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.

ADHD and Substance Use Disorder

Man Standing Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects someone’s ability to concentrate or leads to hyperactivity and impulsivity [1]. While everyone has difficulty concentrating or is impulsive at times, ADHD is a consistent pattern and interferes with someone’s ability to function in work, school, or in relationships. ADHD at a Glance These [...]
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Don’t Let Addiction & Grief Trigger Relapse From Addiction

Woman lying on sofa Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center In her 1993 book Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou succinctly and powerfully described the profound pain that can occur in the aftermath of the loss of a family member, close friend, or another person of significance, also known as grief. “I can accept [...]
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Increasing Deaths by Cocaine

Man considering insurance treatment America has a huge issue with drug use and addiction. Within the last several years, opioid addiction has been an epidemic, given the alarming number of overdoses and increasing addiction rates. However, cocaine use has also reached new heights. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that has a high potential for abuse [2]. Cocaine provides [...]
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Helping Families Understand Treatment for Substance Abuse

Boy outside Substance abuse is when someone is dependent on alcohol or other drugs [1]. Substance abuse is also known as addiction. Research shows that addiction affects a wide variety of people. Addiction does not just impact the individual struggling, it affects their family as well. Coping with a Family Member’s Substance Abuse Aside from the relational [...]
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