Addiction And Keeping Secrets

Addiction And Keeping Secrets

By Jeanene Swanson “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” This is a familiar saying to many in 12-step recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. In fact, alcoholics and other addicted people are coached in the 5th step of these programs to reveal their secrets to another trustworthy individual in order to move forward in […]

Why Is Denial A Common Part Of Substance Abuse?

Why Is Denial A Common Part Of Substance Abuse?

By Eric Metcalf, MPH @EricMetcalfMPH Often seeing isn’t believing for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Denial is a common response for people with addictions. They may deny that they have a substance abuse problem. They may refuse to see that their behavior is having a harmful effect on themselves or their loved […]

Ecstasy Effects And Addiction

Ecstasy Effects And Addiction

Party drugs are the kinds of substances that teens, young adults and adults tend to use without thinking about safety concerns. Drugs like ketamine, LSD, ecstasy or MDMA, synthetic marijuana, GHB and others are common at parties, clubs and raves and users pop them like candy. The general attitude is that these drugs are not […]

Women Affected By Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Need Residential Care For Own Substance Abuse

Women Affected By Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Need Residential Care For Own Substance Abuse

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the collective name for a group of conditions stemming from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Potential consequences of these conditions include congenital (present at birth) changes in physical appearance, behavioral difficulties, diminished academic performance and permanent mental/intellectual skill deficits. In a study published in 2014 in The International Journal of […]

Pot-Proofing Kids

Pot-Proofing Kids

Kids and marijuana don’t mix, as Dr. David Sack noted in a Los Angeles Times commentary, yet relaxed marijuana laws are making youth access to the drug easier than ever. Calls to poison control centers are increasing, emergency room visits are up, and the young are increasingly viewing marijuana as no big deal. The reality […]