December 19, 2018

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 so...

December 18, 2018

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:

  1. An infant playing by himself in a crib, smiling and laughing at something he does not even know about

  2. A...

December 17, 2018

“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 depe...

December 15, 2018

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 Na...

December 14, 2018

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...

December 13, 2018

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 majo...

December 12, 2018

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 proble...

December 11, 2018

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...

December 10, 2018

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 beha...

December 8, 2018

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 th...

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