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Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Counseling, Depression, Drug Abuse, News, Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Myths: Differentiating the Right From the Wrong

People may start using drugs for a number of reasons. It can be peer pressure, loneliness, depression, physical problems like chronic pain, insomnia, a family history of substance abuse and even recreation. Before they know it, they are caught in the addiction like a fly gets caught in a spider’s web and they are unable to extricate themselves from it, without outside help. However, before you approach anyone for help, you should know the facts from the myths. It will help you make better decisions about how to hope to cope with the addiction and also help you look for symptoms of substance abuse in anyone you know. Many addicts themselves have wrong notions about their addictions. Here is a small list of common myths around substance abuse. Overcoming substance abuse is just a matter of willpower Sadly, willpower is not enough to treat substance abuse. Repeatedly resisting a temptation, in this case drugs or alcohol, can take a mental toll. Just like a muscle gets affected after overuse,...

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Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, News, Substance Abuse

Recognizing Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO)  as the harmful and hazardous use of substances that are classified psychoactive. It eventually leads to a condition known as dependance syndrome which is characterized by a strong urge to repeatedly take a drug, a lot of difficulties in controlling its usage and continuing to take it, despite full knowledge of the negative after effects, along with a shift in priorities where the drugs take precedence over most other things and activities. What is a Substance? Any psychoactive drug and alcohol can be a substance. Drugs include cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines and prescription medications, as well as some forms of non-prescribed medication. According to WHO reports, a little over 5% of the global population has used or is under some form of substance abuse right now. Around the world, every person aged 15 years or older is estimated to drink a little over 6 liters of alcohol per year. Substance abuse is a very real and present problem in every...

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