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Marijuana: 7 Common Excuses To Get High

Marijuana: 7 Common Excuses To Get High

People go to great lengths to justify their marijuana habit. This isn’t surprising: Denial and rationalization are hallmarks of addiction. It’s often not until users experience the negative side of marijuana use firsthand that they begin to recognize the flaws in their logic. Some of the most common excuses people make to get high include: […]

The Facts On Marijuana And Addiction

The Facts On Marijuana And Addiction

Whether marijuana is an addictive drug has been up for debate for years. Some claim it can be used recreationally or as medicine with no risk for dependency, while others insist that, like any mind-altering substance, addiction is always a possibility. As laws across the country change to allow medical and even recreational use of […]

Substance Abuse And Disability

Substance Abuse And Disability

Whether a disability stems from an accident or a medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis or a serious mental health disorder, it often has a serious and negative impact on a person’s emotional well-being. In some individuals, that impact leads to the abuse of alcohol or drugs. Some want to numb the physical and /or […]

Shifting Treatment Options For Opioid Addiction

Shifting Treatment Options For Opioid Addiction

Addiction to opioids has been on the rise in the U.S. for years. Initially the increase could be blamed on the overuse of prescription narcotic painkillers. As doctors and policy makers tried to nip that problem in the bud, they unleashed a new one: a rise in the incidence of heroin addiction. Because both types […]

Cocaine’s Day After Crash Can Deter Abuse

Cocaine’s Day After Crash Can Deter Abuse

What goes up must come down, and the higher you go the harder you fall. These axioms were at the heart of a study that sought to determine if avoiding such a crash can deter cocaine users from aiming for such a high. The animal study by researchers at University of California Santa Barbara’s Behavioral […]

Marijuana Legalization In U.S. States Making Waves At The U.N.

Marijuana Legalization In U.S. States Making Waves At The U.N.

With Washington State and Colorado opening the door to legal recreational marijuana use, a United Nations report has been published which takes issue with this drift towards legalization. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an arm of the U.N. charged with overseeing cooperation with international drug treaties, expressed concern over laws in Uruguay and the […]

Drugs And The Arts: Addicted To Imagination

Drugs And The Arts: Addicted To Imagination

The connection between artistic expression and drug consumption has long been understood and commented upon. From the Romantic poets and gothic authors of 17th and 18th century England, such as Byron, the Shelleys and Dr Polidori whose notorious drug-fuelled weekend led to such classics as Frankenstein, to the influence of drugs on modern musicians in […]

An Overview Of Heroin

An Overview Of Heroin

Heroin use has been increasing in recent years, appearing in rural, urban and suburban settings. Users wishing to end their addiction to heroin face an uphill battle, often relapsing quickly after finishing a treatment program. There’s also a high likelihood of contracting hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS due to dirty needles. Here’s a brief history of […]

Even Casual Use Of Marijuana Damages Teen Brain

Even Casual Use Of Marijuana Damages Teen Brain

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that even casual use of marijuana, once-a-week use, can lead to critical changes in the brains of 18- to 25-year-olds. A collaboration between Northwestern University Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School, the study is the first to show that recreational use of marijuana is related to […]