By Jeanene Swanson Many addicts are well aware of what it takes to get off drugs. Acute withdrawal can include every uncomfortable symptom imaginable, including anxiety, sweating, shaking, insomnia, irritability, vomiting and diarrhea. This acute withdrawal phase can last up to two weeks. But it ends. What happens next, in the weeks and months to […]
By Nancy Wride — America’s consumption of cocaine dropped by a striking 50 percent from 2006 to 2010, while marijuana use spiked more than 30 percent in the same time span, RAND Corp. researchers reported this month. The RAND researchers were asked how much American addicts spend on illicit drugs, and that proved to be […]
How much alcohol can you drink before you exceed the legal limit, putting yourself and others in danger? It is common for people to underestimate alcohol’s impact on their balance, speed, accuracy and reaction time behind the wheel, yet research shows that serious negative effects can result after as little as one or two drinks. […]
By giving its followers 67 opportunities in 21 days to challenge point spreads, the NCAA tournament delivers a uniquely concentrated gambling experience. The NCAA basketball tournament eclipses every other sporting extravaganza – including the Super Bowl — in bets wagered, with an estimated $12 billion on the line in 2014. According to the National Gambling […]
New research shows that teen smartphone addicts are more aggressive, anxious, withdrawn, depressed and less able to concentrate than their counterparts. Smartphones are everywhere. Those of us who use them wonder how we ever lived without them. For teens, the phenomenon of the smartphone may be even more important. New research is suggesting that […]
Acamprosate is a drug used to maintain abstinence in alcohol-dependent patients sold under the brand Campral. Many of the people who take acamprosate experience a significant reduction in their urge to drink alcohol, as well as a reduction in symptoms associated with a form of alcohol withdrawal called post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Doctors caution that the […]
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the effects that can occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. It encapsulates conditions previously known as Alcohol Abuse and Seizures (FAS) and the milder form, Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE).
No, he’s not that Steve Martin, but this Steven Martin is certainly a world-class storyteller in his own right. The beauty of this book with the unique and instantly captivating title Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction is that it is written with such style and attention to words that […]
Cocaine is the popular name for the illegal, addictive chemical ethylbenzoylecgonine (known in its powdered form as cocaine hydrochloride and in its modified, rocklike form as “crack”). When inhaled nasally, smoked, eaten or injected, it produces a form of central nervous stimulation that closely resembles the central nervous system effects of legal drugs known as […]
Anyone know how to make buck? Not how to make a buck, but buck, as in jailhouse booze. Richard Broom does, although he’d be the first to say it’s not something he’s proud of.