Higher potency pushing marijuana demand for drug treatment programs

Higher potency pushing marijuana demand for drug treatment programs

Marijuana is a mood altering (psychoactive) drug derived from the Cannabis plant, its two main varieties being Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. People consume cannabis by smoking, inhaling through vapor, brewing as a tea, with food, as a balm, or eating in the form of brownies or chocolate bars.

Cannabis is the most commonly abused illicit drug globally, popular for its psychoactive properties. Although originally classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, several states in the United States have started making it a legal drug. It has a slew of street monikers, including grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, Buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarndi, smoke and hooch among others. Read more

Helping a friend who relapsed during rehab

Helping a friend who relapsed during rehab

An unfortunate and painful part of recovery is a situation in which someone from rehab relapses. Besides affecting the individual concerned, such an event can have an impact on the people around them, especially friends in recovery, who may start doubting their own chances of recovery. Friends may also feel disheartened that a co-recovering individual has lost the fight against sobriety. It may also be possible that the friend relapsing was an inspiration to others due to his/her determined approach during recovery. In addition to feelings of sadness and despair, relapse of a friend in rehab can lead to other emotional responses such as anger, concern and jealousy among mates. Read more

How to stay sober when everybody around is drinking

How to stay sober when everybody around is drinking

When someone tries to stay away from one’s old habit of drinking, the biggest hurdle comes in the form of people who are drinking alcohol around him or her. Becoming sober as a matter of preference is not easy. It requires a lot of grit and determination to say a firm “no” to alcohol, especially in a social setting. But when the deteriorating health demands abstinence, one is left with no choice but to refrain from drinking at any cost. Even a mild slip up may lead to a relapse and mitigate the benefits of a detox.

For people recovering from alcohol addiction, the first few months can be extremely difficult. It takes time to conscientiously avoid alcohol in places where social drinking is a norm. However, though difficult, staying sober post recovery is not impossible. All it takes is some self-control and a persistent effort to resist the urge. Read more

Parental opioid use adversely affects children, says study

Parental opioid use adversely affects children, says study

Lately, prescription drug abuse has become a major public health crisis in the United States. Recently, there has been an increasing trend of opioid addiction in children and adolescents, with nearly half a million adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years reportedly using prescription pain relievers, according to a 2016 report by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Thus, there is an increasing need for abuse and addiction treatment facilities exclusively focusing on addiction in young adults. Read more

Insight into detoxification - 2: Different types of detoxification programs

Insight into detoxification – 2: Different types of detoxification programs

Detoxification is the first step toward recovery from addiction to any substance. It is aimed at re-setting or re-building the chemistry of the body and the brain that get severely affected by addiction. This calls for the need to undergo proper rehabilitation and detox from a certified detox center. Read more

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

According to the 2015 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014, nearly 22.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however, only 4.1 million people received treatment for substance use disorder during the same period. Thus, there continues to be a large treatment gap in the country, despite a significantly high rate of substance use, abuse and dependence among Americans. Read more

Food and Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: Incompatible St. John’s wort combos

Food and Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: Incompatible St. John’s wort combos

St. John’s wort is one of many herbal remedies that have entered the U.S. market as a holistic treatment for some forms of depression. Although there is evidence of its utility, St. John’s wort has also shown to negatively interact with a list of different medications and stimuli. Read more

Food and Drugs Interactions and Awareness Week: 10 tips for consuming foods and using medications

Food and Drugs Interactions and Awareness Week: 10 tips for consuming foods and using medications

October 17 to 24 marks Food and Drugs Interactions and Awareness Week in the United States. The seven-day event aims to educate the public about how prescription medications and alcohol respond to certain nutritional ingredients and supplements and vice versa. Some of these combinations can hinder the needed effectiveness of various medicines or enhance the potency of other drugs to dangerous degrees.

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Unofficial stress relievers: Kava

Unofficial stress relievers: Kava

Kava, also referred to as kava kava, is a root plant that is native to the South Pacific. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, kava has a history of being used for therapeutic and healing purposes ranging from treating disrupted sleep patterns, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pain, sores and swelling. Out of its wide range of beneficial claims, the scientifically supported Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database ranks kava as an effective tool against anxiety in particular. Evidence of this statement was found in multiple studies.

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SoCal vs. NorCal in terms of dependency, addiction and recovery options

SoCal vs. NorCal in terms of dependency, addiction and recovery options

California is the third largest state with over 163,000 square miles of land. With so much territory, the state is culturally split between its northern and southern sectors, colloquially known as “NorCal” and “SoCal.” Each area has its own distinct characteristics, but a seldom discussed topic is how equipped each is at dealing with addiction, its related symptoms and the local options for recovery. Read more