April 17, 2015

Designer Drugs Make Users Human Guinea Pigs

Designer Drugs Make Users Human Guinea Pigs Designer drugs are synthetic chemicals that are created to be “legal” (at least temporarily) alternatives to popular drugs like cocaine or MDMA. The very questionable content of most of these “party” drugs is a growing danger. Due to the frequently changing chemical makeup and unknown substances used by […]

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April 10, 2015

Why Kids and Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs

Why Kids and Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs All segments of the population abuse prescription drugs, but prescription drug abuse among young people is of particular concern. Deaths from prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed in the last two decades. This begs the question: Why are so many young people abusing prescription drugs? This problem is not […]

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March 25, 2015

Depression Worsens Memory

Depression Worsens Memory When you’re depressed, it’s hard to think about anything but feeling depressed or situations that reinforce your depression. Negative thoughts take hold and spiral out of control. Depressed individuals ruminate on negative thoughts seemingly without end. All of this focus on negativity can cause loss of short-term memory. After all, if you’re […]

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February 20, 2015

Stress Intensifies Pain Response

Stress Intensifies Pain Response A new study confirms that acute psychosocial stress has a dramatically negative effect on the body’s ability to modulate pain. Researchers found that although pain thresholds and pain tolerance seemed unaffected by stress, there was a significant increase in pain intensification and a decrease in pain inhibition capabilities in stressed individuals. […]

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February 11, 2015

Could Drug Abuse be Influencing the War(s) in the Middle East?

Could Drug Abuse be Influencing the War(s) in the Middle East? The Middle East is dealing with an epidemic of methamphetamine use. Could this be a factor in the growing tension in the region and offer at least a partial explanation for the lack of willingness to attempt negotiated resolutions? Consider a few facts: Meth […]

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February 4, 2015

Opioid Use in Older People Increases Risk of Overdose, Suicide and Homicide

Opioid Use in Older People Increases Risk of Overdose, Suicide and Homicide Opioid drug misuse is an important cause of premature death. In many countries, opioid using populations are aging; older people frequently have more aches and pains than the young, which increases both the prescription of opioid painkillers and the risk for painkiller misuse […]

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February 3, 2015

Alcohol, Marijuana, and Motor Vehicle Accidents: A Lethal Combination for Young People

Alcohol, Marijuana, and Motor Vehicle Accidents: A Lethal Combination for Young People Alcohol and marijuana are among the drugs most commonly used by adolescents and young adults. Use is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality for young people, especially motor vehicle crash fatality, which is a leading cause of death among those 18 to 25 […]

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February 2, 2015

What’s the Difference between Addiction and Obsession?

What’s the Difference between Addiction and Obsession? When the average person thinks about addiction, most think about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and maybe shopping or gambling. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are chemically dependent on the drug. People who suffer from addiction many times also have other co-occurring disorders, such as […]

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January 23, 2015

Alcohol Risks Rise with Long Work Hours

Alcohol Risks Rise with Long Work Hours Individuals whose working hours exceed standard recommendations are more likely to increase their alcohol use to levels that pose a health risk. This is the conclusion from a newly published report of the systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies and unpublished data. Risky alcohol consumption is more […]

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January 20, 2015

Recovery and Resilience Connection

Recovery and Resilience Connection Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. Learning to become more resilient can offer individuals the opportunity to improve their life, maximizing potential and success. As Diane Coutu so eloquently explains in How Resilience Works: “Resilient […]

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