Can penalties and harsh punishments prevent drug addiction problem?

Can penalties and harsh punishments prevent drug addiction problem?

Many countries across the world have strict laws in place to deter drug abusers. Thus, if one gets caught abusing drugs, he or she may have to face serious penalties such as serving time in prison. In some regions, such as in the far eastern countries or the Middle East, drug abuse or selling drugs can even lead to a death penalty. Read more

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Time to quit smoking to reduce lung cancer risk

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Time to quit smoking to reduce lung cancer risk

Lung cancer or lung carcinoma is one of the leading causes of death from cancer. The prevalence of the problem can be understood from the figures by the American Cancer Society (ACS) which says that there were nearly 158,080 deaths due to lung cancer in the United States in 2016 alone. There are many causes of lung cancer, but most are attributed to tobacco smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80 to 90 percent lung cancer cases have their roots in cigarette smoking. The risk of lung cancer is escalating with an increasing number of people resorting to the use of other tobacco products, including cigars, hookahs or pipes.

Read more

National Healthy Lung Month: Forms of tobacco addiction - Chewing tobacco

National Healthy Lung Month: Forms of tobacco addiction – Chewing tobacco

The practice of chewing tobacco is almost 100 years old when people chewed tobacco leaves along with the natural mineral lime to be able to taste nicotine. This practice was prevalent among the native North and South Americans, who would either chew the leaves straight from the plant or dry the leaves first. Years later, the practice was adopted by the American colonists who improvised it further to make tobacco more palatable and saleable. As a result, a new form of tobacco was introduced which was both smoky and sweet. Read more

National Healthy Lung Month: Forms of tobacco addiction - Cigar

National Healthy Lung Month: Forms of tobacco addiction – Cigar

Often considered as a hobby rather than a habit, cigar has slowly gained more popularity than the cigarette. Tagged as classy and elegant, cigar has emerged as the symbol of a high profile lifestyle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, an estimated 12.4 million people in the United States aged 12 years or older (or 5.2 percent) were current cigar smokers. The CDC further observed that cigar use was higher among the youth, especially those who were in the habit of consuming other tobacco products or drugs. Read more

Different kinds of detox programs in addiction treatment

Different kinds of detox programs in addiction treatment

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can be life-threatening. Irrespective of the reason that pushed a person into a life of addiction, getting rid of it, is utmost important. Addiction can be cured through proper medication and by seeking rehabilitation from a certified center. The first step in the process of treating addiction is known as detoxification or detox. Read more

Understanding the mechanism of detox

Understanding the mechanism of detox

Of late, detoxification or detox has become quite common, with many people adopting healthy living and food habits. They use several means to get rid of toxins from the body. However, detox in terms of addiction takes on a relatively different meaning. Read more

Importance of aftercare post recovery from addiction

Importance of aftercare post recovery from addiction

Getting addicted can be quite easy, but kicking an addiction is not. Developing addiction takes less time than quitting it. So, it is better to avoid taking any addictive substance in the first place. However, if one has fallen into the trap of abusing any substance, he must undergo proper detoxification at a rehabilitation center to get rid of the addiction. However, mere detox doesn’t ensure complete cure. Even after completing detox therapy and rehab program, a person under recovery still bears the risk for relapse.

Read more

Addiction, pregnancy and detox: Minimizing risks to unborn child

Addiction, pregnancy and detox: Minimizing risks to unborn child

Pregnancy is a crucial stage during which a constant risk of complications hovers, both for the mother and the child. The prenatal period makes a mother undergo many hormonal changes due to which she may experience an array of emotions and feelings. In addition, she needs to change her dietary habits and lifestyle in order to ensure proper nourishment to the unborn. This may include giving up on certain habits, such as addiction or alcohol consumption. Read more

National Recovery Month: Dangers of cold turkey detox

National Recovery Month: Dangers of cold turkey detox

The concept of detoxification or detox has gained much visibility and acceptance in recent times. With people looking for ways to wash out toxins from their body with natural concoctions, exercises, and medications, detox for addiction (of drugs and alcohol) has also gained pace considering the surge in the incidences of addiction. Read more

How to survive post-acute withdrawal symptoms

How to survive post-acute withdrawal symptoms

Abstinence after a long-term addiction often leads to withdrawal symptoms which can be seen in two stages. These symptoms are important to observe as they can pose a challenge to someone’s newly gained sobriety. First stage displays itself in physical symptoms, like sweating, body aches and hot flashes, while in the second stage, it can be seen as psychological as well as physical withdrawal symptoms lasting for a few weeks. Read more