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Simultaneous abuse of cocaine and alcohol may increase risk of suicide

Simultaneous abuse of cocaine and alcohol may increase risk of suicide

Addiction to any substance always comes with serious repercussions that may be exacerbated by the presence of certain mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In the past, experts had frequently linked substance abuse with the likelihood of a person to commit suicide. Now, a recent study sheds some more light on the association and reveals that the link between the two seems to vary with age, gender and race.

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Treatment of withdrawal symptoms key to treating pot addiction, says study

Treatment of withdrawal symptoms key to treating pot addiction, says study

People who use marijuana for a long period experience withdrawal symptoms that can contribute to continued use of the drug. The longer a person uses pot, the more likely he or she is to undergo withdrawal symptoms when trying to get rid of it. Depending on body chemistry, degree of abuse and other factors, these symptoms can include being irritable, feeling anxious or worried, feeling depressed, having low appetite and feeling tired all the time. Continue reading

Growing popularity of synthetic opioid U-47700 causes concern in Texas

Growing popularity of synthetic opioid U-47700 causes concern in Texas

The number of drug overdose deaths in Texas gives only a glimpse of the larger picture of the drug abuse problem that America is facing today. Though lawmakers and healthcare providers in Texas are implementing the necessary guidelines and drug prevention and treatment programs, they still have a long way to go with drug U-47700 becoming popular among addicts. Continue reading

Overdose deaths depend on the strength of medicines prescribed: Study

Overdose deaths depend on the strength of medicines prescribed: Study

The opioid overdose death is going up at an alarming rate in America, and the experts put the onus on doctors who prescribe painkillers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid painkiller prescriptions have quadrupled since 2000, with deaths from natural and semisynthetic prescription opioids rising 9 percent between 2013 and 2014. The CDC says that in 2014, opioid prescriptions resulted in 28,647 deaths (61 percent) of all drug overdose deaths. Continue reading

Smokers’ population shrinking, but tobacco pushing psychiatric disorders up

Smokers’ population shrinking, but tobacco pushing psychiatric disorders up

Smoking kills, literally. It’s a slow poison that takes a toll on the health of any individual who indulges in smoking. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2015, prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 16.8 percent, or 40 million, American adults were cigarette smokers in 2014. Of these, 76.8 percent, or 30.7 million, smoked every day, while 23.2 percent, or 9.3 million, smoked occasionally. Continue reading

Drug abuse: More Texans seek help for de-addiction

Drug abuse: More Texans seek help for de-addiction

More and more Texans are seeking treatment for drug addiction these days, according to a recent news report published in The Texas Tribune. It cited figures showing an increase in the number of Texans seeking treatment for methamphetamine in 2014 compared to the previous years. Other drugs, like marijuana, are also being abused in a larger number in the state. Continue reading

Concurrent disorders: Face it and fight it

Concurrent disorders: Face it and fight it

To free yourself from the tentacles of concurrent disorders, it is important that you first accept the reality that you are suffering from this problem because it is only you who can decide whether you want to live with it or get rid of it. A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 53 percent of drug abusers and 37 percent of alcohol abusers struggle from at least one serious mental illness. Continue reading

What are the symptoms of meth withdrawal?

What are the symptoms of meth withdrawal?

Chronic use of methamphetamine can make an addict become chemically dependent on the drug, which will cause unpleasant side effects when the addict quits using it. All addiction treatment programs begin with detoxification, so experiencing withdrawal is a necessary part of the recovery process. Symptoms of withdrawal are at their most intense in the first 24 hours of the last use, but they usually fade over the next two or three weeks. During that time, meth addicts must resist powerful cravings to use the drug (About Health, “What to expect from meth withdrawal”). Some of the most common additional symptoms include the following: Continue reading