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Understanding brain asymmetry in drug use

Drugs can perform a multitude of functions that can aid in the recovery of an individual. Some drugs can alleviate the symptoms of mental disorders, fasten the healing of wounds, provide important minerals to the body, fight the cancerous cells, control fertility and so forth. They enter into the body and breakdown into several elements […]

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Dealing with insomnia during withdrawal from substances

One of the most common symptoms affecting individuals in recovery or withdrawal from substance abuse is insomnia. During this period, individuals may find it difficult to maintain regular sleep cycles for several weeks, months or even years. In particular, the initial period of withdrawal can be extremely stressful and irregular sleep patterns worsen the suffering. […]

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Smoking likely to slow down recovery from drug abuse, finds study

It is a well-known fact that a persistent tobacco use contributes to many diseases. In the United States, the situation is highly critical with more than 480,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, highlights the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies have shown that cigarette smoking increases the risk of illegal drug use, which results […]

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Healthier alternatives to address drug abuse problem in teenagers

Teens have a different way of coping with stressful life experiences and subsequent mental disorders that may be an outcome of such experiences. One of the most common ways they adopt to deal with day-to-day stress and anxiety is through illicit drugs or painkiller prescriptions, which often results in addiction, overdose and even death. In […]

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Family therapy expedites recovery from substance abuse

With home being the safest haven, family is the basic support for any individual. However, the need of affectionate loved ones intensifies when someone is dealing with stressful times. Similarly, when it comes to addiction, in which a person lacks the ability to remain physically or mentally healthy and functional, family support comes as a […]

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Abuse of non-medical painkillers by veterans may lead to heroin use, says study

Findings from a 10-year study of nearly 3,400 U.S. army veterans have shown a link between abuse of non-medical opioid pain medication and heroin initiation. A team of researchers from Brown and Yale Universities tracked veterans at nine Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities who were enrolled in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS). Results of the […]

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Impulsivity in children with family history of alcoholism can help spot AUD risk

Children with one or both the parents dependent on alcohol face a lot of pain and trouble. Parents’ drinking problems can lead to child neglect and their physical and mental abuse. Such children often lead a disturbed life as the addictive habit of parents often affect the psychological growth of the children.

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Cyber hacking produces same euphoria as substance abuse, says study

A study undertaken by researchers from the University College Dublin on behalf of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, has indicated a connection between the euphoric highs associated with cyber hacking and addiction to substances. Although hacking does not lead to a physical dependency like drugs or alcohol, it has a similar effect on […]

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Fentanyl overdose increased by 80% in US between 2013 and 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of drug overdose deaths, including primarily opioid overdose deaths, has skyrocketed by 140 percent since 2000 in the United States. As per the statistics available, deaths caused due to the commonly prescribed natural and semisynthetic opioid painkillers after increasing since the 1990s declined […]

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Kratom: A herb shrouded in mystery

Kratom is believed to hold the key in providing relief from pain, depression and anxiety. Some scientists advocate the use of kratom as an effective tool to combat addiction to opioid medications. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States considers kratom to be an imminent hazard to public safety. In August 2016, […]

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