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
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Addiction is one of the most dreaded diseases because of the harmful effects to both physical and mental health and the difficult recovery process. Though addiction is a treatable disease, it is equally true that the entire treatment and recovery process is not a cakewalk.
A patient undergoing recovery may experience withdrawal symptoms, various physical and psychological repercussions, and side effects of the medication. Essentially, one should undergo the recovery process under medical supervision to withstand the withdrawal symptoms with ease and eliminate the risk of relapse. Read more
Traditionally, Americans enjoyed a good life expectancy. A multitude of factors such as the economic boom post World War II, technological advancement and sufficient access to health care services were responsible for this. Recently, it has come to limelight that for the first time since 1993, life expectancy has decreased.
A research undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Imperial College London—and published in the medical journal Lancet—predicts that in the years to come, the United States will lag behind other developed high-income countries such as Canada and South Korea in terms of the average life of an individual. The grim forecast says that by 2030, life expectancy of America will be similar to that of Mexico, while South Korea and Canada will have increased expectancy rates. Estimated average age of women will be 83.3 years and for men 79.5 years. Read more
Recovery is a challenging phase where a person grappling with addiction has to restart his or her life from the scratch. During this time, support from the partner or spouse matters a lot. The sober partner might feel deceived, aggrieved and hopeless. The recovering partner might feel overwhelmed due to the domestic responsibilities, kids, work pressure and much more. Thus, there are bound to be major and minor tiffs during the vulnerable period. However, if the indifferences are left unresolved, it can lead to not just strained relationships but might also trigger a relapse for the recovering individual. Read more
The United States witnesses an estimated 91 drug overdose deaths a day, which reflects how serious the opioid crisis has become over the years. It is believed that for every fatal overdose involving an opioid, there are approximately 30 nonfatal overdose deaths. Medical experts point out that hospitals can do more to assist overdose patients generally rushed to emergency departments (EDs), such as gauging if the overdose was due to the overprescription of pain pills or if the patient needs help in accessing addiction treatment. Read more
When Katie returned from a rehab after undergoing detoxification and treatment for alcohol addiction, she received a warm welcome from her family members but saw a change in her friends’ behavior toward her. She realized that she had become a social pariah because many of her friends would avoid hanging out with her since she quit drinking.
Like Katie, thousands of people feel isolated after quitting alcohol. Being sober comes with lots of challenges, but one can still have a thriving social life by making some lifestyle changes, which are listed hereunder. Read more
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a serious endocrine disorder afflicting nearly 8 to 20 percent women across the globe. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 5 million women are grappling with this disorder in the United States. PCOS is affecting more and more women worldwide, therefore, to draw attention, disseminate awareness, and encourage research, the month of September is observed as the PCOS Awareness Month. Read more
When an individual decides to bid goodbye to his or her addiction, he or she needs to follow certain steps toward attaining sobriety. And detoxification is the first step in this process. It demands a lot of lifestyle changes which can easily overwhelm a person. During detoxification, one can undergo painful withdrawal symptoms, extreme cravings, mood swings and a lot of discomfort. However, it is a stepping stone toward a second lease of life and to start all over again, one must be prepared to face the fears. 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
Cocaine is addictive, there is no secret about that. However, what many might not know is it enslaves a person so quickly and such an extent that even a “once-in-a-while” use can be a step closer to doom. Whether it is snorted, smoked or injected, the changes caused in the brain lead to mental and physical health problems, which can last for a lifetime. As a recreational drug, it is known by street names of powder, snow, ski, soft, blow, slopes and coca among others. A study titled “Cocaine Cue-Induced Dopamine Release in Recreational Cocaine Users” has reported that even the recreational use of cocaine can put people at the risk of addiction. The results were published in the journal Scientific Reports in April 2017. Read more
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