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Addiction Genetics

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 09 August 2007

Addiction and Genetics - the role of genetic research in advancing the field of addiction treatment, and the relationship between genetics and addiction. The following article describes the synergism between addictive liability and genetics based on years of study and continuing research. The field of genetics has seen major advances in the last 20 years, and researchers are beginning to identify specific genes that seem to have specific bearing on the addictive potential of substances and behaviors in the human body.

Teen Addiction

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 09 August 2007

teen drug addictionTeen addiction is a dangerous problem facing parents and society at large. More and more adults are taking potentially dangerous and addictive prescription medications, and more and more teens are getting into their parent's medicine cabinets and experimenting with mood-altering drugs. Teens today may have easier access to drugs than alcohol. Teen addiction is a major concern, growing with each passing year.

The following article describes some of the issues with teen addiction, how it begins, and tips on how to recognize, prevent, and treat teen addiction.

Drug Abuse Statistics

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 24 November 2010

A number of information sources are used to quantify America’s drug problem and to monitor drug abuse trends. Foremost among these sources are the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey* and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health** (NSDUH). Since 1975, the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use as well as related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. For the 2010 survey, 46,482 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades from 396 public and private schools participated. Funded by NIDA, the MTF survey is conducted by investigators at the University of Michigan.

Addiction Intervention

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 10 August 2007
Addiction intervention becomes a family's last resort when dealng with a loved one addicted to drugs and alcohol who will not agree to get help.  Drug and alcohol addiction often come with denial on behalf of the addict or alcoholic.  Denial is a part of the disease of addiction and tells the addict that he or she does not have a problem and is only doing what they need to be okay on a daily basis.  Addiction intervention is used as a last resort when no amount of prior begging has worked to get the addict into treatment.  Professional interventionists are called in for the addiction intervention and despite desperate pleading in the past, addiction interventions have a tendency to be very successful. Read here about interventions, interventionissts and how the process works.

Drug Abuse

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 30 April 2008

Drug abuse, also called substance abuse or chemical abuse, is a disorder characterized by a destructive pattern of substance use that leads to unmanageability in one or more areas of life (i.e. relationships, work, school etc.) Estimates suggest drug abuse affects more than 7% of of the population at some point in their lives. Teens are increasingly engaging in prescription drug experimentation and abuse, particularly drugs classified as opiates (which are prescribed to relieve severe pain), and stimulants, which treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young people and adolescents.

Drug abuse is something that has devastated families generation after generation. When a family member is abusing drugs, future plans are shattered, relationships are broken and the entire family eventually ends up in turmoil.

Chronic Pain Management

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 06 April 2009

Chronic pain management can be an extremely complex and frustrating experience for both the patient as well as their healthcare provider. Managing a pain condition is often very challenging, and it becomes even more so when a coexisting problem is also present. In fact, one of the most difficult problems is not identifying coexisting prescription drug abuse or addiction problem. There is a significant risk of prescription abuse/addiction problems because as many as 90 percent of people undergoing chronic pain management are prescribed opiates—about 10 percent of people on chronic opiate maintenance will develop a substance use disorder abuse or dependence.

Florida Pill Mills

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 27 November 2012 Published: 27 November 2012

With half a billion Oxycontin pills distributed in Florida in 2009 alone[1], the Sunshine State stands at the forefront of the U.S. Oxycontin addiction.  Indeed, Florida’s illicit pill use is twice that of the next closest state—and it’s on the rise[2]. Federal authorities estimate that the problem grew by 100 million pills in a single year, an increase of 25 percent[3]. The drug is a full-fledged public health and addiction crisis affecting millions of families.

What is a pill mill?

“Pill mill” is a colloquial term for semi-legal distribution centers of controlled substances, chief among them Oxycontin[4]. Doctors, clerks and other pill mill employees often have firearms or other weapons within easy reach[5], suggesting that these establishments more closely resemble drug houses than medical clinics. Outside of Florida, Texas[6] and Pennsylvania[7] host the most pill mills. Branded (or, some would argue, disguised) as pain management clinics, pill mills often pop up and disappear rapidly. When one closes, another can pop up quickly in its place.

Addiction Recovery

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 10 December 2010

Recovery from addictions can be a lengthy and difficult process, and successful long-term recovery often requires a lifetime of "practice". Once people complete a primary addiction treatment program, too often there is a tendency for individuals to begin to relax and stop worrying about their addictive nature and past behaviors that resulted in their lives becoming unmanageable. Unfortunately, this is a precarious thought process at best.  Indeed, most people complete addiction recovery programs having gained massive insight into the nature of their addiction(s) and having learned tools to cope with life on life's terms without turning to their mood-altering substance or behavior of choice.  Practicing those tools however requires work.  Many addicts in recovery quickly learn that the implementation of these tools on a daily basis in the "real" world can be a significant challenge, especially without a specific plan of action or support structure in place to help them stay clean and sober long-term.

Krokodil: The New Killer

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 18 October 2013 Published: 18 October 2013

Krokodil

“Krokodil” is a new and terrifying addition to the chronic drug epidemic in the United States. Its effects are sudden, horrific, and deadly. Information from the United States is currently limited because of the drug’s recent appearance in the American drug culture. We intend to bring some clarity to the confusion regarding Krokodil. Misinformation is rampant, with devastating effects among so many who are unaware of the immediate consequences of using this drug. While the international community has some experience with Krokodil, the United States and its drug prevention communities must make itself aware of how to recognize and treat these addictions.

Pain Management and Addiction

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 06 December 2010

For the patient that has a history of substance abuse, pain management carries significant risk, because narcotic pain killers (opioids) are extremely addictive.  It is a common misconception that the management of acute or chronic pain necessarily leads to addiction.  Taking mood-altering chemicals for management of legitimate pain in opiate-naive patients only results in addiction a small percentage of the time.  In most cases, pain management and addiction are mutually exclusive.  Nevertheless, some individuals do become addicted to pain medication, and for individuals with a history of addiction, taking narcotics for pain management can be a recipe for disaster.

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