28 Nov 2012
Starting a Family after Addiction
You have made the commitment to sobriety and have been living clean and sober for quite some time now. As you have moved through the process, you feel the stirrings of your heart to begin a family. You know you are clean and are not worried about bringing the addiction into this process but wonder when the best time to start a family may be. Understanding your place in the addiction recovery process, your support systems, and health in a variety of areas will enable you to make a decision that is best for your future.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) is the technical name for what most people familiarly call anabolic steroids, or just steroids. Steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone, one of the male sex hormones. The term anabolic refers to way steroids promote the growth of muscle mass, while androgenic refers to the increase in male secondary sexual characteristics that result from taking steroids.
26 Nov 2012
Performance Enhancing Drugs – Blood Doping
Blood doping is an umbrella term for any technique by which athletes artificially increase their blood’s ability to transport oxygen. While blood doping is generally included under discussions of performance enhancing drugs, this method of performance enhancement need not involve the use of drugs at all. Nevertheless, the competitive advantages that blood doping can confer have led to all blood doping practices being banned by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and most international sporting organizations.
25 Nov 2012
Drug Abuse Can Strike At Any Age
Drug abuse isn’t relegated to a youthful demographic. The public perception is that older folks have either never had a drug problem or have dealt with it in their youth and moved on. But grandparents and great-grandparents of the millennial generation are popping pills in larger numbers than ever, and it’s not over-the-counter meds, it’s illicit and prescription drugs.
24 Nov 2012
Marijuana Legalization: Pros and Cons
On the 6th of November, Colorado, Washington and Oregon decide whether to pass measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The fairly common use of the drug for medical purposes has undoubtedly spurred on this move, and Colorado is thought to be the most likely state to approve their bill. A Denver Post poll put support for the measure at 51 percent, with 40 percent opposing it. The issue is a very complex one, but some analysts claim that legalization measures will be common in states within five to seven years, so learning the pros and cons is extremely useful for when it comes to the polls.
Since 2005, nine people have died at the Narconon Arrowhead center in Oklahoma, and three of them have been in the last year. The rehab center helps clients through withdrawal according to the “Purification Rundown” procedure developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. This is a scientifically-challenged, non-medical approach to detoxification, and the entire rehabilitation process has been widely criticized for indoctrinating individuals into Scientology. The three recent deaths at the premier Narconon center have spawned an investigation and a spate of lawsuits, and the results may spell doom for the unproven and ineffective school of rehabilitation.
20 Nov 2012
Marijuana Use Leads to Temporary Cognitive Lapse
Those who seek to legalize marijuana often cite its ability to relieve pain as a reason to make the drug available. For those who have a chronic, painful condition such as cancer or HIV, say advocates, the drug can improve quality of life.
With more and more Americans taking powerful medications, it is important for them to be aware of the danger of drug dependency. At the same time, it is also important to recognize that drug dependency is not the same thing as drug addiction. Dependency describes a physiological response to drug use while addiction describes a potential psychological response.