Almost 10,000 people die in the U.S. each year as a result of alcohol-impaired driving, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths in the country. The most important step anybody can take to protect other drivers and pedestrians is to learn the legal blood alcohol level for driving and stick to it. However, the legal blood alcohol level varies among countries around the world, so we’ll look at the U.K., other E.U. countries, China, Japan and Brazil.
By Cynthia Sass (byline)
Trying to prevent teenagers from taking part in risky behavior and using alcohol and/or drugs can be a challenging undertaking. Many parents, and the community at large, have invested a great deal of time and effort in exploring how to ensure kids grow up happy, healthy and without the negative consequences of having violated the law or abused drugs and alcohol.
Video gaming addiction isn’t the easiest condition to understand. While stories of ordinary people affected by the condition drive home some parallels, there seems to be an inherent difference between drug addictions and video game addiction. Accordingly, the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists the condition as one for further study, but doesn’t put it on the same footing as substance addictions. However, a little research into the topic reveals that there are more similarities than differences between the two.
What is Xanax prescribed for? Xanax is the brand name of a medication called alprazolam. It is in a category of drugs called benzodiazepines, a group of drugs that produce a tranquilizing or calming effect. By enhancing the effects of certain natural brain chemicals, Xanax is very effective at treating panic disorders, social anxiety disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. Xanax is also sometimes prescribed to improve symptoms of sleep disorders.
By Stacey Colino
At one time or another, we’ve all been there: At a party where everyone is having a little too much to drink, you see your S.O. talking animatedly, maybe even flirtatiously, with someone attractive and before you can blink twice, you’re raging with jealousy.
Heroin addiction has been a societal problem in the United States for decades. Heroin addiction is on the rise in rural areas across the country, and law enforcement officials as well as healthcare providers are scrambling to address what is seen as an epidemic. The social issues related to heroin addiction are often focused on crime, but let’s take a closer look at a different impact — the medical effects of heroin addiction on the human body.
Compassion fatigue and burnout are occupational hazards nurses, physicians and therapists often face over the course of a career. Outside the healthcare system, these emotional risks also can affect family members and friends who are dealing with loved ones affected by addiction.
By Kelsey Harper, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist and Program Director at Promises Malibu
Anyone who has ever been caught in an undertow learns that there’s no sense in swimming against it because it only pulls us in deeper. However, going with the natural flow of the ocean will usually bring us back to shore safely on a wave. Life is like that, too.
Losing a friend or peer to addiction can be shattering for people in early recovery who are still solidifying grief coping skills to deal with all of life’s slings and arrows. Loss and grief can negatively impact a person’s recovery process, posing a threat for relapse. But there is also a lot to be learned from this type of tragic loss.
It is no secret that heavy and repeated consumption of alcohol can lead to addiction. In general, the more a person drinks the more tenacious and resistant to treatment their addiction will be, meaning they’ll experience stronger alcoholism withdrawal symptoms if and when they decide to quit.
Smoking kills over 480,000 Americans each year, and 90% of smokers had their first cigarette before they were 18 years old. These two simple facts show why bringing down the number of teenage smokers is a big priority in the U.S. and around the world. One of the simplest ways to understand the extent of the problem is to compare teenage smoking rates in the U.S to those in the U.K.
Schizophrenia is a mental health concern that produces episodes of psychotic behavior, including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts and speech, and an apparent lack of emotion. It affects social behavior and cognition, interfering with relationships and career goals.
Depending on the decade in which you were born, thinking about the rehab experience in treatment centers through the lens of film and television could either be frightening or appealing, depending on how it is represented … or misrepresented.
There are different types of drug programs that can help addicts begin to learn to live without drugs. Whether you go through inpatient rehabilitation or intensive outpatient treatment, getting sober is only the beginning of a lifelong journey toward addiction recovery. Continuing on that journey and maintaining lasting sobriety will most likely require you to utilize healthcare resources after you complete addiction treatment.