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Substance Abuse

The Risks of IV/Injection Drug Use

IV drug use commonly occurs in those who use opiates, sedatives, crack/cocaine, or methamphetamine. Opiate drug use has significantly increased over the last decade, and often, IV drug use begins because of opiate use. Intravenous drug use indicates high risk for viral infections, such as HIV or Hepatitis B & C. Unsafe injections commonly occur… Read More

When do I seek help?

Addiction is a growing problem in society, and with the growth of both prescription medicine and street drugs, it’s become an even more daunting problem in society. For those who use substances or alcohol frequently, it’s often hard to discern if you truly need to “get help.” Here are some important questions you should ask… Read More

How does detoxification work?

It seems counterintuitive to give drugs to people suffering from substance addiction, but this is often necessary to ensure the patient’s safety. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it results in seizures, hyper-excitability, cessation of breathing, and sometimes death. Delirium tremens is said in the medical community to describe severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms that… Read More

Can marijuana be addicting?

Often, users of marijuana make the assertion that marijuana “isn’t addictive” citing reasons like the plant is natural, or that not many users of marijuana get addicted to the drug. Despite this, evidence has shown that there is certainly a possibility that users of marijuana can have endocannabinoid receptor regulation, or cannabis receptor dysregulation in… Read More

Marijuana and its effects on the brain

When smoked, marijuana’s THC enters the bloodstream almost immediately. THC travels throughout the entire body and the metabolites of THC gets stored into fat tissues of your body. Since these metabolites can be stored in the fats of the body, people who use the drug frequently and regularly will test positive on drug examinations for… Read More

What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines (benzos for short) used to be called “mild or minor tranquilizers.” They’re typically prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety disorders, and are a classification of drugs that include Xanax, Valium, and Librium. Rohypnol, although not legal in the United States, is also considered a benzodiazepine that is colloquially known as a “date-rape drug”… Read More

The risks in prescription drug abuse

Drug overdose is the number 1 cause of accidental death in the United States. In any given year, roughly 50,000 people die a year from drug overdose, with more than half of these overdoses related to prescription drugs. The CDC data from 2000-2015 shows that more people die from commonly prescribed opioids than from heroin… Read More

Empty Nest Syndrome

While empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis, it’s often followed by symptoms similar to depression. Parents tend to experience empty nest syndrome when their last child leaves home. While parents work hard to raise independent adults, letting go is painful and emotionally taxing. What are the symptoms of empty nest syndrome? Empty nest syndrome… Read More

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is characterized by consumption of a large amount of alcoholic beverages in a short period of time. Typically, clinicians and medical practitioners define one episode of binge drinking as five drinks for males, and four drinks for females in one episode. Despite the fact that the drinker may not be considered “drunk” or… Read More

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is characterized by consumption of a large amount of alcoholic beverages in a short period of time. According to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one episode of binge drinking is defined as five drinks for males, and four drinks for females in one single setting. Despite the fact that the drinker… Read More

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