The term ‘wet drugs’ or ‘dip drugs’ refers to tobacco or marijuana cigarettes dipped in the hallucinogenic anesthetic PCP (phencyclidine or “angel dust”) or formaldehyde-based embalming fluid. The precise ingredients involved in this process may or may not be known by end users.
As the U.S. faces the worst drug epidemic in history, veterans are statistically one of the most highly impacted groups when it comes to opioid addiction.
When Alan was small, his alcoholic father verbally and physically abused him. He never knew when the belt would come down. He lived in fear of those nights when his dad would come home upset about work. That’s always when he got hurt the most.
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.
When people leave a drug rehab center, they’re prepared to face dozens of well-known relapse triggers — old drug-abusing friends, stress, anger, boredom, and poor nutrition and sleep, to name a few. What they may not be on the lookout for is their relationship with their family. Yet many addiction specialists agree that family dynamics can reinforce substance abuse and increase the risk of drug relapse. Here are a few reasons why.
Many people addicted to heroin will die, and large numbers of addicted users will still consume the drug more than a decade after they first enter treatment, according to newly reported findings from a team of Australian and British researchers.
When a loved one has a problem with prescription drug abuse, it may be obvious or it may be difficult to recognize. You may have a feeling that something isn’t right, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. All you know is that your loved one doesn’t appear to be himself or herself.
Some people see drug testing of high school students as an invasion of privacy, while others see it as a smart prevention technique. When considering the question of should high school athletes be drug tested, the law is on the side of proponents. For those who believe that any strategy that helps prevent the devastation or drug abuse and addiction in young people should be used, drug testing in schools is a no-brainer.
People affected by cocaine addiction may have an unusual inability to anticipate the personal and social costs of their addiction-related behavior, if recently reported findings from a group of American researchers are correct.
People receiving medical treatment in U.S. emergency rooms often have an incomplete or inaccurate understanding of the dependence and addiction risks associated with the use of opioid painkillers, according to new findings from a group of American researchers.
Addiction doesn’t have one single cause. If it did, treatment and prevention would be much simpler. Research has uncovered multiple “causes” for the disease of addiction, which are more like risk factors. Understanding what is behind addiction is important for anyone facing it. Whether it’s your own problematic drinking or drug use or you care about someone who is struggling with addiction, understanding why this disease manifests in some people and not others is crucial. It will help you be more compassionate and will guide you toward the treatment that will be most effective.
A new study has underlined the importance of bullying in substance abuse and hints at the potential benefits of raising awareness of its long-term effects.