Law enforcement officials have their hands full trying to keep up with the long list of synthetic drugs making their way to the market as of late. Although last year the DEA banned the use of chemicals common to many bath salts, new substitutes continue to emerge.
The passing of new laws in Colorado and Washington in November to support the legal use of marijuana in these states brings the impact of such legislation into question. While some states are seeking to reap the tax benefits associated with the heavy marijuana trade, others are trying to alleviate the costs associated with enforcing state bans.
Cocaine addiction can be challenging to treat. Many who enter treatment and learn tools for countering cravings find themselves back in treatment shortly after completing it. Relapse is common among those with a cocaine addiction.
Who would have guessed that prescription medications, which have been such a blessing to the modern world, would become a source of unhealthy addiction? The national Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called abuse of prescription drugs an epidemic problem in this country. Sources in the know say that close to five million Americans misuse prescription pain relievers and they expect that number to increase. The alarming figure does not include abuse of anti-anxiety medications, sedatives and other popularly prescribed medications.
Everyone at some point in his life will face the unfortunate reality of pain. For those who prefer natural alternatives to pain management, techniques such as deep breathing and meditation are gaining more attention. These methods have been used by women in the throes of childbirth for years.
The link is still unclear between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medicines and smoking, according to a recent health article. Researchers are still uncertain whether ADHD drugs may help keep kids off cigarettes or whether they actually make young children with ADHD more likely to start smoking.
NFL Players Association Calls for Change as Injuries and Painkiller Addictions Increase at Alarming Rate
NFL player safety is being called into question as more and more footballers come forward and admit to using painkillers to make it through the game. Some have likened the pain to receiving a badge of honor. Because players don’t want to let their teammates, coach, or fans down, they dull the pain with medications, grit their teeth and head back out onto the field.
Research by the United States Government Office on Disability cites that people with physical disabilities are statistically more likely to have a substance abuse problem than those people in the general population. In fact, 4.7 million people with physical disabilities will develop an addiction in each year. Depending upon the type of physical disability, the rates of addiction are two to four times higher than that of the general population.
Self medication is the use of any drug or medication to treat an illness or ailment without the supervision of a licensed medical doctor. Most people limit their self-medicating behaviors to the use of over-the-counter drugs for everyday health complaints such as colds or headaches. However, some people use illicit or illegal substances to self-medicate for serious problems such as severe pain, depression, anxiety disorders or bipolar disorder. In these circumstances, the unsupervised use of drugs or medications can potentially lead to the onset of additional health problems, including drug dependence or addiction.
Growing up in a household where addiction is undeniable, it is often hard to understand which path is the right one; the world becomes gray. We often follow in the footsteps of the ones we love, and it is extremely difficult to follow someone who is stumbling. More times than not you may find yourself asking why they are addicts, why can’t they quit, and sometimes even, what’s the appeal? However, an addict, while still an addict can never answer these questions, and even if they do, the emptiness you feel won’t go away. So what do you do? As a child in a house of addiction you have two choices: to follow down a dangerous path of darkness, or skip your life through a path of golden light.