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Get the facts about synthetic marijuana

Get the facts about synthetic marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is an addictive drug that is marketed as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. The drug can be bought in American retail stores in the form of small packets with a variety of colorful names, including K2, Spice, Black Mamba and many others. There is currently a great deal of misconception about what synthetic marijuana is and what it can do to the human body.

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Stimulant addicts can quit smoking without hindering treatment

Stimulant addicts can quit smoking without hindering treatment

Cigarettes share a long history of being associated with stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamines. In fact, a 2008 study showed that 68 percent of people with a substance abuse problem also use tobacco, compared to just 28 percent of the total population (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). People who are addicted to one substance are often addicted to several, which can make recovery from either substance far more complicated. However, recent findings by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have found that recovering stimulant addicts can quit smoking with no negative effects on their recovery.

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National Rehab Awareness Week: Depression and addiction among the disabled

National Rehab Awareness Week: Depression and addiction among the disabled

People with disabilities face a greater number of hardships in their day-to-day lives than the general public. Consequently, many disabled people suffer from depression. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, people with disabilities are more likely to suffer from clinical depression that requires professional treatment. As part of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, it’s important to understand the dangers of depression and the risks of an associated addiction. Read more

National Rehab Awareness Week: Disability and heroin

National Rehab Awareness Week: Disability and heroin

While heroin use is declining overall, it still remains a problem for a large number of vulnerable Americans. Perhaps the demographic that is the most vulnerable to heroin abuse is the disabled community. As many as 50 million Americans currently live with a physical or mental disability, and many of these citizens have turned to substance abuse to cope with the difficulties that they face. In honor of Disability Awareness Week, it’s time to take a look at the very real relationship between disabilities and the increased risk of heroin use. Read more

National Rehab Awareness Week: Disability and painkillers

National Rehab Awareness Week: Disability and painkillers

Monday, September 28 kicks off National Rehab Awareness week, a time to remember the special needs of more than 50 million Americans with some form of disability. One of the most pressing needs of the disabled community is increased awareness on substance abuse. Disabled people are disproportionately more affected by drug and medication addiction than the general population. According to Disabled World, as many as 25 percent of disabled people have a substance abuse disorder. Often times, they become addicted to the very medication used to treat their disability. In light of National Rehab Awareness Week, there’s no better time than now to address this alarming trend and start working toward a solution. Read more