In droves, we engage on social media with selfies, Likes, follows, and shares. These are actions that positively re-enforce the idea that social media tools provide us with good feelings. Like any pleasure-seeking activity, social media tools are addictive. With our society’s dramatic shift toward interacting over the internet and social media tools, it is easier than ever to develop an addiction to social media. The Connection between Social Media and Addiction If you’ve eve
If you are one of those people who say that there is no such thing called magic, then I would like to close your eyes once and imagine the following things: An infant playing by himself in a crib, smiling and laughing at something he does not even know about A puppy and a kitten playing together Your mother telling you in the afternoon that she would be cooking bottle gourd but when you reach home, you see your favorite dish on dinner table Meeting a childhood friend after ma
“I like the taste of it” “I like the kick it gives to my mood” It relaxes me after a tiresome day” and more than thousands of reasons people give, just to drink! It is by their will that they start, but that will power slowly gets dissolved in alcohol and they get dependent on it.
Thousands of people die each year due to alcohol overdose. The reason might sound too shocking, which is, its symptoms are too slow to be understood!
We are stating a few signs that would help y
Parents who know or suspect their child is using drugs or alcohol are often at a loss for what to do next. Do you take a hard-lined punitive approach? Confront your child? Approach your child as you would a friend? Molly Bobek, a Senior Research Associate here at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) and a licensed therapist who specializes in family therapy, provides some suggestions for what parents can do when it comes to this difficult situation and
For many parents, regularly talking to their children about addictive substances can be challenging. With this in mind, we asked our readers, “How often do you talk to your children about drugs and alcohol?” While nearly one-third of respondents said they talk to their kids about this important topic every week, the most common response was never, which received 40 percent of the votes. If you consider yourself a part of this 40 percent, here are some tips from our Family Day
Many people engage in risky use of alcohol and drugs and anyone can develop a substance problem. Some people may progress and develop a severe addiction. Alcohol and drug use touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or economic status. The vast majority of people who use drugs and alcohol – including even many who use them regularly or heavily – do not develop the disease of addiction. Addiction risk factors As with other diseases, there are risk factors a
Despite using substances at lower levels than men, women typically progress from substance use to addiction more quickly than their male counterparts. Women also experience the health consequences of substance use, such as death, cancer, heart disease and memory problems, sooner and more intensely than men. Women and Smoking When it comes to tobacco, women typically smoke fewer cigarettes, inhale less deeply and smoke cigarettes with lower nicotine levels as compared to men.
Approximately 16% of the U.S. population ages 12 and over has a substance problem. This includes: Nicotine (approximately 9%) Alcohol (approximately 7%) Illegal drugs (approximately 2%) Prescription drugs (approximately 1%) Note: The percentage of the population with each type substance problem adds to more than 16% because some people have more than one type. Over half of those with a substance problem also use or have problems with another substance. Among people with a sub
The Disease Model of Addiction Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risks factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction. Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brai
Meth-induced psychosis puts sufferers out of touch with reality and causes delusions, paranoia and aggressive behaviour. Find out more about meth psychosis and how this frightening condition can be prevented. Speed, crank, chalk, ice — these are all street names for the drug methamphetamine, better known as meth. Meth is a powerful stimulant drug that comes in the form of a white, odourless, crystalline powder, and is considered one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs