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Alcohol Use Disorder

Understanding alcohol abuse makes it easier to find the right kind of treatment. What is an alcohol use disorder? It can be confusing to distinguish between terms such as heavy drinking, binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and what would qualify as an alcohol use disorder. Understanding these categories can make it easier to understand treatment options[…]

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Sports and Addiction

Sports capture our imagination like few things can. Millions of people invest their time, money, and energy watching athletes compete in any form of endeavor. Words like “championship,” “World Cup,” “trophy,” and “goal” have become part of our everyday lexicon, but there is another side to sport that captures very different headlines. As athletes are[…]

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Social Media Resource

The Internet & Social Media Finding Treatment Resources and Avoiding Relapse Triggers Imagine that you’ve recently finished a rehab program, and you’re trying to adjust to a life of sobriety. You’re having a stressful day at your new job, and a sympathetic coworker invites you to join him for happy hour. You know you should[…]

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The Rise of Sober Events

Trying to celebrate any kind of occasion without alcohol isn’t easy. Wherever you go – a bachelor party, a wedding, a graduation, a sports game or a concert – there will be the question of whether alcohol will be served and how to resist the temptation to join in the festivities. For many people who[…]

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Poly-Drug Use: The Effects of Drug Cocktails

Poly-Drug Use: The Effects of Drug Cocktails Many drug users combine different types of drugs to get an enhanced effect or heightened high. Sometimes this causes drug interactions, when the action mechanism of one drug interferes with the action of the other drug. This can result in synergy, where one drug amplifies the effects of[…]

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The LGBTQ Community and Addiction

Addiction in the LGBTQ Community Like the pride flag that represents different colors, the LGBTQ acronym, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning, represents different groups of people with types of sexual orientation that belong to the minority of the population. However varied each group’s experience, and the individual experience within[…]

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Immigrants and Addiction

America’s Immigrants:  An Examination of Substance Abuse “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Immigration brings, almost literally, an undiscovered country’s worth of challenges and experiences to an individual or a family. There is a new language to learn, a new culture to adopt, values and beliefs to uphold[…]

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Harm Reduction and Prevention

Harm Reduction Policy The criminalization of drug abuse and the consequential ills, such as the stigmatization and even incarceration of addicts, beg the question of whether America’s intolerance of drug abuse only makes the problem worse. As the Drug Policy Alliance explains, harm reduction is a strategic public health policy that squarely accepts that America[…]

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The Difference Between Helping and Enabling

An Educational Resource for Families Helping vs. Enabling a Loved One It’s hard to say how many people are currently addicted to some form of substance abuse. The Nation Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported the results of the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that accounted for an approximate 2.4 million people[…]

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The Definitive Guide to Marijuana Abuse

The Definitive Guide to Marijuana Abuse Marijuana occupies a unique status in the American drug landscape. One the one hand, there’s a consensus that it’s an addictive drug that must be kept away from teens, and on the other hand, it’s touted for its medicinal effects, and in some states, it is legal with a[…]

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The Beneficial Role of Exercise in Recovery

Recovering from addiction means building a new, healthy lifestyle, and that includes exercise. Scientists have known for decades that exercise releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals.[1] Endorphins cause the so-called “runner’s high.” Whereas a high from exercise is known as a natural high, drugs like heroin hijack the body’s endorphin system to cause more intense,[…]

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Anti-Drug Campaign Research

Your Brain On Anti-Drug Campaign: Scrambled Anti-drug campaign commercials and specials designed to play on society’s fears blanketed the airwaves for more than 30 years. The Anti-Drug Campaign didn’t work. Figure 1 – Heroin StudyIn fact, numerous researchers cited in a Scientific American article titled “Why ‘Just Say No’ Doesn’t Work” concluded that the programs had[…]

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Addiction Assessment

Addiction Assessment

The first step to finding a solution is assessing the situation. Why is an addiction assessment important? An addiction assessment is one of the most important first steps a patient will take on the road to recovery. Addiction assessments are a way to understand how substances are interacting with a person’s body and life, and[…]

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America’s Gluttony of Drug Consumption

Drug Use in a America The Gluttony of Consumption America seems less to be a country with a drug problem than with a drug culture. Prescription drugs have become as much a part of the American landscape as consumer products like cars. The prevalence of prescription drug use has settled into our vernacular, but the[…]

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3 Step Admission

Step 1: Assessment The first step in getting help for you or your loved is to speak with a Futures of Palm Beach Admissions Counselor. Our professional team of counselors are available 7 days a week to take your call. More importantly, our dedicated and compassionate counselors are here to listen. Seeking help for you[…]

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Guide to Addiction Among the Elderly

A Guide to Addiction Among the Elderly The term “elderly” is ambiguous, and it casts up different perceptions for different people. Although the earliest wave of baby boomers (born in 1946 – 1964) may be classified as elderly, the term “elderly” is often reserved for individuals born before 1946. In terms of age, in 2015,[…]

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Drug Use and Abuse in American Schools

Drug Use and Abuse in American Schools At one time, drugs and the crimes related to them seemed to be an urban issue that only impacted inner city kids. While this was never technically true, the lid was blown off this theory in recent decades as the picture of drug abuse grew in suburban and[…]

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How Rising Addiction Rates Affect the US Economy

How Rising Addiction Rates Affect the U.S. Economy The debate over rising addiction rates and how it affects America’s economy is ongoing and a point of contention for many. There is no denying the great expense at which treatment for substance abuse and its side effects come. Whether it’s the rising addiction rates or number[…]

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History and Impact of Prohibition on America

History and the Impact of Prohibition on America On January 29, 1919, Congress ratified the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, effectively banning the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors.[1] The law, which ushered in the era known as Prohibition, went into effect one year later. Although the amendment occurred at the federal level,[…]

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Coast Guard Drug Interdiction

The United States Coast Guard is a part of the Department of Homeland Security and tasked with protecting the borders of the United States from any potential threat – including the attempted importation of illegal drugs. There are many stories of sailing vessels, both surface ships and semi-submersibles, that have been overtaken by the USCG[…]

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Mortality Rates for Addiction Relapse

A Leading Cause of Death Many dangerous side effects and issues plague those addicted to drugs and alcohol and their loved ones, none more devastating than death. One in four deaths in the United States can be attributed to illicit drug, alcohol and tobacco use.[1] Drug use is one of the top 10 leading causes[…]

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Substance Abuse in Film

No two drug abuse or addiction stories are the same in real life or on film for that matter. While there may be some common features of the addiction experience, such as the spiraling out-of-control effect of drugs, each story of addiction illuminates a different facet of this illness. Film portrayals of alcohol and other[…]

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