Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

prescription abuseMost are aware of the dangers of drugs such as heroin or cocaine. They are illegal and rightly so due to the damage they cause and their complete lack of medical utility. Yet certain prescription drugs are necessary for doctors and patients can also lead to addiction if abused. The rise of prescription drug abuse is a growing problem.Drugs, both legal and illegal, are prevalent in modern society. Due to educational initiatives most, if not all of us are aware of the dangers that are involved with using illegal substances. Alongside the physical and mental damage that can result in drug use there is also the looming spectre of addiction. Decades ago the UK government took action and in an act of Parliament known as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 classified drugs into three different groups, A,B and C.  Class A drugs, which carry the highest penalty, include substances such as heroin and cocaine. The penalties decrease in severity from A to B and from B to C.

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The True Cost of Gambling Addictions

gambling addictionGambling advertisements are everywhere and with the rise of online gambling it is easier than ever to place a bet. Internet gambling has led to a massive increase in the amount of women who struggle with a gambling problem. Yet it appears that men and women gamble for very different reasons.Unfortunately, women who are addicted to gambling are rarely understood. Female gamblers are now more common than ever, yet online gambling websites are still advertised on television every day. One victim of online gambling sites was Caroline Shopland-Saich, a marketing executive who's been hitting the headlines this week. Caroline became addicted to online gambling two years ago, and recently used her company credit card to pay off £22,620 to Foxy Bingo. The credit card was given to Caroline by her employer Applegate Media, so she could buy vouchers as a reward for her most successful sales reps. 

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Depression and Gender

Does there exist a gender difference with regards to being susceptible to the symptoms of depression? While statistics indicate that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men there may be an entirely different reason for these numbers that may surprise some people.

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Are babies born anxious?

A fascinating newly released study has shed some light on the long running "nature versus nurture" debate. The study has found that newborn babies who exhibit highly reactive tendencies have a higher chance of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression later in life.

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Love of Coffee Could Predict Future Cocaine Abuse.

Many people enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning as part of their daily routine. An intriguing new study has made the claim that peoples differing reactions to coffee and energy drinks could be a indication of their susceptibility to developing an addiction to stimulants.

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Seeing the Signs of Alcoholism

Recognizing the signs of alcoholism can be a difficult task for both the sufferer and their family and friends. Much of this is due to alcohol's accepted position within society. If you suspect that either yourself, or someone you care about are struggling with alcohol addiction there are certain signs to look out for.

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What role do you play?

family roles in addiction All of us are born with a certain personality. Frequently expectant parents will experience that the name they had chosen for their unborn child, turns out to be a misfit upon meeting the infant baby, who clearly comes into this world with a personality of his or her own. However, growing up in a family, regardless of the size, all members of the family come to occupy a role; a family role. The trouble with family roles is that at no point did we actively decide our own role, and in some cases our family role has become so entangled with our personality that we lose sight of our true nature. Family roles thus become a big part of our self-identity and can in adult life come to hinder personal growth and personal expression.

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Addiction starts in teens

Teenage alcoholismA recent study undertaken by The National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University in the US puts forth that substance abuse has its origin in years of adolescence. The study found that 90% of Americans who are battling with addiction began smoking and consuming drugs and alcohol before the age of 18.

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Recession Stress

The global financial crisis might be looking up but for many UK households the strain of recession is still felt and impacting on the daily lives and future plans of many British families. Researchers from Cardiff University have examined how the financial crisis has affected new or prospective fathers  in particular, and findings show that a large proportion of the fathers involved in the study appeared to be particularly anxious about money and ability to care for their new family.This is perhaps not surprising, as expanding the brood necessitates more money and greater resources, even at the best of times. However, the global financial crisis has had very tangible consequences for many families who have had to limit their family expansion to just one child, given financial constraints. According to psychologist, Dr. Karen Henwood, men often see themselves as having the primary responsibility of providing financially for their families, even in instances where their partner earns the same amount or more. New fathers who feel this level of responsibility are naturally under a lot of stress and pressure to provide materially for their child. Yet as many new fathers are required to work longer hours, they inadvertently fail to give their child the most valuable gift of all; the gift of time.This situation is concerning for a number of reasons. The necessity of fathers working longer hours and spending more time away from the home suggests a step backwards for shared parenting, and the long term psychological impact  of this on both father and child remains to be seen. In addition, the stress felt by many new fathers is detrimental to their well being and quality of life. Prolonged stress can potentially lead to a number of other mental health issues and at Life Works we often see how stress can lead to unhealthy coping strategies and depression. Those in recovery are particularly vulnerable to prolonged periods of stress and stress is highly likely to jeopardize sobriety. Whether addiction and recovery is part of your life, it is helpful to view stress a way for our body to communicate a need for us to slow down. While a poor economic climate is difficult to alter singlehandedly, what we can change is how we think about this situation, which in turn impacts on how we feel and what we do about it. Stress often arise in response to thoughts about the future. Rarely are there any problems in this very moment. And one thing that children can teach us is the ability to be present in every moment and to enjoy the now. The simplest truisms are often the most powerful, - and undoubtedly the most difficult to honour. However, the price of not only being physically absent but equally absent minded in the presence of our children is perhaps the greatest tragedy.
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Is it necessary to teach teenagers how to drink?

Teenage alcoholism.  It's not too early for treatment.The decision all parents of teenagers will inevitably have to make is how to promote the use of alcohol. According to a major survey for the NHS, 11-15 year-old children who drink alcohol consume an average of 14.5 units a week. As these figures resemble, and in many cases, even supersede the amount consumed by adults it has stimulated debate and extensive research into the implications of this type of consumption.

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Assets and Vulnerabilities for Alcohol Addiction Treatement

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

 

Assets in alcohol addiction treatment

People bring varied assets and vulnerabilities to alcohol addiction treatment. For ourselves or our loved ones, understanding what matters and what works is vital to increasing the chances of success. It’s called alcohol addiction treatment for a reason: we have a medical and psychological condition that responds to proper treatment. Like other medical conditions, it’s not a matter of character or willpower. Like many conditions, sometimes we can manage it with knowledge, changes in behavior, and changes in how we think; sometimes we need medical care as well.  A sound alcohol addiction treatment programme adapts to one’s needs rather than offering a cookie-cutter approach.

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A Good Friend

Being your own best friend

One person you will always have to face is yourself and thus becoming your own best friend can be very empowering. When we allow ourselves and others to be congruent - to act in accordance with how we really feel and think, with respect for ourselves and others, we are not only being a good friend to others, but also to ourselves.

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