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Quaaludes Addiction

Quaaludes Addiction

Quaaludes were very popular in the 1960s and 1970s as a synthetic central nervous system depressant. It was originally introduced as a safe barbiturate substitute with people believing there would be no negative effects. Even though Quaaludes are no longer legal in the US, there are still people who are addicted and need to get help before suffering a fatal overdose. In 1972, Quaaludes used to be the most popular drug since people felt they could escape their problems for a few hours. Quaaludes would cause relaxation, euphoria, sleepiness, increased sexual arousal, higher pain tolerance, increased sensitivity, and increased confidence….

Alcoholism and Pregnancy

Alcoholism and Pregnancy

Anything that a pregnant mother consumes also gets consumed by her unborn child. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 10 pregnant women drink and 1 in 50 women binge drink which is more than five drinks a day. It is important for pregnant mothers to never drink during their pregnancy or to get help if they have to protect the health of your child. Alcohol gets passed on to your baby through the umbilical cord. There is never a safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant and should not be consumed even in moderation. Stillbirth, miscarriage…

Morphine Addiction

Morphine Addiction

Pain reliever drugs have the potential to be abused too when people find out about the underlying effects they can give. Morphine drugs, named after the Greek G-d of dreams Morpheus, is a powerful narcotic drug from the opium poppy plant that can produce deadly effects to those who abuse it. Morphine is manufactured in liquid, tablet, capsule, and injection form. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that morphine binds itself to opioid receptors in the reward part of the brain and parts of the pathways related to pain sensations which causes it to produce pain relieving effects. This…

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…

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…

Diet Pills Addiction

Diet Pills Addiction

Losing weight involves a lot of strenuous hours of dedication, exercise, lifestyle changes and hard work. Not everyone is willing to go through these lengths to lose weight so they are looking for a quick fix. According to the University of Minnesota, 20% of girls from ages 19-20 have abused diet pills. It is important for those who are addicted to diet pills to seek treatment before they experience long-term physical and mental effects. Diet pills are prescription and over the counter supplements. Doctors prescribe diet pills to obese or morbidly obese patients to use for short-term to get them…

The 12 Steps for Gamblers

The 12 Steps for Gamblers

During the last forty years, thousands go to Gamblers Anonymous for those who gamble (GA) and for families of gamblers (Gam-Anon). It is important for gamblers to remember that they are not alone and that there is a sense of hope in their recovery. In order to be on the path of recovery, gamblers must follow these twelve steps. The first step is for gamblers to admit that they have a problem and that it has taken a serious toll on their lives. They need to admit, accept, and unconditionally surrender to their powerlessness over gambling. The second step is…

You Can Accomplish More When Sober

You Can Accomplish More When Sober

You may think that drinking and doing drugs is the only way to have more fun. The truth is that alcohol and drugs can hold you back from being the best person you can be. Being under the influence can slow you down, impair your memory, and affect your behavior whereas being sober can help you enjoy all of the great things that life has to offer. One example of accomplishing more in sobriety is when you have more energy compared to when you are high, drunk or having a hangover. In that state, it is hard to be active…

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…