Drugs and musicians seem to go hand in hand; the celebrity lifestyle is replete with opportunities to abuse substances, and many of those with the avenues open to them don’t say no. In the case of Lady Gaga, her primary drug of choice was pot, but she commented that she “lily-padded from substance to substance” […]
With marijuana legalization spreading, more people are becoming addicted, including teenagers. Teenage marijuana use has been a focus of research due to increased availability and the yet unknown effects. Because teenage brains are in a phase of rapid development some experts have been concerned that marijuana use could result in ongoing cognitive problems. While some […]
For years proponents of legalized marijuana have claimed that, unlike other illicit drugs, marijuana is not addictive. The general thinking of medical experts is now swinging in the opposite direction, in favor of recognizing marijuana as addictive. Part of that change of mind has to do with research conducted in 2012 which showed that giving […]
What Are E-Cigarettes? First patented in 2003 and released to the American public in 2007, electronic cigarettes (a.k.a. “e-cigs” or “e-cigarettes”) are new nicotine-delivery devices that heat up liquid nicotine to create vapor that users inhale. These devices are quickly becoming popular, with millions of users worldwide. While electronic cigarette manufacturers do not make any […]
Most bars tend to allow smoking as the two activities often go together. While not all those who drink alcohol smoke, scientists have recently found a major link between smoking and alcohol use in rats. According to the study published in the journal Neuron, using nicotine even just one time raises the risk that the […]
Research shows that people who suffer from severe mental illness also often suffer from substance abuse. Someone with bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, or other mental illnesses try to control or ease the symptoms of their disorder with a temporary escape into drugs or alcohol. This dual problem then creates a dual diagnosis and treatment for health experts. […]
It may seem like a little thing, but it’s really a big deal. On June 24, 2011, the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced new expanded coverage options that states may offer for tobacco cessation services.
Treating a substance abuse problem can be very complicated. Those who enter treatment often struggle with multiple substances of abuse. Patients may also have multiple mental disorders, including depression or anxiety in addition to their substance abuse problem.
Exposing a fetus to substances such as drugs or alcohol can result in birth defects, early delivery, developmental delays, miscarriage, and even death. Sadly, the unborn child may have to suffer lifelong consequences as a result of poor choices on the part of the mother.
It appears that at times, doctors’ desire to protect the feelings of the family of a deceased patient may be somewhat detrimental to general perceptions of the risks associated with smoking. In an effort to keep families from feeling the stigma of a smoking-related death, some physicians are not willing to state that as the […]