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Early marijuana use can hamper brain function, says study

Early marijuana use can hamper brain function, says study

02-27 | Rachael

Of all the addictive substances, marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. While some prefer to smoke cannabis for its psychedelic effects, others prefer it for its medicinal properties to get relief from pain and suffering resulting from trauma and prolonged suffering. In the U.S., 29 states, including the District […]

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Neonatal abstinence syndrome affects kids’ performance in school: Study

Neonatal abstinence syndrome affects kids’ performance in school: Study

02-23 | Rachael

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a postnatal drug withdrawal syndrome that affects an infant who has been exposed to addictive opioid drugs while in the mother’s womb. Opioid pain relievers, such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and heroin, reach the fetus through the placenta during pregnancy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that […]

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Tips to tread the path of sobriety after rehab

Tips to tread the path of sobriety after rehab

02-13 | Rachael

Addiction is a chronic disease similar to other chronic medical conditions like diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use habit, despite knowing its harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because […]

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Drug overdose can be deadly

Drug overdose can be deadly

02-08 | Rachael

Most people have a basic template for life — have a good education, get a good job, get married, raise kids, and retire comfortably. But in today’s rapidly changing world, a good job, a healthy personal life, a pay raise, a promotion, and even family events, come along with their fair share of stress. Everything […]

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Addiction and drug abuse - Part 4: Helping loved ones wean off drugs the right way

Addiction and drug abuse – Part 4: Helping loved ones wean off drugs the right way

02-06 | Rachael

The devastating force of drug addiction has the potential to leave behind a toxic trail. The effects of addiction are felt not only by the victims but also by their friends and family members. Supporting the loved one without aggravating their drug abuse and not losing sight of one’s own needs and well-being is not […]

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Overdose deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids on the rise

Overdose deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids on the rise

02-03 | Rachael

From 2010 through 2014, the number of drug overdose deaths in the United States spiked sharply each year by 23 percent, from 38,329 in 2010 to 47,055 in 2014, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The percentage of drug overdose deaths increased from 67 percent in 2010 to […]

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Addiction and Drug Abuse - Part 3: Families can also cause relapse

Addiction and Drug Abuse – Part 3: Families can also cause relapse

02-01 | Rachael

It takes tremendous effort and time for people battling addiction to come to terms with their predicament and accept that they need guidance to overcome it. When such people prepare to seek treatment, there are multiple temptations that they need to stave off. These include triggers like friends dependent on drugs, stress, anger, boredom, poor […]

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