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Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise in Senior Citizens

In the late 1900s, pharmacology companies assured medical professionals that there was no risk of becoming addicted to prescription medications. As a result, doctors and nurses freely wrote prescriptions for these medicines. Unfortunately, the companies were wrong. As a result, prescription drug addiction has risen over the past few decades. The words “opioid crisis” have …

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Equine Therapy: Healing Horses

Equine therapy is known primarily for its success in helping people with physical and mental disabilities. But new programs are demonstrating that equine-assisted forms of therapy can also strengthen those recovering from trauma, mental illness, and addiction. The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has pioneered equine therapy efforts since 1969. As of …

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Eating Disorders and Alcoholism

In recent years, studies have shown that almost half of those who have an eating disorder also regularly abuse drugs or alcohol. Approximately 35% of people who abuse drugs or alcohol also have an eating disorder. This trend is particularly common in young teenage girls, so parents should take note of this in case they …

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Alcoholism and Parent Alienation: The Effects of Addiction on Parenting

He was angry – angry enough to share his story with a stranger, and angry enough to talk about the effects of alcohol on his life in a half-hour monologue. His ex-wife was alcoholic, and according to him, probably did drugs also. He kicked her out of the house, then divorced her, and became an …

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Salvia: More Harmful than Marijuana and Growing in Use

Have you ever heard of the drug Salvia? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Salvia, also called diviner’s sage, magic mint, maria pastora, sally-d, seer’s sage, and shepherdess’s herb is a drug that you should know about, and know the risks. Medical experts have recognized salvia as a harmful plant that has psychoactive properties. In …

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Brain Function can Recover after a Year of Abstinence from Methamphetamine

A new study shows that it takes at least one year for brain functions to improve in methamphetamine users. It supports the idea that brain function can recover after a year of abstinence from methamphetamine. These findings should help recovering abusers and their families understand that it can take an extended period of time for …

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Risk Factors for Addiction

Addiction is a dangerous and chronic disease that can damage your relationships, physical and mental health, and overall quality of life. All psychoactive substances, including prescription medications and legal substances, have the potential to cause addiction. Like other diseases, addiction becomes progressively worse over time. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have a specific known cause, although there …

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Depressed or Anxious? Tips to Help You Deal with Depression and Anxiety

According to Mental Health America, depression affects more than 19 million Americans per year. Depression often co-exists with other conditions such as anxiety. Clearly, depression and anxiety are widespread problems in this country, and anyone who suffers from the conditions understands why. Persons suffering from depression and anxiety are often prescribed medications in conjunction with …

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How to Deal With Empty Nest Syndrome

Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of sadness or loss some parents experience when the last child leaves home. It doesn’t happen to all parents; in fact, some actually feel relieved or liberated when there are no more children at home. But for parents whose lives have revolved around their children, particularly if they are …

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