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When Personal Crisis Strikes

When Personal Crisis Strikes

  Turning for help when a personal crisis hits is critical, as it can be the difference between life and death. There are nearly 30,000 suicides in the United States each year, and many of them could have been averted if the person contemplating suicide turned to get help. I am not saying that, before committing suicide, some of those people didn’t ask for help or cry out in their own way. Perhaps they did try to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Life, Mental Illness, Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Spirituality

Russia’s Anti-Alcohol Policies Good for Public, Hurts Breweries

  In recent years, Russian lawmakers have enacted legislation intended to discourage alcohol use among citizens. Although these new policies benefit the people of Russia,  they are hurting beer makers in the country. Russia has one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world, so concerted efforts to get people to cut back on drinking are a good idea from a public health standpoint. Perhaps the United States, who invests heavily in anti-smoking campaigns, should consider following suit since we have high rates of alcohol abuse as well. The timing of the Russian legislation has caught breweries off-guard. Between 2005 and 2007  beer sales in Russia soared 30 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. When brewers such as Heineken, Anheuser-Busch and Carlsberg noticed, they seized the opportunity to invest in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Substance Abuse

Dopeless in Seattle… For Now

Dopeless in Seattle… For Now

Voters in the states of Washington and Colorado have recently approved measures decriminalizing marijuana.  Despite this, there is no place to legally purchase it. Both states now allow adults over the age of 21 to consume and possess small amounts of marijuana, but there is no place to get it yet. This is because the stores that marijuana profiteers hope to set up are being shunned in many communities. The Colorado law, known as constitutional Amendment 64, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs

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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Interviews with Recovery Professionals, Recovery, Research

Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

  A group of scientists sponsored by Japan’s government recently found that a significant portion of Japanese youths are likely addicted to the Internet, which can cause health problems, including sleep disruptions and negative mental effects. A team of researchers, led by Professor Takashi Oida of Nihon University, distributed a survey to nearly 140,000 students across Japan to find out how they utilize the internet, and how it affects them. A total of about 98,000 student … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research