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Poverty and Addiction

Poverty and Addiction

It is hard to tell whether poverty increases drug use, or drug use increases poverty. Either point can be infinitely debated. What cannot be debated is the higher rate of drug addiction within lower socio-economic neighborhoods. The term drug culture is often used to describe the inner city of Baltimore, Los Angeles, or New York. To create a drug culture there has to be widespread and generational involvement with drugs, for example, children born to addicted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs

Poverty More Influential Than In Utero Exposure to Cocaine

Poverty More Influential Than In Utero Exposure to Cocaine

In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a massive sense of hysteria around the nation concerning the outcome of so-called “crack babies” – babies born to mothers using crack cocaine. Experts at the time predicted that this generation of children would be at a permanent disadvantage, both physically and intellectually. However, the conclusion of a 24-year study of babies born amidst the crack epidemic in Philadelphia suggests that poverty actually influenced these children more heavily than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Research

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

  There are several conceptions regarding poverty, childhood, and parenting that have been regarded as true for many years. One is that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to deal with substance abuse, poverty and poor parental interactions. However, in a new study conducted by Duke University, researchers found that some of these ideas are actually misconceptions. They found that, while children who grew up in poverty are more likely to smoke cigarettes and … Read entire article »

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Socio-Economic Disadvantage in Childhood Will Likely Lead to Suffering

Socio-Economic Disadvantage in Childhood Will Likely Lead to Suffering

In a recent study, investigators from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered that children raised by parents who left them deprived were more likely to suffer from chronic pain and mental illness later in life. The study, led by Dr. Bridget Goosby, examined conditions that were related to socio-economic status in families and the outcomes these conditions would produce later in life. For example, what would happen to kids who experienced hunger or who had parents … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Life, Love and Relationships, Mental Illness, Research

Faces of Addiction

Faces of Addiction

  Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of social position, age, race, job, or any other boundary that is put up. But behind every addict is a story, a struggle. The devastating physical, emotional, and spiritual effects have taken their toll or are in the process of doing so, and there lies a fork in the road. At the end of the day, every addict’s story comes to the same basic choices: continue on the road … Read entire article »

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