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Substance Abuse

The Dangerous Dozen: The 12 Most Addictive Substances Around the Globe

Posted on December 20th, 2017

An estimated 23 million Americans and nearly 30 million people worldwide are addicted to a substance—from alcohol to prescription medications to illicit drugs.

Addiction is the unintended outcome of misusing or overusing an addictive substance. While there is much debate over the role that free will or choice plays in addiction, it can certainly be argued that no one who takes a drink, drug or prescription medication sets out to become an addict. More likely, they take the substance to find a way to feel good (or at least better), relieve pain, forget their problems or numb difficult feelings. If that substance is highly addictive, the substance is more likely to be repeated.

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How Love Addiction Can Lead to Infidelity

Posted on September 20th, 2016

 Love addiction is a complicated thing. It can take a lot of different forms and can cause someone to behave in a variety of damaging ways. It may seem counterintuitive that someone addicted to love would cheat on a partner, but it happens more than you might think. Love addiction and cheating too often go together. To avoid the harm that can come from being a love addict and from infidelity, be aware of what love addiction is and how it can lead to cheating.

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Drunk and Stoned Behind the Wheel: Double the Driving Risk

Posted on July 18th, 2016

Awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving tends to increase during certain times of the year, especially around holidays, proms, and summer vacations. With four states and the District of Columbia now legalizing recreational marijuana use and other states considering putting measures on the ballot to legalize pot for recreational use, there’s more awareness about marijuana in total. Not much in the way of research has been conducted on the dangers of drinking and smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel — until now.

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How to Keep Your Sobriety Intact During Summer Travel

Posted on July 11th, 2016

During the summer, there is a good chance that you might take a short trip or vacation away from home. Whether you’re heading to the beach, a lake or a historic destination, you’re probably excited to be able to have a change in your daily routine. You’ll get to have time off from your job and you’ll be able to spend extra time with family or friends, appreciating the sights or just enjoying some rest and relaxation in the sun.

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Heroin Epidemic Strikes Arizona Hard as Opioid Users Make the Switch

Posted on March 25th, 2016

It should come as no surprise to those watching the explosion in opioid prescription drug abuse across the United States, including Arizona, that when the price of feeding the habit becomes too high, users will switch to a cheaper and more easily available alternative — heroin. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that heroin use has nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013.

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Monitoring Emotional Triggers to Help Prevent Relapse

Posted on December 3rd, 2015

Monitoring Emotional Triggers to Help Prevent RelapseYou know the feeling: Your gut clenches, your thoughts race, and you feel a cold sweat all over your body. You’ve been here before — too many times, in fact. Your typical response is to head straight for your drug of choice. Stopping the knee-jerk reaction to use may seem impossible, but there are things you can do. Monitoring these emotions and triggers can help you keep relapse at bay — and, more importantly, serve as an effective strategy in your recovery toolkit.

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Despite Positive Trends, Binge Drinking Still Rampant on Arizona College Campuses

Posted on November 6th, 2015

Despite Positive Trends, Binge Drinking Still Rampant on Arizona College CampusesWhile adolescent binge drinking is on the decline, this dangerous style of alcohol consumption is still widespread among university students in Arizona. College campuses in general have an ongoing problem with alcohol, so the binge drinking phenomenon is not unique to this state. But this reckless activity claims lives and increases the odds of a person developing alcoholism, and that makes it a major public health concern.

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Is It Love or Addiction?

Posted on October 3rd, 2015

Is It Love or Addiction?Love is one of the most cherished of human experiences. Most people hope to deeply bond with another human being romantically, spiritually and mentally. Songs and movies continually remind you that somewhere out there is your true soulmate, the person who will be your most important companion and make you complete.

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Heavy Drinking Increase Risks for Unsafe Sex

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Heavy Drinking Increase Risks for Unsafe SexPeople who drink heavily have increased chances of engaging in unsafe sex and exposing themselves to a sexually transmitted disease, according to recent findings from a team of American researchers.

Alcohol is known for its ability to lower inhibition levels and increase the odds that a person will act impulsively or recklessly. In a study published in April 2015 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from the Brown University School of Public Health assessed the connection between consuming specific amounts of alcohol and the odds of participating in unsafe sex and potentially contracting a sexually transmitted infection. These researchers concluded that heavy but non-extreme drinking significantly boosts risks for unsafe sex.

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Drinking While Smoking Marijuana Doubles Odds of Drunk Driving

Posted on September 30th, 2015

Drinking While Smoking Marijuana Doubles Odds of Drunk DrivingIf you drink alcohol while smoking marijuana, you are more likely to drive drunk and be at risk for other dangers, according to a new study from the Alcohol Research Group.

The researchers hoped to settle the question of whether simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use increases the risks associated with using either substance independently. Their results suggest that combing alcohol and marijuana doubles the odds that a person will drink and drive, suffer social consequences, or harm him or herself in some way.

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Why Sleep Is Important to Recovery

Posted on September 26th, 2015

Why Sleep Is Important to RecoveryMaking the commitment to do something proactive to overcome drug and alcohol addiction is an excellent first step, one that’s crucial to learning how to live a healthy and happy life without the crutch of addictive substances. But the road to recovery is often fraught with unexpected turns, not the least of which is attempting to cope with this decidedly different approach to living.

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