It is a common belief that substance abuse and homelessness are interlinked, but the nature of this linkage is something that is debated quite often. Does substance abuse lead to homelessness or does homelessness form the basis for substance abuse? A typical stereotype associated with the homeless population is that they are substance abusers and […]
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – is a U.S. federal-government scientific research institute whose mission is to “lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.” As part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIDA leads the nation in using […]
Addiction to nicotine is one of the primary effects of tobacco smoking. Nicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs and the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the U.S. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), tobacco use kills approximately 440,000 Americans each year, with one in […]
Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease that makes a person seek and use the drug of choice even if it destroys that person’s entire life. The drugs eventually alter the brain such that the person afflicted with the disease is no longer able to resist the impulse to take them. What to do? Send […]
There are over 13,000 specialized substance abuse treatment centers in the United States. Many of them specifically handle teenage drug abuse. This number does not include the treatments done in doctors’ offices and mental health clinics delivered by physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, counselors and social workers.
Despite this seeming big number of drug rehab centers, […]
How does one know whether a friend or a family member is using drugs? Ask them perhaps? Spy on them for a few days looking for tell-tale signs of addiction? Trick them into taking a drug test? And after confirming it, how does one assess the severity of the person’s addiction? What is the next […]
Overdoses of drugs or chemicals can be either accidental or intentional. Drug overdose occurs when a person takes a drug or substance greater than the recommended dose. Some people may be more sensitive to certain medications to the point that the high end of therapeutic range of a drug may be toxic for them or […]
Drug addicts use a variety of drugs, all of which have distinct effects on the central nervous system, some depressing function and some exciting over-activity of the cells. Each type of drug may be taken in excess, and the resulting medical illness may be acute or chronic.
First Aid For Drug Overdose
Video game addiction refers to an individual’s compulsive use of computers and video games to the point of disrupting his daily activities. As the youth today becomes dependent on the Internet for leisure and entertainment, the issue of excessive video game playing began to alarm concerned parents.
Video games that are associated with violence, such […]
Video games are becoming more complex and compelling, better graphics, 3D characters, and numerous brand new servers are among the reasons that enticed teens to play video games more – to the point of getting addicted to them.
Video game addiction is not yet considered a diagnosable disorder by the American Medical Association. However, there […]