Substance Abuse Articles, Blogs and Resources

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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.

Optimism Assists in Preventing Substance Use Disorder Vulnerability

Nature Bridge in Forest Substance use can negatively impact someone’s life in really big ways. Finding ways to prevent substance abuse is important, especially since the number of teens who are using drugs continues to increase [1]. Researchers and healthcare professionals are always trying to find ways to prevent substance abuse and addiction. Recent studies show that someone’s attitude [...]
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Fentanyl & Death in Our Youth

Woman sitting watching the sunset Drug use is increasing in adolescents and young adults [1]. There are a variety of drugs that are growing in popularity. One of them is fentanyl. Fentanyl is an opioid that is 50x more powerful than heroin [2]. Fentanyl and Opioid Addiction Opioids are highly addictive drugs that can have devastating emotional and physical health [...]
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COVID-19 Pandemic Resulting in Unhealthy Habits

COVID-19 Spelled Out in Pills The COVID-19 health crisis has been extremely stressful for everyone. The American people have been through a lot in the last year. Millions of people were unable to work, hundreds of thousands of people died, and individuals were sheltering-in-place at home. The American Psychological Association predicted that after the threat of the virus passes, the [...]
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Adderall Misuse in College Students

Boy Hungover After Using Alcohol And Marijuana _ Addiction Hope Adderall is a prescription stimulant that is prescribed to treat ADHD. Adderall helps people with ADHD to improve their ability to concentrate. Within the last couple of years, Adderall use has increased among college students [1]. While some may believe this is because more people are diagnosed with ADHD now than in previous years, this [...]
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The Ease of Developing a Klonopin Addiction & Difficulty in Stopping

Nature Path Through Trees in Forest Prescription benzodiazepine (or “benzo”) drugs such as Klonopin can provide lifesaving help and support to people suffering from numerous illnesses ranging from anxiety disorders to epilepsy. However, drugs like Klonopin also have a high potential for abuse and addiction. In fact, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that approximately 5.4 million people [...]
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