Tobacco Addiction: The Major (Forgotten) Killer

Smokers could be considered the forgotten addicts. Government and law enforcement crack down on illicit street drugs. Most rehab centers focus on treating the “hard” drugs, such as opiates, amphetamines and alcohol. Yet tobacco — which remains freely available and, for the most part, socially and legally acceptable — causes major health problems, ultimately killing…

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Alcohol and other Drugs: A Dangerous Mix

Combining alcohol with other substances increases the risk of serious health conditions and side effects. Alcohol intensifies the effects of many drugs, including street drugs and prescription medication. Seemingly harmless over-the-counter drugs and herbal treatments can also cause problems when taken with alcohol. Effects of Alcohol on Men and Women Alcohol affects women faster than…

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The Financial Cost of Drug Addiction: Video Infographic

Embed and share <iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/BnTt_dPycYE” frameborder=”0″ width=”640″ height=”360″></iframe><br />Video By <a title=”Video Infographic by The Ranch PA” href=”https://dmclarityway.wpengine.com”>The Ranch PA</a> The Cost of the War on Drugs Did you know that over half of the more than 210,000 prisoners jailed in the federal prison system are there because of a drug-related offense? The United States…

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Understanding Relapse

Every year thousands of people successfully combat addiction. In the months and years following treatment, some of these people relapse, returning to substance abuse. The word “relapse” means “to fall again,” and it’s a possibility all recovering addicts face. In November of 2012, police laid DUI charges against an addiction counselor from Torrance, California. Tragically,…

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Holidays, Families and Addiction Support

Holidays are stressful times for people living with addiction disorders. Social pressure to drink at parties increases, celebrations interfere with daily routines and stress levels rise. Family members can help loved ones avoid alcohol or drug use and still enjoy the holidays. Preventing HALT HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired, all of which…

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Addicts Aren’t “Bad People”

Addicts often feel a great deal of shame about their addiction. It’s easy to see where this notion stems from. Myths about addiction contribute to the widespread belief that addicts are bad people. Popular opinion, television shows and media stories create the impression that addicts are selfish, weak and lacking self-control. The idea may also…

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