effect • Withdrawal happens when the person does not take the substance or engage in the activity, and they experience unpleasant symptoms, which are often the opposite of the effects of the addictive behavior • Difficulty cutting down or controlling the addictive behavior • Social, occupational or recreational activities becoming more focused around the addiction, and important social and occupational roles being…

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Signs of Meth Abuse

Signs of Meth Abuse

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, crystal meth or ice, is an odorless crystalline powder with a bitter flavor. Meth is often smoked or snorted, but it can also be taken orally or dissolved and injected. Meth is an illegal drug, usually made in secret labs by combining various forms of amphetamine with caustic substances such as hydrochloric acid, drain cleaner, brake fluid, butane or ammonia. The mixtures create noxious vapors that can cause severe damage to the throat, lungs and…

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