Alcoholism and Abuse

Alcoholism is also referred to as 'alcohol dependence' and it's a chronic disease which doesn't just go away, it stays with a person for the remainder of their life. The symptoms of alcoholism are; Loss of control, once a person starts drinking they are unable to stop on their own. No matter what problems there are associated with their drinking an alcoholic continues to drink. Health issues, legal issues or alcohol related family issues are serious problems but an alcoholic will continue to drink in-spite of them....

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Prescription Medications and Pain Pill Abuse

Prescription medications that relieve pain are classified as opioids and when they?re prescribed for a patient to manage their pain symptoms, they?re extremely beneficial and necessary. Because prescription narcotic painkillers cause tolerance and eventually addiction it?s important that pain medications be prescribed by a physician and monitored, taken as prescribed, and never be mixed with other drugs or alcohol....

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OxyContin Abuse

Oxycontin is a prescription painkiller that's available throughout the United States that requires a prescription and is prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain. OxyContin is the brand name for the narcotic oxycodone hydrochloride and is abused by many people because the euphoric effects are very similar to the effects a person experiences when they use heroin....

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Meth Abuse

Methamphetamines are very addictive stimulants and the structure of this drug is similar to amphetamines. Because there's such a high potential for abuse, meth is classified as a Schedule II drug and you can only legally get methamphetamine through prescription. Medical uses for methamphetamine are extremely limited and if a physician did prescribe meth the dose would be very low....

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Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine continues to be a drug that's abused by many people and it's a very powerful and addictive drug that stimulates the brain. It's very easy for people who use cocaine to become addicted to it. Most people become tolerant after a while and have to increase their dose in order to achieve the high they're looking for....

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share the same desire which is 'to stop drinking'. By sharing their experiences with other members they not only help themselves but they help others stay sober and achieve sobriety. Men and women from all walks of life come together and they help each other stay sober one day at a time. Members are able to maintain their sobriety through their group meetings and through the Twelve Steps of AA as they recover from alcoholism....

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Avoid One Last Time

Some people make the mistake of using one last time before they quit. They know they need to stop using substances, they see what it's doing to their physical health, emotionally they're a wreck and they plan to stop 'tomorrow'. You're already anxious about quitting that's normal and there may be a part of you that's not completely ready, one last time will only set you back. You also risk the chance of a drug overdose because if it's the last time, you may want to make it a good one. I can't stress enough how serious 'one last time' can be....

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Heroin Abuse

Heroin is an illegal opiate drug that's made from morphine which is a natural substance that comes from the Asian poppy plant. Most of the time you will find heroin in a white or brown powder form but there is also a black sticky substance that's called black tar heroin that people use. The white powder form is pure heroin and its bitter in taste, pure heroin is rarely sold on the streets though. There are several ways a heroin user can take the drug....

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Bath Salts Abuse

Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a designer drug that's been around since 2007 and today is a dangerously abused drug around the world. Today this product is sold as Bath Salts but when seized the designer drug was called 'Ivory Wave'. The label on this product when marketed says 'for novelty use only' but people are buying this product to get high. Ivory wave can be found on Internet sites that are based in Europe and sold in 500 mg packs. There are United Kingdom based websites where MDVP can be found and the product is called 'Energy 1'. In Pennsylvania bath salts are found under the brand name Blizzard....

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Marijuana Abuse

Throughout the United States marijuana is the most common illegal drug used by people in all age groups. Marijuana is usually the first drug a young person tries when they're first experimenting with drug use. Marijuana is a mind altering drug and is also referred to as cannabis. It's a greenish colored mixture of dried stems, flowers, seeds, and leaves that have been shredded and marijuana also contains more than 400 chemicals....

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