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Addiction Warning Signs

When Should I Call an Addiction Hotline?

Addiction hotlines are readily available to anyone who would like to speak to a knowledgeable person about addiction to drugs, alcohol or destructive behaviors. Calling an addiction hotline can be helpful and constructive in an infinite number of ways. Calling an addiction hotline can help an addict find treatment, work through depression or thoughts of … Continue reading When Should I Call an Addiction Hotline?

April 24, 2018

Addiction Warning Signs

Could Your Job Be Putting You at Risk for a Substance Abuse Problem?

Addiction is a highly stigmatized disease. A large part of this is due to how the media portrays addicts. As a result, society sees addicts in a decidedly negative light. Unfortunately, this moral persecution makes addicts less likely to seek treatment and encourages medical professionals to treat addicts poorly. This perspective has also led to … Continue reading Could Your Job Be Putting You at Risk for a Substance Abuse Problem?

August 12, 2016

Addiction Recovery

Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

On This Page: The LGBT Community as Sexual Minority How the Minority Stress Model Explains the Addiction Spike in the LGBT Community Find Freedom from Addiction at Michael’s House Addiction is an indiscriminate disease. Anyone who experiments with alcohol or drugs—regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, location, political affiliation and so on—could become chemically … Continue reading Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

December 8, 2015

Addiction Warning Signs

High-Functioning Addiction: What It Looks Like, How to Help

Some addicts wear their addiction on their sleeve and openly talk about their struggles with substance abuse. However, many addicts live with what is termed “high-functioning addiction.” A high-functioning addict is both physically and psychologically dependent upon their drug of choice, but they still manage to hold down a job and/or remain part of an intact … Continue reading High-Functioning Addiction: What It Looks Like, How to Help

March 23, 2015

Addiction Warning Signs

Synthetic Cathinones: The Dangers of Bath Salts

The most recent estimates approximate that 10 million people worldwide use the khat plant for its euphoric high.[i] Despite such large numbers using the drug internationally, most Americans have never heard of it. However, these chemicals known as cathinones, responsible for the stimulating euphoria, are not a new invention. People around the world have been using the … Continue reading Synthetic Cathinones: The Dangers of Bath Salts

December 24, 2012

Addiction Warning Signs

Is Involuntary Commitment to Addiction Treatment the Answer to Chronic Addiction?

Current information about drug addiction in the United States is absolutely mind-boggling. For example, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.[1] This out-of-control problem has many families at their wit’s end. How can you treat this serious problem when … Continue reading Is Involuntary Commitment to Addiction Treatment the Answer to Chronic Addiction?

December 14, 2012

Addiction Warning Signs

The Connection Between Drug Addiction and Brain Trauma

Many professional athletes suffer from drug addiction. Some athletes—such as boxers, football players and hockey players—are more likely to suffer from brain trauma because the nature of their jobs. The official term for brain trauma is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE occurs when trauma takes place in the brain from repeated head injuries.[1] Many professionals … Continue reading The Connection Between Drug Addiction and Brain Trauma

July 17, 2012

Addiction Recovery

Celebrity Chef Provides Hope Through Drugfree.org for Those Affected by Addiction

“Meet the Parents Hour” is a live chat on The Partnership for Drugfree.org’s Facebook page. Each month, the nonprofit organization features a different guest who shares their own story of addiction and answers questions from the audience on the topics of substance abuse and recovery. They are currently featuring award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern who some … Continue reading Celebrity Chef Provides Hope Through Drugfree.org for Those Affected by Addiction

February 26, 2012

Addiction Warning Signs

Former Child Star and Current Housewife Kim Richards Enters Drug Rehab

Kim Richards was a Disney child star, and now she’s a star on the reality TV show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As the show has followed her interaction with fellow housewives including sister, Kyle, concerns have been expressed in numerous ways about Kim’s erratic behavior, and some of the women have conjectured that Richards … Continue reading Former Child Star and Current Housewife Kim Richards Enters Drug Rehab

December 16, 2011