Month: December 2012

Alcohol Detox Programs: Making it Easier for the Patients to Cope with Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

We all know that excessive intake of alcohol is bad for our health. Alcohol abuse can lead to serious health problems. From liver diseases to heart illnesses, alcohol is responsible for numerous health ailments. In fact, alcoholism is one of the biggest causes of premature deaths. Unfortunately, alcohol is highly addictive, physically and mentally. Despite being well-aware of the harmful health effects of alcohol, people are unable to stop drinking. Severe withdrawal symptoms mean that people with alcohol addiction are not able to give up drinking for more than a few days at a time. When it comes to giving up alcohol addiction, it is highly important to address withdrawal symptoms in a safe environment. This is where alcohol detoxification comes in. Before we explain the significance of alcohol detoxification, let’s take a look at some of the major alcohol withdrawal symptoms that make it so difficult for people to overcome alcohol addiction- An acute feeling of nervousness, paranoia or anxiety. Rapid mood swings and emotional volatility. Continuous, severe headaches. Increased heart rate, shakiness, tremors of the hands and excessive sweating. Uncontrolled movements of the eyelids. Hallucinations, day dreaming and agitated behavior. Loss of appetite and vomiting. Insomnia. Weight loss or weight gain. As we can see, some of these symptoms are related to the body while others are related to mind. When an alcoholic suddenly stops drinking, his...

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Effects of Parental Drug Abuse on Children

According to the information posted on the official website of Child Welfare Information Gateway, around 9% of children in the US live in families where at least one parent abuses alcohol or other drugs. Drug and alcohol abuse doesn’t just pose a grave threat to the health of the addicted person but also affects the overall well-being of the whole family. A drug addicted parent, knowingly or unknowingly, can cause serious harm to children. The impressionable minds of young children are vulnerable to damage that can seriously affect their future life. Parental drug and alcohol abuse can affect the health of children in more than one way- Domestic violence Even though no conclusive link has been established between parental drug abuse and domestic violence, many such cases are reported in families where one of the parents abuse drugs or alcohol. Domestic violence can hamper the overall development of children. It can cause physical harm and mental disorders among children. It can also lead to personality disorders and make children alienated and lonely. Crime Once again, there is no conclusive proof, but it has been observed that children belonging to those families in which any of the parents abuse drugs or alcohol are more likely to commit crimes. It could be lack of love and appreciation or absence of parental guidance that drives children towards crimes. It has been seen...

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Things Your Kids Must Know About Drugs

As per information posted on official website of National Center for Children in poverty (NCCP), around 10% of youth aged between 12 to17 are illicit drug users. Considering the fact that so many young people use alcohol and drugs, it has become highly important for parents to make their kids aware of the harmful health effects of drug addiction. It is important to make children understand that glamorization of drugs and alcohol in the entertainment industry is misleading. An actor smoking a cigarette in a movie may look cool and sexy but in real life, things are different. Drugs abuse has serious health consequences and it may completely ruin the life of a person. Here are a few things your kids should know about drug and alcohol abuse- What are drugs? Drugs are chemicals that change the way your body works. Drugs are mainly taken for medical reasons. Drugs are prescribed by doctors in specific quantities to treat various illnesses and diseases. Medical drugs can be purchased legally from medical stores. What are illegal drugs? In addition to medical purposes, certain drugs are used by people for recreational purposes. Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine are some of the illegal drugs consumed by people. These drugs are banned in most countries. They can be highly addictive and can have serious negative health consequences. How illegal drugs affect the health of a...

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Drug Use During Pregnancy

Taking illegal drugs during pregnancy can be very harmful. Drugs can cause serious health complications in pregnant women and put the life of unborn baby at risk. Drugs also increase the chances of a miscarriage and still birth. It’s very important for women who desire to give birth to a healthy baby to stay away from potentially harmful drugs. In addition to illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, prescriptive drug abuse may also prove to be harmful for the development of fetus in a woman’s body. Let’s take a look at how some of the major drugs can affect the health of a woman and her unborn baby- Cocaine Cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs and it can have a disastrous effect on the wellbeing of an unborn baby. Cocaine consumption can cause serious complications in a pregnant woman. It can lead to miscarriage and premature birth. It can also hamper the development of the brain and may lead to mental retardation of the child. The intake of cocaine during pregnancy may also cause seizures and neurological abnormalities in the child. Not to mention, cocaine poses a grave threat to the health of a pregnant woman. An overdose of the drug may prove to be fatal for woman and her unborn baby. Alcohol Just like other harmful drugs, alcohol intake can cause many complications in pregnant...

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Drug Abuse Among Teenagers

As per the findings of The Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey (funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse) illicit drug abuse among teenagers is on the rise. Fuelled by an increase in marijuana consumption, the drug use among 8th, 10th and 12th graders has increased significantly. According to the survey, approximately, 36% of 12th graders have experimented with marijuana. The percentage has gone up significantly and it reflects the worrisome trend increased marijuana consumption in the society. Many teenagers believe that marijuana is a ‘safe drug’ and they can get away with it easily. Also around 15% of high-school seniors have consumed a prescription drug without any medical supervision in the past one year. Considering the potential harmful effects of prescription drug abuse, this poses a serious threat to the health of young students. While these figures have painted a grim picture of drug abuse among youngsters, there is a silver lining. The use of inhalants has decreased significantly. The consumption of cocaine has also reduced among teenagers. The findings of the survey have once again highlighted the importance of taking some substantive measures to check drug abuse among teenagers.  Drug abuse can affect the lives of teens in more than one way- Bad academic performance When we talk of drug and substance abuse among teenagers, academics is the first casualty. Numerous studies have established a link between drug...

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