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Before & After Drugs | The Horrors of Methamphetamines | Infographic

Before & After Drugs |  The Horrors of Methamphetamines | Infographic | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse.

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When someone is addicted to drugs the affect touches everyone in the family. Drug addicts have a long lasting affects on the family members.

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Drug Addiction: Stigma Paints it as a Choice, Not a Mental Illness

I like to think that we are making great progress in the fight against the stigma of mental illness -- a fight that is necessary to ensure that people of any age with psychiatric or learning disorders feel comfortable getting the care they need. Once-taboo issues like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and dyslexia are now out in the open, and everyone from pop stars and movie stars, to soldiers and professional athletes, are comfortable admitting their problems and seeking help. We've come a long way.
But we still have a long way to go. Even those who are kind, caring and non-judgmental when it comes to most psychiatric disorders, from selective mutism to schizophrenia, may change their tune when talk turns to drug abuse and addiction. "Drunks," "junkies," "stoners" -- we look down on them because they "chose" to become addicted to drugs. They "chose" to ruin families and relationships. They made a "choice" that cost them their lives in an overdose.
This "choice" is a false one. Drug abuse and addiction are tragic things, but they are not character traits. Just as depression is a no-fault mental illness, so is addiction. And just as depression can tragically lead to suicide, so addiction can lead to self-inflicted death by overdose. They are both mistakes -- profound mistakes -- that the illness makes people more likely to make. But we can, should and must help suffering young people avoid them. This means tackling addiction, which takes the lives of people every year. But how?


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Many people describe addiction as a disease, but actually alcohol is a choice or decision. Some people who are rich have the resources to go to rehab, but they decide not to. Some people are not mentally tough to avoid drug use.

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Is Sugar A Drug? Experts Weigh In On The Science Of Addiction

Is Sugar A Drug? Experts Weigh In On The Science Of Addiction | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

In the most recent headline-grabbing research, a study in rats found that a brain region important for pleasure was activated more strongly when the animals were exposed to Oreos compared to cocaine. A 2011 study found that the brains of people with "food addiction" reacted to junk food the same way that the brains of people with drug addictions react to drugs.?


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, October 30, 2013 3:19 AM

What we have classed as 'drugs' has little to do with addiction or with the pharmacological nature of the substance - but has everything to do with social, cultural, economic and political concerns.

So now the questions begin.

 

Priscilla Li's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:25 PM

Caffeine, a psychoactive drug, ranges from cocaine to your regular cup of coffee. Like coffee, sugar may seem to have a lot of people addicted to it. However, this is not addiction, more like cravings for sugar. Usually when people are addicted to drugs, it has negative impacts on their lives. Therefore, the normal craving for sweets is not addiction. 

 

New Beginning's curator insight, October 4, 2014 12:58 PM

DON'T WE ALL KNOW THIS ALREADY?  COMMON SENSE!  --RevKev

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Mother's Powerful Tale: Despite My Son's Heroin Addiction, I Held Biases About Drug Addicts

Mother's Powerful Tale: Despite My Son's Heroin Addiction, I Held Biases About Drug Addicts | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A nurse shares her story about coming to grips with the realities of drug addiction.

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New Beginning's curator insight, October 4, 2014 12:06 PM

Addicts suffer enough on their own, they don't need any bias from the professionals that are paid to treat them! --RevKev

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Anxiety Drug Addiction Among Teenagers Grows

Anxiety Drug Addiction Among Teenagers Grows | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

A new study, in the journal Psychology and Addictive Behaviors, is shining the light on another problem. Abuse of anti-anxiety and sleep medications.


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Lauren Groseclose's curator insight, December 10, 2014 10:46 PM

Do you think that our American society today is what causes so many teenagers to resort to this?  It has been said that school it much more stressful and demanding compared to the past.  Not only do people abuse drugs for their own personal pleasure, but they also do this because they believe it will fix whatever problem they are having, such as severe anxiety about school.

Aspen Evans's curator insight, December 11, 2014 7:38 AM

This article appears on my page because it shows how a huge issue we are having now a days is teenagers taking anxiety drugs and becoming addicted once the prescription is over. Teenagers and young adults would benefit from seeing this article because it would show them how bad addiction really is and how hard it is to stop. This relates to our topic of drug addiction because it shows how bad addiction really is. 

Hector Luis Perez Polanco's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:08 PM

Prescription drug addiction gradually increases as the availability of these drugs presents itself via friends and family who have received the prescription for episodes of anxiety or depression. The problem with this is that many teenagers have chemical imbalances in their brains that cause them to be depressed or anxious because of the stage of growth that they're in. Add that into the pressures and anxieties that come with being a teenager in the high school environment, i.e. keeping up with high school social antics, the pressure to succeed academically from parents, and establishing one's identity in the riveting crevice between childhood and adulthood, and you can see that counseling won't suffice, leaving some teenagers no other option but to get a prescription for the anxiety and/or depression that they are facing. This leaves space for many teenagers to share their drugs with their friends or family members. As some teenagers do need them, it is impossible to prevent this by any method other than preventative caution and drug-addiction prevention programs, to inspire young men and women to not fall into the temptation.

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Teens who consume energy drinks more likely to use alcohol and drugs (USA)

Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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I found this article interesting because if kids consume a lot of energy drinks they are prone to use alcohol and drugs. 

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Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:29 AM

This collection of statistics shows some interesting connections. It implies that teenagers make a connection between stimulant consumables and drugs, because they have similar effects. In all seriousness, however, the jump from one to the other is not all that big and the social consequences of making one legal and not the other should be considered. To the teenage mind, what is a drug but a more effective energy drink? Because they are more used to controlling their bodies with external chemicals, they are far less likely to inhibit themselves from consuming more harmful ones. 

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12 steps,Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers and Sober Living: Dual Diagnosis, Medication and Sobriety

12 steps,Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers and Sober Living: Dual Diagnosis, Medication and Sobriety | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

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Kenneth Whoridaz Whitfield's curator insight, February 22, 2014 9:27 PM
The hard road those that are dual diagnosed suffer.
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Walking away from drug and alcohol addiction (Vic)

Walking away from drug and alcohol addiction (Vic) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Around 55 people walked the streets of Morwell today to raise awareness of the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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Drug addiction not a criminal issue, says chief medical officer (UK)

Drug addiction not a criminal issue, says chief medical officer (UK) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Sally Davies says drug addiction should be seen as a medical problem and admits eating hash cookies at university

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Leila Yazdi's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:23 PM

This article talks about how drug addiction should not be looked at as a criminal issue, but; instead as a mental issue. I believe that drug addiction should be looked at as both a mental and criminal issue because, it is becoming so common and overused in society and it leads to hundreds of deaths a year. This article, however,  only provides  one point of view on the issue of drug addiction.

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Breaking Bad And Falling Apart: These Disturbing Images Show The Real Cost Of Drug Addiction

Breaking Bad And Falling Apart: These Disturbing Images Show The Real Cost Of Drug Addiction | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

In the event that you enjoyed watching Breaking Bad, but missed the part about medicines being really bad for you, after that a few photographs assembled by Rehabs.com, called Faces of Addiction, shows precisely how medications ravage and destroy a person’s mind, soul, and looks. The... http://www.newsyab.com/breaking-bad-and-falling-apart-these-disturbing-images-show-the-real-cost-of-drug-addiction/


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Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:43 AM

One such example of society popularizing the use of drugs is the show Breaking Bad, depicting a drug dealers descent into complete insanity. Nonetheless, it increased awareness about drugs, and as shown here, the negative effects of drugs were overlooked by the audience of the show quite often.