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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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Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Research indicates that 66 percent of people across the United States and Britain suffer from something called nomophobia, which is the fear of being separated from their mobile phones. As the information age develops and matures, unhealthy cell phone behavior continues to grow. Tens of millions of people are literally addicted to their cell phones, especially smartphones, and feel panicked, anxious and afraid when deprived of their devices. Some argue that cell phones, computers, and other high … Read entire article »

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Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver, leads to inflammation and can be deadly.  Public knowledge concerning hepatitis C is much lower than other transmittable diseases, such as HIV (Mayo Clinic Staff). Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco recently released six new guidelines for preventing hepatitis C in young drug users. Since 1997, UCSF has been conducting a study of young drug users, particularly those who inject drugs, called “U Find Out”, … Read entire article »

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The Mind of a Murderer: Mental Health, Addiction Correspond to Two Types of Killers

The Mind of a Murderer: Mental Health, Addiction Correspond to Two Types of Killers

  Murders are a point of interest in all aspects of society; they inspire television channels, books, and heated discussions. They also provide interesting insight for the scientific and psychological communities, as it has long been thought that killers differ mentally and emotionally from general society. A new study conducted by Dr. Robert Hanlon from Northwestern University examined the differences in mental illness, substance abuse, and cognitive impairments between impulsive and premeditated killers (Associated Press). In this … Read entire article »

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Arizona has Higher Rates of Teen Substance Abuse than National Average

Around the country, there are millions of teenagers who binge drink or abuse drugs. However, there are some states that seem to be more affected by this problem than others. Reports from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Arizona has a higher rate of teen substance abuse than national averages in almost every area surveyed (Padilla).  In order to combat this, some schools are now implementing support groups for teens who are struggling with substance abuse. When it comes to marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, and pain pills, the rates of teen substance abuse in Arizona are higher than national averages. The average for teenagers who have used marijuana is 40%, as compared to 43% in Arizona.  Additionally, of the Arizona students … Read entire article »

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Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

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Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

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Young People Are Very Aware of the Health Risks of Addictive Substances

Young People Are Very Aware of the Health Risks of Addictive Substances

Prevention campaigns that are brought to young people are generally based on the idea of providing information about addictive substances, including alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. However, a new large scale study from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich found that young people who indulged with addictive substances are very aware of the health risks associated with these substances (News Staff). This study consisted of surveying 12,000 young men – average … Read entire article »

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Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

  Risky drinking can cause problems for individuals in both their personal and professional lives, as well as potentially lead to the development of alcohol dependence or alcoholism. This kind of drinking is also responsible certain preventable illnesses and deaths. In a recently concluded analysis of studies concerning risky drinking and intervention methods, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force determined that primary care physicians should screen their adult patients for alcohol misuse, as well as provide … Read entire article »

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Doctors Are Unprepared to Diagnose and Treat Addiction

Doctors Are Unprepared to Diagnose and Treat Addiction

  The prevalence of addiction in this country no longer comes across as shocking news to the general public as most people are aware that the drug and alcohol problem in America is enormous. However, what may come as a surprise is the inability of doctors to feel comfortable in diagnosing and treating any form of addiction. In fact, many physicians do not receive adequate training in addiction medicine – which only exacerbates a problem that … Read entire article »

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