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.

Why Fentanyl is so Addictive & Deadly

Nature Railroad Tracks into Stormy Clouds In the United States, synthetic opioid drugs are the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths [1], with over 36,000 people dying from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2019 [2]. One of the most addictive and deadly synthetic opioids is a drug called fentanyl. According to a report by the National Institute on Drug [...]
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Help at The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Nature Path Through Trees in Fall Colors Are you or a loved one struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder? If so, one of the first steps you can take is to seek help at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). From educational tools and treatment locators to 24/7 national helplines, SAMHSA offers numerous resources to help [...]
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The Prevalence of Substance Use Disorders Among Older Women

Middle Aged Woman Laughing Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center When it comes to substance use disorders, older individuals often go undiagnosed. Although substance use disorders tend to decline in older populations, they are still a growing concern, with nearly 1 million adults age 65 and older living with the condition [1]. Because people are prone to [...]
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How Intervention Can Help Someone Accept Substance Use Help

Men in detox Addiction to substances can wreak havoc on someone’s life. Substance abuse can negatively impact several aspects of someone’s life. For example, they can experience destruction in their relationships, finances, professional or academic responsibilities, and mental and physical health and possibly requiring an intervention. For people in relationships with someone who is struggling with addiction, this [...]
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