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Teens Who Get Addicted to Marijuana

Teens Who Get Addicted to Marijuana

Posted on December 19th, 2014

Marijuana is more controversial than ever these days. With legalization for medical use in more than 20 states and legalization for recreational use in two, the drug continues to be the subject for debate.

One of the hot topics is addiction. Some people claim that marijuana is not addictive, but most experts know better. While not as addictive as many other drugs, it can and does lead to dependence. The real issue now is that teens are getting hooked on smoking pot.

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Getting Through the Holidays Sober and Sane

Getting Through the Holidays Sober and Sane

Posted on December 17th, 2014

The weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be a stressful time for those in recovery. It is usually a particularly stressful time if you are newly sober and not accustomed to getting through the holidays sober and without the crutch of a chemical to numb your feelings.

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How Many College Freshmen Use Marijuana?

How Many College Freshmen Use Marijuana?

Posted on December 15th, 2014

Marijuana is the most popular form of cannabis, a plant-based drug capable of producing problems with substance abuse and substance addiction in repeat users. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine sought to find out how many teenagers entering a college or university have used marijuana at some point in their lifetimes or start using the drug during their freshman year. These researchers also looked at the factors that make a history of marijuana intake more likely, as well as the factors that make a college freshman more likely to begin marijuana use.

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Why and How to Detach With Love

Why and How to Detach With Love

Posted on December 12th, 2014

When you love an alcoholic or addict, you probably experience a lot of unpredictability and pain in your life, including both extreme highs and extreme lows. You get caught up in frequent drama and are obsessed with trying to change situations you can’t control and you may spend time, money and energy trying to fix someone else’s problems. The worst part of all is the addict doesn’t want to be saved or changed. He or she barely seems to notice your efforts. The addict or alcoholic that you love is driving you crazy.

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What’s the Link Between Depression and Teen Substance Use?

What’s the Link Between Depression and Teen Substance Use?

Posted on December 10th, 2014

Statistically speaking, teenagers who consume drugs or alcohol have elevated odds of developing symptoms of major depression or some other depressive illness. However, researchers don’t fully understand why the connection between depression and substance use exists among people in this age group.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

Prescription Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

Posted on December 8th, 2014

Americans of all ages have fallen victim to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction. The consequences are serious, including a tripling in the number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs in the U.S. since 1990. While people of all ages, socioeconomic groups, and races are vulnerable to prescription drug abuse, one group is often overlooked. Elderly Americans are abusing prescriptions at an alarming and growing rate and the issue is not getting enough attention.

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Resentments: A Major Threat to Addiction Recovery

Resentments: A Major Threat to Addiction Recovery

Posted on December 6th, 2014

One of the biggest threats to recovery from addiction is getting caught up in negative emotions. Resentments are among the most powerful of these emotions, and for many recovering alcoholics and addicts, resentments can trigger the urge to use and are a threat to addiction recovery.

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Young Adults Would Rather Quit Cigarettes Than Marijuana

Young Adults Would Rather Quit Cigarettes Than Marijuana

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Cigarette smoking and marijuana use are two of the most common forms of recreational drug intake in the U.S. and across the world. However, scientists have devoted relatively few resources to the examination of people who regularly participate in both of these activities. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from two U.S. universities evaluated the overlap between cigarette smoking and marijuana use among young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, as well as the factors that link and separate the two forms of drug intake.

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Learning to Trust Your Adult Child in Recovery

Learning to Trust Your Adult Child in Recovery

Posted on December 2nd, 2014

By Heather Rolland, LCSW

Can you imagine applying to become a parent as if it were a competitive job? Imagine the job description: physical care, emotional care, financial support … and then all the potential contingencies. Navigating the first 18 or so years is hard enough, but for some parents, the next few steps—the letting go and releasing your child, now a young adult, into the world—may be the hardest. For a parent who has been through the wrenching process of helping a child identify and treat an addiction and enter recovery, this next step may feel like the hardest one of all.

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Online Gamer Tells His Story of Addiction and Recovery

Online Gamer Tells His Story of Addiction and Recovery

Posted on November 27th, 2014

Video game addiction may not be an officially recognized condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM), but most addiction experts wouldn’t deny its existence. The DSM-5 lists Internet gaming addiction as a condition that warrants more evidence before it can be formally recognized, but it’s widely expected to be fully included in the future, and other countries (such as South Korea) have already begun taking the condition seriously.

This is a complex issue for psychologists, but much more so for the gamers: how are you supposed to know you’re struggling with an issue if there isn’t an official set of criteria? A Reddit user, posting on the League of Legends (an online game with over 27 million daily players) section of the website, tells his story of online gaming addiction in the hopes of helping others recognize when their playing is becoming a problem.

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10 Risks of Holiday Drinking

10 Risks of Holiday Drinking

Posted on November 25th, 2014

When the holiday season rolls around, there are many good reasons to avoid tipping a few too many back and no real good ones for getting tanked with alcohol. Some of the risks may be familiar, while others may not immediately come to mind. Still, it pays to be aware of these 10 risks of holiday drinking — and do something proactive about them:

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Give Thanks for the New Memories in Recovery

Give Thanks for the New Memories in Recovery

Posted on November 24th, 2014

By Suzanne Kane

If it sometimes seems like you can’t escape the memories of your addictive past, there is a good solution to this problem that many newcomers to recovery suffer from. The only real way to get past the past involves forgiving yourself for whatever you have done and then to get busy living life in the present – making new memories.

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Nutrition Can Aid Your Sobriety

Nutrition Can Aid Your Sobriety

Posted on November 23rd, 2014

Addicts in recovery are often let off the hook when it comes to bad habits. Why worry about cigarettes or sugary snacks when trying to focus on the main problem? There is a very good reason to worry about those bad habits. A bad diet can negatively impact your recovery, while eating well can help you feel better, help to restore nutritional imbalances and help resist the urge to relapse. 

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California’s Prop. 47 Brings Big Changes in Drug Crime Sentencing

California’s Prop. 47 Brings Big Changes in Drug Crime Sentencing

Posted on November 21st, 2014

The Nov. 4 decision by voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes has received much attention in the media. But in California, another ballot initiative (Proposition 47) that promises significant change in the area of drug policy also received a collective thumbs-up from the citizenry, and in the long run this type of change in the law could have just as big a societal impact as the adoption of less restrictive marijuana statutes.

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Can Internet Gaming Disorder Alter the Brain’s Structure?

Can Internet Gaming Disorder Alter the Brain’s Structure?

Posted on November 17th, 2014

Internet gaming disorder is the term used in the U.S. to describe an unofficially defined form of behavioral addiction centered on dysfunctional, impairing involvement in games played remotely through computers or other online devices. The American Psychiatric Association has created a list of possible symptoms of this disorder, which researchers throughout the world are currently testing in various types of studies. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a team of Chinese researchers used advanced imaging technology to help determine if people potentially affected by Internet gaming disorder experience structural changes in their brains’ grey and white matter.

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