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Depression or Substance Abuse, Which Came First?.


Depression or Substance Abuse, Which Came First?

Depression can cause substance abuse but did you know that substance abuse can lead to depression? Depression doesn't just affect adults, this illness plays no favorites. Children and adolescents, young adults, adults and the elderly are all included in this category. Left untreated or treated...

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K2 Synthetic Marijuana.


K2 Synthetic Marijuana

I guess I’m really behind times. I had never heard of this synthetic chemical blend of dried herbs called K2. This is a blend of exotic herbs and other plants that have been coated with chemicals and when smoked like a joint, produces euphoria. The product is marketed and labeled as incense...

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The Silent But Deadly Side of Prescription Drug Addiction.


The Silent But Deadly Side of Prescription Drug Addiction

Shame, guilt, fear and overwhelming need and dependency are all part of this silent addiction. This silent epidemic is everywhere. There is no state that’s untouched by this addiction. I read an article recently on an Oklahoma News site and the headline said “Oklahoma drug-related...

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Pregnancy, Addiction and Responsibility.


Pregnancy, Addiction and Responsibility

In a previous blog done sometime ago, important information was given relating to pregnancy and drug addiction. Because of the many comment responses, I thought it necessary to talk about it again.
I would like to begin by saying; I can’t imagine how hard, frightening and fearful this...

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The Journey of Addiction and Life.


The Journey of Addiction and Life

There is nowhere to get to the journey is all there ever is. There are those who will tell you that you must have a destination. I believe that if we are focused on a destination, we may become caught up in trying to get there and miss something or everything along the way.
Have you ever been...

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Dopamine and Addiction.


Dopamine and Addiction

It is now clinically understood that the neurotransmitter Dopamine plays a central role in addiction. Most drugs of abuse, with the exception of benzodiazepines, have a direct effect on increasing the dopamine reward cycle in the brain. Once addicted the mere anticipation of getting high will...

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Family Therapy with Drug Abuse and Addiction.


Family Therapy with Drug Abuse and Addiction

The role of the family when dealing with drug abuse and addiction is a huge one. Family therapy can have a huge impact in conquering the drug abuse and addiction that has affected, most likely, every aspect of your family dynamics. It’s not an easy road to walk on, but when family therapy is...

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Drug Addiction and Pregnancy.


Drug Addiction and Pregnancy

When a woman is struggling with drug addiction during pregnancy, that drug used affects more than just her it affects her fetus as well. The drugs can also have devastating effects on the child when he or she is born. Drug addiction and pregnancy should be treated as a very serious issue.
A...

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Alcoholism and Addiction.


Alcoholism and Addiction

Many people don’t really consider alcohol a drug. After all, it is legal to drink as long as you’re of age. But the real truth is that alcoholism is a form of drug addiction just as serious and harmful as addiction to other drugs. Because alcohol is legal to drink, many people just...

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The Picture of Drug Addiction.


The Picture of Drug Addiction

When you think of drug addiction, what kind of picture do you get in your mind? Do you see a person dressed in tattered clothes sitting in a rain soaked alley with a needle in hand? Do you picture addiction in terms of a person begging on the street for money to buy just one more hit? The picture...

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