Addiction Topic Keyword: Drug Use (p. 1 of 3)

  • Teens Abusing Prescription Medications

    Teens Abusing Prescription Medications

    Back in the "good old days," it seemed that parents worried more about their teenagers taking illegal or "street" drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or similar drugs than they did about their teenagers taking prescription or "legal" drugs. The danger of teenagers taking illegal drugs still exists; unfortunately, the incidences of teenagers taking and abusing prescription drugs are rising....

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  • Relapse Prevention for Painkiller Abuse

    Relapse Prevention for Painkiller Abuse

    When a person has undergone treatment for painkiller abuse but begins to take the drugs again in the same manner which led to the problem in the first place, this is known as "relapse." There is always the possibility of relapse, but if a person is aware of the signs and symptoms, he may be able to seek help before a relapse episode even occurs.
    What Can Cause Relapse? Several factors can...

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  • Seconal Abuse and Addiction

    Seconal Abuse and Addiction

    Seconal, more commonly known by its generic name Secobarbital sodium, belongs to a class of drugs called barbiturate hypnotics. It should only be prescribed for short term use. The use of this prescription drug is commonly prescribed for treatment of insomnia as well as an anti-anxiety medication for patients who are about to have surgery.
    Seconal works because it affects certain parts of...

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  • What Are Depressants

    What Are Depressants

    A depressant drug, more commonly referred to by its street name "downers," are any type of prescription or nonprescription drug that act to reduce the functions or activities of a specific part of the brain. Depressants usually have a calming or sedative effect on the body and are often prescribed by doctors in pill form used to treat depression or anxiety disorders. They work by reducing the...

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  • What are Prescription Drugs?

    What are Prescription Drugs?

    Prescription drugs are medications that doctors prescribe to patients after the patient has visited the doctor's office looking for help with a sickness or ailment the patient thinks that they may have. Most often the patient will shows signs of symptoms that lead them to believe that they are sick, in pain, or under some type of stress that requires a prescription medication in order to...

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  • What is Prescription Misuse and Abuse?

    What is Prescription Misuse and Abuse?

    Prescription Drug use in the United States is an epidemic. If this seems like an overreaction, consider the fact that nearly 20 percent of people in the US have used Prescription Drugs for something not medically related. Not only is it a serious problem, but it continues to grow. One of the reasons it is such a big issue is because of how easy medications are to get.
    Many people are buying...

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  • Exploring Myths about Drug Abuse

    Exploring Myths about Drug Abuse

    While the majority of people understand some of the basic elements behind how drug abuse can lead to addiction, there are a variety of myths about drug addiction which have proven to not be entirely true or fabricated in some way.
    The myths behind drug addiction typically exist because a small number of people who are addicted to certain types of drugs have paved the way to individuals...

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  • Drug Addiction

    Drug Addiction

    If you or someone you know has a physical, emotional, social or psychological dependency on any form of drug, it may be a sign of addiction. Drug addiction occurs when you are unable to control your drug use, when most of your thoughts are either about obtaining more of the drug you have or about the next time you use the drug, and if you have not only intense cravings but severe withdrawal...

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  • 4 Common Abused Prescription Painkillers

    4 Common Abused Prescription Painkillers

    Prescription pain relievers containing opioids have been, and currently still are, among the most common prescription drugs abused. When opioid pain medications are used inappropriately they can induce a sense of euphoria because they stimulate specific parts of the brain involved with pleasure. For this reason, prescription painkillers have become popular drugs of choice among teens and young...

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  • How Prescription Drugs Affect the Body

    How Prescription Drugs Affect the Body

    Numerous prescription drugs can be abused but there's several classifications of medications that are most commonly abused and they all have a different effect on the body. The three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly and widely abused include; opioids which are most often prescribed for the treatment of pain, central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), and stimulants...

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