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More Women Using Cocaine in the UK

The Telegraph UK reported that one in 15 women ages 10-25 in England admitted they have tried cocaine, raising concerns that young women will soon overtake men for cocaine use. Unfortunately, cocaine is being considered more glamorous and socially acceptable, with high-profile celebrities like Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse being associated with the drug. The …

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Study Finds Better Ways to Treat Schizophrenia

Instance of schizophrenia have puzzled researchers for years as the causes and promising treatments have changed with better and more in-depth research. The latest findings in this area have implicated machinery that maintains the flow of potassium in cells and revealed a potential molecular target for new treatments. Science Daily reported on an extensive series …

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Former Drug Addict Finds Solace in Triathlons

Eddie Freas, 33, has found a different way to fight his 20-year addiction to alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine—he started training for and entering triathlons. “I feel better when I’m working out,” Freas told CNN’s Madison Park. “It does wonders for the mind. The reason I started running—it was a switch that went off in my …

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Smoking Declines While Drug and Alcohol Use Remain Steady

A new report on substance abuse and mental health shows that while more people are quitting smoking (or not starting in the first place), alcohol and illicit drug use still remain steady. The study also shows that drug use varies widely across the country; for example, the rate of illicit drug use among people ages …

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New Clinical Director at Promises’ West Los Angeles Campus Creating Robust Clinical Team to Enhance Addiction Treatment Program

Jason Levine, Ph.D. has developed a three-pronged approach to addiction treatment that includes a twelve-step foundation, relapse prevention, and group treatment for anxiety and depression. Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) June 2, 2009 — Nestled in a quiet West Los Angeles neighborhood, the original Promises facility has, for over twenty years, offered a safe and effective …

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COPD Patients at Higher Risk for Depression

Time and again, research points to a definite link between an individual’s mental well-being and their physical well-being. According to a Reuters Health piece, those patients who struggle with the chronic breathing disorder COPD appear to be at significantly higher risk for becoming clinically depressed than healthy individuals. “The relationship between depression and COPD was …

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Study Finds Doctors Abusing Prescription Drugs

When endless debates surround the issue of solving the drug problem, rarely is the discussion targeted at doctors. According to Central Ohio News, there are hundreds of doctors in Ohio alone dealing with drug and alcohol addictions. What’s worse, the report notes that they are still in practice. The Harvard Review of Psychiatry published a …

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