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National Rehab Awareness Week: Alcoholism and disability

National Rehab Awareness Week: Alcoholism and disability

National Rehab Awareness Week starts on September 20. The week serves to remind the nation that about 50 million Americans currently have disabilities and are in need of help. One of the major issues afflicting the disabled population is the burden of addiction. Disabled people are disproportionately plagued by substance abuse. According to Disabled World, people with physical or mental disabilities are two to four times more likely to have an alcohol or substance abuse problem than the general population. In fact, about one in four disabled Americans suffers an additional substance abuse problem. While alcoholism can feel like an insurmountable trial for anyone, disabled people encounter perhaps the most barriers of any alcoholic on the road to recovery. Read more

The addictive potential of marijuana

The addictive potential of marijuana

Contrary to common perception, marijuana can be addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research reveals that about one in 11 users have the potential to become addicted to marijuana. This figure is considerably higher among those who start using marijuana as teenagers (one in six) and even greater among individuals who use it daily (almost 25 to 50 percent).

Marijuana is the most widely and commonly used illicit drug, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The United Nations revealed 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana, which encompasses more than 3.8 percent of the planet’s population. Over 94 million people in the U.S. have admitted using pot at least once. Read more

Why being all “Smiles” might not be a good idea

Why being all “Smiles” might not be a good idea

The recently trending designer drug to have claimed several lives is Smiles. Despite its name, the associated effects and results of this drug are anything but pleasant.

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The cocaine vaccine

The cocaine vaccine

Cocaine is one of the oldest known psychoactive stimulants that is highly addictive and directly affects the brain. Due to cocaine being an ongoing problem of epidemic proportions, a vaccine to prevent cocaine addiction has been researched for decades. However, the beginning of 2015 saw the possibility of what might be a substantial cocaine vaccine to cure addiction.

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How e-cigarettes can hide marijuana addiction

How e-cigarettes can hide marijuana addiction

E-cigarettes, also called handheld vaporizers or vape pens, are increasingly popular among all ages as a “healthier” alternative to tobacco. The product, which is about the size and shape of a felt-tip marker, includes a battery for heating up a container of liquid nicotine, allowing the user to inhale the vapor and receive the drug. However, one unforeseen consequence of this technology is the ability to load the pens with other types of drugs, including the psychoactive drug found in marijuana, THC. With e-cigarettes becoming more and more common among teens, the danger of marijuana use and addiction is growing. Read more