Illegal Drugs

The Story of Illegal Drugs in the United States

For almost a decade, the United States has been engaging in a war filled with confusion and challenges. This is the war against illegal drugs that has had devastating effects on the social, political and economic life.

To some, it is a war that is not worth the cost because of the high levels of commitment among wealthy drug dealer millionaires that always find a way of getting their operations on the move.… Read More

FREE HIV testing

The decline of HIV in America: a look at the statistics

For decades now, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has been a serious medical threat.

Most of those infected with the virus live in the developing world, but developed countries still carry a fair share of the burden.

Globally, over 35 million people are infected. In the United States, it is believed that 1.2 million people are suffering from the disease, and 14% of them do not know it.

This article looks at the reasons behind recent statistics, which seem to indicate a decline in the rate of HIV infections in the country.

Is HIV on the retreat in America?

Studies show that over the last decade, HIV infections have dropped by a third.

In 2002, out of … Read More

Teen Eating Disorders

Teen Eating Disorders & Substance Abuse

Teen Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia very often begin in adolescence, but they are also very often a teen’s biggest secret.

Many teens will go to great lengths to hide their disordered eating, so parents may not realize that there is a problem until after it has taken hold.

When confronted, teens may well deny that they need help but this does not mean that parents should take these statements at face value.

Any parent concerned about teens and eating disorders should learn the warning signs and how to find help if needed.… Read More

BiPolar Disorder

BiPolar Disorder & Substance Abuse

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function.

Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of BP disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.

But there is good news: bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.… Read More

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders & Substance Abuse

Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 19 million American adults. These disorders fill people’s lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear.

Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event such as a business presentation or a first date, AD is chronic, relentless, and can grow progressively worse if not treated.… Read More

Teen Depression

The Link Between Teen Depression & Drugs and Alcohol

Parents often assume that teens try alcohol and drugs to rebel or to “fit in” with their peer group.

However, teens with undiagnosed emotional or behavioral problems often use drugs and alcohol as a way to relieve their frustrations.

A depressed teen may self-medicate with alcohol and drugs to escape the terrible sense of hopelessness.

Unfortunately, alcohol and drugs will only accelerate the problem.… Read More

Stress

Stress, Substance Abuse & Addiction

Researchers have long recognized the strong correlation between stress and substance abuse, particularly relapse to drug and alcohol abuse.

Exposure to stress is one of the most common human experiences.

It’s also one of the most powerful triggers for relapse to substance abuse in addicted individuals, even after long periods of abstinence.

What is It?

Stress is a natural part of life. It’s hard to define because it means different things to different people. It’s a reaction to physical, mental or emotional conditions, as well as changes and demands in our lives.… Read More

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

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