Drug abuse is a severe problem that affects millions of Americans yearly, causing health, mental, and relationship problems. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that there were 24.5 million drug and alcohol addicts in the United States in 2013, and that those numbers are likely to expand by 8.5% yearly.
People who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who are straight. This fact comes from a report conducted by the Department of Health Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In fact, the percentage of LGBT drug abuse is over twice as high
It is painfully difficult to admit the truth about our loved one’s addiction, to ourselves or anyone else, and we find ourselves making excuses for them that are simply lies. It is so much easier to convince ourselves that nothing is wrong. You are not alone with this situation. Read on, and you will
If you or someone you know struggles with addiction, you may have heard the term “polysubstance abuse” and wonder what it means. As the name implies, part of the definition is that the person abuses multiple substances. Anyone who wants to recover from addiction with multiple substances should learn what this term means, how it affects
Approximately 23 million Americans are currently suffering from an ongoing battle with addiction and the staggering rate of addiction is continuing to rise. If you live with one of those 23 million Americans, their battle with addiction is inadvertently also a battle for you. The more you educate yourself on the facts, the more
Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant extracted from the leaves of the coca bush, a plant native to the Andes Mountains of South America. The drug produces intense euphoria and is quick and easy to use via injection, smoking or inhalation. Cocaine is highly addictive and extremely dangerous. The National Institute on
“Therefore, the main problem of the (alcoholic or addict) centers in their mind rather than their body.” Alcoholics Anonymous, p 23. Our ability to think is one of our greatest gifts. Rational thought, you might argue, is what differentiates human beings from all other life forms of which we are aware. To be able