Common Reasons for Addiction Relapse: Can Any of It Be Prevented?

addictionRelapse rates for people who are recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction are unfortunately fairly high.

According to studies, 40-60% of people relapse within 30 days of leaving an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility, and up to 85% relapse within the first year.

Individuals struggling with an alcohol or other substance addiction must recognize the significant danger of relapse, be aware of their own specific triggers, and learn to cope with their triggers and emotions healthily.

Individuals might be better equipped and able to maintain their treatment by understanding typical risks for addiction relapse. Continue reading “Common Reasons for Addiction Relapse: Can Any of It Be Prevented?”

Health Benefits of Cannabis

While the marijuana plant has been used for at least 3,000 years, it still stirs quite a controversial debate today. Currently, 29 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for medicinal — and even recreational — use. Yet the drug remains illegal at the federal government level.

marijuanaDespite that, more than 80% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana and it’s estimated several million Americans use the drug.

California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis in 1996 and now the drug is legal for medicinal and recreational use. You can easily find cannabis businesses like dispensaries and medical cannabis collectives across the state. The cannabis industry is thriving in San Francisco and the East Bay cities of Berkeley and Oakland. Continue reading “Health Benefits of Cannabis”

Why Drug Addiction is More Common than You Think

Drug addiction is a global issue, being one of the most crucial health problems that societies face. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 35 million individuals have a drug use disorder, and these are just the reported cases. The number is higher by 30% than it was nearly a decade ago. Yet only 1 in 7 actually receives some sort of treatment.

The bigger number, however, is in opioid use. Around 53 million people are addicted to opioids, which are essentially controlled prescription drugs that are synthetically manufactured to mimic the effects of opium. These drugs are usually prescribed as painkillers, and because of their extreme calming effect, there is a very high rate of abuse of opioid drugs.

It wouldn’t be surprising if you turned out to know someone struggling with drug addiction, even if you have a limited circle. Gender, sexual orientation, age, environment, and other factors play a major role in who is more prone to addiction. Almost all groups of people are affected, which makes addiction all that common. Continue reading “Why Drug Addiction is More Common than You Think”

Getting Help For An Addiction Is Closer Than You Think

drug addictionAddiction is a broad term that is used to describe a person that is doing the same thing over and over again, knowing that it can have a negative result on their health in the long run. The most common addiction in the present would be illegal drugs, prescription drugs, smoking, and alcohol. Others are also pointing out at video game addiction and work addiction as an additional concern because of the negative effects that it has on the body.

Drug addiction is a real issue in the world today, and we see a lot of governments trying to fight back the illegal drug trade. Using some of these harmful substances cause a lot of problems for society, driving the user to mania and psychosis that makes life too hard to handle. Their physical appearances also change, at times, making them unrecognizable.

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The Best Case Scenario – Drug Addiction

drug addictionThis is a serious topic that I won’t go down the usual road with. What you usually see online when it comes to this subject is people talking about the seriousness of addiction and the worst-case scenario of what happens to addicts who don’t get treatment. You know what I’m talking about: we’re told of people who start on a gateway drug, fall into an addiction, and before they know what hit them, they’ve lost their job. Then they lose their family, lose their homes and end up on the streets. Well, I’m not going to do that here. Instead, I’m going to talk about the best case scenario for getting treatment.

Before I get started, let me assure you that I’m not speaking as someone who’s never seen what addiction is like. I have not personally been an addict, but a close family member of mine is. This person, we’ll call him Brian (not his real name), began suffering from drug addiction pretty early in life, which is not at all an unusual occurrence.

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