The problem of drug abuse is not new in the United States, with many already dealing with its effects. A number of factors trigger drug-seeking behaviors, such as genetics, biological and environmental factors, a co-occurring mental disorder, etc. Moreover, people, exposed to crime and violence early in their life, begin to abuse substances at a young age. In addition, many abuse drugs and alcohol merely for recreational purposes like feeling high and boosting mood. Many youngsters passionately follow the footsteps of their favorite actors and celebrities; hence, they run the increased risk of developing drug-seeking behaviors. Read more
People falling into the trap of alcohol or drugs often struggle hard to detach themselves from the grip of addiction. While stigma is a major factor that restrains users from seeking help from others, numerous underlying causes inhibit them from choosing the path to recovery. After getting neck-deep in substance abuse, it becomes immensely difficult for any person to break away from any kind of drug-seeking behavior. Read more
Scientists have probably figured out why methamphetamine (also known as meth or crystal meth) abuse gives people a gaunt look or induces striking changes in their physical features. According to a study by the scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology and UC Irvine, published in the open-access online journal PLOS ONE, meth abuse leads to stark abnormalities in the fat metabolism of cells.
This malfunction triggers a rise in a type of molecule in the cells that causes premature aging and cell death. Further research has revealed that crystal meth by damaging the brain and other body organs causes diseases related to aging, such as coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs). Therefore, it is essential to understand the consequences of abusing crystal meth to avert the above-mentioned adverse effect. Read more
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
The rampant use of illegal drugs has reached a new high according to figures obtained from the Quest Diagnostics’ latest Drug Testing Index. The details were obtained after an examination of drug test results of an estimated 11 million people and were shared online on September 15, 2016 by the company. The results revealed at the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) annual conference held in Louisville, Kentucky indicated use of drugs has reached the highest level in the last 10 years. Read more
Many people are well aware of the prescription drug addiction trend in America. For many, it is deemed more acceptable than abusing street drugs because the medication can be obtained with a doctor’s permission. Prescription drug abuse doesn’t hold the same stigma as other hard drugs, yet it takes more lives than all other illicit drugs combined. According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, nearly four out of five people who use heroin started with prescription painkillers. Ironically enough, an attempt to hinder the excessive abuse of the popular prescription opioid OxyContin has actually caused a spike in the amount of people switching over to heroin. Read more
Unfortunately, some still hold onto the stigma that alcoholics and drug addicts brought their addictions onto themselves; that they decided to experience hardship and other negative occurrences. By now, research has proven otherwise and has discovered many different factors that can influence why an individual may fall prey to a substance addiction. One of these factors may even be intelligence.
There have been numerous studies conducted to research the correlation between IQ-based intelligence and alcohol consumption. Some research has even shown a positive correlation between the two variables and could even suggest that those with higher IQ scores are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. Read more