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Binge Use of Alcohol and Drugs

Getting drunk or high on an intermittent basis — perhaps every weekend —  is known as binge using. There is are indications that people who binge drink stand a considerably greater chance of becoming alcoholics, especially young people, who are still forming neural connections in their brains.  Many authorities believe that this applies to certain …

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Boxer Says Alcohol, Cocaine No Problem — Classic Denial

Ricky Hatton, a British boxer currently in treatment for “depression,” denies drug addiction or alcohol abuse: …Hatton, whose treatment at The Priory clinic is for depression, also said: “I’m not the slightest bit worried about the cocaine. Problem? What problem? “He said his drinking is not an issue either, after confessing to downing nearly 50 …

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The Extent of Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse in the United States

According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2009), among Americans 12 years of age or older, 18.6 million people abuse alcohol or are addicted to other drugs; Nearly 0ne-quarter (23.7 percent) reported binge drinking at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey (5 or more standard drinks* for males, 4 for females …

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Exploring the Link Between Drugs, Alcohol, and Risky Behavior

We in the treatment field are well aware of a connection between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and addiction.  This article explores some of the theory behind the observed facts, and what is being done about it. Research suggests that children with ADHD are more likely than their non-ADHD peers to drink alcohol and use drugs …

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Strength? We don’t need no stinkin’ strength!

Nowadays I hear a lot of folks saying (to recovering people) things like “You’re so strong!” and “Be strong!”  I hear newcomers say “I pray for the strength to beat my addiction,” and other stuff like that.  While I understand the thinking behind such remarks (all too well), there are a few comments I’d like …

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How Do Drugs Lead To Diseases Like AIDS And Hepatitis?

Drugs (including alcohol) lead to physical problems in three ways. First of all, the drugs themselves can damage bodily systems. Cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, alcoholic dementia, neurological damage due to heavy drug use, premature aging and diseases of the circulatory system are examples of direct harm to the body. The association of drug use …

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Adulterant in Cocaine Causes Skin Lesions

According to an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, doctors across the country are finding numerous instances of a skin disease, known as purpura, linked to the consumption of cocaine. Over the past few years, cocaine manufacturers have increasingly cut their product with a drug called levamisole.  Use for that purpose has …

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These Are Our Lives

My older daughter, Tanya, turned me on to this site.  Its purpose is to provide oral histories in interview form, and I think it’s a great idea.  As it happens, I know the woman who started it, and I think I probably know the young woman whose story I’m about to recommend.  (I’m not sure …

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Injection Drug Users Need Targeted Help — Study

A study published in the July Journal of Addictive Diseases indicates what those of us in the treatment field have long known: that injection drug users, regardless of what kind of drugs they use, are at the greatest risk for associated medical problems, psychological problems and death, and most in need of effective intervention and treatment.  This …

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