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Is substance abuse a coping mechanism for childhood abuse?
Oct 17 2019

Is substance abuse a coping mechanism for childhood abuse?

Addiction Drug Addiction Substance Abuse

It can be easy to look at a teen using drugs or abusing alcohol and think that they made a choice to harm themselves. But what if it is a coping mechanism? What if this person couldn’t find or access any other form of help and this is the only way they know to escape…

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Victims of childhood abuse more likely to abuse substances and relapse
Sep 27 2019

Victims of childhood abuse more likely to abuse substances and relapse

Addiction Mental Health Substance Abuse

Childhood abuse and neglect have serious consequences for the adolescent, raising their risk of mental health issues, health issues, social issues, and substance abuse. A recent study found that childhood abuse can and will even raise their risk of relapse after recovering from a substance abuse problem. The instance of child abuse and neglect is…

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Alcohol use problems in teens can be identified by two-question screening tool
Sep 20 2019

Alcohol use problems in teens can be identified by two-question screening tool

Addiction Teen Alcohol Addiction

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 2.2 million individuals aged between 12 to 17 consumed alcohol in the previous month, which comprised of 1.2 million binge drinkers and 131,000 teens who were into heavy drinking. The legal age to buy alcohol in the U.S. is 21. Unfortunately, underage…

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An overview of spice or synthetic marijuana use
Sep 18 2019

An overview of spice or synthetic marijuana use

Addiction Substance Abuse Teen Drug Abuse

Have you walked through a convenience store and noticed multiple small packages, normally shiny aluminum ones, that state “Not for Human Consumption” that could pass for incense? If you have, then you may have been looking at synthetic marijuana. Also known by several other names such as K2 or spice, synthetic marijuana is a dried,…

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US schools gearing to deal with opioid crisis
Apr 04 2019

US schools gearing to deal with opioid crisis

Addiction Teen Drug Abuse

In the wake of the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States, the state of Alabama is heralding a project to train school staff with the know-how to treat students suffering from drug overdoses. Ironically, kids across the U.S. have easier access to drugs as they are available in their parents’ cabinets at home, foregoing…

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