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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted research investigating the link between sexual orientation, substance abuse, and mental health as part of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for the first time in 2015. The findings? “Sexual minorities were more likely than their sexual majority counterparts to have…

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Drug addiction is linked with a number of impacts, ranging from problems at work and changes in appearance to physical health woes and financial challenges. One particularly dangerous consequence associated with recreational and prescription use and substance abuse is drug-induced psychosis. Here’s a closer look at the issue. Understanding Psychosis According to the National Alliance…

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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Physiological

Mixing drugs and alcohol is always a recipe for disaster, but one combination, in particular, is especially dangerous: benzos and alcohol. Here’s a closer look at these two substances, along with why using them together can lead to life-threatening results. Dangerous Effects… People often drink alcohol as a way to socialize, relax, and/or celebrate; however,…

Awareness initiatives focused on educating the public about the dangers of excessive drinking are important; however, recent research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows that there is more work to be done. Here’s a closer look at data revealed by the article, “Trends in Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Visits in the United…

The benefits of mindfulness meditation are becoming increasingly well known. Proposes the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: “Now used in multiple clinical interventions and cognitive therapy programs, mindfulness meditation may be able to reduce stress and depression, treat binge eating and other eating disorders, and contribute to greater cell longevity. Whether practiced daily or intermittently, mindfulness…

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Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and special time in a woman’s life; however, it can also be a frightening, overwhelming and dangerous time, particularly for addicts. Addiction can strike anyone at any time, and pregnant women are not exempt. The good news is that pregnant addicts are not without hope or help….

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Prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While addiction is an equal opportunity affliction, some people are more susceptible to substance abuse and addiction than others. One industry, in particular, where workers are especially vulnerable to drug use and all of…

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As the opioid epidemic continues to rage in the United States, more and more people are falling victim to these highly addictive and life-threatening drugs. Methadone management treatment (MMT) is proving to be a powerful weapon in the fight against opioid addiction. But is methadone safe for pregnant women? Here’s a closer look at MMT,…

“Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication,” says the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, like many diseases, it is also one for which there is no cure. This does not mean,…

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Benzodiazepines, AKA “benzos,” are among the most commonly prescribed medications; however, just because they are prescribed by doctors does not mean they come without the risk of addiction. In fact, many people who legally obtain these drugs end up abusing them for their sedating effects. If you or someone you love is affected by benzo addiction,…