Substance Abuse Articles, Blogs and Resources

Man on mountain thinking about Substance AbuseAddiction Hope is dedicated to providing timely and helpful information on the dangers of Substance Abuse as well as alcohol abuse.

Drugs are a chemical substance that can be used in the prevention, cure and treatment of an ailment or disease. Often, medications can be used to help an individual’s emotional and psychological well being, and they can enhance one’s physical abilities or well being.

Medicines can help heal a person or destroy a life. They can be naturally derived from plants or synthesized in some type of laboratory. A drug addiction can ruin a man or woman’s existence. It is disappointing that many of the medications that were originally developed to help heal people will be abused and devastate the life of someone with a substance abuse addiction.

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Substance abuse is when a person begins using a drug in a way other than its intended use as prescribed by a doctor. A drug addiction can be created when a man or woman continually abuses drugs in order to get high (an intense euphoric feeling). Some drugs are so addictive that someone using for the first time can become instantly addicted.

When someone has developed a drug addiction, they can build up a tolerance to the drug and need more and more of the substance to have the same effect. The person will sometimes begin smoking, snorting, or injecting the drugs so as to reach a quicker and more intense high. This leads to constant repeated use and, thus, the creation of a drug addiction.

Substance abuse addiction is outstandingly difficult to quit. Often one substance is abused with other drugs or alcohol. Sadly and frequently, substance abuse co-occurs with other mental disorders such as mood disorders, mental disorders and eating disorders.

This adds to the complexities of stopping the drug abuse. However, it is imperative that the drug addiction is ended because constant substance abuse can be deadly. Heart attacks and strokes often occur. Some of the more common drug types include opioids (heroin, morphine, hydrocodone), hallucinogens (LSD, DXM, PCP), stimulants (cocaine, Ecstasy, meth), and depressants (alcohol, Quaaludes).

Please continue reading below to see our latest blog posts on substance abuse. Under the “Substance Abuse Navigation” menu, you can click on the drop-down arrow to see evergreen, general information on dozens of individual drugs, including prescription substances.

Preventing Fentanyl Deaths

Path in the woods representing terminal illness Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can alleviate pain. In hospitals, fentanyl is most commonly used to ease the suffering of adult cancer patients who are experiencing what medical professionals describe as breakthrough pain. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that fentanyl has a similar [...]
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How Anxiety, Fear and Stress Impact Substance Use Disorders

Nature Lone Tree in Field Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson The presence of mental health concerns like anxiety, fear and stress can put someone at an increased risk for developing a substance use disorder and make maintaining recovery more challenging. We all experience these feelings from time to time, but for those who are in recovery from addiction, anxiety, fear [...]
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Escapism and Addiction

Woman sitting on pillar at the beach Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center In the 1970s, the bath and beauty products company Calgon struck marketing gold with an advertising campaign that addressed an urge virtually everyone experiences at one time or another: the desire to somehow escape the stresses, pressures, fears, and frustrations of everyday life. The ads’ tagline, “Calgon, take [...]
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The Link Between Sleep Deprivation & Substance Use

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep, but for many of us, those evenings where we get the proper amount of peaceful slumber are few and far between. Studies have shown that adults ages 18-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but more [...]
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Anxiety and the Risk for Valium Misuse

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for some, the symptoms of anxiety are difficult to control and can prevent them from leading a fulfilling life. In addition to talk therapy, these individuals might be prescribed medication to help manage their anxiety symptoms. Valium is one [...]
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