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Chemical Dependency: A Life Not Your Own

An individual who has developed a chemical dependency often looses necessary control over their life to a certain extent. To better understand why, think about the other interchangeable terms used to refer to chemical dependency, such as alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, drug habit and drug addiction. In its true form, chemical dependency is referring to …

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An Interview with Sheila Balkan: Criminologist and Court Consultant

Addiction often leads people to become involved with the court system—through a DUI, forging prescriptions, or other situations that stem from the desperation that can surround drug and alcohol addiction. It can be incredibly difficult to face the many adverse elements of addiction when you are not only accountable to yourself and your family, but …

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One in Eight Emergency Room Visits Related to Mental Illness or Substance Abuse

Of the 95 million emergency room visits estimated that occurred in 2007, 12 million of them were attributed to a mental disorder, substance abuse condition, or both. According to a new statistical report from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), one in eight visits by adults to hospital emergency departments was related to the …

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Avoiding Stress Rather than Adapting Can Be a Trigger for the Recovering Addict

Stress affects different people in different ways. Some individuals can handle quite a bit before they buckle under the pressure, while others are at risk of a number of negative side effects from minor pressure in their lives. For the recovering addict, stress can be a trigger that is hard to overcome. According to a …

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Protection for Employees with Drug & Alcohol Problems under the ADA

Before a meaningful discussion can be had regarding the interplay between addiction and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is first necessary to identify commonly accepted levels of substance consumption as protection can hinge on the particular classification. The consumption of drugs and alcohol is commonly split into three categories: use, abuse, and dependence. …

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How to Prevent Relapse after the Loss of Your Partner

Everything was going great in your recovery – and then the unthinkable happened. You lost your partner, the closest one to you in the world, and suddenly everything changes. Myriad thoughts run through your head, allowing no rest, no surcease from the pain. You just want to crawl in a hole and die yourself. Maybe …

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