College is a time for young people to start working towards their future. Picking a major is just one of the steps that college students make. Every decision that students make during this time has an impact on their future. They must learn to balance a large and challenging load of classes, extracurricular activities, athletics,
Could I Be A Drug Addict?
Sometimes the hardest thing for addicts to do is to admit that they have a problem. It seems that everyone around the addict sees the destruction that they are causing to themselves, yet the addict doesn’t. Oftentimes, the addict is in denial about his or her drug use. Time and time again, addicts get into
Are Drugs Destroying Your Relationship?
When we are abusing drugs, we do things that we wouldn’t normally think of doing. We aren’t proud of most of the things we do. Hurting our significant others is a common outcome of our drug abuse. Although we may not have the intention of hurting them, it is inevitable. This problem affects many couples.
Children: The Innocent Victims of Drug Addiction
When drug addicts use their drug of choice, they are lost in a euphoric world that is completely disconnected from reality. In this drug haze, they feel no pain, they have no appetite and they are detached from their emotions. Children who grow up such a drug-filled environment end up with a distorted perception of
Elderly at Risk for Chronic Alcohol Abuse
According to Dr. Sally Rigler of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, one-third of elderly alcoholic persons develop their problem with alcohol in later life while the other two-thirds have had problems with alcohol for the majority of their lives. Alcohol has adverse effects on the body, which become more severe as the alcoholic
Spice: Synthetic Marijuana
Spice: Synthetic Marijuana Young adults are adding spice to their lives and it is a deadly ingredient. Spice, also referred to as K2, is a synthetic form of marijuana. It is advertised as a safe, legal alternative to marijuana, but that is far from true. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, spice is
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of pregnant mothers using opiates has increased from 1.19 to 5.63 for every 1,000 births per year. As the number of expectant mothers using opiates rises, so does the number of infants born with opiate dependence or Neonatal Abstinence
Xanax Addiction: A Growing Epidemic
Xanax, a benzodiazepine, is being abused more and more frequently in today’s society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the estimated number of emergency room visits involving nonmedical use of benzodiazepines increased 89 percent nationwide between 2004 and 2008 and continues to rise. The effects of Xanax abuse can cause severe
Marijuana Abuse: Stepping Stone to Addiction
From the white picket fences of suburban America to the streets of urban jungles, marijuana is everywhere. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. Since marijuana is so easily accessible, one can find a soccer mom enjoying fresh pot brownies or an
5 Self-Esteem Building Skills Taught in Drug Rehab
Webster’s Dictionary defines self-esteem as confidence and satisfaction with oneself. Drug and alcohol addiction causes many addicts to lose their self-esteem through poor choices and judgment. After completing drug rehab, addicts begin to feel better about themselves and, with time and consistency in behavior, self-esteem grows. Self-Esteem Self-esteem is learned and encouraged in childhood through