Is addiction a choice?

Is Addiction a Choice?

The science of addiction treatment constantly undergoes scrutiny because there is no “cure” for substance abuse, and the causes of it vary from person to person. The question of whether addiction is a disease or a choice causes significant debate. Although some clinicians accept the disease model of addiction, many others believe strongly that addiction…

A Day of Drug Use

A Day of Drug Use

An astounding number of young adults use alcohol and illicit drugs every day. In fact, according to NSDUH data, over 4.8 million young adults aged 18 to 25 drank alcohol, and approximately 3.4 million used illicit drugs, on an average day. The data suggests that substance use remains a health problem among this demographic, and the rates…

man and friend discuss who is an addict

Who Is an Addict?

Losers. Low-lifes. Weak-minded people who can’t hold down a job. There are many addiction stereotypes, but the truth is that many addicts look just like you and me. What are addicts like? They’re people you’d never expect to be struggling with addiction. They’re mothers and fathers, children and honor students, brilliant businesspeople and gifted artists.…

Protecting Our Veterans From Substance Abuse

Protecting Our Veterans From Substance Abuse

As thousands of American military members return from active duty overseas, an alarming number of veterans are demonstrating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, to cope with the challenges these conditions present, many personnel are turning to the false comfort provided by alcohol and drugs. How can we protect the…

“Bridging”: A New Prescription Drug Abuse Trend

“Bridging”: A New Prescription Drug Abuse Trend

Bridging is a street term used to describe the abuse of prescription drugs, not to gain a high, but to minimize withdrawal symptoms between highs. The practice is most common among people suffering from opioid and benzodiazepine addiction. Both families of drugs cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Opioid and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms If your loved one…

Doctors’ Roles in Prescription Drug Abuse

Doctors’ Roles in Prescription Drug Abuse

    Since 1999 and 2010, the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions written in theUnited Statestripled. Over the same time period, deaths caused by drug overdose rose almost 500 percent. Many of these deaths result from prescription overdose. Research suggests doctors are not always following guidelines for monitoring potential prescription drug abuse, including maintaining patients…