September 30, 2014

Struggling with Substance Abuse or Addiction during Pregnancy

Struggling with Substance Abuse or Addiction during Pregnancy Friends of mine who are mothers and addicts in recovery say that one of the most horrifying experiences of their lives was using during pregnancy. They knew what they were doing might hurt their unborn children, but they could not stop. Addicts are who and what they […]

Abuse, Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Children, Cocaine, Drinking, Drug Treatment, Heroin, Marijuana, Medical, Painkiller, Parenting, Smoking, Weed, Women
September 22, 2014

Safety of Alcohol vs Marijuana Consumption

Safety of Alcohol vs Marijuana Consumption The debate about whether marijuana is “safer” than other substances, such as alcohol, has growing public interest. President Obama publically stated that he is not convinced that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. This illustrates the recent shift toward the acceptance of marijuana legalization or decriminalization as public opinion […]

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September 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Helps Curb Pain, but at a Cost

Medical Marijuana Helps Curb Pain, but at a Cost Medical marijuana is available in 21 states and the District of Columbia. The results of medical marijuana use are mixed, with some important positive and negative outcomes that should be examined. New research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that deaths associated with the […]

Abuse, Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Marijuana, Medical, Smoking, Substance Abuse
September 9, 2014

Losing Your Memory: It May be the Drugs You’re Taking

Losing Your Memory: It May be the Drugs You’re Taking Is memory loss interfering with your daily life? Most people are familiar with some of the things that can impair memory, including alcohol and drug abuse, head injuries, stroke, sleep deprivation, severe stress, aging or a symptom of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. What many do […]

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August 27, 2014

Ineffectiveness of Brief Intervention for Drug Use

Ineffectiveness of Brief Intervention for Drug Use There is little question that brief interventions, consisting of 1 or 2 sessions, for reducing drug use have little to no impact on using behavior. Two recent studies illustrate the futility of brief interventions in reducing illicit drug use or prescription drug misuse, known collectively as “problem drug […]

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August 20, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana Facts

Synthetic Marijuana Facts Synthetic marijuana is very different from marijuana. Called by names like Spice, K2, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and hundreds of others, the drugs contain powerful chemicals that can cause dangerous health problems. Often sold at small retail stores or via the Internet, synthetic marijuana use is risky, with unknown long-term effects. […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Smoking, Spice, Substance Abuse, Synthetic, Weed
June 6, 2014

Addiction and Mental Disorders: Are They Related?

Addiction and Mental Disorders: Are They Related? Scientists have linked mental disorders to addiction, noting that addicts often have one or more co-occurring mental disorders. Consider these facts: Research has shown babies exposed to legal and illegal drugs in the womb, suffer slow intellectual development and affected behavior later in life, and have a higher […]

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May 21, 2014

New Studies Indicate Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug

New Studies Indicate Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug New studies show that marijuana legalization has not enticed more teens to smoke pot or led to harder drug experimentation. One argument against legalization of marijuana has been concern over whether it would cause many teenagers and young adults to become pot smokers and be a […]

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April 16, 2014

Marijuana Unsafe for Developing Brains

The decriminalization of marijuana is a good thing when it comes to changing the apprehension of people seeking treatment, medicinal use in certain cases, and for research purposes. The benefits of marijuana will take years of study to document and will probably remain controversial. Yet one thing is clear; pot is not safe for the […]

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March 3, 2014

The Continuing Debate on Marijuana Legalization

The debate on the pros and cons of marijuana use and its legalization continues to hold the public’s attention.  This discussion is good, as it may promote more education and encourage better decision-making about when and under what circumstances marijuana should be used.  Research into the medical uses of marijuana and more information on brain […]

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