How to Recognize that You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

How to Recognize that You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

Having a mental illness or substance abuse diagnosis often carries a stigma that, for some people, can inhibit recovery. If you realize that you do not have to be defined by your diagnosis, then you will have achieved an important part of the rehab process. However, getting to this stage in your recovery journey takes times and patience. At first, you may believe that you will always be known for your actions while you were under the influence of drugs, or you will think that no one will forget your behavior before being treated for mental...

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What Are Drug Schedules?

What Are Drug Schedules?

The Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, and this act determines how drugs are organized and regulated. Drugs are placed into schedules, or categories, based on the medical value and potential risk of the substance in question. This categorization helps law enforcement professionals, medical professionals and the public at large understand the legal and physical risks of abusing a substance. The Attorney General can add or remove substances from each schedule, but he or she must do so with consideration to the guidelines that define...

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Non-Military Causes of PTSD

Non-Military Causes of PTSD

Dangerous, frightening or sad situations can cause posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition in which people feel scared or threatened long after the situation passes. Although this issue is commonly associated with soldiers who experience combat, anyone can suffer from this condition. In fact, the following experiences may lead to PTSD: Natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes or tornadoes Violent crimes, such as assault, robbery or a shooting Accidents, such as car or plane crashes Sexual abuse or assault Death of a loved...

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What Is a Speedball?

What Is a Speedball?

A speedball is a drug combination made up of both cocaine and heroin that users inject straight into their blood stream for what is deemed a unique high. In some cases people will use cocaine and morphine instead of heroin, which has an almost identical effect. People using a speedball will either mix both substances into one syringe or use one syringe on each arm to inject simultaneously. Speedballs can also be consumed by inhaling the drugs through the nose but the effect is typically not as intense. A speedball is desirable to abusers for a...

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The Descent into Heroin Addiction

The Descent into Heroin Addiction

Understanding how heroin addiction develops and progresses can help individuals understand the descent into addiction. Nature Neuroscience explains that addiction development is “defined chronologically as initiation of drug use, regular drug use, addiction/dependence and potentially relapse” (“Genetic Influences on Impulsivity, Risk Taking, Stress Responsivity and Vulnerability to Drug Abuse and Addiction,” October 2005). Various environmental, personal and genetic factors influence these stages of addiction, and these factors...

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Digestive Issues and Drug Abuse

Digestive Issues and Drug Abuse

Drug abuse and addiction can result in a wide variety of health consequences. Most people are aware that drug abuse can lead to damage of the liver, kidneys, heart, and brain. However, many people are unaware of the impacts of drugs on the digestive system. There are many digestive troubles that come from drug abuse, including heartburn, gastric ulcers, and chronic constipation. Heartburn and Substance Abuse Heartburn is a digestive condition that occurs when stomach acid gets into the esophagus, causing chest pain that occurs most commonly...

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