4 Emerging Drug Trends You Should Know About

While heroin, cocaine and marijuana are all still popular drugs, there are several drugs growing in popularity in the United States. Drug abusers are finding these drugs preferable to the old stand-bys because they are often cheaper and easier to obtain. Bath Salts Quick Facts: Bath Salts can make the user irrational and violent The…

The Opiates of Choice: Oxycodone and Hydrocodone

Prescription painkillers are the most commonly abused drugs in the United States, after alcohol and marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of these powerful and dangerous drugs, hydrocodone and oxycodone — two painkillers commonly prescribed for everything from back pain to injury — are prized among people addicted to opiates because of…

What Does Molly Do? [Motion Graphic]

Molly is the name used to describe the drug MDMA when it is in powder form. This street drug is gaining popularity with references in music and movies. A lot of people don’t know much about Molly and the dangers associated with it. Hopefully this motion graphic will clear up some misunderstandings and spread awareness…

How to Stay Sober and Beat the Winter Blues

If your mood steadily declines during the colder, darker winter months, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recognized problem around the world, and countries that have fewer average hours of daylight often have higher rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. The good news is that you can beat the winter blues without…

Liver Cancer, Alcoholism and You

Liver cancer is the third most deadly cancer in the world, and a range of conditions such as obesity and illnesses such as hepatitis can cause it. Alcohol consumption also contributes to liver cancer, in addition to other types of cancers, such as mouth, throat, colon, and breast cancer. Here is why prolonged heavy drinking…

Legalizing Marijuana: The Effect on Teens

The great debate on marijuana legalization continues on, with many states passing laws to the affirmative. Parents of teens, however, are concerned about such a move and are wondering just how to talk to their children about the dangers of smoking pot. Mixed Messages and Teen Rationalization Most parents are concerned that legalizing marijuana will…

The Role Despair Plays in Addiction

Many people can attest to the fact that times are hard — maybe harder than they’ve ever been, or at least since The Great Depression. The cost of living continues to rise while jobs continue to be scarce. Even for those fortunate enough to find work, the pay is usually well below what is needed…

Are e-Cigarettes a Good Solution?

Knowledge about the dangers of cigarettes has led to a significant decline in smoking over the past couple of decades, but smoking certainly isn’t a thing of the past. Some people struggle with a smoking habit after years of use while others take up the habit as a lesser evil alternative to drugs or alcohol.…

Can One Gene Cause Alcoholism?

Since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous in the early 20th century, each decade has seen a growing body of research and understanding of addiction. Sobriety, once thought to be a matter of morals or willpower, has been recognized as addressing and treating a blend of genetics, environment, biology, and more. In fact, people who have…