Mayhem. Chaos. Conflict. Confusion. Destruction. Dysfunction. All of these are words to describe the experience of addiction. Each is attached to an experience of placing a substance or behavior in front of health, relationships, finances, career and freedom. At the root of addiction, according to Alcoholics Anonymous, is self-centeredness.
In social situations, some people use alcohol as “liquid courage” to help them overcome the anxiety of interacting with others. This practice is relatively common because, in the short-term, drinking can help reduce your inhibitions and make you feel more relaxed. However, alcohol can’t touch the actual source of the anxiety you experience. In addition, use of drinking as a social lubricant can eventually leave you with serious problems that include diagnosable symptoms of a condition called alcohol use disorder.
Pennsylvania is known as one of the hotbeds of America’s opioid problem, deemed by the state’s drug and alcohol secretary as “the worst overdose crisis in the history of humanity.” And with rates of heroin use among Pennsylvanian women more than doubling between 2002 and 2014, it’s not surprising that the terrors of the opioid tragedy have trickled down to the state’s most vulnerable population — newborn babies.
Methcathinone, also known as cat, Charlie or Jeff, is both a natural substance and one that can be created synthetically. It is related to the drugs called bath salts as well as to amphetamine and methamphetamine. It is a dangerous and harmful stimulant. Methcathinone side effects can be painful and lasting, and abuse of this drug can also lead to addiction or even fatal overdoses.
The effects of parent drug use on ages 6 to 12 and on children even younger are detrimental and lasting. Young children with parents using drugs may experience traumas including abuse or neglect. They may see things that traumatize them or that are hard to understand. They may feel unloved, hurt and frightened. Traumatic events, neglect and hurt feelings can impact them emotionally, developmentally and in other ways that last well into adulthood.
With medicinal marijuana legal in 25 states and recreational marijuana legal in four plus the District of Columbia, pot is becoming more and more mainstream. Entrepreneurs are now making the drug available in more than just blunts, bongs and brownies. Below, we take a look at some unusual cannabis products you may not yet know about.
Pregabalin is the generic name for the brand-name drug Lyrica. This medication is a Schedule V controlled substance, which means that it presents a low risk for abuse. This doesn’t mean that there is no risk for abuse, however, and Lyrica drug abuse does happen. If you have been prescribed pregabalin or Lyrica, you need to understand how addictive this drug may be, what the side effects are and how totake it safely.
The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” The effects are long-lasting and might take the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms such as nightmares, feelings of hyper-arousal and multisensory flashbacks reminiscent of the traumatic incident.
Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is a highly addictive and extremely damaging drug of abuse. Many people have become dependent on it and too many have died as a result. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological. Abusers of meth are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and to attempt suicide than addicts hooked on other substances. With methamphetamine, suicide is always a risk and one that should be prevented.