15 Apr

Alcohol Abuse Increases Heart Risks

A man stares into a glass of whiskey.We may get used to hearing about the dangers of alcohol abuse. However, it is important not to get complacent when you hear about the ways that alcohol can impact your health, or else you may become numb to the truth of the situation. While more and more people are becoming knowledgeable about the cardiovascular danger of long-term alcohol abuse, not enough is being discussed about how the short term effects of immediate alcohol intake. Here is some more information about the effects on your heart that drinking alcohol can have...

01 Apr

Surviving Addiction Without Family

A depressed man with wine is an alcoholic.Addiction is an incredibly personal battle that will require everything that an addict has to fight. For this reason, it is usually very beneficial for a strong support system to be there to help them in this journey towards a complete recovery. Family is inherently a great place for this support system to stem from. It is hard to find a group of people who are devoted to you and love you so unconditionally that they would stand by your side in even the most trying of times. However, not everybody has the luxury of this built-in support structure. This may be for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a person may not have any surviving family around them, or perhaps their family has turned their backs on them during this time. However, not all is lost. While the fight may be hard, there is a way to beat addiction, even for those who don’t have the benefit of a family to support them...

15 Mar

Driving and Marijuana Smoking

A "no marijuana" road sign against a blue sky.There has been in a trend, recently, of relaxation on what specifically is dangerous about marijuana abuse. While there are many national conversations that need to be had, one such side effect of this changing ideology is the idea that marijuana is not necessarily much of a driving impairment. This idea probably stems from the claim that marijuana is even less dangerous than alcohol. Now, that's not a subject we are going to broach, today, but it's important to note that driving under the influence of any substance is incredibly dangerous. Here's some information about driving under the influence of marijuana...

01 Mar

Is Addiction Genetic?

Addiction is currently a mental disease that is growing and causing immense pain and suffering across America, as well as around the entire planet. But how does this disease spread so strongly? There are many factors that go into the spread of addiction, many of them being social, as well as a misunderstanding about how certain substances will affect you. However, many people have a burning question of whether or not addiction has anything to do with their genetic makeup, and whether the addiction of their parents and grandparents may be passed down to them. The answer, according to many studies, is a surprising yes...

15 Feb

The Effects of Heroin on the Body

A syringe full of heroin is measured in someone's handsOf all of the common street drugs that are seen in the world, today, heroin is certainly the most dangerous. In terms of the addictive properties, euphoric high, and destructive effects on the body, heroin cannot be matched. Since heroin addiction is quite a growing epidemic nowadays, due to the gateways that our society has opened with prescription opiates, it is important to understand the exact dangers that heroin presents to our vital organs. To help fully detail exactly these effects, let’s take a look at each bodily system and how it can be destroyed by the effects of heroin...