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Alcohol Addiction

The Five Most Unrealistic Drug Portrayals in Movies

Some Hollywood directors, such as Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) and Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) go to great lengths to portray drug addiction and substance abuse in as realistic manner as possible in their films. They capture every grueling aspect of addiction -from the euphoric rush of the drug to the terrifying crashes that inevitably … Continue reading The Five Most Unrealistic Drug Portrayals in Movies

January 26, 2009

Drug Addiction

Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

Drug addiction is one of the biggest problems we face today. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users.[1] This statistic doesn’t include prescription drug abuse. Based on these statistics, it is clear that millions of people need help for drug abuse. Drug use creates … Continue reading Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

November 27, 2008

Cocaine Addiction

8 Dangerous Side Effects of Cocaine Addiction You Might Not Know

Despite all the research that speaks to the contrary, there are still a large number of people who are unaware of the many potential dangers of cocaine addiction. Cocaine is a stimulant that changes the pathways inside the brain and speeds up the body. The user feels happy, energetic and excited. Later, users often feel angry, … Continue reading 8 Dangerous Side Effects of Cocaine Addiction You Might Not Know

November 13, 2008

Crystal Meth Addiction

The pros and cons of Breaking Bad and its portrayal of crystal meth addiction and dealing

AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher with a mountain of bills, a pregnant wife and a cancer diagnosis that says he has less than two years to live. In order to make ends meet, and breathe some excitement into his mundane life, he uses his chemistry knowledge … Continue reading The pros and cons of Breaking Bad and its portrayal of crystal meth addiction and dealing

September 9, 2008

Drug Addiction

7 Surprising Facts About Drug Addiction in Iran

Iran plays a large role in discussions about U.S. national security, but most Americans know very little about the isolationist Middle-Eastern country. One surprising thing to many people about Iran is the depth and seriousness of the drug problem within its borders. The country’s Islamist theocracy takes a hard line toward drug use, handing down … Continue reading 7 Surprising Facts About Drug Addiction in Iran

August 18, 2008

Drug Addiction

5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by High School Students Then and Now

In the forty years since the seventies, bell bottoms morphed into skinny jeans, disco gave way to electronic dance music and teens smoked less pot. But trend watchers know, there’s nothing like time to make something old seem new again. The Monitoring the Future survey, which has tracked teen substance use every year since 1975, … Continue reading 5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by High School Students Then and Now

August 13, 2008

Drug Addiction

5 World Countries with the Worst Drug Problems

Many Americans believe the United States is home to the world’s worst drug problems, but other countries actually experience higher rates of addiction. Making matters worse, many of these countries offer fewer opportunities for addiction treatment leaving many drug users homeless and hopeless. News reports in America focus on the U.S. drug problem, primarily centering … Continue reading 5 World Countries with the Worst Drug Problems

August 8, 2008

Crystal Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine Ads Need to Make an Impact

Research shows crystal meth use is still a problem in the United States, although adolescent use peaked in the late 1990s.[1] Around 0.9 million Americans are current users of methamphetamines, including the drug’s most dangerous form: crystal meth.[2] With strong, addictive and long-term effects, methamphetamine use destroys the health and well being of young people around … Continue reading Methamphetamine Ads Need to Make an Impact

August 3, 2008