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15 May Alcohol Abuse Rates Rise After Retirement

Statistically, most people know someone in their immediate lives who is or has struggled with alcohol abuse. Alcohol is, after all, the most abused substance on the planet, far and away. Currently, around one in twelve of all adults in the United States are classified as problem drinkers. However, one aspect of the prevalent alcohol abuse picture in the United States that doesn’t get talked about enough is the spike in alcohol abuse rates that happens around the retirement age. In particular, why do retirees struggle with alcohol so much more than other U.S. adults?

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01 May Income Inequality Affects Recovery

Addiction is a behavioral disease that has affected every demographic in the United States, as well as throughout the world, regardless of class, color, or creed. However, it would be highly disingenuous to suggest that there aren’t socioeconomic factors that play a part in the landscape of addiction that we are witnessing today, especially if we, as a society, want to take meaningful steps to combat addiction and save lives. In particular, class economics have a big part to play in addiction, by the numbers. Here are some important things to remember about the connection between income inequality and addiction...

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15 Apr Alcoholism Rates of Women Continue to Climb

Alcoholism is a problem that has continued to grow in America. First of all, alcohol is the most abused substance in the world, by far, due to its social prevalence and its legality. Indeed, nearly 9% of adults in the United States report having drinking patterns that could be described as problematic. Amidst these facts, another alarming trend has begun to get noticed and studied: the particular rising rates of alcoholism in women. Essentially, more women today are drinking a lot more than most women did in the decades before. Here is some information about how alcoholism rates among women continue to climb...

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01 Apr Why Moralizing Addiction Doesn’t Work

Addiction has proven itself to be one of the most major social problems of our time. The rates of addiction have continued to climb, since the turn of the century, and the opioid epidemic is a sure sign that there are many aspects of addiction that have to be addressed. The good news is that the awareness for addiction has continued to climb, as well. This means that more steps are being taken to help solve the problem. However, we have to be careful to control the narrative in which addiction is viewed. In particular, the view that addiction is a moral evil is something that we must take great pains to prevent. Here is why moralizing addiction doesn’t work...

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01 Mar Increase in Heroin Emergencies of Young People in California

The awareness of the drug issue that is faced by the population of the United States, and indeed, the entire planet, is something that has grown in the past couple of years. This is a good first step, since awareness is needed to take further action. However, just as the rate of awareness has risen, so too have the rates of people affected by substance abuse.

Addiction is a horrific behavioral disease that affects every part of the population, regardless of class, race, gender, ethnicity, or any other sociological factor (although some of these populations might be adversely affected more than others). Recently, there has been a dangerous increase in the amount of heroin emergencies experienced by millennials in California...

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15 Feb Why Quitting Cold Turkey is so Dangerous

Quitting an illicit substance is one of the most challenging battles that a person can face, especially when it comes to opiates, such as heroin. The addictive properties of most opioids are remarkably strong, and will test a person in ways that they’ve never been tested before. It’s for this reason that quitting heroin is such a dangerous prospect. The other major challenge is that addicts often feel as though they are alienated from their families and society, in general. This makes it less likely that they will seek help on their own. Because of this, many addicts, when they feel they need to kick their heroin dependency, believe they can do it by going cold turkey. Besides the fact that it almost never works, here is why that is such a dangerous idea...
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01 Nov Recognizing the Signs of an Overdose

Drugs and other illicit substances can have a lot of scary effects, especially when someone is addicted. However, perhaps the most scary thing that can happen is an overdose.

Why Do Overdoses Happen?

Overdoses happen because the nature of addiction is that you have to take more and more to get the same effect. Addiction means that you act a certain way regardless of risk, so your perception of danger will probably be skewed. It’s important that we remove the stigma that we often have connected to overdoses. They can happen to anyone struggling with addiction, even when they’re trying their best to make positive changes in their life.

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15 Oct Cold Turkey and Tobacco Addiction Part 2

PART 2

This post is a continuation of a previous article that discussed a recent study on the success rate of quitting tobacco, immediately, versus an approach that gradually takes the subject off of tobacco. While there was a higher success rate for those who quit immediately, there are other factors that needed to be considered. This post will discuss other factors into quitting smoking, and offer tips that quitters may find helpful in their journey.

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01 Oct Cold Turkey and Tobacco Addiction Part 1

PART 1

Tobacco use is a prevalent problem in our society. It is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and contributes to over 480,000 deaths every year, meaning that 1 in every 5 premature deaths in this country are tied to tobacco use. However, getting people to stop smoking is a challenging public issue, as the dependency that is caused by nicotine is a lot more powerful than many people realize. However, some recent studies have suggested that many programs have the wrong idea about getting people to quit tobacco, and that simply stopping immediately might actually be the best option.

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