Cross addiction refers to switching from one addiction to another. This mostly happens during recovery when a person is thrilled by the idea of quitting a dangerous addiction and trying something minor, without realizing that this could lead to a relapse. For example, a cocaine-snorting teen might start smoking nicotine or taking marijuana. Continue reading
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It has been difficult for Susan to constantly run to and fro from her high profile job in New York to the quaint backwaters where Jack Strafford lives with his old German Shepherd in the ancestral house. Ever since her 60-yr-old dad, whom she lovingly called “Grizzly” because of the unruly hair, lost his wife and partner of 40 years, he had increasingly become aloof. A sense of filial love brought Susan to her home after a long drive every weekend. But this time, she noticed that he looked different, was gruff and kept forgetting important things such as taking medications. His neighbors informed that he often stays on the front porch for long, staring at nowhere. Susan was alarmed. She got him medically tested. Then came the medical report – Strafford had been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder – dementia. “It will only get worse,” suggested the doctors. “Better get him into a senior’s home. He needs constant attention.” Continue reading
Since the last few decades, the number of fatal prescription drug overdose has escalated at a rapid pace causing an epidemic. This has been primarily due to a rise of drugs like opioid analgesics as a part of pain management.
Along with alleviating pain and other symptoms, these drugs have at the same time elevated the risk of abuse and dependence. The nonmedical use of prescription drugs has become a leading cause of overdose deaths every year in the United States. Continue reading
The virtual world has spread its root far and wide, ever since the commercial deployment of the Internet in 1990. Living in an era where technology and globalization have become the driving forces for change, intensive bombardment of advertisements and ubiquitous assimilation of unregulated information has redefined the concept of information sharing. With the availability of information on fingertips, it has become a difficult task to guide children due to the widening of the generation gap. Continue reading
With an increasing number of students, women, and elderly people falling prey to the addiction of prescription drugs, the number of overdose deaths is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. Factors such as an increase in the number of prescriptions written and dispensed, a surge in use of medications to treat any illness, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies and easy availability can be attributed to the rise in the abuse of prescription drugs in the country. Continue reading
Prescription drugs are specialized medication designed to treat a specific condition under the supervision of a doctor. Unfortunately, many people abuse these drugs by using them beyond their recommended dosage or without a prescription. Prescription drugs are the second-most commonly abused drug in the United States, with approximately 2.4 million abusers in 2010. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 6,600 people start abusing prescription drugs every day. Taking a closer look at the demographics of these people can reveal who is most at risk of abuse. Continue reading
The 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey includes detailed data about the rate of teen drug use in the United States. The study, conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), interviewed more than 41,000 students across 377 public and private schools to reach their findings. One major revelation of the report is that prescription medication abuse is trending downward among American teenagers. A close examination of the data offers useful insight into the future of the fight against addiction.
Valium is the brand name of diazepam, a powerful prescription sedative and muscle relaxant that is used to treat anxiety, sleeping disorders and panic attacks. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the drug is rarely prescribed for long-term use due to the danger of tolerance, dependence and addiction. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem and has become the second most common form of narcotic addiction in the United States. It is important to know the warning signs of irresponsible Valium use to prevent serious health risks than can result. Continue reading
Chronic pain is a side effect of a wide range of conditions that can cause victims to experience pain on an episodic or constant basis for at least six months. More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and that number is sure to rise with the gradual aging of the population. Although there is no known cure, chronic pain can be treated with prescription painkillers, which are also called opiates. Unfortunately, long-term opiate treatment carries its own drawbacks, including the risk of prescription painkiller addiction.