The rising use of drugs and alcohol among the youth in Florida’s St. Johns County has become a matter of serious concern. According to county’s annual report for 2016, a whopping 54 percent of high school children consumed alcohol, while 32 percent smoked marijuana and 35 percent used illicit drugs. Experts feel that the situation could be worse as adolescents and young adults are scared about getting implicated and hold back from providing the correct information regarding their habits related to substance use. Read more
Underage college drinking is a major public health concern across the United States due to the adverse repercussions it has on the academic and social lives of students living on university campuses. It is also very troublesome to accept the fact that the entire concept of drinking during college days is continually reinforced year after year because of the notion that alcohol is an integral part of the higher education experience.
While most adolescents enter college with some beforehand experience with alcohol, certain social forces that are unique to college life, such as unstructured time, the widespread availability of alcohol, lack of enforcement of underage drinking laws, limited interactions with parents, etc., can worsen a teenager’s tendency to consume alcohol. These factors also significantly increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in adulthood and other alcohol-related problems if left unaddressed. Read more
Alcohol cravings are physical sensations, thoughts or emotions that tempt an individual to take to the bottle even though he or she may have the intention to do otherwise. These urges often makes it immensely difficult to quit drinking. In fact, it is a daily struggle wherein one may feel an uncomfortable pull in two diverse directions and a sense of loss of control. Usually, people who are addicted to alcohol can easily satisfy their cravings and maintain their blood alcohol level high enough to prevent the symptoms of withdrawal. However, for those seeking to recover from alcohol abuse, managing alcohol cravings can be a long-drawn battle with many ups and downs during the recovery process. Read more
One of the saddest experiences in life is watching a loved one become addicted to alcohol or drugs. Telling the user about the harm that the substance abuse is causing to his or her health and life usually doesn’t impact them at all. If a substance user believes he can stop using it at any time, despite evidence to the contrary, they are in denial. Read more
Alcohol dependence is such that despite being aware of the ill effects of drinking, a person fails to have any control over the amount and frequency of its consumption. There is always a strong need and craving to drink among alcoholics. It has negative effects on the vital organs, such as brain, heart and liver, impacting the overall immunity. It also makes the body prone to a number of diseases.
Moderate drinking – two drinks per day for men and one a day for women – is linked to decreased rate of mortality, according to studies. While moderate drinking may be good for health, excessive alcohol can ruin one’s health. According to experts, antioxidants in red wine increase good cholesterol level and thus prevent heart disease. Read more
No year could ever be said to be good for a heroin addict, but 2014 was worse for the addicts in Florida. According to the data released by Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission, the state saw 447 heroin-related deaths in 2014.
Marijuana’s mainstreaming, despite the fact that legal or not, it is still an intoxicant. Like any intoxicant, marijuana can impair senses and make certain activities – like driving – more dangerous. According to a new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA, a side effect of more permissive marijuana laws seems to be a higher rate of drivers killed in crashes testing positive for the drug. Read more
Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is a winding road. A patient may undergo physical and mental stress on their struggle towards recovery. Fortunately, professionals have many tools to treat addiction and a form of mental health therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. In summary, CBT helps recovering substance abusers recognize and avoid harmful situations, and to cope with the variety of problems that come with substance abuse. Read more
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