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Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

It’s not every day that a mega-celebrity, in this case Lady Gaga, speaks candidly about her personal battle with marijuana. But she told all about her tenure as queen of sexy-crazy and now, high. “I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga told a radio talk show host in New York City. There are those within the drug and alcohol recovery community who do … Read entire article »

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Burroughs: A Pioneer in How We Perceive Addiction Today

  The “Beat Generation” often describes a group of Avant-garde American writers and poets who first gained distinction in the 1950’s post-World War II era, but also can refer to the broader social counter-culture movement that was glorified by their literature. The most well-known beat writers include William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959), Jack Kerouac, On The Road (1957), Alan Ginsberg, Howl (1956). The movement grew from bohemian artist communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Beats favored a dress code that shunned materialism. They used slang adopted from jazz musicians and sought to be apolitical in their art. Aside from being non-conformist with fashion, sexuality, and religion, they favored substances that would increase sensory awareness – experimenting with all drug types, including opiates and hallucinogens. In Burroughs’s … Read entire article »

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Rave Culture: The Dark Side

The rave culture has been around for a very long time. If you consider the definition of a rave to be a place where large groups of young people gather with the intention of connecting through commonly loved music, then raves are timeless as well as generational. Historically and to this day, these dance festivals have a high incidence of drug use. On August 31, 2013 in Randall’s Island, NY a rave called Electric Zoo was held. Unfortunately, this event did not end well. The three-day event was cancelled a day early because partying on the second day ended with two people dead. Both ravers were under the age of twenty-five and their deaths were attributed to MDMA overdose. MDMA, also known as ecstasy (pill form) and molly (powder form), is the … Read entire article »

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The Risks of Steroid Use

The Risks of Steroid Use

  Sports fans are well aware of the presence of steroids in professional sports, but most fans are unaware of the long-term health effects associated with steroids or Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED). Across America, children and young adults idolize professional athletes, and often worshiped with a fervor that is almost religious in nature. Ever since the birth of the Olympics in ancient Greece, athletes have been held in high regard by society. Young people often see them … Read entire article »

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Mexican Cartels Recruit Children

  The international tension surrounding the drug cartels in Mexico isn’t anything new – and neither are their tactics. Recruiting American and South American children alike, these murderous criminal enterprises brainwash impressionable youth and have them carry out heinous acts of violence – all for a bigger profit. By using children, these cartels are doing what street gangs have been doing for a long time: giving kids who feel like they have no place in the world a home, and a supposed family. Therein lies the problem: these kids are fed a false sense of loyalty and belonging when they are truly being used as expendable killers, drug dealers, and distractions. Cartels do not discriminate when it comes to luring youth into their webs. Many of these children come from broken homes, where … Read entire article »

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Justice, Social Media, and the Steubenville Nightmare

Justice, Social Media, and the Steubenville Nightmare

  In an alcohol fueled daze last August, the city of Steubenville, Ohio had no idea that it was about to be thrust into the national spotlight and become deeply divided as a court case tore it apart. A 16-year-old girl accused two of the town’s high school football players of raping her after a night of pre-season partying. The small town is split between blaming the victim and blaming the perpetrators, which is sad to … Read entire article »

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The Neuroscience of Love: Why it is so Addictive and Obsessive

The Neuroscience of Love: Why it is so Addictive and Obsessive

Love is one of the greatest emotions one can experience; however, it is arguably the most vulnerable of emotions.  Current awareness of neuroscience explains the love phenomenon in the brain.  Before we break down what is going on in the brain, we need not let science take away the magic of being in love. Love is Addictive Thinking about one’s beloved—especially in new relationships—triggers activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain, which releases a … Read entire article »

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Parents Force 22-Month-Old Son to Smoke Pot

  A young mother and father are in hot water after being caught red-handed while giving their 22-month-old son marijuana from a water pipe or “bong” as they are commonly known. Almost as if feeding the child pot smoke, cell phone video footage portrays the sorry scene of the mother and child, with the water pipe too big for the kid to even hold. Centralia, Washington police reportedly received the video anonymously. After viewing the alarming footage, they subsequently obtained a search warrant and served it on the family involved, the Tyler J. Lee and Rachelle Braaten family. Only after 5 months did the video footage surface. Both parents involved were arrested and taken to jail. Meanwhile, the family’s children, including the 22-month-old, were taken into custody by Child Protective Services. Mrs. … Read entire article »

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Justin Bieber: Hopefully Not the New Lohan, Houston, or Ledger

  Justin Bieber is definitely a talented young man, with his chart-topping records, and teen heartthrob image. However, his PR staff have had quite a lot to deal with lately–from photos of him smoking marijuana surfacing, to him passing out on stage, to his latest stunt–where he goes off on a cocky and insulting rant, insinuating that he doesn’t need rehab and isn’t a repeat Lindsay Lohan. Excuse us if your actions speak differently, Justin, but extreme partying and saying that people who seem to care about your health are stupid are exactly the actions that those of us who have gone through treatment recognize as our own. Bieber recently has made headlines for smoking weed and passing out on stage, neither of which has been extremely flattering. As a role model … Read entire article »

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What You Crave and Why

What You Crave and Why

People may experience different cravings that compel them to compulsively seek foods, substances or behaviors. Cravings that repeatedly arise have the potential to give birth to full-on addiction if not well-managed. Most of the time, someone’s cravings are only satiated by what they crave. Usually that’s something that isn’t necessarily good for us, such as fast food, ice cream, alcohol, drugs or watching TV. There are some cases where cravings that arise lead us to … Read entire article »

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