09 Mar 2012
It is hard to watch our children struggle. Addiction is a struggle that can be painful and lonely for the person involved and for the family members closest to him/her. When it is your teen struggling with addiction the combination of pain over their plight and your own feelings of loneliness and despair can seem overwhelming.
08 Mar 2012
The human brain is a constantly changing organ. Your brain is not the same as it was one year ago or even one month ago. Every time you learn a new fact or gain a new understanding or even enjoy a new activity your brain develops new connections called synapses. Over time, some synapses become stronger while others weaken and may disappear altogether. In short, your brain influences and is influenced by all that you do. The wonder of the human brain is a great gift when it is treated to positive learning and experiences, but the brain is also vulnerable to mistreatment.
Rehabilitation centers were created as ways to provide a separation of the addict and the abused substance. Originally known as “sober houses,” drug rehab facilities served a purpose that by some estimates, only affected a specific portion of the population.
After a person completes drug rehab one of the first things they will want to do is to re-enter the workplace. For a number of reasons finding and holding a job can be a significant test, but experts agree that engaging in meaningful work is crucial to successful recovery.
04 Mar 2012
The United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), estimates that cocaine trafficking is generating an enormous amount in drug trafficking to West and Central America and are then using the shortest route to Europe to transport them. The U.N. Security Council was recently told by the UNODC that West Africa is seeing a large increase in arms and human trafficking as well as piracy.
If a woman takes ecstasy during pregnancy, she raises the risk of developmental delays in her infant, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine in cooperation with the University of London and Swansea University in the United Kingdom. Taking ecstasy during pregnancy also increases the likelihood that the baby will be a boy.
02 Mar 2012
Synthetic drugs are man-made substitutes for other naturally occurring drug substances. Sold under names like plant food and bath salts, K2 and Spice, the drugs are every bit as dangerous as the substances they have been designed to mimic. Synthetic drugs are designed to be substitutes for marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine and pose perhaps an even greater risk since users tend to think that synthetic means ‘safe’.