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Types of Alcoholics: Young Adult and Young Antisocial Subtypes

Types of Alcoholics: Young Adult and Young Antisocial Subtypes

You know you are an alcoholic if you have strong cravings for alcohol, loss of control to stop drinking, need more alcohol in order to achieve the effects, and experience withdrawal if you are without it. Young adults can experience these symptoms as well. Teens and young adults are the largest types of alcoholics which is all the more reason for them to seek treatment to prevent alcoholism to follow them through adulthood. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, young adults are the largest groups of alcoholics as they make up 31.5%. It can occur with…

Ketamine Gaining Popularity as a Club Drug

Ketamine Gaining Popularity as a Club Drug

American chemist Calvin Stevens synthesized an anesthetic in 1962 called Ketamine that created an effect that was close to a trance. In Europe at the end of the 1980s, Ketamine was used as a recreational drug in adolescent parties consumed in low to medium doses by sniffing. This drug is not used so much anymore as an anesthetic because of its heavy side effects but is still used in the case of emergency situations. Ketamine is very popular as a club drug in Europe for the past fifteen years because of the expansion of the dance culture but drug misuse…

Why Abstinence is the Best Choice for Recovery Compared to Moderation

Why Abstinence is the Best Choice for Recovery Compared to Moderation

Abstinence is the traditional method of recovery where you completely avoid abuse substances like alcohol or drugs. If seeking treatment, long-term abstinence is possible to do compared to without. According to the World Health Organization, 18.9% of the European population abstain. Moderation Management is a treatment program that teaches you how to regulate your drinking without being dependent. There has been a continuous debate as to the best method. Abstinence is the best source of treatment as drugs and alcohol are not a necessity to have in your system and using every once in awhile will make you more tempted….

The Benefits of Group Therapy

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy involves meeting with a group of people who have all dealt with similar issues. This can range from people who have depression, PTSD, body image issues, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Group therapy is beneficial in making you feel you are not alone and getting all of the support you need as you are on the road to recovery. One benefit of group therapy is realizing that by sharing stories and connecting with other patients in the group, you are not alone in your issues. For example, someone in your group can talk about a time when they went…

Cough Medicine Addiction

Cough Medicine Addiction

Every substance out there, legal or illegal, can be abused. Just because something can be sold over the counter without a prescription or asking for ID does not mean that it is safe. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.1 million people from ages 12-25 have used cough medication in order to get high. Cough medicine addiction is on the rise because of the euphoric the medication can offer and it is easily available. Young people tend to get addicted to Dextromethorphan (DXM) which is a cold suppressant that produces a euphoric feeling and dissociative effects…

Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin Addiction

There are plenty of drugs prescribed by doctors that can be addicting and habit-forming. One of them is a benzodiazepine called Klonopin which can cause someone to be addicted within a few weeks. According to Addiction Center, 75,000 people went to the emergency room due to complications from Klonopin in 2011. Stevie Nicks was addicted to Klonopin for eight years and she described the drug as making her less productive and less able to write good songs. It is important for those addicted to Klonopin to seek treatment before they suffer deadly consequences from the drug. Klonopin blocks the receptors…

Environmental Factors in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Environmental Factors in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Just like genetics can have a factor in the chances of becoming an addict, the environment plays a big role too. If a person lives where they are surrounded by bars or drug dealers, the chances of becoming an addict can increase. It is important for schools and the community to expose teens to education and recovery options to decrease the chances of addiction. Community and peers can influence a person to do drugs or alcohol as teens can try to fit in by hanging out with a cool crowd. If they partake in drugs or alcohol with this group…

Heroin Addiction Continues to be a Problem

Heroin Addiction Continues to be a Problem

Heroin is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug that tends to appear in the form of a white powder. This drug acts quickly in the body and may be smoked, snorted, or injected. Heroin causes you to feel pleasure by binding to opioid receptors in the body. Then, dopamine is released which can fuel a dangerous addiction and cause you to want to repeat the same actions again. The short term effects of heroin can include drowsiness, sedation, reduced pain sensation, and a rush that increases euphoric feelings. The long-term effects of heroin are more dangerous as you can…

Genetics Playing a Factor in Addiction

Genetics Playing a Factor in Addiction

Genes are composed of sequences of DNA molecules and are packed in chromosomes. Your chromosomes are your basic manual for traits. Genetic factors can include mental health, personality traits, and physiological reactions to drugs such as the severity of hangovers, risk-taking behaviors, and certain type of drugs. Out of the 46 chromosomes you have, 23 of them come from your parents. Genetics are half the reason why someone would have a vulnerability to drugs but that does not mean that you will automatically become an addict. Genetic traits come in many forms such as physical, behavioral, and an increased vulnerability…

How Alcohol Affects Nutrition

How Alcohol Affects Nutrition

It is important for people to have a certain amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and water in order to be energized and have the right chemicals to keep the body going. All key components play a role in keeping the body health. Alcohol can ruin the progress the body is making to be healthy as alcohol is not a requirement for the body but a toxin that the body needs to be rid of before it can cause damage to cells. Abusing alcohol will make your body fail to get the important nutrients it needs with malnutrition being…