Despite the fact that many commonly used drugs are illegal, there’s a greater portion of the population suffering from addiction today than at any other time in our history. In fact, the misuse of mind-altering substances has become so pervasive in the U.S. that it’s even alarmingly common among adolescents and teens. Statistics show that…

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There are a number of important factors that we know can contribute to a person developing an addiction. For instance, we know that things like one’s environment, one’s social circumstances and simply one’s physical access to drugs can be hugely influential in whether or not a person becomes addicted. However, we still know very little…

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We all know that nobody is immune to becoming an addict. The nation’s opioid crisis has proven that. But why is it that people in the nursing profession – those providing frontline care to the sick and among the most admired professionals in America – appear to be even more susceptible it? Perhaps the more…

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Pain and anxiety often go hand in hand. Unfortunately, the medications used to relieve them should not. That’s why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently mandated sweeping changes to the warning labels of opioid painkillers and anxiety medications, also known as central nervous system depressants. The FDA now requires box warnings, the most serious…

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Just as no two addictions develop in the same way, no two patients are the same. Young adults have a unique set of challenges during their recovery. They struggle with obstacles and drugs that may not be as problematic for older individuals. By examining this demograhic’s unique risks, it’s possible to understand and appreciate the…

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While there are many substances that can lead to dependence, alcohol is unique due to its legal status, which is why alcohol is the most commonly abused of all mind-altering substances. While only 3.2 percent of all alcohol users go on to become addicted,1 that still results in a huge total, with at least two…

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