Anxiety is often a coexisting problem affecting those trying to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. In the absence of the substances, it can become severe and disruptive during the recovery phase. Generally, people initially develop an anxiety disorder and start self-medicating using alcohol and drugs that eventually end up in developing a dual diagnosis or coexisting disorders. Continue reading
College life is one of the most exciting and unforgettable phases of one’s life. It is a period when one is not only involved in building his or her professional foundation, but also in finding the space to explore the happening elements of adulthood. For many, college means freedom where they can experiment, make friends and indulge in adventurous activities. People grow up fantasizing about the parties and drug culture that are the defining elements of adulthood. Experimenting with new things, new people and new ideas often unconsciously pushes one in the trap of addiction. Continue reading
Almost everyone is aware of the fact that illicit drugs are harmful to the body and mind as they can cause several health hazards that have the potential to affect day-to-day activities and even lead to death. Besides causing cardiovascular conditions, nausea, vomiting, heart diseases, impairment of liver etc., these drugs also change the way the brain functions. Continue reading
Being chemically similar to stimulants and hallucinogens, the mood-altering synthetic drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as Ecstasy and Molly, are known for inciting psychoactive effects, such as increased energy, euphoria, distorted sensory perception, etc. Due to its euphoric effects, Molly is increasingly abused in parties and raves.
To fight the prevalent opioid epidemic in Arizona, the doctors must “have the training and expertise necessary to identify and treat addiction,” Governor Doug Ducey said during his State of the State speech recently. To push the cause, Gov. Ducey sent a letter to the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners and the Arizona Medical Board requesting all physicians in Arizona to complete continuing training in drug addiction. Continue reading
The effects of drugs and alcohol on the human body are well-known and supported by several studies. Alcohol and drug consumption can cause severe ailments like heart disease, cancer, and HIV. The epidemic of substance use and its resultant deaths are a major public health concern for the United States. Amidst discussions and debates around the subject, a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, conducted by a team of researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, revealed that America’s drug problem is spreading into the water bodies affecting the aquatic life. Continue reading
Recreational designer drugs or synthetic cathinones – popular as bath salts – are a hit with American teens and young adults as these substances are readily available at convenience stores and are quite cheap. According to a 2015 survey, almost one in 100 high school students used this synthetic drug and a fifth of those who used it became frequent abusers. Continue reading
Dependency on alcohol and drugs often co-occur, and both the disorders are, at least in part, influenced by genetic factors, according to article “The Genetics of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence,” published in National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) by Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D. Continue reading