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  • Physicians: The First Line of Defense to Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation

    Physicians: The First Line of Defense to Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation

    Dr. Stewart is a physician whom has owned his own practice for about twenty years now. John has been a patient of Dr. Stewart’s for about ten years.  John has come to see Dr. Stewart for his yearly checkup. Dr. Stewart asks John the regular questions:
    How are you feeling? Anything out of ordinary you would like to tell me about? How’s the wife and kids?
    Dr....

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  • Prescription Drug Abuse Dangers: A Few Fatal Drug Combinations to Consider

    Prescription Drug Abuse Dangers: A Few Fatal Drug Combinations to Consider

    Recreational drugs are bad. Prescription Drugs are ok and mixing stuff, well that’s not a problem. It seems, based on statistics today, that this is the general consensus of the American public. Let’s review a few different scenarios and explain why mixing drugs, even those that your doctor has prescribed, could not only be dangerous, but fatal.
    Got Viagra? Ever see the movie...

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  • Another American Legend Gone: Implications of  Prescription Drug Addiction and Abuse in America

    Another American Legend Gone: Implications of Prescription Drug Addiction and Abuse in America

    Another legend dies due to drug use. Not illegal drug use mind you, just prescription medication. Though the autopsy reports for Michael Jackson do not yet show what the pop singer passed away from, the countless prescription medications Jackson was taking are suspect.
    Another example is 28 year old Heath Ledger who passed away about a year and a half ago due to an overdose of sleeping...

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  • Depression as a Cause of Substance Abuse and Addiction:  The Vicious Cycle

    Depression as a Cause of Substance Abuse and Addiction: The Vicious Cycle

    Why does substance abuse become a cycle? Is it weakness on the part of the drug user? Is the failure of the drug treatment system? The answer to these questions cannot be answered in a single sentence. Most people, who do not have a substance abuse disorder, blame the inpidual. It is an easy thing to do since the assumption is the inpidual must have control over his or her behavior. This is true...

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  • Genetic and Physiological Components of Substance Abuse and Addiction

    Genetic and Physiological Components of Substance Abuse and Addiction

    Most people know that there is a correlation between substance abuse/use and decreased brain functioning. Substance use affects the way in which the brain processes chemicals and produces responses. The question is, do endocrine imbalances cause a higher prevalence of substance abuse?
    If an individual has a hormonal imbalance, can this cause or indicate a possible substance abuse pattern?...

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  • Prescription Drug Addiction and Abuse in the United States

    Prescription Drug Addiction and Abuse in the United States

    It starts out with a backache that just won’t go away. A year later, what was an occasional pill popping experience, ends up being an everyday excursion. When the individual’s primary physician stops filling prescriptions for what is now phantom back pain, the individual may begin ‘physician shopping’ hoping someone will write that next prescription.
    Drugs may be...

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  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Addiction Recovery in the Criminal System

    Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Addiction Recovery in the Criminal System

    It’s not a shock to anyone that there is a direct correlation between being in the correction system and drug use. Once an inpidual is in the jail system, he or she may be pressured into participating in substance abuse treatment by the legal system. This pressure, though undesirable to the user, may be just what he or she needs to start the change towards sobriety.
    How Bad is The...

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  • The Many Components Involved in Substance Abuse Treatment, Retention and Rehabilitation

    The Many Components Involved in Substance Abuse Treatment, Retention and Rehabilitation

    The first step in assisting an individual with a drug problem is getting them into a substance abuse treatment program. Once they are there, the question becomes, how do you keep them there? What is necessary to prevent individuals from leaving treatment? Furthermore, are there specific factors that increase attrition rates from programs? The answer to these questions are complex and will not be...

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  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery and its Effects on the Body

    Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery and its Effects on the Body

    Its very simple, substance abuse effects body functioning. Drug use can lead to long term physiological effects that can not only be acutely harmful, but can also result in chronic problems. The use of drugs is not the only issue. It is all the harmful behaviors that come along with substance abuse that tend to make matters worse.
    Substance abuse harms the body in two distinct ways: via the...

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  • Alcoholism and Vitamin Deficiency - Treatment and Recovery

    Alcoholism and Vitamin Deficiency - Treatment and Recovery

    Korsakoff’s syndrome, which is also known as amnesic-confabulatory syndrome or Korsakoff’s psychosis, is caused by a deficiency of thiamine or vitamin B1 in the brain. The disorder is named after the Russian neuropsychiatrist, Sergei Korsakoff, who discovered and popularized the theory.
    How does Korsakoff’s syndrome manifest itself? There are six major symptoms of...

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