Month: April 2015

Codeine Abuse

Codeine is an opioid usually used as a pain reliever. Due to its common usage for back as well as other chronic pain, Codeine is known to be extremely addictive. The World Health Organization calls codeine the most commonly used drug. It is extracted from opium but it is most often synthesized from morphine. Codeine is a Drug Used in Many Prescription Medications Including: Tylenol with Codeine Pirophen Cough syrups(over-the-counter) Codalgin NurofenPlus Mersyndol Panadeine Codeine attaches to receptors in the body’s central nervous system, the brain, spinal column and gastrointestinal system, and partners with opioids that the body produces naturally such as endorphins and enekphalins. Codeine can be ingested in liquid as well as pill form and in a number of cases, it is added to marijuana and smoked. Codeine is abused in high doses because it causes feelings of euphoria and excitement. Just like many other drugs, continual use of Codeine can lead to increased tolerance. This results in individuals self-medicating on their own and taking more of the drug than what had been prescribed. This often leads to dependency and abuse. In a 2009 SAMHSA survey, prescription drugs like Codeine were the second most widely abused drugs in the U.S. with close to 6.2 million users above the age of 12. The easy availability of the drug (through friends and family) only increases the number of instances...

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7 Tips For Improving Your Self-Esteem

  It’s a common mistake to believe a person with good self-esteem has a big ego. In fact, an overly large or sensitive ego may be the result of someone having a low personal opinion of self. This is actually a weaker position than having good self-esteem, because living with a positive self-image means not taking life’s inevitable challenges and troubles so personally. That being said, having good self-esteem is easier said than done, especially for those struggling with different forms of mental conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting more than 35 million adults, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Chronic feelings of worthlessness and fear are difficult to cope with. Individuals battling these emotions often find themselves self-medicating with alcohol, drugs or prescription medication. Over time, this can unwittingly evolve into addiction, which only adds another layer of dysfunction on an already troubled mind and body. Appreciating your self-worth is a powerful tool in navigating life. People with good self-esteem take pride in their accomplishments and abilities. They understand that everyone makes mistakes and has faults, and that these are not the elements that define us as individuals. Sometimes getting and maintaining self-esteem takes work, but the benefits always outweigh the costs. Here are 7 Tips for Improving Your Self-esteem  ...

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Is There an Epidemic of Stress Among College Students?

College students today are under enormous stress to maintain good grades, keep scholarships, work, and get along with peers socially. This has lead many young men and women to abuse ADHD drugs, energy drinks, and other stimulants to cope with exams and other pressures, according to Science Daily. These practices can lead to serious health problems like depression, hypertension, and stroke. Drinking among college students as a way to socialize and relieve stress often leads to problems. College students face a number of additional stress factors like family relationships, dating, academics, finances, and health. Sometimes prescriptions drugs are abused because college students share them with friends. Statistics from the infographic below show Millennials (18 to 33 years old) are tied with Gen-Xers (34 to 47 years old) for the highest stress levels of the past four generations. Millennials, especially those in college, or just out, probably have the highest levels because of job and financial security. To view this infographic in full size, visit College Degree Search. On the positive side, there are many ways to deal with stress, and most of them are easy to do. For one, getting enough sleep is crucial for combating stress. College students are notorious for keeping long hours, staying up late, and getting up early for classes. Putting in only few hours of sleep once in a while isn’t too bad, but...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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