Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

It is a well known fact that pregnancy & substance abuse, whether drugs or alcohol, is not a winning combination. When a woman becomes pregnant, it is vital to her baby’s health that she lead a healthy life. This includes eating plenty of nourishing food, getting plenty of rest, and exercising regularly.

DRUG ABUSE

For a pregnant woman, pregnancy substance abuse is twice as dangerous. First, drugs may harm her own health which interferes with her ability to support the pregnancy. Second, some drugs can directly impair prenatal development. During pregnancy, virtually all illegal drugs pose a danger. Even legal substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs are dangerous to expecting women.… Read More

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem & Substance Abuse

Self-esteem is shaped by your relationships, your experiences and your thoughts. Healthy SE promotes mental well-being, assertiveness, confidence, resilience and more.

Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself — how you honestly feel about and value yourself. It involves judging your worth as a person.

People with healthy SE feel good about themselves and see themselves as worthwhile. People with low SE, put little value on their opinions and ideas and constantly think that they aren’t “good enough.” There are plenty of adults who truly feel down on themselves and have poor self-esteem.… Read More

Codependency

Codependency & Substance Abuse

What Is Codependency?

Co-dependency is living the myth that we can make ourselves happy by trying to control people and events outside ourselves. Put another way, co-dependency may be broadly defined as “an addiction to people, behaviors, or things.”

A sense of control, or lack of it, is central to everything a co-dependent does and thinks.

Co-dependency is an epidemic. Roughly 100 million Americans suffer the effects of codependency today. We can gain better insight into how co-dependency operates in our lives by examining the trait of co-dependent individuals.… Read More

Depression

Depression & Substance Abuse

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.

A true clinical description is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended period of time.

Teen Depression – Alcohol & Drugs

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence & Substance Abuse

Domestic violence is the use of intentional emotional, psychological, sexual, or physical force by one family member or intimate partner to control another.

Violent acts include verbal, emotional, and physical intimidation; destruction of the victim’s possessions; maiming or killing pets; threats; forced sex; and slapping, punching, kicking, choking, burning, stabbing, shooting, and killing victims.

Spouses, parents, stepparents, children, siblings, elderly relatives, and intimate partners may all be targets of domestic violence.… Read More

Sex-Drugs-Alcohol

Sex, Drugs and Alcohol

Sound like fun?

Maybe not, because they can carry serious risks, especially when they’re mixed together. In some social circles, drugs and alcohol go hand in hand.

Teens usually start using drugs and alcohol at parties, with friends, bars and nightclubs. Why? Because drugs and alcohol can make you feel more relaxed, confident, and less inhibited.

It’s common for teens to get asked if they want to try drugs or alcohol. This is the time (around ages 12-19) when many people start experimenting with new experiences. There are a lot of dangerous things that can happen to someone who has been using drugs or alcohol.… Read More

Teen Alcohol Abuse

Teen Alcohol Abuse: The Risks

For young people, alcohol is the number one drug of choice. In fact, teens use alcohol more frequently and heavily than all other illegal drugs combined.

Although most children under age 14 have not yet begun to drink, early adolescence is a time of special risk for beginning to experiment with alcohol.

While some parents may feel relieved that their teen is “only” drinking, it is important to remember that alcohol is a powerful, mood-altering drug.

Not only does alcohol affect the mind and body in often unpredictable ways, but teens lack the judgment and coping skills to handle alcohol wisely.… Read More

Alcohol Statistics

Alcohol Statistics & DUI

These Alcohol Statistics will show that alcohol is, by far, the most abused drug by teenagers.

Each year, a typical young person in the United States is inundated with more than 1,000 commercials for beer and wine coolers in addition to several thousand fictional drinking incidents on television.… Read More

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking in the past meant drinking heavily over several days.

Now, however, the term refers to the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.

Today the generally accepted definition of binge drinking is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men or four or more drinks in a row by women at least once in the previous 2 weeks. Heavy BD includes three or more such episodes in 2 weeks.Read More

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction is an Illness

One that is marked by drinking alcoholic beverages at a level that interferes with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or occupational responsibilities.

Alcohol addiction usually involves physical dependence on alcohol, but genetic, psychological and social factors contribute as well.

A person may continue to abuse alcohol despite serious adverse health, personal, work-related and financial consequences.

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease. Left untreated, alcoholism can be fatal.… Read More

Drug Statistics and Facts

Drug statistics benefit the public by displaying factual evidence that certain drugs are becoming a problem.

Also, drug addiction statistics show the growing trends of drug use which will give us a look to the future. Hopefully, this will help in preventing the rise of drug addiction.

The cost and consequences of alcoholism and drug dependence place an enormous burden on American society. As the nation’s number one health care problem, addiction strains the health care system, the economy, harms family life and threatens public safety.… Read More