It is often said that addiction does not discriminate; people from all walks of life are affected by the disease. What’s more, children and teenagers can be touched by addiction as well, and if it is left untreated it can drastically change the course of one’s life. Researchers from Northwestern University followed 1,829 teenagers who...Read More
In October of last year, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) held a meeting in Dallas, Texas. At the meeting the ABPM officially recognized addiction medicine as a subspecialty, according to a press release. The move will allow doctors who are certified by one of the ABMS Member Boards to apply for the new...Read More
Alcohol Despite being legal for adult consumption, the use of alcohol contributes to thousands of deaths every year. Excessive alcohol use is known to cause a number of serious health conditions that can be fatal, and those who drive while under the influence put their lives and the lives of countless others at risk. In...Read More
Depression is a mental illness which affects millions of Americans, if left untreated the results can be dire. It is mental health disorder that is often seen in the field of addiction, as many of those who abuse drugs and alcohol commonly suffer from depression as well. A significant number of people suffering from depression...Read More
Next week marks the beginning of the seventh annual National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), where the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) brings together students with scientists and other experts. The goal, according to the NIDA for Teens website, is to break the...Read More
Why do people consume alcohol? There are number of answers to that question, but most people will probably say that they drink to let loose for a bit – giving their mind a break after a long week at work. Let’s face it, alcohol can ease people’s mind allowing them a reprieve from the day...Read More
Humans have been brewing and distilling alcoholic beverages for millennia, on top of being used for entertainment, it is used in many religious ceremonies. Worldwide, no other mind altering substance is used more than alcohol. The reasons for alcohol’s popularity are varied, but perhaps the greatest cause of use (in developed nations) is the fact...Read More
If you are actively working a program of recovery, and have made it through the holidays without picking up a drink or drug, you should be proud of your accomplishment – for it is no easy feat. With the year at the tail end of its 12th hour, we have just one more holiday to...Read More
Addiction brings people to the depths of despair, stripping individuals of their humanity – causing them to do things that put their life and the lives of others at risk. It’s rare to find a recovering addict or alcoholic who does not have a criminal record, the result of past indiscretions. Many people find recovery...Read More
Many addicts and alcoholics are first introduced to 12-step recovery after experiencing a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest. Judges will often order those convicted of DUIs to attend 12-Step meetings and/or attend an outpatient substance use disorder treatment facility for therapy groups. Getting arrested for a DUI does not necessarily mean that a person...Read More
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